Detective Comics #855

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Cully Hamner, J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 29, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"Elegy" part 2 of 4 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III! Batwoman captures her enemy, a madwoman known only as Alice who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras including Kate! But when the tables are turned, Batwoman finds herself in a hallucination slamming the present into a collision with the past, and the hints of a threat that will claim the lives of every man, woman and child in Gotham City.And in the all-new co-feature starring the Question, Montoya's quest to find a missing young girl turns deadly.

  • 9.0
    Mania - Chris Smits Jul 30, 2009

    The quality of this book is impeccable. Rucka is completely spot-on with his storytelling and fleshes out a fantastic new character in Alice. Combine this with JH Williams being above phenomenal and you get a great amount of enjoyment out of it; the format just comes together perfectly in this issue. You don't feel cheated (as in "That's it?") and it ends up giving you every intention of buying the next issue to see what happens from here.I'm giving this an A- with it only being held back a bit because of the problems I listed above. Personally, I think this is one of the best issues Rucka has written in a long time and he'll whollop my complaints quite handidly if he keeps this up. DC has a book to rightfully brag about with the artwork, but the writing catches up with it really well this time. This one's more solid than the last one and hopefully the team can keep building momentum and make you forget that you're reading a Detective Comics without a Batman in it. It's not a Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alexandru Lupp Aug 2, 2009

    The story started off strongly last issue, and itdeals with sexual slavery--which attempts to provide commentary on the evil practice (and may end meaningfully), but here in this installment it's just flashy behavior and no substance. Does this second feature justify the higher cost of the issue? Eh . . . maybe not, but I sure prefer this higher cost to Marvel's approach. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 29, 2009

    Detective Comics is a gorgeous, gorgeous book with two of the most interesting females heroes in DC's stable. At this point, I'm glad Bruce Wayne took an extended vacation, if only because it paved the way for a series like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Aug 1, 2009

    Awesome art, a cool villain, and some foreboding hallucinations lead to another fantastic issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jul 29, 2009

    Youre not likely to find a better looking superhero comic on the stands than Detective Comics #855 with J.H. Williams III and Cully Hamner delivering career-best work in already stunning careers. That is, until issue 856 comes out next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 8, 2009

    Still it's a well-done issue, and the art is phenomenal on both halves of the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jul 31, 2009

    So for now, I'm sticking with this book as I'm interested in the character development of Batwoman. We'll see if Greg Rucka can keep my interest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Jul 31, 2009

    For Rucka’s hasty effort on Batwoman, it’s interesting to see how much improvement he acquires with The Question second feature. Montoya’s journey, despite its only eight to ten page, feels like a complete issue and worth the extra dollar. What I didn’t like about Chapter 1 was how it felt like 1/3 of an actual story, but this time Rucka/Hammer are able to make the piece have a weight and heft that comes with a normal monthly comic. It’ll be interesting to see what they can accomplish when the backup feature takes over for one issue of Detective Comics. If anything, it shows that Rucka is a quick learner and with the next issue I hope he finds the balance for both Kate’s story and Renee’s. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 2, 2009

    Whilst I'm not quite as impressed by this issue as I was by the first, I'll definitely continue to follow this book--for Williams's artwork if nothing else. I get the sense that Rucka is building towards a more thorough revelation of Batwoman's origin, which should help to define the character--and, hopefully, we'll see the plot involving Alice lead somewhere interesting, too. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 10, 2009

    Hamners art is the complete opposite in look and theme, and thats perfect for The Questions tale. Hamners pencils display none of the ornate, gothic inspired flourishes, and the panels are sharply cut with solid black gutters. Outfits and uniforms are simple and crisp, like The Questions hand to hand fighting techniques. Shes a woman on a mission, and has a clear objective, unlike Batwoman, who is searching through a nighttime fog of questions for slippery, dew chilled answers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 2, 2009

    Plus, in the all-new back-up feature starring The Question, Montoya's quest to find a missing young girl turns deadly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Aug 2, 2009

    So . . . both heroines are unconscious at the end of this issue--with not a whole lot of drama waiting behind them waking up. Neither villain awaiting their rousing is that compelling, but it sure looks pretty. Granted, Rucka has earned my patience with the great stories he's delivered over the years. I just hope that by the end of this first arc I'm lauding more than the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Aug 2, 2009

    I was kind of disappointed with how easily she gets taken out at the end of this chapter--and the sudden appearance of the goon who TASERs her could have used a little more suspense. Sure, it's a back-up feature, and they don't have a lot of page-space to tell their story, but it could have been better planned. Read Full Review

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