Batman’s Gotham Girl Debuts a Dramatically New Look

Sporting close-cropped hair and a new superhero outfit, Gotham Girl re-emerges in the pages of Detective Comics #1059 to investigate Arkham Tower.

Gotham Girl is returning to the city of her namesake with a bold new look in the pages of Detective Comics this April.

Detective Comics #1059 features the teen superhero, real name is Claire Glover, appearing in “Gotham Girl: Interrupted,” a backup story written by Sina Grace and illustrated by David Lapham. The tale sees Claire, who’s sporting short hair and a new costume that incorporates a poncho, seeking psychiatric help at the city’s new Arkham Tower — a facility built in the center of Gotham to replace the famous Arkham Asylum, which was destroyed in the Infinite Frontier limited series in the midst of an attack now known as “A-Day.” She immediately becomes embroiled in a murder mystery, finding herself at the very center of the crime.


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Detective Comics #1059 cover

DETECTIVE COMICS #1059

  • Written by MARIKO TAMAKI and NADIA SHAMMAS
  • Art and cover by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
  • Backup written by SINA GRACE
  • Backup art by DAVID LAPHAM
  • Variant cover by LEE BERMEJO
  • 1:25 variant cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
  • $4.99US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 4/26/22
  • Riddle me this…when is a criminal not a criminal? The answer awaits you in the start of a brand-new Detective Comics story arc from writer Mariko Tamaki, guest co-writer Nadia Shammas, and legendary artist Ivan Reis! The Riddler is back in Gotham City in a big way, becoming a media personality and using his newfound influence to wreak havoc on the Dark Knight. As Batman chases down clues to put an end to Riddler’s machinations, the clock ticks away for the citizens of Gotham whom Edward Nygma has placed in the line of fire…
  • Then, in “Gotham Girl: Interrupted” part one, the super-powered Claire Clover returns to the city that helped ruin her life…to get psychiatric treatment at the new Arkham Tower. But when Gotham Girl’s newfound semblance of normalcy is rocked by a murder mystery, she finds someone unexpected at the heart of the crime…herself.


Gotham Girl first appeared in issue #1 of the relaunched Batman series at the onset of DC’s 2016 Rebirth initiative. Created by writer Tom King and artist David Finch, Claire served as the partner of her crimefighting brother, Hank Clover — also known as Gotham. Both of them had undergone an experimental treatment that blessed them with superpowers on a level similar to Superman’s. Every time they utilize their abilities, however, their lifespans would decrease. Initially serving as allies to Batman, the siblings eventually became prey of the villainous Hugo Strange and Psycho Pirate, both of whom manipulated Hank and caused him to experience a mental breakdown. In the midst of a chaotic battle against Batman and the Justice League, Hank died and Gotham Girl fell into a deep period of depression.


Over the course of King’s run, Gotham Girl would waver between serving as an ally and enemy of Batman. She eventually fell into a villainous role due to the manipulative mentorship of Thomas Wayne, the Batman of the Flashpoint universe, and Bane. In King’s last issue, 2019’s Batman #85, Claire was freed from their clutches and seemed ready for a new life, with Batman telling her: “Bane used you. Right from the start. Now he’s gone. Now your life’s your own. You’ve suffered because of me. I need to repair that pain.”

Detective Comics #1059 will be Gotham Girl’s first appearance in over two years. Aside from Claire’s return, the issue features a main story about the Riddler written by Mariko Tamaki and Nadia Shammas, with artwork by Ivan Reis and Danny Miki and variant covers by Lee Bermejo and Rodolfo Migliari. The issue goes on sale April 26.


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Source: DC

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