Detective Comics #1073

Writer: Ram V, Dan Watters, Simon Spurrier Artist: Ivan Reis, Goran Sudzuka, Stefano Raffaele Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 28, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 22
7.8Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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Where there's a will, there's a way. And for Bruce, that will is Batman...because myths don't bleed, right? Well, Batman, with the last ounce of strength he has, will have to test that theory out with the Orghams as he fights through Prince Arzen's three powerful protectors to find out. Hope is not all lost, though, as Jim Gordon and Sorrow rush their way through Gotham to help Batman before it's too late and an Azmer demon is placed inside him...

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jul 4, 2023

    ‘Detective Comics' continues to defy expectations as the series' long-form dive into Batman and his city dives even deeper putting the heroes' back against the wall. A unique poignant and darkly gorgeous series that understands fully how to tell a compelling story with the dark knight. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Seth A. Romo Jun 27, 2023

    The entire run so far has been a great journey, but this particular issue feels like a high standard to compete against. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Jun 27, 2023

    Detective Comics #1073 provides the accelerando to Ram V's crescendo of tension, character development, and world-building of the series. V's libretto is masterful, delving into what makes Batman tick and providing narrative meat for the reader to sink their teeth into. As a result, this issue demands rereading. All of this is bolstered by expertly rendered sequences from the entire art team of Ivan Reis, Goran Sudzuka, Danny Miki, Brad Anderson, Stefano Raffaele, and Lee Loughridge. Unfortunately, due to the large number of artists involved, there is a lack of consistency between styles. As a result, each change in an artist can take you out of the moment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jun 27, 2023

    As Gotham is dealt another destructive heartbreak, Detective Comics #1073 shows you its other heroes rising to the occasion. The Bat Family and supporting cast are given strong roles in the issue with well-rounded storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 27, 2023

    Reis and Sudzuka deliver some beautifully detailed and dramatic art throughout the issue. The visual styles work impressively well together to craft a great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 27, 2023

    Ram V's run continues to be some of the creepiest Bat-material in a long time. Read Full Review

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

    As bad as it is, Gotham Citys been through worse. Ram V is putting it through the usual kind of torture. Its fun to watch him go to work on it with a strange mix of horror, superhero conflict, and straight-ahead psychodrama. Theres nothing in the story that is specifically new in any practical way, but its pretty rare for a writer to dive this far into the psyche of Batman and still make it seem like its something at least vaguely new. Batmans been torn apart and reassembled so many times by so many authors that its truly rare to see Ram V manage something as interesting as Detective Comics #1073. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jun 28, 2023

    Detective Comics #1073 sets up a dangerous new Gotham, one that isolates Batman even further and whittles away his remaining allies, while placing the Orghams as a fundamental threat to the city and its populace. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 20, 2023

    Detective Comics showed some needed signs of improvement, but Ram V really needs to move the story forward beyond these minor skirmishes with Batman, his family and the Orghams. This at least was a step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jun 28, 2023

    Ram V and Dan Watters craft the tale of Batman vs. Prince Arzen expertly together, with strong (if sometimes mismatched) artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jun 27, 2023

    Detective Comics #1073 was a solid issue in a quite long and drawn-out story. I'm hoping this is a turning point for this tale and we have more of the same going forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Jun 27, 2023

    This issue of Detective Comics dives right back in where the last one left off, and explores the aftermath of the explosion of the Orgham's new building, while also forcing Batman to face off against the mastermind behind the whole catastrophe. While the energy is high, there are elements that don't quite work, like the narrative's insistence on telling readers and the characters they've lost, and the plot feeling muddled in just everything it is trying to do. There are pieces of the overall story here that I like, I just want to see the story more focused, rather than so stretched. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jun 29, 2023

    Detective Comics #1073 is a confusing, convoluted, bloated mess of a story that tries its darnedest to make the Orghams seem like masterminds but winds up making them look like inefficient idiots. The more Ram V's master plan comes to light, the less sense it makes, and the art is woefully uneven. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Jul 2, 2023

    This book is absolutely brilliant!! This is already one of my favorite runs on detective as ram v is one of the best writers out there and it shows with a brilliant thought provoking emotionally driven story like this. Ivan reiss is a brilliant artist as well and turns in some stunning artwork that matches the tone of the story perfectly. The backup story is also fantastic making this a unbelievably phenomenal book. This issue blew me away ram v is a brilliant writer and is giving me everything I could ever want in a detective comic! Perfection I can not wait for the next chapter!!!!

  • 7.0
    Loafy Trophy Jul 13, 2023

    I think I'm in the minority on this, but I prefer Ram's existential horror take on Gotham in Detective vs the multiversal madness that's happening over in Chip's Batman. That being said, I think Ram V struggled a bit this issue with all of the plates he has spinning. We had to touch base with Batman vs Arzen, Jim Gordon, Babs, Nightwing, and more. It made for some awkward transitions between scenes and the book definitely felt overstuffed at times.

  • 7.0
    derbycomics Jun 27, 2023

    The issue picks up after the explosion at Orgham Tower in which Batman has sacrificed himself to save countless civilians. We see various members of the Bat Family checking in to provide updates on their individual tasks and then find Batman himself face to face with Arzen, battling underneath the wreckage.

    After what turns out to be an ill-fated monologue by the Dark Knight, we find out that Batman has been outwitted and the (current) master plan was to create a groundswell of anti-Batman sentiment amongst Gotham’s citizens to take away one of his greatest powers — citizens believing in the need for a Batman.

    The tension and plot bring up a philosophical debate as to what end Batman truly seeks for Gotham and for more

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  • 5.0
    Batmanaholic Jun 28, 2023

    See it's tough to date this series.

    Is it a good story with good art. Yes

    Is it a story I've read 7 times in the past 3 years with 7 different writers. Yes

    Ram v is trying to put his own spin on it, but I'm really really tired of the villians " Batman is actually bad for the City and I'll save it shtick " just stop it.

    There is no way possible in continuity for the city to flip flop on Batman this much and go from " he's our dark saviour " to " wait someone is trying to frame Batman for the 967th time, and we are dumb as sh!t so we fell for it again routine"

    And the mad hatter rip off with a bunch of eyes is dumb, just plain dumb.

    If this series existed in a vacuum wher more

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  • 3.5
    Halodystroyer44 Jun 28, 2023

    Enough Ram V on Detective Comics please.

  • 3.0
    Hydro-Man Jul 2, 2023

    We’re on a road to nowhere… This storyline has been going on for a year and there’s no end in sight. Does this book have an editor?

    And poor Ivan Reis. One of the best artists DC has and he keeps getting shit assignments. What a waste.

  • 1.5
    Bats20832 Jun 27, 2023

    In "Condemned" by horror writer Ram V, DC Detective Comics leads with MORE anti-Batman sentiment... as it drags out more of the horror/supernatural/demon nonsense plot... once again "some deranged plan"... with weirdo villainess Serpent and the mask of multiple eyes to brainwash Gotham's public... for the Orgham's plans... and the Azmer demon inside Batman's brain OK? So what else is new? I guess maybe I come back in 2024, and Ram V may have this (endless) "story arc" complete? In the meantime, DC Comics if you really HATE the Batman so much, why don't you simply sell him to another comics company? Let some other company that does not lividly despise the Batman write stories about his struggles and efforts to fight for Justice? There more

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