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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 7: Batmen Eternal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A great ending to a great run. The story builds off previous volumes as the Gotham Knights must band together one more time to stop their future from happening. Ulysses Armstrong has gotten his hands on future Tim Drake's technology and activates Brother Eye There's a lot of great character moments here. I also look forward to the new directions Tynion sends the cast off on. The art is full of the regular rotation of outstanding artists, Javier Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    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 Armstron 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*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    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).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    [ 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book has seven issues. The first issue is the Trial of Batwoman and it deals with the aftermath of the last story and what the Batfamily is going to do about Batwoman's killing in the last volume. The idea of the trial that Batman wants to hear from his "family," the people he trusts is a great idea and each brings an interesting perspective that I can totally believe, although its Batgirl who really has the most important insight. (As an aside, it's a shame that Batgirl's not being written This book has seven issues. The first issue is the Trial of Batwoman and it deals with the aftermath of the last story and what the Batfamily is going to do about Batwoman's killing in the last volume. The idea of the trial that Batman wants to hear from his "family," the people he trusts is a great idea and each brings an interesting perspective that I can totally believe, although its Batgirl who really has the most important insight. (As an aside, it's a shame that Batgirl's not being written this well in her own comic.) Then, we have the Fall of the Batmen story which finds Tim Drake being approached by a former tech for the colony about avoiding becoming the future Batman. This was a decent storyline, though not perfect. It does feel a tad padded and to me it felt like there was too much about future Tim Drake, who has loomed over the last three volumes. Still, I think it managed to tie things up nicely. Not only did Tynion come full circle to take care of issues that had been raised for the first issue, Tynion deserves credit for his character work. Several characters, in particular Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain had been pushed aside by the new 52. He gave them a new start in DC Rebirth and left them with some experiences and set things up so other creators can easily utilize them and reintroduce them. These characters have a future Tynion really set the stage for that. So job well done.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Not nearly enough Batman for a Batman title.

  11. 5 out of 5

    RG

    I just didnt find the ending all that amazing. It was buidling very well and then it just didnt hit any highs. Was still enjoyable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. With this story arc, writer James Tynion IV says goodbye to the series that he has been leading from the beginning of the Rebirth era of DC Comics. Parallelly to writer Tom King’s canonical Batman series, James Tynion IV completed some great stories for fans to indulge, focusing mostly on building a team of heroes and in bringing the series to focus on multiple characters and their dynamic together. With countless mysteries at the center of each You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. With this story arc, writer James Tynion IV says goodbye to the series that he has been leading from the beginning of the Rebirth era of DC Comics. Parallelly to writer Tom King’s canonical Batman series, James Tynion IV completed some great stories for fans to indulge, focusing mostly on building a team of heroes and in bringing the series to focus on multiple characters and their dynamic together. With countless mysteries at the center of each story, he gave this series a unique feel that distinguished it from other runs and attempted to establish certain characters in ways that have never been done before. To close out this chapter, he turns the weaknesses of every hero and shows us why they deserve to wear the Bat symbol proudly in their hearts. What is Batman: Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal about? Collecting Detective Comics issues #975-981, the story picks up right where it left off with the tragic death of one of the members of the Bat Family. The actions of Batwoman thus leads the team to fall apart, creating two camps who perceive their vigilantism with completely different sets of eyes. While Batwoman walks on a very thin line, Tim Drake (Red Robin) also sees himself at odds with Bruce Wayne as his plans to create a Knights Protocol (a team-up system that would allow the future to be perfectly handled by vigilantes, in synchronization with the police) are thrown aside following their recent loss. However, a threat from the past brings these heroes to withhold their contempt towards one another to save one of them from succumbing to evil forces. Introducing a new supervillain as well as an interesting technology, while bringing back a story arc around Future-Tim Drake back into play, James Tynion IV tilts the spotlight back onto this beloved character who takes center-stage in the confrontation that ensues. While the volume starts off on the right foot, with a fascinating trial for Batwoman where Batgirl shined in her in-depth analysis of Batman and his mommy issues, the story tripped its way to an ending that was uncalled for, with the return of a character that never should have been brought back. Throughout the story there were also a lot of sequences that were inexplicably fast-forwarded while other parts of the story took shortcuts that made no sense. The artwork continues to be a mixed bag with countless artists working on this story arc again. While some of them are decent and are easy to identify as a style that fits with this series, others seemed odd, accentuating some of the puzzling mood swings in some characters, notably Red Robin. Watching him go on a tantrum and then reconciling himself with Batman, who even cracks a smile, were some of the oddest scenes in the story that continued to highlight James Tynion IV’s tendency to sometime work against the current and make some of his characters do things that aren’t usually associated to them. I did enjoy when the artwork would test new panel structures and orientations, à la Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, where the comic book would need to be flipped vertically to be read. Otherwise, the artwork remained standard in its compilation of various styles and excellent colouring. Batman: Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal is James Tynion IV’s farewell to his run as he wraps up his character’s story in a bittersweet fashion while returning the crew to an unwarranted status quo. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)

    Spoiler/Stephanie: "You wanted to hurt me by showing me what another version of myself pulled off? Are you kidding me? Everything I've gone through in the last year... But to know that somewhere out there... I was good enough to be Robin? To be Batgirl? The only thing you just told me is that no matter what timeline I'm in, I'm freaking amazing." - Stephanie Brown, spitting truths Why is it that all of the best Rebirth comics are the ones that I didn't buy? I ordered the first volume of this seri Spoiler/Stephanie: "You wanted to hurt me by showing me what another version of myself pulled off? Are you kidding me? Everything I've gone through in the last year... But to know that somewhere out there... I was good enough to be Robin? To be Batgirl? The only thing you just told me is that no matter what timeline I'm in, I'm freaking amazing." - Stephanie Brown, spitting truths Why is it that all of the best Rebirth comics are the ones that I didn't buy? I ordered the first volume of this series in at one library, and found this one at another. I need to read the volumes in between SO badly, but from this volume it's fairly easy to work out what happened in between: Stephanie and Bruce have had a fight, Azrael and Batwing have been recruited, Batwoman has killed Clayface to protect Orphan, traumatising her in the process, and Tim has returned with his pre-flashpoint backstory. All caught up? Good, because I have many, many opinions to throw at you. So. We open after Kate has killed Clayface. Cass is struggling. Kate killed him to protect her, but what she's taken from that is that the Bats may one day kill her too since she's an ex-assassin. Cass thinks of herself as a bad person, which is utterly tragic because she just got unlucky in the parent department - you know, like all of the other Bats except for Barbara? - and she tries so hard. Anyway. Bruce has summoned his inner circle to discuss the issue of Kate breaking his unbreakable rule. Said inner circle is made up of the four male Robins (yes, including the murderer and the thirteen year old ex-assassin) and Batgirl (yes, Batgirl singular - isn't Rebirth depressing?). Two people at this table have been heavily involved with Batwoman as part of the Gotham Knights. The other four are completely unqualified to be here. Barbara, at least, has done her research. She rocks up ready to psycho-analyse Bruce, having spoken extensively with Stephanie, who, you know, was actually around for some of this drama. I get that Bruce and Steph are on the outs, but Cass was also around and is currently at the manor. And they still did not invite her to the meeting! *Takes a deep breath* Anyway. We need to talk about Tim, who apparently based the Belfrey and the Gotham Knights off ideas he had back when he was stalking Batman as a child. Apparently when he found his old backstory, he also found his idealism. I don't think I've seen that in anything set after Robin: Reborn! By the time he appears in Steph's Batgirl series, he's basically this guy. [image error] A plan from when he was, what, eight? Ten? Twelve, at most. I thought Tim was supposed to be smarter than this. Granted, his future self is an idiot who fails to understand basic time travel tropes, but present-Tim is supposed to be better than that! We'll give him a pass for stress and emotional trauma... And the fact that Ulysses puts him through the wringer in this volume. Poor kid gets mind-hacked. Which brings us to what I really want to talk about, Steph, Cass, and the awesomeness that is issue #980. With Tim hacked, Bruce has no choice but to turn to Steph for help. This is a gift of a scene. Bruce rocks up with Cass and Steph basically tells him to beg. What follows is an entire issue of Steph and Cass validating the hell out of each other. The latter half of the issue manages to be a love letter to the pre-flashpoint versions of both characters, without denigrating the current versions. I haven't been reading comics all that long - the first ones I read were set in the Rebirth universe - but I've read enough to know that the pre-flashpoint universe is my favourite, and it's no secret that Batgirl: Stephanie Brown is my favourite series, so this was an absolute gift of an issue! I think Cass put it best: "I am... a bat. This is where I should be."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Action packed, and good art. Theplot explodes pretty much here. I'm not sure how it's goanna continue, but it should be interesting!

  16. 5 out of 5

    John H

    I have really enjoyed the Tynion run on this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Well, boys and girls (and all non-gender folks as well), I have made to the last entry in James Tynion IV's run on DETECTIVE COMICS! Wowwowwoweeewow! What an amazing run it was!! Following the beginnings of "Rebirth", I was excited, as it was doing away with much of the New52 stuff that was just crap, helping to restructure the DCU. Unfortunately, my initial excitement was partially crushed by Tom King, as he left me, for want of a better word, hating the Dark Knight! That was the general fe Well, boys and girls (and all non-gender folks as well), I have made to the last entry in James Tynion IV's run on DETECTIVE COMICS! Wowwowwoweeewow! What an amazing run it was!! Following the beginnings of "Rebirth", I was excited, as it was doing away with much of the New52 stuff that was just crap, helping to restructure the DCU. Unfortunately, my initial excitement was partially crushed by Tom King, as he left me, for want of a better word, hating the Dark Knight! That was the general feeling until I read Scott Snyder's BATMAN run (OMG! The Court of Owls is such a cool concept! I could totally see Faction Paradox involving themselves with the Court!) and then Tynion's run on DETECTIVE! Both writers have helped me to remember why I always liked the character of Batman, and what goes into making him cool and interesting! This final volume, BATMAN ETERNAL, brings all of the plotlines together: the stuff with Tim Drake, angst-y Steph Brown/Spoiler (who, actually, was less angst-y, so that was great) and all her issues, Batman "vs." Batwoman, the Belfry, Cassandra Cain/Orphan and her role in the world going forward, as well as what became of [Spoiler!]. The answers given were well-thought out and fitting to the whole arc overall. Everything Tynion presented made sense, and really helped to restore Batman to being a great character, with depth and emotion. Definitely a better Batman than in the Tom King-helmed BATMAN book! All the artists, even Eddy Barrows (who, normally, I kinda like, but the last two volumes he felt off), were top notch! Perfectly suited to the mood, environment running through this final Tynion 'TEC arc! So, let me just give a hearty applause for all their effort to Javier Fernandez, Eddy Barrows, Alvaro Martinez, Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton, Raul Fernandez, Eber Ferreira, and Wayne Faucher! Brilliant work, lads, absolutely brilliant! Yes, I recommend this book, but more than that, I recommend you read all seven of the volumes of DETECTIVE COMICS! Some of the best, most Batman-like Batman stuff you will read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    When did Batman comics become so... Profound? Both Tom King and Tynion IV took Batman to new heights in my opinion. This was an amazing ending to the greatest bat-family story I've read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was a decent enough story with the Batman family trying to workout the fallout from the previous edition to this book series. Whatever it lacked in the story itself was made up for with the great ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seven issues (Detective Comics #975–981) of the 2016 on-going series and covers two stories: "The Trail of Batwoman" and "Batmen Eternal". "The Trail of Batwoman" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #975) has the Bruce Wayne as Batman gathering the Bat Family to decide the fate of Katherine Kane as Batwoman and her membership within the Bat Family. Barbara Gordon as Batgirl reveals, through Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seven issues (Detective Comics #975–981) of the 2016 on-going series and covers two stories: "The Trail of Batwoman" and "Batmen Eternal". "The Trail of Batwoman" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #975) has the Bruce Wayne as Batman gathering the Bat Family to decide the fate of Katherine Kane as Batwoman and her membership within the Bat Family. Barbara Gordon as Batgirl reveals, through her investigation, that Batman used Tim Drake as Red Robin’s dream to steer Batwoman away from The Colony when her mother was killed. "Batmen Eternal" is a six-issue storyline (Detective Comics #976–981) that has Bruce Wayne as Batman and the remaining Gotham Knights teaming up against Ulysses Armstrong as General as he unleashes the OMAC epidemic. Meanwhile, Katherine Kane as Batwoman creates her own team – The Colony with Jean-Paul Valley as Azrael and Lucas Fox as Batwing to do the same. James Tynion IV penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it is written rather well, the aftereffects of the disbandment of the Gotham Knights were done quite well, albeit brief. A new team is created – a militaristic one in The Colony as they go against the reintroduction of Ulysses Armstrong as the General as he unleashes the OMAC epidemic that threatens to destroy Gotham City and beyond. Javier Fernandez (Detective Comics #976–978), Eddy Barrows (Detective Comics #977 and 981), Álvaro Martínez (Detective Comics #975), Eber Ferreira (Detective Comics #977), Philippe Briones (Detective Comics #979), and Scot Eaton (Detective Comics #980) penciled the trade paperback. For the most part, their penciling styles are rather distinct and somewhat meshed well with each other, making the artistic flow rather rough. All in all, Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal is a good continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Tynion finishes up in style. It was a heck of a build up (7 volumes in the building), so to achieve a really solid landing is something to see, even if it wasn't a perfect 10 (er, 5). The character work throughout this volume is fantastic. I understand where everybody's coming from, each of the major players has a distinct role, emotion, and reaction, and it's all believable with the characters as established long term. Excellent work. The story of the attempt to establish the Batmen and the Bel Tynion finishes up in style. It was a heck of a build up (7 volumes in the building), so to achieve a really solid landing is something to see, even if it wasn't a perfect 10 (er, 5). The character work throughout this volume is fantastic. I understand where everybody's coming from, each of the major players has a distinct role, emotion, and reaction, and it's all believable with the characters as established long term. Excellent work. The story of the attempt to establish the Batmen and the Belfry is over now, and in terms of the plot it goes with a fairly satisfactory bang. As the blurb says the future comes at the Bat family one last time (and at Tim in particular) and they pull together and find a way to win. I loved Spoiler's role in this one. That was nice to see. This has been largely Tim's story despite the name on the cover, and Tim was the central player as the run wraps, with Batwoman and Spoiler playing close seconds over this last volume. So why not a five? Well, honestly, it fizzled just a little for me because I am so, so sick of Brother Eye and his OMACS. I haven't been even slightly interested in them or any version of Brother Eye since DC ran Infinite Crisis years and years and years ago. I wasn't that impressed with it/him then, and yet he's been popping up all over the place as this major threat over and over again. Surely by now someone would have just told Bruce, or blown the whole thing to hell. But no, it's still around with its ultra annoying "Eye did it!" speech pattern making lame blue monsters out of everyone. Enough. A.I. is bad and destined to try to rule the world enough already. Still the art is great, the characters' growth--whatever the context with Brother Eye towards the end--is spot on, believable, oh so human, and entertaining. I'll miss Tynion on this book it's been consistently one of the best since Rebirth began.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Seemingly heading for a new direction (or perhaps heading toward something huge for issue #1000), most of the previous storylines explored in the past few Volumes of Detective Comics wrap up here. With Clayface dead, Batwoman has lost the trust of Batman. Debating with the rest of the Bat-family is getting nowhere, but they agree that Kate needs to put herself on trial more than they need to go capture her. However, Kate (along with Azrael and Batwing) has joined The Colony, with the intent of l Seemingly heading for a new direction (or perhaps heading toward something huge for issue #1000), most of the previous storylines explored in the past few Volumes of Detective Comics wrap up here. With Clayface dead, Batwoman has lost the trust of Batman. Debating with the rest of the Bat-family is getting nowhere, but they agree that Kate needs to put herself on trial more than they need to go capture her. However, Kate (along with Azrael and Batwing) has joined The Colony, with the intent of leaving Gotham to the Bats and them going to patrol everywhere else. But.... There is a spy in The Colony: Ulysses Hadrian Armstong (who will eventually go by "The Colonel"). He has tech from the future in the form of Brother Eye, as well as video'd scenes from the not-far-off future where Bruce is ended and Tim takes over as Batman. As everything comes to a head, we see: - Brother Eye nanites taking over The Colony, Azrael, Batwing AND Red Robin - Batman gathering up Spoiler, Orphan, and forming a temporary alliance with Batwoman - A grand battle that ends like you'd think - All Bat-family members making peace after apologies and the dissolving of The Colony See? Wraps it all up in a nice little package... What's next in Detective Comics? And where are we headed for Issue #1000? High recommend. Excellent flow and art.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ian Miller

    This is it. The end o f James Tynion's 2 year run. Does he stick the landing? Absolutely. Though some of the compression of losing 18 issues in his storyline really stick out (Cassandra Cain's truncated League of Shadows storyline and Stephanie Brown's rapid character U turns primarily), and a few artistic shifts really show the problems with a double shipping book, on the whole, this is an amazing ending to an incredibly fun run starring almost all of my favorite characters. Though as a Stephan This is it. The end o f James Tynion's 2 year run. Does he stick the landing? Absolutely. Though some of the compression of losing 18 issues in his storyline really stick out (Cassandra Cain's truncated League of Shadows storyline and Stephanie Brown's rapid character U turns primarily), and a few artistic shifts really show the problems with a double shipping book, on the whole, this is an amazing ending to an incredibly fun run starring almost all of my favorite characters. Though as a Stephanie Brown Batgirl and Robin fan, issue #980 stands out as an incredibly well done issue (even with my least favorite fill-in artist, Scot Eaton), 981, the conclusion, is a perfect ending. Eddy Barrows, the main artist for most of the run, graciously returned at the last minute to do some fill in and pencil the last issue, and I really appreciate the artistic continuity there. Additionally, Javier Fernandez really stood out, despite my dislike of his work on Nightwing, doing some incredibly powerful and moody work in the first three issues of this arc. When I met him at AwesomeCon this year, Tynion was so thrilled that he got Javier's work, even if just for three issues. A conclusion well worth reading for.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dr Rashmit Mishra

    [Read as Single Issues] The end of the James Tynion IV's Detective Comics run and it ties up every bit of storyline that Tynion did during this run . The culmination of the story provides us with reasoning for why characters have done things in this Tynion run , From Batman making a new team , to Future Tim's and present Tim's decisions and actions . Assisted by decent to smart art work , this volume really did justice to it's characters , and If you hold just this volume as an isolated book , y [Read as Single Issues] The end of the James Tynion IV's Detective Comics run and it ties up every bit of storyline that Tynion did during this run . The culmination of the story provides us with reasoning for why characters have done things in this Tynion run , From Batman making a new team , to Future Tim's and present Tim's decisions and actions . Assisted by decent to smart art work , this volume really did justice to it's characters , and If you hold just this volume as an isolated book , you may get much to nit pick , but when you use a bit of hindsight and take all of Tynion's issue as one story , it comes up as a very well written book . But as I said , taken isolated , this has issues. I don't think the book did enough to help Kate Kane's case , I ended this book , hating Kate and wondering , well what the hell was the whole Colony story line from the beginning , how did it go from being wrong during the first 2 volume and okay in this volume . Meanwhile , what the hell was the purpose of Azarael and Batwing (and I'm not asking this for their whole character career ) and what happened in that last panel in regards to clayface . And I STILL HATE KATE KANE . And she got away scot-free . Loose ends man .

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    This volume neatly wraps up James Tynion's run on Detective with an unusually definitive ending (for comics, anyway). I'm not sure why this wasn't pushed out to issue #1000, but I hope DC has something even more interesting up its sleeve for that landmark. Tynion's run has been notable for its use of unusual groupings for the Bat Family. Clayface, in particular, was a surprising choice for what was essentially the Bat-Justice League. The storyline involving future Tim Drake warning our heroes ab This volume neatly wraps up James Tynion's run on Detective with an unusually definitive ending (for comics, anyway). I'm not sure why this wasn't pushed out to issue #1000, but I hope DC has something even more interesting up its sleeve for that landmark. Tynion's run has been notable for its use of unusual groupings for the Bat Family. Clayface, in particular, was a surprising choice for what was essentially the Bat-Justice League. The storyline involving future Tim Drake warning our heroes about a dystopian future became a bit convoluted, and the ending was a bit rushed. Also, at times it seemed like a rehash of the Futures End event from 2014. Nevertheless, it provided ample opportunities for the various team members to shine and to reach emotional climaxes. It will be interesting to see how other writers use these characters going forward. Since this is comics, nothing is ever set in stone, even supposedly dead characters. The artwork was generally very good from a variety of artists.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Bussie

    With Crisis story lines and DC rebooting series with new origin stories and character relationships it is hard to keep up. I understand that comics need to evolve and more importantly for the publishers they need to have good jumping on points for new readers. However, there have been so much history, wonderful story lines, and character versions left behind that could be revisited. Luckily, that is what writer James Tynion has touched upon with this book. When Batman created the OMACs in a prev With Crisis story lines and DC rebooting series with new origin stories and character relationships it is hard to keep up. I understand that comics need to evolve and more importantly for the publishers they need to have good jumping on points for new readers. However, there have been so much history, wonderful story lines, and character versions left behind that could be revisited. Luckily, that is what writer James Tynion has touched upon with this book. When Batman created the OMACs in a previous story arc (or according to this book a different dimension) he was obsessed with protecting Gotham city on a larger scale. In this timeline Tim Drake is obsessed with expanding the protection of the Batmen organization using OMACs. Both versions are disastrous with the bat family having to fix it. Author James Tynion also teases the reader with glimpses of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, which I really enjoyed her previous runs as that character. Too bad he did not expand on it. The art is a mixed bag. Ranging from pretty good to below average.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Luke Sims-Jenkins

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Even when a series goes a little off the rails I tend to love when a writer on a comic does a series of arcs that more or less creator a much larger story if their run is read from beginning to end. I'm talking things like James Robinson's Starman, Peter David's Supergirl run, etc. Of course, you see less and less of that now with creators often sticking around on a book less than a year. Tynion's Detective Comics started out really strong. Lagged in the middle and the last two volumes picked ri Even when a series goes a little off the rails I tend to love when a writer on a comic does a series of arcs that more or less creator a much larger story if their run is read from beginning to end. I'm talking things like James Robinson's Starman, Peter David's Supergirl run, etc. Of course, you see less and less of that now with creators often sticking around on a book less than a year. Tynion's Detective Comics started out really strong. Lagged in the middle and the last two volumes picked right back up again. I'm not normally a fan of Batman and Company facing sci-fi villains concept without it being a teamup story, this time it works. Not only that... we see a pay off of his entire run. It wraps HIS story up while still giving room for other creative teams to come in and do their thing without feeling like that would ruin things. And who know... if the library gets volume eight, maybe I will.

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