Detective Comics #983

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Miguel Mendonca Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 27, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 32
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"On The Outside" part one! Duke Thomas. Cassandra Cain. They and other young heroes don't intend to stand down, no matter what Batman thinks is best. Who can Batman trust to guide them? They need a teacher...and Black Lightning fits the bill!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Jun 28, 2018

    This arc pretty much restarts the book, not only from Tynions superior run, but also from the last issue. The story by Hill is layered, methodical, and unravels like a good murder mystery. The art by Mendona is riveting. Definitely a shift in tone and tempo, as the book moves forward with a brand new feel. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 27, 2018

    Detective Comics #983 gets your heart bumping. The action is thrilling, and the dramatic scenes really hit home. Hill does an incredible job at setting up the rest of the arc, and builds a wonderful stage for Wayne, Pierce, Duke Thomas, and Cassandra Cain to fight the latest madman in Gotham. It's a story you're not going to want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 27, 2018

    That's exactly how I felt about this issue. I went in, I read it… I loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jun 29, 2018

    This issue really impressed me and honestly makes me look forward to another Detective Comics issue which is words I havent said in a long while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 27, 2018

    This villain has a unique stance and one that's probably been discussed a few times by Batman fans as well. Hill has piqued my interest with this premise and I'm looking forward to seeing where he will take the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 27, 2018

    This is a damn good start to Bryan Hill's Detective Story and I can't wait for more.  For those out there starving for a smart, kick-ass Batman (amen), this might just do the trick.  It did for me! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 27, 2018

    In the wake of James Tynion IV's groundbreaking run, guest writer Bryan Hill jumps on board for an arc starting with Detective Comics #983 and doesn't miss a beat as he begins dismantling Batman's world in dramatic fashion. This is a strong, stand-alone Batman story, but it's also the worst kept secret in comics that this is a backdoor pilot for Hill's likely Outsiders series which is expected to come late this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jun 30, 2018

    Hill was a good choice for this book, and I'm looking forward to his future input. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 29, 2018

    By starting Detective Comics #983 with a pair of tragedies that Batman failed to prevent, Bryan Hill, Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, and Adriano Lucas immediately place the Dark Knight on the defensive and challenge his preconceptions and reliance on young people to assist in his war on crime. Black Lightning is an organic fit for the story and doesn't seem like a second fiddle with struggles and strengths of his own. Finally, Mendonca, Egea, and Lucas' art work captures the power of a superhero action sequence without glossing over the pain that comes after especially in Duke's case. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jun 27, 2018

    Detective Comics gets a booster shot with a different kind of story that brings Batman and his family into the larger DC Universe tapestry with connections of all sorts making their way into the title with Hill at the helm shedding some light on a forgotten team with the new generation. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 28, 2018

    Batman: Detective Comics #983 begins to form the new Outsiders team in a very Batman fashion while bringing Black Lightning into the fold. Jefferson is represented well, the storytelling is tight and focused, and the art looks great. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Jun 27, 2018

    A great start to a potentially fantastic story arc for old and new Batman fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Jun 26, 2018

    When Bruce goes back on patrol, Alfred tells him that the drive they recovered with Duke contains an audio file. An audio file that gives information regarding the fact that this new player in Gotham knows who Bruce is and that his motives are to remove those close to him in order to make Batman stronger. It's a motive that has played out in other stories so I find myself hesitant, but this first part of the arc is well done in establishing the threat, the limits of it, the motives as well as how much this character seems to know. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long before he reveals himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 28, 2018

    We don't meet the villain until the end it his last line and the last splash page is chilling. The art by Mendonca is a breath of fresh air as well and I hope this new direction of sorts sticks. It's a wonderful and vibrant read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jun 27, 2018

    Great start. I cannot wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jun 27, 2018

    Bryan Hill has some low-roar motoring moments throughout this Black Lightning guest star kick-off, but once he opens the throttle, this book is off like a shot. It will leave you with more questions than answers, but I am all-in to see what the story is behind this nemesis with a target on Bat supporters both unofficial and official. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 27, 2018

    With an eye on character, a compelling thesis, and a genuine mystery to solve at its core, Detective Comics #983 can comfortably be called a success. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 27, 2018

    Inmy opinion, no, he does not. It was the solitary sacrifice of one mansdedicating his life to a war on crime that appeals to me. When heroes begin toform their own armies, I see it as little more than street gangs, with a clearcut definition as to who to root for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jun 28, 2018

    This is a great first issue and it already feels like this new creative team are particularly comfortable with Batman and his extended cast. The dialogue is consistent with how we know the characters to be and the art is exemplary on all levels. There are a lot of unknowns at this point, and that is almost always how a good story starts. It is refreshing to see a brand new team really understand the cast and characters of a book so quickly, and my expectations are now incredibly high for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 27, 2018

    Bryan Hill tells two fantastic stories here, capturing the essence of Jefferson Pierce in one story while crafting an interesting new villain in the other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jul 11, 2018

    Solid first entry in the arc, the rating might raise or lower depending on how plot details pan out. I would consider this issue a good jumping on point, as the large-scale paradigm shift from the Gotham Knights stories to whatever the new run is building towards means a day one reader knows almost as much as anyone else at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Brax Jun 27, 2018

    Batman's world is a dark place "where there is an endless supply of criminals preying on the most vulnerable populations. "On the Outside" seems to be set to remind us of Batman's primary predicament as a vigilante superhero: there never really is an inside track for justice in a world where evil lurks around every dark city corner. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jun 27, 2018

    This story didn't grip me or move me in any way. The artwork was good, it was dark in the right places, and colorful where it needed it. Batman was drawn very well throughout this issue. Though overall, I was not impressed, I still recommend including this issue in your pull for the week. This is only part one of a new run, and I want to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Mueller Jun 27, 2018

    Detective Comics' latest premise might not be entirely original, but it is at least approaching it from a unique angle. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 28, 2018

    "Detective Comics" #983 is a slightly derivative start to a brand new era of "Detective Comics." Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 29, 2018

    There's plenty of potential story on display, but little chance to dig into the more interesting avenues as it all gets swept up in the rush, as if it needs to be sped through in order to get everything packed into the space Hill's been given for this arc before the next team takes over. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    KFuqua Jun 28, 2018

    I was afraid of what would happen with Detective with the new writer coming on, but I have to say, I was impressed. It's off to a really good start. I just hope that he doesn't use Duke much, as I am really not a fan of the character at all.

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  • 8.5
    Dani Jun 30, 2018

    This was a great start to a new story line arc. While the villain's motivation is cliche, the team fighting alongside Batman makes it fresh. I'm a huge fan of Blacklightning the television show, so I was eager to read this team-up. If you are a fan of the show then you will be a fan of his characterization in this comic. Besides Jefferson Pierce, Batman is also teaming up with Duke Thomas and Cassandra Cain. I am interested to see how the revelations at the end of Detective Comics 980 will affect Cassandra, since she knows her true potential now. Overall this was a well written comic with some really good artwork and a fresh team-up. There were some very good emotional points in the story and most importantly Bryan Hill got Batman's cha more

  • 8.5
    Copygram14 Jul 2, 2018

    A solid, enjoyable start by the new creative team.

  • 8.5
    Superheroes for Hire Jul 2, 2018

    Off to a good start. I'm not sure where things are headed yet, but there's enough here story and art wise to get things rolling for a new arc.

  • 8.5
    DarePool53 Jul 10, 2018

    The theme villain-wise appears to tread old ground, but does not detract from this rock solid first issue from Bryan Hill.

    Snappy dialogue, layered character work, and plenty of intrigue make this distinctly superior to the main Batman book by Tom King, in my opinion.

    As I type this, I believe the next issue hits shelves tomorrow... can’t wait!

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Feb 5, 2019

    Yeah, I'm into it.

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Jun 27, 2018

    Promising beginning of a new arc, and also a strong introduction of a new Batman villain with unique motivation and background. I like it so far, and look forward to see where the story leads, who's going to be the next victim, how much does the villain know exactly about Bruce and his sidekicks? There's many questions I have, and hopefully Bryan Hill will keep the momentum this issue has.

  • 7.5

    I’m ranking this a little lower because the plot is a bit worn out and overused. Overall, I liked this issue. Batman is looking competent and telling the Justice League to stay out of his business. He’s bringing Black Lightning aboard which I like because he’s not a child. We’ll see, but I have high hopes for this run.

  • 7.5
    myconius Jul 11, 2018

    i really enjoyed the pacing of this comic and the way it was written.
    not particularly fond of the art. it's very inconsistent, and lacks a feel of solidity and structure. though the mood and tone of the comic were handled pretty well. not sure if that's more-so the inker and colorist though.

    i'm hoping this story is leading to what i think it is, the disbanding of so many dang members of Batman's clubhouse. Batman titles were so much better when they actually included the supporting members of the Batfamily that people actually cared about. Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Huntress...
    not the Batfamily is littered with second, third and fourth rate tagalongs.
    i've been saying that the Bat-family was in desperate need of more

  • 7.0
    MKW69 Jun 29, 2018

    Another story with, People being inspired by Batman or Batman related to his Bruce side. I'm tired of it.

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Jun 28, 2018

    My first impression was that I already read something like that with the first victim. But Hill isn't Tynion IV. If he give Batman & Alfred body, it's was too short too juge for Duck. But both Black Lightning & Cassandra fell of. And I expected some link to the end of Justice League - No Justice. But no. I'm bother because I sollicites his arc. But for now this a mistake making me rethink if I choose to trust Robinson or not. And Wonder Woman didn't him. So I will take this title out for September. But if the first robinson issue Convince me. I can pull it once more in.

    Cover - The variant, nice but not related. 1/2
    Writing - For now it's disappointing. 1.5/3
    Arts - This was strong panel. Not perfect. Sometime close to more

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