Detective Comics #984

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Miguel Mendonca Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 11, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 18
8.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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"On the Outside" Part two.  Batman wanted Black Lightning involved in the lives of his protégés-but how involved was the Dark Knight thinking? What kind of missions will Jefferson Pierce take them on? And what, exactly, is he whispering in their ears about Batman himself?

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 11, 2018

    Ryan Hill is spinning a wonderful story and this issue ends on one heck of a stunning page. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Jul 13, 2018

    This issue shows us even more vulnerabilities that these characters have, especially Bruce, whose iron fist in leading the Bat Family can be too much and scare people away. The story by Hill revitalizes the canon and gives new looks at these characters and the art by Mondenca is sleek and alluring. Definitely an interesting take on these characters. Read Full Review

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    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jul 11, 2018

    Im really looking forward to seeing what else Hill and company can bring to the table because this Detective Comics issue was just incredible. Im giving this issue 5 stars and, honestly, if I could have given it 6 I would have. When you put a writer like Hill with an amazing art team, great things happen. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 14, 2018

    Whatever the case, Bryan Hill and his co-conspirators have delivered a tyre-screeching, electrifying, kung-fu fighting gem of a chapter. I can't wait to see where this story takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 11, 2018

    If this arc is intended to be the prelude to an Outsiders title, with this creative team it will quickly be one of DCs best team books. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 11, 2018

    Detective Comics has jumped to the top of my pile and the only thing upsetting me about the book is that DC doesn't announce Bryan Hill as it's full-time writer.  Things are still being set up, but the characters are all spot on, Miguel Mendonca and the art team are doing a great job and the story is a great mix of mystery, action and fan service.  If you haven't been reading Detective lately, now is your chance to have some fun!  Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 11, 2018

    Conversing the momentum of such an ambitious arc is difficult, but the creative team is more than up to the challenge. The narrative is engaging, the artwork is breathtaking, and the promises it makes are just tantalizing. You're gonna want in on this. Read Full Review

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    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Jul 12, 2018

    I love this arc with Black Lightning and Batman so far, Bruce admitting he can't properly teach them I feel is a great step in the right direction for the rest of the Batfamily to shine individually as their own characters. They do very well in the plot to tell you what type of threat we are dealing with and how skilled they really are. Making Cass Cain sweat is not an easy feat in the slightest, and frankly it excites me for what s next to come in this arc. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 11, 2018

    Two issues in, Bryan Hill has proven one thing about his five-issue Detective Comics run " it should not be a five issue run. I'm already ready to say this arc has the potential to equal the best of the Tynion run, and I think DC will have a very hard time matching this level of quality when they pick the new permanent creative team. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jul 11, 2018

    Hill's second issue of Detective Comics is beginning to pull me in. I am intrigued now. I want to know who this villain is. I'm racking my brain trying to put together who it could be. Perhaps we've seen the character before? Or maybe it's a new character? The art so far on this run is amazing. Batman is drawn especially well. Include this in your pull for the week and I think you will enjoy it too. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jul 11, 2018

    Another intriguing and exciting issue that examines Batman's bizarre penchant for having a host of acolytes and sidekicks. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jul 11, 2018

    This Detective Comics run continues to be the unique antidote to a typical Batman story and pulls on under utilized characters and begins to take shape as a run that recognizes the past but gives us something new and different. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 12, 2018

    Detective Comics #984 continues the build-up to the Outsiders with an interesting new villain and an already tense relationship between Batman and Black Lightning. Mix this with some great artwork, and you have a book well worth recommending. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Jul 11, 2018

    Writer Bryan Hill introduces some intriguing concepts here, mainly a leader in Black Lightning who challenges Bruce on some fundamental levels. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jul 11, 2018

    Miguel Mendona and Diana Egea contribute mightily toward a book that's just a pleasure to flip through, and while Karma isn't terribly interesting yet as a villain, there's definitely potential here! Read Full Review

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    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Jul 11, 2018

    This team is doing the best they can with the cards they're dealt. Good luck. You should all jump in now. After the Wedding, Batman's direction is changing, and Hill is leading us off pretty well. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jul 12, 2018

    Hill's take on the Bat-family is looking good so far. While I would appreciate a darker, more detective-centric Batman book, this is proving too be a really fun story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jul 11, 2018

    It is a solid follow-up, and I cannot wait for the next issue. Hill is doing good work, do not miss out! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 11, 2018

    Theartwork from Mendoncva and Egea is very good, but somehow it has a bit of aMarvel feel to it. Not that thats a bad thing, mind you, but it seemed alittle off, for Batman. But more importantly, this may lead to Batmandissolving his team of vigilantes, and them splitting off into anotheriteration of the Outsiders. Could it be? Tune in next month, same bat time,same " aw, you know the rest. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    myconius Jul 11, 2018

    some of the action panels in the beginning with the fight between Cassandra vs. Karma were laid out really cool,
    but the art really does suffer very badly in this issue.
    the heads and faces are particularly distracting.
    also, some of the hands looked like wet spaghetti.

    the story is developing slowly, but it does have me intrigued to know who Karma is, how he knows Bruce, and what his endgame will be.

    the last page was REALLY cool, and i hope it means what i think it it does.

    Karma does feel like a very overpowered McGuffin of a character.
    i'm really hoping he has some sort of solid origin and motive.
    for the sake of having Batman operate solo again, i'm willing to come along for the more

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  • 8.5
    Fearless0610 Jul 12, 2018

    I was worried about this series after Tynion's incredible and epic run...but so far Bryan Hill has a done a good job and I like what he's doing so far with the characters. Let's see what of ride he takes us on

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  • 8.5
    A Dawg Most Dirty Jul 16, 2018

    Nice to see a batman that seems like batman. Excited to learn more about karma!

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Jul 11, 2018

    At first I wasn't too sure if bringing Black Lightning into Detective Comics was a good idea - it wouldn' be the first time comics were used to promote certain characters that appear in other mediums, to give them more recognition. But after reading this issue I can gladly admit I was wrong - Jefferson is not only a great addition to the roster, but he steals the show with his viewpoint on Batman working with children and teenagers to fight crime.
    I really like his teacher approach to the problem, and potential for the future storytelling, his possible relations with other characters from the Bat Family. Can't wait for it.

  • 8.0
    KFuqua Jul 12, 2018

    Not bad. I am not enjoying this as much as the previous run, but it's not bad. Some interesting ideas and some decent art.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jul 12, 2018

    So far Black Lightning is a very welcome addition to this book. Brian Hill definitely captures his voice very well, as well as the overall team dynamics and other story elements.

  • 8.0
    adp1222 Jul 14, 2018

    We are on the 2nd issue of Bryan Hill's run and things are developing nicely. Black Lightnings incorporation into this comic is very well done. At this point, Bruce knows he does not have the skills required to guide Duke and Cassandra properly. This may be a reason why Cassandra is staying with Dr Leslie Thompkins and being mentored by Barbara (It was Cassandra's idea but she realized she needed help that Bruce couldn't provide). Maybe some of Bruce's failings with Dick, Jason, Tim and Damian have led him to this conclusion. Hopefully it will be explored at a later date because it's an interesting development.

    At first the villain seemed cliche but he has a weapon that is putting an interesting spin on his character. This more

  • 7.5
    William McKelder Jul 17, 2018

    I didn’t think I’d like Black Lightning coming into the picture, but it works for the context. Seems like maybe setting up an Outsiders deal. I’m not sold on the villain. What exactly are his powers? Do they all come from the mask? Why does he care who Batman hangs out with? Hopefully answers are coming. Also, I wouldn’t mind Batman getting back to going solo. It is outrageous that he has a bunch of kids fighting with him.

  • 6.5
    SloboSOY Jul 12, 2018

    Ok this part was better than the previous one, but it's because Cassandra have the spot on her. So Hill make her once more the daughter of Shiva too. Since her return we know for her father but her mother stay a mystery. The New52 Shiva was younger at her first apparence in Nightwing. Later they give her more & more her old appearance in Red Hood & the Outlaws. But she wasn't as good as before in my mind. So I'm happy to see that they once more try to make Shiva been what what I read & loved in the DCU before New52.
    I was also surprised to see Black Lightning surprise by Batman/Bruce connection. I understand in The Forge that Batman as Outsiders before, so I expected him to in. I think Hill give too much power to his lame vilain. I wou more

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