Batman #46

Batman #46

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 24
7.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

At last, Batman comes face to face with Gotham Citys deadly new villain, Mr. Bloom. With the fate of the city hanging in the balance, Batman reaches out to the one man who might be able to help him: Bruce Wayne!

  • 10
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Nov 14, 2015

    As Superheavy continues, it begins to take on the shape of a spreading shadow over the city, creeping over more and more of both the past and present as it inches towards a cataclysm whose true shape it cleverly conceals. Superheavy finds Snyder and Capullo at the peak of their powers, something that is as chilling as it is reassuring as they build towards the culmination of their run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 11, 2015

    Batman #46 features an inexperienced Bat going up against one of the most terrifying Batman villains yet. Snyder, Capullo and company are firing on all cylinders and I'm excited to see where this comic continues to go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Nov 11, 2015

    This issue feels like it more happened in it than usual" Maybe I'm imagining that, but that's how it felt. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Nov 11, 2015

    This entire storyline shines brightest when the focus is on Jim Gordon and his personal journey as Gotham's new Batman. When this issue is concerned with that element of the story, it's great. The stuff with Duke feels shoehorned in and unnecessary. Snyder has done a fantastic job since he started on BATMAN at treating Gotham like a character unto itself. Streets and spaces have meaning and mythos. He cares about the city and it's lore and Mr. Bloom being tied directly in to that strengthens the character. Snyder's writing and Capullo's art have crafted a truly compelling villain who will hopefully stick around long after his confrontation with Jim Gordon ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 12, 2015

    Overall, this is an interesting issue that's slowly building Mr. Bloom as a menacing villain Snyder and Caullo promised. Not all the story elements add up beautifully, but I'm sure things will change in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Nov 13, 2015

    Even with the Bruce Wayne storyline not playing as big a part in this issue as last time, the book overall is still stronger than 80% of DC's regularly rotated books. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Nov 11, 2015

    Batman #46 is a middle chapter, which is something many superhero comics struggle with. The task of moving 3-4 plots along, setting up future revelations and events, and continue to build tension and action is difficult to manage in a single comic that should be fun to read on its own as well. Yet Capullo and Snyder pull it off with aplomb. They understand how their story ought to function, which allows them to focus on the individual strengths of each scene. Action and romance alike are beautifully presented here, making the wait between each issue absolutely worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2015

    The Superheavy storyline continues to move into interesting and unexpected places as Mr. Bloom makes his presence known across Gotham. This issue has its problems, but it offers a great showcase for the three core players in this storyline and the promise of more surprises and drama to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 11, 2015

    "Superheavy" has opened a whole new wing in the legacy library of Batman's mythology. Seeded with new foes like Mr. Bloom, the arc exemplifies the teamwork required by comic book creators. No character is a bad character and no story a bad story; some tales simply need a little more cultivating, as Snyder, Capullo, Miki, Plascencia and Wands demonstrate in "Batman" #46, where Mr. Bloom is a serious threat and Batman is faced with a challenge unfamiliar to him. Where this creative takes "Superheavy" from here remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: it's going to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 11, 2015

    The seeds of the Mr. Bloom story arc continue to be planted. Seeing him in action is the stuff of nightmares. Jim Gordon, as Batman, is definitely going to have his hands full. Seeing the further adventures of Duke Thomas as well as Bruce Wayne in his new life adds to the mystery of the arc. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been shaking things up and there's no telling what they'll throw at us next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Scott Cederlund Nov 15, 2015

    Snyder and Capullo are charging ahead with this Gordon as Batman plot, but Batman #46 is an issue that shows how many narrative balls they can juggle in the air without really taking the time to get to dive deep into any of those stories. With a lot of characters, Snyder and Capullo spend a little time with character A and then with character B and C before heading back to the beginning again. The snippet of character moments creates the sense of a lot happening, but none of the stories are developed in a completely satisfying way. Luckily, Mr. Bloom carries the weight of the issue, creating a threat for Batmen new and old. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 11, 2015

    While this issue feels a bit slow and cumbersome Mr. Bloom steals the show. You haven't had nightmares under the bed quite like this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Nov 11, 2015

    While this book isnt a failure by any means, its not exactly the thrill ride that weve become accustomed to while reading Batman. Capullos art remains savage and rich and Snyder weaves about a billion webs, but theres not enough of a balance here between the expanded Batman universe, and the current villain arc. They do keep you hanging on for more, however, leaving "Batman #46" feeling like a bumpy start to an epic conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 11, 2015

    There's a lot going on here, ranging from a new Bat-cycle to the history of the Narrows to Geri Powers' plans to put a Batbot in every major city in the DC Universe. It's a lot, and even worse, he's going to have a thankless job. Snyder's going to have purists calling for his head, not giving him the time or the leeway to show us a different angle on the Dark Knight - and honestly, given the fairly one-note characterization Bruce has had for decades, it's not bad to give Gotham a shift every once in awhile. But by not having a truly clean break from the past, Snyder slows down his own book. Granted, not every issue is going to be a home run, and expecting that is unrealistic - instead, consider this issue a seed that will bear fruit soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 14, 2015

    I may be an old school Robin fan, but I'm loving everything happening in the Bat-world these days. Bring on the weirdness, bring on the altered status quos! I want to see the very concept of Batman and Robin run through the wringer! I only wish Snyder had a more interesting villain. Nothing about Mr. Bloom interests me right now. He's just some weird, gangly, super-powered nutter who kills indiscriminately, to the point that nobody really seems to care that he murdered so many people so grotesquely. It's just business as usual. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 12, 2015

    On the surface, this seems like a pretty good comic. It has plenty of intense action sequences, an engaging villain full of mystery, and great character building scenes. But when you look more closely, you start to see the weeds growing out of every little crack in its not so perfect exterior. The plot is full of easy conveniences and senseless choices which often fly in the face of logic. These aspects bring an unnatural/forced element to the page. While I'm not a card carrying member of the Scott Snyder fan club, I do appreciate what he brings to the table. His skill is almost a handicap at this point, because every issue is expected to wow us. At the end of the day, there was nothing major that brought this story down, merely an accumulation of small missteps that stood in the way of it reaching its full potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 15, 2015

    "Batman" continues to explore a number of plots in the current issue. The primary one has Gordon taking on Mr. Bloom in a strong confrontation with a very weak setup. The comic struggles to provide convincing arguments or explanations for decisions the characters make and that hold this issue back. The artwork helps to deliver a strong visual story to balance out the weaker script. Overall, this is a very average read in what is proving to be an average arc. They all can't be blockbusters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 16, 2015

    If this was a story about Batman saving the innocent or stopping criminals, I'd be all for it. Instead we get villains running wild and the "new" Batman failing again and again. These are the kinds of stories that drive away longtime fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Nov 13, 2015

    Overall, it was a better issue than last month but that's not saying a whole lot. It's a Batman comic without the real Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 11, 2015

    While Mr. Bloom seriously ups his threat level here, the pacing of the story feels off at times and even makes me feel like I missed an issue do to all the things that are thrown out here like they're common knowledge.  There are so many things that are going on in this story that it's hard to keep track in what's going on, especially Bruce's personal life because it's basically just thrown in for no reason besides to remind people that the character they know and love is still alive and to tease readers that he may return.  Even though I thought that some of the story didn't mesh right, the art was great as always and I hope that this story arc can truly become epic so we'll all have fond memories of Jim Gordon's time as Batman in the future.  Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Nov 18, 2015

    Well, TT. That has become one of my favorite sound effects from the Batman comics, and remarkably easy to make, by the way. Just put your tongue behind your upper teeth and make a moderate-to-heavy sigh. It certainly sums up my reaction to Scott Snyder's Batman 46. This is not a bad comic, not at all. In fact, in terms of pacing, dialogue, and other technical accomplishments it is quite good. Snyder rarely suffers from severe defects in terms of execution. Similarly, Greg Capullo delivers art that is up to the high standards we have come to expect. Read Full Review

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