Batman
Following the tragic death of one of their own, Batman’s team of vigilantes falls apart! With his squad completely shattered, Batman must confront Red Robin about the future of their partnership…if there even is one in Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7: Batman Eternal.Following her deadly actions in their last adventure, Batwoman faces scrutiny from Batman and Red Robin, but stands up for her actions. Will Batman allow her to continue bearing his symbol after everything she has done? And will the fallout put these cousins—Bruce Wayne and Kate Kane—at irreconcilable odds with each other?From writer James Tynion IV (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and a spectacular art team including Alvaro Martinez (Batman Eternal) comes the newest volume of Detective Comics! Collects Detective Comics #975-981.

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TitleBatman
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401284213
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Batman

Batman Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    This was a goodbye to James Tynion (as far as I know) for Detective comics. Does it wrap up well? This, once more, deals with multiple character storylines. You have Tim dealing with his worrying-self, you have Bruce dealing with the fallout of Bat-woman, and you have Cass trying to find herself and understand what she's doing. This is the end of the Batmen (and women) but they won't go out with a whimper as the future comes to strike them! Good: I really like character moments here. The highlig This was a goodbye to James Tynion (as far as I know) for Detective comics. Does it wrap up well? This, once more, deals with multiple character storylines. You have Tim dealing with his worrying-self, you have Bruce dealing with the fallout of Bat-woman, and you have Cass trying to find herself and understand what she's doing. This is the end of the Batmen (and women) but they won't go out with a whimper as the future comes to strike them! Good: I really like character moments here. The highlights being Bruce and Tim, Bruce and the bat family, Cas and Barbara, and many more great character moments. I also thought the ending set up nice things to come.Bad: I thought the plot was kind of all over the place, hard to grasp or understand, and almost aimless at times. I didn't really care about future stuff and what was happening to Tim was just...weird. Overall this was still really fun and a good finish, especially last few pages. It didn't blow me away like the last two volumes but overall James's run on Detective should be read. It's great! Check it out. This is a 3.5 out of 5.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    This started out very strong. I've read some mixed reception on Twitter over Kate's storyline. I'll admit, I'd only read one other book starring her before I read this one. In accordance with Tynion's view of Kate, I think her actions in vol. 6 made sense. Kate has always been willing to make the hard choices if she thinks there's no other viable alternative. This book did a pretty good job of going over how Kate dealt with her guilt. She's sorry for the pain she caused Cass but she doesn't regr This started out very strong. I've read some mixed reception on Twitter over Kate's storyline. I'll admit, I'd only read one other book starring her before I read this one. In accordance with Tynion's view of Kate, I think her actions in vol. 6 made sense. Kate has always been willing to make the hard choices if she thinks there's no other viable alternative. This book did a pretty good job of going over how Kate dealt with her guilt. She's sorry for the pain she caused Cass but she doesn't regret it. I liked that we got Kate talking once more about how much she cares about Cass.Unfortunately, it went downhill for me past this point. The most interesting parts of this arc for me were watching Kate, Azrael and Batwing go over merging the Colony's ideals with their owns. I wanted SO much more of that. I'm interested in seeing more of Lucas and Jean Paul's perspectives. We got a tiny bit of them explaining why they sided with Kate and I wanted a lot more of them following through on those beliefs. I wanted a lot more of them period. It bummed me out that I got glimpses of them before we skipped ahead. I greatly enjoyed seeing that Bruce finally followed others' advice and got Cass to see someone. It broke my heart to see that Cass questioned whether the batfam would one day kill her, too. You have a version where she was never adopted by Bruce, never taken under Babs' wing, never bonded with Dick or Stephanie so of course, this version of Cass thinks the others capable of killing her. I liked seeing Bruce struggle with the aftermath. He wants to be loyal to his family but he also sees the damage Kate caused. Again, Rebirth Batsy seems determined not to make the same mistakes the old Batsy made and he consults the entire family before making a call. I liked the panel of him seeing the damage that was caused to Cass, as well.Listen, if you know my feelings on the Batfamily, you won't be surprised to find where this book started to go downhill for me. In all honestly, it was the plot that didn't work for me. I didn't like this concept to begin and bringing back the "Bat!Tim saves the future" storyline didn't help. The whole thing is just stupid. Ulysses showed Tim a version of the future and he decided to kill Kate to avoid it. 1) Why didn't Tim doubt this because of who showed it to him? 2) Shouldn't Tim know better than to think it's okay to attack someone preemptively? 3) The "I know the future and it torments me" plot is so overdone. It was just boring and annoying. Then Tim was taken over by the Cybermen or whatever and Bruce goes to Steph to bring him back. *sighs*. The only aspect of that that I liked was the part where Steph and Cass see their superior timelines. The pre 52 world where they were both batgirls and felt secure in their place in the batfamily. I want that life back.Also, I feel as though the ending revealing Basil's survival cheapens everything with Kate. It would have been a lot more significant if her actions had consequences. Remember when Dick Grayson killed the Joker? And then that was erased afterwards? Doing that erases the need to hold someone accountable for their actions. When Dick killed Joker, he thought it would be permanent. When Kate killed Basil, she thought it would be permanent. The intention was still there. Why bring Basil back? But alas, I enjoyed parts of this. I loved everything with Kate. I just wish the Cybermen/Colony storyline didn't keep creeping back in.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow that was good.World: The art is solid, it’s dark and gritty which this series has been from the get go, there are instances where I found the facial expressions to be a bit wooden but overall this art fits the tone of the book. This is the end of the Tynion IV run and it makes sense that much like all authors nowadays that all the pieces that they created since their run all come back to play out in the finale. All the pieces from the Belfry to Future Tim to Brother Eye and Ulysses Armstrong Wow that was good.World: The art is solid, it’s dark and gritty which this series has been from the get go, there are instances where I found the facial expressions to be a bit wooden but overall this art fits the tone of the book. This is the end of the Tynion IV run and it makes sense that much like all authors nowadays that all the pieces that they created since their run all come back to play out in the finale. All the pieces from the Belfry to Future Tim to Brother Eye and Ulysses Armstrong are all here and it’s a pretty fantastic world. I will say one thing using Brother Eye and Omacs in Bat books is getting a bit old, I’ve had it in Infinite Crisis, I’ve had it in Futures End and now this and the origins is starting to get convoluted with it, add to that the future Tim sees is also not in line with Futures End and the current run of Batman Beyond so yeah, there are some continuity issues here but oh well, let’s forget about that and just let the story and world carry us away.Story: Wow, what can I say, this really takes all the wonderful pieces that worked with Tynion IV’s run and brings it all together. There is no terrible Victim Syndicate, there is only the awesome pieces like Future Tim, Brother Eye, Dark Kate and Cassandra and oh my all the pieces. The pacing is slow at first and wordy as is Tynion IV’s way, there is a lot to read. I loved how they handled the fallout with Kate and how it ties into the main narrative and Tim and his future self, all the pieces click together and at the heart of this entertaining story are these two characters and their relationship with each other, and their ideas of the future. I also loved the play with Cassandra and Steph, that final two issues when we see the reveals made me tear up as I’ve read those books and they are so dear to my heart. The finale was a bit cliché with fighting within and breaking free of the control, we’ve seen that so many times, but it was still emotionally charged and done well, that final panel with Tim and Kate (you’ll know what I mean) was so beautiful. The end leaves a lot of hope for the future for this series and the Bat family and I hope moving towards 2000s Bat Family status quo will be something we get more of. I love where Cassandra ends up.Characters: The characters are done well, that has always been the case with Tynion IV’s writing, you can’t fault his characters, they are flawed, they are raw and they act like what they should be. I love that Tim thinks and it leads to him overthinking it makes sense. I love the Kate is about emotion and rules and doing what needs to be done. I love Cassandra looking at Clayface and how they handled that relationship in regards to who she is and how that relates to how she perceives herself. I love Steph and what they did to her, there were some bumps here and there but the end made me happy. These characters are overall pretty well done.A wonderful end to a run that was not perfect but brought a lot of characters back into the fold for Rebirth and though not perfect I appreciate it very much.Onward to the next book!*read individual issues*
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  • Ryan Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    Well, ok. This is the definition of a "mixed bag." I want to give it four stars for the character moments, I want to give it two stars for the abandonment of logic and unsatisfying resolution. For as much as I've enjoyed Tynion's run and its fast but patient storytelling, this volume seemed to hurry to the end and left me feeling a little robbed of a conclusion befitting of the previous six volumes. I hope Tynion returns to Detective Comics one day, because I don't want this to be the way he goe Well, ok. This is the definition of a "mixed bag." I want to give it four stars for the character moments, I want to give it two stars for the abandonment of logic and unsatisfying resolution. For as much as I've enjoyed Tynion's run and its fast but patient storytelling, this volume seemed to hurry to the end and left me feeling a little robbed of a conclusion befitting of the previous six volumes. I hope Tynion returns to Detective Comics one day, because I don't want this to be the way he goes out. It's fine, but really a goes out on a whimper compared to the rest of the run. 3/5 (raised a full star for solid character interactions and growth).
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  • Debbi
    January 1, 1970
    [ Review of volumes 1-7 ]It deserves to be shouted from rooftops: James Tynion IV's run on Detective Comics is AMAZING.The whole storyline is wonderfully compelling (with more than a few outstanding issues), the art is steadily great, and I really enjoy how the characters are written, analysed, explored, paired with one another and pitted against each other.More than being just a superhero/sci-fi title, Detective Comics is a study in relationships and the effort they take, and I love it to piece [ Review of volumes 1-7 ]It deserves to be shouted from rooftops: James Tynion IV's run on Detective Comics is AMAZING.The whole storyline is wonderfully compelling (with more than a few outstanding issues), the art is steadily great, and I really enjoy how the characters are written, analysed, explored, paired with one another and pitted against each other.More than being just a superhero/sci-fi title, Detective Comics is a study in relationships and the effort they take, and I love it to pieces.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Basic Plot: The aftermath of future Tim Drake's trip to the present culminates in the activation of Brother Eye and some major revelations and changes for the bat family.The culmination of this arc was very satisfying and tied together several previous arcs very nicely. Future Detective Comics books are going to look very different as a result of these events. I have really enjoyed this overall run of the book. The art in this volume was really taken up a notch in my estimation. High quality, wi Basic Plot: The aftermath of future Tim Drake's trip to the present culminates in the activation of Brother Eye and some major revelations and changes for the bat family.The culmination of this arc was very satisfying and tied together several previous arcs very nicely. Future Detective Comics books are going to look very different as a result of these events. I have really enjoyed this overall run of the book. The art in this volume was really taken up a notch in my estimation. High quality, with some very interesting page layouts. As for characters, their growth and changes made sense. There was even a nice, final surprise at the end that made me happy.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]All good things must come to an end, and James Tynion IV’s Detective Comics run is no different. But before he goes, he’s going to tear down everything he’s built as the Gotham Knights face one final battle together, as Ulysses Armstrong goes rogue and targets Tim Drake for extermination. And to make matters worse, Armstrong has help in the form of Brother Eye – and where he goes, OMACs are sure to follow!After Fall Of The Batmen, you’d think there wouldn’t be any lower fo [Read as single issues]All good things must come to an end, and James Tynion IV’s Detective Comics run is no different. But before he goes, he’s going to tear down everything he’s built as the Gotham Knights face one final battle together, as Ulysses Armstrong goes rogue and targets Tim Drake for extermination. And to make matters worse, Armstrong has help in the form of Brother Eye – and where he goes, OMACs are sure to follow!After Fall Of The Batmen, you’d think there wouldn’t be any lower for Batman’s team to fall. How wrong you’d be. Tynion’s Detective Comics began with a Tim Drake story, and it’s fitting for it to end that way as well. This final arc drills down into the Tim/Ulysses rivalry and pulls the rest of the newly christened Gotham Knights back into the fray along the way. This builds on the stories told in Rise Of The Batmen and A Lonely Place Of Living to bring Tim’s journey to a satisfying, if unexpected, close.Tim may be firmly in the spotlight, but the rest of the team aren’t laying down as Gotham burns around them. Batwoman and Batman continue their tete-a-tete after the previous arc, and it’s only begrudging respect between the two that helps them win the day together. Meanwhile Orphan continues to mourn Clayface, while Azrael and Batwing continue to question their roles in the team which leads to their next steps on their journey after this series. Even supporting character Doctor October gets some kind of resolution, which is almost as unexpected as Tim’s. The Trial Of Batwoman issue that opens the volume is also a rare chance for Tynion IV to write characters like Red Hood and Batgirl, and their arguments are well presented – an issue that could have basically just been characters talking around a table for 20 pages is elevated to something superb due to his hand on the characters.Batmen Eternal draws on the talents of Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez, who have been series mainstays, while Javier Fernandez of Nightwing fame also pops up for two issues, while Phil Briones and Scot Eaton hit some of the issues in the middle. I’m glad Barrows was able to come back for the final issue, since he opened the series with Tynion IV and I love it when things come full circle.James Tynion IV’s Detective Comics run has been one of, if not the most consistently impressive books in the Rebirth stable. The character work is top notch, the stories have all built organically until everything has reached this tipping point, and we’ve still found time to have some fun along the way. The fact that we’ve had basically a four year run in less than two thanks to Rebirth’s double shipping just makes it even better, because the stories are unrelenting, and we’ve covered a lot of ground with these characters in a comparatively short amount of time. It’s just a shame that it means it’s over so soon. Whoever sits in Tynion IV’s writer’s chair next has a lot to live up to.
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  • Juan
    January 1, 1970
    Often times I find myself praising the story telling of James Tynion. I have been a big fan for most of his work and, therefore, have been a fan of the Bat-Family saga we have been reading in this Detective Comics series. A part of me totally understands the major, and very ambitious, project known as the Belfrey. I even felt Clayface was written incredibly well for the series up to this point. I mostly felt that Clayface himself is a tortured spirit always at ends with his personal demons which Often times I find myself praising the story telling of James Tynion. I have been a big fan for most of his work and, therefore, have been a fan of the Bat-Family saga we have been reading in this Detective Comics series. A part of me totally understands the major, and very ambitious, project known as the Belfrey. I even felt Clayface was written incredibly well for the series up to this point. I mostly felt that Clayface himself is a tortured spirit always at ends with his personal demons which, therefore, made him a perfect project of rehabilitation by working along side of Batman. He genuinely made the efforts to reform and we got that shown to us so much when he tried to comfort his very first victim. My favorite character is Cassandra Cain so to see her have the biggest impact on Clayface and really break out of her shell was nothing short of amazing.The moment of Clayface's demise seemed well written and definitely teased towards the terrible futuristic time line that was teased. The actions of Batwoman really set the stage for the end of the Bat-Family/Belfrey project but luckily not in the way we would have expected. I do not want to give away a lot of information if I can help it. I would summarize this volume is truly being about family (both the Bat-family as well as the traditional family sense). I still feel the true heart of the team is Cass and Clayface. Another great moment is when both Cass and Stephanie get a brief glimpse of what potential they both have the ability to become if they were to embrace it. I write this review in the sense as though the series were to end. I actually really hope for Tynion to continue his run and hope the upcoming stories are just as good but the end of this volume plays off as a perfect place to end the story, or even end his run. All of our characters end the story with a great sense of hope for a much better future with a final ending having a warm moment, once again, starring Cassandra and Basil/Clayface.
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  • Andrew Huey
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading this (in single issue form). I guess this is a good end to Tynion's run. I thought the middle of this story was kind of messy. The beginning and end were pretty good though. The beginning had quite a lot of exposition, but it was done well. And the ending leaves all (or most) of the characters in a good place, and plants some seeds for other writers to play with.I'm not too enthusiastic about the whole Brother Eye / OMAC thing. I think it's a little too over the top sci-f I just finished reading this (in single issue form). I guess this is a good end to Tynion's run. I thought the middle of this story was kind of messy. The beginning and end were pretty good though. The beginning had quite a lot of exposition, but it was done well. And the ending leaves all (or most) of the characters in a good place, and plants some seeds for other writers to play with.I'm not too enthusiastic about the whole Brother Eye / OMAC thing. I think it's a little too over the top sci-fi for Batman. But if you like that kind of thing, well... there's a lot of it here.The art was good. As has been the case through this run, there are too many different artists working on it. They're all good, and there's an attempt to maintain some consistency, I think, but it doesn't always work. (I don't know that I ever quite figured out what Ulysses Armstrong was supposed to look like, exactly. His appearance varied a lot.)In general, I'm glad I followed Tynion's run and I think he succeeded in doing some interesting stuff with Batman and his supporting cast. He used a lot of characters, and I think did well by all of them.
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  • Luke Sims-Jenkins
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a bit sad now. James Tynion IV has been writing my favourite Batman comic in years and not he's off to write Justice League. Good for him I mean it, but I just wish we got more of this amazing book. While Batman may be outselling Detective Comics (crazy) it's Detective that has the better stories, better representations of beloved characters and faithful new spins on old concepts. Yeah King's Batman is the pits.I only bring it up, because damn I want to be able to keep reading a Batman book I'm a bit sad now. James Tynion IV has been writing my favourite Batman comic in years and not he's off to write Justice League. Good for him I mean it, but I just wish we got more of this amazing book. While Batman may be outselling Detective Comics (crazy) it's Detective that has the better stories, better representations of beloved characters and faithful new spins on old concepts. Yeah King's Batman is the pits.I only bring it up, because damn I want to be able to keep reading a Batman book and so far DC hasn't bothered to bring together or at least announce a new creative team. There is no way I'm going back to Batman.Anyhoo to explain the plot of this story will be tricky. Batmen Eternal brings everything that's been done since the start of JT4's run and brings it to a close. High stakes, big action, wonderful character moments and a very solid ending leave me wanting more. If you've enjoyed Tynion's run up to this point then his last arc on the book won't disappoint.
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  • Kyle Berk
    January 1, 1970
    Batman Detective Comics by James Tynion is solid. There’s a lot of good stuff in here. Tim and Batwoman are great. It also has one of my favorite Batman moments in the last issue concerning his death.Continuing from last volume Batwoman is on trial for killing Clay Face. So the main Bat Family has a sit down to discuss.Orphan is still dealing with the loss of Clay Face, Batwoman is contemplating a new position and Batwing and Jean Paul Valley we just kinda there.The paneling is great ideally but Batman Detective Comics by James Tynion is solid. There’s a lot of good stuff in here. Tim and Batwoman are great. It also has one of my favorite Batman moments in the last issue concerning his death.Continuing from last volume Batwoman is on trial for killing Clay Face. So the main Bat Family has a sit down to discuss.Orphan is still dealing with the loss of Clay Face, Batwoman is contemplating a new position and Batwing and Jean Paul Valley we just kinda there.The paneling is great ideally but at times poor man execution because the picture went into the crevasse.It over explains like it has at times but this volume is really good. I enjoyed reading it and it smartly builds on and plays off of the entire run.4 stars
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  • Alí Flores
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5Story: Ulysses finally seems to take control over Tim and he will use the Brother Eye's technology to kill the Bat-fam. Luke, Jean Paul and Kate join into the Colony but they will help Batman by confronting Ulysses's attacks though.The end of this story will bring some changes to future Detective Comics, Tim and Stephanie will move to Ivy's, Luke will go off for a while, in other words, maybe we will be seeing another bat-fam?
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Not a bad end to a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining run by James Tynion IV. I've consistently enjoyed Detective Comics more than Batman over the last year or so. The great ensemble cast of characters and beautiful artwork combined with good to great story arcs have made this one of my go-to books. It's a good place to put it down too and explore some other options now.
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  • Jonathan Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    Not good at all. Tom King’s Batman is so much better.
  • Andy Zell
    January 1, 1970
    An adequate conclusion to Tynion's run, but not as compelling as the earlier volumes.
  • Jesús Bustamante
    January 1, 1970
    Bueno, fue un buen viaje para esta buena etapa...
  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    A very nicely wrapped up ending to a phenomenal character driven run by James Tynion IV, with some happy surprises thrown in (but not explained).
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