Batman #103

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Guillem March, Carlo Pagulayan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 18, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 38
7.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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Batman and Ghost-Maker go toe-to-toe to decide which of them will remain Gotham City’s hero. The city is changing faster than ever in the aftermath of “The Joker War,” and with this change comes increasing dangers as Gotham’s citizens demand that Punchline be released from prison! Plus, Harley Quinn faces certain death at the hands of Clownhunter!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 17, 2020

    Batman #103 once again shows that Tynion has a solid grasp on the character of Batman. I have seen some fantastic interpretations of the Dark Knight over the years, but Tynion's is definitely one of my favourites. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - Cody White Nov 17, 2020

    The farther this run progresses, the better it gets. Learn more about Ghost-Maker and Clown-Hunter in Batman #103 from #DCComics @JamestheFourth @GuillemMarch @carlopagulayan @DannyMiki_ @ClaytonCowles ! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 16, 2020

    Ghost-Maker is proving to be a legit threat to Batman and it'll be interesting to see how long Tynion can keep him in rotation along with the other new characters he's introduced. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 17, 2020

    With some great cameos and one hell of a central fight, it's another strong issue in a near-flawless run so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 17, 2020

    Pagulayan, Miki and March brings some beautiful visuals to this issue. Each artist has a signature style and those styles blend together well in this story. There are great action moments throughout and the cliffhanger makes me anxious to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 17, 2020

    When all is said and done, Batman #103delivers a lot of action, and a bit of heart as well. While Im not currently loving Ghost-Maker as a villain, there is still room for the character to grow. Well just have to see where this story takes him, Batman, and all of Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Nov 17, 2020

    The spar between Batman and Ghost-Maker isnt just physical in Batman #103. It has welcome layers as writer James Tynion and team further bring Batman back to the hero we love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Nov 17, 2020

    Batman #103 is available today at your local comic shop as well as available via digital download from your preferred digital retailer. Make sure you guys let us know what you thought of the issue by leaving your comments down below! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 17, 2020

    I'd suggest picking up Batman #102 along with this issue for the sake of seeing the whole story, but a new reader could jump in with this issue if needed. With impressive artwork from two teams and a solid, if uninventive, story, Batman #103 is a prime example of why this has been my favorite Batman book for a while now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Nov 17, 2020

    While far from perfect, this issue of Batman is very fast paced and action oriented. We get several long fight scenes that are occasionally broken up by dialogue but the dialogue is meaningful and provides context. It isn't just simple quips back and forth. It honestly feels like legitimate story beats are being hit during these scenes and that's what I want from a book like this. While some of the choices makes me scratch my head, I'm willing to see how things turn out from here and I'm excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 19, 2020

    Batman #103 moved the goal post forward as James Tynion builds a strong narrative around the rivalry between Batman and Ghost-Maker. Using the time period before Bruce Wayne became Batman has helped make this storyline feel different from what has come before. With how things ended in Batman #103 the mystery of how this arc will impact the series direction added interest in what Ghost-Maker will do next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 18, 2020

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  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 21, 2020

    No real bells or whistles to be found here. Just solid, enjoyable Batman storytelling featuring a couple new characters who are still wet behind the ears. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Nov 21, 2020

    Despite an inconsistent artistic style, the action-packed issue is sure to entertain any Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 17, 2020

    Batman #103 is a good fight comic that ever so slightly moves along the Ghost-Maker story arc. You'll be more invested in Ghost-Maker, and if you've ever had a sibling rivalry you'll relate, but this issue could have used a little something extra to bring it to greatness. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Nov 19, 2020

    Ghost-Maker makes a little more sense but the comedy stylings of Dr. Harleen Quinzel save this issue from ridiculousness.  Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 24, 2020

    Ghost-Maker tries to prove he's better than Batman. Who's he kidding though? No one's better than Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Nov 17, 2020

    Batman #103 is an OK issue, but features nothing to make it stand out. The plot's been done before, and the characterizations of the new villains are fairly shallow. Furthermore, the lack of a consistent artist also robs the story line of a good visual tone. In the end, this issue is passable, if a little generic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Nov 18, 2020

    We're a few issues past "Joker War" into a promised new chapter of the Batman story and yet it's the second verse same as the first. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 19, 2020

    The whole thing feels like it isn't defined. Tynion's script sinks under a sea of cliches. The art is decent again, but it can't bring this story up. This feels like this is only going to get worse. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 18, 2020

    I'm reaching that broken record period where I feel like I repeat the same core problems with a writer/story over and over again. Tynion appears to have solid ideas, but his execution of them is quite poor. I honestly wish I were an editor at DC Comics because there are so many minor notes that could have been made that would have elevated this issue. It's almost as if the industry has adopted this mentality that comics can't be as great as other mediums when it comes to storytelling/ quality, so they don't even bother to try. It's a shame" Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Afre Nov 17, 2020

    I do like the art. I like the costume Ghost-Maker has.

    But I really do dislike him as a character. Nothing about him works. He is just average copycat of Red Hood, Nobody, etc. All who have been done better.

    The idea of Clownhunter really doesn't work for me either. Just eh...

    So the two antagonists we have here are either bad or meh. And since this issue mostly focuses on them, it really is as good as they are.

  • 3.5
    Bat-ears99 Nov 17, 2020

    Maybe later I will have enough willingness and energy in me to write a detailed and polished review. For now, let me just say this:

    I'm SO sick of Harley Quinn in Batman run.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Dec 3, 2020

    This was... a good issue? Thank you, Batman, please may I have another.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Nov 17, 2020

    This run has proven to be so schizophrenic in its quality. I can't trust it to be good. I can't even trust it to be average. Every issue is a coin flip on whether or not I'll like it. That's legitimately frustrating. However, I liked this issue. I thought the rivalry between Ghost-Maker and Batman played better here. I really like how Ghost-Maker gloats about how he's saving Gotham, and by the end of the issue, Batman turns it all against him. That was well done. I was less enthused about Harley Quinn and Clownhunter. Harley Quinn wasn't annoying or anything, really, but I did not need pages dedicated to her talking out her easily implied feelings with a plant. It felt clunky. Clownhunter is... Fine. The most I took away from any of this wa more

  • 4.5
    Quinn Nov 17, 2020

    We learn that everyone in Gotham thinks "Ghost-Maker" is a stupid name. They're not wrong, I'll say that. There is a lot of talk-fighting. That's when people have intricate conversations that require one's full concentration while fighting. A paragraph of dialog can take place in time it takes to throw one punch.

    Ghost-Maker calls out Batman for sucking at his job. He says that he's, in 12 hours, brought down corrupt judges, arms dealers etc. We also learn that Bats and Ghostie knew each other back in their training days.

    Meanwhile Clownkiller attacks Harley and she brushes him off easily, saying she looks toward the future, not the past where she has a body count that must be in the hundreds.

    Ghost-Maker al more

  • 4.0
    Emma Nov 17, 2020

    Because DC is making so many failed copies of Red Hood, first Damian, then Clownhunter and now this Ghost-Maker in those ridiculous pants that is going to fly off when he kicks it first.

  • 10
    cincyfan Dec 8, 2020

    For me this was almost perfect! This book once again was a treat visually and had tremendous writing. It had action suspense and comedy while still always showing the human and passionate side of the characters. James Tynion continues to write amazing books and has quickly become one of if not my favorite writers

  • 8.0
    fenixalasnegras Nov 17, 2020

    We finally see a bit of agility in the story and it was refreshing, maybe, just maybe they can do something good with Ghost Maker and not the complete disaster that came from Batman in love with the cat to Joker War.

  • 8.0

    BATMAN #103

    Publisher: DC Comics @dccomics
    Writer: James Tynion IV @jamesthefourth
    Artist: Carlos Pagulayan @thecarlopagulayan
    Danny Miki @koimando
    Guillem March @guillem_march
    Colorist: David Baron @myzombies
    Letterer: Clayton Cowles
    Cover: Francesco Mattina @francescomattinaart
    Jorge Jimenez @jorge_jimenez_art
    Tomeu Morey

    Batman and Ghost Maker go head to head for the fate of Gotham and Clownhunters life while flashbacks reveal glimpses of their past together. Meanwhile Clownhunter attacks Harley at her apartment but discovers that he’s no match for her.
    Building up the action while adding new mythos to Bruce’s past and training keeps me invested and excited to se more

  • 7.5

    As a longtime Batman reader I can say I've read a lot of worse ones, but several better too. Clownhunter is growing stale already. And if he's 17 he sure is scrawny for his age. I'd figure he was 14 at most. As for ghost Maker, he has promise as a rival, but also has the makings of another character who could end up overused and wear out his welcome if writers aren't careful.
    So far it's working well as a story, but like most stories by Tynion, has its ups and downs. Harley and Clownhunter's presence only prolongs the story, while, as mentioned before, Clownhunter is wearing himself out as one of those overused characters, which I hope they don't also do with Ghost Maker. Still, the story is holding together better than the Joker war more

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Nov 19, 2020

    It was not bad and definitely not that great. Lots of oddly timed dialogue but overall enjoyable. I like rhe clownhunter for some reason but the ghost maker just feels so bland.

  • 7.0
    Arsenal29 Nov 22, 2020

    Overall it is a fine issue, but it is mainly retelling an old story with new characters. This arc is suspiciously similar to the Nobody story arc from the New 52 Batman & Robin series. Hopefully Tynion can can distinguish this arc from that one down the road. The art is good and overall its a good issue, but it definitely needs something to distinguish it from past issues. Otherwise, Tynion's run will be him mostly ripping off past stories.

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