Batman #105

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Christian Duce, Alvaro Martinez, Carlo Pagulayan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 16, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 49
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Batman battles Ghost-Maker in the no-holds-barred, bloody conclusion of this epic tale…winner take Gotham City! And the outcome is not what you’re expecting! The future of Gotham City and the fate of Clownhunter hang in the balance!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 15, 2020

    Batman #105 is an enjoyable story that brings Ghost-Maker into the Bat-Family instead of becoming one of Batman's rogues gallery – assuming that their deal lasts. Whether he remains an ally or not, I'm sure either path will lead to some exciting possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 15, 2020

    Batman #105 is an expertly crafted call-to-action that challenges us to look beyond the use of force and focus on the compassionate ways in which we can make the world a better place. And it accomplishes this with a genuine love for what the world can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Dec 15, 2020

    The finale of the fantastic "Ghost-Stories" arc lands with emotional depth and beautiful artwork in Batman #105 from #DCComics @JamestheFourth @CarloPagulayan @DannyMiki_ @Christian_Duce @MyZombies @ClaytonCowles Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 15, 2020

    Despite not having any developments as huge as the last few runs"yet"it actually feels like one of the most ambitious recent runs for the sheer number of significant new characters it's introduced. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 15, 2020

    All of the artists bring some great imagery to the issue. Everything flows well visually and there are some great character related moments that make the issue definitely worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Dec 16, 2020

    Harley vs. Clownhunter. Batman vs. Ghost-Maker. This fight may not be what you were expecting, but it has huge ramifications for the ever-expanding Bat-Lore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 19, 2020

    I don't think Ghost-Maker has had enough time in the new-character oven, but the end of his first story makes for an enjoyable and unexpected meal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 15, 2020

    As far as Batman comics go, James Tynion IV has added so many new ideas in such a short span we should all be grateful for what he's accomplished. The number of new characters he's added only enriches the Batman property and Batman #105 continues that trend. As Steve Orlando pointed out on the AIPT Comics podcast, James Tynion IV's Batman run is clearly one of the best series of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 15, 2020

    Tynion wraps this arc is a surprising way given the earlier tone. Itll require a second reading to see if this shift works, but its an interesting direction for Tynion take that Im curious to see if it pays off. Tynion hasnt been afraid to go against expectations and has done a good job world building so early in his Batman book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 15, 2020

    In the end, Batman #105 is a worthy conclusion of the Ghost-Maker's debut arc. It makes me interested enough in him to want to see him again. Even if the issue's ending's strangely sudden, and a little empty, the strength of the climax makes up for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 15, 2020

    Batman #105 is not a brutal triple threat between the Bat and his two newest enemies, but instead a clash of ideas between three uncomfortable allies. This low-key conclusion makes for an appealing palette cleanser after the epic start of Tynion IV's run, delivering solid character development for the key players yet still maintaining tension. Post-Future State, it remains to be seen just how well this new and very reluctant member of the Bat-Family will fit in" Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 16, 2020

    Batman #105 sets up an interesting dynamic by the end of the issue but like the arcs before doesn't quite satisfy. It again feels like a piece of a bigger puzzle. And due to that, it's not all that satisfying. These aren't the classic days where Batman's adventures were confined to some issues that you could enjoy on their own. Instead, this is just part of a bigger story whose arcs don't feel like they quite stand on their own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 20, 2020

    Batman #105 ended James Tynion's first year on the series on a strong note. There is a lot of groundwork laid out that has potential to turn into several intriguing storylines in the future. Harley Quinn's was a particular standout with her speech being something fans will most remember from this story arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Dec 15, 2020

    The Batman creative team brings this story arc in for a satisfying ending and one that I'm very happy with. While there are some issues that I have with it, overall most of the story lines in this story arc were brought to a nice conclusion (or jumping off point for the future) and the ending is great. There is some really good art in this issue as well. I wouldn't say it was an amazing issue or anything, but at least I wasn't bored and I would consider this issue to be worth the price. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 15, 2020

    When all is said and done, Batman #105 delivers an end to its storyline. While it has a great high point through Harley, it doesnt quite manage to stick to the final landing. Well have to wait till after Future Stateto see if the following stories can help strengthen this narratives ending Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 17, 2020

    While well illustrated and a great scene with Harley Quinn, this conclusion to the first Ghost-Maker arc falls flat. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 21, 2020

    I was as bored as can be as I hit the final pages of this book. Let's hope for something better in 2021! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 16, 2020

    For all of the ideas that James Tynion IV brings to Gotham as he overstuffs it with flashy new characters, the real disappointment of his Batman run ultimately comes down to two things: an over-reliance on hype that is enver really delivered upon and a lack of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 16, 2020

    This isn't Batman. And what sucks, is we're stuck with at least another year to two years of this crap. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    letskillrobots Dec 15, 2020

    god the dialogue

  • 3.0
    Quinn Dec 15, 2020

    This issue is just dumb. Nothing happens. Bao, I mean Clownhunter tries to kill Harley but can't because of the power of love. Harley says sure I killed a lot of people and destroyed your life, but oppsie and I absolutely deserve to walk free because I'm a victim, and you're a victim and those dozens of people you brutally killed using psychotic methods totally had it coming.

    Shadowkiller or Ghostslaughter or whatever, maintains caring about people will get Bruce killed. He says it hasn't so far. But caring about people Bruce's way sure has gotten a lot of other people killed. I am talking about thousands. Thanks to DC's love of body counts, letting the Joker live means thousands of innoncent people die every year because of Batm more

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  • 10
    cincyfan Jan 2, 2021

    Man I didn’t expect that to happen but I absolutely love it! I can’t wait until the next issue! Tynion has done an absolutely fantastic job with the Batman book creating new interesting and important characters some of which will be major characters in Gotham from this point forward. He writes Batman almost perfectly and takes the time to develop and give depth and substance to both the stories and characters which really brings the characters to life. Batman is one of the best books available ever since Tynion took over and I eagerly await the next issue

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 16, 2021

    Okay I’m just saying that if Batman and Ghost-Maker kissed right now it would not be out of character and would fit perfectly.

  • 9.5
    the green death Sep 17, 2021

    I’m reading these late because I digital sale wait, but damn did I love this ending. The art on the arc was the most inconsistent of Tynion’s run but the story was fantastic and it was emotionally resonant in a way Batman rarely is for me. I’m really sad he doesn’t have much time left on his Batman run as I think Tynion could have pulled off his five year plan and left us with one of my favorite Batman long-form stories. Ah well, I’m happy that he’s found personal fulfilment with his creator own work and substack - I’m just bummed that as a mainstream superhero a fan, that his fingerprint will be missing from this sphere.

  • 8.5
    Afre Dec 15, 2020

    The ending was much different than I thought it would be. I finally started to care about Ghost-Maker and I am glad he is just not gone. I do like how Bruce acts here, how some people can be saved without puncing or beating someone. By just talking to them. It is the side of Batman we don't get to see enough IMO.

    I didn't enjoy this event but I liked this final part.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Dec 20, 2020

    " I'm gonna try to save as many people as i tried to hurt, back in the day. I want to be a better version of me."
    - HARLEY QUINN

  • 8.0
    the_comic_book_club Jan 16, 2021

    BATMAN #105

    Publisher: DC Comics @dccomics
    Writer: James Tynion IV @jamesthefourth
    Artist: Carlos Pagulayan @thecarlopagulayan
    Danny Miki @koimando
    Alvaro Martinez @alvaromartinezbueno_comic
    Christian Duce @ducechristian
    Colorist: David Baron @myzombies
    Letterer: Clayton Cowles
    Cover: Francesco Mattina @francescomattinaart
    Jorge Jimenez @jorge_jimenez_art
    Tomeu Morey

    Batman and Ghost Maker comes to terms with their past and agrees to work together to save Gotham using Ghost Makers resources while Clown Hunter spares Harleys life who he blames for the death of his parents.

    Wrapping up this arc before future State takes over, I’m excited for the the new statu more

  • 7.5
    Liem Duong Jan 15, 2021

    I actually liked this alot more than I thought I would. First off, new year, new Batman. No longer has his toys, now he has to go it alone. Dealing with the remnants of Joker War, Clown Hunter now is stalking and killing those responsible for the Joker War, and also HQ for being partially responsible for his parents' death. Some dude named Ghost-maker comes into town to turn Batman more ruthless in his crime-fighting, arguing that empathy is a weakness.

    The first 4 issues of the arc were pretty good, nothing super special, but had a clear direction, clear themes it was based on, and gradually built up for the last issue. But the last issue was rushed, however, I felt it rushed in a good way. A totally unexpected ending that came more

  • 7.0
    nekizt Jun 15, 2021

    Mediocre arc.
    -Dialogue dragged on sometimes
    -Action was unsatisfying
    -Dichotomy between Batman and Ghost-Maker was good
    -Clownhunter was handled ok
    -Batfamily parts were totally unnecessary
    -Bruce's training times are almost always enjoyable to ​me.
    -Harley Quinn stole the spotlight again. It's fine but it gets repetitive.

  • 6.5
    DDJamesB Dec 21, 2020

    There were some ok parts but for the most part it felt uninspired. It felt to easy for ghost maker to just stop fighting. I like the concept but not well as well done as it could have been.

  • 6.5

    Here we go again. All Tynion seems to be doing is making a name for himself by introducing lame new characters in each of his stories. I thought he was doing well until halfway through the Joker War, but now all he seems to want to do is build a new cast. I knew all along Ghost maker was going to stay after this. If they want a sword swinging assassin to work with Batman then bring back Azrael. If they want a teenage vigilante who goes too far, bring back Anarky. And if they want Joker to have a pain-in-the-ass groupie, turn Harley bad again.
    This was another bad conclusion to what seemed to start as a decent story. There was no showdown. Just "Join me." "Okay." and that's it, with some stupid dialogue, the end. That was the worst endi more

  • 6.5
    DarePool53 Sep 13, 2021

    This issue serves as a microcosm for Tynion's run: some interesting ideas buried beneath inconsistent pacing and characterisation.

    The honeymoon period following the final issue of Tom King's atrocious run is over.

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Dec 15, 2020

    I don't care about Clownhunter. Unfortunately, he's not going away. The stuff with Ghost-Maker was fine I guess. The ending was unexpected, and probably a little lackluster, but... It's hard to be upset when no matter how it turns out, you're not going to care. The art needs to be more consistent. I'd much rather have one of these artists doing the entire issue than all four of them working in tandem.

  • 4.5
    fenixalasnegras Dec 18, 2020

    Not bad but it does not drop into mediocrity

    I hope the changes that they promised are satisfactory, I am not going to be incredible as Marvel is doing with a decent I am well served but I do not predict much they will repeat the thing about Jason's dog in Nightwing and apparently the boring relationship of DickBarb again and it is not that he finds the couple, but it is very flawed, however putting in Zucco can add some interesting drama to that series.

    On the other hand Batman: Urban Legends seems to be going in a good direction by the writer Matthew Rosenberg (who I would like to take on Red Hood but they gave Grifter) and the not inconsiderable Chip Zdarsky who will take the part of Red Hood aims That will be 6 g more

  • 3.0
    RedKSuperman Dec 18, 2020

    The art is decent in this book but the story is very lacking. Batman and two characters no one cares about. Blah blah blah blah...Everyone decides to be friends and Batman decides that he can team up with a murderer. Anyway you slice it Batman should be trying to incarcerate both Clown Hunter and Ghost Hunter not to mention Harley Quinn. DC needs to clean house with its writing division and remove "Edge Lords" like Snyder, King, and Tynion from writing the Batman books.

  • 2.0
    Goughie Dec 18, 2020

    Just bad. None of it makes any sense. Clownhunter is just a poor retread of Damian. Ghost Maker goes from being violently against the very concept of Batman to being his partner in 5 pages. Made worse by the “I don’t have a butler anymore” line

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