Detective Comics #993

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Carmine Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 22
6.6Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

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Two-Face... dead?! Did the multifaceted mafioso really get killed in a massive explosion? Batman's the detective-let HIM figure it out! And that's just what the Caped Crusader sets out to do, because something's fishy about Dent's latest demise. What the Dark Knight uncovers about his former friend not only threatens Gotham City, it's big enough to threaten the whole world.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Nov 30, 2018

    This issue, though abbreviated, is compelling, action packed and dense with character development that wouldn't be as good in most other writers' hands. The story by Robinson is smart and gives readers the tense action they have been clamoring for. The art by Di Giandomenico is gorgeous and dramatically improves over the last issue. Overall, a great issue, that reestablishes balance to the Batman canon. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Nov 27, 2018

    Robinson really pulls this story together well for a great conclusion. The dialogue is amazing and there are so many inventive and entertaining moments that are quintessential to Batman as the World's Greatest Detective. The art is phenomenal from the first panel to the last page and there is a great kinetic energy to the action. A great conclusion that seems to be leading to something dynamic for Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 28, 2018

    There were some rough patches, but in the end, I liked this arc and the story Robinson told. It's not a Detective Comics defining run, but it was an enjoyable enough story to warrant checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Nov 29, 2018

    Pick this issue up, it has a lot of novelty in how unorthodox the approach to Harvey, Bruce and Commissioner Gordon as a group of people with a rich history. Not just reasons to hate each other. I liked that a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Dec 2, 2018

    Detective Comics #993 brings closure to this mysterious arc, but it also manages to capture a timeless vision of the relationship of Two-Face and Batman. Solid art and an interesting narrative structure help to make this an enjoyable issue that any fan can read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    There's nothing groundbreaking here, but Robinson is one of the few writers who seems to understand how significant Harvey Dent was to Bruce Wayne's earlier years, and the complex battle between them is far more interesting to me than Joker ever is. Based on that alone, the coin-flip on this arc comes up positive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Nov 28, 2018

    Under James Robinson Two-Face has been truly allowed to shine, and while the arc is coming to a close, at least it goes out with a bang" or more accurately a boom. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 29, 2018

    So they had me until the last six pages. And then I stopped caring. The rest of the issue is great however. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 28, 2018

    The few lines that resonate are few and far between and Deface the Face lacks the same change up and unique insights into the World's Second Greatest Detective. It's a perfectly serviceable Batman story, but it's nothing more than that unfortunately. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Nov 28, 2018

    DETECTIVE COMICS #993 is a bit of a letdown as the climax to a relatively strong story arc. It's not bad, but it chooses to drop key plot elements as if they never mattered. Read Full Review

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

    I came into “Deface The Face” with high hopes, but was disappointed. I am hopeful again with Peter J. Tomasi taking over next issue. Mr. Tomasi has already impressed me greatly with his fantastic work on Batman & Robin, Super Sons and – one of my favorite ever runs on Superman. While my faith has been shaken, I still believe in Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 28, 2018

    There's nothing in this book that isn't predictable and the dialogue is some of the most stilted and unnatural out of all the books in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Dec 10, 2018

    What saved this story from being a complete and total disaster has been the artwork of Carmine Di Giandomenico. Highly stylized, intricately detailed and consistent from one chapter to the next, in an era where most artists on a title for two, maybe three issues before stepping away. Hopefully, his work here is recognized, narrative notwithstanding. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 28, 2018

    This is an awful ending to a mediocre story.  With Peter Tomasi jumping on the book next issue, this is the Wally Pipp of Detective stories.  Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Nov 28, 2018

    A disappointing end to a disappointing arc…. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 28, 2018

    Robinson clearly doesn't have a story here. There's an insane amount of double-page spreads in this issue, and I attribute this to them simply taking up page space. Not much happens in these spreads that warrant the use of a wider format of storytelling. The page space economy is clearly being played with here. Even regular pages have big, wide, and few in number panels that don't do anything in terms of proper storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nihilist Nov 28, 2018

    The arc was on its downward spiral, with basically each issue getting worse than the previous one. This finale is not an exception from the rule - it's pretty bad, and I really couldn't force myself to even read it at once, I had to take breaks and occupy my time with other things, because I felt not only pretty disappointed, but most importantly bored.

    The entire arc seems like a typical filler skipper. Don't waste your time on it, there's nothing to recommend.

  • 7.0
    Darkseid24 Nov 28, 2018

    I think it was ok. Kobra was a really boring enemy, but I don’t call that entirely bad, because the main focus is on Two Face& Batman anyway. It’s a good Two Face story, but nothing outstanding. Two Face had me worried at the beginning, so I am glad for the ending.

  • 5.0
    myconius Nov 28, 2018

    the art was kind of ok.
    ok, but nothing i'd want to hang on the wall.

    the story was a complete waste of time.

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  • 4.5
    waltgator93 Nov 27, 2018

    So is it a finale?! Issue felt very weak throughout. Really hope people questioned why Bruce Wayne would attend a Harvey Dent/ two-face’s funeral. I feel like this issue isn’t done yet, maybe just 2 or 3 more pages. Art was very good.

  • 4.5
    ohhaimark Dec 2, 2018

    THE GOOD:

    -I liked the art.

    -I did like the writing for Two-Face for sure

    -I thought the ending was pretty good. Not the twist or anything, but just the last page, it was a pretty fun looking finale.

    THE BAD:

    -Well that was…anticlimactic.

    -I really hope they didn't expect us to believe Two-Face was actually dead for a second.

    -I really remember very little about this issue. Sorry my review was so short.

    -I am glad this story arc is done for. Let's hope Tomasi has it in him to make things right again.

  • 3.5
    YourGreenMuse Dec 1, 2018

    This issue is predictable and the dialogue just does not fit. It's only saving grace was the overabundance of double pages because there was hardly any more story to tell.

  • 2.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    This was really not very well written at all.

  • 7.0
    GTMedia Reviews Mar 23, 2019

    Detective Comics #993 is an example of a comic snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The comic starts strong, really strong dealing with the presumed death of Two-Face and then fumbles in the endzone leaving me questioning the $20 I spent on the last 5 issues. 

    The writing is sharp and the scenes of Batman and Harvey are well paced and constructed. I'm still not a fan of Batman teaming with Two-Face while he carries a pair of handguns designed to kill but this is the story we're getting so, oh well. The art is energetic and I can tell that Carmine and Ivan are having fun in this issue as the art direction is genuinely fun to look at.


    So what went wrong?

    The second half of the issue it's reveale more

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