Detective Comics #970

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 13, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 20
7.7Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"Fall of the Batmen" part two! Spoiler and the team still have unfinished business to resolve...and unfortunately for everyone, the Victim Syndicate feels the same way!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 13, 2017

    Tynion ends this issue on a strong cliffhanger that sees the arc making good on its promise to create the Fall of the Batmen. Its bad for Batman and company, but this continues to be a strong read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 13, 2017

    Another near-perfect issue from James Tynion IV on what's technically the second-tier Batman book right now, but delivers just as much emotional punch and high-octane action with the supporting cast as the main book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 14, 2017

    Tim Drake might be losing touch and the team may be headed for another breakdown, but Detective Comics #970 keeps the title going strong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Dec 16, 2017

    Buy, as Tynion is one of the best comic book writers around, especially when it comes to dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 12, 2017

    The creative team is coming up with some interesting challenges for the Bat-Family and the tension is entertaining to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Blair Marnell Dec 14, 2017

    This isn't quite as strong as some of Tynion's previous arcs. Hopefully the final outcome will be worth the rebuilding phase that comes after this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 13, 2017

    This issue juggles two characters' emotionally unstable moments while the shit continues to hit the fan for Batman and his crew. Tynion IV has made strong arguments against vigilantism and that makes this series not only thought-provoking, but exciting as it treads new ground. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 15, 2017

    In terms of story this title always, ALWAYS delivers. This issue the art let the book down, but only a little. The great pages still outnumbered the good ones. I guess that I'm just an old fuss-pot, but for the last couple of years Detective Comics has been spoiling all of us, and this instalment hasn't quite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Dec 14, 2017

    Nooooo! (Darth Vader voice) I knew it was going to happen, I didn't know when or how, but it did. All I hope is that he may come back to the Bat-family and not revert to his old ways. It's really hard to see that a few members of Bat-family are beginning to crack under the pressure; they looked so amazing together, but sadly nothing lasts forever. These damn Victim Syndicate guys are really planning something and won't go anywhere. I just hope the Bat-family can get together and get through what is about to happen to them because the final panels are only going to make the Syndicate stronger. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 13, 2017

    This is one of those stories that isn't solely good based on the contents alone, but because of everything it made me think about while and after reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Dec 18, 2017

    "Detective Comics" #770 is a bleak, deliberately paced issue packed with surprises and strong character beats. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Dec 14, 2017

    DETECTIVE COMICS #970 should be another terrific issue of James Tynion IV's celebrated run. However, its lackluster art and uninteresting story make, what could have been a fantastic character piece, an incredibly disappointing issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 16, 2017

    The latest Detective Comics story is building to something big, but this individual issue is a bit over-stuffed with characters, dialogue and separate storylines to keep things flowing smoothly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 13, 2017

    All of the plot that have been waiting for over a year – the Colony, Stephs rebellion, Tims big plans, Clayfaces redemption, the Victim Syndicate – begin to crash together, with catastrophic effect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Jericho Wilson Dec 18, 2017

    Not a horrible issue. Not a great issue. I hope where this is going is more believable and convincing that what we've gotten so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 13, 2017

    In a series that has been spinning it's wheels, this issue sets up things, by spinning it's wheels.  Yea, there is nothing really that new here for readers who have been reading since the beginning and nothing that exciting to get new readers involved.  Hopefully, the setup pays off down the line. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 13, 2017

    Unfortunately, the artwork is a muddy mess, with three inkers killing any chance at a uniform look and Joe Bennett's take on Clayface looking nothing like the character we've seen in earlier issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 13, 2017

    I'm mostly bored with this story, and it's disheartening to know that it'll continue for at least a couple of months. The Victim Syndicate needs to go away and Bennett's art isn't as good as it should be. Read Full Review

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