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: 17 User Reviews: 20
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User 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!
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  • 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
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - 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

  • 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
    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

  • 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

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Feb 1, 2018

    After Detective Comics' issue #973, most notably its cliffhanger, it feels logical and natural to see Clayface in the limelight. His new origin story portrays him as a more human, complex character, while rthe general tone of his backstory and not retconning it for the sake of retconning it (like Mr. Freeze in New 52, but about him later).
    To a degree, this change reminded me of Harvey Bullock from Geoff Johns' Batman: Earth One, who was fleshed out for once, and served as a tragic hero we emphatize with during the span of the comic. Same here - Basil has his own personality, and by no means feels like just a bad guy. His story unfolds, and while we all know the outcome of it, it still feels emotional and engaging.
    Similarly to aforementioned Mr. Freeze, Clayface is portrayed as a tragic antihero, who can't be called evil, but his decisions (mistakes) shaped him into something monstrous, at least at first glance. We're offered an insight into his childhood, life as an actor, warm relationship with Glory Griffin, and finally, a gruesome (both literally and figuratively) transition into a monster.
    At the end of the book, you can't stop feeling sad for him, as well as for Glory, who long time readers may remember as Mudface. It's a tragic tale, connecting to possibly tragic outcome of the last issue of Detective Comics. We'll see about that.
    One thing is certain for now - it's as good as it is sad.

  • 10
    Troy Jan 31, 2018

    Clayface has always been my favourite Batman villain ever since I was a kid, so I loved this modern retelling of his origin and hope it creates new fans. The art and environments were phenomenal.

  • 10
    FrenchLover Jan 31, 2018

    clayface - CLAYface - CLAYFACE !!!!

  • 10
    KFuqua Feb 1, 2018

    Another good issue of Tynion's Detective run!

  • 9.0
    NewComicguy Feb 2, 2018

    This new origin,changes Clayface from a henchman that has powers to a guy you feel sorry for and you can sympathize with him.And Barrows and Ferreira art is still one of my favorites.The passing is a little fast at the end.But other than that,this is a great book.

  • 9.0
    Fearless0610 Feb 2, 2018

    This was book was a beautiful tragedy. I love how Tynion and company have reinvented Clayface and made him into a tragic and compelling figure. This issue did a wonderful job exploring his childhood, fame, friendship with Glory and ultimately his downfall. I loved all of it and can't wait to see where they keep taking this character.

  • 8.5
    The bad who Feb 2, 2018

    First of all, the timing of it was very well thought off considering how the last Detective ended. It's a very sad and tragic story that puts even more humanity in Clayface's backstory. He was always a great villain and the moral ambiguity they injected in him these past years is brought to a point where it's not clear what he is anymore. Hero, villain, martyr, victim? It could be a problem, but it ends up being a good thing as Basil himself must be asking these questions too about who he is. The writing is top notch and the art is great. More so in the depictions of Basil after the accident, which is fittingly gruesome and repulsive.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Feb 1, 2018

    Reasonably entertaining merger of the original and second Clayface's origins. Great Barrows art.

  • 10
    Super17 Feb 1, 2018

  • 9.5
    Herushalaim Feb 2, 2018

  • 9.0
    Jason The Dude Jan 31, 2018

  • 9.0
    that dude Feb 2, 2018

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 3, 2018

  • 9.0

  • 9.0
    Spider-Man Prime Feb 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    Alf1014 Jan 31, 2018

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Feb 1, 2018

  • 8.0
    ActionCity Feb 8, 2018

  • 7.5
    CraigR Feb 21, 2018

  • 7.0
    RL_Penguin Feb 1, 2018

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