Detective Comics #863

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Jock, Scott Kolins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 31, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
6.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

When Batman and Batwoman each face off against a knife-wielding killer, they soon find themselves working different sides of the same case. But will they arrive in time to rescue the missing girl and stop the killer from claiming another victim? Things do not end well in "Cutter" Part 3. And in The Question, the mastermind behind the human trafficking ring and the gunrunning scheme is finally revealed, and The Question and the Huntress find themselves in the fight of their lives.

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Mar 31, 2010

    Though, paling incomparison to Rucka's previous Detective story arc, Cutter's finaleutilizes a unique storytelling dynamic and yields an interestingcliffhanger.At first I was skeptical about the new direction Greg Rucka,who is no stranger to writing Batman, was taking Detective Comics. It was onething to replace Bruce Wayne as Batman with Dick Grayson. It was quite anotherreplacing Batman altogether on Detective Comics with the new Batwoman. As itturns out, a break from Batmans prolonged proprietorship of Detective Comicspages was just what the doctor ordered. From psychedelic villains to mutantsand blade-covered kidnappers, Rucka has infused Detective Comics with a sort ofwhimsical depth that it hasnt seen in well, ever, really! Couple that with thetop-notch artwork thats accompanied Ruckas storytelling (the virtuosic J.H.Williams IIIs mind-boggling, literally outside-the-box panel work and Jockscurrent stone-cold grit), and youve got yourself one of the most refreshingtakes on the Ba Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Miguel Perez Mar 31, 2010

    The status of Batwoman's own title is still up in the air at this point, which is a real shame considering just how much life and personality Rucka has infused into the character over the last year. But certainly the various dangling plot threads leave plenty of material to be explored in the future if the opportunity presents itself. This issue's cliffhanger in particular leaves the door open for yet another dynamic duo to occupy the streets of Gotham. After all the work that's been done to validate the existence of Batwoman, putting her up on the self right now would be a terrible mistake. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Apr 1, 2010

    With Jock’s art the story was a fair continuation from the Williams drawn pages. Though I wasn’t expecting Scott Kolins to come in and take over a few pages, it’s barely noticeable at all that there are two artists on the team. Both are highly skilled creators who add a layer of grittiness to the book. Everything is dark and seedy, just like a book starring the Bat-family should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 1, 2010

    It's going to be three long months until Batwoman returns to "Detective Comics," and even with a questionable choice of an artist to help finish up the issue, this is a reminder that it's one of the best titles published by DC Comics right now. If Batwoman doesn't move to her own title (there are conflicting reports on that front these days), I hope she sticks around in "Detective Comics" with Rucka at the help. (Plus, hopefully, as much Williams art as possible.) This is a top notch comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Apr 2, 2010

    A surprising mediocre and insubstantial read. A lot of moodiness and nice art, but little else. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Brandon Billups Apr 2, 2010

    Rucka is something of a hit-or-miss writer, so I'll give the next arc a chance, but if it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. But if they downgrade artists, I'm out. Read Full Review

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