Detective Comics #964

Writer: James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela Artist: Carmen Nunez Carnero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 13, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 19
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"Dystopia"! Anarky has shown Spoiler the world he's built beneath Gotham City, which he plans to bring into the light...but she needs to know who helped him build it! And what's more, this alliance has put Steph back on Batman's radar...and now the two are on a collision course!

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Sep 14, 2017

    Clayface and Spoiler invoke a wonderful portrait of the many layers of identity and the threats that lie within. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 13, 2017

    Predictably, Batman shows up to tell Spoiler the truth about Anarky, but will he be able to tell her the biggest news? Detective Comics has steadied after some rough patches and is in a very good place right now. With next issue featuring a highly demanded story, Detective has regained its momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 15, 2017

    Utopia was a great read. It let the audience catch its breath after "Intelligence" and set the tone for what's coming next. Batman and his team now know that Tim Drake is alive, but they don't know where he is or how to get him back. I can't wait to read the next issue! "A Lonely Place Of Living" begins in two weeks" two loooooong, thankless Detective Comics-less weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 13, 2017

    A good issue that has a great Clayface scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Sep 12, 2017

    Stephanie Brown and Clayface were put into focus this issue and really shined through. It was a very entertaining story with some solid art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Sep 20, 2017

    In conclusion, this book continues to be an interesting and slightly more personal look at those who work with and support Batman. New readers would be best served going back a few issues to get the most out of the story as there are quite a few pieces in play. The final panel is an interesting one and something that will likely play out during the next issue. I am also keen to see how the return of Tim Drake will effect events moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 24, 2017

    This story is the conclusion of several threads that will eventually lead to a wider storyline. It is a good comic that seem to focus on Batmans crew more than him. It also is not very detective-oriented and more adventure-based. This is not a complain. I do find the comic to be bright and colourful which is something that has been missing from Batman for years. Perhaps the focus on Batmans team helps with that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Sep 15, 2017

    This issue was a great read, allowing us to see Clayface dealing with his actions, much like Batman in the Victim Syndicate arc. The way that he is depicted in his Monster form is also fantastic! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Sep 13, 2017

    The problem I had with the issue was that it felt kind of rushed with Spoiler and Anakry's story. I know the team has something up their sleeves that will definitely have the Batman messed up; someone is returning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Sep 13, 2017

    The story doesn't amount to much in the conclusion of this 2-issue journey, but it's still an enjoyable ride to get there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Sep 13, 2017

    The story and art are okay. In the last issue I was really hoping that we were ramping up for a great run, and we still might be, but this issue was boring. I really liked that Lonnie got taken out because he is obnoxious, full of himself, and generally has super unlikable qualities. To be honest, I am so over the whole Victim Syndicate thing. I hate that theyre bringing it back. The issue ends on a scheme that they are plotting so we know that were definitely about to see more of them again. But Justin, we still dont know who the first victim is yet. I DONT CARE WHO THE FIRST VICTIM IS! If DC Comics were a person Id want to grab them by the shoulders and shake the shit out of them while saying enough with the Victim Syndicate! Aside from that, I can be objective. The dialogue between characters worked well, and the art was decent. There were a few really cool looking Clayface panels when he was going all agro on Dr. October. Really the writing is good, Tynion and Sebela are Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Sep 12, 2017

    There simply isn't much to talk about here since the story is bare-boned. As I said before, this isn't a bad issue, so I recommend picking this up if you haven't been following the Anarky/Spoiler storyline previously. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Blair Marnell Sep 14, 2017

    This is the most uneven issue of Tynion's Detective Comics run. It basically zips through the Anarky and Spoiler story for a rushed confrontation with Batman that falls flat on the page. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Sep 18, 2017

    'Dystopia' best qualities are its serialized ones, which place it into a larger ongoing narrative. As a story unit unto itself it just "is," if this were a monthly title the tepid quality of this issue would be bigger disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 14, 2017

    When it comes to the Clayface portion of this story, I feel like Tynion is retreading on his own work. And when it comes to the Anarky stuff, I'd much rather be reading the Alan Grant stuff. Suffice it to say, this issue didn't really work for me. It's got a couple of genuine problems when it comes to things like being able to properly invest the audience in the character's journey or in presenting valid comparisons between characters. But it also rubs me the wrong way when it comes to my subjective tastes. So that definitely factored into my enjoyment level. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 13, 2017

    Chris Sabella continues his work on Detective Comics and it all feels like it's treading water at best and going in reverse at it's worst.  The art was okay, but overall this is just another dip in the roller coaster that is Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Sep 13, 2017

    A slightly overstuffed issue explores both Spoiler and Clayfaces struggles in a world falling apart. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Sep 18, 2017

    Detective Comics #964 is a very slow burn, and sadly doesn't do any justice for the characters the issue spotlights. Read Full Review

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