Detective Comics #989

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Stephen Segovia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 21
7.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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ighting off Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum and two versions of the pyro-maniac Firefly shouldn't be too difficult for Batman...but the real threat comes from the fact that they're pairs! For some reason, Two-Face doesn't want Batman to discover the truth behind the murder he's investigating...but what's his angle?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Sep 28, 2018

    This issue continues the arc set by Robinson and Segovia, which looks to be part of a bigger scheme that Two-Face has setup. The story by Robinson definitely feels like a crime procedural, one that can almost be an episode of Law & Order, as the story grind at the details like most procedural dramas until you get a breakthrough like most crime TV shows do. The art by Segovia continues to be stellar, which is more than enough reason to re-read this book more than once. Overall, an engaging second installment in what looks to be a very interesting story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 26, 2018

    Detective Comics #989 features the second chapter of Deface the Face and its coming along better than I imagined. Robinson and Segovia are rolling while preventing any kind of drop-off after the departure of the last pair of writers. Detective Comics is in great hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 26, 2018

    Stephen Segovia is the perfect artist for this title. His work here is just spectacular and he is the perfect Batman artist. The story isn't groundbreaking but it's incredibly solid. I'm enjoying it though and it ranks high for good entertainment value. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 30, 2018

    Although the emotional weight isnt as noticeable in the second entry into the Deface the Face arc, the focus on mystery and core characters inside Batmans life help to create what is shaping up to be a classic Detective Comics story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Sep 26, 2018

    There are enough things in this book to love that overlooking its fairly standard storytelling approach seems justifiable. James Robinson may be a "safe" writer, but now and then the less divisive, the better. He handles the characters well, is adept at serving up fan-favorite scenarios and interactions, and so far he's focused on grounded questions and challenges for Batman, which already put him ahead of the class for me personally. Slow and steady wins the race; sometimes you just don't need to change the formula to stay relevant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Joshua Lapin-Bertone Sep 26, 2018

    A great "breather" or "back to basics" tale of Batman being a detective. The art is splendid and the dialogue is fun. I hope the rest of the arc continues with the momentum. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Sep 25, 2018

    The art was great. Segovia does some amazing work with shadow and composition in this issue and the details were amazing. There were some great shots in this issue that enhanced and complemented the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Sep 26, 2018

    Aside from the oddly paced scenes, this was enjoyable enough. The dialogue is fun and the art is pretty stunning. I just wish I cared about what was going on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 26, 2018

    Butthe strength of this issue is in the dialogue, between Batman and Alfred andBatman and Commissioner Gordon. Two of Batmans oldest allies, they have theprivilege of being blunt with the truth, and reminding him that in their eyes,hes not the urban legend that all of Gotham City believes him to be. He needsto hear that more often. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 26, 2018

    "Deface the Face", James Robinson's new storyarc on Detective Comics, is a good-looking, flashy comic that unfortunately has very little behind the mask. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 26, 2018

    This issue was a bit of a let down for me after enjoying the last issue so much, but there are still things to like here.  Batman continues to do actual detective work and interact with some close allies and it all looks great.  However, the story felt a bit padded out to keep the big reveal for the cliffhanger.  I'm still into James Robinson's story, just not as much as I was going in. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 26, 2018

    If there is any saving grace of the issue, it is Segovia's artwork. The costume work and atmosphere is the only strength really maintained throughout this mini-arc. I enjoy the dynamic action shots and the lighting. Honestly, this was the first time in a long while where at the end of a Batman issue I was disinterested in what came next. Hopefully, the conclusion can salvage some of the notes that made #988 entertaining, but I am not an optimistic reader this time around. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Sep 27, 2018

    I liked this issue, but it was still quite slow and rather cliche if I'm being honest. I like the emotion that Batman is getting but honestly with how slow paced this new arc is I can't but feel like this is just run of the mill filler, and will ultimately have no impact. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 28, 2018

    These two issues have not been terrible, but when every issue before them has been bordering on perfect I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed. I am keen to see what Mr. dent is up to, but when Two-Face shows up as the main villain in chapter two I can't help but feel in two-minds (sorry) about the whole endeavour. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Sep 26, 2018

    This new-and-improved Batman is still taking some getting used to, but he's moving in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Sep 27, 2018

    For those hoping for a more lively Batman issue, #989 of Detective Comics gives you just that. It is a Batman that adds a berating diatribe to the list of his normal theatrics. There are a number of solid character beats that make up for a disappointing conclusion. With a number of issues still left in this arc, there is promise that is this will be more than a holdover before a more concrete direction is set. Read Full Review

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