Detective Comics #950

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Marcio Takara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 40
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"League of Shadows" prologue! Celebrate 950 issues of the original Batman series with this extra-sized extravaganza! Cassandra Cain has stayed out of the spotlight on Batman's team as she slowly comes to terms with the civilized world she was kept away from all her life...but the time for her to step up is fast approaching! Will she ever learn how to fit in among the masses, or will she always be more weapon than woman? Plus: a primer on the history of the League of Assassins, and an adventure with the team's newest recruit: Azrael, the Avenging Angel!

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 13, 2017

    If you haven't been reading this run so far, it's obvious that James Tynion IV is a diehard Batman fan, and with Detective Comics #950, he's giving readers a fantastic gift to celebrate the Dark Knight's latest anniversary. Because given his ever-expanding cast of sidekicks and supporting characters, Batman truly is the gift that keeps on giving - he lends himself so well to spinoffs and new angles and endless amounts of stories. If you want to remind yourself why you keep reading superhero comic books, Detective Comics #950 is the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Feb 8, 2017

    I really enjoyed this issue. I'm glad we're getting a more in depth look at Orphans character and that the story will revolve a bit more around her for now. It was really cool when the reader got to see things through Orphans eyes. Every time she looks at someone including Batman, her brain automatically pinpoints all the pressure points she could use to kill them. So cool. The St. Dumas story was interesting and I'm curious to see where it goes. Then the Red Robin conversation! That got me excited. What war is coming?! I want to know! The art was fantastic as well. The colors jump right off the page and the detail is beautifully done. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Feb 8, 2017

    As any oversized special should be, this issue is packed with story. We get a look at every member of the new Bat-Family and a look ahead to what might be around the next bend. James Tynion IV is a fabulous creator and this is another notch in his impressive library of stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Feb 8, 2017

    With this being #950 and the Anniversary Edition, we get 3 stories in total from the Detective Comics team: League of Shadows Prologue: Shadow of a Tear, Higher Powers, and The Big Picture. With this being an in between for the next story arc of League of Shadows, we get these nice filler stories before that arc goes into swing. Luckily for us, these mini stories are are masterfully written and fleshes out characters from the team providing insight to their stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Feb 9, 2017

    This story alone is worth buying the book. It's touching, informative, and subtly elegant all at the same time. Read Full Review

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    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 9, 2017

    Month in and month out, Detective Comics has been one of DC's best ongoing series. It deserves to be on the pull list of every Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 8, 2017

    Detective Comics #950 simultaneously explores new angles relating to the Bat-team, gives new readers a nice spot to start and plants the seeds for big stories to come. That's no easy feat, but these three stories in this over-sized tome do just that and Detective Comics #950 is a safe bet to add to your pile this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Feb 8, 2017

    Detective Comics #950 is a fitting tribute and celebration of this legendary series. Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Feb 8, 2017

    In Conclusion: A brilliant celebratory issue for the less-exposed members of the Detective Comics team, and a great setup for the next few stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 15, 2017

    Of the characters rebooted by the New 52 and now Rebirth, it's been hard for Cassandra Cain to find her footing. Personally, I'd rather see her as Black Bat than Orphan, but Takara's art makes a solid argument here for a more sleek costume for the character. The cameo by Shiva at the end of the issue foreshadows trouble, as does the back-up story involving Batman and Red Robin, but the issue doesn't need to be tied to a full arc to be appreciated and enjoyed. Must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 8, 2017

    Though the idea of an "Anniversary Issue" seemed forced, this was a really good way to get readers ready for the League of Shadows story coming up.  Tynion finally focuses on Cassandra, gives us a cool introduction to Azrael (and a great Odd Couple dynamic) and we even get to see Tim a flashback.  Overall, the writing and art were really good and I can recommend this to Detective fans, especially those craving more Cass. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Feb 8, 2017

    There is a reason Detective Comics is one of DC's best books, it simply delivers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Feb 12, 2017

    Batman and the Bat-family have been well represented across the various Bat-titles for the last while and this issue is no exception. Heres to future milestone issues! And all that comes between. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 13, 2017

    Detective Comics #950 has a lot to recommend about it, feeling like an issue worthy of a milestone like this. If youre a fan of Cassandra Cain, Azrael and Batwing or want to know where Detective Comics is headed in the future then this issue should make a great addition to your weekly comics haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Feb 9, 2017

    A good look into some neglected characters while providing interesting teases of events to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Feb 8, 2017

    Detective Comics #950 is essentially just an ordinary issue of Detective Comics that just happens to be nearly twice as long, but by no means is that a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Feb 8, 2017

    Just what are these "dark days" that are ahead for us in 2017? After almost a year of really fun Batman books, with Detective at the head of the class, I can't wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 8, 2017

    Detective isn't an overstuffed worthless issue and helps to flesh out the backstories of the underutilized team members. Tynion used the extra space effectively for character development. Next issue kicks off the next big arc, League of Shadows, and there likely won't be many quiet moments ahead for Team Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Feb 10, 2017

    There we have it. A great, powerful issue with perfect writing and great art across the board. Everything a milestone issue should be. I, for one, can’t wait to see what #1000 brings. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Feb 14, 2017

    Detective Comics #950 is not a celebration issue or the traditional launch or landing of a major story, despite some attempts to convince you otherwise. Instead it provides a deepening effect, allowing its extra pages to go towards giving readers a greater sense of who the characters are in ways that, while rewarding, often would have ended on the cutting room floor. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Feb 8, 2017

    So when it comes down to it, my excitement wasnt really warranted. Detective Comics #950 is pretty disappointing. Sure, its an oversized special, so perhaps it isnt indicative of the quality of the book. Maybe Ill give it another issue, but this has left an awful taste in my mouth. Read Full Review

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