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The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent v The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium--staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman--and it's using Joker Gas to do it! Collects Detective Comics #994-999


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The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent v The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium--staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman--and it's using Joker Gas to do it! Collects Detective Comics #994-999

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 1: Mythology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    A killer that seemingly knows Batman inside-and-out, mimicking his past trauma by preparing murder victims to look like his parents, dressing up as Zorro, and targeting those nearest and dearest to him - but who is this killer so intimately familiar with Batman’s mythology? The game is afoot for the world’s greatest detective! Peter J. Tomasi is an inconsistent writer, particularly when he writes Batman, but he’s written some undeniably great Batman books over the years and, while not up there w A killer that seemingly knows Batman inside-and-out, mimicking his past trauma by preparing murder victims to look like his parents, dressing up as Zorro, and targeting those nearest and dearest to him - but who is this killer so intimately familiar with Batman’s mythology? The game is afoot for the world’s greatest detective! Peter J. Tomasi is an inconsistent writer, particularly when he writes Batman, but he’s written some undeniably great Batman books over the years and, while not up there with his best, Mythology was surprisingly decent. Detective Comics is traditionally where Batman does less superhero-y things and focuses on his criminology skills and Mythology is a storyline that does just that. It’s appropriately mysterious and intriguing for the most part. I couldn’t predict where things were going but more importantly I wanted to know what would happen next. As much as it is about Batman’s mythology, the story’s also about Tomasi’s own Batman mythology with references dotted throughout to Tomasi’s generally quite good New 52 Batman & Robin run, like Volume 1: Born to Kill and Volume 7: Robin Rises (both highly recommended if you’ve not read them). Given the reveal in the first chapter of what Batman was up against, I kinda expected the villain to not live up to the mystery so I was somewhat prepared for the ending. And I can totally see why some readers might feel let down by that ending - seeing it as a cop-out or anticlimactic to the preceding high-stakes drama - but I didn’t mind it so much. It’s the sort of thing Batman would do and it felt original and different, which is difficult to do for such a storied character. And, if the narrative up to then hasn’t been that bad then no ending is going to make me dislike a book entirely. As fast-paced and beguiling as the mystery is, the story is somewhat repetitive: Batman shows up to meet someone from his past, so does the villain, they fight, etc. The villain itself was too amorphously contrived - it was whatever it needed to be to challenge Batman, which ties into the ending, but still. And the characters in the second half weren’t as interesting to read about - Thaddeus, his escape artist sensei, was obscure and Etrigan is a character I’ve never liked much. Tomasi’s frequent artist collaborator Doug Mahnke produces reliably good work once more though it looks a bit more pencilly than usual. If you’re a Jim Lee fan, you’ll probably appreciate Mahnke’s art. And I really liked the shark sequence - what story referencing Batman’s history couldn’t include sharks, eh? It’s not a masterpiece but Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Mythology is a pretty good Batman book - I can see its flaws but it’s still enjoyable enough. Definitely worth a look if you’re a Batman fan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Someone is going after Batman's family and mentors, leading Batman on a globetrotting trip. I do like how this ended. It's so Batman, especially Scott Snyder era Batman. Doug Mahnke's art looked less polished than normal, kind of rough and sketchy. Kudos to Mahnke though for drawing every issue in an era where DC typically has 4 different artists on each arc. Someone is going after Batman's family and mentors, leading Batman on a globetrotting trip. I do like how this ended. It's so Batman, especially Scott Snyder era Batman. Doug Mahnke's art looked less polished than normal, kind of rough and sketchy. Kudos to Mahnke though for drawing every issue in an era where DC typically has 4 different artists on each arc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Guys! I had my baby! She's amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay so I read this the night before my little girl came into my life. So this had some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Luckily, it hit most of them. I really enjoyed this a lot. Bruce has a enemy who is taking him down every single turn. He goes after his loved ones, people he cares about, and with such ease it makes him worried he can't stop him. When it gets to the explosive conclusion it ends in a different way you might expect but Guys! I had my baby! She's amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay so I read this the night before my little girl came into my life. So this had some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Luckily, it hit most of them. I really enjoyed this a lot. Bruce has a enemy who is taking him down every single turn. He goes after his loved ones, people he cares about, and with such ease it makes him worried he can't stop him. When it gets to the explosive conclusion it ends in a different way you might expect but the journey to that reveal is both brutal and kind of revealing of who Batman truly is. This is mostly a great character study on a character such a Bruce. Batman remains vigilant despite his whole world crumbling around him. It's great to see with solid art to back it. I loved nearly 90% of the story. The very ending reveal kind of leaves you going "Oh man" but it also makes you reflect so for that it's still good not great for the ending. The lead up was great. A 4 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    "Mythology" was good. It could have been quite good, but some of the parts of the story hold the overall quality down. I shall explain. At its heart, there is a pretty cool and somewhat original story. Batman is called in by Gordon and GCPD- the dead bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne have been discovered in Crime Alley. This begins a strange mystery where a brilliant villain is targeting those who have trained Batman throughout the years. One by one, his mentors are being eliminated and Batman mu "Mythology" was good. It could have been quite good, but some of the parts of the story hold the overall quality down. I shall explain. At its heart, there is a pretty cool and somewhat original story. Batman is called in by Gordon and GCPD- the dead bodies of Thomas and Martha Wayne have been discovered in Crime Alley. This begins a strange mystery where a brilliant villain is targeting those who have trained Batman throughout the years. One by one, his mentors are being eliminated and Batman must sift through the conflicting information to try to find who is behind it all. I did enjoy the ending and appreciated where Tomasi intended the story to go. In fact, it could be said it was that final issue that sealed the deal on this being a good story. So what holds it back? In order to draw out this story, some of the conflicts are either odd or just a bit "too much". I realize that is a strange comment about a superhero comic. But this series, Detective Comics, is supposed to fcous on the Detective skills. The story does so until it deviates into some sheer silliness. The scene with the sharks and piranha is silly and very cheesy, as is the concept of the HellBat suit. What? Jesus what a terrible idea. Also it seemed an excuse to just have some cool looking panels with Batman fighting Etrigan. Meh. But then there is the end. It takes a mediocre story and elevates it to a good one. There is an "Ah!" moment. I think if this had been shorter, perhaps covering three issues then this could have been a tighter mystery and , thus, a better story. The desire to make it longer caused certain characters to be added that didn't really fit the "detective" aspects and catered more to the "Oh look Batman can get out of anything", rather like Mr. Miracle, and the technology is a bit too much. Still, good art and an overall good story make this a 3-star volume. I think most Batman fans will like this. I did, though I can't say I would go crazy over it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Easily one of the worst Batman comics I've ever read, courtesy of Tomasi. An absolutely brain-dead story regurgitating every beaten to death Batman story cliche, with an ending that nullified pretty much everything that came before it, and starring possibly the dumbest version of Batman this side of Zack Snyder (so much for Detective Comics, huh?). This book just proved even further to me that Peter Tomasi is one of the worst superhero writers working today, and I am not going to bother with any Easily one of the worst Batman comics I've ever read, courtesy of Tomasi. An absolutely brain-dead story regurgitating every beaten to death Batman story cliche, with an ending that nullified pretty much everything that came before it, and starring possibly the dumbest version of Batman this side of Zack Snyder (so much for Detective Comics, huh?). This book just proved even further to me that Peter Tomasi is one of the worst superhero writers working today, and I am not going to bother with any of his other writing ever again. And what's even more shocking is that Doug Mahnke's art is also at his worst in this book! I don't know if that's the result of bi-weekly schedule or the terrible script or what, but Mahnke is usually an excellent artist and here his work just looked consistently ugly and uncanny as hell.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    Read this this morning before my class. I read this as single issues but it's been a while. To be honest I've seen better from Tomasi (his Superman run during the beginning of Rebirth was really good) and better for Detective Comics (Tynion's Rebirth run was amazing to me), however this isn't bad. It just doesn't live up to those for me. I stopped reading single issues around the time issue 999 came out, so hopefully next volume will be better for me since I haven't already read the material bef Read this this morning before my class. I read this as single issues but it's been a while. To be honest I've seen better from Tomasi (his Superman run during the beginning of Rebirth was really good) and better for Detective Comics (Tynion's Rebirth run was amazing to me), however this isn't bad. It just doesn't live up to those for me. I stopped reading single issues around the time issue 999 came out, so hopefully next volume will be better for me since I haven't already read the material before.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    The story starts off with someone going after people who helped Bruce to become Batman. First it's Leslie then Henri Ducard then Thaddeus and Etrigan even and the villain is sort of a chimera who takes the form of Batman's villains or allies and Batman has to fight him to protect the ones closest to him. And then the ultimate revelation of who or rather what this program really is... It was so unique twist. The story is pretty generic, someone going after Batman's close one and Bruce going to re The story starts off with someone going after people who helped Bruce to become Batman. First it's Leslie then Henri Ducard then Thaddeus and Etrigan even and the villain is sort of a chimera who takes the form of Batman's villains or allies and Batman has to fight him to protect the ones closest to him. And then the ultimate revelation of who or rather what this program really is... It was so unique twist. The story is pretty generic, someone going after Batman's close one and Bruce going to rescue them but I like the twist because it allows us to meet people who have influenced Bruce and show how important try are and fun sequences of Batman fighting villains and then the realization at the end why he does this to be better, to save people and to be the hero Gotham needs. Like the name itself it's a mythology that takes us through the life of Batman and I like references to Tomasis other Batman works and also how he shows Bruce as a guy who will do anything to protect his love ones and the end could feel like it came out of nowhere or something or a cop out but then again it's the philosophy and the idea of Batman myth that the writer is hinting at and I liked that aspect. Doug on art was amazing and I genuinely loved the way he drew it. Probably one of his best works

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Trauma has an odd way to transform each and every one of us. For Batman, it allowed him to vow on the names of his parents to rid the streets of Gotham of all evil, even if it means harming himself or his loved ones. Through countless episodes with a myriad of villains, he has accomplished more than anyone could ask of a man but nothing will satisfy the billionaire playboy but a city striving from a zero-tolerance policy on crime. But every year You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Trauma has an odd way to transform each and every one of us. For Batman, it allowed him to vow on the names of his parents to rid the streets of Gotham of all evil, even if it means harming himself or his loved ones. Through countless episodes with a myriad of villains, he has accomplished more than anyone could ask of a man but nothing will satisfy the billionaire playboy but a city striving from a zero-tolerance policy on crime. But every year he goes through the same hell wondering if anything will change. And sometimes, it’s important to remember what really keeps him going deep within him. Picking up where the disastrous story arc by James Robinson left off, the newly assigned writer Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Superman, Super Sons) writes a stand-alone story arc as the foundational comic book series approaches its 1000th celebratory issue. What is Batman: Detective Comics: Mythology about? Upon Commissioner Gordon’s call to a murder scene, Batman is dumbfounded, unable to make sense of what he sees: a man and a woman who look exactly like his parents, Martha and Thomas Wayne, on the night of their murder, dead within an aquarium. As if the night couldn’t get any more bizarre, his dear mother figure, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, is attacked by an abominable creature looking to wage war against Batman while utilizing the strange Joker Gas as his ultimate weapon. Collecting Detective Comics issues #994-999, this story arc places the Dark Knight in a precarious situation as he tries to save his loved ones from a mysterious threat. Although the intention behind this story arc to serve as a stand-alone tale that reminds us of why Batman’s stories are so appealing to fans around the world by mixing mystery, adventure, magic, action, and drama together, it ultimately doesn’t have the desired effect and turns out to be dull in the grand scheme of things. Each chapter sets out to explore a different core figure in Batman’s life as they find themselves threatened in one way or another. The Dark Knight thus tries to figure out who is doing this and why they’re hunting down these individuals that no one but himself should be able to identify. Linear in its nature, the story also quickly becomes implausible when taken out of its context as some of the story-telling decisions could never be permanent (e.g. the death of certain characters) unless done within the canonical Batman comic book series. The grand reveal that leads to the denouement is also underwhelming and poor leaving you unimpressed by the overall ordeal that Batman goes through. Despite having artist Doug Mahnke for the entire story arc, it somehow managed to be less stellar in quality than it could’ve been. With the story exploring various parts of Batman’s repertoire, there was an inevitable task of being able to draw emotional and intimate sequences but also horror and magic elements without making them seem distinct. While this was somehow accomplished, the roughness in the penciling was difficult to appreciate. There were also some original panel structures utilized throughout the story to spice things up but the final tone was still average at best. It is worth noting that colourist David Baron does excellent work that enlightens or darkens the tone at appropriate moments throughout the story, while the inking by his fellow comrades helped smoothen out the tone. Batman: Detective Comics: Mythology is an ordinary stand-alone tale highlighting the many facets that establish the foundation of Batman’s stories, from mystery to magic, as the series counts down to its 1000th issue. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Batman fights a dark foe after those who helped him become the hero he is. The story had an unexpected ending that worked out very well and made sense, even if I spent a good deal of this volume wondering what on earth Batman was really fighting. The psychology of the story was intriguing. The art was very good, and the story tapped into all of Batman's emotional attachments well. It's a great lead-in to the big milestone issue. Basic Plot: Batman fights a dark foe after those who helped him become the hero he is. The story had an unexpected ending that worked out very well and made sense, even if I spent a good deal of this volume wondering what on earth Batman was really fighting. The psychology of the story was intriguing. The art was very good, and the story tapped into all of Batman's emotional attachments well. It's a great lead-in to the big milestone issue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Batman must hunt down the killer of all his mentors! Story and art were both very good, reminded me of a Batman book that would have probably come out in the early 2000s during that Hush, Under the hood era. Got a bit weird towards the end, but overall this was a very enjoyable volume!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I got caught up in the detective 1000 hype and decided to check this out since there was a "Countdown to 1000" banner across the top, so I thought it might lead to something in issue 1000. It doesn't. It is a pretty decent Bat-story though, involving something he does each year on his birthday that's very Batman. I got caught up in the detective 1000 hype and decided to check this out since there was a "Countdown to 1000" banner across the top, so I thought it might lead to something in issue 1000. It doesn't. It is a pretty decent Bat-story though, involving something he does each year on his birthday that's very Batman.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 Batman's allies start getting attacked by a strange creature and he must find the person responsible. 5 🌟 Batman's allies start getting attacked by a strange creature and he must find the person responsible.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Someone is targeting everyone who made Batman who he is today. Everyone from Alfred to Henri Ducard is in danger, and only Batman himself can save them - but if his opponent can literally be one step ahead of him, what chance does he have? This'll be divisive, I expect. The idea's sound, and the execution's pretty good too, but it definitely has an ending that'll either annoy people or impress them. I was in the latter camp, because I thought Tomasi had done enough to build up to the ending that Someone is targeting everyone who made Batman who he is today. Everyone from Alfred to Henri Ducard is in danger, and only Batman himself can save them - but if his opponent can literally be one step ahead of him, what chance does he have? This'll be divisive, I expect. The idea's sound, and the execution's pretty good too, but it definitely has an ending that'll either annoy people or impress them. I was in the latter camp, because I thought Tomasi had done enough to build up to the ending that the twist didn't cheapen it too much, and it did give us a whistlestop tour of Batman's history, which felt appropriate given that this was the lead-up to the big Detective Comics #1000 issue. It's always nice to get Doug Mahnke on art, and especially good when he manages to drawn an entire story without missing a beat. He still has a million inkers, but only the one colourist, so he's definitely improving from his old Green Lantern days where he had hundreds of both in order to remain on target. Mahnke's art is always sleek and shiny, a perfect fit for Batman. This volume won't be everyone's cup of tea, but Tomasi knows his Batman well enough to pull it off, if you ask me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.B.

    Well that was an unexpected bit of fun. I enjoyed the twist as it added to the Batman mythos, which fits him and the name of the comic perfectly. The art was perfect. The writing was good, not great, but good. Only one portion made me cringe with how stupid it was, but it's a fictional story about a superhero, so I forgave it. I mean really, let's not go crazy, right? I enjoyed it. Had a lot of fun with it. Well that was an unexpected bit of fun. I enjoyed the twist as it added to the Batman mythos, which fits him and the name of the comic perfectly. The art was perfect. The writing was good, not great, but good. Only one portion made me cringe with how stupid it was, but it's a fictional story about a superhero, so I forgave it. I mean really, let's not go crazy, right? I enjoyed it. Had a lot of fun with it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Was hoping for more from this. Just felt like a flat batman story. Plus who else but Bruce would buy himself that bday present.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    I do love how Tomasi writes these characters, but this was a super average story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Batman as he should be, solo protector of Gotham City.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This had all the stellar ingredients of a great standalone Batman comic for me: a bit of a psychological thriller/high stakes mystery, one vulnerable (and alone) Batman, and a few heartbreaking cameos by beloved side/supporting characters. (view spoiler)[The scenes of Leslie Thompkins dying in issue #995 Ring them Bells really got me. Bruce's desperation... heartbreaking! Followed up by Alfred's stabbing... Overwhelming! (hide spoiler)] The ending was kinda trippy and neat (maybe a little too nea This had all the stellar ingredients of a great standalone Batman comic for me: a bit of a psychological thriller/high stakes mystery, one vulnerable (and alone) Batman, and a few heartbreaking cameos by beloved side/supporting characters. (view spoiler)[The scenes of Leslie Thompkins dying in issue #995 Ring them Bells really got me. Bruce's desperation... heartbreaking! Followed up by Alfred's stabbing... Overwhelming! (hide spoiler)] The ending was kinda trippy and neat (maybe a little too neat and easy for some readers, but I didn't overly mind). (view spoiler)[I especially liked Batman's admittance that what scares him... is not being Batman. That's a pretty huge revelation! I mean, we all know Batman is Bruce's identity, but I think his being scared of not being Batman after his little stint of memory lapse and not being Batman in New 52 (remember that?!) and being happy and being afraid to come back to Batman... Well, now, being afraid of not being batman seems like a big deal, right? I think so! I also like what young Bruce has to share with Batman at the graves of his parents. Barman (adult Bruce) & young Bruce look down at the gravesite of their parents. There are three headstones: one for Thomas Wayne, one for Martha Wayne, and an empty, newly dug, plot for Bruce Wayne. Young Bruce: "Three people were murdered that night outside the Monarch Theater. But one was reborn. Baptized in his own blood." Young Bruce climbs into the open grave and stands inside it. Young Bruce: "These graves aren't here to feed revenge. These graves are here to feed justice. They represent the living and breathing citizens you prevent from going into the dark before their time. Everything has a price." Barman: "...And that price was you, Bruce." Young Bruce: "I can honestly say that knowing how many men, women and children we've saved over the years... Well, that price was worth it and continues to be." Batman: "All those dark years... I still wish you could've had a chance to be a kid just a little longer..." Young Bruce: "It's okay. So many other children have gotten to because we didn't." Young Bruce then asks for the shovel. He says it's time and we see Batman lift a shovelful of dirt over the open grave and Young Bruce, his face heavy with shadow. Young Bruce: "Be your best, Bruce. Never question your mission." OMG, just break my heart Batman! 3 3 3 3 3 And it all turns out to be a simulation (the neat/easy ending to the book's mystery). Batman runs a crazy test/simulation for himself (annually on his Birthday *sobbing*), because he fears one day not being as strong or as resolved as he needs to be to be Batman. Batman to Damian: "There's a cost to wearing the cowl... But that cost doesn't weigh as heavily as it would if I didn't wear the cowl." The story ends with the sweetest Epilogue. Bruce taking Dr. Thompkins and Alfred out to dinner. <3 (hide spoiler)] Overall 4.5 stars!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    This series could be good. The first volume was...fine.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James

    This was good. This was my first DC comic I’ve ever read so there were characters in here that I didn’t know who the were. With the that being said, they story itself still drew me in. Someone is after Batman and the things they are doing and the people they are targeting makes you think this person knows Batman’s identity. Batman ends up being pushed to the limit trying to figure this one out. It’s a real eye opener by the time you read issue #999.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

    I enjoyed this. It was a real mystery story with parts that were actually quite gutting, both of which are things I always enjoy. And while the mystery and danger does tie itself up quite easily at the end, it didn't take away any of the fun or enjoyment for me. It was a good birthday story for the Bat. I enjoyed this. It was a real mystery story with parts that were actually quite gutting, both of which are things I always enjoy. And while the mystery and danger does tie itself up quite easily at the end, it didn't take away any of the fun or enjoyment for me. It was a good birthday story for the Bat.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Captain B

    While the book starts off quite exciting, it becomes more and more dull and some of the scenes feel pointless. It was ok and entertaining at points throughout, however the 'mystery' is never expanded upon and the reader is never given anything to create intrigue for what is actually going on. The ending of the book is incredibly disappointing, as an interesting concept is introduced about bruce wayne fighting his part self, although it may feel very random and unrelated to the story, but then, t While the book starts off quite exciting, it becomes more and more dull and some of the scenes feel pointless. It was ok and entertaining at points throughout, however the 'mystery' is never expanded upon and the reader is never given anything to create intrigue for what is actually going on. The ending of the book is incredibly disappointing, as an interesting concept is introduced about bruce wayne fighting his part self, although it may feel very random and unrelated to the story, but then, the book is revealed to have 'all been a dream'. This makes the book just feel pointless and stupid. I will be buying volume 2 but only because i know that Tomasi can do better. If it is bad i will give up on the series entirely.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I thoroughly enjoyed this arc. The first couple of issues are fast paced, frenetic, and truly worrisome for Bruce. The mystery of just what is going on isn't resolved without a few twists and turns and when it is revealed, it's a good reminder of just how messed up Bruce really is. It's what makes the character so long-lasting, admirable and relatable. Mahnke's art is fantastic throughout as well. Solid anatomy and exciting panels. There's a slight "sketchiness" to his inking that gives a little I thoroughly enjoyed this arc. The first couple of issues are fast paced, frenetic, and truly worrisome for Bruce. The mystery of just what is going on isn't resolved without a few twists and turns and when it is revealed, it's a good reminder of just how messed up Bruce really is. It's what makes the character so long-lasting, admirable and relatable. Mahnke's art is fantastic throughout as well. Solid anatomy and exciting panels. There's a slight "sketchiness" to his inking that gives a little bit of gritty feel to it. After finishing this I realized it is the last story before issue #1000.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    *I've read A LOT more than I've reviewed, so... time for some knee-jerk reactions.* An intense but also fast read that dove into both Batman's past and psyche. Peter J. Tomasi is a master of character development. Always an excellent read whenever he's at the helm. *I've read A LOT more than I've reviewed, so... time for some knee-jerk reactions.* An intense but also fast read that dove into both Batman's past and psyche. Peter J. Tomasi is a master of character development. Always an excellent read whenever he's at the helm.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The book starts off like gangbusters, and you really think that something epic is about to take place in the Batman universe (particularly with the 1,000th issue of "Detective Comics" coming up next), but then the ending made you want to hurl the book across the room as you realize that you and your emotions have been played. The book starts off like gangbusters, and you really think that something epic is about to take place in the Batman universe (particularly with the 1,000th issue of "Detective Comics" coming up next), but then the ending made you want to hurl the book across the room as you realize that you and your emotions have been played.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    Doug Mahnke is a favorite of mine. His art first caught my eye in the mid 90s as a young teenager. Major Bummer and is Superslacktacular reluctant hero Lou Martin was amazing to read and absolutley stunning to look at, particularly for the period. Tomasi caught my attention with Justice League Dark, damn that series is a good read. Detectives Comic Vol.1 seems like an instant win... but I'm sort of torn... the ending is what made me give this a good rating, but many may feel the ending is a huge c Doug Mahnke is a favorite of mine. His art first caught my eye in the mid 90s as a young teenager. Major Bummer and is Superslacktacular reluctant hero Lou Martin was amazing to read and absolutley stunning to look at, particularly for the period. Tomasi caught my attention with Justice League Dark, damn that series is a good read. Detectives Comic Vol.1 seems like an instant win... but I'm sort of torn... the ending is what made me give this a good rating, but many may feel the ending is a huge copout. The book starts off with this crazy mutant shape shifter and sets us out on a goose chase which ultimately doesn't really matter where it leads... unless you are really driven by emotional plots. Which apparently I am. This is a big mystery book and its ending allowed me to forgive characters and plot angles I otherwise wouldn't have. Doug's art as usual is amazing and Tomasi wrote himself out of what otherwise would have been a classic troupe by delivering a solid emotional punch.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from DC Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am a fan of Batman and all the comics and anthologies written but this one blew my mind because it drove in a direction that was a completely different concept and out of left field. Secrets of Batman's past are revealed and the truth is exposed about his parent's murder and then to top that all off, a mystery shadow is setting to kill ev This book was received as an ARC from DC Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am a fan of Batman and all the comics and anthologies written but this one blew my mind because it drove in a direction that was a completely different concept and out of left field. Secrets of Batman's past are revealed and the truth is exposed about his parent's murder and then to top that all off, a mystery shadow is setting to kill everybody important to Batman's life surrounded by a shadow and using Joker gas. This is the first comic ever to blow my mind and that I was actually a little sad when I finished reading it but seeing that this is only volume 1, I am ecstatic to see what the other volumes have in store. Our graphic novelists will love this rendition of Batman. We will consider adding this title to our graphic novel collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    I haven’t read Detective Comics thinks Tynion’s (great) run ended, but the build-up the 1,000th issue got me to dive back into it and I’m glad I did! Peter J. Tomasi pens a really fun and exciting story here with a lot of great “Batman being an actual detective” moments and a lot of equally great “Batman punching things” moments. Doug Mahnke’s pencils are also fantastic, and the layouts for each issue were impressively diverse. Just a lot of great Batman stuff in this arc. The final issue kind of I haven’t read Detective Comics thinks Tynion’s (great) run ended, but the build-up the 1,000th issue got me to dive back into it and I’m glad I did! Peter J. Tomasi pens a really fun and exciting story here with a lot of great “Batman being an actual detective” moments and a lot of equally great “Batman punching things” moments. Doug Mahnke’s pencils are also fantastic, and the layouts for each issue were impressively diverse. Just a lot of great Batman stuff in this arc. The final issue kind of derailed things for me, though. The final twist was unexpected, but deflated a lot of the tension and stakes that the rest of the story had done so well building up. Not a dealbreaker for me, because it’s still a good ending, but it definitely inhibited the memorability of the story. Still a solid 3.5-4 stars!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Action-packed but threadbare, Mythology is yet another example of Batman having to figure out who's attacking his family and friends. It's a weak mystery with a stupid conclusion that's little more than an excuse for the series to bring back some of Bruce's mentors. Sure, seeing Old Man Mister Miracle is a treat, but do he and Batman need to fend off sharks while trapped in a tank of water? It's action for action's sake, never furthering real plot. Action-packed but threadbare, Mythology is yet another example of Batman having to figure out who's attacking his family and friends. It's a weak mystery with a stupid conclusion that's little more than an excuse for the series to bring back some of Bruce's mentors. Sure, seeing Old Man Mister Miracle is a treat, but do he and Batman need to fend off sharks while trapped in a tank of water? It's action for action's sake, never furthering real plot.

  30. 5 out of 5

    J.J Flores

    After reading the first arc I was keen on keep reading the second arc, I was very hyped that the Arkham Knight was going to be part of the comic universe. And after finishing “Medieval” arc I was really disappointed that the character isn’t as good as in the video game, and that the plot is pretty boring and a disaster, Tomasi really should quit or at least try to write some good stuff.

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