Detective Comics #947

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 50
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"THE VICTIM SYNDICATE" conclusion! Has the First Victim succeeded in dividing and conquering Batman's team? The final attack will come from someone they'd all put their faith in...

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 3, 2017

    I have said for sometime, that I am enjoying Detective way more than the main Batman book. To me, there is a lack of pretension and there is a sense of logic that flows. Very rarely do you get something that works just because “I'm Batman”. Others will say that Detective suffers because there is no seemingly importance or impact to Batman, the recent letters to Catwoman being an obvious example. I would argue that Detective's strength is the relationships between the characters, how Batman interacts with them. In many ways it isa more genuine interaction than the one shown between Batman and the Justice League. Amongst the DC Rebirth titles, this book remain one of the most consistently enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 28, 2016

    It's gotten to the point where I expect a nearly flawless issue every other week and Detective Comics hasn't disappointed yet. This is a another in the long line of must-read issues in this superior series. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Dec 28, 2016

    With Tynion's deconstructive storytelling and deeply layered characterization, plus Martinez's bold and effective art, this conclusion to “The Victim Syndicate” arc is an incredible payoff, fully exploring the psychology of Batman through the team he's created. The final moments of the issue also provide tantalizing hints toward events to come, setting up the inevitable conflict with the Watchmen. With all of these elements, DETECTIVE COMICShas proven to be one of REBIRTH's most complex and inventive titles, surpassing even King's BATMAN, and we're only two major storylines in! If these first two arcs are any indication, the legacy of Batman will continue to be unraveled in fascinating and unexpected ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Dec 28, 2016

    This issue was fantastic, it has lots of action, beautiful and dark art, and of course a fantastic story. I would expect nothing less of James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 28, 2016

    An extremely smart, beautifully illustrated conclusion to a dark, personal arc is absolutely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 29, 2016

    Aside from some brief action at the front of the book, this is a very dialogue heavy issue, and that's just fine by me. Tynion is so amazingly gifted at simply letting these characters speak in their own voices that you're practically begging for issues like this to come around so he can just do his thing. Spoiler fans should also be pretty happy with this finale as we get to see some real “A” game material coming from her that's prettyworthy of a Bat-disciple. The finale ends up being fairly atypical of the genre because there is no conflict, per se, to overcome. As such, I did find it lacked a certain level of risk that I have come to expect from comics, but in exchange it gave us a thinking man's ending. And once again, Tynion shines through the characters by allowing them to present varying points of view on the topic at hand. And lest I forget…there's a nice little tease at the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Dec 28, 2016

    I really enjoyed this issue and how Spoiler has become a victim herself in a way. And has a new point of view towards Batman and heroes in general. But I do wish we got more story on the First Victim. I would assume that will come later on, but even a little bit of a teaser would have been nice. I'm very interested to see what the hell is going on with Red Robin. I knew he wasn't dead but captured? Blue lightning man? Explain please! The art of course was incredible. The one thing I've enjoyed throughout this entire series is the art. The shading, the detail, the colors, all of it. Love it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin Gunn Dec 30, 2016

    I won't reveal too many "spoilers" in this review, but this issue is DEFINITELY worth checking out. I am pleased with the overall execution, and look forward to Tim Drake's inevitable return. Oops! Spoiler! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Jan 11, 2017

    Batfamily does not lend itself well to fun, but something in this book needs to show us why these people are choosing to fight together, instead of all breaking free like Spoiler to make their way alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 29, 2016

    Thrilling and majestic in appearance, Detective Comics #947 is a fantastic book from start to finish. The book ends with a number of open cliffhangers and I can't wait to see what the next story-line holds in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 31, 2016

    Detective Comics does great by one of its bedrock characters, giving us the sort of Stephanie Brown achievement we've always wanted and hopefully putting her on the track to some really great stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 28, 2016

    The Victim Syndicate arc is over and while it all felt like a setup for the book going forward, we do get a crazy cliffhanger that will have everyone talking down at the Five and Dime.  The Detective Team is getting smaller right before it expands and while I don't think it's an even trade, it will be interesting at least.  I am still a fan of Tynion's run, but I am starting to wane a bit.  I hope the next arc pulls me right back in. Read Full Review

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