Arkham Manor #2

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Shawn Crystal Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 26, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

When Batman goes undercover in Arkham Manor, we learn just how important inmate Jack Shaw is to his mission.

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 26, 2014

    This isn't a regular Batman comic. That's a great thing. Gerry Duggan and DC are taking what we know of Arkham Asylum and reinventing it. It might seem a little hard to accept but it has opened the door for a new direction with the concept. Batman might have an advantage with the facilities now located at Wayne Manor but placing himself inside, undercover, to solve a murder is exposing him to plenty of risks. Shawn Crystal's art is creating the right atmosphere for this series. I'm not sure where this series is going to go but I can't wait to watch it all happen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Nov 27, 2014

    Arkham Manor is a must-buy for any Bat fans looking for something new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 27, 2014

    This is the race which Arkham Manor should have come charging for last go-round, but better a wee late to the start than to not get out of the gate at all. Bruce is overconfident and blindsided by a problem more complex than he expected. Is he stalking Zsaz? Is Zsaz stalking him? And is there something even creepier going on (is that even possible given how creepy Zsaz is)? Also, keep your eye on that Border fella. I know I am. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Dec 4, 2014

    It's hard to say where this story will end up, seeing as we are only on issue #2, but I've strapped myself in to Arkham Manor, and I hope you'll be right there with me in the cell next door. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Nov 27, 2014

    Arkham Manor is starting to take shape into a great series. You can see the creators working and setting up for a great mystery story. Batman is a character who has suffered from overexposure so it makes it difficult to tell a Batman story with a fresh take. That's another reason Arkham Manor is so enjoyable to read. It feels unique, like being able to scratch an itch that readers may not have knew they had. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 1, 2014

    There's a lot more we have to know before we can tell if Duggan knows what he's doing, but there are positive signs in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 26, 2014

    It sounds kind of dickly of me to say this but I'm really surprised that Arkham Manor is turning into a story that I want to read.  I wasn't really sold on the first issue but after reading this I'm on the Arkham Manor trolley and it's weird but it feels more like Detective Comics than Detective Comics does.  If you were like me and not completely sold on this series, you owe it at least another chance and I think that this issue will change your mind.  Go check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Nov 28, 2014

    A solid entry into what, hopefully, isn't a forgotten series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Nov 26, 2014

    This book doesn't do much yet to justify its own existence. We've learned nothing new, and so far it just reads like an extension of the Bat-book formula which is to say a different writer taking Batman on monthly adventures against a different set of backdrops than the core series. I can't help but wonder where things will go when the trapped inside the manor storyline resolves itself. Because this book could survive without Batman, in fact at this point it's just what the Bat-books need: less Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Nov 27, 2014

    Mr. Freeze is used as comedic relief in this issue. There aren't any obvious cold puns thankfully but there definitely a lot of one liners. To be frank? The characterization kind of sucks. I know I said not to freak out about the continuity and to try and enjoy the issue on its own but the inclusion of Eric Border combined with Mr. Freeze saying things like Inform Batman we have a real Joker here. will have your wheels turning regardless. Who is this geezer and why is Bruce so afraid of him? I have no clue where this is going. Also, how does this remain an ongoing series? Obviously Wayne Manor cant stay like this forever right? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 1, 2014

    The problem with Arkham Manor is that is doesn't have its own identity yet. Sure, the setting is unique but the story hasn't played out all that differently from any story that you might find in Batman or Detective Comics. I assumed that a book focused on Arkham would place more of an emphasis on the villains and we haven't really gotten there yet. Their presence is used more for color than anything of substance. But the art is really great and fans looking for the next big thing to come out of DC should be paying attention to Shawn Crystal's work. Hopefully as the book progresses, the writing will start to match the art in terms of quality. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 29, 2014

    This second issue doesn't win me over anymore than the first, but I can at least say that Duggan and his art team are good at what they do. I don't really believe this could support an ongoing, but more power to them, I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    WhiteLantern Nov 26, 2014

    Arkham Manor is a strange Bat-book. The writing is really good. Gerry Duggan is crafting an interesting story inside of Arkham Manor, with interesting characters and concepts. But I find myself wishing that Batman wasn't in this book, so we could focus more on the inmates and staff at Arkham. They're the more interesting characters, and have the potential for more interesting stories. That said, the Batman/Jack Shaw story is still really interesting, since the idea of Batman going undercover at Arkham makes sense. Shawn Chrystal's artwork is pretty good, but I think he's struggling on some faces. It seems like Shaw and Mr. Freeze have the same facial structure, with only minor details changed to distinguish them from each other. I like the more

  • 7.5
    Batfan Nov 30, 2014

    The art has a manic, creepy feel to it, which the writing doesn't seem to replicate. It reads like a good Bat-story, but just another bat-story.

  • 6.5
    Jon-C17 Dec 2, 2014

    I'm not really into this one. The style is real neat, but seems to be inconsistent. The writing isn't that great. I think so far it's one of DC's lesser on-goings.

  • 8.5
    Redeadhood Nov 30, 2014

  • 8.5
    SwampyCA Jun 7, 2015

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Nov 28, 2014

  • 7.5
    Elmeth13 Dec 16, 2014

  • 5.0
    KnM Feb 21, 2021

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