Detective Comics #987

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Miguel Mendonca Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 22, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 26
8.1Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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Then, the pulse-pounding "On the Outside" storyline hurtles toward its cataclysmic conclusion! Batman has tasked Katana, Black Lightning, the Signal and Orphan (a.k.a. Cassandra Cain) with stopping a rogue operator using alien technology that can crack into any mind on Earth! What does this case have to do with the Brainiac Files seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1? And how does Amanda Waller factor in? Guess you're "outside" of Batman's circle of trust... for now.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Aug 24, 2018

    This issue shows fans that Batman may not know how to always ask for help, even when he needs it, and though he seems to be in control most of the time, he doesnt always have the answers. The story by Hill is funny at times, brutal at times, and definitely action packed. The art throughout is gorgeous. This issue makes for a satisfying conclusion to the story revolving around Karma and only revs up the next arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Aug 22, 2018

    It such a good time to be a Batman fan! There is some incredible creative talent working with the character, and if you're not keen to Hill, you should be. His On the Outside is a well-paced and conceived story that sets up so many cool things for the future. I can't wait! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 22, 2018

    Hill's run on Detective Comics was brief, but hopefully this isn't the end of his work with Batman. Detective Comics was one of the best team books in the Rebirth era. Hill and Mendoca lay the groundwork for the next great team stemming from this run. I can't wait to get caught up on the outside long-term. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 1, 2018

    The final entry in the On the Outside arc proves to be the strongest one yet. It is a powerful story with gorgeous artwork that explores both the weight of responsibility and the impact of the fear behind the Bat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 22, 2018

    The final issue of Bryan Hill's short Detective Comics run delivers the goods, as Hill both closes out his narrative and sets up some future adventures that will be happening in a yet-to-be-announced title. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 23, 2018

    The ending of this storyline has a nice ending for Black Lightning. It leaves the door open for future stories. I hope so. Hill really has a handle on these characters and he strutted his stuff on this story. Mendonca did nice work too. Hopefully, they both get reunited soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Aug 22, 2018

    Somaybe Batman handing his team over to Black Lightning is a good thing, as itmay bring the Caped Crusader back to his roots. The Outsiders has always been ahaven for the homeless, the DC heroes who would otherwise be an answer to aBronze Age trivia question. And if it breathes new life into them and leads toyet another CW show, well, its not as if I am required to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Aug 22, 2018

    In the course of one arc, Hill has progressed Batman farther than his predecessors have throughout Rebirth in any Batman comic. The character appears strong again both physically and mentally. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Aug 22, 2018

    While the current arc comes to a close, the future looks awfully bright for the world of Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Aug 24, 2018

    Detective Comics continues to deliver an excellent read and as one story feeds into the next it's difficult not to feel a genuine connection between the characters and the events that are unfolding. This issue is perhaps not ideal for new readers but it does chronicle the rise of a new (legacy) team that will be truly interesting to watch as they develop. An easy recommendation this month, if you are not reading Detective Comics yet then it may be about time you considered picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 24, 2018

    Batman: Detective Comics #987 finishes out this new Outsiders origin with on a high note, giving a good story of Batmans mistakes and his attempts at rectifying them. Im excited to see what is done with the Outsiders team soon, and this book earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 22, 2018

    I pray that Bryan Hill delivers on the promises he's made in this terrific five issue run. Classic characters have been brought back together, and all-new ones added to their ranks. Wheels have been set in motion that make me want to see where this juggernaut is headed. If Mr. Hill takes the rest of this stellar creative team with him, then I'll definitely stick around for the ride. This chapter may be over, but – as with all great comics – it's never really the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Aug 22, 2018

    The newly formed Outsiders prove their worth, and look forward to stopping global threats for Batman soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Aug 22, 2018

    Not as explosive as the last issue, but still a great conclusion to a fantastic story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 22, 2018

    Bryan Hill ends his time on Detective Comics with a really good finale to a good arc. Everything is wrapped up and even if it may have felt a bit too convenient at times, the promise of bigger and better things to come won me over in the end.  If you haven't checked out this arc yet, you really should. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 21, 2018

    Mendonca has some great art in this issue with great facial expressions from the characters as well as awesome action beats. The art really complements the story and there are definitely some emotional moments that can only be depicted visually in this issue and the art nails it, especially in the final confrontation between Batman and Karma. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Aug 22, 2018

    We see in this issue, Katana from the Suicide Squad makes an appearance and introduces another new villain by the name of Martina Dementieva from Markovia. I must say, I am excited to see the interactions between Martina and our Bat-Family because she has quite an interesting power. I want to know what happens next and if you want to know what I'm talking about, include this issue in your pull for the week and find out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Aug 26, 2018

    I liked this read, made me feel that maybe it's getting close to time for a Batman to take the wheel as support in most cases these days. Even though he's triumphed it becomes quite obvious that he needs to do something to keep his edge as the dark knight. With all of these different comics forcing Bruce into the retirement corner, I wouldn't be surprised if he's forced to do so by some grievous injury. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Aug 27, 2018

    A not so subtle backdoor pilot for a new season does it's job well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 23, 2018

    While Bryan Edward Hill's Detective Comics has served as a bit of a backdoor pilot for a new Outsiders title, it's a little frustrating to see them practically get sidelined before the big fight. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 22, 2018

    The tech is magical and kind of silly, the reveal of the larger Big Bad is predictable, and Hill crams this full of characters who seem to struggle for purpose and spend most of the book arguing about the ways in which their specific talents are absolutely needed to contribute to the success of the mission. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    myconius Aug 22, 2018

    Karma is just a "meh" villain.
    some out-of-nowhere joe that all of the sudden knows Bruce Wayne's secret identity,
    all thanks to his magical MacGuffin mask that i've never heard of before.
    but it's super over powered, and lets him read minds.
    he's a forgettable D-lister at best.

    i wasn't thrilled seeing Bryan Hill making Batman use the same trick that
    Grant Morrison had him do with his memories in Batman RIP/Last Rites.

    this was a very pedestrian comic.
    the art is very "eh" as well.
    nothing that i'll miss looking at.

    even the lettering had a glaring error.
    this was actually kinda funny. Duke asks Katana if he can ask her a question,
    then in the next panel Black more

  • 5.0
    daddyT Aug 23, 2018

    an ok issue which loses a point because I just don't like the way this new team is being formed. somehow Batman thinks he can just assign people to teams? and the way he beats Karma is... very comic-booky, ok.

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  • 7.5
    Nihilist Aug 22, 2018

    My only problem with this issue, concluding Karma's arc, is the fact everything in it feels somewhat rushed. It's not a complaint from me, not in the exact sense of the word at least, but I wouldn't mind if important parts of the book were a bit longer - especially the final battle between Batman and Karma. Scenes come and go, squeezed together as much as possible, making the comic a rather intense read, but on the other hand, not everything, or should I say "everyone", has proper purpose and impact on the story. Cass and Duke could as well not appear at all, and it wouldn't make a difference. Same applies to Katana, who was teased big time last month, and today didn't have much to do.
    I sure am very excited for the upcoming Markovia a more

  • 8.0
    Dani Aug 24, 2018

    We have finally reached the conclusion of Hill's 5 issue story line. I have really enjoyed the arc in it's entirety and I can't wait for The Outsiders in December.

    The 1st half of this comic was a 9 but the 2nd half dropped to a 7; which is a shame. The 1st half had a lot of interaction with the newly formed Outsiders team, which was nice to see. They work well together and Black Lightning is demonstrating strong leadership skills. The 2nd half was the final showdown between Batman and Karma. It was very anti-climatic. I was really hoping for an epic mental battle between the two but it was over pretty quickly. An additional 5-8 pages would have really helped this comic.

    The art work in this issue was the be more

  • 8.0
    Bigbooty Oct 15, 2018

    The most dangerous place in Gotham city is the floor where you’re standing now.

  • 7.5
    DarePool53 Sep 25, 2018

    A bit of a hurried finish to what’s been a very solid arc.

    Shall be keeping an eye out for writer Bryan Hill’s other works!

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Oct 16, 2018

    This arc started out very decent, but got very rushed towards the end. Still, it gave me good expectations for Hill's upcoming Outsiders book.

  • 5.0
    SloboSOY Aug 23, 2018

    The final battle against Karma. Another attempt to make something with this bad idea. Even the moment where bruce let is mind flow isn't good (He wasn't there to see Jason hurt, the time where Baine break is back, where scarecrow put fear in him or Joker, or Hugo Strange, or the court of owld would have given stronger panel. I will not take the new outsider ongoing for sure.

    Cover - Variant nice but not related 1/2
    Writing - the worse arc since the beginning of this volume. Well not easy to pass after Tynon IV. 1/3
    Arts - The art make the work. 3/3
    Feelings - That not good for Batman & Outsiders ongoing. Even with Cassie & Katana that I love he succeed to not hocking me ! 0/2

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