Detective Comics #1040

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Dan Watters Artist: Dan Mora, Max Raynor Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 28, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 33
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When the cops brought Bruce Wayne in for questioning last month, a giant money-man with a bazooka and a mustache for days blew the place up. So what’s that mean for Gotham’s ex-favorite son? Well, it means Bruce Wayne has to spend a weekend in lockup! Can Batman’s alter ego go the weekend without getting stabbed? (I suppose to be fair, he’s stabbed on the reg as Batman anyway...)
PLUS: A major Batman villain meets his death in a story that will rock the world of Gotham City in a monstrous way! Do not miss: The Night [REDACTED] Was Killed by Dan Watters and Kyle Hotz!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Kyle David Jul 27, 2021

    Detective Comics seems to effortlessly flow from issue to issue without dipping, which tends to be the curse of the superhero on-going. Tamaki's genius timing and the strength of not only Mora but it's stand-in artists really push Detective Comics to the pinnacle of superhero comics goodness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 27, 2021

    Tamaki is back with her regular Detective artist making for a better read and visually stunning issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 27, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki's Gotham continues to be one of the scariest places in Gotham, as much for its human monsters as its supernatural ones. It also feels like the most organic version of Batman we've seen in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 29, 2021

    Detective Comics #1040 keeps the train chugging along on this run! It's a change of pace issue that wraps up a few ideas while at the same time teasing some new ideas. Amongst it all is a clever story and multiple moments that address Bruce Wayne's character. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 27, 2021

    Dan Mora has an impressive and beautifully detailed style that is both thrilling with its action and immersive in its human moments. I love the way this story unfolds visually and how the art is expressive, commanding and engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Jul 27, 2021

    Detective Comics remains at the top of my read pile whenever it comes out. I find the pacing, storytelling, and editorial work all top-notch, at least for this reviewers liking. And the art tandem of Mora and Bogdanovic in this book is hard to beat. Each gets a break, but the quality NEVER suffers. If you havent given Detective Comics a chance recently give it a chance! You may be surprised!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jul 28, 2021

    This is quietly one of DC's best comics and is continuing to reinvent Batman in a way we haven't seen in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jul 28, 2021

    Detective Comics continues the plot of the previous arc while taking a momentary deviation to spend more focus on Bruce Wayne, while also sadly figuratively and literally burning down the new world it built for him not too long ago. The series artistic trio is reunited to bring another stunningly gorgeous and well-developed issue that firmly showcases how darkly beautiful Gotham can be as well as perfectly capturing the dire mood of this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jul 27, 2021

    Detective Comics #1040 was a literary treat, and for us kids who like books with pictures, this one has some beautiful work. I recommend this title to every Batman fan I speak to, and tell them that these are the stories they've been missing out on. I hope you all read this book and jump in on this run. You'll be sorry if you don't. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jul 27, 2021

    This was a quick read and an enjoyable one. The art is great and it's cool to get Bats back into some old-school gear. And that's really it. Fast, fun, and forgettable (in a good way). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jul 27, 2021

    Another very good story from Tamaki. While it didn't push the overall story far along as in other issues, that interaction between Bruce and the drunk with the flashback story was very enjoyable and worth the read. Welcome back, Dan Mora. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jul 31, 2021

    A charming story that feels like the calm before the storm with gorgeous art to boot. I have no doubts things are only going to keep getting better. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jul 27, 2021

    This isn't a bad issue by any means, but I can't help but think that it's still the art team that truly sells this story, rather than the writing. If it wasn't for Mora's eye for detail and exceptional drawing skills, I'm not sure if a story where barely anything happens would've been worth a purchase. Read Full Review

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