Detective Comics #959

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 32
8.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"Intelligence" part two! While his team comes to grips with Azrael's past, Batman is on the trail of the shocking secret he learned at the end of last month's epic BATMAN/FLASH crossover, "The Button"-and it's brought him directly to the Mistress of Magic, Zatanna!

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 28, 2017

    This issue is perfect. I read all the reviews my colleagues write and many of them rave, quite correctly, about the books they cover. Issue by issue Detective Comics just delivers and delivers. I can't fault a thing that this creative team does. Even the fill-in issues with guest artists are A++ quality, so the regular epics with a consistent team are comic-book clinics. Detective Comics is regularly the epitome of "How to make great comics". Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jun 30, 2017

    The series remains a favourite of mine as it continues to expand upon exactly what it means to work with Batman and the repercussions that frequently follow. This book continues to be at the top of my reading pile on comic book day, and honestly deserves a higher score than I have available to me. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Jul 11, 2017

    I highly recommend picking up Detective Comics, it's just as worthy of attention and praise as the main Batman title! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jul 4, 2017

    A solid issue with superb writing and radiant artwork throughout. Tynion IV has done a stellar job in his ability to convey an interesting story and to bring these wonderful characters to life. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 28, 2017

    Intelligence has not so surprisingly been an engrossing read. Tynion manages to tell the story in such a natural way that it ends without the usual tells the cliffhanger is coming. The arc is two issues in, but Tynion and Martinez have laid the arc out so smoothly it doesn't seem like it's going to overstay its welcome anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Jul 12, 2017

    Batman continues to hold his place at the top of my hero list…. this comic fleshes out the man behind the cowl some more and I like him even more for that fact. It's somewhat surprising just how much story has been put into these pages… we have a whole deep conversation between Batman and Zatanna… we have the team learning more about Azrael and the Azrael suit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 27, 2017

    Detective Comics is back on track and I am glad to be back on the trolley.  Tynion adds Zatanna to the Detective Squad and she immediately steals the show and the Alvaro Martinez's art makes it all look great.  If you have jumped off this book, this is the time to get back on. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Jun 28, 2017

    DETECTIVE COMICS #959 is a strong addition to a terrific run by James Tynion IV. It reintroduces strong, new characters while developing returning ones. The art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez continues to be a hallmark for DC in general. Tynion is simply planting seeds for the future but so far "Intelligence" is an exciting arc for DETECTIVE COMICS. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jun 28, 2017

    The new arc is becoming one to really look forward to and look out what will happen next. What Batman shows to Zatanna and what Azrael sees in his room in the final panel has made this comic a must read to find out what is next. Only negative thing I have is that the fight was too short, only leaving Batman to shine and Batwoman not feel as a leader. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 28, 2017

    There is a whole let happening in the Detective Comics as of late, and in this issue, Tynion does a fantastic job keeping things fresh. Zatanna is a fine addition to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 10, 2017

    While James Tynion IV continues to play it coy as to what Bruce really wants from his old friend, it is terrific to see Zee back in action (although I have wonder what Batman's new fiance thinks about spending his nights with magical former flames in fishnets). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jun 28, 2017

    While the artwork might be a little iffy, Detective Comics #959's narrative saves the day here. Seeing Batman and Zatanna teaming up again should please many longtime fans of the Caped Crusader and the Mistress of Magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 1, 2017

    The same Bat-goodness at the same Bat-time and in the same Bat-comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jun 29, 2017

    Overall, this issue was great. It is wonderful to finally see Zatanna back in action and along side Batman again! We also get to see some of the fewer touched on characters in the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 28, 2017

    A solid second issue in a new story arc that's quite intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 28, 2017

    While this issue has its fair share of missed opportunities and questionable narrative choices, I nevertheless found it quite enjoyable. Much of that is due to the outstanding artwork presented by Martinez, but it would be unfair of me to not also compliment Tynion for hitting the mark more often than he missed it. All-in-all, it's a descent story that continues to lay the groundwork for what will hopefully be remembered as Tynion's Ode to Azrael. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jun 29, 2017

    James Tynion's story is starting to get a bit convoluted. There are two competing narratives in this issue and they're not meshing well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Aug 18, 2017

    Butthe art is otherwise remarkably strong. As I said before, its been ages sinceI read a Batman title, and Im very much enjoying this one so far. There may beextenuating circumstances, and the rug may be pulled out from under myenthusiasm, but Ill cross that bridge if/when I come to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jun 28, 2017

    In Conclusion:We dig into the story of Jean Paul, Bruce, Zatanna, and the rest of our heroes in this second issue. Read Full Review

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