Detective Comics #961

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 26, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 26
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8.5User Rating

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"INTELLIGENCE" part four! Batman and Batwing have thrown every technological trick they have at the powerful A.I. that the order of St. Dumas dubbed Ascalon... now there's nothing left to do but pray!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 26, 2017

    Azrael is a character that could easily be written and executed very poorly and awkwardly. Tynion, Martinez, Fernandez and the rest of the team are making Azrael a unique piece of the Bat-family puzzle and building a world for him that adequately tests the rest of the team. This is a top notch story from A-list creatives, and we only have to wait 2 weeks for more. Hop on the Detective Comics train, it's a great ride. Read Full Review

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

    The pieces are all in play, and all that awaits is the endgame. I'm both dreading and anxiously anticipating the conclusion to this story. I can't wait to see what happens next, but don't want it to end. People have been asking me for years, why I still read comic-books. The reason, is issues like "Intelligence," Part Four in Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jul 26, 2017

    This issue was fantastic. It has so many little things that can be taken as coincidence and yet have such impactful meaning to the legend of Batman. Not to mention that final page reveal! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 26, 2017

    This arc seemed like it was in danger of outstaying its welcome, but Tynion ends the issue on an exciting note setting up what should make for a fun end to the Intelligence storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jul 26, 2017

    A combination of beautifully rendered character moments and action, Intelligence closes out its penultimate issue with completely justified confidence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jul 26, 2017

    If you haven't read Detective Comics in a while then this would be a good issue to jump aboard before the real action begins.By the way, Tynion also revealed there might be a Zatanna Rebirth soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jul 27, 2017

    While the exchanges crafted by Tynion between Bruce and Zatanna have been my favorite sections of the “Intelligence” stroyline thus far, Alvaro Martinez and his artwork totally won this particular issue. From his character renditions, beautiful environments, and outstanding fight choreography; everything that he contributed to this book is simply outstanding! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jul 26, 2017

    All around great issue that was action-packed and featured great scenes between Batman and Zatanna. The art team that shines as well with this issue, shifting from a dark bloody battle into the bright heavenly mind of Azreal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jul 26, 2017

    This was a great read. Slow to start, and little action. But that's perfectly okay. Tynion IV is setting up some major stuff, and he's not rushing it. The art is great, full of dark tones, but a very colorful fight scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jul 26, 2017

    Last time I said Detective Comics took a step backwards from its previous issues, that is not the case in this new issue. Writer James Tynion IV cranks up the volume and things are really getting back on track. Jean-Paul has lost his spotlight and in his place Azrael has full control. This is what I was waiting for, the team is back as they were M.I.A in the last issue and the fight was epic. Also, the last panel will bring back some nostalgic awesomeness. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Jul 26, 2017

    James Tynion's DETECTIVE COMICS #961 is a good, if not great, continuation of his comic run. As part 4 of the "Intelligence" arc this comic delivers on great action and fantastic art. The storyline, on the otherhand, is a bit lacking. Nonetheless this issue is a pleasant read and fans of DETECTIVE COMICS can get enjoyment out of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 29, 2017

    The action just keeps escalating in another excellent Detective Comics. Tynion is doing a lot for Azrael and it shows! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jul 27, 2017

    Martinez's action scenes are also exciting, and his rendition of the last page should have some fans very excited to see what the next issue has in store for Batman's extended family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jason Segarra Jul 26, 2017

    Overall, there's not really a ton to say about the book one way or the other. It's very much a middle chapter of a larger story, and short of the fight with Azrael, it doesn't have a ton for new readers to latch on to. That being said, invested readers should have a good time and will find enough action to keep them interested and enough intrigue to bring them back for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 26, 2017

    While this isn't the best issue of this arc, it's still pretty damn good.  We get to see some more Bruce/Zatanna: The Early Years and then get some butt kicking good times for the rest of the issue.  Fans of Azrael will be excited by the end and as one of them...I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Aug 2, 2017

    Scene shifts again to a brainwashed Azrael fighting Batwing and Batwoman. Cassandra shows up to help but even she isnt enough to tip the scales and things look dire until Zatanna teleports her and Batman there to take Azrael down. Read Full Review

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