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Detective Comics #1072

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Batman arrives at the new Orgham grounds (which used to be the ruins of Arkham Asylum) to investigate what the Orghams have been hiding directly underneath the land that ties Gotham to the family centuries back… including the existence of Batman.

Then, in the backup, Gordon investigates the reason Sorrow can’t be near Batman… and they find out the difficult way.

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


    The latest act of the Gotham Nocturne continues as things heat up for Batman and company in another emotional and gorgeous issue of Detective Comics. Everyone involved in this book is pulling out all the stops for every single issue. This is destined to be a classic Batman story for the ages.

  • 90


    Things are heating up in Detective Comics #1072, with confrontation around the corner and Gotham in danger once again. Ram V’s magnum opus continues to reveal new secrets, put Batman in a tight corner, and integrate a large portion of the Bat Family. Can the heroes stop an attack already in motion in this latest chapter?


    Detective Comics #1072 is an exciting bridge issue with a backup straight out of a classic fables tale. Combining action, detective work, and thought-provoking storytelling, Detective Comics is as good as ever.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is one of only a few issues released this week, and due to a minor delay it gets a surprisingly big spotlight. It deserves it, as this is one of the most dramatic and epic issues of the run as Batman finally faces off against Arzen Orgham and his deadliest assassins. As Gotham rallies to celebrate the opening of Orgham Tower, the Orghams have unleashed a series of attacks against the city timed to exactly the deadliest moment. Nightwing and Cassandra Cain patrol the city, but it’s not long before it comes clear that artificially enhanced super-monsters are roaming the city, and a series of bombs have been planted to turn the celebration into a killing field.

    There are some great, tense battle scenes in this issue, but one of the best moments in the story is when Jim Gordon confronts Renee Montoya. We’ve seen Montoya step into the role of Commissioner, and she’s determined to carve a different path—less reliant on the Bats. But it’s also seemed clear that she’s desperate to prove herself, and that’s made her stubborn. Jim calls that out, but it’s not enough to get GCPD support. As the Bats desperately try to stop the attack, Batman descends into a twisted world set up by the Orghams, as he finally comes face to face with his adversary in person. He’s faced with a terrible choice—and makes it, in quick fashion, in a way only Batman could, as we leave off with a shocking cliffhanger.

    The backup sees a major change in creative team, as Dan Watters and Stefano Raffaele step into the limelight for a tale that reveals Arzen’s origins. We saw his father’s murder at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul, and the now-heir-in-waiting soon continues his training. But he becomes obsessed with a tree of his father’s that seems to be dying, doing everything he can to revive it—even if it means stripping the ground around it bare. It’s a fascinating tale that shows how a wounded child becomes a terrible villain—and it somehow makes him even scarier.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Ram V raises the stakes for Batman and his allies in this issue. The action is fantastic and I love the build up of tension throughout the issue. The story does a fantastic job of giving Batman a problem that even the reader is unsure he will be able to solve and the story does a great job of bringing in and utilizing the Bat Family. The issue ends with a fantastic, action filled cliffhanger that has me excited for the next issue.

    The Art: Reis and Raffaele deliver fantastic, energetic and beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visuals perfectly capture the tone and intensity of the story.

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    Written by Ram V, this issue was well placed in the overarching story. The previous issues focused on exposition and laying out set pieces, and the payoff is starting.

    Batman, Oracle, Nightwing, and Batgirl are the core heroes in this issue, and the pacing showcases how well the team works together on large-scale enemies. It’s a welcome surprise, and their tactics enhance the pacing as they each face different enemies.

    While the story takes a back seat, readers will appreciate the action and epic feel as bladed enemies, Azmer-infected monsters, and werewolves descend into battle.

    The artwork by the creative team shines as dark tunnels and lit skies shift when different characters are profiled, and the backup story is a spectacle on its own. Ivan Reis, Stefano Raffaele, Danny Miki, Brad Anderson, and Lee Loughridge make a dynamite team, and this issue is gritty and cinematic.

    The backup story by Dan Watters further expands on the history of the Orgham family and their connection to Ra’s Al Ghul. It’s a lovely slower tale from the intensity of the main story and does a great job of giving readers more insight into the dueling families.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Detective Comics #1072 is a gorgeous volume of modern gothic noir superheroism shaded by a blood moon eclipse I know you need in your comic book pile. For all that’s Azmer (un)holy, please get this book.

  • 80

    Detective Comics pits the reduced resources of Batman against the seemingly limitless resources of the Orghams in a battle for Gotham itself. As Batman’s allies discover the width of the Orghams’ plot, Batman is given an impossible choice by the Orghams. The key to this issue is the unceasing march towards inevitability, there’s a very deliberate cadence to this comic that plays upon the earlier concepts of the opera and the danse macabre of the initial arc. It gives the comic an almost unsettling feeling that shows how, even at his stronger, Batman is utterly outmatched.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Ram V might need a few more pages to bring across what he’s trying to deliver in “Gotham Nocturne.” Every chapter seems almost haphazardly cut into weird, jagged shrapnel of narration. There’s a far more elegant suspense somewhere in the heart of what Ram V is trying to say with the series, but he’s been jerking the narrative around so aggressively that it’s difficult to settle into the rhythm of the story.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70


    This issue does what I’ve been excited to see Detective Comics do for a while: Gets everyone in on the action. Filling the pages with Batman, Nightwing, Bagirl, and the various enemies that have been mounting through the run, there’s plenty going on here. While some elements can feel a little lost with such a sudden jump to action, it is a refreshing jump nonetheless. I am eager to see where the story goes from here.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Detective Comics #1072 wasn’t too bad. It had highs and lows, but, as I mentioned earlier, as one of the two most important series in DC history, this title needs to be better than just ok.

  • 65

    Lyles Movie Files

    Ram V is able to write some interesting and fun segments — Nightwing’s scenes are the best in the issue — but Batman isn’t being much of a detective or proving capable of dealing with a threat that won’t just vanish with a few well-placed right hooks. Jim Gordon appeals to Commissioner Montoya for assistance, but she’s not interested in relying on the Batman crutch like her predecessor.


    The artwork from Ivan Reis and Stefano Raffaele holds its end up well with dynamic perspectives on the action scenes and dramatic perspectives on every page.

    Gotham Nocturne started off promising, but it’s not an event like Contagion or Knightfall and isn’t a riveting serial like Batman: Eternal. It’s just feeling like a story that has ran out of steam months ago.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Ram V, Ivan Reis, and Stefano Raffaele produce another moody, deliberately paced, dense issue of their Batman opera, with Dan Watters and Raffaele rounding it out with a well-crafted backup!

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1072 feels like the beginning of a climactic finale, but the bizarre lack of motivations, stakes, or clarity results in a comic where explosive things happen that have no meaning or purpose. Reis and Raffaele deliver stunning art, and the action scenes look great, but it’s not clear if this title (or Ram V) knows where it’s going, or if the creative team is just making it up as they move along. Right now, it feels like the latter.

  • 20

    Batman on Film

    Batman, werewolves, and Goldface, no way! Detective Comics has been a must-read for my pull list since I was a lifeguard in high school; this title deserves better. Someone in DC editorial needs to tell V to speed up the process because this story is stale. If you want to read Nightwing, Tom Taylor has you covered. I can’t tell you to go out and grab this book for a few panels of Dick Grayson. This issue is a dud.

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