DC Comics & Detective Comics #1053 Spoilers & Review: Can The Batman Family Stop The Psycho Pirate Or Is Arkham Tower Doomed?!

DC Comics and Detective Comics #1053 Spoilers and Review follows.

Can The Batman Family Stop The Psycho Pirate Or Is Arkham Tower Doomed?!

The issue has a few variant covers below in addition to the main cover above.

The promise of the book is revealed in its solicitation.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1053
Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
Art by MAX RAYNOR
Backup written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Backup art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by IRVIN RODRIGUEZ
Variant by LEE BERMEJO
1:25 variant by JORGE FORNÉS
$4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (Card stock)
ON SALE 2/15/22

War in the streets! As Dr. Wear desperately tries to keep his plans for Arkham Tower from crumbling, a major drug deal gone bad puts the nervous doc in the sights of both the Party Crashers and the Penguin! The list of people very badly wanting to kill Dr. Wear grows, and Nightwing is on the precipice of cracking the whole scheme wide open! But with the maniacal Party Crashers waging war against the Bat-Family across Gotham, Dick must choose between helping a tower full of villains and helping his family!

Then, it’s Knightfall in Gotham during part seven of “House of Gotham,” as the Boy (growing into a man before our eyes) runs afoul of an uber-violent, unhinged Azrael Batman! This latest conflict pushes Gotham’s most vulnerable into madness, and one man’s rogues gallery reveals itself as another man’s salvation.

Arkham Tower’s Dr. Wear stuck between a rock and hard place; you can decide which is the Penguin!

He sends some of this after him after an ex-employee of Arkham Tower so she doesn’t expose his secrets; that lead to Batgirl getting involved and saving her.

In Arkham Tower, an undercover Nightwing realizes that she witness something with Nero XIX…

…which is compounded by he and Huntress finding the message she scrawled in blood under her bed: “His Hold Is Breaking“.

That leads Team Batman to figure who is the mind controllvillain behind it all; they consider Gorilla Grodd, Maxwell Lord, Amazo, but…

…Nightwing soon learns firsthand that its the Psycho Pirate.

At the same time, the undercover lair of Team Batman is attacked as…

…Psycho Pirate seemingly puts Nightwing under his control?!

The back-up features big time Batman rogues Bane and Victor Zsasz, but…

…the boy at the center of it all escapes just wanting to leave Gotham City.

The Pulse:

I remain intrigued by both the main story and back-up, but much prefer the art of the feature. Still surprised how I don’t feel the absence of Batman; his family is quite strong with identifiable and well fleshed out characters. 8 out of 10.

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