Batman #116

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Corona, Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 3, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 43
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The only thing standing between an insane, heavily armed Peacekeeper-01 and a high body count in Gotham City is Batman. Their first bout didn’t go well for the Dark Knight, but the city is on the line and he can’t let the Scarecrow’s master plan come to fruition…and whose side is Miracle Molly truly on? The penultimate chapter of “Fear State”! Backup: With the Bat comms unreliable, Oracle has instructed the Batgirls to stay in the Clock Tower while she and Nightwing investigate who’s behind the Oracle Network hacks. But with the Magistrate's forces instructed to attack the Clock Tower, will the Batgirls make it out before it’ more

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Nov 2, 2021

    Batgirls is exciting, touching and intriguing with a unique voice and a look that stands out with rich colors and dynamic character work. I cant wait for the ongoing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 2, 2021

    Batman #116 is a feast for the eyes, and an exciting comic due to its backup and some exciting action-packed moments. The main story moves the story forward very little, but it does bring us closer to the end of Fear State in the slickest looking book of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 2, 2021

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  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 2, 2021

    Jimenez delivers some visually thrilling moments throughout the story. The fights are brutal and beautifully detailed and the action is top notch. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 3, 2021

    Batman #116 is another solid chapter of “Fear State”. There's an epic scale to it all yet also feels like so much is packed into the issue. None of it feels shorted at all. It's an impressive balancing act and a highlight of one of the best Batman storylines in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 6, 2021

    Another excellent chapter of this excellent storyline, with art, story and characters doing a fine job being a very good Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Nov 2, 2021

    Batman #116 works very well in conveying a sense of stakes and peril as we reach the final straight. Once the dust eventually settles, it'll be interesting to see what the status quo will be, moving forward. In a crossover storyline that's delivered the highest quality, this issue continues that standard. I personally cannot wait to see the payoff, which is coming very soon… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Nov 2, 2021

    Batman #116 finally sees most of the players of this Fear State arc actually doing something, and the results are more in line with the exciting and bombastic event book readers were originally promised. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 13, 2021

    In Batman #116, Tynion has ramped up his story to fever pitch and now we're ready for him to bring it to a conclusion. I can't deny that Tynion's story has been exciting, but I'm not entirely comfortable with the course he has set the Gotham books on. Hopefully, Williamson and Tamaki can get things back on course after Fear State wraps up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 9, 2021

    A cluttered yet fun story is elevated by absolutely stunning art in this issue. This is a book that anyone reading comics should pick up for the art alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 2, 2021

    This is Tynion's penultimate edition of Batman as he wraps Fear State. It's ironic that his run is ending in the same way as Tom King's, which had many readers eager for it to reach its conclusion. Hopefully, Tynion can somehow turn this arc around with a memorable finale. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 3, 2021

    The fixation on a host of one-off "original" characters has left "Fear State" and this run and this penultimate issue lacking any nutritional value, as it were. At least Jimenez's art is good and Morey's colors fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 2, 2021

    Fear State trudges along, doing what it's been doing from the start, which is not much at all.  It looks great, but nothing feels earned in a convoluted story that talks big but reads small.  This is such an anti-climactic way for Tynion to finish up his DC Comics career. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 8, 2021

    After months of dragging its feet, James Tynion's "Fear State" finally moves the plot forward. There is still an abundance of problems here, but at least we got something positive. Granted, I feel like a shill for praising something as rudimentary as plot progression, but that is unfortunately the reality we live in these days. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Quinn Nov 2, 2021

    I only read the story once, so I might be a little shaky on the details. But basically what happens is that Batman and Miracle Club Drug walk around and Scarecrow has to invite him in to his lair. It's not like Batman actually finds it and catches the villain by surprise.

    A lot of talk. Batman's efforts to actually stop the Scarecrow fail. The only reason that Scarecrow doesn't win outright is that Soldier Two-Face shoots him. There is a scene where Batman throws a Batarang and knocks out the doomsday switch from Scarecrow's hand. So far so good. But this is ruined by what happens next. Scarecrow just runs after the switch and picks it up before Bats can stop him. That's the whole action. Scarecrow just picks up the switch again more

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  • 8.0
    Criminology. Nov 5, 2021

    I'm enjoying Fear State. Overall I find the arc really engaging and I'm always looking forward to read more of it. I think this story arc is the highlight of this run. But still the usual issues with the dialogue and pacing remain, but at least now that does not bother me that much as it did in the past and that's maybe because there is just so much I like here already. Also big respect to Tynion for using and writing Scarecrow so well(a character so underutilized) and constructing such a big part of the story and themes around him.

  • 7.0
    Afre Nov 2, 2021

    Probably the best issue in this storyline. Mostly because it focuses on Batman and what he is doing.

    It could be better. It could be worse.

  • 6.0
    Merlyn Nov 2, 2021

    I don't even have the energy to care anymore about this crap, Tynion just drew a straight line from Fear State to Future State, making PK-01 a power hungry maniac out of nowhere, since up until that now never seemed to be his shtick, Ivy is angry at men and wants to destroy Gotham but of course Harley will stop her and that backup is utterly boring. Williamson's run can't come up soon enough even though the premise with Batman kicked out of Gotham for the pretender to step in his place really annoys me. At least it won't be... this.

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  • 4.0
    egonnn244 Nov 4, 2021

    "To be concluded in two weeks!"

    Hands down, the best part of the issue. It gives you hope and leaves you with the promise that this slog of an event will be over in less than a month.

    It's not even that this "event" is boring and uninspiring or that it retreads the same idea of villain taking over Gotham, or that Batman does practically nothing, or that it wastes Jorge Jimenez's talent.
    No. The biggest crime Fear State committed is making the reader indifferent. I just don't care at this point. I just want this to be over. And I sincerely doubt this was the goal.

    Backup story review: Zzzz...

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  • 10
    cincyfan Nov 8, 2021

    Once again I loved both stories. Jorge Jimenez's artwork is unbelievable

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Nov 2, 2021

    I found this issue to be a lot better than the previous issues. In fact as of right now it's the best issue so far. Great action and plot as well as dialogue as well as fantastic art from Jorge Jimenez.

  • 8.0
    UxasIs Nov 13, 2021

    Batman - 8.5/10

    Batgirls - 7.5/10

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Nov 3, 2021

    Better than last issue. I like the Peackeeper/ Batman parts but, the rest was OK.

  • 7.0

    Not a bad issue. Not really a good one either, but not bad. It's decent for Tynion, but that's not altogether good. The best thing about this story seems to be it's coming to an end. When it does I want a sworn affidavit signed in blood that Tynion will never write for Batman again outside a mini-series.
    Future State is still DC's main focus. They literally want to change everything and seem so stupid as to believe it will gain them readers. Not goona happen. I'm not following I Am Not Batman and I will not be ever, no more than P.C.-approved Superman.
    Batman is at a crucial crossroads now. It can either get better with #118-121 or I'm out. I have better things to spend $5 on than a boring yawn fest, which almost everything DC i more

  • 6.5
    Mout Nov 5, 2021

    thank god this is coming to an end

  • 5.5
    Stormwrath Nov 2, 2021

    Not great at all, I'm basically giving 5 points for Jimenez art

  • 4.5

    This is a super boring story. Even as we come up towards its conclusion, all the developments land with a thud. I just do not give a shit about this event. I'm glad it's nearly done, it's felt like an eternity. The backup is just so much wheel spinning. Barely anything happens, and I don't know why this backup wasn't just two parts instead.

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