Detective Comics #988

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Stephen Segovia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 30
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7.8User 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

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 26, 2018

    Detective Comics #988 draws on Batmans more recent troubled past while bringing the character back to the basics. Its a truly heartfelt story about the Worlds Greatest Detective that any fan can jump right into and immediately enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 12, 2018

    I'm going to praise Stephen Segovia one more time. His work here is exemplary. I hope he stays on this title or on a Batman related title for some time to come. His work is just excellent. This is a good, solid issue from the creative team. 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
    On Comics Ground - 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 - 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

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