Detective Comics #1045

Writer: Stephanie Phillips, Mariko Tamaki Artist: David Lapham, Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 24, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 31
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Batman and Mayor Nakano have freed themselves from the Vile parasite-infected sewers of Gotham City…only to find the nightmare has risen higher than they had imagined! With the city streets being overtaken by larger, (somehow even more) horrific creatures, these two enemies must put aside their differences and save the city-while there’s still time! This skin-crawling, heart-pounding, terror-inducing installment of “Fear State” will change the nature of the Dark Knight and Mayor Nakano forever, and cast an eerie shadow over the next major Bat-event to come… Then, in “Foundations” part two, Batman runs into an unlikely ally in h more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Nov 23, 2021

    Detective Comics #1045 is two grim tales for the price of one. The first is dramatic, tense, and a superb character study of two driven individuals at odds. The second is a straightforward plot of a hero searching for answers and the foulness found along the way. Both are great and some of the best things I've read during this often anticlimactic standoff known as Fear State. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Dec 2, 2021

    Detective Comics wraps up its entry into the Fear State, by doing its own thing with a confined horror story centered around two men hashing things out and potentially building a better future. This series shines when it can tell tighter down to Earth stories, that allow the artistic team free reign to showcase just how beautiful scary creepy, and stunning Gotham City and its events can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 23, 2021

    This is very surreal and horror-oriented for a Bat-comic, but what works better about it than previous issues is the way Tamaki has grounded it in the philosophical debate between these two inherently decent but deeply opposed men. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 23, 2021

    Dan Mora delivers some beautiful art on every page of this issue. The character designs are dynamic and beautifully detailed and the action is thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 23, 2021

    This ending left me far more encouraged about Tamakis future plans for the title and as long as Mora sticks around it will easily be worth looking at. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Nov 23, 2021

    A good conclusion to the previous story with character development for the supporting cast. Tamaki continues to show her strong understanding of Batman's core appeal as a character with some great artwork and a solid backup story as a bonus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Nov 23, 2021

    With Detective Comics becoming a weekly title as of next month, I for one can't wait. I also hope that every issue going forward can make me feel the way this one did. Detective Comics #1045 is a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 23, 2021

    Detective Comics #1045 wraps up its storyline in a satisfying fashion, not just giving Nakano a change of heart, but demonstrating why he would have one. The more personal approach to the characters has been a strength of Tamaki's run so it's only logical this storyline's conclusion would hinge on it. The Fear State event doesn't spoil the story and that's a feat in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Nov 23, 2021

    This is an issue that was needed; to get Batman and Nakano kiiiindaaa understanding each other and know that they need to work together, and what better way to do that than desperate survival. Overall, it's not bad and I have no issues with it. It's nothing special either (not an insult, btw) other than the art, and that's okay because it could possibly be simply showing us a moment where the timeline that would be Future State shifts to something else. Again, Mora's art, mwwwwaaaa!!! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Nov 23, 2021

    I have personally enjoyed Tamaki's take on Fear State these last few months. As we turn the page and head towards Shadows of the Bat. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Nov 24, 2021

    All in all, a perfectly acceptable Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Nov 23, 2021

    The art is outstanding, but otherwise this isn't a good issue. It feels rushed and afterward I'm just bored. There are some good ideas here, such as Nakano's change of heart, but the execution isn't up to par. I can only recommend this issue to Mora and Bellaire super-fans who want a complete collection of this team's Batman art. Otherwise I'd say there are much better books on stands this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0

    I hope this is the end of the Vile parasites. I'm so tired of parasite monsters used in everything these days. If I wanted stuff like that I'd watch Dr. Who. The end does add a little intrigue. Is Batman willing to work closer to Nakano to show him he isn't the enemy? It may be an interesting development if explored right in the future.
    I do look forward somewhat to the Tower saga. All I ask is the new so-called Batman keep out of it and not be the one to butt in and save the day in the end. Regardless of what DC or his title says, he is NOT Batman and never will be. Don't try to put him in this series' spotlight to sell it to us. This saga will determine for me if I want to keep reading Detective beyond that point, as "Abyss" will do more

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  • 7.5
    Gavan Nov 24, 2021

    Don’t get me wrong, this comic was pretty good. The only issue is, why does this have any relation to Fear State? Not only does the events of this issue with Nakano go completely against what has happened in Fear State, but now we found out that this has been going on prior to an issue that was released 2 months ago. Art was amazing though, Mora is killing it in that department

  • 7.0
    UxasIs Nov 27, 2021

    Detective Comics - 7.5/10

    Arkham Rising - 6/10

  • 7.0
    Hydro-Man Nov 24, 2021

    Actually, not a bad issue. DC just should’ve never pretended it tied into Fear State. It doesn’t. Reminds me of way back during Avengers Disassembled there were all these loose “tie-ins.” Like Red Skull showing up in Cap’s solo book and going “LOL So I hear you’re having a shitty week, Steve…” Kirkman was ahead of his time, no doubt at the behest of editorial.

    I actually found the back-up to be entertaining. I’m excited to see where it goes. Only in a comic book would you see criminal justice reform affect the people who (pretend to) care about it.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Nov 23, 2021

    I mean, Tamaki couldn't be more obvious to what she alluded here if she actually tried (she really didn't) but the story is not that bad. I still couldn't care less about the backup.

  • 7.0
    Stormwrath Nov 23, 2021

    Dan Mora's art is fantastic and basically represents why i'm giving this book a seven, but the plot... meh

  • 6.5
    Mout Feb 14, 2022

    Dan Mora is carrying this so hard

  • 6.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 4, 2022

    I really am sick of Fear State and this parasite storyline. Good riddance to both, please.

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Nov 25, 2021

    Are we reading EC Comics Weird Fantasy or Detective Comics? Is there a difference anymore? Mariko Tamaki continues to use Detective Comics as "Horror Comics," as WildStorm's Ben Abernathy keeps editing/driving the "Gotham Comics" Group towards mainly horror and pro-criminal stories. Dan Mora is reportedly leaving Tec next month, so his art will be gone. Detective Comics covers now looking like EC Comics sci-fiction monster series. Should Mariko introduce the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt, next? Maybe Batman vs. Godzilla? Maybe Batman vs. Vampirella? I mean we have another DC Vampire series already, but DC Comics does not seem to get too much of horror.

    To those who don't understand there is a difference, try reading so more

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