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Following the events of "Endgame," get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! There's a new Batman on the block--ex-police commissioner James Gordon! At his side is Detective Harvey Bullock, leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya? From The New York Times best-selling Following the events of "Endgame," get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! There's a new Batman on the block--ex-police commissioner James Gordon! At his side is Detective Harvey Bullock, leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya? From The New York Times best-selling writer Peter J. Tomasi comes the next volume of the critically acclaimed series! Collecting: Detective Comics 41-46 & Detective Comics Sneak Peak


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Following the events of "Endgame," get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! There's a new Batman on the block--ex-police commissioner James Gordon! At his side is Detective Harvey Bullock, leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya? From The New York Times best-selling Following the events of "Endgame," get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! There's a new Batman on the block--ex-police commissioner James Gordon! At his side is Detective Harvey Bullock, leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya? From The New York Times best-selling writer Peter J. Tomasi comes the next volume of the critically acclaimed series! Collecting: Detective Comics 41-46 & Detective Comics Sneak Peak

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 8: Blood of Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Oh kee-rist, get the puke bags ready - he’s not on the cover (probably a strategic choice) but this is a Mecha-Batman/Jim Gordon book. Bleurgh! Blood of Heroes is the crappiest Detective Comics volume in some time. Francis Manapul closes out his run on the title with a convoluted Harvey Bullock-centric story (yippee…) where the Falcones are tryna knock off all the clean cops in the GCPD using some Grim Fandango cosplayers and Bullock’s girlfriend is sorta involved. The low point was Joker’s Daug Oh kee-rist, get the puke bags ready - he’s not on the cover (probably a strategic choice) but this is a Mecha-Batman/Jim Gordon book. Bleurgh! Blood of Heroes is the crappiest Detective Comics volume in some time. Francis Manapul closes out his run on the title with a convoluted Harvey Bullock-centric story (yippee…) where the Falcones are tryna knock off all the clean cops in the GCPD using some Grim Fandango cosplayers and Bullock’s girlfriend is sorta involved. The low point was Joker’s Daughter - no, not her very presence, which would be bad enough, but her stupid, stupid giant robot outfit! What a disaster! Peter Tomasi takes over for the second half of the book, writing a contrived and silly murder mystery where the Justice League need Gordon’s detective skills to figure out who done killed a monster in the middle of nowhere. It makes the League look like incapable retarded babies that they needed Gordon at all. The book ends with a random Ray Fawkes-scripted issue of Robin War. Get more bags, the puke is running over!! I can’t think of a single positive thing to say about this one. Even the art was shitty as hell! This Detective Comics series was never good but I didn’t expect it to get this bad. I haven’t read the Rebirth Detective Comics but it’s got to be an improvement over this boring rubbish.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This is less a Batman book than a GCPD reunion, which is in no way a knock on it. We get to see Bullock, Montoya, Gordon and others deal with problems within the department (especially people with issues toward the Batman program), as well as corrupt cops and criminals testing the abilities of the new Batman. But the center of the story is Bullock and Montoya and Yin, and practically a noir story. At least for the first half. The second half features the Justice League checking on Wayne and Gord This is less a Batman book than a GCPD reunion, which is in no way a knock on it. We get to see Bullock, Montoya, Gordon and others deal with problems within the department (especially people with issues toward the Batman program), as well as corrupt cops and criminals testing the abilities of the new Batman. But the center of the story is Bullock and Montoya and Yin, and practically a noir story. At least for the first half. The second half features the Justice League checking on Wayne and Gordon, and then a fairly weird standalone issue featuring ancient monster bones and a detective story that is just very out of character for the New 52. And then there's a random piece of the Robin War story which doesn't do much on its own. It's an okay collection, but nothing special, unless you're a really big fan of GCPD.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Good to see more of James Gordon as Batman. Also nice to see Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya. Sad that Harvey's partner was dirty. Cool that Gordon got to work with the Justice League. Hope Bruce will take up the Batman mantle again. Can't wait to read Batman: Detective Comics, volume 9: Gordon at War!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume features Jim Gordon in his robot batsuit rather than Bruce Wayne. Not bad but I prefer the original Batman. There's also a story featuring robot Batman teaming with the Justice League in what ended up being a very sad story. Okay but not one of the better volumes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Those covers deceived me into thinking this was still a Francis Manapul book. Unfortunately, he's only involved for half an issue. He provides a look ahead into the next story which mainly features Harvey Bullock dealing with a crooked cop and joining the cops running support for the Jim Gordon Batman. This was not very good. Neither was the art by Fernando Blanco. The next story was really bad which is surprising because it was written by Peter Tomasi. The Justice League shows up to enlist Jim Those covers deceived me into thinking this was still a Francis Manapul book. Unfortunately, he's only involved for half an issue. He provides a look ahead into the next story which mainly features Harvey Bullock dealing with a crooked cop and joining the cops running support for the Jim Gordon Batman. This was not very good. Neither was the art by Fernando Blanco. The next story was really bad which is surprising because it was written by Peter Tomasi. The Justice League shows up to enlist Jim Gordon to help them with some giant aliens. Marcio Takaro provides some more poor artwork. Finally is part 3 of the Robin War crossover and how DC collects these crossovers infuriates me. You really have no idea what is going on unless you read the entire Robin War GN. All in all, this feels like a book full of filler while we wait for Rebirth to start.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Pretty Good. This book reminded me of the old Gotham Central series with a dash of Batman. Basically the city of Gotham crime has increased since the so-called death of Batman & the Joker in the events of Endgame. The GCPD are feeling the heat and have no choice but to create their own government sanction Batman. Commissioner James Gordon now finds himself as this new Batman with Bullock, Montoya and the New Commissioner Maggie Sawyer backing him up. This volume was really good and feels lik Pretty Good. This book reminded me of the old Gotham Central series with a dash of Batman. Basically the city of Gotham crime has increased since the so-called death of Batman & the Joker in the events of Endgame. The GCPD are feeling the heat and have no choice but to create their own government sanction Batman. Commissioner James Gordon now finds himself as this new Batman with Bullock, Montoya and the New Commissioner Maggie Sawyer backing him up. This volume was really good and feels like a high octane cop drama. Bullock has been having a relationship with his former female partner who suddenly appears to be dirty. This places the GCPD on a hit list and the new Batman is being hunted by a group of assassins known as La Morta. The artwork is fantastic and really fits the tone of the story. The writers really did a great job with the characters. I could not stop reading the main arc in this book until the end. The later half of the book was a bit weak. The story featuring James Gordon working with the Justice League was pretty good though it felt more like a weird JLA story than a Batman tale. The last issue of this book I feel is better read in the Robin War graphic novel. Many readers who have not read Robin War may be confused to what is going on in that particular story. All in all this was a solid volume.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John H

    Where's Bruce? Edited 8/9/17: If you want to know "Where's Bruce?" like I did, read these first: Batman, Volume 7: Endgame, Batman, Volume 8: Superheavy

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    I am not a fan. I am not a fan at all. This was a huge departure from normal character traits, which is always wrong. I also could not stand the personal trouncing that Harvey Bullock took in this book. This book series can be so much better than this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This is very simple. If it's NOT Bruce Wayne its NOT Batman.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: Blood of Heroes picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seven issues (Detective Comics #41–47) of the 2011 on-going series with Detective Comic: Sneak Peak and covers five stories: "Divergence", "Reunion", "Of Giants and Men", "Blood on Blood" and "Getting Dirty". "Divergence" (DC Sneak Peek: Detective Comics) and "Reunion" is a four-issue storyline (Detective Comics #41–44) has James Gordon, formerly Commissioner of GCPD, as the new Batman. He is accompanied by a squad consisting of Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya,(DC/>(Detective Detective Comics: Blood of Heroes picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seven issues (Detective Comics #41–47) of the 2011 on-going series with Detective Comic: Sneak Peak and covers five stories: "Divergence", "Reunion", "Of Giants and Men", "Blood on Blood" and "Getting Dirty". "Divergence" (DC Sneak Peek: Detective Comics) and "Reunion" is a four-issue storyline (Detective Comics #41–44) has James Gordon, formerly Commissioner of GCPD, as the new Batman. He is accompanied by a squad consisting of Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, and Nancy Yip to aid this new Batman that is affiliated with the GCPD. "Of Giants and Men" (Detective Comics #46) and "Blood on Blood" (Detective Comics #47) are one-issue interconnecting stories that has James Gordon as the new Batman teaming up with the Justice League for the first time. Finally "Getting Dirty" is the third-part in the overall story in the Robin War event. It has James Gordon as Batman teaming up with Dick Grayson as Agent 37 to try to solve the mystery behind the person or agency behind the Robin Laws and locking up all the Robins in Gotham City. Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics #41–44 and DC Sneak Peek: Detective Comics), Francis Manapul (Detective Comics #41–42 and DC Sneak Peek: Detective Comics), Peter Tomasi (Detective Comics #45–46) and Ray Fawkes (Detective Comics #47) penned the trade paperback. For the most part, it was written rather well. It is rather interesting reading about a new person behind the Batman mantle, and it was quite the nice introduction, despite the fact I'm not a fan of James Gordon being Batman. Fernando Blanco (Detective Comics #41–44), Marcio Takara (Detective Comics #45–46), Francis Manapul (DC Sneak Peek: Detective Comics), and Steve Pugh (Detective Comics #47) are the pencilers of the trade paperback. With four different pencilers with unique styles, the artistic flow rather unevenly, but somewhat complements each other rather well. All in all, Detective Comics: Blood of Heroes is a somewhat good continuation to what would hopefully be an equally wonderful series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    This is not Batman. Set some time after Bruce Wayne loses his memory, the DC Universe has decided to do something revolutionary and make James Gordon into Batman. It must be said: Are they out of their damn minds? There is only one true Batman, and if Bruce Wayne can't be Batman then you give it to his true successor. This and the stupidity that came from screwing with Superman, it looks like they put Batman over a barrel as well. I know Dick Grayson c This is not Batman. Set some time after Bruce Wayne loses his memory, the DC Universe has decided to do something revolutionary and make James Gordon into Batman. It must be said: Are they out of their damn minds? There is only one true Batman, and if Bruce Wayne can't be Batman then you give it to his true successor. This and the stupidity that came from screwing with Superman, it looks like they put Batman over a barrel as well. I know Dick Grayson can't be Batman after what had happened in Forever Evil, but heck, I'd prefer Red Robin or even better have Clark become the new Batman. It would be loads more cooler, heck Alfred would be better. Instead they got James Gordon? Eww. He's old, he has no history as a crime fighter. This was a dumb way to take the super out of a superhero by making a cop have a powerful weapon. It was neat seeing a GCPD reunion, but it could never truly replace Batman. I got nothing but anger for what DC has done here. D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kahn

    Reviews elsewhere have been sniffy of this particular volume, which surprised me somewhat given just how high the bar has been so far. But sadly, they weren't wrong. To be fair I had less of a problem with the big robot that needed dealing with. Given where we're at with Jim Gordon n wotnot, this seems the least of the series' problems. And the other stories aren't terrible, and as ever the artwork is of great quality. Sadly the last wheel fell off when everyone gets together to deal with a Reviews elsewhere have been sniffy of this particular volume, which surprised me somewhat given just how high the bar has been so far. But sadly, they weren't wrong. To be fair I had less of a problem with the big robot that needed dealing with. Given where we're at with Jim Gordon n wotnot, this seems the least of the series' problems. And the other stories aren't terrible, and as ever the artwork is of great quality. Sadly the last wheel fell off when everyone gets together to deal with an alien monster in a cave. It's all a bit... well... not very Batmany. If you know what I mean. Still, we had a good run. Can't really complain...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary Fortuin

    Ever wondered what would happen if Jim Gordon wore a suit of power armor and pretended to be Batman with the full tactical support of the Gotham police department? Well, if you did...I guess this is the TPB for you. If you don’t like Batman without Bruce Wayne and you don’t like over the top Iron Man technology then you can skip this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zaz

    The volume was a mix of things I can't really deal with, like Bat-Jim (nope!), or I've no interest in, like the JLA. Still, the overall tone was very human, with plenty of nice relationships. It was pleasant to spend time with Bullock and Gordon, and see how they dealt with this new (awkward) setting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    SarahKat

    I didn't really like the focus on Bullock and the police for the majority of this volume. Sometimes I'm good with it, but it just didn't hold my interest this time. We only have a limited time with the Gordon Bat-bot; focus on him. I loved the Justice League issue though. I thought it was fun seeing Gordon in that group and his input was really sweet at the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I wasn't hugely impressed with this. I liked the cop story (I like Bullock) but it went stupid with the giant Joker bot. The JL story was overly contrived though nice to see them with Bruce and Jim"stepping up" the Robin War title was straight up out of place. I liked the art well enough, solid if uninspired entry to the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Devi

    The 3 is mainly for the arc that takes up the majority of this book. Peter J Tomasi's two issues here, which deal with the new Batman working with the Justice League, are much better, but probably not worth buying the collection for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Focuses more on the GCPD moreso than Batman in the first few issues, which isn't usually bad, but this kinda seemed cliche. Then there's a two issue thing about a monster that's a little silly but not in the way they meant.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    Imagine this: Put Anthony Stark, the Japanese Ultraman and Shaider variations, and detective stories on a blender. You don't get any worse than that. I mean, it wasn't that bad that we try out Jim Gordon to go Bats. But it doesn't seem fit.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    The Bullock stuff was ok, but I loved the League team up and even the bit with Grayson. I wouldn't want this Batman forever (there's no other way to say that), but I am enjoying the change of scenery while it lasts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    furious

    meh. the art is very uneven, the stories are almost all boring. way skippable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcela

    Shrug.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. I liked this better than their Flash work and the Tomasi stories were good. This was a fine companion book alongside Scott Snyder's Batman book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The last issue is the best. It actually shows Gordon using police skills. The end is heartbreaking though...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    The BatGordon storyline was really interesting. Too bad it takes a back seat to half of this collection to the story of a side character.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Lame villains is the name of the game. Joker's daughter needs to be retconned, like yesterday; she's awful. This isn't quite as bad as Tony Daniel's Detective Comics, but it ain't much better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    These later volumes seem to be getting better; I especially like the focus on Bullock and Gordon, with Gordon as Batman. Great fun.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Two stars for two things: 1. Spotlight on Bullock. Harvey gets some! And is portrayed as a bit of a daddy. 2. That singing to the baby alien ending. You'll either love it or hate it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

    The James Gordon era of Batman begins in this eighth volume of the relaunched Detective Comics. With the real Batman having gone missing, Gordon has been tapped to fill the void with a robotic exoskeleton and a support crew of GCPD officers. Teamed with Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, and Nancy Yip, Gordon faces a new threat from La Morte. Hired by the Falcone crime family to wipe out the Batman and every cop not on their crooked payroll, La Morte pulls Batman into a street fight with the Joker's The James Gordon era of Batman begins in this eighth volume of the relaunched Detective Comics. With the real Batman having gone missing, Gordon has been tapped to fill the void with a robotic exoskeleton and a support crew of GCPD officers. Teamed with Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, and Nancy Yip, Gordon faces a new threat from La Morte. Hired by the Falcone crime family to wipe out the Batman and every cop not on their crooked payroll, La Morte pulls Batman into a street fight with the Joker's Daughter and her own mechanized suit in order to terrorize Gotham. The second arc sees the Justice League come calling on the healed Bruce Wayne, discovering that he is truly no longer Batman. As such, they turn to Gordon for help in solving an out-of-this-world mystery. The collection concludes with the Robin War tie-in issue, as Grayson and Gordon attempt to ferret out the true masterminds behind the anti-Robin agenda. Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, and Peter J. Tomasi provide a new look at how Gordon and the GCPD function in a world without Batman. The actual detective moments are fantastic, highlighting Gordon's skills as an investigator; the actual plots are less than spectacular, as mechas and monsters seem to be way out of Gordon's league. The art chores are handled by Fernando Blanco and Marcio Takara, offering gritty and grim views of the current cast and scenery of Gotham. Blood of Heroes does spill its contents in a splatter pattern, but the dedicated Batman readers will find their way through this mystery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    One of the weaker entries in the series.Hope the last volume gets back on track.

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