All-Star Batman #5

All-Star Batman #5

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: John Romita Jr., Declan Shalvey Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 35
8.3Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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"MY OWN WORST ENEMY" conclusion! Batman, Duke and Two-Face square off in a fight for Harvey Dent's soul. With assassins flooding in from across the countryside, Batman learns that even his most trusted allies might choose evil over good.  

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 28, 2016

    Looking back at this arc, Snyder and Romita have delivered an over-the-top and action-filled adventure. This isn't your typical Batman story, and that's a good thing. Snyder set up a lot, and Romita cut loose with each scene. I actually found myself going back and looking at each page, panel by panel. People have different opinions on Romita's art, but I find it fascinating looking over the different areas of detail contain within each panel. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Dec 30, 2016

    All-Star Batman #5 concludes a great story by placing Batman out of his comfort zone and examining the philosophy of one of his most known enemies. Snyder's handle on the characters is one of the biggest selling points of this series and JRJR's art is great to look at it. If you're a Batman fan, All-Star Batman is a title you have to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Dec 28, 2016

    This story doesn't miss a single beat. If we had to recommend one series out of the Rebirth event, it's All-Star Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Dec 28, 2016

    This arc took great risks, like leaving Gotham behind almost completely and having only Duke, a polarizing pet project of the author, tagging along with the titular hero. But they worked. The pulpy feel is punctuated to great effect in issue #5. The action feels epic like any finale should and the character drama has the sort of grand reveal we should've always expected. All-Star Batman was promised as a series of smaller arcs wherein Batman focuses on one enemy at a time. Snyder really delivered a worthwhile Two-Face story in just 110 pages or so and now he's looking ahead to my personal favorite villain, Mr. Freeze, and I can't wait to see what he and Romita Jr. can come up with next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Dec 28, 2016

    Overall, All Star Batman #5 brings this exciting journey to a pleasant conclusion. Many questions are answered, leaving relationships open to be revisited in later issues. Multiple readings will only benefit the story, especially once in a collected book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Dec 28, 2016

    This arc took great risks, like leaving Gotham behind almost completely and having only Duke, a polarizing pet project of the author, tagging along with the titular hero. But they worked. The pulpy feel is punctuated to great effect in issue #5. The action feels epic like any finale should and the character drama has the sort of grand reveal we should've always expected. All-Star Batman was promised as a series of smaller arcs wherein Batman focuses on one enemy at a time. Snyder really delivered a worthwhile Two-Face story in just 110 pages or so and now he's looking ahead to my personal favorite villain, Mr. Freeze, and I can't wait to see what he and Romita Jr. can come up with next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jan 3, 2017

    The over-the-top action, video-game Bat-gadgets combined with the most personality from Batman we've ever seen make this a must-grab book. Seriously, you will fall in love with Scott Snyder's version of Batman in All-Star Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 3, 2017

    It's gritty, but never dull and meshes perfectly with the over-the-top story Snyder had the chance to tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 28, 2016

    “All-Star Batman” #5 is a great, energetic finale for this first arc. The writing is top notch and the art team clicks. I'm excited to see what we get in the next Mr. Freeze centric story. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comicsverse - A. Chowder Dec 29, 2016

    While ALL-STAR BATMAN #5 doesn't break any new Bat-ground, it is still one hell of a ride. The arc raises the stake for Batman as he encounters waves of villains while embarking on a trip to save a foe's soul. But with so much build up from previous issues, certain plot fall to the side while other parts leave you wanting for more explanation. The issue otherwise concludes an entertaining arc with gritty art while keeping us in awe of Batman and his foes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Dec 29, 2016

    All-Star Batman #5 stays on course. Both the story and the art continue to make this a must-read for all Bat-fans. Scott Snyder clearly cares about this cast of characters and the legacy they leave behind. Hopefully he'll be working with Batman for a long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Dec 28, 2016

    All-in-all, this was a fun comic, and I look forward to more in this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 28, 2016

    It was a hell of a ride, and an interesting examination of the relationship between Batman and Two-Face. It also was interesting to see a Batman road trip story rather than the typical tale set wholly in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 30, 2016

    A few flaws in the story and some inconsistent artwork keep All-Star Batman #5 from being the home run it could've been. With that said, this was still a great ending to Scott Snyder's first arc in this series. Through all the chaos that happened around Batman there was a lot of strong character development packed into "My Own Worst Enemy." There are also several plot threads that create a lot of intrigue for whatever Snyder has in store for us next. If you have followed any of Snyder's work in past or are looking for one Batman comic to read I highly recommend picking up All-Star Batman. It is only going to get better from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Dec 28, 2016

    If you read all of the issues in this story arc back-to-back, I think you'll agree that the journey was a whole more entertaining/interesting than the destination. Considering the road trip theme running through it, that just might be exactly how Snyder planned it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 28, 2016

    We wrap up our "My Own Worst Enemy" story with this issue and while the interactions with Batman and Two-Face are pretty great, I feel like the conclusion was forced a bit, especially with our side stories.  Hopefully we'll have a bit of a continuation with our revelations of Alfred's part of this story in the further installments, but for this there just wasn't enough to really get excited over.  The biggest problem I have with this issue and really the whole story arc is the art, but even with that this was a decent arc that kept me entertained and intrigued along the way and I can't wait to see what we get next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 28, 2016

    If you read this once, it may be one of your favorite comics of the year. It's fast, exciting, and actually concludes the arc without leaving any loose threads. Think about it too much and read it again, though, and things may fall apart. I like this series as an out-of-continuity, “go big or go home” concept book, and Snyder has certainly delivered that in spades. It's when things slow down and we're supposed to be invested in more intimate moments that things don't work the way they should. Even still, there look to be some exciting stories coming from Scott's pen in the near future, and I'm looking forward to where his ideas take us. Read Full Review

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