Detective Comics #880

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 27, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 13
8.5Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

It all comes down to this! The Joker is on the loose in the catacombs beneath Gotham City, more vicious and frightening than ever. But even as Batman closes in on The Clown Prince of Crime, he begins to suspect that the city may be the target of an even deadlier threat one that could shake Gotham City to its core.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 26, 2011

    How many have I mentioned that Detective Comics has been my favorite Batman series? We've been getting intense stories, new and old villains and a great depiction of Dick evolving beyond the skillful hero he was as Nightwing into a truly worthy successor to Bruce as Batman. The story of James Gordon Jr. has been frightful and intense without having to go for obvious shock value we often see elsewhere. Being that the possibilities hit so close to home with Commissioner Gordon, the storytelling and suspense will keep you glued to the pages as you slowly turn each one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 28, 2011

    The hands down capper of the issue, the thing that just makes every page sing is Jock's artwork. For me, in issue 880, Jock delivers the best cover in comics thus far in 2011. The Joker on this cover will go on to be a tattoo staple for any Batman fan, I guarantee it. Inside, Jock just goes off, creating one memorable panel after another. The splash page when Commissioner Gordon finds his ex-wife is stunning. Jock brings back the physical grotesqueness of the Joker. The scars are deep and wide and for the first time in a while, The Joker is hard to look at. The sense of noir, the rain work, everything is absolutely perfect and when it marries to Scott Snyder's words, the results are breathtaking. Detective Comics #880 is a major marker in Snyder's journey to become mentioned in the same breath as names like Miller, Moore, Waid, Byrne, O'Neil, Wein and all the others who have changed the face of comic books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 27, 2011

    The bottom line is this: so many of DC's books may feel like placeholders, inventory issues, or mailed-in almost stories, but not "Detective Comics." Snyder, Jock, and crew don't care how soon September may or may not be, they're going to give you a story that socks you in the mouth and knees you in the groin right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jul 27, 2011

    There isn't much time left on this run, but I have absolutely no qualms about saying that this will go down as one of the greatest runs on a Batman book ever. I doubt many of you will disagree. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Jul 28, 2011

    It's sad to say that this issue is the penultimate chapter of Snyder's stint on Detective, which I suppose also means the end of the line for Francavilla, Jock, and Baron's regular duties on a Batman comic, but I'm anxious to see what the writer cooks up when he has fewer time constraints to worry about in the pages of the Batman reboot. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. We've still got the climax to this epic storyline just over the horizon, and while I sympathize with the Comic Con panel attendee that shouted he wanted a Detective Comics #900, I'm glad to see Tec go out on such a high note with such a fantastic creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 30, 2011

    Detective Comics #880 was yet another fantastic entry in Scott Snyders run on this title. As we are one issue away from Snyders big end to his Detective Comics run before he heads over to Batman he delivered an issue full of suspense. With everything that Snyder has been building towards finally colliding with one another I am on the edge of my seat as I anticipate the final issue. I cannot wait to get my hands on Detective Comics #881 in two weeks. August 10th cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 28, 2011

    I have mixed feelings with the art in the issue which is especially inconsistent with regards to both Batman and the Joker, but the story itself, including the reveal, works quite well. It looks like Detective Comics is one title DC plans to let go out with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret Jul 31, 2011

    But suddenly that story took a turn. James was altering the chemical components of his pills to make him less sane, and he was also preparing to use that formula against the entire city of Gotham. Suddenly, he was no longer this very personal, very real problem. Now hed turned into some kind of super villain clich. It was a completely unnecessary turn that ruined what had come before. Read Full Review

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