Detective Comics #1050

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki, Mark Waid Artist: Fernando Blanco, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 26, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 28
8.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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It’s the landmark, oversize issue Detective Comics #1050, and some of the biggest names in comics are here to celebrate the Dark Knight! First up in “The Tower” part four, the villainous force keeping Arkham Tower’s patients sedated is at last revealed-and this villain’s return is guaranteed to catch you by surprise! It’s the dramatic conclusion to act one of Mariko Tamaki’s Arkham Tower epic, brought to life by the legendary Ivan Reis! Then, in “House of Gotham” part four, Matthew Rosenberg and Fernando Blanco take us into the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s criminal elite through the lens of the original Robin (Dick Grayson more

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 25, 2022

    This was a terrific milestone issue with three strong stories and dazzling artwork all around. If you've missed the first three installments of Shadows of the Bat, it's worth picking up the earlier issues and catching up to one of the best stretches in Detective Comics since Peter J. Tomasi and Brad Walker's recent run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jan 25, 2022

    This issue is great for its character portrayal of Huntress and every aspect of the story. Jump in if you haven't yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Jan 25, 2022

    A terrific triple threat of great stories that are fun, engaging, well drawn... well, what more could you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 25, 2022

    This was a terrific milestone issue with three strong stories and dazzling artwork all around. If you've missed the first three installments of Shadows of the Bat, it's worth picking up the earlier issues and catching up to one of the best stretches in Detective Comics since Peter J. Tomasi and Brad Walker's recent run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 26, 2022

    Four Chapters in and this is easily the best issue of an already great story arc. The cover advertises this as the "Landmark 1050th issue" and the story inside Detective Comics #1050 delivers, and it's especially satisfying for Dick Grayson and Huntress fans and those who see this assemblage of heroes as a family as Dick indicates in the opening panels of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 27, 2022

    This did just what a preview should do, set the stage and whet the appetite. I can't wait for this title to hit the racks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 25, 2022

    Fernando Blanco's art does a great job of building tension, especially when a young Robin enters the fray and quickly finds himself overwhelmed by one of Batman's deadliest rogues. But the ending has a great twist that reveals just how far Scarecrow will go to preserve his "investment," even if the larger relevance of this story is still a mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jan 25, 2022

    For more Detective goodness, check back here next week! Same Bat-site, same Bat-reviewer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 25, 2022

    Ivan Reis delivers some stellar art in this issue. The action is beautifully detailed and lively and the character moments are filled with visual emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 31, 2022

    Detective Comics #1050 is a jam-packed celebration of not only the legacy and history of the generally-Batman-centric series but of a number of other characters that are part of Batman's world. Shadows of the Bat continues to present a character-driven gorgeous but terrifying story full of twists and turns while the two backups showcase far different but tied-together takes on Batman and his presence in the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jan 25, 2022

    A great callback to Batman history, as well as an unexpected reveal, highlights why Detective Comics continues to be the best Bat-book on the stands. Mariko Tamaki's writing is a gift. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jan 26, 2022

    All three are perfectly fine stories that showcase the odd family Batman has built up around him without necessarily focusing too much on Batman himself. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 25, 2022

    Detective Comics #1050 continues the downward spiral of this weekly "event" book.  There isn't enough story going on here to warrant it coming out every week and what we do get isn't that good.   Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 25, 2022

    The main story is moving too slowly for me because I need more plot progression. The "House of Wayne" backup is pretty entertaining, but I'm not quite sold on this story just yet. The "World's Finest" backup is well-written and well-drawn, but ultimately it's just a setup for a different series, and I don't think this setup is going to be essential at all. Taking into account the price point"as this issue will be a dollar extra due to increased page count"I advice you to skip this issue in favor of a different comic. I wish I could start recommending Detective Comics again, but for now I can't do that in good conscience. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Feb 4, 2022

    Detective comics continues its' fantastic run of late as the main story and backup story are both stellar. The world's finest preview at the end was a fantastic treat for me as I was really considering picking up at least issue 1 when it comes out. It was great to get an idea of the feel of the book I'm definitely going to add it to my pull list.

  • 9.5
    TheObserver Jan 26, 2022

    I loved ! the main plot slows down the pace for the time needed to focus on Huntress, a character that I adore and who deserves a bit of pause on her story. She is suspicious, surly, angry, solitary but also fearless, intelligent, determined and capable. I like the reference to No man's land. Great '90s narrative making a return to the timeline. (I don't believe that since era 52 it had been done). I love that it's Nightwing telling Huntress through his eyes because his bond with her is unique and very powerful. I always thought so. He and Huntress are meant to be together. They are very different but complement each other perfectly. I love the build-up of the narrative in the tower and finding out the face behind it all is a real surprise. more

  • 9.0
    deen Jan 27, 2022

    Between the excellent art all over this issue, and the return of Mark Waid in the third story, plus I gotta admit the Shadows storyline is keeping me hooked so far, I'm a pretty happy camper. The reveal at the end of the main story is for one of my favorite DC villains, so now we're cooking with gas. There's a hint dropped early in the issue that I guessed correctly, but I was still pleasantly surprised during the reveal.

  • 9.0
    Skywolf Jan 25, 2022

    Getting better.

  • 8.0

    This is a rarity. 3 stories ALL good. I'm lucky if one even rates a thumbs up these days. The main story started out with a nice tribute to No Man's Land's climax (Though they accidentally drew the Bat symbol without the yellow circle: those were the last days before he removed it again). Psycho Pirate returns, eh? While not a very impressive villain, I do expect him to play a big role in the rest of this story.
    The House of Wayne saga just gets more and more thrilling. Scarecrow bringing a horde of maddened kids to ransack Wayne manor and the original Robin comes to the rescue. Pretty clever plot.
    The preview for the new World's finest shows we may have some good Superman and Batman adventures ahead. At this rate DC's present wil more

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jan 25, 2022

    Not bad finally the plot progresses but we will see how it goes

  • 8.0
    Lal Jan 25, 2022

    The two backup stories were pretty good, and the main story finally progressed. The twist at the end was a nice addition.
    Seeing Nightwing actually do something was pretty great, but in this book it seems like he and Helena are incredibly close, something that wasn't even hinted at for years.
    The pacing is still a bit problematic, and way too much of the plot was spent on prepping Helena, but overall it was still pretty good.

  • 7.5
    UxasIs Jan 28, 2022

    Detective Comics - 8/10

    House of Wayne - 7/10

    World's Finest - 7.5/10

  • 7.5
    PalancasLocas Jan 25, 2022

    Mucho mejor que con solo Tamaki en el barco, pero aun no logran tener la gran calidad, solo espero que no hundan el barco con la decisión de sacar a Batman por completo durante sabe cuantos meses para meternos personajes que a nadie interesa.

  • 7.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 30, 2022

    The main story lost me this week. It wasn't very entertaining. The first backup didn't really work as well as it had before either. And the final backup was kind of a letdown after all the hype built up for Mark Waid's Batman/Superman.

  • 7.0
    pterodactyl Jan 25, 2022

    I think Rosenberg is improving this series. There is finally a little progress

  • 6.5
    Merlyn Jan 25, 2022

    I wasn't a huge fan of this issue. The first story is mediocre at best, I still don't get what's Tamaki idea of dealing with mental illness. She seems to think locking violent criminals up is bad, but so is treating them. That only leaves as a solution... them roaming free? That wouldn' work, to say the least. Unless this arc returns to the status quo with Arkam Asylum rebuilt on its proper place, this is a stupid event from DC.

    I did like Rosenberg's story, it was decent. And even though I saw a lot of people excited for Waid's return to DC, sorry to say, I'm not one of them. The man has lost the plot for a long time now and I have little faith in him these days. He's definitely a legend as a comic writer, no doubt about that, more

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  • 3.5
    Bats20832 Jan 25, 2022

    So the only reason to buy this is the THIRD "preview" story by Mark Waid. If you are buying for the other stories, well, I am sure DC Comics, and especially writer Mariko Tamika appreciates you funding them, especially as she enjoys "torturing" the Batman (so sorry he's not here, Mariko) and Bat-family characters (her words, on September 8 Twitter... before her Twitter history was deleted on anything before November 2021). Gosh that is a really expensive preview, though. Looks like Steppenwolf is using DC villains to stab Big Blue with Red Kryptonite and make Superman totally unpredictable. (Hardly a "Detective Story," but most interesting of the lot.)

    OK. The Cover. Buy that guy a razor blade, PLEASE. Batman with little tuff thr more

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