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Detective Comics #1073

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

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…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
37 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 94

    Comic Watch

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

  • 90


    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.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    If you want an amazing comic from DC, Detective Comics needs to be your jam. Everything top to bottom is crafted to perfection. It’s all grim business here, but the business is so, so very good.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Ram V continues to craft a dark, entertaining and powerful story for Batman in this arc. There is great tension throughout and a story that is filled with action, suspense and revelations that make me excited to see the direction the story is going in. I love the pacing of the story and how its rising action and tension lead to a suspenseful cliffhanger that leaves me guessing.

    The Art: 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.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The use of two artists this issue works nicely, with Sudzuka’s grittier style working effectively to elevate the creepier scenes. Ram V’s run continues to be some of the creepiest Bat-material in a long time.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

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

  • 80

    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. My one criticism about this issue is that the issue has spent so long foreshadowing the doom to come, it’s a bit of a letdown that the “doom” is just more portents and promises of even worse times ahead. Still, I have absolute faith in Ram V to keep delivering what’s been an unsettling and potentially status quo shaking arc so far.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 75

    Lyles Movie Files

    Detective Comics has been somewhat flailing as the Gotham Nocturne arc has shot past its ideal end point. Now the arc seems to be petering along with minimal advancement each installment.

    This issue finds Ram V moving the story to a significant degree. The manner in which Ram V has told the story has made it difficult to keep up with the various subplots. A half-page recap would certainly make this a smoother read month after month. I suspect this will be an easier read once it’s collected, but for now Ram V almost needs to reset the table each issue.


    Ivan Reis and Goran Sudzuka provide solid artwork. The transition from Sudzuka and Reis’ art is noticeable as Reis packs more detail into his pages though it’s not too jarring. Brad Anderson’s colorwork is gorgeous, which helps sell the destruction and flames the Orgham crew has unleashed in its efforts to discredit Batman.

    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.

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

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

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    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.

  • 60

    Batman on Film

    Overall, I like this issue of Detective more than a lot of the previous issues. I’m unsure if it was the smoke screen of NML or the few teases along the way, Two-Face, and Ten-Eyed Man’s comeback. Overall, I see a Batman by V that I like; that is good. I am not seeing that in this run entirely, just bits and pieces. Somewhere in the multiverse, there is a V’s Batman that I love.

  • 50


    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.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    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.

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