Detective Comics #1048

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Fernando Blanco, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 12, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 30
8.3Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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“The Tower” part two! The mysteries of Dr. Wear begin to unfold as a new doctor named Frow joins the staff of Arkham Tower. The Bat-Family tries to figure out the best way to infiltrate the facility, but someone may have gotten the drop on them…someone not unfamiliar with psychiatric facilities…one Dr. Harleen Quinzel, better known to you dear readers as Harley Quinn! Backup: “House of Gotham” part two! A boy’s parents were killed by The Joker, and he fell through the cracks of the system. Instead of being sent to a facility that could care for him and his trauma, he was sent to Arkham Asylum! Will the villains inside eat him more

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 11, 2022

    Detective Comics hasn't been this engaging in months. Shadows of the Bat is proving to be a must-read chapter in the Bat Family with Tamaki and Reis working strongly as a team. It'd be nice if this was the ongoing creative team going forward on the book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jan 11, 2022

    In short, this storyline is selling a post-Arkham Asylum Gotham very well. With the undercover operation and characters old and new, this issue reveals just enough to leave us wanting more, and that's a key to great mystery and drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 12, 2022

    Shadows of the Bat's second week adds needed context to the overall storyline and some new characters, revealing more pieces to the overarching puzzle that is Arkham Tower. Both stories of this book showcase a deep knowledge and love for the Batman-related portion of DC Comics, painting a beautiful picture of this flawed but still hopeful city they call home. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 11, 2022

    "Shadows of the Bat" continues with a very interesting second issue, as the mystery of Arkham Tower deepens. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 11, 2022

    Ivan Reis delivers some awesome visuals in this issue. I love the intercut between the seemingly banal nature of the patients and the violent reality of the things theyve actually done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jan 11, 2022

    Detective Comics #1048 is a cool, sexy undercover mission that keeps your attention and reads like a dream. Two weeks into our weekly run and I'm extremely impressed! Also, to all my fellow nerdy Bat-fans out there… HAPPY #1048!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 11, 2022

    Wow! Detective Comics #1048 is another great issue in Mariko Tamaki's run! This chapter makes it clear that despite Batman's absence from Gotham, the deeper themes being developed are directly related to the Dark Knight. Additionally, there's an exciting mystery the Bat-family has to unravel with the reader coming at it from a more insightful perspective because of the point-of-view of the narrator (literary terms- not that one of the characters is narrating this tale). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Jan 11, 2022

    Not as punchy as the last issue, but continues the story at a steady pace that feels right and gives us some new intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 12, 2022

    After a shaky opening chapter, I'm enjoying this storyline more this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jan 11, 2022

    Detective Comics #1048 has lots of talk and lots of words while nothing much else is happening, but I didn't get bored at all. Instead, it held my interest and made me want to keep reading to see what the heck was going down at this tower. So it's an okay issue that I didn't love and didn't hate. The art is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 11, 2022

    The paywall's high and the entertainment value low. There's hardly a story here, and there is barely any character development other than very brief flashbacks to Wear's past. Honestly, I don't think this is worth the money. If you really want some cool Ivan Reis artwork, then I recommend picking up the Batman/Superman: The Archive of Worlds hardcover that just came out, which is one of the coolest comics that I've ever reviewed! But I can't recommend Detective Comics #1048. I wish I could. Read Full Review

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