Batman #50

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: FCO Plascencia, Danny Miki, Greg Capullo, Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 23, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 38
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullos epic story Superheavy, Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love.This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.BATMAN #50Pages:5Read Now

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Mar 24, 2016

    BATMAN #50 is the culmination of nearly five years' worth of stories and a shining example of what a creative team can accomplish when they both love what they're doing and understand their subject matter on an atomic level. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 23, 2016

    With the conclusion to Superheavy, all is almost as it should be in Gotham City. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have delivered another stellar issue. We have some amazing scenes and several moments that will put a big grin on your face. It's hard to think of this creative team leaving the title, just when things are returning to normal. Superheavy was a risky story, but these guys made it a completely satisfying read. This issue just goes to show us how much we'll miss seeing Snyder and Capullo together. We still have one more issue to go so the celebration is not over yet. If you haven't read Superheavy yet, you're in for a treat. Only Snyder and Capullo could make a risky story concept work in such a glorious fashion. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Mar 24, 2016

    There's no question that Snyder and Capullo finished an epic run strong with a finale that pulled no punches, placing the reader right in the thick of an epic battle for the soul of Gotham. Godspeed, boys. You will be missed" at least until Snyder starts his run on Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Mar 24, 2016

    Five years with the same team on a book is rare for comics in this day and age, but the team of Snyder and Capullo will forever be remembered with fondness in any Bat-fan's heart. This issue is not only the perfect way to cap off their run (which will resume in a yet to be announced project), but an excellent way to pass the baton to the upcoming Bat teams so they can make their own stamp on the legend. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Mar 24, 2016

    It should shock no one who picks up this book that it is absolutely perfect – Scott Snyder is everything Batman needs right now. Those of you discouraged by whatever atrocious mayhem we're forced to sit through during Batman Vs Superman this weekend, should find solace in the fact that at least somewhere Batman is getting the treatment he deserves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Wednesday Comics - Marvin Salguero Apr 7, 2016

    The story ends in an epilogue where Gordon is reminded of when he first came to Gotham. The city felt like it said to him, " I was here before you. I'll be here after you." Later he meets up with Batman and he shares he felt the same way. Gordon has come to grips with the city by realizing he's not here to change the city. He can do his best to protect and care for it so that hopefully at the end of his life, he can just let the city know he was there. And that's what Snyder has done here. He knew going into Batman it was scary and a grand project to join. It was here before him and it will exist after he's done with it. He can't change anything really, he just did the best he could so that he could let everyone know, "I was here". Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Mar 23, 2016

    Its exhausting to think that we cant look up in the sky and shine the bat signal to solve all of our problems. It took humanity to expose Blooms evil to blinding light, and so it always is. Batman is just a touchstone. And this Batman the ghost Capullo and Snyder are putting back up onto the shelf soon enough is the best touchstone we could ever hope for. Not because hes seven decades strong. Not because he represents the best that we could ever hope to be. But because, in these pages, weve gotten to understand him more than we ever have before. We see him truly for what he is. And in doing so, we get a good glimpse at what we can be as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Mar 24, 2016

    It's unclear what he's going to do now after his latest figurative/kind of literal suicide and, unfortunately, Snyder won't be writing his next chapter. When the new arc starts in May's 52nd issue, James Tynion IV will take over as Snyder moves onto one of the other Batman titles. While Tynion has co-written sections of Snyder's run (including Zero Year and Endgame), it can't help but feel like this may be the end of one of the book's greatest eras. But maybe not. After all, if there's anything Batman is as good at as death, it's rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 26, 2016

    This issue was worth the wait. It was worth the build-up, worth the months of Jim Gordon as Batman, worth the troubles with Mr. Bloom, worth the entirety of the We Are Robin comic. This is everything someone could want from a triumphant Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Mar 27, 2016

    Snyder and Capullo continue to provide great storytelling in Batman as they near the end of their terrific run. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 23, 2016

    Assuming Batman #51 doesn't turn out to be a disaster of epic proportions, it's safe to say that Snyder and Capullo stuck the landing on their years-long Batman run. This issue is a fitting end-cap not just to "Superheavy," but all 50 issues of the series. It's gorgeously rendered and emotionally stirring, reminding us that a fictional character like Batman can shape and influence the world in very real ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 23, 2016

    Batman #50 is both an action packed and a thematically resonant conclusion to the “Superheavy” arc and Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and FCO Plascencia's Batman epic. There are a lot of moving parts and MacGuffins flying about in this double sized, definitely worth your $5.99 issue, but Snyder ties it all together through a powerful speech from Jim Gordon about the power of ordinary human beings working together to fix things, like poverty, inequality, and crime. But Batman can only be Batman, and Paquette shows this in the heartbreaking final pages as Julie Madison rebuilds the daycare center that an amnesiac Bruce Wayne built and sadly can't be a part of any more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 24, 2016

    Even with my very minor qualms, this is an excellent issue, well in keeping with the fantastic work this team has done on Batman since the very beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Mar 23, 2016

    Snyder and Capullo dared to do something different with Batman. In every arc, fans have been presented with choices that were sometimes enough to make them cringe. But, at every turn, the creative team proved that they knew what they were doing. Mr. Bloom was perhaps their biggest leap forward, and together, they crushed it. As their run comes to an end, Batman will live on, but the true dynamic duo must part ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 23, 2016

    "Batman" #50 is an excellent farewell of sorts to the character, and another remarkable example of the chemistry between Snyder and Capullo. The uplifting and inspirational message at the issue's core brings their run to a near-close and ends the arc on the highest note possible, shining a bright light on the Dark Knight without betraying the dark nature of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Mar 25, 2016

    Bruce Wayne has taken back up the cowl. It is time for the final show down to begin. And all of Gotham will play their part. Batman #50 is nearly 60 pages of emotional storytelling. Fully worth the pick-up! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Mar 23, 2016

    Closing Thoughts: So I think I just broke my personal record for longest review… Like I said, I'm not sure about the new redesigned suit. Capullo draws it great, but I'm leery about how it will look when others do it. I do really hope the fallout of this story arc carries over into future stories. I like how Snyder has handled Duke. He's a very likable character, and I'd hope that Harper Row doesn't suddenly go away either. If this story has done anything for me, it's made me want to see a GCPD S.W.A.T. Bat-team lead by a Jim Gordon Batman, Batwoman… I'm not sure who else, but that gets me excited. I'm also excited to hear the new creative teams heading into Rebirth, which we should hear about this weekend. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Mar 24, 2016

    I have to divorce my cynicism in regards to the Big 2 (in particular the future of Duke Thomas, considering my lack of faith in DC's direction with a great deal of its teen characters) to say that, in five years Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plasencia along with the legions of letterers, editiors and support have crafted some of the best Batman stories in the last decade. And while I have some issues with some of the little details throughout the run, I cannot deny the quality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Scott Cederlund Mar 29, 2016

    Even when Snyder and Capullo "killed" Bruce Wayne, his return was a foregone conclusion. So the story was never going to be about "Will Bruce Wayne return?" The story that Snyder and Capullo had to tell was "How?" and "Why?" Batman #50 highlights the costs that Bruce Wayne is willing to pay to be Batman but it also shows why James Gordon was the Batman that Gotham City needed to defeat Mister Bloom. This issue features the most optimistic ending to a Snyder/Capullo Batman arc. The battle over the heart and soul of Gotham may be never ending but Gotham has its heroes that are willing to be Gotham's champions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 23, 2016

    Though the understudy has had his time and the real star of the show has once again graced the stage, Batman #50 is one hell of curtain call for Jim Gordon. While the exploits of Bruce Wayne are mainly wish fulfillment, Scott Snyder, in putting Gordon in the suit even for a little while, gave us a Batman that could be us and in doing so, reminded us why Batman matters. Gordon himself even comes to realization as he faces down the horror of Bloom; "He's the superhero who sees in us the heroes that we can be." Superheavy may be remembered for its fantastic artwork or its terrifying new villain, but for me, it will always be the story that showed that anyone could be Batman, and that is worth its weight in Batmantium. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Mar 25, 2016

    Batman #50 may not have been the grand spectacle I hoped it would be, failing in certain areas, but what it did do was give us a fitting conclusion to “Superheavy.” It would also see Bruce return to the cape and cowl in a thrilling manner, as despite the design not being to my taste, the symbolism in these events definitely appealed to my fanboy nature. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Mar 25, 2016

    There were good things in this story (Bruce, Julie Madison, the meaning of Batman in issue #49), but it just wasn't for me. I'll continue to pick up anything this team puts out because they are solid. “Superheavy” was just a little too light for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Mar 25, 2016

    With Snyder and Capullo both leaving this book, I would have liked to have a swan song issue, an issue that just blows me away. Instead, I get an issue that makes me glad, this run is finally over. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 25, 2016

    It's great to have the real Batman back, but that's about the only real takeaway here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 23, 2016

    As far as climactic issues are concerned, this book delivers. We get Batman being the hero we love, storylines wrap up adequately and there's a huge battle to go along with it. Unfortunately the heavy use of dialogue bogs things down and there's a strong sense that things are changing because the next story arc demands it, not because it's earned. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 23, 2016

    While it's great seeing Batman back in action again and having his genuine interactions with Jim Gordon, this over-sized issue is hurt by the lack of characterization and motivation by our villain Mr. Bloom.  While I was patiently waiting throughout this story arc for the whys and hows about this character, we were given nothing here about it.  Just Batman getting back down to business....... and don't get me wrong, that is awesome all the way through, I was just expecting a little more from this story to have it make sense to me overall.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Mar 25, 2016

    I loved Snyder's earlier works on Batman but both “Endgame” and “Superheavy” were disappointments to me. They're unnecessarily long without the meat to justify it. This conclusion is wonderful to look at thanks to the art team but it's a little difficult to read; I had a hard time getting invested in the story itself. I recommend waiting for the trade on this one mainly for the art. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 30, 2016

    As to the storyline concerning the fall of Gotham (again) by a completely forgettable villain, honestly there wasn't anything here that made me regret giving the title such a wide berth for so long. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Mar 24, 2016

    Bigger isn't always better. Snyder's SuperHeavy finale is so nonsensical it will have you questioning your own sanity at times. While I have not been a fan of the current arc, I have never dismissed Snyder's skill as a writer, but this time he let me down. Gone is the level of quality that I could at least count on to hold my interest when the content was lacking. While there is meaning to be found, it's hidden well beneath the piles of rubble that strewn the Gotham landscape. It's a sad day to be a Batman fan. At least for this one. Read Full Review

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