Batman #10

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 2, 2016 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 99
7.5Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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“I am Suicide” part two! Batman now has his team, but are they ready for the most dangerous mission of their lives? As the Dark Knight prepares his squad to infiltrate Santa Prisca, he may find that it’s up to him alone to face Bane. 

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Nov 2, 2016

    This chapter is another step in the right direction for not only “I Am Suicide” but defining and separating King's run on Batman from what came before. He's a man not afraid to reach out for help when he seems out of his depth and not afraid to play it both smart and dangerous at the same time. Batman has always played it too close to call but the danger and stakes are being elevated as time passes and it'll be a treat to see what happens to the Caped Crusader and his Suicide Squad next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Nov 2, 2016

    The art in this book is also very cool. I've always been a big fan of Bane's origin story (all the way about to Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1), and it was cool to see some of Santa Prisca's most iconic locations rendered in the modern style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Nov 2, 2016

    There are some things that happen in this book, especially one, where I had to question the logic. That isn't a bad thing because it happened in a comic book. A Batman comic book to be exact, where I find the book to be at its best when it is just a little over the top in its action and violence, and this issue certainly exceeds at both. Once I read Vision, I knew that Tom King had earned the right to make me be patient and wait to see where a story goes. I trust him on this book, and I am just along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Nov 2, 2016

    The best part of the issue is the framing device that comes from its hand written letter narration. A letter from — who? That'll become clear by the end — speaks to Batman and Bruce at once on a deeply personal level. Friend or foe? Nemesis or" lover? It hints at more character drama to come, and it's a thread of which I never tire. After such a shaky start, it's really rewarding to have the mainline Batman series back delivering a worthwhile plot. It's just two issues, but this arc looks to be much better than King's debut. It's trimmed the fat, installed a new, better-fitting artist, and has finally introduced some worthwhile villain drama. King is undoing all of his early mistakes and giving Batfans something worth clinging to. Some major teases for issue #11 should have you reeling during the two week wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 3, 2016

    Rather than repeat what came before in "Knightfall," Tom King manages to turn a reversal of events into a fist-pumping moment that is reminiscent of the hyper capable Batman of Grant Morrison, and continues the high octane streak this book has been on since issue 1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Nov 2, 2016

    In conclusion Batman issue 10 really truly is a beautiful read, with an interesting story, that makes me really excited for issue 11, and how Batman will utilize, his Suicide Squad, to further get into the depths of Santa Prisca, defeat Bane and recover Psycho Pirate. However I would say the positing of words in the book, do sometimes distract from the main read. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Nov 19, 2016

    Catwoman surprisingly proves to be the most intriguing part of the story. She's not visually featured all that much inBatman #10. But her narration gives some back story as to how she became the vicious but undeniably lovable anti-hero. Pasted across Batman's tortured journey through Santa Prisca, this narration is a swift juxtaposition that manages to do two jobs at once. Detail just how hard these vigilantes lives have been, and also shows how far they've come since their childhoods. WhilstBatman #10 isn't massively plot heavy, and is more of a set up issue – it does provide the audience with some much needed character development. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Nov 2, 2016

    I'll give this an 8.5 out of 10. I really did like it, but I was worried for my Bat-bro a bit too much. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 2, 2016

    While the I Am Suicide story is a little more subtle than I thought it would be, this issue hit most of the right notes for me and left me satisfied while still wanting so much more.  Selina Kyle stole the show while hardly being in the issue and Batman kicks ass...and may not have been in the issue either.  Tom King and Mikel Janin are turning what could be a straight up action fest into a smart and intriguing mystery.  Sure, there is still action, but it's everything else that has me waiting in anticipation for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Nov 13, 2016

    Mikel Janin does a very good job with the art. Santa Prisca looks as deadly from the water as it does from inside the prison, and Batmans physical exertions are so well drawn you can feel his muscles tighten. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Nov 2, 2016

    Batman #10 is a good read! It's always good to see Batman and Bane, perhaps one of the most dangerous rivalries in comics, go at it! There's also a new surprise about Bane and his addiction to Venom that I hope King explores more in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 3, 2016

    With the way King structures his works, there's a long game at play here so even though I'm left frustrated by certain parts of it I know enough to look at it as a whole. I like the two main ideas here but the blending falls short and the visual execution of the handwritten letter made for some eyestrain at times. Mikel Janin is the real winner with this book as the hand to hand fight sequences are fantastic, the mental anguish we see at times strong, and the overall panel design and flow of them simply made it a treat to read – and made me wish that there was a way to remove layers in the digital books already so I could see how it looks without all the dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Nov 3, 2016

    This is a nice book that progresses the plot well, and we get Mikel Janin fulfilling all the promise that arose when it was first announced he'd be drawing Batman. King shows a deft touch with these characters, showing a unique side to them (I won't spoil the narrator identity - it's surprising after hearing how bloody that person's revenge was, how merciless. King makes you think it's one person and it ends up being another better than most in sequential art). Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comicsverse - Anika Hossain Nov 7, 2016

    I AM SUICIDE part 1 is a very promising issue, but I am not very satisfied with the second part. The entire plot of BATMAN #10 is basically about Batman's tiresome mantra and how he gets out of the room. Even though the main plot is muddled, I enjoyed the side plot with Catwoman's backstory a lot. I believe King is a promising writer, so I'm hoping the next issue will have a stronger storyline. Plus the next issue is called “Breaking Bane”, which means lots of action should be coming soon! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Nov 3, 2016

    This issue ofBatman has a lot of fun highlights that makes the comic a worthwhile read, but it is dragged down by odd pacing for the overall storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Nov 2, 2016

    Batman #10 is action-packed, even if it's a little low on the storytelling spectrum and feels more like an expensive, but small, appetiser before the main course. If King's run has taught us anything, it's that he tends to favour slower-paced stories. As long as the end result is as good as the last two story arcs have been, that's fine by me. Take your time, Tom. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2016

    As always, King tries to deliver a different kind of Batman story. That's commendable, but in this case, sticking with expectations might have been the better play. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 2, 2016

    It's disappointing to see this series follow up one of its best issues with its worst. The bizarre depiction of Batman in this issue dragged down what could have been a great reunion between the dark Knight and Bane. Still, the issue looks great (weird prison chamber scene aside), and there's no reason to believe things won't pick up again in issue #11. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Nov 2, 2016

    Batman #10 finds the creative team delivering a seriously flawed issue that finds the creative team trying for something ambitious or unusual but not pulling it off at all. The issue feels artificial and unformed, with ideas that sound cool but don't come across as such, but rather make Batman seem insane and his plan seem pretty dodgy. The previous issue had the makings of a lean, mean, man on a mission vibe that really could have been compelling, but this issue squanders that momentum. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 2, 2016

    While the outstanding visuals speak volumes about the talent of the art team, Batman #10 is a rare misstep from the generally consistent Tom King. The development of Catwoman’s arc was a valuable inclusion, but the main plot threads ultimately miss their marks. The repetitive nature of the dialogue results in a Batman that feels entirely robotic. Likewise, the ham-fisted references about broken backs and the overall treatment of Bane undermine everything the villain has done outside of Knightfall. The art conveys a visually compelling story, and the letter from Catwoman is crucial part of the “I Am Suicide” arc, so it’s certainly worthwhile to pick up Batman #10. However, it might best to check your expectations at the door before diving into this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Nov 2, 2016

    This is a chief example of my biggest problem with this storyline so far: Batman is easily the least interesting thing about it. Banes presentation as a damaged man escaping his personal demons while living right above them is terribly interesting, giving depth to what was once an extremely one note character. Rumor is were going to be seeing a lot of Catwoman going forward, so Im anxious to see how King handles the relationship there, especially in light of her murder spree. I cant see Batman overlooking that. This issue was far from bad, but it was a creative misstep that threw off the momentum from a great introductory issue. The art was equal parts beautiful and muddled, with the storytelling somewhat out of sync with the narrative. King and Janin are still finding their footing together, so I can understand their action scenes not lining up as well as their establishing scenes. Now that this is behind us, Im hoping for the best going forward. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 2, 2016

    I love Tom King's work. I loved his work on Grayson, and I've been fairly pleased so far with his work on Batman. But this issue is, without a doubt, the worst thing I've ever seen him produce. If something comes up in the future that makes the issue better in retrospect, I'll be happy to eat my words. I want King to pull a win out of the bag. But as it stands, at this exact moment, and without any future stories to support it…it's just awful. Read Full Review

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