Batman #31

Event\Storyline: Batman: Zero Year Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 50
8.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

The second chapter of ZERO YEAR SAVAGE CITY reveals an entirely new Gotham City. Unraveling the mysteries set forth by the Riddler, Batman must learn to work with his new ally, Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and do whatever it takes to survive!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • 10
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Jun 2, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo have done a great job during their time on Batman, and might even go down as one of the best teams in comics if they can keep hitting home runs. The only negative here is that you must read prior issues in order to understand the story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 31, 2014

    Batman is a great book under Snyder and Capullo and it has been the entire time under the New 52 banner. This particular issue stands out as a great one. I can't find any flaw in this book and this is the kind of issue you file in a spot where you can pull it up and re-read from time to time to get a charge of Batman. Great, great comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces May 29, 2014

    Another strong outing in the story arc that is becoming a must re-read to diehard Batman fans and casual readers alike. The best part about this arc is the failures of Batman, we are not seeing the veteran Dark Knight that can solve anything in an hour. He's picking himself up after every knockdown to prove to everyone he is the real deal. This issue gives us glimpses of the Batman Bruce will become, and I'm loving every second of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 28, 2014

    Some may feel Zero Year has been going on for too long. I couldnt disagree more. Too often big comic stories have a rushed feeling but here, were getting to see all aspects of the story get built up and fleshed out. Too often Batman is shown to easily solve any problem. Getting the chance to see a younger Batman has been fascinating as we get to see the man and hero he will become. Scott Snyders story has kept me captivated month after month. The art team of Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascencia makes everything look so dang good. Ive wondered this before. How will they top this story next? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall May 30, 2014

    Some people grumbled when Zero Year was announced, but Im not hearing any of that now. This re-focusing of Batmans origin will be classic, and will plant the seeds for many excellent Bat-stories for years to come! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 28, 2014

    Overall, Snyder leaves enough hanging in the air to ensure readers will come back for the next issue, but there are also enough satisfying elements to the book that will keep the audience from feeling left in a lurch. And without a doubt, Batman #31 will continue to remind readers why Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia are one of the best artistic teams in superhero comics today in the way they bring their respective talents together to help convey the tone, atmosphere and action that Snyder is writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 28, 2014

    If you've been following "Zero Year", this issue both delivers the same kind of high-caliber you've come to expect from this team as well as the frustration that the story ends after only twenty six pages until next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White May 28, 2014

    Zero Year barrels towards its conclusions with only two issues left. Anyone who’s a fan of a rip-roaring good time should be reading this. Get off the internet and read it now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 30, 2014

    Good to see this series getting back to its strengths! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett May 29, 2014

    At its heart, Batman #31 is an adventure story. It features death traps, vicious wildlife, a power mad dictator, and feats of derring do. It is bright, fun, and absolutely thrilling. This is Batman at his absolute best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 28, 2014

    Batman #31 is full of fun and exciting action that befits an action title such as Batman. This fun helps to keep the heavy events of this story afloat, but it doesn't damage the overall impact of the Riddler's terrifying scheme. This issue also sees Snyder digging deeper into elements introduced in the previous issue that brings to light new aspects of a young Bruce Wayne and the struggle he faced after his traumatic experience. Finally, Capullo and Plascencia produce amazing artwork with expansive cinematic layouts and rich and vibrant colors that leaves fans with zero doubt that this a brand new Bat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan May 29, 2014

    Batman has always been a symbol of fear, but in a way or two, he's also the symbol for inspiration. An event like Zero Year can definitely build Batman's mythos in a more consistent and successful way. Overall, this is a great issue that keeps the already action-packed story afloat. Can't wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jun 4, 2014

    Zero Year is coming to an end, and I bet Bruce still has a better trick up his sleeve, yet! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 29, 2014

    All around, this is an excellent issue that'll have fans foaming at the mouth for next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Alex Smith May 29, 2014

    After the penultimate issue next month, we get the finale to Zero Year and big changes coming to the mainBatmanseries. Gotham won't be the same, so these concluding issues are all that remainsbefore things go in a different direction, partly due to the focus onEternal. All faith is in Snyder, whatever he plans, for the future. But for now, this look into Batman's past his rivaled all the greatcreators and source material that came before it. Issue 31 is no different. Enjoy it while it lasts. Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Mark William Pawziuk May 30, 2014

    Batman #31, Savage City, is another dynamite chapter to Zero Year. This is a fantastic story arch that simply cant be put off until its collected for trade. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 28, 2014

    "Batman" #31 is yet another durable comic in the "Zero Year" story, which is quickly accumulating as a Batman tale begging to be re-read in its entirety from start to finish. As a sample of that grandiose adventure, this comic book has a lot to offer readers, but even more for readers with deeper experience following the character and this issue's creators. This is a building block in the evolution of Batman and Snyder and Capullo are sharing the construction process with the readers as the structure nears completion. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 31, 2014

    Overall Batman #31 is another exciting piece to the buildup of the final showdown between The Riddler and Batman. Despite some fatigue from how long Zero Year has been, but that hasn't taken away from the quality of the story. The Riddler has become one of the best re-do's of the new 52 and while an origin story wasn't exactly necessary to read again, at least it's been good. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 1, 2014

    Batman #31 continues the great run of Snyder and Capullo.  Zero Year may be going on too long, but each individual issue always brings something great to the table.  This month it's dirt bike Batman vs Lions and the promise he'll soon meet Riddler face-to-face.  Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 28, 2014

    Batman #31 is another solid issue of the series as it slowly approaches the finale of Zero Year. There's just not much else to say other than if you have been enjoying the comic up to now, there's no reason not to keep going, especially with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker May 28, 2014

    Even if were ready for a new storyline, you cant deny the recent brilliance of Snyder and Capullo. Its the hidden meanings that go beyond the page that make this creative team so special. When theyre on a roll, theres really no stopping them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 31, 2014

    We're almost at the end of Zero Year, and while I still think this story about the Riddler turning Gotham City into Fallout for an entire month is a little too ludicrous to be this early in Batman's career, I can at least appreciate a good comic. Snyder finds a way to add some tension into this issue, making it one of the most exciting of Zero Year so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 22, 2014

    Do I really need to convince you to buy a Batman comic written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 3, 2014

    Zero Year is still going very strong. But it is still going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Jun 13, 2014

    Conclusions for my Batman reviews are always a little repetitive. Zero Year is great. Scott Snyder is great. Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Fco Plascencia, and Steve Wands are great. This storyline should have by rights worn out its welcome about 6 months ago, but with the added back-up of Batman Eternal now giving us the modern day Bat-fix, it's even more enjoyable than before. The writing is still solid, the artwork is phenomenal, and there's a damn good reason why Batman is DC's top selling comic book month in and month out. Yes, it's got Batman in it, but it's also damn good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 28, 2014

    At this point, I think Zero Year is like a new car you've had for a couple of weeks. It's still new and great, but the new car smell has worn off. While Zero Year continues to be entertaining, the spark and excitement just isn't there towards the end. What the book lacks in excitement, it makes up for it with the humanization of Bruce we get to see in his adolescent years, a period of time which I don't ever remember reading about. Even though we all know it, getting wrapped up in viewing Batman as a larger than life figure is still all too easy, so I'll take any chance I can get to have some great human moments with the character be told. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb May 31, 2014

    It really says something about the creative team, that even when a story seems to have gone on far too long, it's still entertaining to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jun 9, 2014

    I like Snyder's work, and his Batman can be amazing, but I'll be glad when the Zero Year is over. Read Full Review

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