Detective Comics #948

Writer: James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 11, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 36
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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"BATWOMAN BEGINS" part one! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! In the wake of the "Night of the Monster Men," A.R.G.U.S. has built a secret research city around the corpse of the megamonster that collapsed in Gotham Harbor...creating Gotham City's newest and most dangerous neighborhood, Monstertown!

  • 9.7
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 11, 2017

    But it's hard to complain about an issue where the Bat cousins spend some quality time. And this new adversary looks to be a candidate with strong staying power in the right hands. In the Bat universe it doesn't get much better than Tynion's. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Jan 17, 2017

    So despite this coming off the back of a crossover I didn't really care for, it's the best Bat-book out there. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jan 11, 2017

    With this prelude, Bennett, Tynion, and Oliver have issued just a little tease, but its a great reminder of what weve been missing all these many months. Because in essence, there are things that Batwoman can do that Batman cant. Chief among them is set and carry the kind of quiet, thoughtful tone we see here. Ive missed it more than I realized. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin Gunn Jan 13, 2017

    Providing graphics for this issue is Ben Oliver. Oliveris reunited with Bennett . The two worked together onJustice League #23.2 “Lobo.” In “Batwoman Begins,” Oliver uses an almost murky palette for this story. The style isa departure from past books in the series. The motif compliments Tynion and Bennett's writing. Again, this arc is shaping up into something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 11, 2017

    If facing your father's past misdeeds isn't enough for you, spooky remnants of the Monster Men look they will be part of the story for a while. Detective Comics #948 is a very fast read, but has hours of self-reflection and thought that can be put into it. If you are a Batwoman fan, then this is a great starting point for what is coming next. If you are Batman fan, and want to see Batman being Batman, this issue has that, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 12, 2017

    This is a pretty solid opening filled with compelling characters, engaging interactions, beautiful artwork, witty dialogue, and a thought provoking premise that has a hint of real world relevance to it. While one could argue that this is merely a ploy to get us to buy yet another comic book, if the forthcoming Batwoman series delivers the kind of quality this story has shown, it seems to me that it's a win win situation for both sides. I'm looking forward to the culmination of this story and where Tynion and Bennett decide to take us beyond that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Jan 16, 2017

    Ben Olivers art is very pleasing to the eye. Characters are very well composed, with a real feel that makes heroes look like hardworking people in costumes and not the rippling gods we sometimes see in these books. Composition is excellent with creative panel distribution providing economic storytelling with flair. His pencils are pristine, offering a light touch with his inks, allowing the art to breathe. The colorwork is textured and varied, betraying details other artists might have overlooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jan 12, 2017

    But the biggest star of the issue is Ben Oliver, whose gorgeous painted artwork popped off of the page. Oliver simply does everything that you could possibly ask from a comic book artist, including interesting page layouts as well as expressive and distinct-looking characters. More of this, please. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 16, 2017

    This team delivers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jan 11, 2017

    This issue was fantastic. It starts a lot of different plot lines, and throws a few wrenches into the gears of Gotham. I'm very excited by the addition of Bennett to this issue and look forward to the action-packed, stylish, ride to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 11, 2017

    There's an aspect of this book that feels like a break from Detective Comics' regularly scheduled programming but after the event of the last two arcs, it's nice to have a bit of a breather. This is a relatively breezy book that has a lot of heavier implications. Ben Oliver is a big reason that's the case because his narrative sense is on point. But the big reveal at the end notwithstanding, Tynion and Bennett have worked together to make Kate's story have weight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Jan 26, 2017

    As far as setting up Batwoman, this issue thrills me for what Tynion and Bennett have in store. As an ongoing part of the Detective Comics story, it mostly succeeds. A must buy! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 11, 2017

    In Conclusion: A fun, dark start to Batwomans solo series, drawing expertly on the continuity of the series for conflict. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jan 11, 2017

    With the exception of the poetic flashbacks, Detective Comics #948 lacks the interpersonal tension that has been the best part of James Tynion's run on the title, especially when Spoiler confronted Batman in the last arc. This incident isn't even mentioned in this comic as he, Marguerite Bennett, and Ben Oliver decide to play a juggling act with the repercussions of the Monster Men, the resurgence of the Colony, and try to do a backdoor pilot for Batwoman's upcoming series. Hopefully, we learn more about what makes Kate tick as a person and crime fighter in the next issue of "Batwoman Begins" instead of just rehashing (Not so.) old storylines. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 11, 2017

    Batwoman Begins here, but I want more Batwoman and less Monster Men!  I know that the key to this story is Colony and Kate's ties to her father, but overall, this story felt like it needed a sharper focus.  Ben Oliver's art is good and there is nothing wrong with this as a setup issue to the next arc of Detective, it just felt lacking as the Batwoman story it was advertised as. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jan 11, 2017

    While Batwoman has been one of the standout characters of Detective Comics recently, this issue suffers due to the lack of her team's presence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 14, 2017

    I am 100% in favor of a new Batwoman comic from Marguerite Bennett, and will definitely be picking it up when it comes out. And if this issue is any indication of that new comic's quality, then we're probably in good hands. This was a perfectly fine and enjoyable Batman and Batwoman comic, though it didn't really have any sort of spark of anything too interesting. No harm in that. We're at the start of a new story, there's important set-up that we need to know, and the characters have more than enough charm and coolness to keep me invested. I just hope things pick up a bit more after this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jan 11, 2017

    Detective Comics #948 is simultaneously frustrating and satisfying. When we are in the past exploring the origins of Batwoman, we are shown just how good this arc could end up being. Unfortunately, the rest of the issue seems to betray the concept of a Year One arc and raises questions as to whether we will ultimately get a rewarding origin story. I am faithful that the creative team will deliver but for now, this arc is a slight disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Jan 11, 2017

    This issue wasn't anything very exciting. I enjoyed theflashback in the beginning with Batwoman following Batman and getting foundout. I really hope this monster stuff doesn't continue into another Night ofthe Monster Men. I would think DC would have learned from that nightmare. Thebest part of this issue to me was the art. Hands down fantastic. Theexpressions on Batman and Batwomans faces are done so well and the colors arenear perfect. Definitely the highlight of the issue. Read Full Review

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