Batman #2

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 19, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 69
8.8Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Bruce Wayne is back in the cowl, hunting a new and deadly killer in Gotham City a killer with a vendetta against Bruce Wayne! But who is this mysterious killer in an owl skull mask? And is he the key to unlocking one of Gotham's oldest and most terrifying secrets? Be there for their first brutal encounter!

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Oct 18, 2011

    "Batman" is one of the few comics in the DC relaunch where the second issue is better than the debut. Bruce Wayne has upped his game, but the world around him has also altered its stance. He is sure he'll be fine and yet it is that mindset that may cost him most of all. This issue drops an absolutely fantastic final page that is only made better when you turn it to find there's actually still one more page to go. And that page is just as phenomenal. There's a satisfying round journey presented in this issue and yet it also hints at things to come. This is the sort of issue you could drop into anyone's hand, no matter their level of knowledge or involvement, and make them a fan for life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 19, 2011

    Snyder often crams in hidden details and plotlines in the story that you don't realize until you go back months later. Batman is a great character but somehow Scott and Greg are making him even greater. Without even coming close to reading the rest of the comics this week, I can easily say this is my pick of the week. It's just that good. The story is building up and it's going to explode like an atomic bomb. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 21, 2011

    This issue is what the Dark Knight is all about. Scott Snyder's work in this series is engaging, insightful and clever. Gotham City is just as important a character as Batman himself. The artwork is presented with painstaking detail. Readers should expect this series to get better and better with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Nov 9, 2011

    Anyone not buying this book is missing out one of the best series of the year so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 19, 2011

    Also, this book might have one of the most badass Batman moments ever, which makes it all the more poignant knowing that it'll all be coming back to haunt him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 23, 2011

    I love the art except for that one jarring scene and the similarities between Bruce and March, the story has all the elements that make a great Batman story, and the sepia tone Gotham (think Batman Begins) and the cool blue hued Batcave are nice touches. And I'm a little less excited about this book since we're doing the secret society business, again. But the way Snyder builds on the history of Gotham, shows off Batman's latest gadgets and brings spot-on characterization to Bruce/Batman and Gordon while also delivering an action packed finale"it's just a damn fine comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 23, 2011

    Still the best of the Bat-books by far! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Brian Russell Oct 21, 2011

    There is a lot to get you excited about this series here. TheCourt of Owls is still a mystery, though we finally see a member in action.Apparently, Bruce's strong stance that the Court does not exist may be a littleoff. But, he's the World's Greatest Detective, I'm sure he'll figure it outsoon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 19, 2011

    Greg Capullo’s art is another highlight to the issue. I love how he splits his work between fluid action and almost portrait work. When the story calls for action, Capullo’s work jumps off the page, but in the quieter moments, when characters are talking or relating to each other, everything freezes. Capullo allows your focus to fall on everything within the panel and it helps create real atmosphere for Snyder’s story. Batman #2 is another top-notch entry from one of the only writer’s that keeps me constantly guessing and constantly excited to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Nov 18, 2011

    Two issues in, and Im already imagining the complete, 11-chapter graphic novel collecting this saga joining the canon of classic Batman stories alongside Snyders Black Mirror, might I add. The pacing is careful and deliberate, with some cards still being held close to the chest, but you get a sense that Snyder knows exactly where he is going, and that the pace and the stakes will continue to escalate with each passing installment. Furthermore, this is a comic that looks simply stunning, with Greg Capullo and his artistic collaborators giving us one of the slickest looking titles of the New 52. Its a good thing that this is the most read comic of all the New 52, as few titles out there showcase all thats great about DC and comics in general better than this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 22, 2011

    A little confusing in places, but Snyder and Capullo are so good that they can just push through those weaker parts and still make you want to read more. Love watching Batman taking on a new villain rather than these dusty old rogues that he's fought a million times before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Oct 25, 2011

    Of all the Batman titles that have been released, Batman is the one that seems to have grabbed my attention. I don't care about Batman and Catwoman getting it on, the Joker getting his face cut off by a bunch of Silent Hill rejects does nothing for me. The Brat and the Bat never set well with me, and Nightwing is just this guy, ya know? Batman serves up the big action and thrills one wants from a Batman title, and includes a bit of everything else. I hope Snyder isn't telegraphing the big bad the same way Morrison did Black Glove, or Loeb did with Hush. I hope Lincoln March is that character that is nothing more than a recurring character thrown in to throw off the reader, and I hope Capullo's art continues to shine. For now Batman continues to deliver an issue that is as good as the last, earning Batman #2 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 21, 2011

    Snyder is putting together an outstanding look at how the city makes what Batman and his villains are relative to each other. He's rolling out a comprehensive story that contains just about every aspect of the character that I look for in a Batman book. I think the only thing this book is missing is more Alfred. Overall, this is the class of the DC reboot/relaunch as far as I'm concerned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Dec 2, 2011

    Bruce Wayne has been targeted for assassination by The Court Of Owls! Plus: Does Dick Grayson have an alibi for John Does murder? Another fantastic issue from writer Scott Snyder and penciler Greg Capullo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Oct 23, 2011

    Batman #2 in many ways is an amalgamation of many types of comics. It is a superhero comic, a crime comic, and an action comic. This mixture has always been a part of the foundation of Batman, but here Snyder uses it to the fullest effect possible. The relatively new structural additions are what enhance the base, creating that pedestal on which his story arc will be supported. The architect has taken the plans from the drawing table and delivered them to the engineers. The tower that will be produced will stand as a beacon for the present and the future. Ladies and gentlemen, when shall we cut the ribbon? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 24, 2011

    I'm also impressed with Snyder's ability to capture Bruce Wayne's arrogance while still being able to present a likable character. Even if he villain isn't a great one Snyder's story about the guardians of Gotham and Capullo's art elevate the issue into one of the best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Oct 24, 2011

    Along the way, artist Greg Capullo gets a chance to again show off his skills for slick action-oriented sequences, utilising some effective cartooning techniques that give Batman's antics a real sense of motion and fluidity. Read Full Review

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