All-Star Batman #2

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: John Romita Jr., Declan Shalvey Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 61
8.4Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

"My Own Worst Enemy" part 2! All aboard the train ride from hell! Batman and Two-Face continue their journey to Harvey Dent's cure through an assassin-infested landscape. But can the Dark Knight continue his crusade across the countryside when Two Face turns one of his greatest allies against him?

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Sep 15, 2016

    The crazy train keeps rolling and All-Star Batman #2 doesn't even come close to taking a step back. Instead, readers are strapped to Batman's side (along with Two-Face) as he treks along the perilous route laid out for him. I'm also really pleased that Snyder revisited the current state of Duke and his parents, being that he's the one that put them there in “Endgame”. All-Star Batman #2 is another tour de force for this unrivaled collection of creators. If you aren't reading and collecting this series right now, you are going to regret it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Sep 14, 2016

    Nothing wrong with this backup tale. It's providing a clearer picture of the still fresh character of Duke Thomas, and is doing a good job of winning me over. I'm enjoying it thus far, even with my little bouts of confusion, and am hoping it all comes together in the future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 14, 2016

    All-Star Batman continues to deliver a fascinating look at the Dark Knights rogues gallery, providing a fresh new interpretation of Two-Face in the main story while shining an extra storyline spotlight on new sidekick Duke in the “backup” strip. Since it was first announced, the hype generated by the, yes, all-star creative team almost seemed to be setting the bar a little too high, but to this point in the series, Snyder, Romita Jr, Miki, White, Shalvey and Bellaire have somehow managed to exceed expectations, resulting in an absolutely essential purchase for any and all Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Sep 13, 2016

    Comic fans can rejoice because All-Star Batman is truly delivering the great comic we all hoped it would be. When Snyder announced he was leaving Batman and not teaming up with Greg Capullo anymore, fans were worried there would be no more inventive and creative stories featuring Batman. All-Star Batman is proving to everyone that this is where we can look to find the great stories featuring Batman and other Gotham favorites. The nuanced and beautiful art is balanced with terrific restrained writing that delivers a great story. The best part about All-Star Batman is that you do not know what Snyder is going to do next and what surprises lay in store for Batman. That type of uncertainty and excitement around comics is why everyone should add this to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Sep 16, 2016

    This multi-part story has me by the short and curlies, and I'm waiting breathlessly for the next issue. $4.99 is more than a good price for all this excellent Bat-storytelling! Really! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Sep 14, 2016

    All-around fantastic read that justifies the names attached and the $4.99 cover price. This series and this issue, specifically, an absolute must grab.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Break - Alisha Weinberger Sep 15, 2016

    All-Star Batman #2 is a definitive pickup for the action and art alone. Even if you didn't pick up the previous issue. More so for the fact that issue two doesn't directly start where issue one left us, that is a closing panel featuring The Gentleman Ghost. This is the only complaint I have so far. As I mentioned with a plot like this, a quick pace is necessary, but it would have been nice to see a fight between Batman and The Gentleman Ghost. But maybe readers are just being spoiled by the numerous villain appearances so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 14, 2016

    Long story short, if you're a Batman fan and you're not readingAll-Star Batman #2, why? Honestly, we couldn't recommend this enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Sep 15, 2016

    So Mad Max meets Batman with anthropomorphic sharks and crocodiles, master assassins, Alfred and Gordon opposing Batman, and even…Bat-shark repellent? Oh yeah, this issue has it all and should not be missed by any DC fan. All-Star Batman #2 could be used as a textbook for future comic writers on how to write an action comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Sep 15, 2016

    After Rebirth was unveiled, one of the greatest announcements was Snyder's return to Batman by way of DC's All-Star title. Here, he's invested in creating a memorable, exciting Batman story unlike any he's told in the past. Almost serving as an homage to the kind of blockbuster storytelling that's absent from modern Hollywood mediocrity. Tom isn't the only "king" on Batman. He and Scott Snyder share that throne, and if they continue to tell stories like All-Star Batman, long may they reign. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Sep 15, 2016

    Bottom Line: Snyder and Romita are still at it, pulling no punches with a gorgeous comic that looks and reads like a summer blockbuster. Easily the best Bat book on the shelf right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 14, 2016

    Two issues in and the series is a home run. This is a bit of a grittier and darker take on Batman fitting in action, psychological examinations, character studies, and amazing art. Easily the best Batman book out there right now after two issues, and that's saying something. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 15, 2016

    It's a fast-paced, high-energy series packed with amazing art by John Romita, Jr., and a multi-layered script by Scott Snyder. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 14, 2016

    No matter how many great Batman comics DC publishes, Scott Snyder's work will always stand out. This issue offers a rousing road trip adventure, plenty of impeccably rendered action, dramatic foreshadowing of things to come and a dash of real world allegory to boot. All these ingredients combine to from an eclectic and very enjoyable Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 14, 2016

    I think I may have come across as being a bit more down on this book than I actually am. In part, that's because I'm trying to skirt around spoilers – there are things I want to praise but want to avoid specifically calling out. I think that the downsides actually stick out more than they would in other books, simply because of the creative team attached to it. This story does feel like it's going to read better in trade, but the quality of the writing and art is high enough that I'm willing to live with the slow burn. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Sep 19, 2016

    You know what they say; you can take the Bat out of Gotham, but you can't take Gotham out of the Bat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Sep 13, 2016

    None of this is to say that the issue is bad. It's still Snyder writing Batman throwing down against a host of A, B, C, and D-list villains"all against the backdrop of a truly chilling premise. I also appreciate his willingness to experiment with unconventional ideas and story-telling techniques. Maybe this one in particular will eventually grow on me. For now, however, it feels like an unwelcome distraction from an otherwise excellent tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Sep 14, 2016

    A genuinely fun, adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster. Even with its faults this title has improved since its first installment, with more focused storytelling, better character work, and fantastic action sequences coming to the fore. There are still a few rough edges, but I still had a great time and can't wait to see where Snyder, Romita, and crew take Bruce, Harvey, Duke, and us as readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Sep 14, 2016

    So far, the best descriptor for this comic is grindhouse Batman with a side of 90's era protege training. I was, at first, a bit baffled by John Romita Jr as an artistic lead for this title, but he brings the good along with Dean White's typically fascinating colors to the insanity of Batman leading Two-Face on an unwilling road trip against a host of villains. It also helps that Snyder and JRJR bring back some quite gonzo Batman villains from Amygdala to KGBeast, minus the KG. Declan Shalvey also does a similarly great job in the Duke-centered backup story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - RobF Sep 22, 2016

    I would have picked up this series for the artwork alone, but Scott Snyder is killing it here. The action, the villains: this one has it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Sep 14, 2016

    There are some truly great lingering threads set up in this issue that overall do make up for the slight confusion in what's going on, and one major mystery I can't wait to see unmasked. On top of that, the art, both pencils and the color palette, are somehow even better than the last issue. This series is in great hands, and if the focus can be maintained I don't worry at all that it'll be well worth the time month after month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Sep 22, 2016

    Two issues in and All-Star Batman is still a title to watch out for. Though the non-linear structure gets in the way at the start, issue #2 is a fast paced story that doesn't sacrifice its characters for fun. Snyder's writing combined with the art from JRJR and the rest of the team make this one of DC's best titles in the Rebirth line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Sep 14, 2016

    Recommendation: Buy. I'm having a blast with the change of pace that this Batman story is giving us. I can't wait to see what happens at the end, and I can't wait to see more great artists on great Batman villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 7, 2016

    Shifting to this All-Star title has given Snyders take on the character of Batman and his world a new life. If it was not for the name on the cover I could see even the most devoted fans not realizing this book was done by him. Well except for the way he treats Alfred. Thats a little bit of a dead giveaway. Still this book has been a chaotic enjoyable ride and the partnership between Snyder and Romita has worked better than expected. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 14, 2016

    While I found myself a bit frustrated at trying to remember when each event happened from this issue to the previous one because of all the jumping around in time we've done so far, I found myself enjoying this issue as Snyder doles out a bit more information about what our story is all about, while pitting Batman against some of his best, yet seldom seen rogues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Sep 14, 2016

    The second part of 'My Own Worst Enemy' is all about the action, with questions about Alfred's involvement in Two-Face's plan still up in the air. The assassins keep coming thick and fast, as the Dark Knight fights for his life and to get Two-Face to his destination outside of Gotham. Back at the Batcave, young Duke Thomas learns about Harvey Dent from Alfred, before deciding that Batman needs his help and heading out into the field. The biggest shock, however, is Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock finding out what lurks behind Wayne Manor's non-functioning grandfather clock " or do they? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Sep 15, 2016

    One of the more satisfying aspects ofAll-Star Batman #2 is that it's worth the $4.99 price tag. There's a lot to unpack in this issue, and it feels like a lot of bang for the buck. We do feel like the constant betrayals of Batman may be Synder's way of making this issue's primary story seem more important than it actually is. We're not fans of the old bait and switch, and frankly, we're starting to think that's where Synder is going with it. That does temper our impression of the book. But overall, it's beenvery enjoyable experience so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 14, 2016

    The main story is action-packed and has me eagerly awaiting the next installment. The backup story is also starting to pick up steam and hopefully will keep pace with the main feature as it continues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Sep 14, 2016

    Overall this is a solid issue and series that I do recommend picking up. Some people may also be a fan of Romita’s style and think I’m just crazy. You can’t please everyone, but for me Snyder’s story “My Own Worst Enemy” is what really shines. If it was its own self contained series and didn’t have the secondary story this series would definitely rate even higher than what I have given it. But don’t let that stop you from picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Sep 14, 2016

    So if I could say anything to Scott Snyder, it would be this: if you're going to force us to looks at JRJr's pages, at least give us some more extensive dialogue to help fill the gaps in the months to come. Read Full Review

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