Detective Comics #1053

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Fernando Blanco, Max Raynor Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 16, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 25
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War in the streets! As Dr. Wear desperately tries to keep his plans for Arkham Tower from crumbling, a major drug deal gone bad puts the nervous doc in the sights of both the Party Crashers and the Penguin! The list of people very badly wanting to kill Dr. Wear grows, and Nightwing is on the precipice of cracking the whole scheme wide open! But with the maniacal Party Crashers waging war against the Bat-Family across Gotham, Dick must choose between helping a tower full of villains and helping his family! Then, it’s Knightfall in Gotham during part seven of “House of Gotham,” as the Boy (growing into a man before our eyes) runs afoul o more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Feb 15, 2022

    Detective Comics #1053 is a bona fide blast from start to finish. I've never been more interested in Gotham and its quirky characters, even the common ones who turn the gears. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 15, 2022

    This weekly arc has been the best approach for Detective Comics in months. Its been a gripping story with two captivating and engaging stories that look to be building to a memorable conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Feb 21, 2022

    Detective Comics' main and backup stories both perfectly work to ramp up the tension as the moments where the characters are close to reaching breaking points or making big choices move closer and closer to reality. Every bit of these stories feels important and emotional and real with such depth on all levels. The art teams are bringing their A-game every time and knocking it out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 15, 2022

    Shadows of the Bat continues to be one of the best mini-events at DC in a while, uniting the entire Bat-family"sans Batman"in a mystery surrounding the new Arkham Tower. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Feb 15, 2022

    I gained a lot of clarity after reading Detective Comics #1053. It took weekly stories (that frequently have a lot going on from start to finish) to us remember what we were reading, what we know, and how cool both these tales are. I highly recommend this issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 15, 2022

    As "Shadows of the Bat" is just over the midway point, it's clear that it's a series that has increased in complexity while never losing sight of the importance of the relationships of the characters be it the Party Crashers or the Bat-family. It's a series that's playing the long game and it's working extremely well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Feb 15, 2022

    An issue that advances things quick and effectively while remaining entertaining, and sticking to the "detective" part of the title very well. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 15, 2022

    Raynor delivers some awesome imagery in this issue. The action is lively and full of energy. There are some beautifully detailed panels on every page. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Anthony Trudeau Feb 15, 2022

    This is a setup issue through and through. While that is not the end of the world, until the final few pages we get very few new developments. Dr. Wear is in over his head and the Party Crashers are trouble; that is not news. For the second week in a row, Tamaki has to spread her storyline thin to continue towards the 12-issue finish line. If the plot continues to drag much longer, she'll have to do plenty of heavy lifting to get fans reinvested for the eventual payoff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Daniel Goldberg Feb 15, 2022

    Detective Comics and Shadows of the Bat continue to shine under Tamaki's confident writing and pacing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Feb 16, 2022

    Everything starts to fall apart in Detective Comics #1053. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 15, 2022

    While I liked Detective Comics #1053 more than the last few issues, mainly because Nightwing gets something to do, the pacing and inconsistencies from issue to issue are still a huge problem.  Maybe by the end, I'll be able to recommend this story in trade, but I can't as a weekly release. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 15, 2022

    Once again, only the bare minimum in plot progression is achieved in this issue's main story. This is a very simple, straight-forward story with an unnecessarily convoluted execution. It's not entertaining. It's not intriguing. The only good stuff here is the backup, but even that good backup can't save this mess. You deserve better. Read Full Review

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