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“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter One An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Cla “RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter One An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?


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“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter One An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Cla “RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter One An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?

30 review for Detective Comics #934

  1. 5 out of 5

    asmaa🌻

    3.5/5 stars So glad this delivered. Loved everything except the artwork, but it was a pretty cool story and I'm curious as to where this is heading. 3.5/5 stars So glad this delivered. Loved everything except the artwork, but it was a pretty cool story and I'm curious as to where this is heading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    DC Rebirth is here, so many things have changed for the better! Detective Comics is now back to its original numbering. See, you really do not need some renumbering of titles or a clean slate, all you need is a good start (Although I can also argue that the New52, for all the bad things that it gave to fans and readers alike, acted as a necessary ordeal. I mean, you won't have Rebirth without it, right?) . So there is a new, more advanced enemy and our Caped Crusader cannot do it alone. So he ask DC Rebirth is here, so many things have changed for the better! Detective Comics is now back to its original numbering. See, you really do not need some renumbering of titles or a clean slate, all you need is a good start (Although I can also argue that the New52, for all the bad things that it gave to fans and readers alike, acted as a necessary ordeal. I mean, you won't have Rebirth without it, right?) . So there is a new, more advanced enemy and our Caped Crusader cannot do it alone. So he asked helped from Batwoman (who by the way had an awesome J.H. Williams run) to form a team tasked to surmount this inevitable conflict. I liked how Tynion made use of the DC characters in the Batman mythos who have been either scarce or totally absent during the New52 era. The author did not make me feel that the two Bats are recruiting them just for screen time. They felt as a start of something great, a team and a really good one. So DetCom #934 is a recruitment issue. And we have seen this so many times in movies and comics. The fun here is the variety of personalities during the recruitment and Tynion nails it. Despite each team members' action scenes lasting for only a few panels, they are effective and entertaining to see. But who I think stole the show are the villains: Azrael and Clayface. Jean-Paul Valley was a famous Batman character during the 90s, especially in the Knightfall era. He stole the show and embodied an "aesthetic" Batman that kinda reflects the comics of that decade. I got so excited seeing him again, updated in a "Arkham Knight-esque" costume. His spiritual personality is still intact, loyal to a fault to the Order. Then there is Basil Karlo, a.k.a. Clayface. Now, what's with DC making heroes out of villains? First Killer Croc in Suicide Squad (well, not really), then SuperLuthor then Clayface. Forever Evil proved to us that villains can become cool, effective heroes too. Haha, but Clayface ain't effective and cool. He's effective and cute! So Clayface being in the team is a good move! Barrows' subdued contrasts is effective in a DetCom landscape, obviously since this is a Batman comic. The choice of characters turns out to be a good choice of colors as well. There's Batman purple, Batwoman red among other colors. Rebuilding the Batman family in the face of uncertainty is a way to go for Detective Comics. I think we are in for one great ride.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    (I read this as a physical single issue, but I'm not able to find that edition on GR, so I'm just going to use this one.) This was a lot better than the one-shot! It's interesting that Batman/woman would choose Clayface, so hopefully that will be explained later on (I'm guessing he was a target for one of those drones, but why him?) I also want to note that a long time around I got a comic that included Black Bat, or Cassandra Cain. I don't remember anything about it aside from Black Bat, but ever (I read this as a physical single issue, but I'm not able to find that edition on GR, so I'm just going to use this one.) This was a lot better than the one-shot! It's interesting that Batman/woman would choose Clayface, so hopefully that will be explained later on (I'm guessing he was a target for one of those drones, but why him?) I also want to note that a long time around I got a comic that included Black Bat, or Cassandra Cain. I don't remember anything about it aside from Black Bat, but ever since then I've had a fascination with her, so I hope this title focuses on her a lot in the future. Definitely one of the best Rebirth issues so far that isn't a one-shot (not that it as much competition at this point x3)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    This had direction and purpose, it even introduced the notion that a villain of the Batman universe could be reformed. I enjoyed the idea and where it could be going, out of all the rebirth so far this has worked the best. I did like the idea that something is coming and instead of twisting the normal batman squad they have introduced new blood. I've got big expectations and faith this storyline will deliver. This had direction and purpose, it even introduced the notion that a villain of the Batman universe could be reformed. I enjoyed the idea and where it could be going, out of all the rebirth so far this has worked the best. I did like the idea that something is coming and instead of twisting the normal batman squad they have introduced new blood. I've got big expectations and faith this storyline will deliver.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Good start to a new story arc. This is the first time I've picked up Detective Comics and this run is basically Gotham City's group of super heroes. There is Batman, Batwoman, Spoiler, Red Robin, Orphan, and Clayface all working together. Batwoman is going to take up the training of the team. The group is up against a large force of enemies. I thought the art was fantastic and I think the writing has some real potential. Good start to a new story arc. This is the first time I've picked up Detective Comics and this run is basically Gotham City's group of super heroes. There is Batman, Batwoman, Spoiler, Red Robin, Orphan, and Clayface all working together. Batwoman is going to take up the training of the team. The group is up against a large force of enemies. I thought the art was fantastic and I think the writing has some real potential.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Carpico

    Great intro to the team and the dynamic between Batman and Batwoman. Wish all of these Rebirth books didn't have the exact same villain structure, but what can you do? http://pop-break.com/2016/06/08/revie... Great intro to the team and the dynamic between Batman and Batwoman. Wish all of these Rebirth books didn't have the exact same villain structure, but what can you do? http://pop-break.com/2016/06/08/revie...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lintwood Lewis

    Good little setup of batman getting a crew together. Thought it was good, I do want to see more of duke though ...

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    YES. So much yes. Who would have thought another reboot of DC's universe would turn the tables for the better? After the disaster that the Batwoman series ended in (a hard fall from such a spectacular beginning), I was worried Kate Kane would be overlooked in DC's Rebirth. When I found out she'd be featured in Detective Comics as a major player, I didn't get my hopes up. Odds were the writer they ended up choosing wouldn't be able to handle her well. I should've paid more attention. I had no idea YES. So much yes. Who would have thought another reboot of DC's universe would turn the tables for the better? After the disaster that the Batwoman series ended in (a hard fall from such a spectacular beginning), I was worried Kate Kane would be overlooked in DC's Rebirth. When I found out she'd be featured in Detective Comics as a major player, I didn't get my hopes up. Odds were the writer they ended up choosing wouldn't be able to handle her well. I should've paid more attention. I had no idea James Tynion IV would be writing this run! I'm very intentional about which comics I read. Usually, they feature a female protagonist and/or one or more queer characters. Tynion's work has impressed me more than once, with series like Constantine: The Hellblazer and Cognetic, with leads who are openly rainbowtastic but not solely defined by their sexual or gender identity. A quick scroll through his Wikipedia page says he's "openly bisexual" (isn't it glorious?!), which is great to see queer creators making queer comics (because double levels of inclusion!). But enjoying a writer's previous work doesn't guarantee you'll enjoy their work in a different context. So I flipped open the issue and started reading. I've never cared for Azrael, but there he is on the first page. I still didn't care about him at the end of his scene, but I did care about what I'd learned by the end of that exchange... And now for some minor spoilers (that you can somewhat infer from the cover anyway). Batman asks Batwoman for help to train a new generation of superheroes and prepare them for some big-bad that's going to come after them in the future. Here's the important part: he admits she'd be better at it than he would because she knows how to work in a team, and he wants them to be equal partners. *arms raised victoriously over my head* THANK YOU, JAMES TYNION IV!!! Thank you for acknowledging how valuable and capable a character Kate Kane is, and for presenting it in such a badass way. Thank you for explicitly having Batman acknowledge it. There's plenty more to the whole "equality" between our lead Bats here, but I'll save the surprise. Let me just say, it's amusing and Tynion really shows off how cool Kate is. She's also kinda sassy! I love me a sassy, out-and-proud Kate Kane! Another delightful surprise? Batman isn't just dark, broody, serious, and emotionally closed off. He's accessible. He smiles, shows genuine emotion, accepts being teased, and knows when to ask for help. He also believes in redemption. The reason I became interested in Batman as a character in the first place was when I read Gail Simone's version of him in her Batgirl run. We know he's tough, but he also has a heart. A lot of writers forget that. But it's the heart that makes Batman interesting. It's the heart that makes Batman human. I'm thrilled Tynion hasn't forgotten that. Then our beloved Bat-bosses start recruiting their new babies: Tim Drake as "Red Robin". I haven't read Tim before, but I'm curious. "The Spoiler" aka. Stephanie Brown. I've also never read her but I've always wanted to (I have a soft spot for Batgirls). It's hard to find any of her run of Batgirl in hardcopy though, and I insist on reading it on paper. Thankfully, this series is going to give me a chance to get to know her! Speaking of Batgirls, Cassandra Cain's here! As "Orphan"... Not so sure about the name but I guess it matches her... darker roots? Though her redesigned uniform looks pretty cool, I'm really missing the bat ears. There's probably a good reason for it (like maybe they want to distance her from the Bat Family associations - specifically Batgirl), but... Look, I just miss the ears, okay?! And Clayface. I didn't expect to sympathize with him, but Tynion makes it happen. I love a well-written bad-to-good transformation, and I'm very interested in how he'll develop as a character. All in all, I'm very impressed with this first issue. I tend to shy away from team series due to their general lack of individual character development. Only one writer comes to mind who pulls off individual and group development with consistently high quality: Gail Simone. Tom Taylor does a fantastic job with Injustice, but I haven't read enough team books by him to gauge his consistency. Tynion seems intent on building a solid team of distinct characters who'll have their own development as the series progresses. I am so excited for this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe Martin

    With a growing storm that aims to take Gotham over, its going to take more than just Batman to train the next generation of heroes. With help from Batwoman, they shall be trained and ready in anticipation as the unknown foe that lurks in the shadows of Gotham. Who are they? Why do they have technology that isn't from this decade? As more questions arise, will the four handpicked coincide well or oppose this new team-up. With a growing storm that aims to take Gotham over, its going to take more than just Batman to train the next generation of heroes. With help from Batwoman, they shall be trained and ready in anticipation as the unknown foe that lurks in the shadows of Gotham. Who are they? Why do they have technology that isn't from this decade? As more questions arise, will the four handpicked coincide well or oppose this new team-up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ram RS

    The Bat family is front and center in this book, and it looks like that's what the focus will be on. Imagine Justice League, but no super humans. Given the number of characters brought back into a top title by this issue, I'm interested in watching their character development as well as the chemistry between them. There is a lot of diversity and novelty here, and I'm glad the storylines will not be stag parties. I do hope members of the previous Bat family make a few cameos now and then. The Bat family is front and center in this book, and it looks like that's what the focus will be on. Imagine Justice League, but no super humans. Given the number of characters brought back into a top title by this issue, I'm interested in watching their character development as well as the chemistry between them. There is a lot of diversity and novelty here, and I'm glad the storylines will not be stag parties. I do hope members of the previous Bat family make a few cameos now and then.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I loved these characters, all of them, in their previous New 52 incarnations. I'm hopeful that this series will draw me back into DC. The set-up and the team look solid. The art is good. Who would have thought that Clayface would have made me sad? So far this is my favourite Rebirth. I loved these characters, all of them, in their previous New 52 incarnations. I'm hopeful that this series will draw me back into DC. The set-up and the team look solid. The art is good. Who would have thought that Clayface would have made me sad? So far this is my favourite Rebirth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mayank Mrug

    Interesting team. Unknown adversary. Can't wait for next issue. Interesting team. Unknown adversary. Can't wait for next issue.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Hyde

    First one of these Ive read. Not a beginner comic but if you're familiar with the current batverse then I suggest this title. First one of these Ive read. Not a beginner comic but if you're familiar with the current batverse then I suggest this title.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dr Rashmit Mishra

    4.5/5 really , like the new team , would be interesting to see this partnership between Batman and Batwoman , love Spoiler and orphan and CLayface . but i am kinda sad that they are turning Detective comics into a Batman trains Young Justice comic instead of batman's comics but it's still interesting and it makes more of an interesting read than Batman rebirth one shot 4.5/5 really , like the new team , would be interesting to see this partnership between Batman and Batwoman , love Spoiler and orphan and CLayface . but i am kinda sad that they are turning Detective comics into a Batman trains Young Justice comic instead of batman's comics but it's still interesting and it makes more of an interesting read than Batman rebirth one shot

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Hmm, interesting start. Batman is assembling a team to fight a mysterious threat. This person or something, is watching him and the members of his team. I'm definitely in for the next issue to see what happens next. Hmm, interesting start. Batman is assembling a team to fight a mysterious threat. This person or something, is watching him and the members of his team. I'm definitely in for the next issue to see what happens next.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This is my jam, right here. I loved each and every panel of this story. The art and the dialogue were both top notch. And the character interactions were fantastic. I liked Clayface more than I expected, and that's an important thing. This will be a subscription for me. This is my jam, right here. I loved each and every panel of this story. The art and the dialogue were both top notch. And the character interactions were fantastic. I liked Clayface more than I expected, and that's an important thing. This will be a subscription for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin Dean

    They chose an interesting cast of characters for this title. I'm particularly curious how Clayface will truly fit into this team. My favorite parts of this were the artwork and Tim Drake working with Batman again. They chose an interesting cast of characters for this title. I'm particularly curious how Clayface will truly fit into this team. My favorite parts of this were the artwork and Tim Drake working with Batman again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

    Excellent Batwoman re-introduction.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eugene Tan

    Just a couple words here, folks. Rise of the Batmen. BATMEN. Also, Clayface :') Just a couple words here, folks. Rise of the Batmen. BATMEN. Also, Clayface :')

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Browning

    Anytime Batman and Batwoman team up you know it's going to be good. Add in clayface...color me intrigued. Anytime Batman and Batwoman team up you know it's going to be good. Add in clayface...color me intrigued.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Cody

    Corny writing. "This plan was supposed to be foolproof! This was gonna be an easy 18 mil in the bag." Cringe-worthy. Corny writing. "This plan was supposed to be foolproof! This was gonna be an easy 18 mil in the bag." Cringe-worthy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

    In the series opener Batman and Batwoman train a new group of Superheroes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The young crime-fighters of Gotham City are being surveilled by mysterious drones. Batman decides it’s time to train them formally to protect themselves and their city. He recruits Batwoman to aid in the training drawing on her military background and experience as a vigilante. But is there another Batman roaming the streets of Gotham? This issue is all set-up. While I see some interesting potential in this concept and storyline, the issue does little more than march Batman around Gotham enlistin The young crime-fighters of Gotham City are being surveilled by mysterious drones. Batman decides it’s time to train them formally to protect themselves and their city. He recruits Batwoman to aid in the training drawing on her military background and experience as a vigilante. But is there another Batman roaming the streets of Gotham? This issue is all set-up. While I see some interesting potential in this concept and storyline, the issue does little more than march Batman around Gotham enlisting his team. Along with Batwoman, Batman recruits Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and the most unusual member of the team - Clayface. Tynion portrays Clayface as a very sympathetic character here, but there must be more behind this for Batman to want to bring him into this new team structure. Should be fun to see these characters interact in a sort of “New Mutants” kind of situation. There are a few plot threads dropped into this mix as well - the idea of the drones and the Batman poser. At this point we don’t know if they’re related, but both have intriguing possibilities. I enjoyed seeing Azrael in a little cameo at the start of the issue as well. Like to see more of him down the road. I’ve enjoyed Tynion’s previous Batman work, so I’m willing to give him some time to get things going here. The artwork is top notch! Barrows and Ferreira do a nice job using light and shadows to really establish that Gotham City mood, but their figures are also really detailed and well-constructed. The characters all feel different and unique, having their own energy and grace of movement. Very easy to see who’s who even in silhouette. Barrows version of Clayface is still pretty monstrous, but he does give him a very expressive face which contributes greatly to making him sympathetic. Honorable mention is given to Rafael Albuquerque’s variant cover for this issue - a really iconic Batman that should have gotten a lot of attention! A solid start to the Rebirth thing, and I’m interested to see how it develops.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    This series really started out with a bang. We see Azrael being chased by someone who resembles Batman. And the real Batman starts a boot camp of sorts for members of the Bat family AND Clayface. It was a really human moment that Clayface got here. I probably most enjoy the art whenever Clayface is on the page. And Batwoman knowing Batman's identity already is pretty funny. This series really started out with a bang. We see Azrael being chased by someone who resembles Batman. And the real Batman starts a boot camp of sorts for members of the Bat family AND Clayface. It was a really human moment that Clayface got here. I probably most enjoy the art whenever Clayface is on the page. And Batwoman knowing Batman's identity already is pretty funny.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Following the Rebirth story arc. This one was really good. It finally feels like the meat of the arc is beginning. Still a little short for the price, but things are starting to meld properly. Enjoying this story arc so far.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    #934 – THE YOUNG AND THE BRAVE “I will push you to the absolute limits you are capable of, because if I do not, YOU WILL DIE. And even worse? Innocent people will die.” - Batwoman

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maddison

    An easy, simple, pleasant read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Detective Comics #934 is a wonderful start to James Tynion's opening team based storyline for the new relaunch of Detective Comics. The comic starts out with Batman discovering a wounded Azrael. Batman concludes that someone has been trying to hunt down vigilantes in Gotham. Specifically, the less experienced vigilantes. This leads Batman to seek out the help of Batwoman in training these heroes to ward off the upcoming threat. This team of vigilantes that Batman requests Batwoman's help in trai Detective Comics #934 is a wonderful start to James Tynion's opening team based storyline for the new relaunch of Detective Comics. The comic starts out with Batman discovering a wounded Azrael. Batman concludes that someone has been trying to hunt down vigilantes in Gotham. Specifically, the less experienced vigilantes. This leads Batman to seek out the help of Batwoman in training these heroes to ward off the upcoming threat. This team of vigilantes that Batman requests Batwoman's help in training includes Red Robin, The Spoiler, Orphan and Basil Karlo. Detective Comics #1 is an excellently paced and very enjoyable comic. I found myself enjoying every page of the comic while reading and was only disappointed that I couldn't read issue #2 right away when I got to the end. The story flows very well by providing you the necessary information while not getting caught up in too much exposition or introduction like some team books surfer from in their first issue. Aside from Batman and Red Robin, I wasn't extremely familiar with any of the main characters here but Tynion does a great job of introducing them within this one issue. I also thoroughly enjoyed the conversation between Batman and Batwoman in the beginning of comic. Orphan is the character that I've seen the least in my past readings, even when she was Batgirl, but I found her short scene and introduction in this first issue to be very enjoyable and fascinating and hope to see her play a good role in this. I was initially unsure of how Basil Karlo would fit into this story but I think it works now that I have read the story. I only fear is that the character is used ultimately used for a very predictable betrayal later in the series but hopefully that is not the case. The art in this issue is handled by Eddy Barrows. I felt he mostly did a great with handling the tone for this comic. It doesn't suffer from an overly dark or grim feel that some Batman comics I've read have had. I think he did a good job at capturing at each of the characters and making them look unique. The art is paced just as well as the script and helps make this comic an extremely enjoyable read. Detective Comics is a series that I never really found myself excited in the best but with this first issue I am genuinely very excited to read the next. I love good team superhero comics books and I've also thought there was potential for that with the Batman Family given how many characters it includes. James Tynion IV has done a good job of capturing that potential and I can't to see where he takes the story and how he shows all these characters interacting with one another.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mike andrews

    Batman assembles a team for a dangerous threat.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Batman is assembling a team to face a dangerous, mysterious & unknown enemy to Batman. We are introduced to Batwoman (Katherine "Kate" Kane) when Batman tells her that he wants to put her in charge of a group to prepare them for the unknown enemies. You know I love any Robin in any shape & form... the Robin we are introduced to was Tim Drake. Then, we see Stephanie Brown (Spoiler... that is her superhero name) whose outfit was simply amazing. Next, we see Cassandra Cain (Orphan), who I really li Batman is assembling a team to face a dangerous, mysterious & unknown enemy to Batman. We are introduced to Batwoman (Katherine "Kate" Kane) when Batman tells her that he wants to put her in charge of a group to prepare them for the unknown enemies. You know I love any Robin in any shape & form... the Robin we are introduced to was Tim Drake. Then, we see Stephanie Brown (Spoiler... that is her superhero name) whose outfit was simply amazing. Next, we see Cassandra Cain (Orphan), who I really like for some weird reason. She seems about that kicking ass life. The final member is Clayface. I do not have any strong opinion about him. He is neither here or there, but he is looking for redemption & I do love a good redemption story... so I shall see if I like him. Oh, Batman & Batwoman are cousins. How nice... I guess.

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