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As the new Dark Knight former police commissioner must do what his predecessor did best: taking out crime in Gotham City. But lurking in the shadows at home is a case from Jim's past that may decide the future of Batman. James Gordon must grapple with the new freedom he has as a superhero and his belief in the system he helped build. Will this new threat take out the new BAs the new Dark Knight former police commissioner must do what his predecessor did best: taking out crime in Gotham City. But lurking in the shadows at home is a case from Jim's past that may decide the future of Batman. James Gordon must grapple with the new freedom he has as a superhero and his belief in the system he helped build. Will this new threat take out the new Batman? Or will he do it to himself?Collecting: Batman: Detective Comics 47-52...

Title : Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 9: Gordon at War
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ISBN : 9781401269234
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 9: Gordon at War Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-05-15 15:00

    It started with Joker pointlessly cutting his face off before his latest escape from Arkham Asylum and it ends with Jim Gordon shaving off his ‘tache and pretending he’s Batman. Yup, the New 52 line of Detective Comics sure was crapalicious! To be fair to writer Peter Tomasi, it doesn’t feel like he’s phoning it in with Volume 9: Gordon at War, but, still, neither of the story arcs contained in this book are worth reading. In the first, Gordon has to stop a serial killer with a penchant for rubber masks and historical figures and in the second Gordon goes back to Afghanistan to fight a mummy! It doesn’t seem to matter whoever’s wearing the cowl, the quality of Detective Comics remains as consistently rock bottom as ever!The historical figure killer, who reminded me of Francis Dolarhyde from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, was genuinely unsettling, especially those rubber masks, so points on that score. But most everything else about him, from his reveal to his motivation, was underwhelming and forgettable. The cat and mouse story is repetitive, generic, clichéd and totally lacking in mystery and suspense though I liked that Tomasi took the ridiculous Bat-armour out of the equation this time around, making Gordon more vulnerable. Fernando Pasarin and Scot Eaton’s pencils were excellent. The Afghanistan mummy story was just plain shit. Apparently this version of Gordon is a vet of one of the Gulf Wars so goes back to his old unit still stationed over there to investigate ritual murders that’ve started cropping up in Gotham. It’s really dull stuff, particularly once Gordon steps into the Bat-armour and the story devolves to Mecha-Batman punching one-dimensional villains. Again, Pasarin/Eaton’s art is very strong but that’s all that’s good about this one. Also included is a weird issue called The 11 Curious Cases of Batman which is a boring read but interesting for the various artists all contributing their interpretations of old Detective Comics covers, many of which were quality. The volume closes out with Batman Rebirth #1 which I’ve reviewed elsewhere and suffice it to say it ain’t all that. Jim Gordon as Batman was just never a good idea to begin with (thanks Scott Snyder!) and Tomasi doesn’t get any decent stories out of the failed concept here. Detective Comics, Volume 9: Gordon at War is an unimpressive conclusion to a very weak series.

  • Relstuart
    2019-05-03 22:49

    I didn't pay enough attention to recognize this wasn't part of Tomasi's run on Batman and Robin. It still fit in with what is going on in the other books even thought I haven't read the preceding volumes so it wasn't any loss to pick this up. :)

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2019-05-16 18:57

    These issues of Detective Comics feel like detective stories - this was the first thing that hit me when I was reading them. Yeah, there's a supervillain and a robot Batman suit and stuff, but the core of these two stories are about Batman (albeit the Jim Gordon version) trying to solve a mystery, which I really appreciate.We start with a three part story that has Gordon trying to track down a serial killer who idolizes heroes, and has a really weird MO in terms of his murdering. The real star of this story is Fernando Pasarin, who is so at home in the dingy streets of Gotham that I'd love to see him on another Batman book as soon as possible. The level of detail he puts into all five issues here is superb, considering they all came out monthly.The second story is the Gordon At War one which is a story that could only be told in this status quo with Bruce being out of the picture and Jim in the driver's seat, which is another thing I really appreciate. The rest of it feels a bit tacked on, as if there was probably more story here but Tomasi only had two issues to explore it all so it had to be wrapped up a little too quick. There's also a back-up story from issue 50 included with guest artists paying homage to iconic Batman covers which I thought was pretty neat too.Detective Comics has been Rebirthed (and is one of if not my favourite Bat book right now), but these last few issues of the New 52 weren't half bad either.

  • Scott Lee
    2019-05-27 19:58

    Not a huge fan of the Gordon as batman arc, but these stories are pretty cool. They're only tangentially Batman, stories, but that's all right. Having Gordon suit up to go after a problem with his old unit in the USMC is a interesting twist on anything that ever normally happens in a Batman book that's for sure.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-04-27 20:57

    Another volume featuring Gordon as Batman. This time we get to see him in the robotic bat suit as well as a more traditional Batman outfit. Pretty good stories really, but 1. I'm not warming up to this particular James Gordon. 2. I just prefer Bruce Wayne the Batman suit.

  • Chad
    2019-05-27 19:42

    Much better than volume 8. Peter Tomasi's back to his high standard of writing in this one. The book also has much better art with Fernando Pasarin taking over the art chores. His art reminds me of George Perez or Eddy Barrows. This book winds up the Jim Gordon as Batman era with 2 main stories. In the first Gordon and Bullock hunt down a creepy serial killer. In the second, someone is hunting down Gordon's old Marine unit and he heads back to Afghanistan to investigate. The stories showcase the detective side of Gordon and work very well. There's also a short story with a rotating group of artists all of which have recreated old Batman covers. Lastly, is Batman: Rebirth. I keep hearing good things about Tom King but this story did not impress. Calendar Man now gets older and then rejuvenates with the changing seasons. Yeah, it was dumb.

  • M
    2019-05-14 22:41

    The New 52 era of Detective Comics comes to a close in this final volume from Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. The current Batman, former commissioner Jim Gordon, uncovers a new serial killer plaguing Gotham. Men, women, and even dogs are being found dressed in historical garb, representing famous figures from across history. Alongside detective Harvey Bullock, Gordon must discern the motives of the madman as his terror campaign rages across Gotham. The second arc brings Jim back to his Marine roots after his old platoon is targeted for death. Arriving in Afghanistan, Gordon and company return to an underground temple in the desert. There they uncover a mystic ritual calling for the skin of the Marines, and a cult leader determined to see it through. The volume concludes with a series of tribute covers to classic Batman tales, and the preview of the Batman Rebirth issue. Tomasi offers two distinct tales to conclude Gordon's time as Batman. The first half of the book focuses on the detective skills of Gordon and Bullock, highlighting their intellect as policemen. As good as the mystery is, the final resolution seems to be rushed and slightly unsatisfying. The second half is more of a callback to Gordon's Marine background more than anything else, as both the antagonist and the overall plot are fairly lacking in depth. The art chores from Pasarin are the saving grace of the volume. The figures are well-designed, showcasing a wide range of styles, expressions, and movement. Backgrounds are full and expressive, whether it be a Gotham City medical examiner's room or a desert temple. Pasarin does a great job bringing eyeballs into the world of the Batman. Detective Comics: Gordon at War wraps up Gordon's final tour of duty and hints at a return to civilian life for the commissioner and Dark Knight fans alike.

  • Cale
    2019-05-12 22:45

    There are two short arcs here, and neither of them are particularly good. The first at least gets some detective action going on, as what basically appears to be a Faceless man from A Song of Ice and Fire. The rationale behind the attacks is basically idiotic, and the resolution isn't much better.And then the second half sends Gordon into the desert of the middle east with military and torture and it really is exceptionally pointless and stupid and unbecoming of Batman (more fitting for Gordon, but it still feels out of place). The ultimate villain is another in the chain of just weird throwaway antagonists. The best bit of this book is actually 'The 11 Curious Cases of Batman,' a short collection of redrawn Batman covers. There's no real connective tissue, but the art is at least good.Ultimately though, there's nothing here to recommend this book. The stories are weak, the art is passable but not memorable (with the above-mentioned exception), and it just doesn't feel like Batman.

  • Earl
    2019-05-10 21:40

    Not particularly sure about this. On one hand, we see Detective Comics placing emphasis on ratiocination, to the point that we see a military-grade Jim Gordon on a military-grade Batsuit. This brings me, on the other hand, to the question of replacing Wayne with a Batman who leans more to the law rather than on his own habits and preferences as the Dark Knight. In the end, some things just don't seem to fit with Gordon being Batman.

  • John H
    2019-05-14 17:46

    The artwork was really nice, but the story was just OK. If you read this, know that this book is all Jim Gordon Batman and not Bruce Wayne.

  • Josh
    2019-05-15 15:41

    One of Peter Tomasi's weakest Batman efforts to date. New 52 Detective Comics is mercifully put out of its misery.

  • Curt
    2019-05-18 14:52


  • AGraphicMaduck
    2019-05-14 22:52

    loved it

  • Brian
    2019-05-09 21:00

    Some good stories with Gordon in the cowl before the Universe resets....

  • Robert
    2019-05-06 15:52

    It's a pretty good story, but it's certainly not a Batman story. and the dozen pages of splash-art filler at the back was indulgent.

  • Victor Orozco
    2019-05-11 21:42

    Once again. This is not Batman.Continuing from the last volume, James Gordon is Batman utilizing a new batsuit and a massive armored combat gear in his fight for his old friend. Pretty cool stories though. Taking out a serial killer with a history fascination. A Middle Eastern death cult that has been murdering men from Gordon's old unit in the Marines.All this is well and good, but none of it can replace Bruce Wayne as Batman. He returns in an epilogue that essentially begins the Rebirth saga for Batman.D+

  • John
    2019-05-21 22:06

    Jim Gordon out of dire necessity resumes his role as the Dark Knight.Up first he takes on a ruthless and deranged serial killer.In the second story Jim has to deal with a issue from his military past which leads him into the dessert to battle a religious cult.A fine ending to this series.

  • Will Robinson Jr.
    2019-05-09 15:44

    Detective Comics Volume 9 was a mixed bag but had more good moments than bad. Peter Tomasi is writing this last outing for Commissioner Gordon's run as Batman because "Duh" Bruce is coming back as Batman as we transition from the New 52 era of DC Comics in the "Rebirth". What I enjoyed about the book first is that it is a mystery and really lends itself to being what Detective Comics is all about, solving mysteries and edge of your seat thrillers. What confused me about this book was that for a while the editors at DC Comics have said that the Detective comics books were the more kid friendly books. Which they tended to be up until the Francis Manupal's run and this volume. The story here is pretty dark. Jim Gordon aka Batman is after serial killer who picks his victims based on historical figures of american history who made great sacrifices for the greater good of mankind. It gets stranger has the killer is wearing weird mask on his face and has some odd dialogue before killing his victims. I mean at one point he acts like a dog, as if Gotham doesn't already have enough strange characters. The tale is chilling but strange. My biggest gripe was the pacing and the excessive exposition. It felt like I was reading a TV NCI or CSI show which in my opinion can be very boring and too technical. I did enjoy the banter between Harvey Bullock and Jim. This has always been the problem when writing Batman. Many writers either focus too much on the crime noir/detective side of the Batman mythos or there is too much focus on just the action and fighting. Finding the balance between the two. Not too many writers can do this well with Batman. I think writers like Scott Snyder, Ed Brubaker, and Grant Morrison can do this perfectly when it comes to Batman. Do not get me wrong Tomasi has had an amazing run with Batman in the Batman and Robin series he was writing for the New 52. I highly recommend fans of Batman read Batman and Robin, Volume 4: Requiem for Damian, Batman and Robin, Volume 5: The Big Burn, Batman and Robin, Volume 6: The Hunt for Robin and Batman and Robin, Volume 7: Robin Rises. They are all really good. The artwork was handled nicely in this book and the last tale of the book was interesting. The final issues of this series saw Jim getting back to his prior military roots with a case involving members of his former military unit. So if you want a littel history into Gordon's prior military experience it was worth a read. Readers also get a treat with the addition of the Rebirth #1 issue of Tom King's Batman series. I found it odd that DC Comics did not include the Detective Comics Rebirth issue.

  • Lukas Holmes
    2019-05-18 19:48

    Very enjoyable. Exactly what I want in 'Detective Comics'. Actual mysteries opened and closed in a single arc. Well done.

  • Dev
    2019-05-08 19:45

    What a fun idea that, in general, got washed away. While the Batman series got more of Gordon, this one took some time to reflect a mystery with Bullock being the immediate back-up. The last two issues was a story that brought up some of Gordon's retconned past. I loved the stories they decided to tell, but with him only have been Batman for a collective 25 to 30 issues between four different series (Batman/Superman, which only had him appearing in like two to four, Detective Comics from issue 40 or 41 to 52, Batman from 41 to about 49 or so, and Batgirl for an issue or two), it seems like this era of Batman was not long at all. The consequences? Bruce comes back stronger and healthier than ever. That's a reflection of Gordon as Batman, really; as it really only effected how I felt about this set up a little. I would have ranked it higher if the stories had more consequence to how Gordon was going to function as Batman instead of immediately turning it back over to Bruce and getting his Commish job back (again, no consequence).

  • Jonathan Roberts
    2019-05-07 14:36

    The first three fifths of this were amazing, so amazing that I looked past the whole young Gordon as Batman stupidity and really enjoyed the story. Devoured the story is more like it. Then I got to the last two fifths of this trade and the train totally derailed. Gordon had to travel to Afghanistan (seriously) to find a hidden temple in the desert (in Afghanistan, seriously) being run by a mummy (seriously serious) who is invulnerable so he must wear the bat suit which flew around the world to help him (so serious) beat the mummy (invulnerable mummy) by lighting him on fire (serious as can be). Yes it was that dumb...... how can a team make such a good story and follow it by such trash??? Anyway only three stars for each of the good parts and no stars for the terrible parts. Read the first arc skip the second.

  • Adam Fisher
    2019-05-20 15:47

    3.5 StarsThe pre-Rebirth run of Detective Comics (feat. Gordon's Bat-bot) finishes with this Volume. We see him continuing to search out criminals and actually gets a very unique case involving a "historical" serial killer. Interesting idea, and handled very well.At the end, Gordon uses his military background to investigate his ex-unit and the circumstances involving their recent deaths. He joins with soldiers as Batman and takes out the threat. This story is mediocre.I am aware that in DC:Rebirth, Detective Comics regains it's original numbering and has Bruce back at the helm. How does he become Batman again? I really want to find this out!Recommend on the Volume, if you've been reading.Recommend on the Series, especially the beginning Volumes.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-05-05 21:04

    What a dud of a book with a forgettable, wack job of a villain in the first story and a Mummy in the second one. Thank goodness the "New 52" is at an end, and James Gordon will no longer be playing dress up.

  • Beatrix Tung
    2019-05-14 22:57

    aww yiss gordon

  • Daniel Butcher
    2019-05-24 19:05

    The volume is rushing to Rebirth with one villain who's motivation is still unclear to me and a focus on Jim Gordon's past and detective skills.

  • Dan
    2019-05-08 22:56

    The first story was great; really compelling read. The second story -- Gordon at War -- was ok-ish, but really made me wish Bruce was back...