Batman/The Shadow #3

Batman/The Shadow #3

Writer: Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
8.6Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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The Joker has entered the fray, and he's been offered unspeakable power in return for helping the Stag kill Batman! It's up to the Shadow to protect Batman from the pair's combined onslaught and the mystical powers of Shamba-La! Co-published with Dynamite!
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  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Jun 28, 2017

    Batman/The Shadow is a spiraling waltz downwards into the darkness inside the heart of men and the insanity that drives one towards it. It is a great exploration of who should be deemed evil and what happens when two forces of nature shake the already unstable fabric of a city hanging by a thread. You should read this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Christian Bone Jun 28, 2017

    Compellingly written and stupendously illustrated - with an exceptional rendition of the Joker to boot - the third Batman/The Shadow issue is the best yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jun 29, 2017

    Overall, this issue had a few awesome shots and some great tension built up throughout. I look forward to seeing what kind of craziness the Stag can get up to in Gotham next issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Sharna Jahangir Jul 1, 2017

    I believe this is one of the best series to follow. It beautifully encompasses a thriller murder/mystery within Batman and his world. I feel that so much art is coming out these days that are primarily for children and family fun. Soft bright colors, kids with jeans, so on and so on. But this series? I've been pulled into a dark world with meaning and I've been fullyentertained per issue. I loved the Joker's design and diction, he spoke with sensible insanity. Each issue thus far has had the perfect endings: answering one question and having 3 more introduced. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 30, 2017

    This is well on its way to being the miniseries of the year. The teaming of Batman and the Shadow is perfect, with this story and the art epic. This is comic book gold. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 28, 2017

    A very well written issue with stupendous art and a plot that'll have you all-in on this series by the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 28, 2017

    Snyder and Orland have done it yet again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 28, 2017

    Interestingly, Snyder and Orlando are making this more than the basic casual crossover with implications that The Shadow has been in Batman's life for years. I'm curious to see how this will play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jul 5, 2017

    The newest installment of BATMAN/THE SHADOW is an exciting one that will keep you engaged in the developing story of this crossover! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 29, 2017

    The story elements in this book involving The Shadow are beyond awesome because they transcends the page and draw parallels with our world and the comic world. The book also received high marks because of the superb characterization done on the Joker. This is probably one of the most enjoyable takes on The Joker I've seen in some time. The only problem I have is that the rest of the story seems to slightly suffer due to Joker's inclusion, as characters who were once the primary focus seem to take a back seat to The Joker's larger than life persona. It's basically a case of “points taken off for distracting me from the central story but extra points added right back for doing it so well.” Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 30, 2017

    I'm sticking with this series because I'm curious to see how it ends - but I have to admit, the characters still don't "feel" right so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jun 29, 2017

    One of the more effective aspects of the Batman/The Shadow miniseries is that it retroactively makes the Shadow an important part of Batman's history. And he may even be the architect of Batman's destiny. That could have been very annoying, yet Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder pull it off so well that it could fit into the backstory of almost any version of Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby Jun 28, 2017

    In summary, this series continues to be a compelling, well written story with some interesting character work and dynamic art. Go buy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Jun 28, 2017

    In an issue that is mostly dialogue driven, it helps to be written by two of the best in the industry. Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando use this issue to reveal the motivations behind both The Shadow and The Stag. Where The Shadow is blunt and demanding The Stag is subtle and prefers to let the Joker join him of his own volition. In this issue they make it clear that as different Batman is from the Joker, so too is The Shadow from The Stag. The art by Riley Rossmo is fantastic, and now where is this more evident than in a spectacular single page spread that turns The Shadows cloak into the faces of his many protégés. As we near the halfway point of this limited series, it is clear that all of the creators are at the top of their game. As enjoyable as the first three issues have been, I’m sure the next will only be better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 29, 2017

    There's something deliciously pulpy about the way Steve Orlando writes The Joker. His interpretation would feel right at home in Batman: The Animated Series, which drew inspiration from the early 1940's, but he'll makes do with this story involving two heroes from that era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Jul 6, 2017

    I would be quite happy to read more cross overs with The Shadow and Batman" two crime fighters not all that different from each other to start with" both able to complement the other's style quite well. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 2, 2017

    Whether you enjoy this issue will probably depend on how receptive you are to its rather bold central revelations. The plot is more sharply focused than in previous issues and dialogue is, for the most part, clear and accurate and, in some cases, memorable and emotionally engaging. The addition of The Joker is enough to mix things up in terms of plot and action and The Stag remains an enigmatic, interesting villain. All told, this issue does inject a sense of urgency into the narrative and, although the ‘surrounded by villains' ending might be overkill, the prospect of seeing The Shadow and Batman take them on is appealing. In short, with this issue, this series might just have turned a corner. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 28, 2017

    I'm disappointed. This series has sunk into the realm of gimmick, perhaps goosingthe sales of Dynamites Shadow comics for a time, and providing DC with amiddling excuse to reprint Batmans previous encounters with The Shadow (Batman #253 and 259). Whether DC willfollow through on that overdue promise remains to be seen. Read Full Review

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