Detective Comics #963

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Carmen Nunez Carnero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 23, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 24
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"UTOPIA" part one! Having exiled herself from Batman's world, Spoiler has nearly destroyed herself trying to expose the corruption of Gotham City's vigilantes. Fortunately for her, help has arrived...but unfortunately for the city, it's in the form of the mysterious Anarky! Is he truly on the side of the people, or is he a dangerous lunatic?

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 23, 2017

    If you haven't been reading Detective Comics, you've been missing out on one of the best Batman books in recent memory. Despite having a large cast and involved backstory, this issue is easily accessible to new readers and I'd suggesting starting here before you lose any more ground. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Aug 24, 2017

    This is a solid beginning to a great story arc. James Tynion IV continues to create thought provoking situations to make everyone question the methods, means, and end of Batman's war on crime. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 23, 2017

    I'm on board for where Sebela and Carnero are going with Utopia. It's always refreshing to see fill-in creative teams maintain the momentum of the series and advance existing storylines to make it worth reading. This new arc has promise and I'm looking forward to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Aug 24, 2017

    Detective Comics has seen a major improvement since Rebirth and this trend continues with issue 963. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 23, 2017

    A good first issue though you'll be left wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 28, 2017

    While I think it would make more sense for Batman to jump full-in on searching for Tim Drake, the idea of mending fences with Stephanie first proves to be an intriguing detour. How will she take the news? Has she gone too far down her recent path to join up with Batman? Or will the Spoiler ultimately spoil Anarky's plans before heading out and searching for Tim no her own? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Aug 23, 2017

    Tynion IV and Sebela are setting up something that I think has the potential for a good story. Though I can't say I like Lonnie as a character in general. The panels in this issue pull you in and that's what I like to see/feel. Include this in your weekly pull. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Aug 29, 2017

    Carmen Garnero is a great artist with solid anatomy and interesting backgrounds. The action portrayed is not always clear, but the comic remains entertaining throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 26, 2017

    I'm actually on vacation right now, but I couldn't pass up on reading and reviewing the latest issue of Detective Comics. As long as these incredible creators keep producing great work like they have in“Utopia,” Part One, then they can count on me to be on board for chapter two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 24, 2017

    The change of pace and change of focus may put some fans off, especially as they may feel its like a filler song before the big hit on a CD. Extending the metaphor a little, if you spend your time waiting for Anna Begins, you will miss out on the nuanced Perfect Blue Building. Despite the changes, events in this arc will have repercussions down the line, which in part, is why Detective remain one of the most consistent books from DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Aug 30, 2017

    Thanks to a smartly written intro this latest issue is easy to pick up regardless of your knowledge of the current Batman continuity. Everything is explained over the course of the issue and we even get a nice flashback to remind us of just why this chain of events is even occurring. The creative team really do have an understanding of the city of Gotham and its inhabitants, whether they be heroes or villains, and itll be interesting to see just how events play out now that we know a certain key character is on the cusp of returning. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Blair Marnell Aug 24, 2017

    This book has gotten away from some of the team dynamic that made Tynion's early issues so enjoyable. I'd like to see this run recapture some of that sensation. It's still pretty good, but it used to be great. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Aug 27, 2017

    This is a good issue, even though it creates a lot of questions. If you are fan of Anarky, Clayface, Spoiler, and Tim Drake, then this is an issue you should grab. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Jake Hill Aug 28, 2017

    A predictable adventure that puts a neat twist on a so-so rogue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Aug 23, 2017

    This new story arc stared off pretty slow, but I'm excited to see Spoiler once again and this time she is on the forefront; what also is pretty awesome to see is DC bringing back other characters in the Batman gallery that have not been in the light and put them in a way that you know something insane will happen soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Aug 23, 2017

    Anarky takes Spoiler deeper into his planned Utopia, as Batmans team takes a different approach to the problems of Monstertown. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Aug 26, 2017

    Another issue that is on par with where the series has been since the New 52 ended...the pencils and colors weren't anything spectacular, but certainly served their purpose and were fine enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 24, 2017

    All-in-all, this issue is little more than a reminder of pertinent events that have already transpired and a brief set-up for things to come. There are a couple of brief moments that are genuinely charming, but for the most part, the only thing that really got my attention was the return of Lonnie Machin to the role of Anarky. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 23, 2017

    This issue mostly consists of filler, but isn't bad by any means. The art by Carnero is absolutely gorgeous and if you're excited for Tim's return, it was nice to see him for even this brief time. However, Tynion and Sebela cram the book with filler, so if you're looking for obvious set-up and weak pacing, this is your issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 23, 2017

    Chris Sabella jumps on the book for a Spoiler/Anarchy story that didn't impress.  Not enough happened to get excited about and the art, while decent, wasn't enough to pick up the slack.  I love Spoiler...just not in this book anymore. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Aug 28, 2017

    Detective Comics #963 doesn't have a lot of plot progression, and sadly weighs Stephanie's character down even further as she continues toward her downward spiral. Read Full Review

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