Detective Comics #879

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 12
9.3Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

For years, Jim Gordon has been tormented by the possibility that his son, James Jr., might be a killer. Tonight, he'll get the answers he's been after. But is the truth about James even darker than the Commissioner, or even Batman, could have guessed?

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jul 13, 2011

    "Detective Comics" isn't just a slasher case. It's smart horror. This is the sort of case file you could spend thousands of words annotating to see the blood spatter-like links between everything. There's a master plan of fate at play here and Snyder holds all the prompts. This is a comic that makes you think and then scares you because of what it makes you think. It's an intellectual devastation of the landscape of one family in Gotham, not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 12, 2011

    There's no Batman here, Dick or Bruce, but who needs them? Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla team up to bring us the next installment on 'is James Gordon Jr evil or not' and it is quite a ride. The story that has been building up for the past few issues continues as we see a side of Commissioner Gordon that we don't often see. This is such a heavy struggle for him and you can really feel the weight of the possible repercussions lying on his shoulders. There is such a vibe of suspense and the pacing of the story along with panel layouts, art and color truly deliver a stunning tale. All this and more insanity with the Joker, who has never looked creepier, thanks to Francavilla. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Jul 13, 2011

    This chapter is lousy with allusions to boilerplates past, promising to tie all loose ends, or at least address them, just in time for September's soft reboot, and "The Skeleton Key" is all the better for it. This is THE comprehensive Dark Knight epic, and though it's stumbled here and there, every turn has been painstakingly mapped to lead the reader to this very point. I just hope Snyder can pull off an appropriate coup de grace to all of this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Jul 13, 2011

    Now comes the part where I say this is another rock solid issue of Detective Comics by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla. This run just keeps getting better and better, and easily ranks as one of DC's best ongoing series. If you've been reading Detective since Snyder took the reins, you'll love this issue just like all the rest. If you haven't been reading this series, what is wrong with you? You're clearly more mentally deranged than James Jr. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Jul 19, 2011

    If youve not been reading Detective Comics these past few months, youve been missing out. Its a shame that were now entering the endgame of this particular saga, with the DC Relaunch in September drawing ever closer. The good news is that Snyder will be jumping over to Batman #1 with the arrival of the New 52, and so Im pretty sure that title is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 13, 2011

    My only issue is the art from Francesco Francavilla. It's not even that Francavilla's work is bad, he just isn't Jock and this issue screams for Jock. The pages involving Joker are where Francavilla really shines but still, it isn't Jock and the rest of the book lacks the punch visually that the writing has. I'm sure Francavilla fans will disagree and I can understand that. What he's doing isn't bad; it's just that Scott Snyder and Jock are a perfect team. Detective Comics #879 is full on kick ass. This is a bowl of crow I will shovel down happily. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jul 16, 2011

    Another really strong issue. We'll have to see how the story ends over the next month or so, but so far the Snyder/Jock/Francavilla run on Detective has all the makings of something that DC will be able to sell as a hardcover collected edition for years and years to come. That's a pretty rare thing in the world of utterly disposable superhero stories. Read Full Review

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