Batman #114

Writer: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 6, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 36
7.2Critic Rating
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Batman is racing against time to stop Gotham City from tearing itself apart as the Scarecrow's long game is revealed. The Dark Knight has bigger problems though, as an insane Peacekeeper-01 is on a murderous rampage through the streets of Gotham! Can Peackeeper-X stop him?!
Back-Up: Clownhunter has been doused with Fear Toxin at the hands of the Scarecrow, and he is living out every anxiety, moment of pain, and heartbreak he's ever had. Will he find his way out and resume his goal of being Gotham's protector from clowns? Or will he succumb to Scarecrow's greatest mind game yet?! See the end of this epic story that will change Clownhunter' more

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Oct 5, 2021

    Despite a few heavy-handed moments, Batman #114 sticks the landing where it counts, exploring the effects of modern society on the human psyche while providing intense action and stunning artwork. The ClownHunter backup pulls together all the threads of the previous stories in a satisfying manner while providing a possible future path for the character that may set him on a more promising and narratively versatile path. Excellent all around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 5, 2021

    This event has wavered between surprisingly character-driven stories like last month's installment"and no-holds-barred Gotham action like this one. It's a testament to Tynion's writing that both are equally compelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 18, 2021

    Fear State is moving at a breakneck pace now and I'm immensely enjoying it. Tynion has managed to redefine Batman's status quo during his run, and I'm sure he has a few surprises left before he finishes his run. Issue #115 can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 5, 2021

    Jorge Jimenez matches the energy of the story perfectly with art that is highly detailed, slick and filled with great action and expression from its characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 6, 2021

    Batman #114 is summer blockbuster worthy. There's a hell of a fight and a lot of surprises in the issue as the Peacekeepers battle it out in Gotham and Batman's caught in-between it all. This is some of the best additions to the Batman myth in a long time giving opponents who feel worthy to take on Batman and his entire time and also feel grounded in many ways. Where this is going to go remains unknown but it's a journey I'm all in for. It's one hell of a ride so far and hoping it to continue to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 5, 2021

    Fear State isn't giving Batman much to do yet, but it's certainly not boring. It's about time for Tynion to put Batman in a more proactive position in this event now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Oct 5, 2021

    Pick this issue up, it's a good one! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 9, 2021

    This is a fight-based issue and it is truly gnarly. Between the art and some clever writing ideas, this is one heck of a fight and really propels this story forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Henry Finn Oct 11, 2021

    A fun issue that brings us action and a slight cliffhanger of an ending. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Oct 5, 2021

    Batman #114 is an explosion of color as Peacekeeper-X and Peacekeeper-01 duke it out. There's a sense of heart running through this arc in the scenes between Miracle Molly and Poison Ivy, which makes this issue an improvement on earlier Fear State issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 6, 2021

    Fear State is still not hitting the highs after all the build up that led this to be a highly anticipated Batman event. There are certainly character beats with Scarecrow that James Tynion nails in Batman #114. Jorge Jimenez's artwork certainly helps keep the visual storytelling look like a big event. Its just that the focus in this series thus far has not matched grand scope Fear State wants to have. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 6, 2021

    Once again, Batman "Fear State" fails to move the needle in a meaningful way. While I won't consider this issue a yawn-fest like the previous turnouts, I will consider it rather lifeless. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Ben Morin Oct 5, 2021

    Though this issue packs the visual punch we've come to expect, it continues to focus on the strangest portions of Fear State. It's just disappointing to see a book with such fantastic artwork be so hindered by its storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Oct 6, 2021

    At this point, Batman as a title just feels like biding time until this whole arc and run is put out of its misery of mediocrity. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 5, 2021

    Fear State continues to be an uninspired mess of a story that makes Batman a bit player in his book and event.  I know it's bad when I'm yearning for the good old days of the City of Bane! Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Quinn Oct 5, 2021

    In the old days, all the action of this issue could have been compressed into two pages. Basically all that happens is that Simon the Pieman's other troops fail to take down the mad dog guy controlled by Scarecrow and Molly the Ecstasy girl says she knows Scarecrow's plan. She also declares what her organization's goal is - to allow people to become what they could have become without all the DC Major Action Plots stories.

    Let me sum up what all means to me - Huh? Apparently Molly and her group have their own brain device or something. Whatever. Basically they are doing the same thing Simple Simon is. Freeing Gotham from the old systems and installing their own. Way to stick it to the Man, man. You guys are so radical and cool. W more

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  • 1.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Oct 5, 2021

    Trash! A complete disposable garbage is this number, if you thought Future State was bad, wait Fear State, funny FS both of them and they both suck. I do not know if this Mr. Tynion consumes something that is leaving his neurons dry or always been terrible writer, I think it is time that this man retires and going to be something in what is actually good.I don't know how to mow the grass, start a flower shop. Whatever works for he.

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  • 4.5
    egonnn244 Oct 6, 2021

    "Grab my hand"

    Is it me or is Batman starting to feel more and more like an extra in his own book?
    And does Tim have a new boyfriend already? I thought he retconned his entire history for Bernard.

    And what's going on with the continuity for this Fear State event? In Batman, it feels like it's all happening on the same night, while in Nightwing and I Am NOT Batman it feels like days or even weeks passed since Magistrate formed.

    What gives?

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  • 3.5
    Merlyn Oct 5, 2021

    I'm so sad for Jimenez that he has to work with such a bad "script". No one cares about your stupid Molly, dude, she's boring. The fact that she's supposed to be a hero yet she thinks that she'll save people by brainwashing them is just crazy on Tynion's behalf. Batman is, as always in Tynion's run, a side character that has no control over anything that happens here. P.S.: Ten bucks that Clownhunter and Tim are going to be a couple if that kook Fitzmartin gets to write them.

  • 1.5
    fenixalasnegras Oct 6, 2021

    This is really sad, very sad. They are tearing up their iconic characters to make way for very idiotic characters, with low-quality storylines. This year I don't think DC can increase its sales with this garbage.

  • 1.0
    Dc Fan of Sorts Oct 5, 2021

    Can’t wait for tynion to be done. The lack of ideas and progression in this is staggering. We are told it’s a huge experiment by the Scarecrow and Gotham city is on the brink of collapse yet all we get is multiple issues chasing down Peacekeeper-1 to get him more and more messed up. 7 issues have gone by with tie-ins and that’s what we’ve gotten. Oh yea, miracle Molly is the savior and figures out what’s going on because Batman can’t do anything right according to tynion. Please get a Batman writer who actually likes Batman on this book!

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  • 5.5
    Psycamorean Oct 5, 2021

    Aside from the art by Jorge Jiminez, this isn't worth reading. The plot seems very slow and not much happened here. It's just a very uninteresting issue.

  • 10
    cincyfan Oct 10, 2021

    Phenomenal as always!!

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Oct 5, 2021

    Finally this issue gets into motion and is interesting. The art by Jorge Jimenez is of course jaw dropping and there are a couple of plot twists as well as great action.

  • 8.0
    TSMack Oct 11, 2021

    Better than the last issue. The fight between PK-01 & PK-X with Batman in the middle was good. Molly's belief that people should be cleansed of their "traumas" shows what a flawed character she is. People are stronger than she realizes. So Tim is going to hang with a serial killer now? Seems out of character for him.

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