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Batman - Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living 

(Detective Comics (2016) #5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  116 reviews
For months, Batman has been haunted by the death of Tim Drake, the young hero who fought beside him as Red Robin. Tim helped Batman assemble a team of heroes and misfits to help him keep Gotham safe, then fell in battle defending the city. Or so it seemed.

 In reality, Tim has been held captive, snatched from the moment of death by the mysterious Mr. Oz. Now he must escape
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by DC
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May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley-2018
Tynion has really found his stride with this Gotham Knights team. The main story reveals who Brother Oz is so read Action Comics: Superman-The Oz Effect first if you don't want that spoiled. Tim Drake finally escapes and returns to Gotham in a wonderful story where he must confront himself. I won't go into any more details so as to not spoil anything. The final two issues update us on Spoiler and to be honest, Spoiled Brat would be a better name for her. She could drop off the face of the earth ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay -- the title tale is a occasionally plodding four-chapter story focusing on Tim Drake and his predicament, so your mileage may vary. Initially I didn't find it interesting but things improved once the rest of the extended Bat family started making appearances and jumping into the fray.

Better was the Utopia / Dystopia finale -- a story centered mostly on heroine Spoiler (Stephanie Brown, formerly known as the 'other' Batgirl) as she is tempted by Anarchy to join in his secret undergro
Wing Kee
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit Tynion IV just made me shit my pants.

World: The art is good, the splash page centric art is beautiful, the art is a bit scratchy but overall it's pretty fantastic. The world building, the stuff with Clayface is great, the humanity of this group and the Bat family dynamic in this world and how it interacts with the rest of the DCU is great. Then there's the Tim Drake stuff which I won't talk about here cause it's spoilers but I will say that Tynion IV has pulled all of Tim's history in
James DeSantis
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now THIS is what I'm talking about Detective Comics finishes 2017 with the strongest volume since volume 1.

The first couple of issues mostly focus on Spoiler and her finding her place in this world now that she's walked away from the bat family. Once we get past that we focus on Tim Drake. You know our hero who has been gone 30+ issues? Well he's back and he's bringing someone with him. With a FUTURE Tim Drake following around the Tim we all know and love we begin to have a race of protecting t
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
3.5 stars.

This wasn't bad... just not something I was super into. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it: Tim is not my favorite Batfam member. He's my least favorite of all the Robins because I just don't find anything interesting about him. I appreciate that he appears to be the most intelligent and that's great: in some ways, he's a lot like Bruce in that he's not the best fighter (that's Cass followed by Damian) and much of his success is the result of just being incredibly intelligent.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

As unfortunate as it is of recent news regarding the exit of James Tynion IV as the main writer on this Batman: Detective Comics series in order to work on the new series that spun out of the Batman: Metal event, his contribution has been solid and his run, long and filled with exciting characters. With the integration of characters like Azrael and Batwing, as well as the introduction of a brand new group of villains who go by the name of the Vi
Chris Lemmerman
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What's Stephanie Brown been up to recently? How about dealing with Anarchy and his twisted view of what the future should be? Yep, that'll do it. Then, Tim Drake is alive! But as Mr Oz's prison falls, he must contend with a devastating vision of his future as it literally comes to kill him and everyone he cares about.

The Spoiler storyline has been percolating in the background of this series for a while now and finally comes to a boil here just in time for Tim's return. St
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good, comic
4.8 stars

(1) I saw Cass kicking the daylight out of someone in this volume.

And instantly I feel a lot better about this world.

(2) Holy cow, one of the villains (view spoiler) simply turns out to be one of those "look I'm doing the right thing to bring safety and justice to the general public so you should help me" kind of person. *sighs* How predicable can it get?

(3) I admit it, I jumped to read this vol. 5 without reading the first four volumes first, I think the storyli
Rory Wilding
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering that he is often seen as a lone vigilante who strikes criminals like a creature of the night, Batman has always had a sense of family, from his trusted butler Alfred to the number of Robins who have allied with the Dark Knight throughout the decades. As we learned from The Lego Batman Movie, "friends are family" and that is a key theme in James Tynion IV’s run on Detective Comics since the start of Rebirth.

Please click here for my full review.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Red Robin
Shelves: 2019, dc-comics
Really liked this. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time just wondering what was really happening. A lot of hinting at Doomsday Clock here, which is why I picked this series up in the first place. Unlike Rebirth Superman: Action Comics, which I also on to prep for Doomsday Clock, I actually like this series enough to continue it. (view spoiler) ...more
Adam Spanos
'Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living' by James Tynion IV is a series of three stories with some interconnection. The theme seems to be how alone you can be, even on a team as amazing as this one.

Tim Drake has been missing and presumed dead. In this volume's main story, we find out what happened in a storyline that spans back and forth through time. Spoiler finds herself intrigued by an idea from Anarky that would build a new type of city underground. Meanwhile, Clayface de
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic plot: Tim Drake makes it back to Gotham to defeat an unexpected foe while Spoiler deals with Anarky.

This was an emotionally raw story. Any storyline that deals with the timeline and what could be is always a little rough. We all make decisions that haunt us and make us wonder what if... Tim is no different. The story was good, the art was solid, and everything kept moving at a pace that revealed the story well while not getting draggy.

Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not read Detective Comics before, and I've only ever read stand-alone Batman stories. so I have no idea who this Bat-Family is, but DAMN I'm loving seeing them all together. ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living by James Tynion IV is perhaps one of the best examples of why Tim Drake is a poor excuse to be Robin. Bitter, alienated and thinking his intelligence and hypocritical high moral ground somehow makes him better than the rest of the Batman family comes to bear here in full glory as the future Tim shows us Drake's true colors.

After sacrificing himself to save Gotham which of course did not happen, Drake finds himself trapped in an inescapab
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
A Lonely Place of Living (965-968). First up, it's great to finally get Tim back, following the whole Oz Effect debacle. Tynion does a great job with his character and his interactions with the team. But beyond that, this is a great continuity story. We finally learn about Tim's origins in the whole messed-up nu52 continuity, and then we get a Future Batman story that builds on everything from Infinite Crisis to Morrison's vision of Future Damian. Overall, this is a fun romp that shows the advan ...more
This is another entertaining story in James Tynion's fine run on Detective Comics. I'd been out of touch with the Batman universe for a long time so was not familiar with Tim Drake's Robin. "A Lonely Place of Living" works well as both a quick summary of how Tim became Robin and also what happened to him after the events in Volume 1. There are some great action scenes as well as a surprising reveal as to who is behind it all. I'm a big fan of Eddy Barrows' art, making this all the more enjoyable ...more
5 🌟

Nice to see Tim get out of captivity. Glad that he was able to meet his older self. Sad that his older self turned out like that. So glad that we were able to learn that Bruce was making Brother Eye. Hope Stephanie will re-join the team. Also hope Clayface will be okay.

Can't wait to read Batman: Detective Comics, volume 6: Fall of the Batmen!!!!
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman, digital
Really been enjoying this run! Evil future Tim Drake comes back to try and kill present day Batwoman. This is a really great Bat-family feeling book. Batman is very much always present but it does some cool and fun stuff with the supporting characters
A fun, action packed installment of Detective Comics.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really getting into his groove now. The Tim Drake arc is really cool. I felt the Spoiler issued dragged a little in comparison.
Andy Hickman
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living

Detective Comics #965
Finally, Tim Drake is back!!
“A hero doesn’t need a mask. But it helps”
Detective Comics #966
“Synthetic kryptonite.”

Detective Comics #967

Detective Comics #968
“The rest of you get OUT of here. I’ll hold them off as long as I can.”

Detective Comics
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this volume, especially all the character studies of Tim Drake. Just fantastic.

The last couple issues with Spoiler and Anarky left me a bit "meh," and yet another DC writer doesn't seem to understand anarchism (although Tynion does better than Seeley over in Nightwing).

The art by Barrows was pretty great although sometimes there were close-ups of faces and the coloring by Sotomayor (I think) made it seem like a painting and therefore just a strange effect.

May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too impressed with volume 3 of this series and mainly bought it to find out Tim Drake's fate but volume 5 has now redeemed the writer for me. Drake is my favourite Robin and it was really cool to see (spoiler alert), a darker future version of him.
It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here
John Yelverton
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A cannot stand graphic novels that takes Batman and turns him into Batgod, and that's exactly what this book did when it allowed not only "Batman" but Tim Drake to fight Doomsday and be successful. Throw in all the foreboding of horrible things to come predicated page after page, and you've just got a colossal waste of your money. ...more
Ivan Lex
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first I thought this volume would be disastrous, the first arc about Anarky and Spoiler is boring and endless, lots of text and quite generic art, but after the second issue when Eddy Barrows's beautiful art appears everything changes!


To begin with this book is a wonderful tribute to "A Lonely Place of Dying" from the covers to the plot and I loved it as it is one of my favorite stories in the entire myth of Batman. Tim Drake is a fantastic character, he was well loved for many years but
Alex E
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The return of Tim Drake is bittersweet, as Tim learns some things about himself that he has probably been denying or ignoring.

Tim Drake has always been my favorite Robin. I like his realistic approach to being Batman's sidekick. He knows that sometimes he has to take a backseat to the action, and plan or run things from the console. He is constantly evaluating and planning, much like Batman, the best course of action, instead of leaping in guns blazing like Dick or Jason. Which, very much sows t
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-9
Actually liked this volume a little less than previous ones, right up until Spoiler calls Anarky out for being a manarchist and kicks him in the head. Then it was awesome.
John H
Made more sense the second time through, but still just kinda OK.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, own-a-copy
I'm a big Tim Drake fan, so I was really looking forward to this. It was pretty good, though nothing special. A few very nice moments. ...more
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