Detective Comics #1052

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Fernando Blanco, Max Raynor Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 9, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 33
7.4Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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“His hold is breaking!” That’s the message written in blood across the minds of Arkham Tower’s inhabitants, after a nightmare melee is unleashed! With Gotham’s deadliest criminals reverting to their former, murderous selves in one horrific night, Dr. Wear has a lot of explaining to do…and a lot of covering up to perform. Can Nightwing get to the bottom of this mystery before the people of Arkham Tower are put in peril again? Plus, Batman’s iron grip on Gotham is enough to drive the desperate to madness…and madness is on the mind of the Boy in part six of “House of Gotham.” When an average night at coat check at the Iceber more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 8, 2022

    Detective Comics #1052 continues to build, utilizing character and an engaging dynamic for the Bat-family told in a unique narrative style. Both "Shadows of the Bat" and "House of Gotham" hit with surprises to keep the plot rolling. With the Penguin making appearances in both storylines, one can't help but wonder if Cobblepot will end up being the lynchpin to tie them together. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 8, 2022

    Raynor delivers some great art on every page of the issue. The characters are beautifully detailed and the action is wonderful and filled with the tension of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 8, 2022

    Artist Fernando Blanco elicits convincing emotion out of the characters as the intensity heats up. Jordie Bellaire's color work continues to be flawless especially on the final few pages cast in mostly red. House of Gotham has overtaken The Tower as the stronger of the two stories, but it's a win for Detective Comics readers given the quality of both stories now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 8, 2022

    Aside from a few scenes, this story hasn't gotten most of its excitement from traditional Gotham action. Instead, it's a slow-burn mystery relying on psychological horror and great visuals, like the one we see in this issue's cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Feb 8, 2022

    We're at the halfway point now, and I hope the Family saves the day and doesn't need to be bailed out by Batman's return, as DC loves to rewind the clock. Let Bats be a global hero. Leave Gotham for Batwoman and the Fam. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Feb 16, 2022

    Detective Comics is the perfect place to truly explore the whole of the Bat-family and Gotham itself, and Shadows of the Bat has shown that fantastically. There is a fun but dark energy through this book but its ensemble nature and shuffling character spotlight help to make this one of the best runs of this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Anthony Trudeau Feb 10, 2022

    Mariko Tamaki has made the most of the Dark Knight's absence from Detective Comics since issue Batman #118, crafting a can't-miss story starring his extended cast. This issue does not do much more than move the story of The Tower forward, but the talent of its creators, the story that has led up to it, and the promise of things to come make it a must-read all the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Feb 8, 2022

    A good issue that really puts the "detective" back into "Detective Comics", even if we as readers already know the answers, helping build anticipation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Feb 8, 2022

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

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Feb 8, 2022

    Shadows of the Bat reaches its midpoint with the chaos of the opening just about to break loose, as Psycho Pirate and Dr. Wear's confrontation with the villains they have mind-controlled for weeks looms ever closer, and the Bat-Family closes in. Mariko Tamaki, Max Raynor, Matthew Rosenberg, and Fernando Blanco provide another really excellent package for weekly buyers of Detective Comics this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Feb 10, 2022

    The entire issue rests around the feeling of being in a movie, but it is presented in such a dull and vague way that we are left simply not caring what it all will ultimately mean. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 8, 2022

    Detective Comics #1052 recaps a large portion of the last issue and tries to make up for it by forcing the overall story forward with a brunch of nonsense.  But, unfortunately, Mariko Tamaki doesn't seem to want to let the Bat-Family do their own work, so (convoluted) clues are just handed to them, and away we go.  I'm left wondering why this needed to be a weekly story or anything at all. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer Feb 9, 2022

    After a couple of really strong issues, Detective Comics feels like it's spinning its wheels this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 8, 2022

    Seriously. Don't bother with this. The only good content in this issue is "House of Gotham," but I don't think it's worth paying all this money just for the backup story. You deserve better, and there certainly are much better (and cheaper) comics on stands this week. Read Full Review

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