Detective Comics #973

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 24, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 25
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"Fall Of The Batmen" finale! With the team in disarray and facing their most powerful adversary yet, Batwoman must make a critical battlefield choice-one with the power to shatter everything Batman has built! You'll be talking about this issue for years to come!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Jan 26, 2018

    Buy, as this story feels like a blockbuster movie and melodrama all wrapped in one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 26, 2018

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  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jan 24, 2018

    Detective Comics has been reliably fantastic. James Tynion IV brings so much depth to each of these individually unique characters and creates a dynamic between them that is splendidly attractive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 27, 2018

    Detective Comics #973 is a strong finish for an intriguing arc. It makes for a tragic tale of fear, anger, and distrust. Tynion, Merino, and Wright do some fine work here, and you should definitely check it out. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 24, 2018

    Fall of the Batmen might be over, but the excitement in Detective Comics hardly seems to be fading away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jan 24, 2018

    The focus on team dynamics and relationships in Detective Comics has been its shining quality, and it is painful to see how these elements have been fractured in recent issues. All of this comes to a head as Basil turns Gotham into a state of turmoil. Even though this is the final chapter of a bombastic arc, it ends with a cliffhanger that will send readers reeling and that leaves one of my favorite characters in a state of acute distress. This series has been a stellar read, and the current issue is no exception, even if it is filled to the brim with difficult decisions and powerful feelings. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Nick Gambone Jan 26, 2018

    DETECTIVE COMICS #973 is both engaging and heartwrenching. James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino portray a visceral, desperate Gotham on the brink of disaster. The action is beautiful and dynamic without exhausting the eye. Despite a lack of development for the main antagonist, the story hits its mark more than it misses. Emotionally resonant and genuinely engaging, the drama escalates as desperate choices are made in this climactic final showdown. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 24, 2018

    A strong finish to a great story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 25, 2018

    What's my final thought? I don't know let me ask my heart that's on the floor what my final thoughts are. But in all honesty, this issue will be one that people will be talking about. From the beginning, I liked the idea of Clayface joining the team, a second chance to become a hero and be part of the Bat-family; and for a while it was awesome seeing Clayface side by side with Batman. Now it's just heart wrenching knowing that this might be the end for" the Bat-family as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 24, 2018

    The final chapter of "Fall of the Batmen", Batman: Detective Comics #973 brings with it some of the series' best action, great star turns for several characters " and a potentially character-destroying moment that will turn many fans against one of DC's best characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Rob Ferreri Jan 24, 2018

    I really enjoyed this issue and highly recommend this series to any Bat fan. Now go pick up a copy so you can get to that splash page! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2018

    I enjoyed the end of this story and I really liked the end and what it means for the team going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 29, 2018

    A clear in intricate plot, some unexpected emotion and a really solid cliffhanger ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 24, 2018

    A year and a half of groundwork comes to a powerful and tragic climax in the first of James Tynion IVs major story arc conclusions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jan 26, 2018

    The creative team does do an excellent job managing such the Bat-Family's massive cast, from the immediately recognizable artwork to Tynion's grasp on their distinctive individual voices. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Feb 5, 2018

    Having just jumped in on this story, I feel like I am at an unfair advantage. I get to start with the fruition of all the action, with little work to do so, and as a result, I may like the story better than most. The characters all interacted very well, and there were some deep moments when they have regrets and express their feelings as a group or to each other. I enjoyed this book a lot. It has the Epic sense of Pacific Rim or Jurassic World, but the true sentiment of Batman or the team doing Detective work to solve a problem. It's nice to see Batman actually letting others be a part of the solution as well. What a twist as well, I did not want to spoil it, but check out the last page of the book, it will shock you! A solid ending to a 5 part story, and worth checking out at the comic shop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Jan 24, 2018

    Unlike other books in DC's current lineup that have a long-term story plan, Detective Comics has benefited from a clarity of vision" it never feels like the next story arc comes out of the blue" obstacles and adversaries are seeded far in advance like time bombs, waiting for their moment to send our heroes running for the hills. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jan 25, 2018

    The ending is abrupt, but powerful. This feels like the conclusion of everything that Tynion has been building towards since the beginning of DC Rebirth. We'll just have to wait and see if what comes next was worth tearing it all down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2018

    The latest story gets a little too big and a little too frantic to maintain the emotional stakes it desperately wants to cling to. Where's the intimacy? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 24, 2018

    James Tynion ups the action level to eleven for this issue, but I expected more answers in this finale.  The art was really good and I recommend to anybody already reading it...I just wish we could put a pin in this First Victim stuff and move on to something more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 24, 2018

    Despite some issues I had with the story, I really enjoyed this issue and I hope it's a sign of better things to come. The art was really strong but this book needs to find a consistent artist rather than artist-swapping every other issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 25, 2018

    The art, unfortunately, does not match the script. Between Jason Wright's odd choice of bright colors and Jesus Merino using thick inks to outline his pencils but hardly any inks at all for shading, the artwork for this issue looks oddly off-putting. Somehow, it looks far brighter than any Batman comic should and yet the individual line-work seems oddly over-emphasized. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 26, 2018

    While this is the finale of Fall of the Batmen, so much is left unresolved. In fact, I don't think a single thing was resolved. If anything, this issue left me with more questions coming out of it than I had going in. The story also demands too much from us without giving us enough to work with. There are so many plot points jammed into this one story that it's ridiculous. Granted, I've seen other stories handle a lot without buckling under the weight of it all, but here, each element isn't given enough time for the full exploration it deserved. At the end of the day, this story isn't here to tell us anything, but instead, merely string us along. Read Full Review

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