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Detective Comics 1043 (Cover A)


Cover Date: November 2021
Cover Price: $4.99
Publication Date: 2021-09-28


Cover Credits:
Art: Dan Mora (signed)

Variant Covers:
Cover B
Art: Lee Bermejo
Cover C
(1:25 Variant)
Art: Kael Ngu

Story: "Fear State: Nakano's Nightmare, Part 1" (20 Pages)


StoryMariko Tamaki
ArtDan Mora
LetteringAditya Bidikar
ColorsJordie Bellaire
Associate editingDave Wielgosz
EditingPaul Kaminski
Group editingBen Abernathy

Feature Character(s):

Batman (last in Nightwing Vol. 4 #84)

Supporting Character(s):

Christopher Nakano (last in Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1)
Koyuki Nakano (in between issues #1033 and #1045; voice only)


Nero XIX (Roy Dowd; first appearance)
Saint Industries
Simon Saint (last in Batman Vol. 3 #112, page 18)
Peacekeeper-03 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-12 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-15 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-18 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-22 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-23 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-30 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-33 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-55 (first appearance)
Peacekeeper-72 (first appearance)
Vile parasites


United States of America
Gotham City
Gotham City Hall


Fear State grips Gotham City! When Mayor Nakano’s city hall office finds itself under siege, the only hero who can help the embattled local official is the man Nakano pledged to rid from Gotham: Batman. The top vigilante in the city must protect the man who’s fought so hard to put an end to masked heroes in an action-packed car chase that culminates in a shocking ending that’ll give readers nightmares. Backup: Wait, how did Red Hood end up in Deb Donovan’s apartment? And what the hell gives him the right to eat all her frosted cereal? As Gotham’s troubled son and the city’s toughest reporter set out to uncover the mystery of the missing A-Day corpses, they run into more answers than they bargained for culminating in a deadly shoot out that renders Red Hood down for the count! Can Deb Donovan make it out alive to tell the tale of her harrowing adventure? And what will Red Hood's capture mean for the Bat-Family? It all leads to next month's terrifying new chapter in Gotham history: TASK FORCE Z!


Second Story: "What the #!$% Is Task Force Z, Finale" (10 Pages)


StoryMatthew Rosenberg
ArtDarick Robertson
LetteringRob Leigh
ColorsDiego Rodriguez
Associate editingDave Wielgosz
EditingPaul Kaminski

Feature Character(s):

Deb Donovan

Guest Star(s):

Red Hood (next in Task Force Z #1)
Batman (last/next in ???)


Christopher Nakano
Director Crispin (last in flashback in Task Force Z #10; next in Task Force Z #1)

Guest Appearance(s):

Task Force Z
Arkham Knight (last in flashback in Task Force Z #6; reanimated; next in Task Force Z #1)
"Bane" (reanimated; last in flashback in Task Force Z #10)
Man-Bat (reanimated; next in Task Force Z #1)
Sundowner (Hanna Hobart; first appearance; next in Task Force Z #1)
The Fishman (in between flashback in issue #10 and issue Task Force Z #6)

Other Character(s):

James Page (first appearance; an FBI agent)


United States of America
Gotham City