All-Star Batman #13

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 30, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 15
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"THE FIRST ALLY" part four! As painful secrets from the past are revealed, Batman must face down a nemesis unlike any he's seen before-or risk the horrific consequences of the Genesis Engine falling into the wrong hands!

  • 10
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 30, 2017

    All-Star Batman #13 is a wonderful issue. With great action, art, and story, Snyder continues to nail each story and character. He writes Batman so good but what I love about Snyder's stories is that he writes other characters amazing as well. Briar and Alfred's backstory and relationship is so intriguing to read and I can't wait for more to be revealed about them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 30, 2017

    Beneath the bleeding skyline a falling Bat catches its' target. Tonight the target wasn't prey. Instead he caught an Englishman falling to his very doom, like the Englishman did for him. It's clear in the words of Scott Snyder that Bruce Wayne made Batman, but Alfred Pennyworth made Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Sep 2, 2017

    This comic is not about the usual struggles of Bruce Wayne, but instead, we learn more about the struggles of beloved Alfred. A great build-up to the final issue of ALL-STAR BATMAN. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 30, 2017

    With this current arc, All-Star Batman is delivering perhaps its best story just in time for next issue's finale. This is definitely setting up for a memorable conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Sep 1, 2017

    Bottom Line: With the overall quality of Snyder's Batman work over the years, it almost feels overzealous that he is obviously trying to go out so strong with this story".and succeeding at it. This book is one of the best on the shelves everytime it drops without fail. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 4, 2017

    All-Star Batman #13 balances the man with the bat, with Alfred's narration providing a fascinating underreported perspective on the actions of our Dark Knight, with excellent art in both stories and a lot of really strong characterization and motivated action throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Aug 31, 2017

    All Star Batman#13 delivers what you've come to expect from this book. Action, great art and a deep bond between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. If you've been following along, pick this one up and count the days until next month's finale. If you haven't been reading, better wait for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 30, 2017

    Snyder's wrapping up his story, and I'm in for the ride. The ending has me excited and I'm invested in the characters. The colourist change irked me at first but Peter's art seems to be a better match for Albuquerque than Bellaire. Also, people should be singing praise towards Fiumara, who is producing some of the best Batman art out there right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Aug 29, 2017

    My favorite part of this issue is actually the first third of it, where it's all spent highlighting the same rapid fall to earth for our heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 30, 2017

    All-Star Batman continues the series' impressive streak of adding rich character to Batman's world without rewriting his past in any major way. It shows you can add to a character who's been around for decades without rewriting the past. Snyder continues to impress and the entire series has benefited from a truly all-star creative team of artists. Easily one of DC's best releases with each issue and I look forward to what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Aug 30, 2017

    Less crazy and more straightforward than earlier installments, the penultimate issue of both "The First Ally" arc and All-Star Batman as an ongoing focuses largely on character work. By and large, it succeeds, with quite a large part of that focus placed on parenting and fathers in particular. That's to say nothing of Rafael Albuquerque's art, which is so distinct and so beautiful that it could tell the story on its own. The highly entertaining backup feature is a nice bonus, recalling cheesy action movies of yesteryear in the best possible way. Truth be told, it's going to be sad seeing this book go. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 30, 2017

    Scott Snyder reveals some more about the First Ally and it's got me excited about next month's finale. It looks like it's going to be up to Alfred to save the day and after the setup, I wouldn't want it any other way.  This issue was action packed in both story and art and I can easily recommend it...which I will. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Aug 30, 2017

    This story is about Alfred's past mentorship with Briar and how it impacts his current connection with Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Aug 31, 2017

    Surprisingly, the backup story has eclipsed the featured tale as the most entertaining part of All-Star Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Aug 30, 2017

    Alfred may be singing the same old song, but rarely has it ever sounded this good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 4, 2017

    An interesting pair of stories that contrast the perspective of Alfred with that of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 1, 2017

    All-Star Batman #13 was another strong entry in "The First Ally" story arc. Scott Snyder has done a great job developing Alfred Pennyworth's backstory and reestablishing his relationship with Batman. Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone's back-up continues to be a great compliment to the main story. Now that both stories are reaching their conclusion there is a lot to look forward to with what come next in this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Sep 1, 2017

    Including some internal dialogue from Alfred that really characterizes him, Batman and their relationship. Snyder's writing seems rich and complex without being unnecessarily confusing, assuming you have been following the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 30, 2017

    Even though the backup story is a bit of a letdown, the main story more than makes up for it. This has been an exciting series that has told some unique Batman stories and I am sorry that it will be coming to an end after the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Aug 30, 2017

    Not enough Batman to make this issue good and enough to make it not bad. What saves this issue is the art as Albuquerque offers a grittiness that pairs well with Snyder's story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 31, 2017

    Overall, this isn't a bad book at all, but not as cohesive as one might expect given the talent involved. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 30, 2017

    A very sloppy issue from this team overall which was unexpected… hopefully they can regroup and stick the landing. Read Full Review

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