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  1. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    I did not enjoy this anthology as much as Detective Comics (2016-) #1000. I'm not quite sure why this collection of stories just seemed MEH! Some of the creative teams just didn't mesh well to me. The Tomasi & Walker, Bendis & Marquez and the Tamaki & Mora tales looked the best. The artwork was just especially good on those tales. But even Tomasi's writing which I usually like just came across as just a who's who guide to Batman. Tom King's tale cemented or me that I'm glad his run with Batman i I did not enjoy this anthology as much as Detective Comics (2016-) #1000. I'm not quite sure why this collection of stories just seemed MEH! Some of the creative teams just didn't mesh well to me. The Tomasi & Walker, Bendis & Marquez and the Tamaki & Mora tales looked the best. The artwork was just especially good on those tales. But even Tomasi's writing which I usually like just came across as just a who's who guide to Batman. Tom King's tale cemented or me that I'm glad his run with Batman is over. His story just came across to depressing although the ending was not that Bat. The Generations story by Dan Jurgen sounds like an interesting idea though it just felt a bit out of place putting it in this book. In short this book was not really necessary although I have immensely enjoyed the anthology books for Superman, Flash and Green Lantern. Its just fun to dive into a short one and done tale. This was obvious a cash grab but was not that bad just not as amazing to as Detective Comics 1000. Do love my sweet Jim Lee variant. Looking forward to the end of Joker War & Three Jokers which have been simply marvelous Batman stories thus far.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Damn this was a fine collection of stories. This is better than Batman 80 anniversary IMO. Let's get it out of the way. There's only two stories that didn't do much for me. It was Wolfman and Snyder's. Weird enough I love Snyder's regular Batman from New 52 but didn't love his newer batman stuff and this is kind of just a okay story about the symbol of the Bat. Wolfman story is corny and not very fun. Then there's a few stories that were good but not great. But Tomasi was just a gallery rundown, Damn this was a fine collection of stories. This is better than Batman 80 anniversary IMO. Let's get it out of the way. There's only two stories that didn't do much for me. It was Wolfman and Snyder's. Weird enough I love Snyder's regular Batman from New 52 but didn't love his newer batman stuff and this is kind of just a okay story about the symbol of the Bat. Wolfman story is corny and not very fun. Then there's a few stories that were good but not great. But Tomasi was just a gallery rundown, and Kelly Sue DeConnick's story was fun Bruce story but been done a few too many times, and Jurgan's story was setup but it did get me intrigued enough to check out the future they have plan for Batman. The rest of the stories are great or amazing. Bendis tells a fun story of the Bat Family. I enjoyed Mariko's story of the Joker war and how it's effecting everyone, including Batman. James's story is pretty great about the past and it stars Batman and Robin together. King's is pretty powerful ending to our cape crusader and one I enjoyed. Fraction tells a sick and twisted adventure of Joker and Batman's birthdays together. And Rucka tells a damn fine cop tale that shows what batman means to people. Overall, if you're a Batman fan I can't see you disliking too many stories here. There's something for everyone. I enjoyed a large majority of it! A 4 out of 5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Funny thing, I didn’t even know that this was out until I saw it at the local comic book store this past Wednesday. I was torn between 4 different variant covers, I ended up grabbing the Oliver Copiel one (though I could see potentially buying the other 3 if they still have ‘em). So yeah I read this comic and gotta say, it’s quite the solid story collection. What I thought of the stories: Blowback by Peter J Tomasi, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, Rob Leigh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A kinda cool wa Funny thing, I didn’t even know that this was out until I saw it at the local comic book store this past Wednesday. I was torn between 4 different variant covers, I ended up grabbing the Oliver Copiel one (though I could see potentially buying the other 3 if they still have ‘em). So yeah I read this comic and gotta say, it’s quite the solid story collection. What I thought of the stories: Blowback by Peter J Tomasi, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, Rob Leigh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A kinda cool way to start this with a lot of Batman’s various villains studied very briefly. Unfortunately the ending is confusing and kinda anti-climactic. Master Class by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez, Joshua Reed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bendis did an amazing job here! Bringing the whole Bat-family in a story that mixes the perfect amounts of dark and fun for a Batman tale. Also, the art is pretty good. Many Happy Returns by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky, Aditya Bidikar ⭐️⭐️ So in this take on Batman and Joker, Fraction imagines that Joker thinks of Batman as a lover (or something?) that does something special that Batman has to deal with every month. Will say, Zdarsky can definitely draw and there is a surprising subtle nod to Sex Criminals that I liked but other than that this story is a little too goofy IMO and I didn’t care for this version of Joker and Batman. Also, the storytelling is somewhat iffy. Rookie by Greg Rucka, Eduardo Risso, Tom Napolitano ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nothing particularly good or bad. Ghost Story by James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Andworld Design ⭐️⭐️ Deadman/Batman team-up with fun potential but I don’t really care for the writing or artwork. Fore by Kelly Sue DeConnick, John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another one I considered not particularly good or bad. Odyssey by Marv Wolfman, Emanuela Luppachino, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jordie Bellaire, Carlos Mangual ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Didn’t blow me away but it was a fun little short story for sure. Detective #26 by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, Steve Wands ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A creative, unexpected story. This one isn’t another Batman-focused story. Only thing I didn’t like was (view spoiler)[ how the character just gave up his goal of being an antihero. Like, just because Batman was there didn’t mean this guy can’t do anything. (hide spoiler)] Legacy by Tom King, Walter Simonson, Laura Martin, John Workman ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well it seemed exciting and I loved the art, was just kinda confused what exactly I read. As Always by Scott Snyder, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Marcelo Maiolo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A mostly Batman-focused Justice League story. Exciting with great art in a short but full, satisfying story. Generations: Fractured by Dan Jurgens, Kevin Nowlan, Hi-Fi, Andworld Design, Brian Cunningham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Looks cool but I don’t like how they did some BS “BUY OUR UPCOMING COMIC” thing in what’s meant to be a celebration anthology. A Gift by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, Tom Napolitano ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Same as what I just said about the previous story except this ad didn’t interest me as much. Overall: A mostly good anthology collection. Obviously with this being an anthology, some parts are stronger than others but it’s mostly good. Most of the writers manage to capture the fun but at the same time slightly dark (or vice versa) tone that I look for in a Batman comic and the artists illustrate it fairly well so I can’t really complain much. Fun for Batman fans! 4/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    Holy underwhelming collection, Batman. I hate how much this felt like a cash grab. Even the art in the deluxe edition was surprisingly poor. This is supposed to be a showcase, and it felt like anything but. No stories stood out. Some were bad. And honestly, some of the art was atrocious, especially the laziest Jim Lee art I've ever seen and a comically bad Frank Cho page. If this was a celebration of 1,000 issues, then it felt like that thrown-together office party for the employee nobody likes Holy underwhelming collection, Batman. I hate how much this felt like a cash grab. Even the art in the deluxe edition was surprisingly poor. This is supposed to be a showcase, and it felt like anything but. No stories stood out. Some were bad. And honestly, some of the art was atrocious, especially the laziest Jim Lee art I've ever seen and a comically bad Frank Cho page. If this was a celebration of 1,000 issues, then it felt like that thrown-together office party for the employee nobody likes who hit a big work anniversary. Pretty much a cookie cake and a few two-liters and paper towels from the break room as napkins.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Looles

    "Detective Comics" #1027 144-page super spectacular In the first story, "Blowback", written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Brad Walker, Batman is trapped on a death trap and he tries to understand how he got in there and by whom. While doing that he remembers all of his most important villains. While this story certainly wasn't bad, it wasn't very good either. It was kinda bland. It had nothing too good and at the same time nothing too bad. I think this story would be a good introduction to Batma "Detective Comics" #1027 144-page super spectacular In the first story, "Blowback", written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Brad Walker, Batman is trapped on a death trap and he tries to understand how he got in there and by whom. While doing that he remembers all of his most important villains. While this story certainly wasn't bad, it wasn't very good either. It was kinda bland. It had nothing too good and at the same time nothing too bad. I think this story would be a good introduction to Batman's villains, for someone who hasn't read any other Batman stories, but as someone who has read a bunch of Batman stories, it was a bit boring. For me the highlight of this story was probably the artwork. While it isn't really my style, I liked it a lot. The writing was just ok, nothing great there. The second story, "The Master Class" is written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by David Marquez. In this story, coincidentally, Damian Wayne, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Robin, Spoiler, Red  Hood and Batman meet over the body of a murder homicide detective of the GCPD. Together they try to identify the body, find the cause of death and the killer. This story didn't work for me at all. Unfortunately, the mediocre artwork was the highlight of this story. I think this is a story about teamwork, but it didn't work at all, because they didn't collaborate in a productive way, they were all constantly disagreeing and all of them were ignoring what the others were saying. This story just made me get annoyed with characters I usually love. Also, the way they were talking was very unrealistic. This wasn't a good story at all. The third story is called "Many Happy Returns" and it's written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Chip Zdarsky. In this story Batman remembers how Joker, every month since they first met, gave him a "birthday present". Even though it was never his birthday, Joker gave him what he called "birthday presents". Those sometimes were a fire and some times were a picture of them together. Now, it's the last day of the month, so Batman is certain that today Joker is gonna give him another one of these "presents" and he's loosing his mind on it. This was a really great story. The artwork was great and the writing was great as well. Matt Fraction seems to really understand Batman's character and his relationship with Joker very well, on a deeper level than most of us do. The forth story is called "Rookie" and it's written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Eduardo Risso. In this story we follow a young woman, as she gets in the police academy and eventually in the GCPD. There she sees corruption. She's not corrupted and unlike the others, she follows the law, which leads to her getting threats from the other policemen. This is a really great story. The writing is very good and the artwork is beautiful. I wouldn't say it's Eduardo Risso's best work, but it's very good. It's very interesting to see corruption and crime in Gotham, from the point of view of a rookie in the police. This story identifies a lot with what's happening in the real world and it really makes you think. But unfortunately, in the real world we don't have a Batman to save the day and get rid of the corruption, in the real world WE have to fight to become this Batman, because that's the only way we can make a change. The fifth story is called "Ghost Story" it's written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Riley Rossmo. In this story Batman helps Dead Man fight a guy who found a way to catch and eat ghosts. Simultaneously we she a flashback story, in which young Bruce Wayne talks with his mother about ghosts. The writing is alright, but it's not great. We don't really get really deep into anything and/or anyone. Instead we stay at the surface of things. The story is a bit childish, but it's fun to read. Martha Wayne's interpretation of ghosts is very interesting, although a bit weird if you think about it. The best part of this story is certainly the great artwork. The sixth story is called "Fore", it's written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and drawn by John Romita Jr. In this story Bruce Wayne is having a meeting at a golf park, with a guy who wants to make a deal with him. This guy is corrupted and he has many people in the police on his payroll. Bruce is actually working with the police, so that they can find evidence to put him in jail. The writing of this story isn't terrible, but it's very mediocre. The story is kinda interesting, but it's not great either. Now, about the artwork. I usually like John Romita's artwork a lot, but in this story, his artwork feels a bit lazy. His Batman is cool, but the surroundings are very generic and the facial expressions of the characters are not well done at all. The seventh story is called "Odyssey" and it's written by Mark Wolfman and drawn by Emanuela Luppachino. In this story Bruce Wayne goes on an expedition with a bunch of guys who make  a podcast, to find the sunk ship named "Odyssey". This ship was his grandfather's and inside it had a lot of passengers, paintings and jewels. The writing is ok, but it's not very good, there's nothing bad I can say about it, but there's nothing great either, it's just a bit above average. The artwork is really great and definitely the high point of the story. The eighth story is called "Detective #26" and it's written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Chris Brunham. In this story we go back to the days of Batman's first appearance. Another vigilante named Silver Ghost wants clean Gotham from crime, but as he's about to make his first appearance, Batman makes his first appearance and Silver Ghost retires, intimidated and with the knowledge that there's someone out there, getting rid of the crime in Gotham's streets. This story was the reason I bought this issue. When I saw that it contained a new Batman story by Grant Morrison and Chris Brunham, I knew I had to read it. The writing was really great and so was the artwork. Silver Ghost is a well rounded and beautifully designed character. The ninth story is called "Legacy" and it's written by Tom King and drawn by Walter Simonson. In this story, Bruce Wayne is in this death bead and he remembers a radioactive guy who gave him cancer to kill him, so he can finally have a purpose in his life. I really liked the idea behind the story, but I think the execution could have been better. It was quite good, I actually don't have something to complain about, but it could have been better. The artwork was also very good, although it wasn't as good as in some other stories. The tenth story is named "As Always" and it's written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Ivan Reis. In this story, Batman and commissioner Jim Gordon are waiting for the sun to rise, after a tough night. Suddenly, Batman gets a call from the Justice League and he has to go help them in a very important case. This was a really great story. The whole story is narrated by Jim Gordon. We can really see in this story Batman and Gordon's relationship in a great way. It's obvious that Scott Snyder is someone who understands Batman and his relationships on another level. The writing was really great, especially Gordon's narration. My only problem with this story was the artwork, which wasn't bad, but wasn't really great either. It certainly wasn't my style. The eleventh story is called "Generations: Fractured" and it's written and drawn by Dan Jurgens. This story takes place during Halloween. Batman catches some monsters in a museum, but he's unable to catch their leader who put the museum on fire. Then somehow Batman returns in the 40s and he's taken by Kamandi in another timeline (or something like that). This story fells very useless and also very boring. It ends with "continued at: Generations fractured #1", so it probably has something to do with another story that  will be released soon, but I'm not gonna buy it because it doesn't look interesting at all, so this story, as a standalone in this issue, doesn't work at all. The artwork isn't very good either. It isn't terrible, but it's kinda bad. The twelfth and final story is called "A Gift" and it's written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Dan Mora. This story takes place during Joker wars and it follows Batman and two police men. There aren't many things I can say about the story, other than, while it is part of a bigger story, like the last one, you can still read it as a standalone and it's quite good. Batman thinks a lot in this story about his father's rules and it's quite interesting. The writing is very good and the artwork is great as well, but the highlight of the story is certainly the gorgeous coloring. 1st story: 6 2nd story: 4 3rd story: 10 4th story: 10 5th story: 7 6th story: 6 7th story: 7 8th story: 10 9th story: 7 10th story: 9 11th story: 5 12th story: 8 Overall: 7.4

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roni

    On paper, this anthology looked fantastic (don't they always?). As a collection of short Batman stories, it's quite good. As a celebration of his legacy, it's very disappointing. The art is great, but the writing is really dull and uninspired. Of course, it's incredibly hard to pay homage to such an important character in 12 pages. And it's even more difficult when you just wrote one six months ago in Detective Comics #1000, like King, Tomasi, Bendis, Snyder and Tynion IV did. All their stories a On paper, this anthology looked fantastic (don't they always?). As a collection of short Batman stories, it's quite good. As a celebration of his legacy, it's very disappointing. The art is great, but the writing is really dull and uninspired. Of course, it's incredibly hard to pay homage to such an important character in 12 pages. And it's even more difficult when you just wrote one six months ago in Detective Comics #1000, like King, Tomasi, Bendis, Snyder and Tynion IV did. All their stories are completely forgettable. Two others are just teasers for events. They don't serve any other purpose and are meaningless without context. The only stories I enjoyed were "Many Happy Returns" (by Fraction, Zdarsky and Bidikar), "Detective Comics #26" (by Morrison, Burnham, Fairbairn and Wands) and Rookie (by Rucka, Lark, Risso and Napolitano). These ones were creative, surprising and relevant. But that's a mere three out of twelve. I'm tired of this kind of once-every-six-months anniversary issues. Maybe, giving them to only one team would be better. I just wish they made something more special, original or cohesive. What a waste of talent.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dexter

    Detective Comics 1027 reads a bit like a collection of Batman Black & White stories, but in colour with bigger writers writing less ambitious stories. That being said, there’s only one or two genuinely weak stories in here, with the rest of the collection being at least enjoyable but never really becoming moving at any point. Detective Comics’ current writer, Peter J. Tomasi, opens the book (issue?) with one of the most boring, lazy, filler stories I’ve read in a while, which was a shame because Detective Comics 1027 reads a bit like a collection of Batman Black & White stories, but in colour with bigger writers writing less ambitious stories. That being said, there’s only one or two genuinely weak stories in here, with the rest of the collection being at least enjoyable but never really becoming moving at any point. Detective Comics’ current writer, Peter J. Tomasi, opens the book (issue?) with one of the most boring, lazy, filler stories I’ve read in a while, which was a shame because I remember quite liking his work on Batman & Robin. The gist of it is that Batman is escaping from a trap whilst giving us very surface level details about all of his biggest villains - it seems like it was an excuse for some nice illustrations, but nothing that Brad Walker draws is too special. The next story is a short but sweet one by Brian Michael Bendis, with the premise being that the whole Bat-family show up to the same crime scene, supposedly by accident, and have to work together to solve the case from there. There’s some nice art and relatively strong writing from Bendis. After that, we’ve got a story by Matt Fraction, who’s name I’d never heard before, but this one ended up being (imho) one of the strongest in the book - the idea is that every month since Batman had his first encounter with the Joker, Joker has gotten him a birthday present, and when he doesn’t, Batman freaks out. There’s some really nice, Darwyn Cooke style art in this one, and the story does a lot with a really simple idea. If you were to only read one story from this book, this is your best bet. Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso do the next story, which was another one of the strongest ones in here - it’s about a new GCPD officer who’s called a rookie for going into the force with morals, and it’s really nicely coloured, as well as being well illustrated and written - it really stood out in here. I thought I wasn’t a huge fan of Tynion, but his story in here is cute - it’s a Batman/Robin/Deadman team up where they go out trying to stop a spirit type thing who’s been eating ghosts, and it has some nice Bruce/Martha moments in it, as well as some weird but surprisingly fitting art from Riley Rossmo. Kelly Sue DeConnick and John Romita Jr do the next story, one that goes full Bruce Wayne with no Batman in it at all. Although this was a nice enough story (but nothing too special or memorable), Romita’s art looks surprisingly rushed, which is a shame considering how good he can be sometimes. You’d be fine without reading this one. Marv Wolfman and Emanuela Luppachino’s story is another one of the really weak ones - the art is nice enough, but the story is horrendously boring and doesn’t have anything to say at all - the same framework for a Batman story like this must’ve been used hundreds of times by this point. It’s not awful, it’s just dull - the premise had something to do with a boat being sunk with Thomas Wayne’s Dad on it, and some divers looking for it with current day Bruce Wayne many years later - all in all, it’s just a mediocre detective story. After that, we hit the run of stories by the biggest Batman writers, Morrison, King and Snyder. Morrison’s was nothing special, but it was a nice idea with some strong artwork from Chris Burnham. The premise is that before Batman, a detective decides someone needs to sort out Gotham City because it’s riddled with crime - that’s all I can say without spoiling anything. King’s story had some really weak art, surprisingly, what with him being known for working with great artists, and although I liked some of his Batman arcs, this story didn’t quite manage to get its message across - it’s a story about cancer and Doctor Phosphorus, who I couldn’t tell you anything about if I tried, and it never quite manages to land whatever it is that it’s trying to say, which is a shame. The Scott Snyder story had probably the most impressive art in the whole book (from Ivan Reis), and was a nice story narrated by Commissioner Gordon about the Bat Signal, with cameos from all of the justice league. There’s nothing too special in here, but it’s a nice story nonetheless. Dan Jurgens’ story was mediocre at best and was put in as an advertisement for an upcoming Batman book, but the premise of the book does look like it could be interesting - it seems to be about a very early Batman doing weird time travel stuff with characters who look a bit like Aquaman, and it’s got nice art from Kevin Nowlan. The final story in the book (there’s absolutely loads if you hadn’t noticed) had some surprisingly strong writing - it’s a Joker War tie-in, but you don’t need to have read any of Joker War for it to make sense. Batman is fighting various joker-themed things whilst based in the cheapest hotel in Gotham, and Mariko Tamaki has some really strong dialogue to go along with it. All in all, there’s nothing groundbreaking in this book but there’s plenty of good stuff that makes it more than worth the very reasonable $9.99 cover price - it’s also printed like a softcover graphic novel, so pick up a physical version of it if you can :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Detective Comics gets a 1000th anniversary of Batman's first appearance! There are a lot of big authors who provided new Batman stories: Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman, Greg Rucka, and Grant Morrison among others. My favorite story was Bendis's story which involved all of the Batfamily showing up to the same murder scene and joining forces to solve the crime. I also really enjoyed Snyder's story which was told from Commissioner Gordon's point of view when Detective Comics gets a 1000th anniversary of Batman's first appearance! There are a lot of big authors who provided new Batman stories: Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman, Greg Rucka, and Grant Morrison among others. My favorite story was Bendis's story which involved all of the Batfamily showing up to the same murder scene and joining forces to solve the crime. I also really enjoyed Snyder's story which was told from Commissioner Gordon's point of view when Batman is helping a major Justice League case. DC Comics has been knocking these anniversary issues out of the park this year!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    3.5/5. As usual for these collections, some stories were better than others. Though, I feel like there wasn’t a single -amazing- story, just several really good ones. My favorite was probably Rucka’s or Snyder’s. All in all I think DC #1000 was better, but this was still an enjoyable collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eladio Garro

    The official 1000th appearance of Batman, the Darknight Detective, my favorite hero, is here. Let's see how it was, speaking of the 12 stories the book is composed by: 1. Blowback: I liked this story. Peter Tomasi is a great writer, and, along with Brad Walker, highlights Batman's skills as a escape artist, although it feels more like a collage with all Batman's rogues. 2. The Master Case: This story only demonstrates why bringing Brian Michael Bendis to DC was a fatality for themselves. There's t The official 1000th appearance of Batman, the Darknight Detective, my favorite hero, is here. Let's see how it was, speaking of the 12 stories the book is composed by: 1. Blowback: I liked this story. Peter Tomasi is a great writer, and, along with Brad Walker, highlights Batman's skills as a escape artist, although it feels more like a collage with all Batman's rogues. 2. The Master Case: This story only demonstrates why bringing Brian Michael Bendis to DC was a fatality for themselves. There's too much dialogue and less development. I know everyone loses their mind over this story, but this is pure garbage. Not even David Marquez's art can save it from being a disaster, the worst story of the entire book. 3. Happy many returns: another story people lose their mind over. I love the humorous tone in the story, but it's just ANOTHER Batman/Joker story for me. 4. Rookie: Nice short story without Batman, but it showcases a crude fact about those who are to become police officers. And it's also its only weakness, too, for I don't particularly like it when a writer gets preachy. But overall, a nice story, with a fitting and outstanding art by Eduardo Risso. 5. Ghost Story: Batman and supernatural are an instant yes for me, and this story is one of only two I can call my favorites. James Tynion IV is better at self-contained stories than arcs (a reason why I have not enjoyed his Detective Comics and Batman runs). Riley Rossmo's art is meh; I like it when a penciller has their own style, but Rossmo's style can me exaggerated. 6. Forde: One of my biggest fears of this anthology was bringing creators unknown to Batman and his mythos. However, of all these Batstrangers, Kelly Sue DeConnick's thriller was the best, though John Romita JR's art is painful to look at now. 7. Odyssey: A nice adventure story, but nothing else. You needed something better from a veteran like Marv Wolfman. 8. Detective #26: My absolute favorite story of the book. Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham establish a vigilante known as The Silver Ghost, whose day of glory is ruined by the original Batman. The final page not only showcases The Silver Ghost's frustration at seeing the Dark Knight, but how the other characters who appeared before him (Batman) would be overshadowed by his very presence. 9. Legacy: The universally hated Tom King, like it or not, could not be left behind for this anniversary. Suprisingly, to me, his story was good and enjoyable (more than his run), showcasing not only Bruce's death from cancer, but his fight against Dr. Phosphorus, created by Steve Englehart and Walt Simonson, who drew this story, and showed Batman's compassion for such a terrible enemy who would give him cancer. And it was nice King dedicated it to the late Denny O'Neil, whom I call the definitive Batman writer. 10. As always: The vastly overrated Scott Snyder is the writer I have always had issues with, more than Tom King, mainly because he wants us to see Batman as the unstoppable badass jerk who can take the shit out of anyone (a trait of the character I personally hate). And this story highlights this fetish. It could've been better had Snyder not included too much splash pages showcasing the Justice League's battles. Only by having Batman work with his teammates would this story have been better, and Snyder, despite myself, has great ideas that are not well executed at all. 11. Generations: Fractured: We finish this book with not just one teaser, but two. The first one, a prelude to the upcoming Generations, and feels rushed. Dan Jurgens is more linked to Superman than Batman, but he was ordered to do so. However, it was nice to see the original Batman back and Kevin Nowlan's artwork. 12. A gift: this one is the weakest of the two teasers. Nothing actually happens here, except a prelude to Dark Detective. At least my compatriot Dan Mora drew this. In conclusion, Detective Comics 1027 was a very bland celebration of Batman. Looks like DC is usesless enough to give Batman a good anniversary instead of just an entertaining one. Batman deserves something better than both this and the equally dissapointing Detective Comics 1000.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    Detective Comics #1027 is the official thousandth issue of Batman in Detective comics and for a $10 priced comic of what is usually a $4 comics I think this was very good. All around it's a very well put together collection. My personal favorite Many Happy Returns written by Matt Fraction, drawn and colored by Chip Zdarsky, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar is this knowing tribute to not just Batman but Batman and the Joker and the longevity of Batman the figure, it's very well put together and it's Detective Comics #1027 is the official thousandth issue of Batman in Detective comics and for a $10 priced comic of what is usually a $4 comics I think this was very good. All around it's a very well put together collection. My personal favorite Many Happy Returns written by Matt Fraction, drawn and colored by Chip Zdarsky, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar is this knowing tribute to not just Batman but Batman and the Joker and the longevity of Batman the figure, it's very well put together and it's the story in this collection that makes me excited for another 1000 issues of Batman. I don't think any story housed here is bad as everyone gets some variation I suspect of what they'd want out of vignette of Batman stories. Peter Tomasi, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairan, and Rob Leigh have a run through Batman's rogue gallery but framed as solving a death trap. Brian Bendis, David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez, and Joshua Reed have a case where the entire Bat family joins in for wholesome family fun. Greg Rucka, Eduardo Risso, and Tom Napolitano have a fantastic story about being a new cop in Gotham. Very relevant to the current moment. Ghost Story by James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Andworld Design have a kid friendly and heartwarming story of Batman and Robin teaming up with Deadman to take on a soul stealer. Keylly Sue Deconnick, John Romita JR, Klaus Janson, Arif Prianto, and Troy Peteri do a story where Batman takes on the sort of guy that currently holds office which is nice to see. Marv Wolfman, Emanuela Luppachino, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jordie Bellaire, and Carlos Mangual tell a story about the history of Gotham and Bruce trying to make up for things that happened. Detective #26 by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, and Steve Wands tell you about the OTHER Detective who was going to solve the case of the Chemical Syndicate before Batman showed up. Very funny and love Chris Burnham's art. Legacy by Tom King, Walter Simonso, Laura Martin, and John Workman is about the end of Batman's life and everything he stood for. Obvious by the title but this shows a side of Batman I really love in his determined compassion. As Always by Scott Snyder, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Marcelo Maiolo, and Tom Napolitano is about the vigilance of Batman, how he's always there and what his symbol means. And his relationship with Gordon. It's very touching. The last two stories Generations: Fractured and A Gift are ties ins to other events going on or going to take place things. Generations: Fractured is by Dan Jurgens, Kevin Nowlan, HI-FI, And World Design, and Brain Cunnigham. It is interesting and I want to read more though the lack of a resolution leaves me annoyed for the rest of these stories all tell themselves out, but these last two are supposed to lead me into another event or whatnot. I think it's a lead into whatever the 5G initiative has become, so interesting enough, love the art. A Gift as the last story in this collection is a weak note to end on as you have to buy the current ongoing Batman event to understand what it is. It's pretty, and semi interesting. I've seen the situation before but I am curious as to how it will play out in the event deemed "Joker War" but it's a weak note to end this collection on. These collections as I see it should be like a really good curated playlist where the flow of stories is just as important as the stories themselves. This does very well forgiving the last two of the twelve. I think it's worth the read and I enjoyed myself. Happy to have it in my long box.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve Barnes

    Though not quite to the standard of Detectivr Comics #1000, this bumper issue couldn’t be considered a mixed bag. Dan Jurgens and Mariko Tamaki gave tasters for their forthcoming series whilst Scott Snyder showcases why he is one of the best writers in DC with a tale that hints at the expanded universe whilst keeping the relationship between Batman and James Gordon as the focus. Apart from Snyder; Greg Rucka’s story ‘Rookie’ reminds us all just how great his Gotham Central was (could we please hav Though not quite to the standard of Detectivr Comics #1000, this bumper issue couldn’t be considered a mixed bag. Dan Jurgens and Mariko Tamaki gave tasters for their forthcoming series whilst Scott Snyder showcases why he is one of the best writers in DC with a tale that hints at the expanded universe whilst keeping the relationship between Batman and James Gordon as the focus. Apart from Snyder; Greg Rucka’s story ‘Rookie’ reminds us all just how great his Gotham Central was (could we please have Issue 41?) Marc Wolfman, Peter J Tomasi and Kelly Sue DeConnick provide three high quality tales whilst James Tynion IV and Grant Morrison tapped into the quirky side of the Dark Knight’s world. The less said about Brian Michael Bendis and Tom Kong’s efforts the better - a chore to get through even these brief stories. Quite a few people have enjoyed Matt Fraction’s story - Many Happy Returns - but I, for one, believe that it indicates a very poor grasp of the Batman character and his relationship with Joker. I know this is review has focused more on the writers but the quality of artwork should be almost assumed when you consider the big names here: Ivan Reid, Andy Kubert’s cover art, Walter Simonson and John Romita Jr. There are some great single page efforts from artists such as Chip Zdarsky too. Brad Walker’s trip through Batman’s ‘greatest hits’ - including Billy the doll from The Dark Knight Returns - was fantastic. Meanwhile Dan Jurgens and Kevin Nowlan collaborated to give us a ‘Batman vs the Monster Squad’ of sorts before bringing us back to The Batman of 1939. Definitely worth your time - The Three Jokers is still the best Batman series currently being released.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Duncan

    I've become a comic buying degenerate. I plunked down $10 for this piece of abysmal dreck. Why, lord, oh why do I keep falling for this nonsense? This is the one where Batman goes insane and stalks and kills all the other members of the Justice League then takes his own life and then DC implodes and folds up into it's own pocket universe. The End. Ha, ha. Just kidding. Things I liked were the John Romita Jr. art on K.S. DeConnick story. I like the art and story on the B.M. Bendis story. Otherwis I've become a comic buying degenerate. I plunked down $10 for this piece of abysmal dreck. Why, lord, oh why do I keep falling for this nonsense? This is the one where Batman goes insane and stalks and kills all the other members of the Justice League then takes his own life and then DC implodes and folds up into it's own pocket universe. The End. Ha, ha. Just kidding. Things I liked were the John Romita Jr. art on K.S. DeConnick story. I like the art and story on the B.M. Bendis story. Otherwise just a bunch of steaming hooey. I guess the Dan Jurgens story about Batman going back in time, or going to a different time-line looks interesting but truth be told it also looks like Jurgens is just looking for yet another way to insert Booster Gold into another DC title. James Tynion IV uses one of my favorite DC characters, Deadman, in his story but the art is so cartoonishly bubbly awful by Riley Rossmo that it thoroughly undercuts that character's presence. The story is shit too. The other stories are forgettable place holders used to pad out the page length and up the comic price but like I said to begin; comic-buying degenerates will spill out the pointless shekels on this piece of turd regardless.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steve Chaput

    Various artists and writers have a chance to celebrate Batman and his family. The stories take place in different stages of Batman's career, and number of his villains make appearances, but generally not the major focus. As usual with anthologies of this type, the quality of the stories vary. I have no complaints about the art, but in one story in particular there are several plot points that just took me out of the story. I blame both writer and editor, as one bit of added dialogue could have ex Various artists and writers have a chance to celebrate Batman and his family. The stories take place in different stages of Batman's career, and number of his villains make appearances, but generally not the major focus. As usual with anthologies of this type, the quality of the stories vary. I have no complaints about the art, but in one story in particular there are several plot points that just took me out of the story. I blame both writer and editor, as one bit of added dialogue could have explained one gaff. The other just made no sense in context, as the appearance of Batman in costume was unnecessary as Bruce Wayne could have done pretty much the same thing. While most stories stand on their own, quite nicely a couple need the reader to be up on then current Batman story lines, while another hints on a future event. Dan Jurgens' (writer/artist) Generations Fractured introduces concepts and characters that lead into the Generations Shattered book that comes out after the Dark Nights: Death Metal event. While The Gift, written by Mariko Tamaki and artist Dan Mora, takes place during the then current Joker War story. Overall a nice tribute to the character.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    3.5 stars The usual mixed bag of an all-star anthology, but with some great highlights. Bendis has a detective team up with the full BatFamily that’s a lot of fun, Fraction and Zdarsky and Bidikar offer a neat time lapse montage of Batman and Joker’s odd frenemy relationship with clean colorful art, Tynion writes a quirky, heartfelt ghost story with Deadman and Rossmo’s distinctively weird art, and Morrison playfully imagines an immediate predecessor wannabe from the 30s who was This Close to get 3.5 stars The usual mixed bag of an all-star anthology, but with some great highlights. Bendis has a detective team up with the full BatFamily that’s a lot of fun, Fraction and Zdarsky and Bidikar offer a neat time lapse montage of Batman and Joker’s odd frenemy relationship with clean colorful art, Tynion writes a quirky, heartfelt ghost story with Deadman and Rossmo’s distinctively weird art, and Morrison playfully imagines an immediate predecessor wannabe from the 30s who was This Close to getting Batman’s whole vigilante look and vibe right, but missed in execution. The rest are at least decent, except Tomasi turning in basically the same thing as his issue 1000 contribution of a series of splash pages each dedicated to one of Batman’s most well-known Rogues.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    An excellent, supersized! celebration, in large part focusing on the “detective,” procedural, cerebral elements of the Dark Knight (and others residents of Gotham), with an all-star selection of creators (you honestly couldn’t ask for much better). For something like this you’d expect to be able to give it to someone who hasn’t or has rarely read Batman comics before. You can absolutely do that with this one. DC has been pulling out all the stops with these anniversary issues in recent years. Th An excellent, supersized! celebration, in large part focusing on the “detective,” procedural, cerebral elements of the Dark Knight (and others residents of Gotham), with an all-star selection of creators (you honestly couldn’t ask for much better). For something like this you’d expect to be able to give it to someone who hasn’t or has rarely read Batman comics before. You can absolutely do that with this one. DC has been pulling out all the stops with these anniversary issues in recent years. This could honestly be the best.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I only read Matt Fraction's, Greg Rucka's, and Kelly Sue Deconnick's stories. Rucka's was the best, but the other two were good also. Not much else to say. I only read Matt Fraction's, Greg Rucka's, and Kelly Sue Deconnick's stories. Rucka's was the best, but the other two were good also. Not much else to say.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Howell

    My favorite stories were The Master Class by Bendis, Rookie by Greg Rucka, and Fore by Kelly Sue Deconnick. The rest were not bad except for maybe Wolfman's which I didn't like that much. My favorite stories were The Master Class by Bendis, Rookie by Greg Rucka, and Fore by Kelly Sue Deconnick. The rest were not bad except for maybe Wolfman's which I didn't like that much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trae Stratton

    Solid collection of short, wide ranging tales to get a Batman fix in without getting heavily invested in a lengthy graphic novel or story arc.

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

    A excellent collection of tales both past and present.a virtual who's who of gotham friends and foes A excellent collection of tales both past and present.a virtual who's who of gotham friends and foes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joe Court of Owlets

    Wow.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Serdar Şenol

    Actually these celebration issues were getting better but then this happened. Most of the stories were just OK with the exception of Snyder & Reis one. Man, that is an awesome team for a grounded kinda Batman run. I'd love it. Actually these celebration issues were getting better but then this happened. Most of the stories were just OK with the exception of Snyder & Reis one. Man, that is an awesome team for a grounded kinda Batman run. I'd love it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Austin Reesman

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ward

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Macedo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doug

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Peres

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott Allen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lucian Dogan

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