Detective Comics #970

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 13, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 14
7.6Critic Rating
7.7User 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!
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  • 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

  • 9.0
    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
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - 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

  • 7.5
    The bad who Dec 14, 2017

    Let's get this out the way, this cover is ugly as hell! Now, for the actual book, it's ok...The visual is detailed, but the faces do not show the right emotions in my opinion. A driven, intense Tim looks like he's having casual fun at a backyard party and a betrayed, almost heartbroken Stephanie looks like she had a minor disagreement with her best friend. The story does not progress much and little is revealed about the villains. The whole Clayface arc is overdue for a conclusion at this point as they rethread the same ground over and over. With an issue every two weeks, one can expect is weaker one here and there, no sweat folks!

    + LikeComments (2)
  • 8.5
    Steve C Dec 19, 2017

    Not without its shortcomings, but this is another solid issue of DC. I'm very much interested to see where Tim Drake's future takes him.

  • 8.0
    Herushalaim Dec 18, 2017

    This issue was good when it didn't focus on Spoiler or the Victim Syndicate, the worst things about this run.

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Dec 14, 2017

    Sometime you expect a title to be always as good. And when he's not as you expected you are disappointed. But does it be less go however ?
    This story was that kind of feeling. I read it but with no real pleasure. For one, Red Robin seem like a megalomanic and if I understand is fear. I didn't like what he try to do ... Hell a make me pass in the camp of Batwoman's dad. I also tired of claycface fear even if he as a nice talking with orphan (Who do nothing for some month now ... Give me the Cassandra I like). Then we have Batwoman & batgirl against some robot with their body's move. Batwoman & her father with who I cannot been in disagreement anymore.
    Spoiler storming out isn't surprising nor what I want to read. The cliffhanger about Clayface is really mean & sad.
    So I'm break at the end of my reading, but maybe that what Tynion IV search for.

    Cover - A nice variant with some link to a part of the story. But I choose poorly. The regular's better. 1/2
    Writing - 2/3 His writing's good. But I needed something less darker.
    Arts - Not perfect, but do well the job. 2/3
    Feelings - First time, I'm not sure to keep detective comics in my list of comics. 1/2

  • 10
    KFuqua Dec 13, 2017

  • 8.5
    ActionCity Dec 13, 2017

  • 8.0
    that dude Dec 15, 2017

  • 8.0
    Bloodraven Dec 15, 2017

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 28, 2017

  • 7.5
    Nicetrylaoche Dec 13, 2017

  • 7.5
    Spider-Man Prime Dec 18, 2017

  • 7.5
    Dispatchdcu Jan 8, 2018

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Dec 17, 2017

  • 6.0
    CraigR Dec 22, 2017

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