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Detective Comics #1076

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

“Batman: Outlaw,” the five-part biweekly Detective Comics event, starts here!

Batman, now under the control of an Azmer demon, is to be publicly hanged to atone for his crimes! With both the city and the Dark Knight under the Orghams’ spell, it’s a lawless land, and with the Bat-Family out of the picture after the events of “The Gotham War,” who will help him? It’s up to the ragtag group of Batman’s greatest allies, and enemies, to steal him from the gallows before it’s too late!

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44 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Gotham and its defender stand on the brink of darkness in ‘Detective Comics’ #1076, causing the unlikeliest of characters to gather for what might be the biggest heist ever attempted. A truly darkly gorgeous journey played out in a number of stories packs this issue full of so much greatness. There is no slowing down this amazing ride, as the next chapter of the ‘Gotham Nocturne’ begins.

  • 95

    Comic Watch

    If you plan on picking up this issue you won’t regret it. The cover from Evan Cagle is awesome and from beginning to end, I was hooked and was so glad to have seen how this operatic saga is still going strong.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    I don’t think this is Ram V’s best issue—there are too many things going on for it to have the focus of last issue’s brilliant done-in-one—but the train keeps rolling on an utterly fascinating run.

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    The first entry into the five-issue “Batman: Outlaw” arc starts off with a bang from Ram V and Jason Shawn Alexander. I can’t imagine DC planned it this way, but it was quite a jarring experience reading this issue juxtaposed to Gotham War — Scorched Earth. Where that story failed in plot and character development, this issue succeeded in spades with Ram V’s script being exceptionally written with each character involved getting various levels of complex development. Catwoman shines in this story (unlike Howard’s version) and starts to assemble a team to break Batman out of his imprisonment. The artwork is also delightfully dark and twisted that provides for the perfect complement. For those who have questioned the pacing of the larger Orgham story, but you’d be hard to deny the operatic feel this arc has started with.

    The typical backup stories you’d expect in Detective Comics help to round this issue as a whole and includes a deeper look at some of the characters who were featured in the main storyline.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An intense, engaging and compelling story from Ram V. I like seeing the plot revolve around the allies of Batman and seeing the character continue to be determined in his fighting against the control of the demon inside him is entertaining. The tone of the story is dark and builds on all of those elements to create a story that grabbed me as a reader.

    The Art: Alexander delivers some great art in the issue. The visuals are dark and perfectly capture the tone of the story.

  • 85


    Detective Comics is an impressive book that balances dark intrigue and a story you’ll hang on the edge of your seat to read. There’s a theatrical nature to this tale that’s unmistakable and sets it apart from most superhero comics.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 80

    The next arc of Detective Comics begins with the Orgham family firmly in control of Gotham with Batman as their prisoner. With Batman in no shape to escape on his own, his allies begin to converge in an attempt to “steal” Batman from out of Orgham’s grasp. Surprisingly, the catalyst for this team is Catwoman, still estranged from Batman but recognizing that she owes him enough to help him in what might be his greatest hour of need. This new arc seems like a sharp left turn from the dark operatic previous arc, which could be quite interesting.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Detective Comics #1076 felt different, which is a good thing. I was starting to be more enraged than entertained by this book, so a new direction and a few weird back up stories have brought me back in. Moving forward, I’ll be reading this book as if it were an Elseworlds saga, just to enjoy the mad directions it takes us in. I suggest you do the same.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 60


    Detective Comics #1076 is in many ways a transitory comic. Both the main story and the backups seemingly exist to wrap up the previous events and set up what’s to come. It’s mostly all very well drawn and consists of individual scenes with good character moments, but there’s a sense throughout that the story itself is incomplete. The series’ pacing issues continue to plague the overall narrative.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1076, under Ram V, takes the unprecedented step of presenting a coherent, purposeful plot when Selina and Batman’s allies take measures to save Batman from a public hanging. All the uncertain questions surrounding the Orghams remain, but at least this issue shows direction. The elevated cover price signals the inclusion of three backup stories that are all, in one way or another, weird (but not in a good way).

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    An overly long, decompressed, though emotionally powerful and artistically impressive collection of four stories, this issue of Detective Comics is a bit of a tall order for the reader and his wallet. Batman, Outlaw part one continues to throw more and more questions at the reader (as well as Renee Montoya, pun intended), with no connections in sight.

  • 50

    Batman on Film

    The familiarity of crucial characters in their roles proves that V has a classic Batman tale to tell. Alexander left an impression on this book. This issue could very well be the turning point. I look forward to seeing V develop more traditional Bat-family relationships and see where he can go from there. We have had the art take charge of this title for a long time. This is the cream of the crop. While I’m warming up to the story, I do love the art here. I complained about loving the art of the story in the last review. This time, the book ended on a high note. But let’s be honest: five tales for half a good story and great art. That is not good. Has the bar been lowered that much?

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