Future State: Dark Detective #2

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Joshua Williamson Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis, Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 27, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 46
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Bruce Wayne is supposed to be dead...but this Dark Detective is on the run and shining a light on the mystery of his own “murder”: How did the killers know Bruce Wayne was Batman? As the forces of the Magistrate zero in on Bruce’s location, it’s a race against time to unlock the secrets of their surveillance tech and take the fight to the very top! But is the knowledge that Bruce’s own legacy helped to enable the greatest authoritarian force the city of Gotham has ever seen too much to bear?
Also in this issue, Jason Todd is a haunted man. He’s working a job he hates on the violent streets of Gotham City as a mask hunter f more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Jan 31, 2021

    Meanwhile, Red Hood is about to learn a powerfullesson about being on the wrong side. He may soon have to choose between what he has, what he wants, and what he believes. It's only going to get more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 27, 2021

    DC's "Future State" continues to be a fascinating set of stories about the future of the DC Universe, but just as was the case with the first issue, Future State: Dark Detective #2 is easily one of the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 27, 2021

    I love what the creative team is doing here. Tamaki is doing a great job again writing this but I also have to praise artist Dan Mora. He does one of the best jobs in recent memory making Batman and the world he is in unique. His art is simply gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Jan 25, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora have made the most of their time with their Future State run. They only have four issues to tell their story " jamming their foot on the gas with no intention of slowing down. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 26, 2021

    Unlike The Next Batman, this one feels like it's setting up major developments in the future of the Bat-verse"and it's doing a hell of a job. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 26, 2021

    Dan Mora delivers some awesome art in this issue. The details ae beautiful and the character designs are fantastic. Giannis Milonogiannis delivers some great action in the Red Hood story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 27, 2021

    I loved both of these stories and would highly recommend you pick up FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE. The writing and art were top notch and really portrayed a fresh take on members of the Bat-Family. I also loved the Gotham shown in these two stories. Gotham City has finally progressed to a gritty and dirty tech city where being a vigilante (good or bad) can literally kill you. The Bat-Family has had it easy in Gotham. No one has really questioned them and the other heroes. The Magistrate and the Peacekeepers, however, are sticking to their guns (literally). No citizens are to wear a mask. To tie it all together imagine this, the vigilantes are Dumbledores Army, and the Peacekeepers, are Delores Umbridge and her cronies. The tension and build-up are there, and I am ready for the explosion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Jan 26, 2021

    Bruce Wayne is in full detective mode as he uncovers the mysteries of the Magistrate. A sterling creative team, anchored by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, and Jordie Bellaire, makes this one of Future State's best-looking books. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jan 26, 2021

    DC Comics 'FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE #2 shows the chaos of Gotham under the Magistrate. And it does so on both sides of the aisle. Whether you're working for or against the Magistrate, your life is in the crapper. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 28, 2021

    Despite that rough artwork, the book is still worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 26, 2021

    Even though Bruce Wayne's suffering a case of the sophomore blues, Williamson and Milonogiannis' punchy and fun take on the Red Hood means there's still a lot to like in Future State: Dark Detective #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 30, 2021

    Future State is weird, but Dark Detective is a strong, entertaining story of what it might be like if Bruce Wayne was stripped of everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jan 26, 2021

    In this issue, we see how the confusion of Bruce being dead occurred when he's still alive, and verification that the two days of obits for Batman and Bruce were intentional to hide the secret identity of Batman. And it was awesome. I loved everything about it. The storytelling is great and the art is amazing. The Red Hood backup is not good at all in any way, so that drags my score down but not too much because I don't want to think about it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 26, 2021

    This is Batman, this is Bruce Wayne, and this was a great comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 26, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #2 builds on the atmosphere and Gotham City futurescape that grabbed our attention last issue. The main story is definitely intriguing, and the art is absolutely gorgeous! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 26, 2021

    This issue contains two stories that couldn't be any more different. The main Batman story is slow and leans into the mystery, whereas the Red Hood story is fast and action-packed and comedic. It's nice to have that variation. The writing is a bit hit or miss throughout the entire book, but every artist has done a great job. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 26, 2021

    Batman fever is overtaking Future State but the status quo of The Magistrates is starting to wear thin. Hopefully Tamaki can find some interesting angles to explore as the event plays on. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 27, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #2 presents a lot of interesting ideas behind how the Magistrate rise was tied to big Batman events like 'City of Bane' and 'Joker War.' While those ties continue to keep you invested in what Bruce Wayne is doing by the end of this issue we are not any further along in this story than when we started. Luckily we got Dan Mora's phenomenal artwork to always keep us engaged in the world that we are dropped into with Future State: Dark Detective #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Jan 26, 2021

    Overall, I am continuing to love the direction of Future State: Dark Detective #2.However, as a reviewer, I still found the second story from Joshua Williamson to not have as much depth or polish as the Dark Detective storyline. For six dollars, I don't think it is worthwhile to pick it up. It isn't easy to see such a great comic release hindered by another creative team. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nihilist Jan 26, 2021

    Most people liked the first issue of this comic. I didn't. I called it empty and devoid of any real plot, and it looks like in an ironic way I was correct, since even this issue doesn't bother addressing its existence. Everything you need to know about the Dark Detective is here, including a retrospective "origin story", which begs the question - was #1 an afterthought of sorts, written when the rest of the series was already done? Or was it created with the core thought of being a #0 while this book is the actual #1? I have no clue, but what I know is, you can confidently skip #1 and you won't lose absolutely anything.

    For once there's some story and mystery here - something #1 was completely lacking. It may not be the most enga more

  • 4.5
    myconius Feb 6, 2021

    this is not a comic i would recommend.
    present and past tense jump back and forth for no reason. it tries to be noir, but ends up feeling random and jarring.
    the plot is contrived, the story is very decompressed. much of this should have been in the first issue. this is a lot of nothing just spread thin.

    not entertaining in the least. even the art seems to have taken a step down.

  • 3.5
    fenixalasnegras Jan 26, 2021

    Messy I would call the story as it goes for Bruce, it is not a bad story, the best I have read in more than a year but it is not excellent it has a lot of tinge of Marvel comics, the art is very good in this story..

    As for Red Hood I swear that I do not understand what they are doing or why, Jason is rebellious nor could Batman himself control him even though there was a strange relationship between contempt and affection, suddenly they characterize Jason as a beaten woman who returns with the abusive husband in Joker War and now he's a traitor ??? please.
    I don't like art, I've seen better drawings done by my 12-year-old cousin to be honest. There is no story of why Jason made that decision, he is simply painted as the one more

  • 9.0
    Spacey Medicine May 10, 2021

    I didn’t read the Red Hood story. ❤️

  • 6.0
    Merlyn Jan 26, 2021

    4 for the first story, Tamaki (as always, I should add) comes with the most stupid explanation for the mystery set up in the first issue and the dialogue is all cringey. Red Hood's story needed more context given that it's over in two issues but still, it was interesting.

  • 4.5
    Onomatopoeia Jan 29, 2021

    I said that Bruce Wayne came off looking like an idiot in the last issue. While he still looks stupid in this one, he is also laughably lucky. A dead body that resembles him floats to the surface allowing for his escape. His batarang blows up at just the right time. His crazy roommate just so happens to have a sane/attractive daughter. *Sigh* Batman is lucky, yes, but it was always his skills, intelligence, and training that made him successful.

    Oh Red Hood, why can't they get you right?

    The pros: I like the new mask. I like Rose being involved, I think the relationship works. I like that he's working with the magistrate, it makes sense, though I expected him to be a Peackeeper or something.

    The cons: So m more

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Jan 29, 2021

    " I fell into darkness. Opened my eyes. And saw death starting back at me."
    - BRUCE WAYNE

  • 9.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 31, 2021

    Batman in a flat with a conspiracy theorist meets Red Hood becoming a sell-out to the government - featuring the best retelling of the Red Hood legend. With the most childish artwork on that side story, which was a standout, this Dark Detective title is at the top of Future State. Forget what the Magistrate has to say !
    -
    audiomack.com/cvrthebard

  • 8.5
    TheKize Jan 28, 2021

    If you were turned off by Tamaki's short and painful Wonder Woman run, give her another shot here as she and Dan Mora turn in another tense story of Bruce Wayne's survival in Magistrate-run Gotham. Even the secondary story featuring Red Hood--a character I have no love for whatsoever--is a winner.

  • 8.5
    maelstron Jan 29, 2021

    Dan Mora art is really shining on Batman.

    the back up is very generic

  • 8.0
    FlipGeek Jan 26, 2021

    Bruce story: 10

    Jason story: 6

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Feb 7, 2021

    I think the dark detective has been way better than new Batman. It gives depth to the story its telling where new Batman gives me no reason to care. Even the back up story felt more meaningful.

  • 8.0
    cincyfan Feb 8, 2021

    I'd say a 9 for the Batman story and a 7 for the red hood story

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Feb 21, 2021

    Loving the Bruce Wayne story. Cannot wait for the post-Future State stories by this creative team. The backup was pretty good too, which was a surprise as I found the majority of backups on this line of books very hit-or-miss.

  • 7.5
    Afre Jan 26, 2021

    I still like the Dark Detective storyline. It is not groundbreaking or anything, but good enough for me.

    As for the Jason part, it would be better if the art wasn't so lackluster. I don't mind simple art but this one felt like the artist stopped working on it midway.

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  • 7.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jan 30, 2021

    I still really enjoyed the main story by Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora, but that Red Hood story was pretty weak all around. The writing was passable but nothing interesting and the art really doesn't make sense for a superhero comic, at least one like this.

  • 5.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    Emo teen Bruce Wayne is back and narrating this story again, showing how poorly Mariko Tamaki seems to understand the world around here. The internal dialog of Bruce is much worse in this issue than it was last time while also providing one of the biggest plot holes outside of a Looney Tunes train tunnel painted on a mountainside. Why Tamaki thinks that police detectives will mistake an old rotting corpse floating in Gotham Harbor for the supposedly freshly killed body of Bruce Wayne is beyond me, and it’s also beyond reason. This is the writer who will be taking over Detective Comics after Future State and it’s a pretty safe bet that I won’t be paying money for those issues. It’s a shame because the story makes some interesting ste more

  • 4.5
    letskillrobots Feb 10, 2021

    dead but not dead, ah

  • 2.5
    RedKSuperman Feb 1, 2021

    This book just continues on and fills in the gaps from issue one. I guess they wanted to charge readers money to answer questions that they really weren't interested in knowing in the 1st place. The story takes the part of Batman the Millionaire Playboy part of the character out of the story and what is left is basically a different and uninteresting character. What they are working with is a broke guy trying to continue to be Batman in a future where the main villain isn't believable as Batman has defeated much bigger threats in the past. The secondary story is derailed by the laughably bad art work. So save your money kids.

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