Detective Comics #995

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 2, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 50
8.6Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at the Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow creature plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to the violent vendetta. Will those tragedies send Batman over the edge? Good thing he's on his way to Arkham Asylum-but will he investigate a murder, or get incarcerated in a padded cell?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Jan 5, 2019

    This issue leaves fans on edge, as it is pure suspense, and more than puts Batman on notice. The story by Tomasi is smart, powerful, and brimming with intensity. The art by Mahnke and Mendoza gives fans a different look at the Dark Knight. Overall, a great issue that flips the tables on some characters and gives fans an angry and focused Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weird Science - Joey Casco Jan 2, 2019

    Crap is about to go down. The writer of that other book should take note. This is how it's done. This is what a real 10 out of 10 looks like. I don't see how you could improve on this issue in any way. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jan 2, 2019

    Tomasi and Mahnke prove time and time again to work incredibly well together, to say the least, and can expertly weave an epic memorable title after title. The long two standing Dc comics royalty knows these characters inside and out and working together create what hopes to be one of the best Batman runs in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 7, 2019

    Tomasi and Mahnke are a dream team. The writing and the art are of the highest caliber. I can't wait for the next issue. It will be on the top of my reading list for certain. It's amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Jan 2, 2019

    Someone is opening up several cans of worms that I bet Bruce wants to keep closed. The walk through Arkham Asylum let's us eliminate several of Batman's Rogues gallery as suspects. The set up leads us to suspect one villain, but the end results of the story make us question whether it's actually that person. Batman's walk through Arkham Asylum brings us to the cell of"to be continued. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jan 2, 2019

    If you are feeling sour on recent Batman offerings elsewhere, Peter J. Tomasi has the cure for what ails you. And even if you're okay with the current state of Batman's world otherwise, this book ought to still surprise and delight you. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 2, 2019

    The gritty, beautiful art of Doug Mahnke is another factorthat makes this storyline engaging. There is masterful dramatic detail in thepanels and the pace of the story is complemented by the art.   Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 7, 2019

    Detective Comics #995 continues a deadly new mystery weighing heavily on Batman with near-perfect execution from the creative team. The story is incredibly engaging, and the visuals are spectacular. Its a must read for any fan of the Worlds Greatest Detective! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 2, 2019

    This arc has signaled an impressive debut for the new creative team who have quickly ushered in a thrilling and mysterious new era for Detective Comics. With the big #1000 milestone issue on the way the book s back to being a must-read for Batman and DC fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 2, 2019

    Will it bring the Bat-family together? Honestly I hope not. Thats kind of what the wedding storyline of 2018 seemed to do. Id prefer to see a character-building story featuring Bruce and almost no one else. The children " Dick, Barbara,Selina, et al - are grown with live and titles of their own. When they hit #1,000, theyll have their big moment. Until then, this is Bruces story, andshould remain so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 2, 2019

    A really great issue that hammers home the emotional toll Batman is going through. If you push this superhero far enough you're going to get your worst nightmare. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 3, 2019

    This arc is seriously hitting me where it hurts. Everyone is expectingDetective Comics #1000 to be spectacular, especially after the magical millennial anniversary issue of Action Comics, last year. 2018's issue stood alone, and while I'm sure that ‘Tec #1000 will also be accessible to everyone, the fact that this is the arc that is leading into it is very special indeed. It feels to me that Tomasi and his collaborators are tearing Batman down, from the inside out, only to make him even stronger moving forward. This is pure Mythology. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 2, 2019

    The build up to the #1000 milestone is drumming up to be a fascinating case study on Gotham's effects on mental health with a multilayered mystery bubbling below the surface. Right now, Tomasi still seems to be in the process of getting all of the pieces in place, but as a long-time fan I'm excited to see his exploration of Batman's duality. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Williamson Jan 2, 2019

    An excellent second issue that builds on the mystery and leaves you wanting even more in the best way possible, enhanced by impeccable art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 5, 2019

    Detective Comics #995 is an emotionally impactful issue featuring a gut-wrenching loss. Peter Tomasi does a fantastic job emphasizing how important Leslie Thompkins was in Bruce Wayne's life. This story was all wonderfully brought to life by Doug Mahnke's artwork as he hit on all the emotions Bruce was feeling and how intimidating Batman was at the end of Detective Comics #995. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 4, 2019

    Batman loses one person very dear to him in DETECTIVE COMICS #995, while another is nearly killed. Someone knows how to hurt Bruce Wayne, and it threatens to push him over the edge. This is a tense, mournful issue, ratcheting up the tension in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jan 2, 2019

    What a gut-wrenching issue! So many feels… Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jan 3, 2019

    Tomasi, Mahnke and team have something quite interesting brewing, even if it is still not obvious and fully fleshed out. Here's hoping more will be out in the open soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 3, 2019

    While plenty of fans will be turned off by the seeming darkness for darkness's sake of this story, Detective Comics is still a powerful and good-looking book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Mueller Jan 2, 2019

    The mystery of who is behind this is compelling, and Doug Mahnke's art is better than ever, but overall this issue left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 2, 2019

    The first issue of Pete Tomasi's return to the world of Gotham was a competent, effective mystery that wasn't really going to get anyone talking. The second issue is definitely going to get people talking from early on, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    YourGreenMuse Jan 4, 2019

    I really enjoyed this issue a lot. It's just so well written and it made me care about the characters and the mystery is intriguing. And the art is great.

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  • 9.0
    ohhaimark Jan 2, 2019



    -I'm loving Doug Mahnke's art. It is some of the best art I have seen in a Batman comic in a while.

    -Wow. Leslie Thompkin's death was great. Sorry, that sounded wrong. I mean, her death was really beautifully written, her last words just really hit hard, as does Batman's desperation to save her, along with the flashback pages. Dramatic, tender and touching. This issue really showed me the right way to put emotion into a Batman comic. This issue had me close to tears.

    -Seeing even Alfred react to Leslie's death was pretty touching as well.

    -Super great callback to Year One with Alfred ringing the bell. I dug that scene.

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  • 7.5
    egon244 Jan 2, 2019

    "... a rapier..."

    I don't remember the last time, if ever, that I was scared of Batman after reading his comic. Well, the last couple of pages of this issue gave me chills. Those inmates are in for quite a nightmare. But first things first.


    Peter Tomasi continues to weave his mystery and, unfortunately, dr Thompkins won't be there to see it solved. That shook Batman a bit. Fortunately, he didn't throw a childish tantrum, he just needed a minute.
    After that someone rings the bell at the manor's door. And it seems to be the star of the last movie the Waynes have ever seen. Got to give it to Alfred though. He is still able to tease Bruce even while having a hole in his more

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  • 10
    Linkush Jan 2, 2019


    Wow, this issue has it all. Badass batman, one of the most touching moments in a comic book I read in a while, gorgeous art and an interesting story.

    Pick this one up. I can't recommend it enough.

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Jan 2, 2019

    Tomasi's takeover of the series was much needed, after James Robinson's bland and uninspired short adventure with it. The issue, despite not featuring much hard action, is pretty fast paced, especially its first half - I cought myself reading it at dangerous speed, being so invested in what was happening.
    Definitely worth picking up - we're near #1000, and the last straight leading to it looks just wonderful. Keep it up, Tomasi, we need you more than ever now, since Detective Comics under your guidance is the only good Batman comic out there.

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  • 8.5
    bucswin611 Jan 2, 2019

    Oof. I really wanted a few more pages - Bruce's reaction to the traumas he is witnessing is compelling and makes me want to pick it up again in two weeks. Mahnke wasn't as A-plus as #994, but there was great visual storytelling here. Tomasi (so far) is committed to the ground-level detective angle, which should be a crowd-pleaser for many.

  • 8.5
    myconius Jan 2, 2019

    ....and with this issue, now there really IS no hope in Crime Alley.

    it's GREAT to have Tomasi writing a Batman comic again.
    the plot(so far) might be a bit thin, but it really is INTENSE!!
    overall this comic shows that Tomasi is still one of the best Batman writers in recent years. this issue was a real page turner. and just as all hoe seems to be lost, we are given a slight bit before having it ripped away.
    ...and then another sucker punch to the gut.

    i really love Tomasi's voice for Bruce as well as Alfred. they feel completely in character.
    i like how Bruce seems mostly in control, even in the most dire situations. then when push comes to shove, Bruce rolls up his sleeves, puts on his ass kickin more

  • 8.0
    waltgator93 Jan 2, 2019

    Issue started out good but went slightly downhill in a confusing way. The art was amazing! Cliffhanger definitely has me excited for new issue, shit is about to go down.

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jan 2, 2019

    Once again, the Tomasi/Mahnke dream-team hits it out of the park! After only two issues, it's safe to say that Bats is finally in good hands again.

    The art and writing continue being solid.

    Leslie succumbs to the Joker venom, and Alfred is stabbed by a man in a Zorro outfit. Fun callback to Year One with the chair and the bell.

    Also enjoyed the reference to Damian's medical skills, as he apparently performed surgery on Bruce during the "Court of Owls" storyline.

    The mastermind behind this plot seems to be going after Bruce's former mentors, and his next target (according to the solicits) is none other than Henri Ducard. If you remember back in Tomasi's Batman & Robin run from the New 52, Henri's s more

  • 7.0
    SloboSOY Jan 4, 2019

    The drama continue. In one hand Bat didn't save Leslie, in another Alfred seem to have lost is military training.
    The attacks puts Batman in a angry mind and we finish with a cliffhanger where he quotes Rorschach.
    So I'm not fond of the darkness in this story but maybe because a personal issue with my mother health darken my mind.

    Cover -I take the variant so related and beautiful. 2/2
    writing - It's not what I look for, but Tomasi does a good job. 2/3
    Arts - Gleason make awesome layout and panel. It's a pleasure to follow his story. 3/3
    Feeling - Don't like it. 0/2

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  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Jan 2, 2019

    This issue is well written, but overall I didn’t like it much.
    Leslie’s death seems pointless& I’m sick of DC killing characters off like that. She deserves better& I really hope she isn’t really dead. Leslie was quite out of character in this issue. She never approved of Bruce being Batman& always criticized him for choosing to be Batman. She questioned his violence against criminals, but didn’t call the police, because she loved him like a son, since he was a little boy. Therefore it really feels wrong for her character telling Bruce how proud she is on him being Batman. New52& also Rebirth unfortunately never did her character justice. So I really hope this isn’t the last time we see her.
    After Leslies death Batman more

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  • 8.0
    Perry_comics Jan 5, 2019

    Comic Book Review Scale (0-10)

    0 -1 Story must keep me engaged:
    The story picks up right after the previous issue and then more death and then the ending cliffhanger made me say oh shit!

    1-2 Must be able to Understand the Story:
    I'd recommend having the last issue read but the first page kind of recaps the previous issue

    2-3 Visuals/Artwork must make sense and be consistent:
    artwork made sense and was the consistent only part that wasn't was when **spoiler** Alfred answered the door and was stabbed by "Zorro"
    in the first panel the full mage you clearly see "Zorro" with a big brimmed circular hat and the next page last panel you see him more

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  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    The dialogue was a bit overwrought and I could use a little bit more chill, but I think the plot as a whole is so interesting.

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Jan 6, 2019

    I am subtracting points from a well assembled comic for killing off Leslie. It certainly seems a waste, if not an outright fridging. But otherwise, Tomasi continues to hit all the notes that King wants to hit and cannot. And the art is stellar.

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  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Nov 8, 2019

    The difference between Peter Tomasi's Detective Comics and Tom Kings Batman is night and day. While I usually expect Tom King's Batman to be hit and miss. Peter's Batman is a beast.

    This comic picks up on the cliffhanger of the last issue. Leslie Thompkins unfortunately succumbs and dies after being infected by a modified Joker Toxin. The comic goes on from there and we get another devastating attack on Bruce's family a couple of pages later. From here we get one of the most badass Batman cliffhangers I've read in years.

    The sense of urgency is the greatest strength of this issue. Batman isn't moping or monologuing to himself. In Detective comics he's efficient, and getting shit done.

    Doug Mankhe and David more

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    Spiderbat Jan 30, 2019

    Great issue, I was choking up in parts.

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