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Detective Comics #1071

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Shoes a.k.a Cheshire Cat continues to prowl the tunnels of Gotham looking for answers of her past, and when she runs into a horde of Azmer underneath the city…she makes an unlikely friend who was born on a Monday. Meanwhile, the Orgham’s long running ties with the League of Assassins is revealed by Talia Al Ghul, and the truths of their relationship affects both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Then, in the backup, Mr. Freeze continues his interrogation of Dr. Mead (or as he calls it, his “research”) regarding how to “fix” Nora so that she’ll return to him as Mrs. Fries and love him again.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Well done. Bravo. Detective Comics was already a banger and then V and company stormed the gates in a cloud of midnight to paint Batman’s world a deeper shade of black, while Spurrier gave us a maddening tour into the pastel hellhole of Gotham’s quixotic underbelly. There are no disappointments to be found here, with its great storytelling, majestic art, cthuloid inks, dashing hues, and crisp letters.

  • 100


    The ‘Gotham Nocturne’ keeps rolling along as ‘Detective Comics’ #1071 begins to peel back more of the curtain surrounding the history of the Orghams and just how tangled it is within the web that Batman has been part of for so long. A fantastic artistic jam featuring creative talents we’ve already seen on this series, coming together to create an interweaving tale of past and present that is well crafted and delivered.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Ram V’s run has been one of the most ambitious and atypical Batman runs in a long time, because while it stars Batman, sure, he’s only a bit player in one of the longest-running battles in the entire DCU. The Orgham plan to take over Gotham has been brewing since the opening issue, but we’ve never known the true story—until now. When the story kicks off, Batman has a new urgency for the war—one spurred by the conversation he had with Talia Al Ghul, where she revealed the true links between the Orghams and the Al Ghuls, and how a betrayal fueled it and has been building for several thousand years. It’s pretty impressive just how well a tale of swords, sorcery, and lost cities fits into Gotham.

    The tale draws back to an arranged marriage between an Orgham queen and a nomad king, which led to an Orgham plot to seize control of the Nomads’ assets. Ra’s Al Ghul began as a simple trusted advisor, but turned into something more sinister—potentially. V seems to have a surprising amount of sympathy for the entire Al Ghul clan, creating a tragic bond between Talia and Batman that explains why they can never work. Of course, the Al Ghuls and Orghams aren’t the only immortals in the DCU, which throws a new chaotic wrinkle into the story. Just as the Orghams are about to successfully make their play, a new player enters—and may just be the biggest threat to Gotham yet.

    The backup wraps up the strange and disturbing Mr. Freeze story, which saw an unfortunate woman trapped by the mad scientist and frozen. As a mysterious man helps to free her and a strange phantasm haunts her, she’s able to get the presence of mind to call out the strange and screwed-up way Mr. Freeze conducts himself—only for there to be a shocking twist about exactly what Freeze is trying to experiment. The story is good, but the surreal art is the real highlight here.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    V’s crafting of the overall plot is well done, and the entire creative team matches the energy. The story’s beginning is set in the current continuity and then shifts as Talia recalls her father’s history. When this happens, the art style has a clear, distinct shift, and the lettering from Ariana Maher also changes. This makes for an enhanced reading experience, and it’s a nice touch to the creative package of this issue.

    The art from beginning to end is nothing short of incredible. What stands out the most is the environment and costume design. The rich colored skies against dramatic architecture makes for mystical and otherworldly art. In addition to the fantastic interior art, Evan Cagle delivers another amazing cover. With this story recalling ancient times, the design of Batman on the cover with old architecture and two figures walking is a beautiful foreshadowing of what is in the pages after.

    Betrayal is the core of this issue, and the character-driven storytelling flows nicely into the plot. The beginning of this run from V made Batman curious as to why Talia was back in Gotham. Shortly, the Orgham family arrived, and their intent was hinted to be a long-standing plan. I particularly liked how the connection was teased, and now readers are getting to see the lingering depth of conflict.

    The backup for this issue continues the story of Mr. Freeze and his capture of Dr. Mead to help him complete his latest machine. In part 3 of 3, the plot wrapped up a little too quickly, and the tone felt a bit too comedic compared to what had followed before. Part 1 was daunting and creepy, with a feeling of dread. This portion of the story leaned a bit too comedic. However, the ending connects to the story’s larger ongoing Orgham plot– an excellent extension of the main plot.

    This issue does a great job at unveiling the mystery of the Orgham family without derailing the larger plot. The story, structure, and art make for another great entry into this run.

  • 90


    This issue is cathartic because it shows Batman acting true to form again. Throughout a large chunk of Ram V’s run on Detective Comics, Batman dealt with an affliction that affected him physically, mentally, and emotionally. There were moments when Batman made costly mistakes or was slower to act, which resulted in him spending days recovering from injuries. While Bruce initially believed his struggles were purely physical, he eventually realized something deeper was plaguing his psyche. Because his roots run so deep within Gotham, Batman learned it’s the Orghams’ mystical influence over the land itself that was damaging his soul. Talia al Ghul’s revelation to Batman about who the Orghams are was the piece he needed to understand who exactly he’s dealing with. With everything falling back into place, Batman has all the pieces he needs to take down the Orgham family.

    Ten issues into his run now, Ram V seems incapable of delivering a bad issue on Detective Comics. The developing story of the Orghams has been compelling to read, as they present a breath of fresh air in terms of Batman villains. While the pacing of the overall story may feel slow at times, the lore built around the Orgham family and their connections to Batman has the stage for what is sure to be a massive climax. Detective Comics is definitely a comic to have on your pull list, especially if you’re craving a great Batman story in the making.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The story gets more intense as the events in the city continue to culminate. Ram V does a great job of both keeping the reader anticipating what happens next while also weaving a great backstory to the events that bring in unexpected and welcome elements. As interesting as the story continues to become, I find myself worried about the narrative straying too far outside the grounded reality of Batman’s world.

    The Art: All of the artists deliver some beautiful, dark and evocative images throughout the issue that brilliantly capture the tone of the story.

  • 80

    Detective Comics provides the full backstory of the Orgham line and its ties to both the League of Assassins and another surprising DC villain. It’s a fine reveal and helps click many of the little mysteries and oddities surrounding this extended arc into place. My only qualm about Ram V’s strange arc is that it sometimes meanders, which makes the ultimate reveals a little less impactful. For instance, the League of Assassins/Orgham connection was revealed last issue, which made the more fleshed out details feel a bit more extraneous as the series ramps up to a big story crescendo. Still, this is a great series and a fun and weird ride. Definitely, an unforgettable Batman story.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    This issue had it all, a great main story, with twists and turns that would make any nerd feel like a kid again. Followed by a backup story that would make any nerd feel confused and annoyed. Detective Comics #1071 is a polarizing mistress, read it and judge for yourselves!

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    This arc has lost its way. What began as a compelling story featuring a fresh villain and some fun twists on familiar faces has been dragging on far too long and not amounting to much.

    Batman rallies Nightwing and Batgirl to help him stop the surge of the Orghams, but most of the issue finds writer Ram V going on and on about the origins of the Orgham family. Ram V works in cameos from Vandal Savage and Ra’s al Ghul, but it all feels so meaningless. Too much of the story is focused on a backstory that should have been told six issues ago.

    A trio of artists, Stefano Raffaele, Ivan Reis and Eduardo Pansica, craft some solid panels with clean action scenes although three artists is too many for one story. Letterer Adriana Maher writes the text like an ancient scroll and thanks to the wordy script, it becomes too challenging to read.

    The secondary story from writer Simon Spurrier feels like another participant in bad modern dialogue tropes. Mr. Freeze and the random dude in his lair battle while Freeze’s kidnapping victim goes off on some mini-female empowerment rant that comes off as pretentious and goofy with lines like “Hey! Depressing male cliches! I am hereby rescuing myself.”

    Eighties and 90s writers might not always have painted women in the best light, but too many modern writers are overcompensating and making the female characters awful avatars for their own platforms, making for terribly preachy stories. The kick to Freeze’s crotch felt especially symbolic of how writers approach their stories too often today.

    This arc really needs to wrap up soon. It’s flailing and seems aimless now.

  • 50

    Batman on Film

    I think V does a great job with tactical Batman. Seeing the Bat-Family operate as a well-trained cohesive unit is something that I cannot help but love. There are moments with Talia that are enjoyable until Talia goes into story mode and dominates the issue. From here on it’s Talia doing her best to O’Neil/Adams her way through a Vandal Savage story that seems too long and too bloated. I was hoping that Talia and the legend of Ra’s Al Ghul might be able to salvage this story but I’m afraid not.

    The trio of Stefano Raffaele, Ivan Reis, and Eduardo Pansica handle the interior artwork. If I had to guess, I would say Raffaele drew the opening of the book, Pansica did some of the flashbacks and Ries closed out the book with Savage’s big reveal. I was into the difference in artwork. I think it was fitting for the different timelines and “state of mind” the characters were in. My favorite page of the book would have to be the tea kettle with Talia and Batman. I like the perspective and the reflection, it’s a simple intimate setting between the two characters, I’d consider buying this page. I enjoy it that much, Action is solid, the layouts flow, and overall, it’s a beautifully drawn book.

    Now we come to the finale of Absolute by Simon Spurrier and Caspar Wijngaard. I don’t know if this will make it in the “Greatest Mr. Freeze Stories of All-Time” hardcover, but I think this is a story that Freeze fans should check out. It’s not really what you were expecting in part one and it takes a turn that I didn’t think connected in part two, but it has a very interesting ending. One that I don’t think any of us saw coming back in part one. I’ve had my issues with Spurrier, he’s been one of the more inconsistent Bat-writers I’ve covered since 2017, but everyone once and a while he pulls something out, and I enjoy it. Plus, I think it really washes the taste of the primary story out of your mouth.

    Over Detective Comics #1071 is OK. If you have been digging this then you will enjoy it, God bless. I can’t tell you to buy a book because I kind of enjoyed the backup tale. I can’t really sell you on epic art either, it was well done but for this crew it’s standard, catch my drift. This was just an eh book.

  • 45

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1071 is boring. It’s sooooooo boring. There’s no nice way to put it. B.O.R.I.N.G.!


    Detective Comics #1071 takes a slow train to nowhere with a plot that doesn’t move, an extended flashback that isn’t interesting or adds anything of value to the challenge confronting Batman, and a lot of unanswered questions. The art’s decent enough, but you could skip this issue and not miss out on any important information.

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