Detective Comics #971

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 27, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 22
7.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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"Fall of the Batmen" part three! With the Victim Syndicate on the move and Clayface on the edge, the team faces a crossroads-but Batwoman believes she knows the way forward! The trick is...does Batman agree?
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  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 27, 2017

    James Tynion IV's writing and handle on the characters is as strong as ever, making his the best Bat-book on the stands once more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 29, 2017

    I really felt tense, and nervous reading this chapter. My unease at the slow spreading of the cracks that have been within the team grew page by page. Every character is so well written and drawn, that I feel like my own family is slowly crumbling around me. Detective Comics is delivering on every level, and I'm loving every minute. I eagerly await the next issue, and can't wait to see how Batman gets out of this one! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 27, 2017

    This issues cliffhanger is major and threatens to undo one of the biggest developments since the start of the Rebirth era of the series. Its big and it almost assures that there will be some lasting changes for the team in the aftermath. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Dec 27, 2017

    Buy as this story begins its connection to the whats is happening in the news right now, making it more relatable and enjoyable as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2017

    As "Fall of the Batmen" ramps up what looks like Detective's biggest arc yet, this issue delivers one brutal punch after each other as Batman heads into the belly of the beast. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Dec 26, 2017

    Competent villains are always more entertaining than the ones that just smash and wreak havoc. James Tynion has created a problem for the Bat-family that cuts to the very core of their existence. Wonderfully looking issue and some nice buildup in the story. Batman seems surprisingly lost though, like his mind is elsewhere. Too much cat on the brain perhaps. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 30, 2017

    I have been a little worried that this storyline was going off the rails, but the creative team clamps down with this issue and starts the immediate build-up to something big and exciting! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Dec 27, 2017

    I have said it before and from the beginning, Clayface has been my favorite in this team. He might be the heart of the team as Red Robin is the brain. The struggle of becoming a better person and Batman believing in home shows us that we all struggle with demons, but we all deserve a second chance. And if Batman comes for you to join his team what a great opportunity is that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Dec 28, 2017

    There are readers that will tear through this issue without a second thought and complain that it was lacking; but to those that take their time there is a story of real substance here, just waiting to be uncovered. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 27, 2017

    Once again, the psychological warfare of the Victim Syndicate shows its true strength in turning one of Batmans allies against him. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 27, 2017

    Detective Comics continues and this issue gets to a cliffhanger that I've dreaded for a while now and that was easily the highlight.  This book feels like it's running in place and while James Tynion continues to push the Victim Syndicate, he's not making them interesting enough for me to care.  Miguel Mendonca's art was really good, but pretty art doesn't always make a good issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - Jericho Wilson Dec 30, 2017

    This is one of the worst issues of Detective Comics I've ever read in 40 years of collecting. The script is slipshod. It's filled with over a dozen pages of talking heads repeating exposition and arguing over and over again in circles. The biggest battle in the book is never depicted happening entirely off-panel. It was a thankless task to read and review. When fans complain about books being padded for trade? This issue is exactly what they mean. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 27, 2017

    I'm hard on this issue, and it is the third part of an arc so the next section of the story needs to be set up, but this story should have ended when the Victim Syndicate first went away and I need this book to move on and be fresh again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 28, 2017

    All in all, I recommend that you skip this issue as, to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really seem to go anywhere. You see, it's hard to get involved in a story whose villains are unconvincing and where the struggles are just straight-up uninteresting. Your money is better spent elsewhere. Read Full Review

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