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Detective Comics #1061

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Based on 12 critic ratings.

Mommy’s home! With Talia al Ghul back in town, anything can happen…and the mother of Robin is here to lay down the law. Meanwhile, the Riddler’s scheme to turn Batman’s sacred city into a twisted riddle of life and death has at last been revealed…and Edward’s going to use whatever and whoever he can to turn Batman’s life upside down. Then, in the finale of “Gotham Girl, Interrupted,” Claire Clover unravels the mystery behind the Gotham Girl website…so why doesn’t she believe what she finds in the process? It’s betrayal, healing, and punches galore!

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    I will miss this book being done the way it has. Thankfully, you can reread each issue and buy the trades when they come out. But by gosh, they knocked this out of the park, and the ending defined the greatness and the sorrow that Batman and his city represent.
  • 90


    Detective Comics' current run has come to a bittersweet yet perfect ending, never deviating from the fantastic character work that has been a paramount part of this series so far. Truly this is going to go down as one of those great runs that people look back on years from now and can consider it a pretty classic story that sits on their shelf to be read again and again.
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Shammas and Reis deliver some beautifully detailed art in the issue. The styles are perfect for this story and its characters. There are some awesome action beats as well.
  • 84

    Batman on Film

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    Meridian has been a fairly ambiguous character over the course of this run, and this issue definitely takes her in a darker direction. Talia's involvement (which seems to be a guarantee every time Nadia Shammas writes a DC comic) also makes her more morally twisted than she's been in recent comics, and sort of flies in the face of her characterization in the last act of Shadow War.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    A solid Batman comic, although I'm most interested in what happens next in Detective Comics.
  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    You'll just have to stay tuned to Dark Knight News for all the Bat things to come!
  • 66

    Comic Watch

    Mariko Tamakis time on Detective Comics was by no means a failure, but was at least somewhat sabotaged by issues of pacing after a promising start. Shadows of the Bat dragged on while "The Seven" sprinted to its conclusion, coming to provide the authors run with an underwhelming conclusion. While that is lamentable, fans are now left to look forward to Ram Vs run on the title.
  • 50


    As the finale to this arc, I can't say I'm very happy with this issue. The answers feel rushed and lacking actual depth, while the narrative itself tries to wrap up more threads than it can in the few issues it had.
  • 35

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1061 ends Mariko Tamaki's run on Detective Comics with a convoluted story that lacked setup and ends with a mystery - the mystery of who thought this was good enough to print?!? The art was good, but nothing is saving this or the other forgetful stories we've had over the past year and a half.

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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]