Detective Comics #1070

Writer: Ram V, Simon Spurrier Artist: Dexter Soy, Stefano Raffaele, Caspar Wijngaard Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 29, 2023 Cover Price: $4.08 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 33
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7.5User Rating

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The gothic opera crashes into a crescendo as Batman goes head-to-head with an Azmer demon…unaware that it is is someone in Bruce Wayne's life. Meanwhile, a mysterious team called the Vigil arrives to investigate the Azmer sightings-but who are the Vigil, and are they on Batman’s side? Then, in the backup: With Mrs. Freeze only a pale image of the woman Victor Fries fell in love with-what is he to do now to save her?

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 4, 2023

    A classic deep Batman story for the ages continues with ‘Detective Comics' #1070 which begins to weave together various elements presented in the story previously to illuminate even more about the Orghams and their history. Every part of this series is being delivered perfectly creating something truly special that needs to be experienced not just by Batman or comic book fans but just fans of stories in general. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Mar 28, 2023

    The degree of character immersion, the additions to the Gotham cast, and the overall depth these two stories attempt to reach are engaging. I cannot recommend Detective Comics #1070 enough. If youre a fan of Batman, a Grundy lover, a Mr. Freeze fanatic, think the Orghams are the first great new villains in a long time, or realize how Gotham is an incredible character all on its own, then wait no more. Get. This. Issue. Heck, when you see Detective Comics #1070 go up for pre-order, save it to your wishlist. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Seth A. Romo Mar 28, 2023

    This is a well done issue of Detective Comics and fans of this story arc will be thrilled with how the mystery is unweaving itself. The entire package yells quality and keeps that epic feel despite being just a piece of the larger puzzle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 28, 2023

    Ram V is building a long-form mystery here, as the Orghams have the time and patience to make their roots in Gothamand it may be the biggest threat Gotham has faced in some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 28, 2023

    Raffaele has an interesting and unique visual style and it works really well for the tone of this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Mar 29, 2023

    It's a compliment when I say this might be the weirdest Batman run published in recent history. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 30, 2023

    Ram V is letting the mystery into Detective Comics in a way that feels fresh and fascinating. The story might be running the risk of heading down a ridiculous path, but its nice to see a writer trying something new with the series. There have been countless issues over the decades that have played it WAY too safe with the series. Ram Vs work is positively courageous next to the drudgery that had been the series for so much of the mid-to-late 20th century.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Mar 28, 2023

    Detective Comics #1070 is a story-building issue, one equal to a mid-season episode of a TV show. Nothing major happens but it's important to further the plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 28, 2023

    Detective Comics needs a spark or at least some progression in this arc whether from Batman confronting the Orgham crew again or something else to advance the story. Ram V throws in appearance from The Vigil, one of the new teams created in the wake of Lazarus Planet. Instead of working in more new characters, this story needs to be winding down and end on a high note. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Mar 28, 2023

    Ram V and Si Spurrier's dark poetic exploration of Batman and the strange, operatic threats he faces progress forward with some crucial revelations from both Prince Orgham and Talia al Ghul. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Mar 28, 2023

    At last we've gotten some backstory on the Orgham family, and their deeper motivations for being in Gotham. This telling, and Arzen's interactions with Bruce are both the best part of the issue and the focus. Bruce's own personal struggles come into play again, giving readers further insight into how he is faring during this whole affair. However, the slower pacing and time spent introducing even more characters takes away from the overall enjoyment of the issue a bit. I'm hopeful these elements will all work together in the future, but experience is saying that nothing will change the structure of the pacing. Still, if you don't mind a more gradual structure to narrative pacing, the issue is a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 28, 2023

    Detective Comics #1070 takes a break from an already slow-moving story to introduce a few interesting ideas, tease a little bit about the Orghams' history, and devote the rest of the issue to a backdoor pilot for the upcoming The Vigil comic (also written by Ram V). If you're all in on the Orghams, you could skip this issue and not miss a thing. Read Full Review

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