Batman #33

Event\Storyline: Batman: Zero Year Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 54
9.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Its been one hell of a year in Gotham City, and it all comes down to this: Batman vs. The Riddler! Gotham City and the Dark Knight will never be the same! Dont miss this special, extra-sized finale of Zero Year!

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jul 24, 2014

    That's freaking gorgeous writing, you guys. That last scene between Bruce & Alfred may be my favorite ever. It gets me all emotional every time I read it. If it doesn't get to you, YOU HAVE NO HEART. My only complaint was by the end, it felt like Gordon was rushed into being Commissioner. Lots of times, prequel stories feel like we have to be at the status quo by the end of the story, and that's not necessarily the case. We don't need everything so neat & tidy by the end. We know the characters will be there eventually. But that was just a minor thing. This was a work of art, and I give… Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jul 24, 2014

    So please, now that it's over. Go read Zero Year. Go read the new quintessential Batman origin. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jul 24, 2014

    I cant wait until the next story starts in August! I think itll continue to keep Batman as the top-selling comic each month, so I highly recommend you dont miss it! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 23, 2014

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo stick the landing for Zero Year with issue #33 of Batman. This is the work of two modern masters, defining one of the most iconic characters ever known in any entertainment medium. This is a can't miss comic in a series that is as good as it gets. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett Jul 23, 2014

    Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and the rest of their team have crafted a tale that not only distills what makes the character of Batman so beloved, but one that makes him feel brave and new after 75 years. Stunning. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 23, 2014

    Batman: Zero Year comes to an end. This is the sort of story that makes you want to stand up and applaud. We've seen countless Batman origin stories throughout his seventy-five years of publication but Snyder, Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia have given us the definitive one. Zero Year is going to be a great collected story you'll want to read over and over. The entire Bat creative team have outdone themselves here. If for some reason you haven't read Zero Year, you need to fix that immediately. I can't wait to read this all over again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jul 24, 2014

    Its clear Snyder is a writer capable of bringing new life to a seventy-five year old city as Batman reaches his anniversary this year. Hes successfully created a story that not only brings the mythology of Batman to the present, but also adds new energy to the city as he builds up his own version of Gotham. Hes managed to go from Secret City to Dark City to Savage City and keep it fine-tuned the whole way through. With a character full of iconic stories Snyder has successfully created a well-crafted story of his own with Zero Year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jul 25, 2014

    It's time to move Year One a bit down your shelf, because Zero Year has officially become, in my opinion, the definitive tale of how Batman became Gotham's protector. Snyder, Capullo, and their team have created a modern classic, which this finale is the perfect capstone to their pyramid. The villains are defeated, Batman is victorious, and Gotham has a Dark Knight to watch over it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Jul 23, 2014

    Snyder so carefully builds the conclusion to Zero Year into Batman's continuity that it feels like we are witnessing the birth of a superhero. Doing this with such a strong established history should be tricky, but Snyder makes it seem easy. The story and art together in Batman #33 make Batman more human, which is an amazing accomplishment for a superhero. Batman is all at once stronger and weaker, which makes him that much more entertaining to follow. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 26, 2014

    "Zero Year" is finally over, and it was yet another thrilling conclusion to the newest Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jul 23, 2014

    Batman #33 is the best conclusion Snyder's given us, and I hope to see more like this coming out of his work. Not bad for the 75th anniversary, not bad at all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces Jul 24, 2014

    BATMAN: ZERO YEAR is the moment in the movie theater where at the end everyone claps in their seats because they know what they just watched was pure gold. On the day of Batman's 75th Anniversary, we are given the ending to one of the strongest stand alone Batman stories in decades. If Snyder and Capullo were athletes, this would be the equivalent of winning the championship and then immediately retiring because it doesn't get much better than this. Job well done boys. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Jul 23, 2014

    This issue meets and exceeds expectations and finishes an amazing series. Throughout the entire Zero Year storyline Scott Snyder's sense of pacing has been very precise, he made sure that over the course of Zero Year Bruce Wayne's trials made him into the Batman we know today over time. As the last issue in the Zero Year storyline we see the last piece of the puzzle fall into place and we're left with an elegant continuum of Bruce Wayne's transformation into the Batman. Zero Year did exactly what it set out to do, it introduced a young Bruce Wayne to the new insane criminals of Gotham, and through his trials he would become the Batman. We got to see in real time how key elements of Bruce's past shaped him and we got to experience everything along with him. Zero Year truly is a historical Batman story and will serve as the foundation for many Batman stories to come after it, and I feel honored to have experienced his origin from beginning to end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 26, 2014

    Batman #33 is one of the most satisfying comic books I've ever read.  Scott Snyder manages to tie everything up in a story filled with layer upon layer of greatness.  Greg Capullo's art is second to none and this arc just cements his place in the Bat Hall of Fame.  Zero Year is over and I'm not sure how Snyder and Capullo can top this masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 26, 2014

    Batman is a fantastic read. It's no surprise that each issue manages to build a story in a way to provide a payoff at the end. This issue is the payoff and it delivers everything and more. This is the comic book to pick up this week. It captures much of what makes Batman and his supporting cast so special. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Jul 23, 2014

    As always, the artwork is phenomenal, and Capullo dug deep for this finale issue. His paneling is crisp and masterful, and every detail pops from the page with the help of inker Danny Miki and sensational colorist FCO Plascencia, who's been a major asset on this entire run. So far, this has been an unstoppable creative team, and with the new "Endgame" arc premiering in issue #35, I can't wait to see what they'll do next. The bottom line is that Batman has consistently been one of the best superhero books in publication since it began in 2011, and if this pace keeps up"long may the Bat reign. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 28, 2014

    Glad to see this series back at the top of its game! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Jul 24, 2014

    Artistically, Greg Capullo has turned himself in the modern Batman artist. It was Jim Lee, then it was Dustin Nguyen and Tony Daniel, now it is Capullo. I don't say that lightly, but when you go through his art in this issue it's easy to see. He understands the tones that are necessary for a Batman title. His art goes through the standard layouts and knows exactly when to break free. He puts so much detail into each panel and is able to do so with ease. No other artist is able to do as many issues a year as Capullo, especially when you consider that many, like this, were of extended length. His Batman is powerful and commands respect. His Alfred is respectable and wise. His Gordon looks ready to fight. Capullo gets it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jul 25, 2014

    This issue invokes the entirety of the story-arc, and the arduous journey Bruce takes to become the Bat. The reader sees the character at his highs and contemplating-dangerous-medical-procedures lows. The one thing that is perfectly clear is that there was a void inside Bruce, one that he spent years trying to fill. Once Bruce finds a purpose, one that lets him channel the anger and confusion of a frightened child into something positive, Alfred knows that he will never stop. In 'Zero Year', Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have crafted on origin story that is not about how Bruce Wayne put on a costume, but how he found a purpose for dressing up like a giant bat and choosing a life in the shadows. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 25, 2014

    Overall, Zero Year is a great event that shows us who this New 52 Batman is. A strong story with wonderful art, Batman Zero Year ends in a high note, and it has us looking forward to what Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have in store next. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 26, 2014

    I loved this finale to Zero Year, and if you like Batman you will too. Pick it up from your local comic book shop, and the back issues shouldn't be too difficult to track down. Alternatively, it will all be available digitally or you can buy the collections as and when they come out, starting with Secret City out in hardcover now, and Dark City out in October. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jul 23, 2014

    The purple-and-green puzzler may be the final baddie of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's brilliant Zero Year arc, but he's really just the spark that lets the true stars " Bruce, Alfred, and most importantly, Gotham City " shine through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 24, 2014

    I'm excited to see what the team does next with this book. It's hard to think of where they could go from here that could equal this, but even if they don't manage to hit this height again, having one of the definitive Batman origin arcs in your body of work is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jul 28, 2014

    Snyder gives Riddler and Batman a finisher worthy of the hype and wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 23, 2014

    "Batman" #33 gives a very strong conclusion to "Zero Year," and all parties involved should be pleased with the end result. Was it worth the wait as the story moved through its three different phases? I'd say so. Snyder, Capullo, Miki, and FCO Plascencia delivered a great final piece to the puzzle of the dreaded "Zero Year." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 23, 2014

    Batman #33 is a fantastic and solidly written finale to Zero Year storyline. While it dragged a bit getting here and there were some problems here in the issue itself, it really manages to overcome these problems and truly shine. The writing was great, the characters were well done, and the artwork was absolutely wonderful on almost every level. This issue will set you back an extra dollar this month ($4.99 this time around), but between the many extra pages that extend the length of the comic very well, and the overall quality of the comic itself, it's worth it. Zero Year ended on a great note and I look forward to where the future of Batmanwill go from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 23, 2014

    There is no doubt that Batman #33 ends the "Zero Year" storyline with a mix of action-packed sequences with some complex storytelling and character development – a hallmark of this team's run on the series. Ultimately, the intent doesn't seem to be one of reinventing the wheel but digging deeper into the ambiguities about how it came into being and providing this generation with a Batman it can call its own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jul 23, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo give fans a very satisfying conclusion to Zero Year that's incredibly personal. We see important relationships finally fall into place with characterizations that are true and emotionally resonant. Most importantly, this conclusion gets us exactly where Snyder has intended all along with a redefining of who Batman is in the New 52. The incredible artwork by Capullo also helps to solidify Snyder's new take on Batman's origin. On the downside, the issue isn't as action packed as some fans may have expected, and one reference to future mythology may leave some rolling their eyes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jul 24, 2014

    I laughed, I cried! It was better than Bats! But seriously, this story had some serious emotional weight along with well crafted and intelligent interplay between characters. In my opinion it is Snyder's best ending to date. Sure, there are always nits to be picked but I'm just so happy with the successful parts of the story, that the few missteps are easily overlooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 23, 2014

    Overall Batman #33 was a very poignant and wrapped things up in Zero Year very nicely. As always Team Batman kills it on art. It was a long arc that had a pretty nice payoff. It only falters in the sense that it was a bit too predictable. That didn't take away from the enjoyment as a whole though. Zero Year is a good example of long form comic storytelling and it'll be exciting to read it in a collected version all at once. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jul 26, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo are a dream team. We know they are on the title until at least #50 and seem to just be getting started. So, sorry anyone who wants to take on the Dark Knight… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 26, 2014

    I don't think the story really supported the gravitas of what happened in Zero Year, but Snyder and Capullo offered enough clever twists and emotional payoffs to make for a good finale. Read Full Review

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