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Detective Comics #1082

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Based on 13 critic ratings.

“Elegy of Sand” continues, and Batman’s hallucinatory trek across a desert between worlds becomes ever more dangerous as he finds himself face-to-face against…well, you’ll just have to wait and find out.

Meanwhile, in Gotham, a strange Utopia is blooming as the Orghams continue to hypnotize the public into believing that Batman never existed.

And as this knight-less city thrives, one must ask…did Gotham ever need Batman in the first place?

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33 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Another month brings another stellar installment for the comic that shares a name with its publisher, as Detective Comics #1082 brings the operatic masterpiece one step closer to its approaching end. Dreamy, rough, emotional, character-focused, gorgeous, and powerful are but a few words that could describe this story. It’s something that must be experienced to truly appreciate.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Batman’s journey through the soul continues as this issue is essentially split between three narratives. The main and most impressive story has Riccardo Federici art as Doctor Hurt takes Batman through the Gotham he saved—a strange, candy-colored Metropolis that doesn’t exactly feel right and leads to some disturbing visuals. But that’s bookended with the Gotham he destroyed—a futuristic tech-city where Batman’s body became weak, but his will didn’t, and he essentially turned it over to a vicious AI that created a police state. All this in service of breaking Bruce down and getting him to surrender not just to Hurt, but to Barbatos—and to become the creature that Hurt wants him to be.

    Then we have the Renee Montoya story, which finds the police commissioner putting on the Question mask again to try to avenge her friend and begin the process of restoring Batman’s legacy. With the Reality Engine in play, dominating Gotham for the Orghams, Batman’s memory has been systematically erased. That makes using Cassandra Cain here an interesting choice, as she’s one of Batman’s most loyal soldiers—but she’s also the one whose heroic legacy was around long before she met him. Stefano Raffaele’s art here is more low-key than Federici’s painterly style, but it’s no less beautiful and the two segments work together perfectly to create a fascinating story of Gotham without Batman.

    And then there’s the backup, as Dan Watters takes us into a very different tale, as the survivors of Doctor Hurt’s manipulations make their move to finish him once and for all. To solve the Hurt problem, they head to an elite party where Hurt engages in twisted acts of debauchery for the entertainment of his rich followers—with a few unpleasant surprises for them along the way. This has a great suspenseful vibe to it that really surprises in places, with a dark last-act twist that sets the stakes high for the next chapter.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Ram V continues to craft an interesting and thought provoking story for Bruce in this issue. Challenging the mission of the character is an engaging way to evolve him and his narrative. There are some interesting character moments throughout the issue and I really enjoyed seeing the story split between Bruce’s mission of self discovery and Montoya’s mission to uncover a murder in a city without Batman’s memory.

    The Art: Federici and Raffaele deliver beautiful art in the issue. I love the otherworldly look of the Batman story complemented by the gritty, brilliantly detailed Montoya story.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    This issue manages to pack a lot of themes, commentary, and tones throughout the pages while still making for an entertaining read. Ram V’s run has always been about taking time to experience the story and visuals and this issue continues that trend. While readers may benefit from multiple reads, there is a lot to offer each time making for a great experience.

  • 85


    Detective Comics #1082 continues to explore the psyche of Batman on a hallucinatory trek for the ages. Paired with the equally fascinating psychological game being played in the backup, this is a great read.

  • 80


    Detective Comics #1082 creates a Socratic dialogue on the effectiveness and morality of Batman’s war on crime. By framing Hurt’s visions against the reality of Gotham, it’s able to show why the city needs him. It’s a unique narrative structure that lets the rhetorical debate play out through actions rather than words, creating an extremely compelling story. Each side is reinforced by the gorgeous visuals by both sets of artists, and gets you invested in what will come of his psychological struggle.

  • 80

    Batman grapples with Dr. Hurt (or at least a version of him, created in his own tortured mind), while his allies try desperately to keep the Orghams from completing their takeover of Gotham. This mindbender of an issue shows Batman grappling with his own identity and the consequences of his never-ending crusade and its effects on both Gotham and himself. While it appears that Dr. Hurt is a figment of Batman’s own tortured psyche, he plays a much more real role in the backup, as we see the sadistic lengths he’ll go to torture those who catch his eyes. The third act introduction and focus on Dr. Hurt is interesting, although it feels somewhat late in this long-running arc to bring him in and play anything more than a representation of the devil on Batman’s shoulders.

  • 75

    Lyles Movie Files

    It’s rough when the secondary story is stronger than the main one, but that Dr. Hurt story has been so compelling it warrants checking out.

  • 75

    Derby Comics

    Ram V hasn’t shown his full hand for this story yet and its a bit frustrating as it feels like we’re swirling in this final arc in Ram V’s run on ‘Tec. The art by Riccardo Federici in this portion of the book is some of the best ethereal horror imagery you’ll ever see. The visuals of demonic clowns which made up this version of Gotham were creepy as hell!

    I’m really enjoying the other half of the main story. In this issue, we find The Question teaming up with Cassandra Cain as we see how much Gotham is devolving under the Orghams rule. Cassandra’s entry gives readers hope that there is still some form of resistance trying to fight back and I’m excited to see how this unfolds. Stefano Raffaele’s art matches the tone of these sequences with a gritty, frenetic style that looks amazing. I loved the use of 9-panel pages mixed in with some bigger splash panels to help establish pacing.

    The backup story by Dan Watters had a lot to like and helps build up Dr. Hurt as a truly evil villain who uses mind-control for enjoyment. For a shorter backup, the the pacing was excellent and built up a level of suspense to keep you hooked. The art in this backup was a great homage to classic horror comics and looked awesome.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Detective Comics #1082 delivers a painful blow to Batman as he’s clawing his way back to life. Will one of his greatest foes help him, or is he just a part of the poison? Let’s meet here next month and find out.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    While individual pieces of this tale continue to hit home emotionally, the sense that none of it has a coherent foundation continues to rob it of ultimate impact.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Detective Comics #1082 delivers amazing art, an intriguing series of developments in the Question’s investigation into Fielding’s death, and blathering nonsense for everything else. The major failure of Ram V’s tenure is a need for more direction and purpose. So far, Ram V is determined to push that failure to the very last minute.

  • 0

    Batman on Film

    Every month, reading Detective Comics feels like “summer reading,” with one day to go before school starts. The combination of Ram V and Daniel Waters has been consistent in one thing: disappointment. The quality of the story these two have tried to tell is just as bad as how the story is structured. It makes you wonder, who the hell is the Batman editor?

    Pardon me if you have heard this before, but “the art is good, but this story sucks!” Yup, just another month of below-average storytelling in Detective Comics. I honestly can’t figure out who is the worst writer, V or Waters. I can’t tell at this point what I dislike more, the story or the fact that this dynamic duo decided to interrupt each other’s story, preventing the reader from getting into it.

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