Future State: Dark Detective #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 44
8.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down...but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink-with nothing left to lose.
Also in this issue, Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chan more

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 12, 2021

    Dark Detective #1 is a winner. It's the first "Future State" book I've read, and it most definitely won't be the last. At the time of writing this review the book is still over two weeks away from its official release, but I'll be first in line to lay down my hard earned cash to take a physical copy home with me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 12, 2021

    While offering two entirely different kinds of detective stories, Future State: Dark Detective can be enjoyed by just about anyone. I can't vouch for how accurate it is to earlier Grifter comics but the Batman story offers a twisted cyberpunk take on Gotham City unlike anything I've seen before. For that alone this issue is worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 13, 2021

    It's a back-to-basics story that is anything but basic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 12, 2021

    An all-star cast of creators including @MarikoTamaki @Danmora_c #jordiebellaire @adityab @ashcanpress @digiandomenico73 bring the heat with Future State: Dark Detective #1 from #DCComics ! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Jan 12, 2021

    In the backupstory, we get to see how Grifter and other characters not as well-known or at least known for taking a role in the spotlight are navigating a new Gotham. These characters offer significantly unique viewpoints and show the layered effect of the Magistrate and the no masks rule that has changed the landscape,andtheheartbeat of fabled Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 12, 2021

    In the best Future State issue yet, we get a closer look at Gotham under occupation, and it's one of the most compelling alternate realities to come out of DC in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Daniel Berlin Jan 12, 2021

    Simply the best of what Future State has to offer. The one-two punch of Dark Detective and Grifters makes for an excellent package. The artwork is gorgeous and drives home the central theme of vulnerability as well as the dynamic action scenes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jan 12, 2021

    Despite one big plot hole, which I hope will be explained, I thought issue #1 is outstanding and a great way to kick this 4 parter off. It's fast-paced but the story is also told well by Tamaki. And the art by Mora is fantastic! More importantly, at least I think so, the Grifter backup is the most pure fun I've had from new (printed) DC content in awhile. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Jan 12, 2021

    Some of the bigger Future State books have contained smaller stories within them " some good, some not so much. However, Future Past part 1 is a nice companion piece to Future State: Dark Detective #1. It does a great job of showing some of Gotham's underbelly, as well as the military-like state that Gotham has become. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 12, 2021

    Im curious about this new direction for Batman, but I immediately want more Grifter/Luke Fox stories from this creative team as it was one of the best Future State stories of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 13, 2021

    The main story is worth reading. The story by Mariko Tamaki is very good. And artist Dan Mora does a hell of a job on the art. I am intrigued where they are going with this. I have a feeling that it is going to be pretty great. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 12, 2021

    Both Dan Mora and Carmine Di Giandomenico have unique styles that are perfect for the stories they are telling. Mora's art has a great intensity to it that matches the dark tone of the story. Di Giandomenico brings energy and intensity to the art in the Grifter story because of its fast pace and action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 12, 2021

    The first issue of Future State: Dark Detective offers two strong opening chapters. While I still have some questions with regards to the world-building"in particular how much time has passed since the lastest issue of Detective Comics"I'm definitely on-board for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Jim Malakwen Jan 18, 2021

    A refreshing take on The Caped Crusader that makes him the underdog, updates the setting and introduces a formidable antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jan 12, 2021

    DC Comics'FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE #1is definitely worth the read. Tamaki, Mora, Bellaire and Bidikar's story is a perfect introduction to this dystopian world. While Rosenberg, Di Giandomenico, Fabela and Andworld Design's story stumbles a little, it's still an action-packed blaze of glory through DC's new FUTURE STATE. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 13, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #1 is an entertaining comic. It works better as part of the puzzle through multiple series in Future State. On its own though, it still delivers a comic you can sit back and enjoy. The art shines as it powers two stories that are similar in some ways and tell us so much about this new reality. So far, this is a Gotham and world I want to see more of it after this mini-event ends. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 16, 2021

    Dark Detective #1 does a good job in setting the stage for what this series will be addressing when it comes to the future Gotham City in Future State. Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Matthew Rosenberg, and Carmine Di Giandomenico create a Gotham City that does feel like it is being controlled in a police state way by the Magistrate's regime. This makes what we see Bruce Wayne, Luke Fox, and Grifter go up against something that will be extremely difficult to overcome. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 16, 2021

    This is a strong and well-crafted kick off to Bruce Wayne's Future State story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jan 16, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detectiveis strange, as the main story is a bit of a dud, and the backup is where the real meat lies. Tamaki's story, at least so far, just has very little actually happening, whereas Rosenberg's is so dense and enjoyable. Both stories are illustrated by incredible artists, both of which make the book more than worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 12, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #1 sets up a delightfully moody, techno nightmare that feels heavily inspired by 80s cyberpunk. It excels in creating a world that ensnares and overwhelms the senses. The Grifter backup story? Not so much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Jan 12, 2021

    I am not sure why Future State: Dark Detective #1 wasnt a stand-alone issue without No Future Past Part 1 because it severely detracts from how good Future State: Dark Detective #1 is. I feel deeply frustrated that this was two separate stories shoved into a $5.99 book when Tamakis 24-page intro into her depiction of Gotham was stellar. Overall, this leaves me confused and disappointed. I want to clarify that the Future State: Dark Detective #1 half is worthwhile and a great new entry in the Future State lineup, and I hope the next issues are standalone. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nihilist Jan 12, 2021

    I guess I expected more from one of the biggest comics in the entirety of Future State. It's Bruce Wayne, guys, of course it must be a big book, right? Right?
    Well, it's not. Not really. It contains some action, but when you think about it clearly, with no excitement, anger or any emotion for that matter, you're going to realize it's... empty. It has no beginning, it has no middle, it has no end. It's like a figment, or even better, a bubble, existing on its own and not really impacting anything.

    We know that Bruce Wayne is a wanted man from the get go, and we see him dealing with this situation til the end. And that's pretty much it - there's no background information we get, no reasons, no explanations, no causality. Just more

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  • 5.0
    myconius Jan 12, 2021

    very decompressed.
    no actual information is given.
    there's no stakes to invest in.
    nice art though.

  • 10
    Psycamorean Jan 12, 2021

    This is the best title I've read from Future State so far. Everything here is really enjoyable. There are some timeline concerns with the Dark Detective story that I'm willingly looking past, because the story is well written, and looks great. I think Mariko Tamaki is hit and miss, but she's usually better when she lets the art tell the story. Her misses usually have a wordiness problem.

    The backup by Matthew Rosenberg is great as well. I can't say I'm the most familiar with Grifter, so I'm not sure how in character he is. Based on the responses from others, though, it doesn't seem like he's being written out of character. This reminds me a lot of the Hawkeye: Freefall miniseries from last year, which is why the characterization more

  • 9.0
    Afre Jan 12, 2021

    Dark Detective was a really good one. Dan Mora's art was wonderful and I was interested almost immediately. Other Future State comics haven't been that interesting to me, but this one is.

  • 10
    DetroitSkyline Jan 12, 2021

    Loved both stories. The best Future State book!

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Jan 20, 2021

    I gotta say this was way better than I thought it would be. Its incredibly easy to get into redundancy when writing Bruce. We've seen what he does. We've seen how he acts. We've seen him in the future, and pretty much any other setting you can possibly think of. And yet rhus book still managed to engage me from start to finish. Dan Mora is a fantastic artist and if he keeps this up his Batman will be as iconic as Jim Lees.

    But wanna know the real kicker? I liked the Grifter story way more. I have very little prior knowledge of Grifter. In fact as of writing this I belive I own exactly two comics he appears in, and this is one of them. But now? I'm going to have to change that. I'm a fan. And the backup story kills it on more

  • 9.0
    TheHyruleElf Jan 12, 2021

    That was really fucking good, goddamn!

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Jan 14, 2021

    " Being a masked hero is one thing... Being dead is another."
    - BRUCE WAYNE

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Jan 12, 2021

    Now this is what I'm talking about. The Batman story in this is awesome, probably the best Batman I've read since Batman Universe (not that big of an achievement since the two main titles since have been boring, but still). Dan Mora continues his streak of amazing art here, I really love his art and the vibrant colors from Jordie Bellaire. It's definitely a different feel from the normal Batman book, which usually is filled with muted colors. What I really liked is the setting for Bruce Wayne. It feels very different, and it finally brings Batman back down to his low point. He gets shot and hurt multiple times, so there's tension when you're reading the book. The mystery of the Magistrate is also very cool, I want to see how it plays more

  • 8.0
    Merlyn Jan 12, 2021

    9 for the first story, 7 for the second, I look forward to Bruce's story, so far it's interesting and Mora is really great.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jan 14, 2021

    It was better than next batman. The main story was solid with good art and kind of added more depth to the new gotham. The second story i really enjoyed knowing nothing about grifter.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jan 25, 2021

    Not bad at all, definitely one of the standouts of the Future State so far. Both stories were really good, and made me actually want to pull Detective Comics post-Future State to read more stuff by this creative team.

  • 7.0
    fenixalasnegras Jan 12, 2021

    Finally Batman has something decent to read, I did not bet on this series, however it was good. NOT ORIGINAL since this has the X Men copy stamp all over the place, hunted heroes, running away is something that Marvel has seen, however it was agile, Bruce has literally lost everything, family, fortune, he is forced to lay his hands of what little he has to go on.

    On the other hand he presents the story of Grifter, he was good agile, I like the personality of this antihero, good job Mat.

  • 7.0
    TheKize Jan 18, 2021

    The Batman story is bolstered by fantastic Dan Mora art and superb mood setting by Mariko Tamaki's narration, even if the plot itself is rote. Grifters is a decent--though forgettable--rogue outlaw tale.

  • 6.5
    Onomatopoeia Jan 14, 2021

    So Bruce Wayne is stupid now? Going to his grave was dumb, but the diner scene was laughable. A woman talking about the death of Bruce Wayne to Bruce... ok fine. Follow that up with Bruce stopping a cliche' mugging only to run away and put on his mask. It just came across as silly.

    I honestly don't get why the Magistrate is bad at this point. They're essentially a better version of what Batman was. Why is it ok for an individual to enact "justice," but a private firm doing it crosses some line? This comic paints Batman as a failure, which is pretty symbolic for Future State as a whole.

    The only reason this isn't a sub-six rating is b.c the Grifter story was pretty fun. Decent action and a cliff hanger I actually was in more

  • 2.0
    RedKSuperman Jan 14, 2021

    SO it's Batman without money...Because having money is considered a bad thing these days? There is really nothing to this story. A bad Elseworlds story to appeal to Edgelords. How would Batman be without money in a future where he hasn't aged? Not really deep story concepts here. Future State continues to be a salvage operation for DC who had the good sense to abandon the reboot. Save your money.

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