Detective Comics #985

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Philippe Briones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 25, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 23
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Batman called Black Lightning to Gotham City for help with a specific case-but what is Batman hiding from Jefferson Pierce? It looks like he's in touch with somebody from their mutual past, and he doesn't want Black Lightning to know about it -and that operative might be in over their head!

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

    The story by Hill is a clever character study that both pushes the readers into uncomfortable spaces and illuminates those dark corridors of Bruce Waynes mind. The art by Briones is arresting and vivid. Altogether, a change in creative teams doesnt slow the book down one bit, but instead provides for a beautiful change. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 25, 2018

    The cards are on the table and ultimatums have been delivered. Karma is clearly luring Batman into a trap, not just physically, but psychologiacally. We all know that Bruce will answer the call, but at what cost to himself, and to the family of crime-fighters that he's building? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Jennifer DeRoss Jul 26, 2018

    This issue captures so much of who Batman is and was. It speaks to many of the critiques that have been increasingly thrown at Batman and it looks like these will be further explored. If you are a long time Batman fan, this is the book for you. You certainly don't want to miss the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Jul 25, 2018

    Hill has created the best Bat Book out now, and possibly since REBIRTH. Heck, he even gives readers Commissioner Gordon. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 25, 2018

    On the Outside has been a very entertaining Batman story and Hill is hitting on all the sweet spots to make it connect. The issue's cliffhanger certainly puts Batman in an interesting predicament and I'm intrigued to see where Hill will take Batman next. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 25, 2018

    Detective Comics #985 is a much needed moment of introspection for the arc. Mind you, this is the Hill Administration here. ‘Slower' is a relative term, and there are still plenty of wonderfully drawn action and jaw-dropping moments that'll keep your eyes glued to the page. At the midway point of the arc, Hill allows us to steep in the emotional intensity of the situation. He gives us a peek into the premeditated, rather than the reactionary. It's a wonderful shift in gears and Detective Comics remains mandatory reading for Bat-fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jul 25, 2018

    The writing in this issue was the true shining star. It is nice to feel excited about a Batman driven story again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jul 25, 2018

    While Bryan Hill explores some well-trod themes of self-sufficiency and co-dependence, the story is wonderfully free of overwrought melodrama, and so far feels well-worthy of the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 25, 2018

    There's a little bit of clumsiness in how the tone shifts, but overall Hill is continuing to deliver a highly compelling Batman arc with a terrifying enemy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 25, 2018

    The art is very good too, here. Someone (I won't say who) is executed at the very end on television and it's a nice way to end on a cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jul 25, 2018

    Despite a few bumps in the narrative, Detective Comics #985 moves Karma--and the story--into the realm where you truly fear what might happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Jul 25, 2018

    The premise might not be the most original, but so far Hill is delivering a fresh take on an old classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jul 25, 2018

    After seeing Bruce's role in the creation of Karma, I am eagerly waiting to see how he will be able to shield himself from Karma's mask in order to bring him to justice. I am a little leery of the Jefferson plot in this arc though; it is not bad, but Bruce's plot is just more interesting. Bryan Hill is writing a killer arc; it is definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jul 24, 2018

    Briones' art is beautiful and there are some great panels that I went back over multiple times including Bruce's drive through the mountains, Batman's conversation with Gordon and the end of the issue. Those moments are awesome to look at and frame themselves well with the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 25, 2018

    Karma has upped the ante, proving himself as lethal a foe as the Joker. His taste for murder rivals that of the Jokers early days, but regrettably, Bruce recognizes this too late. His origin almost echoes a scene from this weeks Batman Beyond,suggesting a certain irony seeds planted in the current Batman titles come tofruition a generation later. I rather fancy that idea. But more importantly, itmay harken a return to Batmans solo career, without an extraneous team surrounding him. I see that on the CW shows, and thats what has contributed to me abandoning them. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 27, 2018

    Detective Comics #985 isnt bad. In fact, some of its scenes are memorable through their own macabre nature. That said, not a whole lot happens here, and it certainly isnt among the better issues of this comic since its Rebirth relaunch. I can still recommend it though, so feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Jul 25, 2018

    This issue was rather droll in comparison to the ones that lead to this. Its just exposition stacked upon exposition with no real payoff. I enjoyed reading it but I just can't give credit to something that we've seen Batman do countless time be repackaged in an uninteresting way. The issue feels like it was more so the readers have something to chew on while waiting for the climax of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 26, 2018

    This comic averages out to be okay in the end, but this is still a serious step down from the past two issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 25, 2018

    We learn what Karma is all about this issue and while that seems like a good thing, I don't quite know what to make about it.  Add in some rough art and a story that is mostly set up and you get the first issue of Bryan Hill's Detective that I can't fully recommend.  I am still all in with this arc, just not this issue. Read Full Review

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