Detective Comics #962

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 9, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 29
8.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"INTELLIGENCE" finale! Ascalon, the deadly artificial intelligence created by the Order of St. Dumas, is ready to replace Azrael and purify Gotham City... and all that stands in the way of the world's most flawless computer brain is the mind of Batman himself!

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    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 9, 2017

    With James Tynion IV, the entire Batfamily is in good hands. From several issues of the New 52 Batman run to the Batman and Robin Eternal series, James has crafted stories exciting and dull. The first issue of his Detective Comics run makes it clear he was doing something unique. He's managed to introduce new and wonderful interpretations of Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Clayface. Using Batman's best, but forgotten sidekicks and acquaintances, Tynion has made effective use of comic history. He makes mundane characters magnificent, and gives them much-needed growth. Concluding the Intelligence arc, Tynion neatly finishes his captivating story with hints of what is yet to come. With asimple exploration of some good ole science fiction James Tynion IV brings former Batman Azrael into DC's echelon of interesting and fully-developed characters. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 11, 2017

    I read a ton of comics… ask my wife, she'll tell you. Of all the books out right now, Detective Comics is my hands down favorite. The method of having a revolving art team, that changes with each story-arc is a winning one. It keeps the look, and the quality of the book consistent and very high."Intelligence," Part Five is a perfect conclusion to an excellent story. Questions have been answered and one adventure has come to an end… but Ra's Al Ghul is still out there, and there's Anarky in the air. I'm ready for more. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Aug 10, 2017

    Detective Comics #962 is a well storied and gorgeous piece of eye candy. Readers will enjoy the action and extreme power exchanged in the fight between Jean-Paul and Ascalon. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Aug 9, 2017

    Tynion IV killed it in this storyline. The dialogue and character interactions felt real and palpable. The story was smooth, no holes, and was very well thought out. There was never a moment of boredom or that feeling of "what the heck is going on?" Very, very well done. The artwork in this issue was amazing. Read Full Review

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    Comicosity - Dayna Abel Aug 9, 2017

    Bruce finally learns a secret that the audience has known for some time now, and it changes everything from here on out. It's also likely setup for November's DOOMSDAY CLOCK, which I'm of two minds about. On one hand, I feel that WATCHMEN was and should have remained a contained, completed story. On the other, it is hitting every single “THIS LOOKS SO FREAKING COOL” button in my little nerd brain, and I'm excited for the Bat-clan to speed towards this event. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Aug 10, 2017

    James Tynion IV delivers a killer conclusion to his "Intelligence" arc in DETECTIVE COMICS #962. The issue fully pulls together the themes and storylines throughout this arc to deliver a satisfying conclusion where Azrael, Batman, and the rest of the Bat Family fight the robotic menace known as Ascalon! Read Full Review

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    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Aug 10, 2017

    Art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Brad AndersonDetective Comics #962 is a superb comic, a great end to a fun arc, and it's great to see that there'll be plenty more to come. Read Full Review

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    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 9, 2017

    Detective Comics #962 was a satisfying conclusion to the Intelligence arc and an overall fun read. With huge highlights, revelations and beautiful art, this title continues to deliver and proves that this book is sure to be a beloved fan favorite. Read Full Review

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    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Aug 8, 2017

    An exciting end to action packed story arc. Though the ending feels somewhat abrupt, emotionally it was very satisfying. The Detective Comics creative team has really turned out an excellent story arc worthy of Azrael. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Aug 9, 2017

    Ready to purify the City of Gotham, Ascalon and his devoted artificial servants go in search of Nomoz to bring a new order. Only one to stand in their way now is Azrael and his new suit. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 10, 2017

    What a fabulous finale! Tynion manages to craft a story that doesn't adhere to preconceived notions. Instead, he throws convention to the wind, delivering some truly unexpected moments that will have you wondering what will happen till the very last page. Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Aug 10, 2017

    This book has been one of the most consistent reads for a cape book in recent memory. It doesn't exist within a vague continuity that tries to silo itself from the larger meta narratives but lean into and wonder how would its cast react. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Aug 9, 2017

    This is a very good comic, not yet quintessential but still highly recommended. As ever, open a beer, make a cuppa, turn off the TV and enjoy. Trust me, it's a good ‘un. Read Full Review

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    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 12, 2017

    The latest Detective Comics story ends with a couple big bangs, bringing the story to a satisfying and exciting close. Read Full Review

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    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 9, 2017

    This isn't the best issue of the arc, but it tells its story well and the art was incredible. I was very pleased with the way it ended, which was a bit more unconventional than I expected, and I hope Tynion continues his slow winning streak. Read Full Review

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    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 14, 2017

    The issue also gives us more flashbacks to younger versions of Zatanna and Bruce as well as give Batman one answer he wasn't expecting. Tim Drake is alive, and it's about damn time for the search for him to begin. Sadly, that likely means Zatanna will be exiting stage right, but it sure was fun to have her around. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Aug 10, 2017

    Alvaro Martinez comes on strong in the final part of the "Intelligence" story arc, and it's a performance that really elevates a finale that would have been lackluster under another artist. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 9, 2017

    A good last issue though don't expect to understand the deeper meaning. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 9, 2017

    We got more insight on Jean Paul Valley's family and that his father is alive and aligned with Ra's al Ghul. That has possibilities. Although underwhelmed with how Intelligence wrapped, I'm pumped for the repercussions of the new revelations and how Tynion will develop them going forward. Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Aug 9, 2017

    Azraels fight against his demons, inside and out, leads to stunning revelations which continue to lay the groundwork for the teams future adventures. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 9, 2017

    This was a good, though rushed,  ending to the Intelligence story arc.  Almost everything is tied up and one big dangling thread is set back into motion.  I loved Alvaro Martinez's art and am still on the Detective Comics trolley. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Aug 22, 2017

    Butthe art team of Martinez and Fernandez performed magnificently, renderingelements both technological and magical with equal skill. But most artists willtell you, designing such requires more imagination than skill. What is morechallenging to any artist is drawing the human form and all the mundane thingsit shares the world with: cars, buildings, animals, etc. But Im confident theycan do that too. Read Full Review

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