Batman #104

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Bengal, Ryan Benjamin, Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 41
7.2Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

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Ghost-Maker is living up to his spectral name as Batman scours Gotham City for any trace of him…but this deadly new vigilante is going to prove a bloody point to the Dark Knight by murdering both Clownhunter and Harley Quinn. That is, unless they kill each other first!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 2, 2020

    Batman #104 is another superb issue in a Tynion's fabulous run. I really love the shape that his redefined Gotham City is taking, and I can't wait to learn what other changes will be revealed. Between Tynion's Batman and the other Bat-titles, this is a fantastic time to be a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Cody White Dec 1, 2020

    More than meets the eye is happening here with Batman #104 as @JamestheFourth continues to expose the humanity of the Dark Knight in new and exciting ways! From #DCComics with @guillemmarch @bengal_art @DannyMiki_ @ryanbnjmn @MyZombies @ClaytonCowles Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 1, 2020

    All of the artists do a great job with the art in the issue. The contrast is styles works, but the story doesn't really call for a lot of action so the multiple artists are hampered by the story they're trying to tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Dec 2, 2020

    Batman #104 gives us a history lesson on Ghost-Maker, who turns out to be an old acquaintance of Bruce's, like everyone else in his rogues gallery.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 1, 2020

    With only one issue to go before a hiatus for Future State, this series is still one of DC's most consistently entertaining, but it needs to get its art situation sorted out before the next big arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 1, 2020

    Batman #104 is a solid issue that serves to both define Ghost-Maker as Batmans foil and obscure the path forward with multiple characters racing against the clock. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 5, 2020

    My personal opinions on the various Robin retcons aside, this was another solid Batman comic. Tynion is doing a fine job using and incorporating his new characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 1, 2020

    Batman #104 ends with the situation for Batman, Harley, and Clown Killer escalating to a place that none of them may be ready for. Ghost-Maker certainly has a unique approach to trying to win an argument. Itll be interesting to see how it all shakes out next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 1, 2020

    Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion's pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and "conclusion" of the arc. It creates for issues where things don't feel satisfying and as a reader we're left with potential with little payoff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 1, 2020

    Batman #104 continues to be a mixed bag, in terms of quality. There are some really good scenes and ideas mixed in with pedantic, boring concepts. The art barely rises to the story, because of the wildly clashing visual styles. It's frustrating to see Tynion beginning to craft a more interesting character like Ghost-Maker, but stick him in a very mediocre plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Dec 3, 2020

    Batman #104 is available now at your local shops so be sure to pick up a copy and let us know what you thought of the issue by leaving a comment down below! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 1, 2020

    The flashback to Batman and Robin interacting with Ghost-Maker is the best thing about this issue, which is likely going to make this a must-read for most. The art doesn't quite live up to the work though as it's spread across three artists who have jarringly different styles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 1, 2020

    This was the weakest installment of the arc thanks to a lack of story advancement and the clashing art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Dec 4, 2020

    An interesting interlude has to overcome rushed art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 2, 2020

    Batman #104 may be the most interesting installment of the "Ghostmaker" arc thus far, but that doesn't necessarily make it good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Dec 1, 2020

    The Batman book stumbles as all the momentum we had in the previous issue grinds to a halt and we slowly meander through a flashback scene for the majority of the issue that provides very little context that will be relevant to this story. Thankfully the book ramps the excitement back up near the end, but the issue as a whole is really boring. This score is more reflective of the ending scene because without it, this issue would have been a total flop. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 2, 2020

    Sadly, they cannot elevate the script and the whole thing feels more than just a little pointless. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 6, 2020

    Batman #104 is by far the worst issue of James Tynion's run. Given how great Tynion's run on Batman has been thus far it is disappointing that we get an issue that is essentially a recap of the previous two issues. There are some interesting plot developments with Nightwing and the Batgirls but they aren't enough to mask all the problems with how this story around Ghost-Maker has progressed thus far. Hopefully the next issue is able to recover and push this story forward in a way that it regains the momentum it started with. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 2, 2020

    I've said it before and I'll say it again" Tynion is not a good writer. He has a few tricks that work well for him, but mostly he just falls into patterns of gimmicks, overwriting, and relying way too heavily on exposition. He's also proving that he's not great at plotting a story. There are some core ideas here that are actually good. They're definitely not original, but, thematically, they're worth exploring" He just can't seem to execute those ideas in a meaningful way, and that's resulting in a lackluster product that DC is banking on. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Psycamorean Dec 1, 2020

    Well, this issue seemed like it suffered from all the problems a bi-weekly schedule can bring to a comic. First, hardly anything happens. We get more context as to who Ghost-Maker is, but it's nothing that really changes anything we don't already know about the character. It feels like pointless additions. Second, the art is just all over the place. There are four artists on this one issue, and none of them are particularly good. It's just so clear that Tynion had to stretch this arc out and I have no idea why that's even the case. This story is just that barebones. This is mediocrity in spades.

  • 5.5
    fenixalasnegras Dec 1, 2020

    Apparently this is what we see from Tynion stagnates, advances a little, stagnates, advances a little. Not as bad as Joker War but I feel like I'm losing interest in this story.

  • 5.0
    Nihilist Dec 1, 2020

    What's up with the art in this comic? Listen, I get it, putting out two comics per month isn't an easy task and sometimes compromises have to be made, but Batman is DC's hottest property, its flagship. You could very much get away with uneven quality of art in a Batgirl, Nightwing, Harley Quinn or Spoiler comic, but the moment Bats steps into the frame, you gotta try harder, because you can be sure your mistakes and imperfections will be noticed.

    Story-wise, the comic tries to incorporate more characters into the plot, and I welcome that for once. It's good to feel like this fictional world is alive and populated. That's something Batman writers often completely forget about and focus solely on the titular hero. Sure, the plot it more

  • 7.5
    MainManDan Dec 1, 2020

    Batman and Ghost Maker got that shounen rivalry. Soon they'll be screaming:

    Ghost Maker: BRUCEEEEEEEEEE!!

    Batman: GHOST MAKERRRRRRR!!

  • 4.0
    Quinn Dec 1, 2020

    This issue is the very definition of story-telling that treads water. All we learn is what we know - Ghostmaker is a former "schoolmate" of Batman and they had a deal that Ghostmaker is now breaking. The deal? They keep out of each other's way. Oh, and Bruce apparently misses his old friend. Well, politics will do that.

    Clownkiller still wants to kill Harley, and We now know that Oracle is called Batgirl Prime and Steph and Cassie are "The Batgirls."

    We do see that Ghostmaker is scaring the crooks into giving themselves up and returned Mr. Pyg to Arkham. He was free for eight months. That really does make him better than Bruce at fighting crime. Pyg is a dangerous mass murderer (and frankly, a boring "gimmick" villain more

  • 1.0
    LunaMoody Dec 1, 2020

    Boring and trite story. The art though is the worst part of the issue. I don't get this whole idea about having multiple artist on one issue. If it was a special issue okay fine but this is just a regular issue so why????? And more importantly why such diverse artists? If you are going to have different artist work on a issue together why not get ones that work complements each others work rather then be so different from each other that it just leaves the book looking like a hot mess? This book was a mess. The art was terrible. The only thing I can honestly say about the issue that I liked was how Ghost Maker and Bruce's relationship played out. I have to say from the looks of it GM is the far better Batman. He gets things done. I think he more

  • 7.0
    TheHyruleElf Dec 1, 2020

    Filler. Stuffed with boring, uninteresting, expository dialogue. Even the older Batman and Robin flashback was ruined with exposition, and I wanted to enjoy that. I can't just like this book because it has the Bat-Family anymore, I'd rather just read Tynion's Detective.

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Jan 2, 2021

    This was fantastic! The writing was tremendous I felt the dialogue and storyline were both fantastic I love the development of ghost maker. The art wasn’t as good as it has been in my opinion and that is the only reason I didn’t give it a 10

  • 8.0

    Not a bad read. Tynion's most major flaw is he can't seem to write a Batman story without bringing in the Bat family to back him up. He made it for almost 50 years with just Robin and Batgirl or another ally on occasion. I remember in the '80s and '90s he had a lot of success on missions solo, but these days he just can't battle anything without needing backup.
    have to say, I hope after this story, not to see any, Ghost Maker, Clownhunter, or even Harley for a while. Let's get to some new adventures and not spend a year coping with the Joker war in every issue.
    Altogether though the issue was pretty good and I hope the next will be decent enough too. So far this has been a mediocre story, but a decent enough one.

  • 8.0
    the_comic_book_club Dec 18, 2020

    BATMAN #104

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

    Batman wakes up in an abandoned wing of Arkham Asylum finding himself held captive along side Harley and Clown Hunter. Discovering he’s not restrained as the other two, Clown Hunter attempts to kill Harley once and for all for revenge for his parents death at the hands of the Joker.

    Meanwhile Nightwing heads to Gotham after he more

  • 7.5
    DougKent Dec 2, 2020

    The writing was ok, but nothing especial.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Dec 3, 2020

    Pretty solid issue. I liked the ghost maker back story and the flashback but not much gets done. I do like clown hunter.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Dec 8, 2020

    " Yes."
    - BATMAN

  • 6.0
    Afre Dec 1, 2020

    The writing was best out of these three issues. I did like how Grayson explained Ghost-Maker's backstory and that made him a more of his own character. Whereas Nobody was just a jealous, Ghost-Maker seemed to be Bruce's first friend who he lost after he told what had happened. So I liked that.

    The art however was a letdown in this. And the cliffhanger. While my problems with this story arc has been mostly Ghost-Maker, for the first time it wasn't him that bugged me. It was the art, Harley, Clownmaker and overall this issue's structure (it was basically just Ghost-Maker's origins).

    But I did like the role of batfamily.

  • 2.5
    Canada_Comic_Guy Dec 2, 2020


    What has happened to the art in this issue?! Last second COVID emergency replacement? Took me right out of an already stagnant storyline.

    Feels like I flushed a toilet and am watching the water go around and around ....

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