Detective Comics #951

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Christian Duce Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 22, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 30
8.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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League of Shadows' part one! The next big DETECTIVE arc explodes here as the League of Shadows goes from mysterious rumor to deadly fact! What's their plan for Gotham City? And how will their actions affect Batman and his team?

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Feb 23, 2017

    Tynion channels palpable tension with the imminent arrival of the League of Shadows and brilliantly exposes Batman's human weaknesses. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 22, 2017

    Detective Comics always delivers. That's nothing new, but this arc is getting off to such an impressive start it might be the signature storyline of this run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Feb 22, 2017

    Since issue one, The League of Shadows thread has been in Detective Comics. In the beginning, it was just an ominous threat that Jacob was convinced of, up until now where it is really kicking off. While a lot has happened on the journey to this point, this always seems to have been the end goal for TynionIV. Yet again week in and week out Detective Comics continues to not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Feb 22, 2017

    If you're an aspiring Batman writer, pick up Detective Comics #951 and see a true master in action. Tynion is killing it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Damian Fasciani Feb 24, 2017

    Detective Comics #951 sets the scene quite well for what will be an interesting intersection between Jacob, Batwoman and the Batman over the next few weeks. The visuals and artwork continue to impress, adding to the depth of the story. My favourite of the Rebirth Titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Feb 22, 2017

    Overall, I highly enjoyed this issue! I think the art is fantastic and what this issue means for the coming stories of Detective are really exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 24, 2017

    The League of Shadows may be a myth, but the Bat-Family is finding out just how real and deadly focused they are in Detective Comics #951. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 25, 2017

    Detective Comics kicks off a new storyline with all the excitement and pizazz we've come to expect from Tynion's series. All the characters are used to great effect and he establishes a thrilling new antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 23, 2017

    Christian Duce's artwork is passable, but definitely not up to the standards set by Eddy Barrows and Ben Oliver on this title. Still, Duce does enough to hold up his end of the bargain, even if the script is far superior to the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Feb 22, 2017

    DETECTIVE COMICS is the team book for people who don't like team books. At times reading more like one of the satellite bat-books from the late 90s and early 00s as opposed to a core title, 'Tec is a strong entry in the REBIRTH stable which is very much worth your time. It's by no means a classic bat-book, but there are few more entertaining comics to sit down to with a cold beverage and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 23, 2017

    Despite a couple of minor issues, Detective Comics #951 is another great entry into this series that no Batman fan should be missing out on. It successfully reinvents characters such as Clayface, weaving an effective issue that does a good job at laying the foundations for the arc to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GearWERKZ - Agasicles Stamas Feb 26, 2017

    In conjunction with last issue's prologue content, this is a good, solid opener to a new arc, especially one with the weight of its title driving high expectations. The creative team is wisely leaning on many of the tools and powers you get when given the opportunity to work on the Batman. Quick, punchy dialog that has the weight of decades of history to round it out without the need to write a lot of words. The capes and shadows. Painting in lots of reds into the blackness. Kate's signature hair. A nice, cerebral reveal at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Feb 22, 2017

    League of Shadows kicks off in earnest, as the assassins are Unleashed on the team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jake Hill Feb 27, 2017

    "Detective Comics" is consistently one of the best team superhero books on the stands, and is reinventing the Bat universe in the most exciting of ways. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Feb 22, 2017

    Detective Comics 951 does its job by starting the "League of Shadows" arc, but doesn't do anything further deciding to retcon the previous arcs. Art is passable, but again doesn't do much to further it from being average. This issue looks too much to the future than to the present. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 24, 2017

    I recommend buying Detective Comics #951 if you plan to keep reading this new arc, which, I also recommend that you do. This was a good issue, although it mostly just setup the next few parts of this arc. Shiva...the brutal, and I can't wait to see more of her in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 22, 2017

    This issue sets up the League of Shadows as the vicious thing it is.  They may work from the shadows, but blood is already getting spilled and Batman is being blamed.  The art was good and the issue ends with a pretty clever and messed up cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Feb 22, 2017

    While I enjoyed the issue, I think it definitely relied a little too heavily on cliche. And not just that, but some of the stuff in this story echoed things I've seen Tynion do before. Add to that some generic, yet acceptable, art and I was somewhat underwhelmed with the first part of League of Shadows. Considering I've been fairly pleased with almost everything Tynion has released since the beginning of Rebirth, I was just a little surprised by how average I found this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 3, 2017

    “League of Shadows” begins here with Shiva and the League hitting Gotham City. Killing the mayor and framing Batman for the crime (hrm, not really happy to see another Batman fugitive storyline), the League of Shadows also expose the local newscasters to Joker venom on-air. And they are just getting started. Wreaking general havoc, the League begins its attack on the city and its protectors. As to just what the League wants, and how Batman for Batman and his team will have to go to stop them, we'll just have to wait and see. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 22, 2017

    A perfectly fine first issue of a new story arc that should push this team to its limits. Tynion makes it clear Batman and his crew may not be ready for what comes next, which could spell a big loss for our heroes. Read Full Review

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