Batman #48

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 30
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Mr. Blooms seeds have grown into an army that may turn all of Gotham City against its new Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne meets a mysterious stranger who could start a chain of events no one can stop.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Jan 20, 2016

    A year from now, five years from now Ill be able to hand someone the Superheavy trade on its own as an example of one of the most important Batman stories ever told. If these stories are something that the publishers truly value and want a legacy for, then the room to breathe that Superheavy has been given is absolutely vital to the future of the medium. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Jan 20, 2016

    The melancholic malaise that hangs BATMAN #48 is palpable, and it's a credit to how adept Snyder and Capullo are at characterization that they make readers do the nigh-impossible: feel sympathy for the Joker. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Wednesday Comics - Marvin Salguero Jan 22, 2016

    And maybe that's all Snyder is trying to tell us. Yes, Bruce is going to become the Batman again. The Joker will eventually become what he has always been. But hopefully they, Snyder and Capullo, have made something we can enjoy while it happened. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 20, 2016

    A menagerie of nightmares float about Gotham in more ways than one, but more importantly the core of Batman discovers its true self. Read Full Review

  • 9.5 - John McCubbin Jan 22, 2016

    Batman #48 moves “Superheavy” forward in a truly extraordinary manner, with the simple, yet powerful developments being truly captivating. This is all complimented by some sensational artwork, and when you throw in some thrilling twists it's hard to not recommend this. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jan 24, 2016

    While the issue is very heavy on the dialogues, it's surprisingly not boring at all. Artist Greg Capullo does a wonderful job making the issue very visually pleasure, and there's no one moment of dullness reading the book at all. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 20, 2016

    "Superheavy" seems to keep getting better as it goes along. This new issue delivers thrills and character drama in equal measure. Capullo's art shines regardless of subject matter, and Snyder again shows a firm handle on the rivalry between Batman and Joker. Best of all, this issue strongly suggests that life won't simply return to normal in Gotham once this storyline is finished. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jan 20, 2016

    Closing thoughts –Snyder masters the art of pacing and delivers the most compelling issue of Superheavy yet, as we approach the climax of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jan 20, 2016

    Once again Greg Capullo's artwork and Danny Miki's colours pop with every panel, especially during Bruce and Joker's interaction; the facial work in both characters is excellent. With this being one of Capullo's last issues before his brief hiatus to work with Mark Millar, he's doing everything he can to give fans some outstanding imagery. With 'Superheavy' coming to a close and Bruce Wayne poised to don the cape and cowl once again, this team is putting out all the stops to deliver a memorable Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 20, 2016

    Ultimately, Batman #48's greatest downfall also happens to be its greatest strength - it took a lot of guts for Snyder and Capullo to sideline DC Comics' most popular character and replace him with an everyman, and signalling Batman's return so soon makes me wonder what might have been with an organized, institution-friendly Dark Knight. You can't help but feel like the switchover is a little abrupt, almost as a reaction to post-Convergence reader attrition. But even while Jim Gordon's time as Gotham's sole Caped Crusader has come a little short, Snyder and Capullo are definitely positioning a triumphant return for DC Comics' original Dark Knight Detective. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 20, 2016

    "Batman" #48 features the moment Batman fans have been waiting for, but Snyder, Capullo, Miki and Plascencia make the journey there just as exciting and gripping. It would have been easy to rush through these post-"Endgame" issues of "Batman," but this careful buildup has turned out to be far more iconic and attention-grabbing than a quick reversion to the status quo. Once again, nicely done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 21, 2016

    While Bruce might not be sporting a scalloped cape and the “Joker” isn't wearing a purple tailcoat, you still get the same sense of interplay that these two characters have always had together. Snyder also plays with your expectations as the story unfolds, constantly feeding you lines that make you think one thing and then revealing themselves in the very next moment to be something entirely different. It's equal parts entertainment and enlightenment. And that is only half the story! The rest is Bloom delivering a clever metaphor while engaging in acts of barbarism. Seeing a man capable of such eloquence and thought engage in such acts of brutality is a wonderful moment of juxtaposition that hopefully won't be overlooked in exchange for the spotlight that Bruce will no doubt, and rightly so, steal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jan 25, 2016

    With the final page, Snyder and Capullo are bringing us closer to the end of yet another one of their brilliant Bat-stories. "Batman" #48 explores character and brings depth to action and mystery. This team has shown they can do anything with Batman and his world while making every facet of their story intriguing and fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 25, 2016

    While this may be just an ordinary Tuesday in Gotham City, both Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne stand at crossroads that are anything but ordinary. The people's Batman may be at death's door thanks to his first proper rogue, while the genuine article stands at the edge of the abyss, willing to dive in once again to save his city and reclaim his crusade no matter what the personal cost. Scott Snyder and his art team, while consistently entertaining, don't rest on their laurels with this eighth part of "Superheavy." They started this arc big and they intend to end it even bigger. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Jan 20, 2016

    BATMAN #48 is a fantastic issue. It ratchets up the drama and intensity of this title to eleven, is excellently scripted by Snyder whose dialogue " while at times overwrought " stands as some of the best writing in his career, and the art of Greg Capullo shines as brightly as it ever has during his run on BATMAN. With two issues to go before Bruce dons the Batsuit again, one can only hope that his return doesn't overshadow all of the great work that this creative team has done to strengthen Jim Gordon's character and build a truly terrifying villain in Mr. Bloom. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Scott Cederlund Jan 24, 2016

    Gotham still needs its Batman, but Snyder and Capullo are questioning whether Bruce Wayne needs to be Batman. And right now the answer looks like that there's no other man alive who could possibly be Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jan 22, 2016

    Though one exchange in particular didn't overshadow the action the way it should have, this was a solid entry to the Superheavy story arc that reveals some of the layers of Batman and why he has to do things the way he does them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jan 22, 2016

    A surprising reunion graced the final page of last month's issue of Batman, and fans wanted more. Don't worry, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo know that and kick off issue #48 right where we left off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jan 20, 2016

    Although those scenes provided more entertainment than expected and very nearly lit a fire under Bruce's ass in a literal sense, I stress the real show here are the Bruce/Joker scenes. The final page, which I won't spoil, will simultaneously make you cheer for Bruce and feel Alfred's heartbreak. It's quite powerful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jan 27, 2016

    Scott Snyder has never been shy about his philosophical musings. That is one of the most distinctive aspects of his writing, and one of the things that make his public discussions and panel appearances potentially interesting. He has ideas he wants to explore and is willing to talk at length and with sophistication about those theories and metaphors and analogies. In an era when many writers seem to regard the story of ideas as being hopelessly old hat, Snyder's enthusiasm for philosophical discussion is refreshing. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm is also often quite tiring. He seems incapable of telling a story that isn't the “biggest ever!” Despite a professed desire to focus on shorter, more intimate narratives, he inevitably ends up spinning arcs that take up a dozen issues and months of real time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 23, 2016

    "Batman" continues the story where Bloom is defeating Gordon while Bruce struggles with his memory and his destiny. The comic has an excellent component where the story alternates between Bruce coming to terms with who he really is while Gordon is losing the battle against Bloom. The comic is backed up with fantastic artwork and provides an excellent final page. The comic's drawback is how Bloom's role in the plot just seems so secondary to getting Bruce back into the Bat suit. The villain just seems too odd with too strange of a means to destroying the population of Gotham for a Batman story. It will be interesting to see how this ends. This is a good comic and one that is worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - ggiPhil Jan 21, 2016

    Bloom's overly long pseudo-philosophical speech falls flat, especially against the more poignant scenes by the lake. However, Bloom's horrifically ghoulish appearance and his unknown connection to Gordon are enough to keep him compelling as a villain. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - David Luzader Jan 21, 2016

    A solid entry in the Superheavy storyline, even if it does feel like were dragging our feet a little. 4/5 Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 20, 2016

    On its own, the issue doesn't hold up, but as part of the bigger story Snyder is putting together it's a vital issue. And that ending, it's so nice to see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 23, 2016

    The end is on its way! Another Big Batman Blowout is coming from Snyder and Capullo, and this issue does all the heavy lifting to set us up for something spectacular. The tension is rising! It's party time! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 20, 2016

    While you won't find out the secret origin of Mr. Bloom in this issue, you do begin to see his plans for the city laid out, while continuing the story of the amnesiac Bruce Wayne and his journey to becoming Batman again.  This is all a setup issue, but the setup is interesting enough and as always the art looks great.  I just wish we could put a handle on what Mr. Bloom can actually do because every damn issue it seems that he's got a new ability. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 24, 2016

    The Batman title has been very hit-and-miss for me since the "New 52" reboot, but unless things turn around fast, #50 will be my last issue for a while. Read Full Review

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