Batman #19

Batman #19

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch, Danny Miki Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 15, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 40
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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"I AM BANE" part four! Batman is losing...Bane is going to break him for good this time. The Dark Knight must turn to a very unlikely weapon to beat Bane once and for all!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Mar 15, 2017

    You would definitely need to read #18 first before immediately reading this issue, as this is nothing but pure action throughout. Here we have Bane unleashing all of his anger and hate towards the inmates and it was something to definitely see. King even leaves us on a cliffhanger where Bane does finally find Batman" fully suited up and ready fora fight! Great cliffhanger and I can't wait to see how this ends! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Mar 17, 2017

    If "I Am Bane" accomplishes anything, it'll be cementing Bane's spot in Batman's top three villains in any list that's worth a damn. Not only is he capable of destroying 90% of his rogue's gallery on his own, but he has the single requirement of any good villain " justification. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Mar 15, 2017

    Batman #19 was one of the most intense and expertly plotted comics I have read in a while. The pacing was relentless and the structure of the issue was fantastic. A sort of tour of Arkham and its inmates, it was the best use of Batmans Rogues Gallery I have read since both The Long Halloween and Hush. And the art was pretty much untouchable. With all of that in mind, here are 11 things to love about Batman #19. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Mar 15, 2017

    This was a great issue. How can you not like Bane plowing through Arkham inmates like a locomotive? Especially when the art is just as fantastic. I love how David Finch made Bane's mask start to rip and tear more and more as he fought more and more inmates. It's little things like that that I love. And like I said before, he draws the characters the way they're supposed to look. Next issue hurry up!! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Mar 15, 2017

    Is It Good?Batman #19 comes roaring through the gates of Arkham a violence-fueled locomotive that steams along and never once abates. Stocked with interesting villain vs. villain character exchanges, further parallels between Bane and Batman and an ending whose air of unpredictability should leave even the most ardent Bat-fans wondering what will happen next, the issue is one of King's greatest successes in the series yet and perfectly complemented by Finch's delightfully hyperbolic art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Mar 15, 2017

    Batman #19 is a great example of the work that King and his art teams have done with Batman post-Rebirth. It takes familiar themes and concepts and approaches them in novel ways, and never misses an opportunity to elevate the subject matter and give the reader something to think about. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Mar 15, 2017

    As much as I have struggled in the past with enjoying some of King's run on Batman, there was nothing standing in my way from fully enjoying this issue. From every little subtly crafted nuance to all the bombastic over-the-top fanfare, this was hairs away from being a perfect issue. A lot of what made it so wonderful for me were all the indirect stuff that so perfectly mimicked the beats of past stories. Even though they were presented in a new way, they were simultaneously complementary to that which had come before. It's also full of villains, references, amazing art, humor, action, and quotes from other thought provoking works of fiction that quite perfectly married with the subtext of the story at hand. Bravo, Mister King. Bravo. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Mar 30, 2017

    I would rank this as one of my favorite issues of not only this arc, but this entire run of Batman so far. The entire creative team along with the editors put out something really special here and I won't soon be forgetting it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 15, 2017

    Batman #19 is yet another awesome chapter in the current 'I Am Bane' storyline, that while not being as deep as its predecessor, is still a brilliant work. Both Tom King and David Finch shine here. Batman #19 is a must-read for Bane fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopnComics - Tim Montoya Mar 15, 2017

    The more we get into the "I am Bane" story arc the more I love what Tom King is doing here. Sure there are issues that are lulls in the action department, but they all have substance in their own ways. This being the fourth issue into the story we still haven't seen the full Batman vs Bane fight. However, King is laying out an epic tale in the mythos of Batman and Bane. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Mar 15, 2017

    A lot of single comic issues are just bridges to the good stuff. The best part about this run lately is that each of them are bridges to the good stuff, but not before being superb themselves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - husseinwasiti Mar 15, 2017

    A Bane-centric issue is what we needed to really add more dimensions to the character, as well as fleshing out his perspective of this story. I can't help but understand where he's coming from based on his story. Finch's art was beyond excellent, but King continues to add little details with his dialogue that I didn't feel mattered in the end, and somewhat detracted from the overall story presented here. I shouldn't be giggling when Bane is very seriously crushing bones. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Mar 15, 2017

    Comic books have a habit of repeating themselves if you stick around long enough. Batman and Bane have engaged in battles of wit and strength before. Both have been broken by the other. We’re about to be at the point of physical conflict again, but not in the same way that it’s played out before, because this isn’t about saving a city. King’s Batman already did that at the beginning of his run, and now what’s at stake instead is the personification of the city in Gotham Girl. It’s an intently personal confrontation that’s on the horizon. It’s two longtime foes headed on a collision course, not to save the world, but to save just one life. It’s an unstoppable force headed to an immovable object. With this information in mind, the question that remains is… which one will break first? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Mar 15, 2017

    Get this book and you won't be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 15, 2017

    "I Am Bane" doesn't give the impression that it really needs five issues to be told. But that slow, methodical pace serves its own uses. This issue allows Tom King and David Finch to get into Bane's head in a more subtle way, exploring the tragedy of his return even as the villain mops the floor with every enemy Batman can throw at him. This issue looks and feels as unique as any of the others that have preceded it. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - A. Chowder Mar 18, 2017

    BATMAN #19 successfully sets up a promising finale to the "I am Bane" story arc. As Bane encounters some of Arkham's infamous inmates, we're treated to some entertaining violence and a better understanding of what distinguishes the character from the other Bat-villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 15, 2017

    On the surface, this issue is just a simple lead up to the big finale, but there's enough here to like.  We see that Batman and Tom King know their history and David Finch can make it all look great.  The overall story not moving forward much does subtract a bit from the score, but the fun factor just about makes up for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Mar 15, 2017

    Ill give Rebirth this, the story arcs wrap up quick. It feels like just yesterday we were introducing the I Am Bane story and now were one issue removed from the close of Tom Kings third major Batman story. As long as they stick the landing, this could go down as one of the better stories in recent memory, despite how rushed it all seems to feel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Mar 15, 2017

    While not as memorable as the previous issue, Batman #19 provides enough thrills and action to set-up one last battle between the Bat and Bane. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 23, 2017

    Batman #19 features cameos from quite a few Bat-villains. Some get multiple panels such as Two-Face, the Riddler, and Calender Man, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, (and for some reason Maxie Zeus) while others Bane dispatches in a single page (Black Spider, Solomon Grundy, Firefly, and others). The comic continues to build-up Bane as an unstoppable force which can be slowed but never stopped. Now, once again, he's Batman's problem. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 15, 2017

    Batman's faulty logic and that feeling like this won't play a major role in the overall story make this a tough sell. The artwork and Rogue cameos balance it out for the most part, but this chapter of I Am Bane was overall disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 17, 2017

    After several strong issues, “I Am Bane” stumbles due to a nonsensical plot and decompressed storytelling. Read Full Review

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