Detective Comics #979

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Philippe Briones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 25, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 23
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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"Batmen Eternal" part four! Ulysses Armstrong knows everything there is to know about Tim Drake's future-including every inevitable step he'll take on the road to becoming a dark version of himself! Unfortunately, Ulysses is perfectly happy to take everything from him...and use it to give birth to an unstoppable menace!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Apr 27, 2018

    Buy, as the reader finds out just how Ulysses took control of Tim and most of the Colony soldiers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden May 2, 2018

    This issue succeeds in paying-off a number of previously established story elements, particularly those affecting Tim Drake, while progressing the story to an unseen place that tests the characters and captivates the reader. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Apr 25, 2018

    Tynion's run on Detective Comics is soon coming to a close, with this arc sure to play on until his grand finale. Suffice it say, if you've been enjoying the adventures of Rebirth's Bat-Family, this an issue that's not to be missed. Read Full Review

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

    Killer robots, nanotech, psychotic teenagers and a Bat Team divided. Man, this series is comics dynamite! Bravo and a huge thanks to everyone invloved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 25, 2018

    Tynion has positioned Tim as a major factor in his Detective run so it's nice to see this arc requires an all hands on deck approach to save him and take down The General. As usual, Detective Comics delivers the goods and remains one of the can't skip issues in the DC library. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 25, 2018

    The General's evolution into the main villain of Tynion's Detective run has been fascinating and shows how much this run is rooted in the classic Chuck Dixon Robin run, both in its villains and in its characterization of Tim and Stephanie. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz May 4, 2018

    Detective Comics is surely to go down as one of Batman's best comic book since the start of Rebirth. With James Tynion IV leaving very soon, well hope whoever takes the Detective Comics bring the same passion James Tynion IV gave us on his run. For now let go back and worry about our poor Red Robin. Hopefully they can bring him back from this crazy nightmare. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper May 19, 2018

    I am excited to see where this goes, and if the schism between Batman and Batwoman will be short-lived or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 28, 2018

    The stakes keep rising and the tension keeps building as the current Batman and Red Robin story races to the finish! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail May 2, 2018

    The series has been hurtling towards this point for some time but it will be interesting in the aftermath to see if Batman and his allies can ever fully recover from this event. Tynion and his creative team continue to raise the stakes on a fortnightly basis, and really help to sell us on the urgency of this particular threat and what it could mean to the DCU if our heroes fail. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Apr 26, 2018

    Things are reaching a climax in Detective Comics, and this issue brings things together in an exciting way. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 28, 2018

    Batman: Detective Comics #979 doesnt advance the story very far, but the drama between Red Robin and Ulysses keeps the overall book compelling. Briones and Kaliszs artwork is quite solid to boot, and the book earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 25, 2018

    A good issue that builds towards the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Apr 25, 2018

    It's beginning to feel like a chore to read this title, which is unfortunate because Detective Comics was reliably awesome, and now it is taking a nose-dive. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 1, 2018

    Detective Comics #979 was a solid chapter that pushed the "Batman Eternal" story arc forward. James Tynion has done a good job presenting Ulysses as the greatest threat Red Robin has gone up against. How Ulysses uses Red Robin, Brother Eye and OMAC together creates a lot of questions to be answered as to how things will end up when all is said and done for the Batman Family. If Detective Comics #979 is any indication than the answer may not be a good one for our favorite Gotham City superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 24, 2018

    This issue forced the plot along to get everyone on the same page before we get to the final battle coming up. I liked the art, but I hope we get some more story progression next issue because while crazy stuff is going down in Gotham, it's already getting kind of boring Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 26, 2018

    I'm not really a fan of the whole “futuristic robots cause city wide peril” stories. However, if you can look past that, there are some really great interactions at play here between Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong and Tim Drake. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Apr 25, 2018

    Philippe Briones, who already provided some solid if unremarkable fill-in work in the last arc, gives another good issue of appealing pencils. John Kalisz, the colorist for Javier Fernandez, provides colors for this issue as well, which gives a small but significant element of visual continuity for this arc, which is quite a nice touch. However, the overwhelming use of cold blues that give Fernandezs art a spooky feeling doesnt work quite as well with Briones more bold and cheerful linework. Well have to wait and see if next issue, solicited to be drawn by Scot Eaton, will also use Kalisz, which would be a nice touch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Mueller Apr 25, 2018

    Batman Eternal suffers from a few tired concepts, but it still wins out thanks to its characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 25, 2018

    This issue is just a bore. The art isn't bad at all but the story feels so completely unearned and rushed. I'm sure there are fans of this book but whatever identity it once had is now out the window. A creative team change is exactly what I need to get excited about Batman again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SloboSOY Apr 26, 2018

    The sad part of all of this is that Tim is only struck by what he tried to do himself.
    I was worried for Cassandra, and I didn't like the new "Quentin quire" look for Ulysse Armstrong.
    I find a litte easy that batman, batwoman & the general have this soon the help of batwing & azrael.
    I wondered if Spoiler was drunk ?

    Cover - I take the variant. Beautiful & more in link. 2/2
    Writing - Tynion IV keep going is amazing job of writing all these character. 3/3
    Arts - Maybe the character is not perfectly draw. His style is more Brute than what we was accustomed with Detective Comics.
    But I liked the panel he imagined. The strength in some part of the intelligent splash page but you have to turn the comics more

  • 8.0
    Keola Kent Apr 27, 2018

    I've never been a fan of villian-takes-control-of-hero's-brain-and-makes-hero-be-a-villian stories. So Ulysses is not an attraction for me here. However, I do think the writing creates a compelling image of him as a wacko sicko cray-cray insane bonkers psycho megalomaniac. Tynion has taken him to the point that I really can hear Ulysses' maniacal laugh and it's scary not silly.

    I was on a lengthy hiatus and not around when OMACs were a big thing. I can't say they strike me as as interesting villians, though they come across as a credible threat. I wish they would stop screaming in my ear, "Sentinal Rip-Off!"

    As trying-to-change-the-bad-future-turns-out-to-be-just-what-causes-the-bad-future stories go, this hasn't more

  • 8.0
    Granfalloon Apr 26, 2018

    This arc is pulling together all the threads from Tynion's run, and I'm digging it.

  • 7.5
    Dispatchdcu Apr 25, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    We left off last issue with Tim being taken over my Brother Eye and Orphan to fight off all the OMAC colony peeps. Meanwhile Batman, Kate, and her pops had there own OMAC colony peeps to fight too. Well, this issue starts in the mind of Tim. And Ulysess, or the General as he is referred to now, is showing Tim his future that he learned through Brother Eye, which seemed interesting. And I want to see that. Can I please see that Tynion?

    Tim tries to fight it as much as possible, but it turns out he doesn’t stand a chance against the Brother Eye N more

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  • 7.0
    Nihilist Apr 25, 2018

    Series seem to pick up after last couple of underwhelming issues following Clayface's death, where the team got split up. Even if Tim's arc isn't spectacularly emotional or interesting, he serves as a good pivot for what may happen in the future, most importantly a possible reunion of main characters. I'm super happy to see Stephanie back, even if her appearance was limited to just one page - that's a teaser, after all, and I can't wait to see where it's going to lead.
    Overall a decent issue.

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