Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

Event\Storyline: Battle for the Cowl Writer: Tony Daniel Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 20, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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With the destruction of Arkham Asylum, the return of the Black Mask, and dozens of Gotham City's most lethal villains rioting through the streets, Nightwing, Robin and their allies seem to have their hands full. But when you add a deadly Jason Todd masquerading as a gun-toting Batman to the mix, things have definitely spiraled out of control! This is the issue everyone's been waiting for find out who wins the Battle for the Cowl! Who earns the right to take on the mantle of the Bat? Will it be Robin? Jason Todd? Nightwing? Azrael? Catwoman? Two-Face? Damian Wayne? Batwoman? Or someone completely unexpected? This 3-issue series continues to shock and surprise as the battle comes to a startling finale for the ages!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Stephen Joyce May 24, 2009

    Battle for the Cowl has been a great ride, but it is good to see it come to an end. If youve wondered why Dick Grayson has not taken up the cowl, this issue will answer all those questions. The art alone is worth picking up this issue. The ending works in the long run for this series. It may not have been the best issue out of the three, but its still very entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres May 20, 2009

    I'm sure Jason will return at some point to battle the new Batman and it's safe to say that Tim will be the new Red Robin and from what we know from advance solicitations, he does not believe Bruce is dead and he goes out in search of him. Next month starts the whole new adventure. See you then! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Daniel Schmergel May 20, 2009

    Perhaps, though, it's unfair to judge this series entirely on its own merits. After all, Battle for the Cowl is meant to serve as a bridge between the stories of Batmen old and new and, in that sense, it's a rousing success. While many plot threads are left dangling at the end of this issue, they will hopefully be picked up in the regular Batman titles upon their return. And though I may not have been particularly thrilled by Battle for the Cowl, it did make me excited for the tales still to come, for the future of the new Batman and Robin, and for the next chapter in the story of a legend. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Andre Lamar May 24, 2009

    Nonetheless, Battle for the Cowl #3 delivers a decent ending to an overall great series. Although the conclusion may not come as a surprise, all the followers of the series owes it to themselves to pick up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 20, 2009

    Overall, now that this Battle silliness is over, what is the state of the Batman-Family books? Time will have to tell, but putting Batwoman, a character that really hasnt caught on much with widespread readers, and her partner The Question in Dectective Comics as the leads in a ploy to recapture some of the magic of 52, is a very risky move for one of DCs longstanding flagship titles. We have to assume Dick, as the new Batman, will be the lead in Batman. As mentioned, Red Robin, most likely starring Tim, perhaps the most interesting of all the Bat-characters besides the deceased Bruce Wayne, as the title character, holds promise and will be worth checking out. The Outsiders will most assuredly limp along with their new cast, and Alfred at the helm. Finally, Batman and Robin will start in June. Theres a good bit of interesting storytelling ahead of us but honestly, the Superman-Family titles have the Bat-Titles beat right now. They didnt have to resort to killing Supermanalright Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chris Smits May 21, 2009

    I'm grading this at a B- only because it seemed a little overly condensed to me (as I stated above). Pick this up, read it and get yourself geeked for what's to come. It's not often that you can do something this ambitious and be able to pull it out of a potential train-wreck situation, but Tony Daniel and DC recovered nicely. Recovered so well, in fact, that I have absolutely no reason not to give DC the benefit of the doubt and let myself get excited about the new stuff coming. You should too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace May 24, 2009

    Other than these problems, the execution of the story has been reasonably good, with Tony Daniel telling the story adequately through both his writing and his artwork. Ultimately, though, this entire series feels like little more than set-up for the next phase of DCs batbooks. As such, I think it will be remembered as a skippable (if reasonably diverting) tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown May 23, 2009

    While readers won’t find the depth or mind-blowing themes associated with Grant Morrison’s recent work on Batman or Neil Gaimen’s Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Batman: Battle for the Cowl, does what it’s intended to do: move the pieces into place for June’s reboot of the line and kill time until those books are ready. It looks good and Daniel gets the job done as far as the script is concerned. If anything, it has whetted my appetite for what’s to come next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn May 21, 2009

    Battle for the Cowl #3 mercifully brings to an end a rather pointless mini-series. This was a creatively vacant story that served no purpose other than to pickpocket the reader. Battle for the Cowl could have easily been a simple two-part story arc within the pages of Batman. There was no reason at all for this story to be stretched out over three issues and given its own mini-series. I mean, other than the obvious intended purpose of trying to bilk as many readers as possible out of as much money as possible. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young May 24, 2009

    With the destruction of Arkham Asylum, the return of the Black Mask, and dozens of Gotham City's most lethal villains rioting through the streets, Nightwing, Robin, and their allies already have their hands full. However, when a deadly Jason Todd masquerading as a gun-toting Batman is added to the mix, things spiral out of control even more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cohen May 24, 2009

    The truth is Battle for the Cowl was intended to be a filler of sorts to pass the time between the end of R.I.P. and the beginning of the adventures of the new Batman. Because this series wasnt allowed to blossom and grow to become its own entity, Battle for the Cowl can be chalked up as more wasted potential from the DCU and the Batman franchise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 21, 2009

    Rather than spark interest in the Batman line of comics, this series has left a bad taste. Hopefully the new Batman and Robin comic by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely will get things back on track. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 25, 2009

    Sans Black Mask twist/reveal, Battle for the Cowl #3 was really anticlimactic as far as major events go, earning 2 out of 5 Stars. A whole lotta predictable wrapped up in a shiny wrapper being pitched as new and Earth shattering... again. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 22, 2009

    Unfortunately, "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" is forgettable. None of the one-shots have stories that are tied up in the main mini-series (despite closing tag lines telling people to tune in to "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" #3), and the mini-series itself isn't anything out of the ordinary. It's a real shame, because this should have been better. Hopefully it won't sour people on next month's revival of all of the "Batman" family books, because it certainly feels like momentum has been lost. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G. May 25, 2009

    I wanted to like this book, really, I did. But it wasn't meant to be. Seriously: is there anyone who is excited about Batman not being Bruce Wayne? Through theunnecessaryand unresolved plight of Tim drake; the annoyingness of Damian; theshoddinessof the third-string European Batman club of heroes brought into the DCU; the overly dramatic and heavy handed inner-monolgues of Nightwing, and his journey of personal growth; you have a basically throw away comic in Batman: Battle For The Cowl #3. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 21, 2009

    Only thing you need to know from this entire event is that Nightwing became Batman on the last page, Tim Drake will probably be out of commission for a while due to superficial wounds and Damian is the new Robin, all things you knew prior to the event. Read Full Review

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