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Detective Comics #1059

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Riddle me this…when is a criminal not a criminal? The answer awaits you in the start of a brand-new Detective Comics story arc from writer Mariko Tamaki, guest co-writer Nadia Shammas, and legendary artist Ivan Reis! The Riddler is back in Gotham City in a big way, becoming a media personality and using his newfound influence to wreak havoc on the Dark Knight. As Batman chases down clues to put an end to Riddler’s machinations, the clock ticks away for the citizens of Gotham whom Edward Nygma has placed in the line of fire… Then, in “Gotham Girl: Interrupted” part one, the super-powered Claire Clover returns to the city that helped ruin her life…to get psychiatric treatment at the new Arkham Tower. But when Gotham Girl’s newfound semblance of normalcy is rocked by a murder mystery, she finds someone unexpected at the heart of the crime…herself.

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Print Lenght
34 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    I am even more a fan of this book now and can't wait for the next issue. I know Batman is overrated these days, but don't let it stop you from reading this.
  • 90


    With ‘Shadows of the Bat' over, ‘Detective Comics' shifts focus and goes smaller scale again as the Riddler makes his big return and Batman races against time to solve a mystery that is putting Gothamites in serious danger. It's always great when Batman stories focus on and let the world's greatest detective do the detective thing and bring greater focus to characters alongside the action.
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Ivan Reis returns to draw the issue instantly raising the status of this installment. Reis delivers his usual high quality, intensely detailed work and exceptionally expressive characters. Danny Mikis inking ensure the panels look sharp and Brad Andersons colors add another level to the elite presentation.
  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Ivan Reis delivers some great, character-centric art in the issue. I like Riddlers new look and the action is visually thrilling.
  • 88

    Comic Watch

    The smothering length of "The Tower," a six-part plot spread thin over twelve parts, always felt like it was thrust on Detective Comics creative team rather than chosen by it. Here, Tamaki and series newcomer Shammas seem to have begun a much more manageable yarn that returns the original Batman series to its detective roots. Additionally, it stars a villain in the Riddler who feels comparatively fresh when compared to the rest of Batmans overexposed rogues gallery. If the creative team continues to produce comics with this narrative quality and pacing, they will reclaim momentum lost on crossovers and weeklies in no time.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    There are some intriguing details in this issue, especially once it's revealed who one of the conspirators is, but overall this take on Riddler just seems a little too schtick-y to be a really compelling threat.
  • 84

    Batman on Film

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    The art is great on both stories, and the return of the Riddler (and Gotham Girl) open up interesting new possibilities for Batman, and for Bruce Wayne.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Detective Comics #1059 gave us a great kick-off to two new stories and I'm already completely invested in both. I cannot wait to see what comes next! Many twists and turns are ahead of us Bat Nerds, so we must keep reading in order to eventually get to the truth!
  • 80


    Despite the fact I'm still not onboard with the broke Batman idea, Detective Comics #1059 offers an interesting beginning to to the new arc that also may include a new love interest for Bruce Wayne. As to what's happening in Gotham City, and how it ties into the Riddler's shenanigans, that's a riddle Batman will need to solve. Also included is the beginning of a new back-up story for Gotham Girl.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 75


    Between introducing the Riddler again, crime done through the use of social media, and the mystery of why civilians are suddenly committing crimes this is a busy, but interesting start to a new arc. Tamaki is building a mystery here that could be genuinely interesting while also utilizing social media in a way that feels like it could work both with Riddler and in the world of DC comics. If you're looking for a good place to hop back into Detective Comics after Shadows of the Bat, this is a nice place to start.
  • 70

    Both stories are very solid and seem more promising than the bloated Tower arc that ran on for way too long.
  • 70

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Once again, a backup story negatively affects the final rating of the overall issue. I'm not certain the point of them anymore, especially considering these stories have nothing to do with the main story. I continue to look forward to reading whatever Mariko Tamaki put out in Detective Comics. But unfortunately, the backup stories as of late continue to disappoint.
  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1059 is the start of a Riddler story that felt odd. The pacing was off, the Riddler didn't feel right, and the story was more convoluted than intriguing. Add to that an awful Gotham Girl backup story, and I think most will want to sit this out and wait for the new creative team to jump on this book in a couple of months. I know I want to.

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About the Author: Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki (born 1975) is a Canadian artist and writer. She is known for her graphic novels Skim, Emiko Superstar, and This One Summer, and for several prose works of fiction and non-fiction. In 2016 she began writing for both Marvel and DC Comics. She has twice been named a runner-up for the Michael L. Printz Award.

Early life

Mariko Tamaki was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is of Japanese and Jewish descent.

Mariko attended Havergal College, an all girls’ secondary school. She studied English literature at McGill University, graduating in 1994.


Tamaki has worked as a writer and performance artist in Toronto, including with Keith Cole’s Cheap Queers and in the performance group Pretty Porky & Pissed Off with Joanne Huffa, Allyson Mitchell, Abi Slone, Tracy Tidgwell and Zoe Whittall.

Tamaki published the novel Cover Me in 2000. It is a “poignant story about an adolescent coping with depression”. Told in a series of flashbacks, it is about a teenager dealing with cutting and feeling like an outsider in school.

Skim, a collaboration with her cousin Jillian Tamaki, published in 2008 by Groundwood Books, is a graphic novel about a teenage girl and her romantic feelings towards her female teacher; the reciprocity of those feelings remains unclear in the text. The other central story is about the suicide of a classmate’s ex-boyfriend who may have been gay. The text is fundamentally “about living in the moments of wrenching transition …[and] the conflicting need to belong and desire to resist”. Tamaki says she did not set out to “make a statement about queerness and youth”: “Skim’s in love, and kisses a woman, but heck, she’s just a kid. She could go on to kiss many people in her future – some of them might be dudes, who knows? I think Skim is more a statement about youth, and the variety of strange experiences that can encapsulate.” According to one reviewer, “the expressionistic fluidity of the black and white illustrations serves the purpose of pages of prose”; there is little plot and spare dialogue. Tamaki writes that artists such as Hergé, Igort and Vittorio Giardino as well as Asian art had an influence on her style but her storytelling was rooted in American comics like Daniel Clowes, Chester Brown, and Will Eisner. Skim was originally developed as a short play for Nightwood Theatre.

Emiko Superstar, Tamaki’s second graphic novel and first with illustrator Steve Rolston, is about a young woman who feels trapped in her suburban life. It was inspired by performance art and Girlspit, an open mic night event in Montreal. The protagonist is inspired to try performance art after visiting such a space. As one review says, “this is a story about finding oneself, one’s voice, and one’s true character amidst the trappings of counter-culture fame”.

In 2014 Tamaki again collaborated with Jillian Tamaki, on the graphic novel This One Summer, published by Groundwood Books.

In 2016 it was announced that Tamaki would be writing a new She-Hulk series for Marvel Comics, and the mini-series Supergirl: Being Super for DC Comics.

In 2017 she began writing novel adaptations of the Lumberjanes comic series.

Tamaki’s graphic novel collaboration with artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me was released in May 2019 by First Second Books. Freddy’s rocky relationship with Laura leaves her heartbroken and neglectful of her true friends. In this queer coming-of-age story, Freddy learns to let go of a toxic relationship and value the people in her life who make her a better person.

In November 2019, Tamaki came back to Marvel for a four-part mini-series called Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble. Tamaki’s graphic novel I Am Not Starfire was released on 10 August 2021 as part of the YA original graphic novel series from DC Comics. Yoshi Yoshitani will be providing art for the standalone story, which centers Teen Titans legend Starfire’s daughter Mandy Koriand’r, who plans on “moving to France to escape the family spotlight and not go to college” despite her famous mother’s protestations.

In January 2021, as part of DC’s Future State event, Tamaki and artist Dan Mora collaborated on Dark Detective with colors by Jordie Bellaire. The series ran for four issues from January to February. In March, Tamaki, Mora, and Bellaire became the new creative team for Detective Comics beginning with #1034. According to Comic Book Resources (CBR), Tamaki’s appointment as the writer of Detective Comics makes her the first female lead-writer of the title’s publication history.

[Latest Update: May 26, 2022]