Detective Comics Annual #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 24
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"Clay"! Here it is: the shocking, heartbreaking origin of Clayface, including his first conflict with Batman! Actor Basil Karlo was on the cusp of fame and fortune...the kind he had dreamed of through his painful childhood...until a accident robbed him of the good looks that took him to the top. But scars don't make you a monster-only the darkness in your heart can do that-and in the wake of the accident, Karlo's darkness is revealed!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 31, 2018

    Detective Comics Annual #1 isn't an essential cog to the main book, but it is absolutely worth picking up for any reader who's been invested in the title. Tynion and Barrows provide even more incentive to root for Clayface's full redemption … provided he survives The Fall of the Batmen. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 31, 2018

    From its classic horror movie cover to the spine-chilling conclusion, Detective Comics Annual #1 is one fine book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Feb 1, 2018

    Buy as most of the books within the Bat Family have been showcasing Clayface and for good reason , as this book more than pays off what we expect from the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Feb 2, 2018

    With this story, Tynion manages to pull from so many different sources it's almost unbelievable. But at the same time, he finds a way to integrate them all so cohesively. While this story is a new take on the origin of Clayface, Tynion executes it so masterfully and with such reverence to the heart of the character, at times it's hard to imagine Clayface's origin having ever been anything other than the way it is presented here. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Feb 1, 2018

    Tying this story together with the bookend of father and son is a great touch that really just drills home the tragedy of Basil's story. The desire to live up to your father can be a powerful motivator and when that father is larger than life to begin with it leaves some very big shoes to fill. Origin stories can be simple tales for the fans to have an “ahh… so that's what happened” or “oh so that's how they became….” moment. But every now and then they add a layer that just makes the character easier to sympathise with… or at least to feel sorry for in some way. Clayface's origin story does that, it takes what we know about him being an actor and adds more depth to that… depth that adds a degree of sadness that wasn't necessarily there before. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Jan 31, 2018

    This annual was simply amazing. Definitely include this issue in your pull for the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 31, 2018

    Thank you for staying and finally seeing a part of what happened to young Basil Karloff; one of Hollywood's most wanted actors who lost it all. It is truly a sad story to finally know what events caused such a great actor to lose it all and become this hideous monster everyone is afraid of now. In the end, Basil Karloff got to do what he always wanted to do, to show the people the monster that was deep inside of him. But, where it stops was the love; Fear is what he has given the people, now maybe it is true" "Nobody really loves a monster." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Feb 27, 2018

    This was a deep tale about the choices we make and the mistakes that we sometimes repeat. I think that this story is a must for any Clayface fans, especially if you have been reading the current run of Detective Comics. I love a good origin story, and Basil was due for his. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Feb 3, 2018

    Despite a lackluster ending, this annual gives a heartwrenching yet beautiful origin of a legendary Batman Villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Jan 31, 2018

    Fun to look at and fun to read, this is a great introduction to comics for someone who is new to DC or for a lapsed reader like myself. Fans who remember the cartoon may be slightly confused that the character isnt named ‘Matt Hagen but it is otherwise a one hundred percent accessible take on this material. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Nick Gambone Feb 2, 2018

    In the middle of the ongoing battle in DETECTIVE COMICS proper, Tynion and Barrows take us on a detour through Basil Karlo's disturbed psyche. Exploring his past and reimagining the iconic origin story, this annual addresses continuity concerns while also contributing a worthwhile addition to the Batman mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 1, 2018

    Detective Comics Annual #1 presents a compelling origin story for one of Batmans best rogues. It looks at Clayface with a sympathetic eye while not absolving him of his mistakes. Its an emotional tell that flows with very few hitches. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 31, 2018

    Designed as a revamped origin story for the reformed villain Clayface, the events of Batman: Detective Comics #973 make Batman: Detective Comics Annual #1 feel less like a spotlight and more like a eulogy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Connor Christiansen Jan 31, 2018

    Clayface receives a new origin in emotional fashion that humanizes the villain into less of a monster and more a victim of tragic circumstance . Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 4, 2018

    The artwork by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira is excellent. It can be much harder than one expects to render a deformed face, or a villain of clay, but they pullit off quite effectively. Flashback layouts involving Hagens father use film borders extensively " perhaps too much " but it adds to the scope of thesegment. And their cover is a reel treat for fans of classic movie posters. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Feb 1, 2018

    "Detective Comics Annual" #1 breaks away with the annual tradition of having lower value than its main series by delivering a well-crafted, layered and compelling analysis into the mind of a monster . . . and a victim. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Kat Calamia Feb 1, 2018

    Detective Comics Annual #1 is one of the series' more cohesive stories, showing the strength behind showcasing one character instead of trying to squeeze the whole cast into a single issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 31, 2018

    James Tynion gives us a Clayface origin that starts out really strong but ends with an unnecessary change of focus.  Eddy Barrows does some really good work here and fans of Clayface will get some insight into what created the monster, I just wanted more of him.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 2, 2018

    This is a good comic. While the balance, in my opinion, is definitely in favor of the artists, it's still a satisfying read. While Clayface's story may have reached its climax, the repercussions of his impact on the Dark Knight will be felt for a long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 31, 2018

    A well crafted, emotionally effective re-worked origin of a classic Batman villain, giving us the foundation of the character's arc in today's run of Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 31, 2018

    While this annual fits in nicely with Tynion's story, it unnecessarily changes the origin of Clayface. However, it's still an emotional and powerful enough story. Combine this with Barrows' stunning art, and you have a fun read. Read Full Review

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