Batman #3

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 16, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 67
8.5Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

As Bruce digs deeper into the mystery of the recent owl murders, he soon finds himself face to face with a shocking enemy an enemy the Wayne family has secretly been at war with for centuries. Be there for the first shots of the war for the soul of Gotham City. Friends will become deadly enemies and secrets will be revealed revelations that will change the Bat-family forever.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 16, 2011

    A new adversary, a new mystery, action, detective work and revelations and a cliffhanger is all crammed into this comic. Snyder and Capullo do a superb job deliver another great issue. This issue doesn't have as much action as issue #2 but there is a lot going on. Batman is supposed the world's greatest detective and we get to see some of that detective work. The idea that a secret organization could have existed in Gotham for decades without Batman having any knowledge is almost absurd but incredibly scary at the same time. Batman is discovering that he doesn't have all the answers. He can't always be prepared for everything. This is a new type of Batman story. It's a great ride that you're going to want to sit back and savor every tiny bit. Reading this series just makes me happy to be a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Nov 18, 2011

    Its getting hard to review this title on a monthly basis, without just repeating the its great! hyperbole. My conclusion for this issue is the same as it was for the last one, and I imagine next month Ill be saying the same thing: Batman #3 is the best issue yet, building on what came before and steadily ratcheting up the tension. Its so rewarding when a comic doesnt just coast on the power of the title characters brand name. The writing is striving to provide fresh insight into Batmans character, while the art is innovative and charged with a desire to explore new and exciting possibilities the comic medium makes available. This is comics done right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Nov 16, 2011

    Batman has been patrolling the night for decades, so long that you'd think the entire concept had been mined to exhaustion long ago. Snyder more than manages to find unexplored avenues in darkest Gotham and contribute new levels of complexity to one of the greatest urban legends to slink out of its shadows. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Dec 22, 2011

    And the scene with the iron mask-wearing gang and Batman's magnet – awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 21, 2011

    This one ends with a heck of a cliffhanger. This is the third strong issue in a row, and keeps this title as the best of the Bat-books and one of the better comics in the entire "New 52." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 19, 2011

    And with that, I'm all out of pedantic criticisms. How creepy were those white owl masks, by the way? What do you think the Court of Owls is up to? How will Batman survive the explosive finale? Tune in next time! Same Bat-time, same Bat "channel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 16, 2011

    "Batman" after the relaunch has been a strong series, and this issue is no exception. It's a good time to be a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Nov 16, 2011

    Simultaneously, Batman #3 excels in showing us why Bruce is the best detective in the world, but perhaps the most overconfident one as well. It takes him down a peg while staying true to the character; Snyder and Capullo's story challenges the Dark Knight, but doesn't detract from him. Something sinister is afoot, and if Batman #3 is any indication, it's going to be a ton of fun to discover the depth of this conspiracy alongside Bruce every step of the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 21, 2011

    And best of all? It's totally self-contained, even as it's part of a greater storyline " you can jump in without reading the previous two issues, even as you'll find that it's very difficult to leave. Batman #4 can't come quickly enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Nov 18, 2011

    A cool and kinda creepy story about what Bruce Waynedoesn't know about Gotham! Great art. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 18, 2011

    The conclusion of the book ends with a chilling boom that perfectly displays the danger in store for Batman. Read Full Review

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

    Batman discovers the truth behind the Court Of Owls as The Talon strikes a deadly blow! This series just keeps getting better and better. Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 17, 2011

    Greg Capullo’s art is beautiful in this issue. I was especially impressed with how he handles the opening mob action. It’s so violent and so brutal but keeps the darker fine art edge that Capullo is known for. The fact that his line work is so thin but translates with such weight is a testament to how good the work is. Especially with Batman, who looks truly menacing here, a dark spirit of vengeance out to stop a killer. Batman #3 isn’t the most visceral issue and there are a few kinks in it, but having followed Snyder’s work for this long. I trust there’s a reason for everything. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 24, 2011

    As to the Court of Owls, the uncovering of the mystery works well enough, but the conspiracy and super-secret organization full of people dressed up as owls hiding in the homes of Gotham's most wealthy doesn't come off any better than it sounds. Issue #3 isn't a good as I'd like but it's still the best of the Bat-titles. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Nov 16, 2011

    I've spoken of the "third issue slump" before and how it seems that comic series' third chapters tend to be the weakest, when the teases of the villain have grown weary and it's too early to fully reveal what's going on, leaving only necessary plot moments devoid of life and energy. Unfortunately, that's what "Batman" #3 amounts to. It handles many of those necessary plot points competently, but doesn't make them memorable or turn them into anything more than scenes to get through. The issue does end on a clever revelation regarding the Court of Owls, with Snyder managing to tie together several threads of the story inventively, showing promise for the future of the story. Otherwise, it's Batman does things you've seen a thousand times before, and that's fine, I guess. Read Full Review

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