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Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight, Batman's limits will be pushed to the limit as he faces off against some of his deadliest foes including Deadshot and The Joker! Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City--and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin! There's only one life Batman would b Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight, Batman's limits will be pushed to the limit as he faces off against some of his deadliest foes including Deadshot and The Joker! Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City--and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin! There's only one life Batman would be willing to risk saving Jim Corrigan and the Spectre: his own! Plus, Deadshot has returned to Gotham City following a long stint with the Suicide Squad, and Batman fears that without the oversight of Amanda Waller, Floyd Lawton will go back to his old ways. Peter J. Tomasi (Adventures of the Super Sons, Superman, Green Lantern Corps) continues his acclaimed run on one of comics longest running series: Detective Comics joined by a slew of fan favorite artists including Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Superman) and Christian Duce (The Flash)! Collects Detective Comics #1006-1011


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Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight, Batman's limits will be pushed to the limit as he faces off against some of his deadliest foes including Deadshot and The Joker! Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City--and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin! There's only one life Batman would b Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight, Batman's limits will be pushed to the limit as he faces off against some of his deadliest foes including Deadshot and The Joker! Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City--and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin! There's only one life Batman would be willing to risk saving Jim Corrigan and the Spectre: his own! Plus, Deadshot has returned to Gotham City following a long stint with the Suicide Squad, and Batman fears that without the oversight of Amanda Waller, Floyd Lawton will go back to his old ways. Peter J. Tomasi (Adventures of the Super Sons, Superman, Green Lantern Corps) continues his acclaimed run on one of comics longest running series: Detective Comics joined by a slew of fan favorite artists including Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Superman) and Christian Duce (The Flash)! Collects Detective Comics #1006-1011

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Three fine stories with The Spectre, The Joker, and Deadshot. Nothing great, nothing bad. The art was all very good. Feels like filler before the Mr. Freeze arc which is foreshadowed at the back of each issue. Tomasi's heart doesn't seem to be in this run which is surprising given his other fantastic work for DC on books like Supersons, Batman and Robin, Superman Rebirth, and Green Lantern Corp. Hopefully he will be inspired soon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    RG

    3 shorts in here. Spectre, Joker and Deadshot whilst a Mr Freeze story is building I guess for the next arc. The art has been pretty good but Ive really not been the biggest fan of this Detective comic run from Tomasi so far

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    This volume is comprised of three short stories. The Spectre one is probably the best overall, even though it ends abruptly. The art is the real show-stealer with the Spectre story, really ringing of Kelley Jones' like vibes and older, '90s horror-style art that was really nice to see done so well. The Joker story is completely forgettable. Deadshot story is pretty solid, but not because of Deadshot, it's because of the fun banter throughout, especially Bruce with Lucius and Bruce with some new This volume is comprised of three short stories. The Spectre one is probably the best overall, even though it ends abruptly. The art is the real show-stealer with the Spectre story, really ringing of Kelley Jones' like vibes and older, '90s horror-style art that was really nice to see done so well. The Joker story is completely forgettable. Deadshot story is pretty solid, but not because of Deadshot, it's because of the fun banter throughout, especially Bruce with Lucius and Bruce with some new island pals. Overall, it's my favorite of the three Tomasi volumes on Tec so far, which unfortunately isn't saying a lot. I still have hopes this can reach his Superman Rebirth/ Batman & Robin levels, but we're not there yet.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As part of Lex Luthor’s plans in the midst of Scott Snyder’s Justice League Justice/Doom War, DC Comics launched in 2019 the Year of the Villain comic book crossover event to focus on the incredible number of evil beings that have continuously attempted to wreak havoc on the world. Among all the ongoing comic book series that saw a couple of their issues utilized to launch and explore this event, writer Peter J. Tomasi’s Detective Comics was one You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. As part of Lex Luthor’s plans in the midst of Scott Snyder’s Justice League Justice/Doom War, DC Comics launched in 2019 the Year of the Villain comic book crossover event to focus on the incredible number of evil beings that have continuously attempted to wreak havoc on the world. Among all the ongoing comic book series that saw a couple of their issues utilized to launch and explore this event, writer Peter J. Tomasi’s Detective Comics was one of them. While his stories so far in this series have been less than stellar, maybe a quick detour to experiment with Batman’s villains could help him find his groove? Collecting issues #1006-1011 of the Detective Comics comic book series, he thus explores the unique traits of Batman’s rogue gallery while building up the upcoming story arc centered around Mr. Freeze. What is Batman: Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham about? This volume contains three distinct story-arcs. It begins with a two-issue story around the death of detective Jim Corrigan and the mysterious appearance of the Spectre who suddenly requires the help of the world’s greatest detective to identify the assassin. It then follows up with a one-shot story centered around the Joker as he organizes an explosive carnival extravaganza and offers us a tour of the various activities with Batman as a spectator until he decides it’s time to act. It then ends with a three-issue story arc around Floyd Lawton, also known as Deadshot, who goes on a kidnapping mission that targets Bruce Wayne. At the end of each issue, a short epilogue chapter is also included and presents us with Mr. Freeze’s latest project, hinting at the madness that will inevitably take place in the next volume. It’s safe to say that writer Peter J. Tomasi doesn’t seem to have any good ideas to share with fans since his arrival on the Detective Comics comic book series. While it can be argued that this volume did suffer immensely from the crossover event, he still barely tried to create anything interesting out of it. It’s one thing to kick it off with a Spectre-centric story but it’s another when you don’t see its purpose by the end of it. Even the Joker story couldn’t have been blander than it was. His dialogue was banal and the whole development of the story was incredulous. And then comes the Deadshot adventure filled with inconsistencies and impossibilities. It was a story that not only wanted to give us a quick post-World-War-II history lesson, but also challenged the reader to not see all the dots lined up for us—and every character involved in that story—for us to connect and guess who was Batman. The only thing saving this one from being a complete waste of time is the artwork. Each of the three stories had a different artist for it and they all do a decent job in illustrating the heroes, the villains, and the city (or island) in which everything takes place. Inevitably, they also employ different styles with no effort put into retaining similar designs, making it even clearer that this volume was nothing more than an anthology, and even closer to being simply fillers. The colourists also successfully give these mundane stories some life, especially through the Joker-centered issue that had more colours in it than a rainbow. All we can do now is hope that the next volume gives us a reason to follow writer Peter J. Tomasi on his Detective Comics shenanigans. Batman: Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham is a tedious and episodic volume with inconsequential stories dressed in pretty artwork. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: 3 Batman shorts featuring the Spectre, the Joker, and Deadshot. Meh. The Spectre short had lots of gore and violence, no real build or emotional impact. The Joker short was by the numbers, so it was colorful, but dull because of the predictability. The Deadshot short messed with my plausible deniability, considering the 2 old guys from freaking WWII living on an island were still able to help Batman do his thing, no one on the plane made any of the obvious deductions. Ugh. Just lazy w Basic plot: 3 Batman shorts featuring the Spectre, the Joker, and Deadshot. Meh. The Spectre short had lots of gore and violence, no real build or emotional impact. The Joker short was by the numbers, so it was colorful, but dull because of the predictability. The Deadshot short messed with my plausible deniability, considering the 2 old guys from freaking WWII living on an island were still able to help Batman do his thing, no one on the plane made any of the obvious deductions. Ugh. Just lazy writing. The art was ok through most of it, and best during the Joker short. There was a Mr. Freeze story starting in the background that looks intriguing, but it only got a couple of pages per issue to tease it out. Never thought I would be bored while reading a Batman book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alí Flores

    3.5/5 A pretty weak volume, it feels like some kinda filler to the next event, which involves Mr Freeze and his wife. The first issues are really apart from the next event, while the remaining ones are a little bit more related, those explain in short terms the plans for Freeze.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The Spectre, The Joker, and Deadshot are all on hand to menace the Batman in this third volume of Peter Tomasi's Detective Comics run. This volume feels a little transitory; after the last two big arcs of Mythology and Arkham Knight, these issues are just some basic Batman fare before the Year Of The Villain kicks in. Not that basic Batman fare is a bad thing. The opening Spectre two-parter is chilling as hell, and getting Kyle Hotz to draw it is the icing on the cake. The next issue is a one and The Spectre, The Joker, and Deadshot are all on hand to menace the Batman in this third volume of Peter Tomasi's Detective Comics run. This volume feels a little transitory; after the last two big arcs of Mythology and Arkham Knight, these issues are just some basic Batman fare before the Year Of The Villain kicks in. Not that basic Batman fare is a bad thing. The opening Spectre two-parter is chilling as hell, and getting Kyle Hotz to draw it is the icing on the cake. The next issue is a one and done Joker story, which is where this volume gets its title. This issue doesn't have too much to say about the Joker that we haven't heard before, but we've had so many huge Joker stories in recent years that something like this is oddly welcome. Doug Mahnke returns on art as well, so the visuals are super slick. And then the final three issues are a Deadshot story which starts as one thing and then mutates into something else across the three parts. This is stripped back Batman, trying to survive on a deserted island, which is again a nice change of pace. Christian Duce's artwork sings as well; I'm hoping that we get him on an ongoing series rather than just doing fill-ins all the time, he deserves it. Despite all the action, this is definitely a calm before the storm type deal. With all the teasers about Mister Freeze dotted throughout these stories, it's hard to see them on their own merit, but if you just want some Batman doing Batman things, this volume of 'Tec is a good choice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    This wasn't very good if I'm being honest. I have the next volume already pre-ordered so I'll keep that one, however if it's not better then I'm not going to continue to follow the series anymore. Kind of disappointed because Tomasi's run on superman for rebirth was pretty good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Whenever you pick up a Batman graphic novel, and the Joker is on the cover, you know you are going to be entertained. I don't think I've ever read something with the Joker that has been bad... (probably have but can't remember...) But... you can break this Volume into 4 different parts: 1) We get a two part story featuring the Spectre. Involving a weird cult that wants to take the Spectre away from host Jim Corrigan, Batman has to solve the crime before this raging supernatural avenger decides to Whenever you pick up a Batman graphic novel, and the Joker is on the cover, you know you are going to be entertained. I don't think I've ever read something with the Joker that has been bad... (probably have but can't remember...) But... you can break this Volume into 4 different parts: 1) We get a two part story featuring the Spectre. Involving a weird cult that wants to take the Spectre away from host Jim Corrigan, Batman has to solve the crime before this raging supernatural avenger decides to kill everyone involved. (I really wish I knew more about the Spectre... I'll have to look in to it...) 2) True to the cover, Joker makes an appearance, taking over a carnival and forcing Batman to have fun with him so he doesn't blow everyone up. Actually kind of a funny story seeing just how comically insane he is. 3) Deadshot is hired to capture a bunch of company heads who are all on board a flight on Bruce Wayne's private plane. Causing a disruption, with Bruce fighting back, the plane crashes on an island. Being slightly injured, Bruce is picked up by two very old men who have lived there since the end of WWII, one Japanese and one American. They've survived together by helping and not fighting. They patch Bruce up and help him stop Deadshot from achieving his goal. 4) Not tons here, but definitely coming very soon, Mr Freeze makes an appearance here. Apparently, Lex Luthor has shown him a way to finally bring back his wife. I know this is going to backfire, but I hope its doesn't. It would be interesting to see Freeze have to change his motivations. Overall, a really good Volume. Great pacing and compelling story. High recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    This collection of unattached stories was just not very good. I was totally changing my mind with the final set of stories but then the author took one too many unbelievable steps and I am done. Art work at the beginning reminded me of Kelly Jones and some memorable moments made this not 1 star

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Thomas

    The art is okay, but the three stories are really not great. The Joker story is the worst, with terrible Joker dialogue. The Deadshot story isn't much better, with real bad Bruce Wayne dialogue. Some of the writing feels like Saturday morning cartoon Batman. Tomasi really phoned it in on these.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    It's nice to know that even Batman can have his stories hijacked by the story lines of larger DC events. This book puts the character in a development holding pattern while waiting for the events of "Year of the Villain" to unfurl. The stories are decent, but there's just nothing special here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next six issues (Detective Comics #1006–1011) of the 2016 on-going series and covers three storylines. Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham collects three stories that has Bruce Wayne as Batman going against The Cult of the Divine Hand with the help of James Corrigan as the Spectre (Detective Comics #1006–1007), The Joker (Detective Comics #1008), and Floyd Lawson as Deadshot (Detective Comic Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next six issues (Detective Comics #1006–1011) of the 2016 on-going series and covers three storylines. Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham collects three stories that has Bruce Wayne as Batman going against The Cult of the Divine Hand with the help of James Corrigan as the Spectre (Detective Comics #1006–1007), The Joker (Detective Comics #1008), and Floyd Lawson as Deadshot (Detective Comics #1008–1011). Peter Tomasi penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it was written somewhat well, but in the end the trade paperback felt unfocused with no central theme and felt like it was untethered for continuity. The strongest of the three stories is perhaps the first one, where Tomasi uses a Batman story to write the origins of Jim Corrigan as the Spectre. Christian Duce (Detective Comics #1009–1011), Kyle Hotz (Detective Comics #1006–1007), and Doug Mahnke (Detective Comics #1008) penciled the trade paperback. For the most part the pencilers are rather distinct with each other, which make the flow rather disconcerting. Normally, it would be troublesome for me to have so many distinctive pencilers, but as this trade paperback is more of an anthology of three stories, the different pencilers – one for each story, didn’t bother me as much. All in all, Detective Comics: Greetings from Gotham is a mediocre continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Detective Comics Vol. 3 Greetings From Gotham collects Detective Comics issues #1006-1011 by Peter J. Tomasi. There are three stories collected in this trade. The first arc involves The Spectre enlisting the help of Batman to find his human host James Corrigan. I like Spectre stories and the moral differences between these characters is very thought provoking. I wish this arc was a little longer and explored these angles more. The second story is a one-off issue of the Joker hijacking an amuseme Detective Comics Vol. 3 Greetings From Gotham collects Detective Comics issues #1006-1011 by Peter J. Tomasi. There are three stories collected in this trade. The first arc involves The Spectre enlisting the help of Batman to find his human host James Corrigan. I like Spectre stories and the moral differences between these characters is very thought provoking. I wish this arc was a little longer and explored these angles more. The second story is a one-off issue of the Joker hijacking an amusement park and holding everyone hostage. This issue was my least favorite but still had some fun moments. The next arc, and my personal favorite, involves a failed plane hijacking. Bruce Wayne and a group of billionaires are in route to a summit when they are hijacked midflight by Deadshot. A freak storm causes the plane to crash on a deserted island. Bruce is saved by two veteran American and Japanese soldiers whole have been stranded on the island since World War 2. Bruce must save the hostages from Deadshot with out his usual bat-gadgets. While this story isn't very original, it was extremely fun and I really liked Bruce's relationship with the WW2 veterans. It also reminded me a lot of Green Arrow. While none of these stories were Earth shattering, they were all fun. I liked this collection because it wasn't all doom and gloom. The date of Gotham or the world wasn't on the line. I enjoy some of these smaller scale stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects three separate stories told in Detective Comics 1006-1011. First up is a two part story in which Batman meets up with a hostless Spectre searching for Jim Corrigan and dealing with some spooky Spectre dopplegangers. This is an interesting enough story that held my interest although I thought the ending is a bit abrupt. Next up is a titular, "Greeting from Gotham" where the Joker is going around carnival menacing and murdering, and threatening to destroy the whole shebang. This i This book collects three separate stories told in Detective Comics 1006-1011. First up is a two part story in which Batman meets up with a hostless Spectre searching for Jim Corrigan and dealing with some spooky Spectre dopplegangers. This is an interesting enough story that held my interest although I thought the ending is a bit abrupt. Next up is a titular, "Greeting from Gotham" where the Joker is going around carnival menacing and murdering, and threatening to destroy the whole shebang. This is a pretty good Joker story. It's helped by being a one-shot tale as it avoids the sort of over-indulgence writers are tempted to engage in with these characters. Then we have a three-parter. Bruce Wayne is heading to a climate change summit. Unlike real life CEOs who, without any sense of irony, fly into these summits alone on their private jets, Wayne decides to Jet-pool. Unfortunately, they're hijacked by Deadshot and the plane is brought down. The story's decent up until that point, and then we find out that they've landed on a Pacific Island with an American and Japanese World War II soldiers who have been living on the island since the last days of the war. These characters are great, and they really make the story and the book for me. The art is decent and the writing's always good. My biggest complaint is Mr. Freeze. His presence is teased for four straight issues, he even appears on the cover of one, but he never shows up in this book. While he may be in the next book, Freeze should have been teased maybe once. Having him pad out all four issues is ridiculous. Still, I found this a fun read despite the cold reception I offered for the Freeze cameos.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    Issues #1006-1007 feature Batman teaming up with The Spectre with art by Kyle Hotz. I love The Spectre but I'm not sure why an all-powerful being like him would need Batman's help, but Tomasi finds a way to stretch plausibility to make it necessary. Issue #1008 is a run in with Joker, with art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza. This seems like a bit of a fill-in story, but it does cap off the recent Year of the Villain and ends with the beginning of a new saga featuring Lex Luthor and Mr. Freeze, Issues #1006-1007 feature Batman teaming up with The Spectre with art by Kyle Hotz. I love The Spectre but I'm not sure why an all-powerful being like him would need Batman's help, but Tomasi finds a way to stretch plausibility to make it necessary. Issue #1008 is a run in with Joker, with art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza. This seems like a bit of a fill-in story, but it does cap off the recent Year of the Villain and ends with the beginning of a new saga featuring Lex Luthor and Mr. Freeze, carried forward in short segments in the following three issues. Issues #1009-1011 is the story of Deadshot's attempt at kidnapping a plane full of Bruce Wayne's colleagues flying to an oversea's conference. Of course, Deadshot doesn't count on Batman being one of the passengers, so you can imagine how things turn out. The inclusion of two World War 2 survivors stranded for 75 years on the island is a trope that I thought was played out, but nevertheless it was handled well and with some humor. Nice art by Christian Duce. I read this book as individual comic book issues.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryson Grenfell

    It’s okay. Three short stories. All decent, but nothing really to write home about. I did REALLY like the art for the spectre story though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ming

    I'm rather disappointed with this run, because Tomasi's done such great work before. The stories here all read like filler, although "Jungle Batman" was fun for a while.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    Nothing really exciting here.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Bautista

    Whenever I visit my local comic book story, I'm often on the lookout for one-shot issues. In the bargain 50 cent long boxes, this can be hard to find, so I appreciate finding one. An entire self-contained story for 50 cents... On the other hand, when I pick up these collections of long-running titles like Detective Comics (or Action Comics, The Flash, etc.) I'm looking to be... I don't know, rewarded for reading every issue because... I'm not picking this up for one-shot, bubble episode, inconse Whenever I visit my local comic book story, I'm often on the lookout for one-shot issues. In the bargain 50 cent long boxes, this can be hard to find, so I appreciate finding one. An entire self-contained story for 50 cents... On the other hand, when I pick up these collections of long-running titles like Detective Comics (or Action Comics, The Flash, etc.) I'm looking to be... I don't know, rewarded for reading every issue because... I'm not picking this up for one-shot, bubble episode, inconsequential stories. I'm trying to catch up on 6 months' worth of story and I'd like it to be heading somewhere... Greetings from Gotham, sigh. There were mini-stories here. The Spectre, Deadshot, and Joker all get a story here. Something's going on with Mr. Freeze, but oh well about that for this volume. None of these stories had any long-standing consequences. I think The Spectre story may have been the most interesting if only because of his need for Batman's help. But again, there's nothing here in the "don't miss" category. If you're looking for a few short adventures about Batman with a variety of characters and don't want to have to know a ton of backstory, this volume may work well for you. Certainly, there are bigger Spectre, Deadshot, Joker, and Batman stories out there (even right now e.g. Joker War, Batman: Three Jokers, etc.), but for something more self-contained, this isn't bad.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Phillips

    This was a fun story. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. This follows Batman as he deals with the Spectre when Jim Corrigan gets shot and has to figure out what happens. Batman also has to deal with Joker and Deadshot as well. It was a fun story and I liked what happened. It was interesting to see what was going to happen and how Batman was going to deal with things. I liked this and it was a good graphic novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe K.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dena Burnett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meharvan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

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