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


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

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

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

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandon St Mark

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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Logan

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

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

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

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.B.

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    RG

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

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kay

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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

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

  15. 4 out of 5

    James

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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

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

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Peter J. Tomasi starts his new run on Detective Comics collecting issues #994-999. The story opens with Batman and Detective Gordon investigating the murder of a couple that have been surgically altered to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne on the anniversary of their death. The killer had got all the details down the smallest of details: clothes, bullet wounds, and even the playbill from Zorro. As they continue to examine the crime scene, Dr. Leslie Thompkins is attacked at her office. O Peter J. Tomasi starts his new run on Detective Comics collecting issues #994-999. The story opens with Batman and Detective Gordon investigating the murder of a couple that have been surgically altered to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne on the anniversary of their death. The killer had got all the details down the smallest of details: clothes, bullet wounds, and even the playbill from Zorro. As they continue to examine the crime scene, Dr. Leslie Thompkins is attacked at her office. One by one, Bruce's teachers and closest confidants are being stalked and attacked. Batman chases his leads across the globe trying to solve the case. I thought the story opened with an intriguing premise. The story quickly takes off at a break-neck speed with little explanation as to why Bruce was doing what he was doing until after the fact. Each issue felt the same: Batman shows up to an exotic location, fight immediately breaks out, punches, explosions, insight, on to the next. While this arc is still a mystery/detective story, it was much more action heavy than drama or suspense. At first I didn't like the ending, but the more I think about it, the more it grows on me. Doug Mahnke's art was fine - I find a lot of today's artists' styles are very similar and hard to distinguish. Nothing really stands out other than it was very effective in capuring all of the action. This was a mediocre start on what seems to be a mid-to-long term run for Tomasi. I am a bit disappointed in the start but hopefully he rights the ship and fixes it's pace.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

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

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

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

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alí Flores

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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

    A doofy resolution spoils an otherwise solid opening run for writer Peter Tomasi, artist Doug Mahnke, and the rest of the creative team. Also: saguaro cacti do not exist in New Mexico, and the town of Gila, NM, is green and wet, not brown and desert-like. It’s really pretty freakin ridiculous how often comics artists are wrong about the state of New Mexico... Drives me totally nuts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    n

    One of the things I like the least about the Batman series is that it doesn't... really call back to other parts of the series in a meaningful way. Also, there's a huge tendency to rush the story and not give any exposition for why things are happening, which leads me to wonder... what's the point?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Not only is it a dull slog, the entire story is negated at the end. Pointless. I guess it's meant to be a character exploration of Batman, but there's literally nothing new here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    Batman: Detective Comics vol 1 Mythology is Peter J Tomasi writing Detective comics in the rebirth era picking it up for a run on the title after James Tynion’s 7 volumes worth. As a starting point for Detective comics I think this is actually pretty good. But it’s even better as a Batman starting point within current continuity. Now granted this is not a story that I think would convert someone who isn’t already into Batman’s whole appeal. I say good for a starting point as in “I want to start r Batman: Detective Comics vol 1 Mythology is Peter J Tomasi writing Detective comics in the rebirth era picking it up for a run on the title after James Tynion’s 7 volumes worth. As a starting point for Detective comics I think this is actually pretty good. But it’s even better as a Batman starting point within current continuity. Now granted this is not a story that I think would convert someone who isn’t already into Batman’s whole appeal. I say good for a starting point as in “I want to start reading modern Batman/ not the 5 Batman stories everyone already recommends.” It’s a story about Bruce and his quest to build a better Batman. Something is targeting his mentors and allies. So he sets on a globe trotting quest to get to each of them first. Reading this issue to issue was really good because I think Tomasi’s is always solid ranging from good to great. I think the issues here all fit in that range but know before going in that the intrigue is greater then the answer, it almost always is but it’s notable here because the intrigue is so interesting. But while the answer isn’t as interesting for the intrigue what is interesting about the answers you get is what it reenforces about Batman’s character in his striving to save more and do more despite the crushing odds. There’s a consistent art team you get that really needs up the visual appeal. I just love the way Doug Mahnke draws Batman, with the big broad shoulders and long flowing cap, and the poses he pencils it conveys action really well. David Baron on colors nails it conveying the moody urgency the story has to it. Particularly the greens, blacks, and blues really pop. Because unlike other stories in current continuity Batman’s got some blue on that suit Rob Leigh’s letters also deserve credit because how the monster speaks is intelligibly unintelligible. And what is said by the characters is never a struggle. Christian Alamy and Keith Champagne inking make it appropriately stylish as they control the gothic shadows. I don’t have a ton I want to complain about aside from the typical intrigue vs answers problem that mystery always has. It looks great, the read is fun, heavily plot motivating with enough flavoring of character. I recommend this one. Though if anything I’ve said is unappealing maybe this isn’t for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott Knight

    From the publisher: The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City A From the publisher: The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium--staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman--and it's using Joker Gas to do it! Collects Detective Comics #994-999 Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi is a pretty good read. Leading up to Detective Comics 1000, it sets the stage for the debut of the Arkham Knight, and the next story arc for Detective Comics. The story opens with Batman and Jim Gordon investigating the deaths of a man and woman who look exactly like Bruce Wayne's parents. Next, Leslie Thompkins is attacked by a strange creature who is looking to draw Batman out. Alfred is the next victim. Batman soon figures out that it is going after the people responsible for helping him become Batman, and the race is on to save his mentors. The creature (who doesn't have a name) acts a bit like Clayface, as it takes on various faces of Batman's villains, friends, and fellow heroes. It is relentless, attacking and reforming constantly. It also is constantly reminding Bruce of how and why he became Batman. As Batman races from one friend to the next, the mystery of the creature and its purpose in tormenting Batman are slowly revealed. As Bruce discovers who created it, Tomasi wraps things up with a twist. Mythology was an interesting story. There wasn't clear bad guy or underlying plot that Batman was trying to stop. Rather, this was a trip down memory lane for Bruce Wayne, and Tomasi used his "mythology" to examine and almost reset Batman as issue #1000 looms. This approach is not unusual for writers, as I've read multiple stories that examine who Batman is and why he does what he does, on a level that goes beyond just revenge for his parents' murders. The way Tomasi conducts this soul-searching is a bit unique, and an interesting addition to the Batman mythology (see what I did there?). Overall, I enjoyed Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi. It was an exciting book, with action that never let up and a surprising twist. I would recommend it to Batman fans for sure. I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Bautista

    In some ways, since the breakup of the team first introduced in Issue #934 (Detective Comics - 2016, Vol. 1), I feel like starting with Issue #983, the Detective Comics story arcs were written specifically so they can be told in just enough issues to re-offer it as a trade paperback. That's fine, I suppose, but I do miss the big story arc and all the character development that spanned 6 volumes (almost 50 issues). Now, it's just TPB length storytelling that feels more standalone and bottled. Fir In some ways, since the breakup of the team first introduced in Issue #934 (Detective Comics - 2016, Vol. 1), I feel like starting with Issue #983, the Detective Comics story arcs were written specifically so they can be told in just enough issues to re-offer it as a trade paperback. That's fine, I suppose, but I do miss the big story arc and all the character development that spanned 6 volumes (almost 50 issues). Now, it's just TPB length storytelling that feels more standalone and bottled. First, the adventure with Black Lightning and hint to The Outsiders. Then there was Two-Face's story. This is no different. It's standalone. It's Batman fighting an unknown enemy that seems to know everyone around him. It's Batman's "worst enemy"! Gag. In the end, it does nothing for plot movement or character growth. I'd hate to think this was forgettable, but there are no new revelations here except a reminder of the support characters who help Batman get to where he is today. It certainly is unsatisfying where the story ends up. Fitting... If you look at the actual comic book issue covers, the header says "Countdown to #1000". I guess that's apropos. The only reason I read it was to make sure I didn't miss anything when I finally crack open Issue #1000 for the first time. But then again, just to burn through numbers #994-#999 may be the only reason they printed this story arc at all. Touche.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bryson Grenfell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To be clear: this is more of a 3.5 than a flat out 3 star book. It’s super enjoyable, very fast paced and kind of like a (literally is) globe trotting murder mystery, monster hunter adventure blockbuster.......only problem is it doesn’t actually happen. It’s a simulation, which very much knocks the wind out of my sails. I love the majority of Peter J. Tomasi’s work (his Batman and Robin run was instrumental in forging my love for Damian Wayne and his Supersons was what fully cemented it; to say To be clear: this is more of a 3.5 than a flat out 3 star book. It’s super enjoyable, very fast paced and kind of like a (literally is) globe trotting murder mystery, monster hunter adventure blockbuster.......only problem is it doesn’t actually happen. It’s a simulation, which very much knocks the wind out of my sails. I love the majority of Peter J. Tomasi’s work (his Batman and Robin run was instrumental in forging my love for Damian Wayne and his Supersons was what fully cemented it; to say nothing of Jon Kent being my favourite new character to come out of DC comics in over a decade) Doug Mahnke is a truly great Batman artist and really does not disappoint with some truly stellar pencils ✏️ Batman Detective comics Vol. 1 Mythology would’ve been a great jumping on point for new readers were it not for its less than stellar ending, but serialised storytelling dictates that changes as big as one that kicks everything off will rarely if ever stick; it’s just unfortunate that this volume undoes itself by having never even happened.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

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

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