Detective Comics #972

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 10, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 24
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"Fall Of The Batmen" part four! Batman might have overpowered the Victim Syndicate, but they had one last surprise for him: a secret weapon that's made one of his strongest rogues nearly unstoppable!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jan 15, 2018

    Detective Comics really is one of the best books DC is putting out right now. The cast is interesting and their adventures exciting. The narrative is gripping and always evolving as Tynion plants his seeds for later events throughout. The art supports the writing by creating some of the most impressive visuals with a macabre aesthetic that really only could exist in a Bat family book. The series continues to be a visually stunning and expertly written book that is always at the top of my reading pile every fortnight. Read Full Review

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    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 10, 2018

    The only real flaw to this issue is its inability to be quickly absorbed by casual readers. The mythology James Tynion IV has woven at this point is too vast for that. Thankfully, the artwork is fantastic, meaning established fans of this series will have another great issue to look forward to. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 12, 2018

    This issue is yet another five star instalment in what is rapidly becoming a five star run. I urge everyone to pick up the trade paperbacks of this series, of which Vol. Four "Deus Ex Machina" has just been released. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Dayna Abel Jan 10, 2018

    More than anything, I'm impressed that I've come to care about what happens to Clayface. I'm also impressed that Tynion has crafted such a great relationship between Basil and Cassandra Cain. The other members of the bat-team are his allies and they want to help him, but Cass is the only one who is truly his friend… a choice she made to actively care, to be good to him. Time will tell what choice Clayface makes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 10, 2018

    Well paced issue that balances action and character work well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 10, 2018

    This book doesn't get the attention of King's book, but it's one of the best Bat-runs in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Jan 12, 2018

    Buy as this has become not your normal clever scheme by the villains story, but a well-orchestrated takeover, by some seriously lethal rogues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 10, 2018

    Detective Comics (2016-) #972 is one of the most exciting comics that I've read in some time; Tynion's pacing is impeccable and thus, putting this book down is nearly impossible. From the first through the last, Detective Comics (2016-) #972 is wild ride that'll leave readers eager for Issue #973. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jan 10, 2018

    James Tynion IV brought another excellent story and the artwork of the series has been extraordinary. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 10, 2018

    Fall of Batmen has played out in a way that it seems hard to imagine the book not undergoing some massive changes in the end. I like that Tynion is making this a meaningful battle not just for Gotham, but for the integrity of the team Batman assembled. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 10, 2018

    I love the dark direction this story is taking and I'm really enjoying watching the team working with each other. There are some great interpersonal moments that I'm enjoying as a reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 12, 2018

    Detective Comics #972 begins shattering the Belfry team, and it looks like it may never be able to recover. Its a compelling and heartbreaking tale, and its worth a read. I definitely recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 10, 2018

    It has finally come. The day I've been dreading, the fall of Clayface. From the beginning, Clayface has been that character that I kept my eye on, hoping that he could amend his demons and become a full part in the Bat-family. But sometimes the past won't let you move forward and that is what has happened to Clayface. Not only has Clayface fallen, but the team as a whole; you can start to see that not everything is going as planned. It's odd to say that the Victim Syndicate might have won this round, and in a very big way. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 11, 2018

    I like Clayface. Given his abilities, you can tell all kinds of varying stories with him: creepy, action based, espionage. With his potential as a villain, and seeing him let loose in this issue the way he does, it kinda just made me want him back as a full fledged villain. I know we are all rooting for Clayface to be reformed since empathizing with his plight has been one of the key elements of Tynion's run. And, at this point, not letting him achieve that goal would be a real let down since the character has put forth so much effort to change his ways. So, I'm fully torn. I do genuinely feel sorry for Clayface, but at the same time, I just want to see him go on a rampage. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jan 11, 2018

    One of the big reasons that James Tynion IV's run on this title is so good is that he has really strong takes on the new team of Gotham City heroes. And that's why it's so disconcerting to see the characters seemingly acting well outside of the personas that Tynion has established. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Jericho Wilson Jan 18, 2018

    After a longwinded and preposterous script from Tynion last issue, this one was a big improvement. Multiple panels of people talking to each other for many pages was kept to a minimum. The battles were exciting and fun to read. Characters like Red Robin and Batwoman evolved more naturally as they moved farther down more dangerous paths. Things are picking up and the arc appears to be heading toward hopefully a satisfying climax. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Jan 16, 2018

    And the art does well framing the action. The art team has drawn a beautiful comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 10, 2018

    Miguel Mendonca provides strong pencils " a bit more suited to the characters and action he's assigned than Joe Bennett, and Diana Egea's inks complement his lines much better than Bennett's inker did. Jason Wright's colors are rich and vibrant, though not perhaps as moody and atmospheric as the book initially boasted under Adriano Lucas coloring Eddy Barrows and Brad Anderson coloring Alvaro Martinez. Rumor has it that Barrows's last issue on Detective will be this month's Annual, highlighting Clayface's past, and if so, he will be missed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 13, 2018

    This storyline just keeps building to greater and more exciting heights! Can't wait to see it all come crashing together. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 10, 2018

    For those hoping for Clayface to continue being a good guy, this issue will have you twisting and turning in your seat.  While the overall story does stall here, James Tynion gives loyal readers a well earned and very emotional moment that almost is worth getting this issue for by itself.  While the Clayface situation is still up in the air, I am still holding out hope for Dr. October's cure to make everything work out in the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 10, 2018

    Tynion has finally given me something to care about with Clayface's heel turn, but he doesn't delve into the other dangling plot threads as much as I would have liked. The Victim Syndicate just needs to go away, but the art is really fantastic. Read Full Review

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