Detective Comics #956

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Marcio Takara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 10, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 34
7.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"League Of Shadows" finale! It's all out war against the single most ruthless villain Batman's ever faced: Lady Shiva and her army of nihilistic killers! But at least one member of the team might wind up swallowed whole by the darkness of the League...

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin October May 16, 2017

    I wanted to spoil this whole comic in this review but I actually went back and read it again in the middle of writing this and knew in my comic heart that I couldn't do it. The whole League of Shadows arc has been gripping. I wanted to, in overly exciting fanboy mode, go through each panel of this comic and tell you between deep breaths how dope this book is. Hopefully you've been reading along with the Detective Comics storyline and hopefully you've already gotten in your Batmobile or Batcopter and are now speeding your way to the comic book store. Detective Comics #956 gets five stars out of five stars!! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail May 11, 2017

    The creative team continue to deliver a high-quality series with fantastic art and deep character development, so its a very easy recommendation to add this one to your pull list. The series isnt content with just telling you an interesting story, it wants you to invest emotionally in both the characters and their motivations, and excels at both. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke May 11, 2017

    James Tynion IV has done it again. With a wonderful emotional core, the finale of "League of Shadows" concludes Orphan's story in dramatically satisfying fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez May 10, 2017

    This whole storyline was fun and it really let barely used, Cassandra Cain, shine. I think this put a lot of character back on track, and added some great lore to the world of Batman. My only problem is with how weak the League of Shadows turned out to be. This story become more about highlighting Cass and her relationship with Lady Shiva, but it killed some of the momentum the league had. Still, this issue had great art and a very good story. A must read for all Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 10, 2017

    Tynion hints he's taking Batman and company down a different path for the next big arc. Considering the topic that should prove very interesting. For those who enjoyed the previous installments of League of Shadows this was a fitting conclusion, but it's time to move on to new challenges and opponents. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason May 12, 2017

    A lo of the bat family have roles here but Tynion really does the readers a favour focusing on Cassandra, flushing out her character. She is a bit of an enigma like many characters gracing the bat family but she has true charm and charisma. Her dialogue with Shiva as they fight is some strong writing in my opinion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 10, 2017

    A fine conclusion that will have readers anticipating many new subplots, but the deus ex machina makes it less satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 10, 2017

    The League of Shadows concludes with a tense conclusion, though thankfully not explosive, as Cassandra proves her quality to her mother and the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu May 10, 2017

    It is a beautiful end to a year-long story has shown us both the best and the worst things that our favorite and most tortured-heroes are capable of. This world is one of complex morality and compromise" no decision these characters make is without consequence. It's a story that, for all its comic book trappings, reflects our reality. That's what makes it a sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya May 10, 2017

    In the last issue, we saw Cassandra Cains rise back to glory. Bringing the entire team back from the brink and now putting them face to face with Shiva. While we do see the scuffle between the team and Shiva here, ultimately it is again about Cassandra. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Blair Marnell May 11, 2017

    The characters are still the best part of this series, and it hasn't lost its charm yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane May 15, 2017

    'League of Shadows' is over and it's fine, thankfully we won't have to wait very long for new, hopefully, more interesting stories to be told. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 13, 2017

    The finale of League of Shadows doesn't live up to the energy and excitement of the beginning, especially when it comes to the art. Still had fun, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey May 10, 2017

    The finale to detective comics was okay, but it did leave a little bit to be desired. I wanted a showdown between Cassandra and Lady Shiva, but instead I got one where Bruce and the rest of his team were involved. We got some cryptic messages about Ra's Al Ghul and his future plans for Gotham, but not much was really revealed. Overall, it was a semi-decent story that left more questions than answers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira May 10, 2017

    The best thing about Detective Comics #956 is that it marks the end of the long-winded "League of Shadows" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 10, 2017

    After such a long setup, this issue was just disappointing.  The story and art were both sub par and instead of getting me excited, just had me wishing I hadn't invested the time I did with the other five issues.  If you have been reading, I'm sure you'll finish the arc, but I may have to reevaluate if I want to continue on from here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden May 18, 2017

    All in all, this issue was more of a disappointment than it was an enjoyment. It was mostly setup, which a conclusion should not have but so little of. On top of that, the art did its job and I enjoyed it more than the writing, but it was not enough to outshine it by any measure. Hopefully this is just an example of what it looks like when an issue is rushed to meet a bi-weekly deadline and the next arc will unravel a little more naturally. We will see. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand May 10, 2017

    I can't say that I was really all that satisfied with this finale. That's largely due to the fact that our heroes feel woefully irrelevant to the overall outcome. Couple that with the fact that the resolutions feel either rushed or completely absent, and now you've got a story that's failing to deliver on both character progression and significance. The story also wraps up far too easily and quickly for my taste, as if they ran out of time or (more likely) decided to save the truly good stuff for future issues. Ultimately, this story is nothing more than a prelude and disappointingly incomplete in and of itself. I'm sure this was meant to get people pumped for the stories to come, but in a way, I actually ended up feeling cheated. Read Full Review

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