Detective Comics #874

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 23, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 15
8.5Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

"There are some cases that come screaming back at phone calls in the night..." For years, Jim Gordon has been haunted by the unsolved case of Gotham's notorious "Peter Pan Killer." Now, armed with new evidence, Gordon is determined to put the case to rest. But as he digs deeper, he'll unearth a shocking discovery about his own past a revelation that will shake him to the core. Skeletons will be exposed and secrets revealed in this special issue featuring art by Francesco Francavilla!

  • 9.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Apr 1, 2011

    Okay, this comic was awesome seven ways to next Sunday. That summary I did for it up above? It doesn't even BEGIN to do this issue justice. This comic was a tough one to actually review because a) the story kept jumping back and forth from the present to the past. b) I'm REALLY tired right now, and c) I suck! But yeah, that crappy "review" notwithstanding, this comic was really, REALLY good. So my hat is off to Scott Snyder, who has written the best Commissioner Gordon since... well, since Ed Brubaker. And a comparison to Brubaker is just about the highest praise I can possibly give a writer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Mar 3, 2011

    Scott Snyder does a wonderful job developing the complex relationship between Jim Gordon and his psychopath son in this issue's main thread. This story is powerful in its simplicity and one of the finest things I've read from Snyderwhich makes up for the faults in Batman's place in this issue. The show stealer, though, is artist Francesco Francavilla, who absolutely shines here with his clean, atmospheric artwork that is evocative of Tim Sale and Darwyn Cooke. The stumbling block for Francavilla, much like Snyder, is the Batman sequence. If the two could have replicated the success they had with Jim Gordon on these scenes, this would've been a major contender for the top spot on this week's Rankings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 23, 2011

    Snyder and Francavilla are continuing to bring us a moody, dark, primal look at Gotham City and its protectors. From the opening scenes in the Gotham Aviary to the cargo (and visions) in the shipyard, even the most innocent and natural seems dangerous and larger than life. This is, in short, outstanding. If you aren't already reading "Detective Comics" you need to fix that right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Feb 24, 2011

    Grim and moody. For my money this is the best Batman title out there right now. I love that Snyder is bringing a psychological-horror vibe to Gotham city and the art is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Feb 23, 2011

    Even with that one misstep, Detective Comics #874 is another superb entry in Scott Snyder's run on this book. I'm honestly starting to question Snyder's mental health, as he is writing some pretty disturbing stuff in Detective Comics. But maybe I should be questioning my own sanity, as I'm the one eating this stuff up every month. Dear god, I'm sick! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan K Lindsay Feb 26, 2011

    What I read was decent but it's hard to judge an issue by the opening act. I'm sure it all comes together but what I have so far is fun but doesn't feel like I can't miss it. Francavilla does a very pretty doublepage splash that uses some design to bring the Bat into the fight, but the overall tale is fun yet not exemplary. But, again, perhaps the last half of the issue capitalises on it all and wraps it together... Read Full Review

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