Detective Comics #857

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 23, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
8.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"Elegy" part 4 of 4! Batwoman faces off against Alice in an attempt to stop the villainess from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham! But Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman's life will never ever be the same again.Plus, The Question's search for a missing girl leads Renee to a human trafficking ring, and the Question suddenly finds herself in way over her head.

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 30, 2009

    Still, this book delivers the crime-fiction, delivers the street-level vigilantes, and some excellent storytelling overall. Detective Comics #857 earns a very strong 4.5 out of 5 stars overall, and makes me happy to be reading a bat-title again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Sep 25, 2009

    Despite some concerns about the storyline on the whole, this was probably the strongest issue of Detective Comics since Rucka and Williams debuted on the book. However, Willaims is clearly the main draw at this point, though Rucka isn't exactly dragging his feet either. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Bryan Joel Sep 23, 2009

    And perhaps that's the beauty of what Detective Comics has become under Rucka. His upstart hero Kate is thrust into persona-defining stock situations, filling issues with a sense of freshness you can't really capture with, say, Wonder Woman or Black Canary, characters who are decades old. And coupled with J. H. Williams's breathtaking accounts of what would otherwise be labeled "banal," Detective contains a kinetic buzz that echos what Kate feels while wearing the cowl. I actually feel something when I read Rucka and Williams's Detective Comics, and that's ultimate what elevates it above a simple "by-the-numbers" superhero book. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Sep 26, 2009

    It's agreatissues with amazing art and the back-up is the best yet, but that still makes it a great issue following amazing issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Sep 24, 2009

    "Detective Comics" #857 continues to thrill with bold, inventive art from both the main team of Williams and Stewart, and the second feature team of Hamner and McCaig. Rucka writing both gives the issue a uniformity, but the artists are the stars here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Sep 28, 2009

    Again I may stick around after this issue. I try to only get stuff that really blows me away. Dont have the money or the space in my house to keep buying comics that dont knock my socks off. Still I would recommend this story. Its decent enough and maybe other readers may take to it more than I did. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 3, 2009

    Detective Comics is still laboring under a lack of truly original and engaging storytelling, but its artwork is so good that it the book can be read for this reason alone. Rucka is a very accomplished storyteller so hopefully Batwomans stories will improve. A comic book cannot survive on artwork alone. Read Full Review

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