Detective Comics #856

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 26, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
7.3Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

"Elegy" part 3 of 4! Batwoman unites with an unlikely ally to momentarily defeat the fairytale villain known as Alice. But when Kate is forced to attend a high society event, she soon learns that her worlds are colliding as Alice's plans for Gotham's elite put Kate's father directly in harm's way.Plus, in the next part of The Question co-feature, writer Greg Rucka and artist Cully Hamner bring Renee's search for a missing girl to new depths when The Question is trapped inside a sinking car. Will her life and her leads end up at the bottom of the river?

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 7, 2009

    Kate's tactical error and Renee's bullet wound earn4. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Bryan Joel Aug 26, 2009

    Detective Comics is a bit steeped in winding DC continuity and it's a bit on the nose in places, but I'm willing to forgive all that in light of the strong, capable lead heroine and the dazzling artwork. An absolute winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Aug 27, 2009

    Still a fantastic book, this time focusing more on charaterization, making me love Kate Kane even more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 29, 2009

    This incarnation of Batwoman hasn't been around very long, but J. H. Williams III has reinvented her here. He has given her substance. He has given us a reason to read about her. And "Detective Comics" has rarely looked this good. And that "rarely" is pretty darn close to never. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Aug 28, 2009

    Good issue and I'll stick with Detective Comics for now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aug 28, 2009

    There’s promise with both works and at the very least you get great art with each story. Rucka could use some improvement with Batwoman as that story feels lost in its direction. However, he can keep doing what he does on the Question since it feels right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Aug 31, 2009

    Still, considering the fact that Im having to pay an extra dollar per month for a backup story that still isnt really doing anything for me, Im starting to wonder whether Detective Comics is worth following in the more expensive monthly format, or whether Id be better served by waiting for the collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 29, 2009

    Beautiful art that is worth buying the issue for on its own. Story is going in a direction I don't like, but I seem to be in the minority based on other online reviews, so your mileage may vary. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 16, 2009

    Unfortunately, art alone cannot carry a book, and as talented as Williams is, a strong story has to compliment great art, and vice versa. Right now Detective Comics is starting to show a lacking in quality storytelling. The Second Feature story, featuring The Question, itself plods along and is such a basic crime story that it barely needs mentioning. Greg Rucka is a talented writer and has produced some great quality stories in the past. I have no doubt that he will again in the future. Maybe he's still warming up to the task of portraying Batwoman in Detective Comics? Read Full Review

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