The final four issues of Mariko Tamaki’s 12-part ‘Shadows of the Bat’ weekly crossover, Detective Comics #1055 through #1058, will have the main tale drawn by writer Amancay Nahuelpan reportedly for March editions. Alternative covers from Lee Bermejo and Jorge Fornés appear in each of the four editions.
This event focuses on the Bat-Family responding to the Gotham City crisis without The Dark Knight, and it revolves around Dr. Wear’s effort to rebuild the demolished Arkham Asylum with a new facility called Arkham Tower, which goes tragically awry when Batman is not there.
For the record: We’re referring to all members of the Bat-Family—from Nightwing to the Arkham patient who believes she’s the Cupid of Crime to Tim Drake to the Psycho-Pirate. The high-profile departure of Batman from Gotham looks to be short-lived. Or at the very least, batman returns to assist in cleaning up the mayhem in Arkham Tower.
Your estimate as to whether Batman of Zur-En-Arrh appears on the alternate issue of Detective Comics #1055 by Fornés is as accurate as ours.
Below we’ve added the official description of each issue as well as its covers.
March 1’s Detective Comics #1055:
“The Tower under siege! With their grand scheme crumbling around them, Dr. Wear and the mysterious Dr. Ocean have lost control of Arkham Tower to the patients it houses…who just so happen to be some of the most violent, murderous villains Gotham City has ever seen. The Bat-Family on the inside are in shambles: Huntress is wounded, Nightwing is carrying 175 pounds of smarmy jerk on his shoulder, and Dr. Meridian is incapacitated. Who’s left to save the civilian hostages from this nightmare? Hmm…wasn’t there a patient who thought she was Harley Quinn?”
March 8’s Detective Comics #1056:
“The Scarecrow stalks The Tower! Dr. Jonathan Crane, who recently terrorized Gotham City during ‘Fear State,’ is but one of many villainous inhabitants of Arkham Tower jockeying for position as leader of the hostage situation unfolding before everyone’s eyes. But with security down, Huntress, Nightwing, and Harley Quinn are no longer quite so outnumbered…here come Batwoman, the Batgirls, and Tim Drake to the rescue! Can the Bat-Family save the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire? And that’s not the only help arriving on the scene…”
March 15’s Detective Comics #1057:
“Batman is back! And just in time to save the life of Nightwing, who was given a fear toxin super-dose and tossed out of a skyscraper—another tragedy surrounding Arkham Tower’s hostile takeover. As Scarecrow readies his forces for the big bat, war erupts on every floor of the building between the Penguin’s thugs, the Party Crashers, the murderous Arkham inmates, and an overwhelmed Bat-Family who’s struggling to get everyone out alive! Will the return of the bat be enough to turn the tide to victory…or does another X factor lurk in the battle that could save the day?”
March 22’s Detective Comics #1058:
“The Tower crashes to a close! In the epic finale to this weekly tale of terror, alliances are forged amongst unlikely allies, and the Bat-Family reassess their strategy in their war on crime in Gotham City. Will Psycho-Pirate be Batman’s newest eyes and ears on the streets? Can Koyuki Nakano ever recover from the traumatic events she witnessed? How much fun will the Batgirls have beating the snot out of Penguin’s goons at a seedy motel? The answers await you and much, much more in this cataclysmic culmination!
The aforementioned weekly event also speaks of a 12 series House of Gotham story by Fernando Blanco and Matthew Rosenberg that tells the story of a young child whose life was forever changed by The Clown Prince of Gotham’s one night.