Batman #47

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 38
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

While Jim Gordon is in the fight of his life against Mr. Bloom, Bruce Wayne discovers a shocking secret about his past that will change everything in Gotham City!This issue features open-to-order variant covers by Alex Ross that will be shipped in opaque polybags.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 9, 2015

    Superheavy still has a few issues left but you can feel it all building towards an explosive ending. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have made me a fan of Jim Gordon as Batman. Along with Jim, we're really seeing Duke Thomas fleshed out into a great character and you can't help but be intrigued as Bruce Wayne tries to figure out what's going on. The creative team on this continues to maintain its hot streak. You'll find yourself glued to each page and cringe at the thought of having to wait to read the next part. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 9, 2015

    Snyder and Capullo have certainly proved themselves worthy of the cowl in their storied history with Batman, and issue #47 will prove to be one of the standout books in that history. I could read this issue over and over again as a self contained book, but it adds volumes of depth and satisfies so many questions to the Superheavy arc. Whatever happens in Batman in the days after Snyder and Capullo, one things for sure, whomever picks up that gauntlet is going to have some damn heavy boots to fill. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 9, 2015

    Batman #47 is a damn good comic. It is entertaining, with powerful moments for some great characters and a last page that'll make you gasp. This comic is good month in and month out, but #47 takes things to a new level of awesome. Get me #48…now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 11, 2015

    This is a powerful issue with a lot of great moments and reminds me why Mr. Bloom is a respectable villain. The cliffhanger ending a truly terrifying, and I'm wondering how it is going to playing into Batman's overall mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 10, 2015

    "Superheavy" is only getting better as it heads towards its climax. This issue deftly juggles all three lead characters while building up the menace of Mr. Bloom and throwing out some unexpected curve balls for good measure. The last page alone is going to make the wait for issue #48 very painful indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 9, 2015

    As much as Snyder has made us care about Jim and Duke in this storyline, it's Bruce who truly takes center stage this issue. The confrontation in the subway tunnel is a huge turning point for the new Bruce Wayne, and the comment about the negative space in his history will make some readers cheer. With that in mind, it's also the one part of the story where the final page pulls out the one true, dangerous, genuine shock moment. While it fits in with everything else that's happened in Snyder's "Batman" run to date, there's also no denying everything in this storyline has just been scattered and the remaining pieces are in desperate need of picking up. All of the readers who were cheering a few pages earlier? They're now shrieking, because that's how you create a cliffhanger. Well done, Snyder, Capullo and Miki. You got us, and you got us good. Here's to 2016 so we can see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Dec 9, 2015

    This issue gave us much to mull over, without overloading us. I very much enjoyed it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Dec 11, 2015

    Batman #47 is yet another example of why this new take on the Caped Crusader is needed, as although there is no doubt that Bruce needs to eventually retake the cowl, this has been one of the better stints without him. The creative team also give us a few shocking twists, leaving plenty to be excited about as we wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Dec 14, 2015

    The overriding metaphor of the issue, Harvey Bullock's poker variant he calls Gotham Card Put Down revolves around the "Gotham card," in essence a wild card whose reveal after a randomized period of time changes the entire course of the game, forcing everyone to go all in no matter how much they'd won or lost up to that point. As Duke forces Bruce to see his legacy as Batman in the lights of an oncoming train, The Joker has seemingly returned, and Jim Gordon discovers to his dismay that there are in fact multiple Blooms, it may seem at first blush like the Gotham card has been flipped. In fact, Jim's description of the card's role in the game timed to these revelations infers it, but in reality the clock is still ticking, and unlike the game around Bullock's table, we know exactly when it's going to stop. The Gotham card is Batman #50 and the true purpose of the card game metaphor, or at least the wild card's place in it, is that no matter who wins and loses over the next two issues, e Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Dec 14, 2015

    Second maybe only to "Sabrina" as one of the strongest horror comics out right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 10, 2015

    Granted, we would have liked to have found out just a little more about Gordon's arch nemesis, but Snyder and Capullo are still pumping out quality super-heroing. This is still one of the top 5 best DC/Marvel books on the shelf right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 9, 2015

    This is an awesome issue with a huge payoff at the end. It feels like we're building a whole new legend in many ways, and this issue is a key one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 9, 2015

    I found myself really enjoying this issue because it really had a more positive tone with what appeared to be good overcoming evil and probably because we really saw Jim Gordon pulling off being Batman.  While Mr. Bloom's plans are still shadowed away for a future issue, the events here will really get you excited for what's to come going forward.  Just a lot of fun all the way through, even if some of it came off as really convenient in the end.   Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 9, 2015

    Action is tight and works well to build up Batman's problem solving skills while we get a major reveal to cap things off. An average sort of read with a reveal that you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Scott Cederlund Dec 20, 2015

    Instead of telling a story about James Gordon, this issue demonstrates that he isn't the driving force of this storyline. "Superheavy" isn't about Gordon learning to be a superhero instead of a cop, which would have been a much more fascinating story to see. It's about Gordon doing his time filling in the role of Gotham's Dark Knight protector. There's no purpose or greater calling for Gordon and that's why his story ultimately ends up feeling so inconsequential. Even at the beginning of his time as the Batman, his role in the cowl feels so much more meaningless than previous replacement Batmen. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Dec 11, 2015

    Overall, an all right issue with an AWESOME final page that has me looking forward to #48. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Dec 10, 2015

    If you've been following the flagship Batman title to this point, I see no reason for you to stop. Regardless of how you feel about the current status quo, just take solace in the fact that we're one month closer to March, which will bring us issue #50, the likely return of Bruce Wayne to the Batman mantle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John Amenta Dec 10, 2015

    This issue opens a big door to the foregone conclusion that Bruce Wayne will at the very least remember his time as Batman. I for one hope that Snyder keeps his return to the title role a slow burn, as Gordon has grown on me in the suit. No, he is not our Batman, but in the 75 year history of the character, a few stories featuring a different man under the mask have produced interesting moments. Not to mention that getting to see a longtime supporting character like Gordon in a different light can only add to his appeal. And I kind of dig that capeless black suit, but that could be just me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 10, 2015

    Overall, I'd like Batman back. But to be serious, even though this book has been missing the title character for almost 8 months now, it still manages to entertain. While I look forward to Batman's return, I'm trepidatious about how Snyder intends to re-implement Batman into the story, considering how much this issue contradicts previous plot points. If you are impatiently waiting the return of Batman, then this is still not the book for you. If you can look past that, the art is top notch, and while the plot is probably the most questionable it has ever been, it's hard to argue with the quality of the writing being presented. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 9, 2015

    Despite the lack of an emotional payoff, this book is still pretty sound. The art is tight and it accomplishes its goals even if it meanders for a moment in the service of poetic license. But the ending feels like a non-event. It's cheap, and frankly it feels like the creative team isn't giving readers enough credit. They've built a rabid fanbase with this take on Batman. The tease is unnecessary, and I think it undercuts the effectiveness of the script. The big reveal plays like that episode of a TV show that knows it wasn't strong so they give you a glimpse of next week's guest star to get you to tune in. Stick the landing before getting back on the horse. I promise your audience will still be there. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 12, 2015

    "Batman" seems to wrap up the Bloom plot and the Wayne amnesia subplot in this issue. The comic has a lot of action as Bat-Gordon takes on Bloom, but it also has some very symbolic moments as Wayne regains some of his memories. The comic is backed up with terrific visuals from Capullo. The comic doesn't quite sell how Wayne recovers his memory and it also suffers from a very poorly constructed villain in Bloom. This is a decent, but average read in the series from this creative team. I mildly recommend it. Read Full Review

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