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Detective Comics #1080

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

“Batman: Outlaw” concludes in part five of five of the biweekly Detective Comics event! The Batman is dead. The Reality Engine, a device capable of amplifying the Orghams’ hypnotic powers, has roared to life. The people of Gotham, having watched the Dark Knight die on the gallows, begin to forget there ever was a Batman, and the Gotham that the Orghams have been working toward since their arrival in the city emerges: a city without a Batman. A city that never had a Batman. Check out the reality-bending, city-altering finale to “Batman: Outlaw,” and ask yourself: will Gotham ever be the same again?

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


    As the intermezzo comes to an end, ‘Detective Comics’ #1080 pulls no punches in setting up the fate of Batman and all his allies as it primes us for the third act of this gothic opera. There is no question as to why this is one of the best series being published today, fulling understanding who and what the characters involved can and should be.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    After a lengthy rough patch, Detective Comics is back to a must-read status.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    One thing I’ve really liked about this run is how Ram V addresses the complex bond Bruce has with both Selina and Talia, without demonizing either of them. The conversation between them this issue is so packed with meaning in places. But while this issue has some more subtle moments, it also has some huge twistsincluding a major development in the Orgham family that fully reveals who our main villain of the arc is, and a cliffhanger that brings in a major Bat-villain who has been largely forgotten in recent years.

  • 90

    Batman’s escape from Gotham continues, although it comes with a surprising sacrifice. It feels like this issue served as a soft reset, with the storyline fully shedding its heist theme and returning to the darker and weirder origins. Ram V’s grim dance enters its next act, with new players entering the game and others stepping to the side at least for now. One of the best Batman stories in years continues to churn out a strange, melancholy melody.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An exciting, sophisticated and thrilling adventure. Ram V delivers great moments for the characters as well as a gripping and entertaining story. I love the dark tone of this story as well as how much tension is created throughout the plot. There is a great moment between Selina and Talia that speaks to Batman’s journey through the machinations of others and how this time will be different. A line that makes me excited to see what happens next.

    The Art: Alexander and Perkins deliver beautifully tense and suspenseful art that brilliantly captures the tone of the story.

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    The final chapter of the “Batman: Outlaw” arc, wraps up the thrilling story with a bittersweet blend of action, emotion, and consequences. Ram V’s writing and Jason Shawn Alexander’s art masterfully navigates the aftermath of Selina’s plan and Batman’s apparent death. The issue expertly balances introspective character moments with exhilarating action sequences. The escape from Gotham is a pulse-pounding affair, packed with thrilling chase scenes and narrow escapes. However, even amidst the chaos, the focus remains on the characters’ inner turmoil and the weight of their decisions. This ending to a fantastic five-part arc is both satisfying and thought-provoking, leaving readers eager to see how Gotham and its inhabitants adapt to a world without Batman.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    This issue is enjoyable and definitely warrants multiple read throughs. The quality has been consistent so fans will still find a lot to appreciate, but readers be wary with the multiple plot points.

  • 80


    Detective Comics #1080 wraps up this intermezzo arc with tantalizing possibilities for what lies ahead. It thematically closes the chapter on Gotham City for Batman himself, while having also set up the remaining characters with their own stories to tell. If Ram V can continue the level of quality for the rest of his operatic saga, it could be remembered as a truly great moment in Batman storytelling.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Detective Comics #1080 was the way out of one troublesome situation, and the slow boat ride into the next for the Caped Crusader. Let’s hope next year brings the Dark Knight better luck and slightly more cohesive issues of Detective Comics.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1080 gets Batman out of Gotham City to begin a period of reconstruction for the city and the hero. Ram V’s script has one or two cool moments, and the possibilities are intriguing, but the poor pacing and inconsistent art are a bummer.

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    Excellent action and strong established character work labor against some weaker art transitions and unfortunate structural issues as Batman: Outlaw comes to a close.

  • 40

    Batman on Film

    Gotham Knights, the show, was barely watched; the game didn’t get that much love from what I have heard, either. So now it looks like it is time for comic books to give the Batman is Gone gimmick a run. Great art and a few pages of badass Two-Face will not get a “must buy” from me, with yet another lackluster backup and a future that looks DOA. We are in for a long, rough 2024 on the Detective beat.

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