Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Detective Comics #1066 Review

Written by: Ram V
Art by: Ivan Reis, Danny Miki
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: Ariana Maher
Cover art by: Evan Cagle
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: November 22, 2022

Detective Comics #1066 finds Batman recovering from his deadly fight with Ubu, only to learn the Orgham family has come to Gotham to express gratitude for saving Prince Arzen's life. That gratitude is expressed by rebuilding neglected parts of Gotham... starting with Arkham Asylum.

Is It Good?

Credit to Ram V. for a moody, atmospheric drama executed with a brilliant helping of Ivan Reis's and Danny Miki's art.

Normally, I focus on the story first, but the art in this issue is worth commenting on immediately. Reis and Miki have created a gorgeous set of visuals in this comic. Every panel is fantastically detailed. Dramatic shadows practically smother the environment with drama. And Dave Stewart's coloring is exquisite. This is the closest example to a modern version of Bernie Wrightson.

Now for the story. It's good to very good. In typical Ram V fashion, the story is taking its time to develop into a plot, but nothing in this book feels like waste or fluff.

The plot centers around the aftermath of the assassination attempt on Prince Arzen. The Orgham family arrives in Gotham to express their thanks by investing heavily in making the city a better place. Rebuilding the old site of Arkham Asylum should be an immediate red flag, but Ram V's typically slow pace means we have no idea what the Orghams are up to.

Meanwhile, Two-Face, infested with Azmer, is busy reasserting his control over the Gotham Underworld. His lackeys don't know that Two-Face is under the control of Gael via the Azmer, and Gael is using Two-Face's growing criminal network to enact some plan in Gotham. Again, Ram V's typically slow pace means we have no idea what Gael is up to.

What does this all mean? It means two separate threads are moving toward... something. As long as Ram V makes the destination clear sooner rather than later, the ride is interesting enough for now.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces

Detective Comics #1066 takes a few steps forward to reveal the Orghams are up to something shady, and Gael is also up to something shady. What's that shadiness? You'll have to wait for another issue. However, the art is simply gorgeous, and Ram V's execution in what you're reading is interesting enough to keep you invested.


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