Detective Comics #988

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Stephen Segovia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 21
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Kicking off an arc guest-written by James Robinson (writer of the Batman classics "Blades" and "Face the Face") with art by rising star Stephen Segovia! It looks like the kind of murder case too ordinary to draw the attention of Batman...but once the World's Greatest Detective gets involved, the identity of the victim completely unravels-and leads to a conspiracy among some of the Dark Knight's strangest foes!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Sep 15, 2018

    This issue gives readers a new creative team, and through well-structured plotline, dense character studies and the aesthetics that they employ throughout, they show their love for both the characters and this world. The story by Robinson is fast paced, well developed, and exciting. The art by Segovia is elegant. This issue is a change in tone, story structure and cast of characters, giving fans a sort-of reset on the book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Sep 17, 2018

    Finally to wrap things up on why I loved this issue so much is the artwork. This comic was beautiful from front to back and really does an amazing job setting the tone of this story. It was dark and gritty yet also came to life with color when it needed too. The variant cover to this issue just looks stunning with Batman back in his old suit. There is honestly nothing about this issue I can mark off for, so from me this issue is easily 5 Stars! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 12, 2018

    Detective Comics continues to be the place for fans of Dark Knight action to go, but James Robinson also gives us detective work, smart interactions and a bit of feelings as well.  I hope Robinson keeps it up because this issue is a great start and proof positive that a hurt Batman can still do his job and a humanized Caped Crusader can still punch bad guys in the face.  Imagine that! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 12, 2018

    After Bryan Hill's very strong arc, I was concerned Robinson wouldn't be able to keep the title's momentum going. This issue proved there's nothing to be worried about as Detective Comics is in good hands with the new creative team. Now it's just a matter of seeing how this mystery murder unfolds with the world's greatest detective on the case. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 12, 2018

    Batman goes back to basics in Detective Comics #988 and returns, humbly, to being Gotham City's greatest detective. Writer James Robinson takes over the reins here and does a fine job in creating a more traditional Batman story, so if you've had enough of the multiverse shattering events, or, just need a break from them, this one's for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Sep 14, 2018

    I'm starting to fall for the idea of Bruce showing actual emotion in this recent issue, he's becoming more of a reserved, don't talk about issues kind of person and we are being shown how that can be a detriment to someone in general. Whether it throws you off your game, makes you lash out, or cut yourself off from your loved ones depression can affect us all. Even the coldest heroes need to get it all out, we are very lucky to live in a time where we can see the Batman be able to actually process his tragedy and not just take in out on the face of crime in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Sep 12, 2018

    With the Outsiders on their way"out, James Robinson blows the manhole cover off the grimy streets of Gotham with this literally burning arc-opener. If you like mysteries, if you like mayhem, if you like mid-tier villains making of muck of things, this is a story-opener that's sure to please. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 12, 2018

    Onething I am uncertain is included in the back-to-basics approach is a simplematter: shaving. There was a time when the Bruce Wayne persona was as importantas the Caped Crusader. Toward this end, Bruce presented an appearance of beingthe clean cut corporate head hes supposed to be. But more recently, Batman hasbeen seen with facial stubble, and I cant say it serves him well. Is it anindicator for his emotional state? Perhaps. But mostly it just makes him looksloppy, and not in a charming Don Johnson way. I blame Ben Affleck for this,but even he was clean shaven more often than not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Sep 12, 2018

    Detective Comics takes a major shift back to its roots with this latest run, and it remains to be seen if that will be for the better, but it's off to a solid start. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 12, 2018

    All in all, the issue is fine. It tells a neat, self-contained story which adds a little more texture to Batman which we may or may not have needed. The idea of 'no simple murders in Gotham City' makes perfect sense, and Robinson executes the concept enjoyably. Segovia's art is on point, but unlike the large cast leveraged in On the Outside or even the last self-contained story way back in #982 (which went full-on psychological horror), Deface the Face doesn't feel like it has that same hook beyond being a Batman story. Sometimes, that's enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Sep 11, 2018

    The art was amazing. I really loved the way Segovia rendered the characters, especially Batman. There were some great details in the art and an excellent use of shadow throughout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Sep 15, 2018

    James Robinson's writing career has been one of hit and miss for me, with the high poing being his run on JSA and his lowest being on JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA. Using that as the scale, DETECTIVE 988 falls somewhere in a comfortable middle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 12, 2018

    This first issue is a very fast-paced story where very little happens, as Batman tries to distract himself from his recent matrimonial disaster by throwing himself into solving a single murder. The references to the wedding trouble feel a bit awkward as if it doesn't really work to have anyone but Tom King write this story. Alfred's dialogue, in particular, feels off in places. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 12, 2018

    No, this was not the auspicious return I was expecting. I've tried to be as diplomatic as I can, because these are hugely talented individuals. I'm really hoping that this issue was just a hiccup, and that the rest of the arc will improve. I hate being negative, but I have to be honest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Sep 12, 2018

    Come for the art, skim over the story. The solicits describe Segovia as a "rising star", and I think that might honestly be the case here. His work is fantastic, and worth looking out for. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Sep 12, 2018

    Hopefully, Robinson is able to clean up the dialogue a bit before the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Sep 12, 2018

    The first thing I've noticed while reading this issue is its different tone, compared to Bryan Hill's take on the series. This Batman seems more talkative and personal, which even Jim Gordon sees. And while it's not a bad change by any means, I wonder if it'll affect other representations of the Bat appearing in other series, whether it's Scott Snyder's Justice League or Tom King's Batman. Especially the latter, known to feature small amount actual text at least usually.

    Also, what must be mentioned, it'd be nice to know whether this issue is a soft new start, or a direct continuation of the Karma arc, tied to it and trying to continue what it established. It ma be too early to judge, after all none of the Bat Family side charact more

  • 5.0
    ComickerPerson Sep 12, 2018

    Pure mediocrity

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  • 8.0
    Troy Sep 13, 2018

    I was dreading this because of his Wonder Woman, but this is some of James Robinson's best work as of recent.

  • 8.0
    Dani Sep 15, 2018

    Detective 988 sees Batman working solo to solve a murder mystery (aside from witty commentary from Alfred). This seems like a simple case that has Jim questioning why Batman is involving himself; but with all the chaos currently in Batman’s life, he needed to reset. As Batman stated, “Bottom Line This is a Mystery and I’m a Detective”. Of course, no murder is simple as Batman so eloquently told Commissioner Gordon; and a larger plot revealed itself by the end of the issue.

    There was nothing really exciting about this book; it was just Batman getting back to basics. However based on how the comic ends, big things are in store for the Dark Knight.

  • 8.0
    William McKelder Sep 17, 2018

    Putting the detective back in Detective Comics. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. I hope it continues to build.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY Sep 13, 2018

    Robinson did a nice job with this story. He work on bruce still hurt by Catwoman's decision. He plant a very nice seed for old & now enemy (The fireflies) and putt a ending that was very interesting. But the end don't succeed to hide the fact this story wasn't enough after the last run to make me hocked again.

    Cover - Nice & in link 2/2
    Writing - I think it's something missing to be perfect. I don't know why. Maybe I'm botherhed by the presence of the Fireflies or that we don't know who shot the man for now. 2/3
    Arts - The art is impressive except for the fighting part. Like if he follow a guide like a good student but not take risk. The flame, the smoke or the Sky remplace background, eating it like gangrene. That sad more

  • 7.0
    Steve C Sep 18, 2018

    Overall, a good story. It lost points for misuse of “you’re” instead of “your” on page 29. Gordon to Batman: “I’m sure you’re (sic) presence is needed elsewhere.”

    It should read either: “you’re needed elsewhere” or “your presence is needed elsewhere.”

  • 6.5
    myconius Sep 12, 2018

    at least this is only a guest writer.
    cannot wait for Tomasi to take over the series.

    there are things i really really like about this comic….
    then there were some things i was less than thrilled with.

    first what i enjoyed.
    -pretty decent art (i don’t love it, but it’s better than the last guy)
    -great to have Batman working solo again
    -i’m digging the return of the more classic looking Bat-suit.
    -the return of Batman actually being a detective
    -good action scenes

    things i could have done without
    -Batman & Gordon being asses towards one another (all their conversations felt awkward)
    -the pining over Selina (too much of the comic is wasted on this)
    -the more

  • 6.0
    daddyT Sep 13, 2018

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 6.
    +1 because: the art was definitely above average.
    -1 because the dialog was just bad.

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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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