Batman #109

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lpez Ortiz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 2, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 42
7.6Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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Main Story: Mayor Nakano green-lights the Magistrate pilot program for Gotham City as Batman goes toe-to-toe with the augmented and bloodthirsty Peacekeeper-01! It’s a brutal battle for the ages, but what secrets does Harley Quinn hold about the man beneath the armor, Sean Mahoney? And how does this all play in to the Scarecrow’s hands?!
Backup: Ghost-Maker is fighting through incredible odds to reach the nefarious Madame Midas...but will his next opponent-BRAINSTORM-be impossible to overcome?!

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Jun 1, 2021

    Ghost-Makers backup is high octane action, but it still manages to illuminate and interrogate Ghost-Makers character, revealing more of the way he organizes his non-morality, which is exactly the kind of thing I love in a backup story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 1, 2021

    This story is really just the lead character fighting his way through a different boss level every issue before he gets to the woman of the hour, but it's written well enough that it's more than holding my interest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Jun 1, 2021

    Beautifully paced, visually mind-blowing, and full of exciting and expertly pitched characterization, this is everything a Batman fan should be looking for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 1, 2021

    Batman #109 is another great chapter in the lead up to the Fear State event. Tynion's story has me hooked and eager for each new issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 1, 2021

    Jorge Jimenez delivers some beautiful visuals throughout the issue. The character moments are beautifully detailed and the action is eye catching. Ortiz has a unique and interesting visual style in the Ghost-Maker story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 1, 2021

    This wasn't the best installment of The Cowardly Lot, but it escalated the story to the next level in a way that has me intrigued for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jun 1, 2021

    Batman #109 is available now at your local comic shop as well as digital format from your preferred digital retailer. Let us know what you thought of the issue and where you think the story is going by leaving your comments below! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jun 4, 2021

    Batman continues to build an epic that's unique to most Batman stories of the past decade. It's a lot of fun to read and is full of gorgeous art. It might be the best Batman epic of the past decade plus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 5, 2021

    Real fun us of characters new and old throughout the issue, though some of them feel forced into the story to serve other stuff going on elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jun 1, 2021

    Batman #109 finally turns this plot from a simmer to a boil with an explosive turn of events. What was an intriguing plot has now become all the more thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Ryan Perry Jun 1, 2021

    It isn't the same type of book that will guarantee readers come back again and again, but it also seems unlikely to convince anyone to jump off. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jun 2, 2021

    Everything else just continues the same boring and largely formulaic we've seen in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 2, 2021

    Tynion is incapable of creating an original idea, and we continue to embark down a path of regurgitated characters and plots. The execution is far from great, plot progression is limited to two to three-page exposition dumps, and we have a 9-page run of Ghost-Maker and Harley shenanigans " which may or may not include flirting. Here's some advice, just stick to the other Bat-books. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Quinn Jun 1, 2021

    You know, I used to complain that today's comics were all pictures and no words. Well, Tynion has gotten around that problem by putting in a lot of words without any action. And what action there is, is just hitting without context.

    We don't see how Bats actually out-think his opponents. He just hits them. And when that doesn't work, he hits them harder -and that works. We don't see him analyze, out-smart, out-think and out-plan his opponents. He just gets told information by Oracle and goes to the place and hits people.

    The real problem is that we know what's going on, but Bats doesn't. It makes him seem slow, it makes the story slow, what with us going "get on with it. We know the deal. Let's get Batman caught up." < more

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  • 3.0
    Merlyn Jun 1, 2021

    3 just for the art, Jimenez really knows how to draw a fight, Tynion is as boring as ever.

  • 4.5
    Criminology. Jun 1, 2021

    I think this issue was very weirdly paced and constructed. It feels to me like there was beginning, a big interlude, some kind of middle and not much of end.

    By big interlude I mean, I mean a really big one, that not really related to the story we have at hand, which is so strange considering how many subplots are already in motion. It breaks the pace and the momentum of the story IMO, especially considering it was mostly just dialogue, not even that interesting or that good at that, aside from few glimpses here and there . I guess Tynion is setting something up (again) , but I'm not sure this was the right place for it. That whole thing needed to be way less pages

    The Batman's parts were the ones that are actually i more

  • 4.0
    Afre Jun 1, 2021

    It's not bad. Art is nice. But the story doesn't go anywhere. This is part four of this story and it feels like the plot has moved finally to part 2.

    So yeah, slow pacing makes this comic hard to recommend. And this whole series currently.

  • 10
    cincyfan Jun 5, 2021

    I simply can't say enough about this entire run. Every issue is absolutely phenomenal! All the new and interesting characters all the new scenarios and perspectives all the adjustments showing all the ways batman is such a great character. I am a huge batman fan and like to read both batman and detective from every era all the way back to the beginning I have to say this current run ranks up there with some of my all-time favorites. Both the writing and the unbelievably awesome artwork makes this my favorite current book and there are a ton of amazing books out there right now but I would have to say this is the best in my opinion.

  • 8.5
    MainManDan Jun 2, 2021

    Good issue but that's mainly due to Tynion's oc's who i’m beginning to come around to.

    Ghost Maker in particular is pretty damn cool and would love to see him get his own comics

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  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jun 1, 2021

    Surprising that the Harley Quinn and Ghostmaker dialogue... isnt that bad. The art really shines and the action scenes are pretty memorable. Plus Batman is still an interesting character, and for me personally I'm really enjoying Tynion's run, even though I kind of wish Batman being "poor" acually had big consequences. But overall I like how this ties in to Future State.

  • 8.0
    TSMack Jun 5, 2021

    I thought Tynion's script was enough to keep me interested throughout & Jimenez's art was great as usual. Peacekeeper-01 is a worthy addition to BM's rogues gallery.

  • 7.5
    F.T. Wolf Jun 1, 2021

    Technically, this issue is very good. The art, the pacing the quality of writing are sound. I, however, didn't enjoy it that much. I just don't like the magistrate story & the heavier it leans into that direction the less enjoyable it becomes for me. I still regocnize its quality and good moments though. I surprisingly like the Harley Quinn and Ghost-maker segment and the Batman fight is very cool.
    The Ghost-Maker backup was amusing. Still not that big of a fan of it but it daunted on me that it reads like a manga of sorts and that has made me appreciate it a bit more.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Jun 3, 2021

    I thought it was pretty good. It has its cliches but I found myself entertained reading it and liked the peacemaker part. Felt like they could have done much more with the scarecrow part and it kind of just moved on from it too quick. The back up story is once again wasteful.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jun 11, 2021

    " Or i could challenge myself by setting out to do one thing that nobody has ever managed. Try to fix the world."
    - GHOST MAKER

  • 7.0

    I'd have to say if it wasn't for the pointless Ghost Maker sub plot the story would have been way better. Who was he trying to impress with his copycat Batcave. Oooo. He has a bigger Dinosaur. Meet the Webster to Batman's Arnold. Is Tynion trying to impress us? If so it's not working. As if his pointless backup story I don't even want to read isn't enough. I haven't hated a new character this much since Damian with his "Mother, I want my own Batmobile." or "I'd make a better Batman than you." I hate to be the one to break it to Tynion, but even a perfect 10 graded comic of Ghost Maker's first appearance won't be fetching a lot in 10 years. He WILL NOT work. Heroes never succeed when their creator is their own Number 1 fan. Put him aside and more

  • 5.0
    Rohan Jun 1, 2021

    It is just ok… it shows that it is a setup for something big but it is just a filler. There is so much talking/text, that the whole issue is just exposition. The writer needs to add a story which is the main focus and then the fear/future state setup revolves around it, instead there is just a setup. As I said the writing wasn’t bad, the book just doesn’t have anything other than the exposition for the setup of fear/future state.

  • 5.0
    Kryptkreeper98 Jun 4, 2021

    I think Jimenez on the art is great, but I feel as if tynions writing has kinda become sour after the whole joker stuff. But I do admit I kinda liked the few issues before the whole future state stuff. As of now it is just too slow, and feels too all over the place. But it’s not the worst.

  • 5.0
    Psycamorean Jun 6, 2021

    There's just so much - too much - being crammed into this arc. I can't believe we're only on part four. The whole part with Harley and Ghost Maker made my eyes roll and I really wish they'd stayed that way because I wish I hadn't read the terrible backup.

  • 2.0
    uktsr Jun 12, 2021

    Did something happen? Not really. See you in 4 weeks

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Jun 6, 2021

    James Tynion IV is writing complete Dog s**t here. This issue just sucked, 2 stories and neither one of them was any good. This story line is just dragged out and isn't interesting at all. On top of this, are there any other characters Tynion would like to shoehorn into the series? I mean I feel that there just isn't quite enough social pandering and personal politics put into this book...See page 10 and you'll see what I mean. I would usually say "Save your money" yet in this case I would say drop the series from your pull list. Enough is enough, DC is dead and these "Writers" are just desecrating the corpse at this point.

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