Detective Comics #1047

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Fernando Blanco, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 5, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 33
8.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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“The Tower” begins! The 12-part weekly Detective Comics event starts here. Arkham Asylum has fallen, and in its place, Arkham Tower has risen in the heart of the city, a pitch made by the mysterious Dr. Wear. Backup: “House of Gotham” begins! For a long time two houses have overlooked Gotham City, beckoning its broken: Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jan 4, 2022

    Detective Comics #1047 won me over. I already was a fan of this series when I began reviewing it two months ago, but this issue struck all the right notes and improved on already sound quality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Jan 4, 2022

    A great start that hits the ground running, sucking you into the panic of the moment and giving you little time to sit and contemplate what just happened -- in a good way! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 4, 2022

    Reis delivers some fantastic art filled with great details on every page Andersons colors really help deliver the beauty of the panels. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 4, 2022

    With Tamaki cranking out an inspired story and Reis providing his typical high-quality art, Shadows of the Bat could set a new standard on Tamaki's run and seems like one worth paying attention to at the start of 2022. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 4, 2022

    It's the perfect violent record scratch to set this storyline off on a high-note, with major stakes and tension through the roof. But seriously, maybe this time Gotham will learn you can't fix Arkham. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jan 4, 2022

    Detective Comics #1047 is a fantastic start to the new year. The issue felt new but reliable. We got great writing, great art, and I am thrilled to have a Batman book every week for the first time since Batman and Robin Eternal? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 4, 2022

    Detective Comics #1047 is a fantastic start to "Shadows of the Bat." The Bat-family and the mystery are plenty good enough to make the reader forget that Batman isn't present. We do get the Dark Knight in the second story, but the little boy is the main character. Tamaki continues to explore Gotham City in an interesting manner with a strong emphasis on character that's always engaging. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jan 4, 2022

    What an intense way to kick things off. Despite the change in leadership and direction, Tamaki seems to have been building to this story from day one, and I will be here for it. Join us next week for part two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 6, 2022

    DC Comics' weekly Shadows of the Bat event kicks off in a smashing bloody way that stays true to the world and to all the various characters that populate this story. A beautiful debut by the first of the three new art teams, boosted by a stunning back-up that dives deeper into the effects Batman, Arkham, and others have on Gotham as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 4, 2022

    Ivan Reis is one of the greatest superhero artists of a generation and he is quick to remind readers of such here. In terms of story-structure, the time-lapse stories we've been witnessing since "Future State" continue to be the dominant story-telling technique at DC right now and while it's growing somewhat played out, it's certainly not enough to completely derail the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 4, 2022

    Armed with stunning Gotham City artwork from some of DCs best regular artists, Detective Comics #1047 is an intriguing start to the publishers next big Bat-epic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 5, 2022

    Like so many other things related to the Batman line these days, it seems that a proper build to disaster has been skipped in the name of "the next big event." Luckily, it at least seems like the skyscraper disaster horror setup hinted at in this issue seems intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 4, 2022

    If you've come this far you've spend at least: $4.99 (or $10.98 with the annual). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Jan 4, 2022

    OK, estou preso, me de mais.
    Uma pena Ivan Reis não desenhar o evento todo, ele está em outro patamar.

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Jan 9, 2022

    Great issue! It's intense, brutal and we'll written. The backup story was great as well. The artwork looks great on both stories. I'm really looking forward to finding out where this story goes

  • 9.0
    UxasIs Jan 9, 2022

    Detective Comics - 9/10

    House of Wayne - 9/10

  • 9.0
    TheObserver Jan 6, 2022

    I like the weekly feuilletonesque (soap opera)side chosen to tell this arc, it impels a dynamic rhythm which will involve us more easily in the story. It's a very good idea. Let's get to the heart of the matter: good introduction to 'the Tower'. The set-up of the story elements is quick but not hovering. What happened in the tower in so few weeks? why such a paroxysmal situation when good Dr Wear seemed to promise a miraculous cure? What did the Batfamily do? and what will she do? The stakes are in place. No frills in the writing, (so much the better, the more direct the better), and the drawings, inking etc. are very successful. Let's not dwell too much on the substance for the moment, it's too early. We will see what he has afterwards. I' more

  • 8.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 4, 2022

    This was a solid start to this event. I am so done with bat-events, but this one has me hooked at least for the moment.

  • 8.5
    Antenovial Jan 4, 2022

    I checked this out with barely any expectations. While that Annual leading up to this was okay, it didn't really impress me. This Issue on the other hand has me intrigued!

    Ivan Reis on art duty is a huge plus. His Kate looks amazing and his storytelling is great. Ana looks appropriately dangerous and like the evil Donovan talked about.

    I expected a slow start given the beginning, but I am pleasantly surprised that it's not. Mariko Tamaki writing more tense action seems to suit her, so I hope we don't skip around time just to go back to the beginning next Issue. I would love to find out how this all escalated through the investigations that have been promised in the solicitations.

    I'm not really interested in more

  • 8.0

    So far so good really. This tower story is off to an interesting start. This Dr. Wear guy is up to something big and no good. I know mad Doctors, especially since Arkham has had its share over the past 4+ decades. It also seems things aren't all what they seem. It's going to be quite a mystery, and we have 11 issues ahead to see it unfold.
    I'm glad to see Reis doing art in a book I'm still getting, as I've had to dump all Superman except '78 (I don't know yet if I'll get the new World's finest series yet). The problem with it now is that DC thinks Superman needs to be "Modernized." you don't update a pop culture Icon that's been pretty much the same for nearly a century, but apparently their editors are too thick-headed to learn that. more

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jan 4, 2022

    Honestly had no exprctations but this was a qelcome surprise.

  • 7.5
    Mout Apr 14, 2022

    I'm surprised by how good the backup is

  • 7.0
    Reaper74 Jul 12, 2022

    I’m a little conflicted with the start of this arc. The timeline jump was not handled very well and if there are flashbacks to what happened in between I say who cares because we know how it ends up so all tension is lost. If you move straight forward with this then there is a build up lose. I don’t mind the jump right into action but to just build the new Arkham and get it destroyed this quickly seems rather redundant and pointless. Well the art is fantastic. The back up story is not good. The boy literally saw The Joker kill not Batman. And why Arkham. Um isn’t there orphanages or other facilities. Again the art is nice.

  • 6.5
    Skywolf Jan 8, 2022

    When you see the press conference at the beginning, it is already obvious that what would happen to Dr. Wear, isn't it? From my point of view, a mediocre story that is not much about "detectives". The arts from Ivan Reis are great though.

  • 6.0
    Stormwrath Jan 4, 2022

    Ivan Reis art was fantastic as always, but the story was kinda weak, still better than what came before, but to create a new arkham just to destroy it, this event should be about the creation of a better place to treat patients and finally Gotham has something good after all this takeovers...

  • 5.5
    Merlyn Jan 4, 2022

    I mean, yeah, putting a mental asylum downright in the middle of the most dangerous city is a fucking great idea, surely no one will escape and kill a lot of people, plus it's great for the tourists. The whole story sits on a dumb premise, whoever came up with it needs to be fired. The art was good but the stories were very meh.

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  • 3.0
    Bats20832 Jan 7, 2022

    DC Comics sales campaign: "12-part weekly Detective Comics event starts here" - this idea of "12-part weekly Detective Comics events" keeps undermining credible and interesting stories. Interestingly, DC Sales is promoting same 12-part weekly "event" as both "The Tower" and "Shadow of the Bat." A different title for different buyers, as the stories are all about $$$. DC Comics takes junior people like Mariko Tamaki, who already have trouble writing coherent hero plots to begin with, and have them do nonsense weekly comics serials as "mini-events" as methods to bring in more $$$, while continuing to undermine the writing discipline, coherency, and creativity of the Detective Comics team. The idea is to artificially increase fan sales interes more

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