Batman #118

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Jorge Molina Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 8, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 68
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8.5User Rating

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New creative team! Start of a new story arc as Batman leaves Gotham! “Abyss” part one! As Gotham celebrates surviving Fear State, Batman retreats alone into the darkness. But when he learns of a mystery involving Batman Inc., it forces the Caped Crusader to leave Gotham for a brand-new adventure! Thrills, chills, and international intrigue await! The Dark Knight begins a new story with superstar artist Jorge Molina and new writer Joshua Williamson!

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 8, 2021

    A brand new chapter begins with Batman #118 and for the first time in a long time it actually feels, truly, like something new. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 7, 2021

    This is an easy recommendation. The new creative team comes in ready to impress and delivers massively. Don't miss this one as it looks like the start of a memorable run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 7, 2021

    Regardless of your feelings about Tynion's previous run on Batman or Williamson's run on The Flash, I urge you to check out. Batman #118 clearly shows that Williamson understands the character and bodes well for the title for however long he remains as the writer. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Dec 7, 2021

    Batman #118 is a fantastic start to a new era for Batman, likely to appeal to fans both new and old. Batman himself is well-characterized, with a portrayal that veers more toward the classic detective model than the action-horror hero of the previous run, but without a jarring tonal shift that might be off-putting for current readers. The artwork is beautiful, but honestly, Im not sure Ill ever be able to get past that one page without wincing. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 7, 2021

    BATMAN #118 is refreshing, entertaining, refocused, and feels like it's already easier to digest than most Batman-related stories in the past five years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 7, 2021

    It may feel like a step back in intensity from past runs, but I think that's by design. Williamson is an expert at building a run from the ground up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ben Morin Dec 7, 2021

    This issue very much feels like a return to form for the main Bat-title. It keeps its focus on Batman, gives us some classic action beats, and sets up the next direction. For me, this serves as a promising jumping on point. It's direct, engaging, and recaptures what a Batman title should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Dec 10, 2021

    This creative team had a lot to live up to. Not only did they jump in enthusiastically, they honored the previous run and set a course for an interesting new future. The mystery is interesting, the art is great, and I'm excited to see what they have planned for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 7, 2021

    This is the first new issue of Batman I've read in almost a year, and I am not kidding when I say it's the best time I've had with this title in a long, long time. Williamson doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, or even try to force changes that are meant to leave his creative mark on the character, but only end up diminishing Batman as a result. No, this is a grand adventure, meant to entertain and respect Batman's role as Gotham's protector, and have a good time doing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Dec 13, 2021

    With "Batman" #118, Joshua Williamson makes it clear that we're at the start of another great run for the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 8, 2021

    Batman #118 is a new beginning that pumps the breaks from world shattering events. There's a grounded sense of it all that feels like it brings Batman back to basics in many ways. Here's hoping it stays that course delivering something classic in many ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Dec 7, 2021

    Batman #118 is an extremely solid and eventful start to a new era of Batman stories. The setup's tantalizing and the table setting for what is to come is a potent mix of the new and the old. I am fully on board for the future and look forward to it with bated breath. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 11, 2021

    New creative team and new story come together for an excellent issue of Batman comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 7, 2021

    Batman #118 leaves James Tynion's Gotham behind as writer Joshua Williamson ushers in a new era by sending Batman on an exciting, globe-trotting mystery. This issue is fresh, fun, and teases a grand adventure ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 7, 2021

    Molina and Janin deliver some fantastic art in the issue. There are beautiful details throughout and the characters look great. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 7, 2021

    Readers looking to be wowed right out of the gate with Joshua Williamson's Batman run start may have to wait a bit.  This was a solid but safe issue that spends time transitioning out of James Tynion's run before getting interesting by the end.  The entire issue looks fantastic, and the cliffhanger alone makes it worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 13, 2021

    Batman #118 ushers in a new creative team, a mystery for Batman outside of Gotham City, and, once he touches down in Badhnisia, a change into the Batman, Inc. costume for our Caped Crusader. I've got to say I'm happy to have the Bat-Symbol back on our hero, but the lack of trunks (plus the unnecessary seams) means we still are denied Batman's classic look as DC seems incapable of providing more than half of a good costume for our hero. As for the mystery, it seems Batman may have an ally (of sorts) in… Lex Luthor? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Cpd113 Dec 10, 2021

    Joshua Williamson nuff said

  • 10
    sHaMalAm Dec 7, 2021

    Beautiful art aside, taking Batman away from Gotham is a fantastic decision. The story needed something fresh and this is looking to be exactly what it needs, new locale(s), the underused Batman inc and some good old mystery/ detective work. Batman has outgrown Gotham and this was well illustrated by how he made short work of his A list villains during the first few pages.

    Good on Williamson to realize that Batman saving Gotham from peril from the same old villains is getting old. I'm really looking forward to this story.

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  • 9.5
    cincyfan Dec 12, 2021

    Coming off an unbelievably fantastic run of batman expertly written by James tynion I was very interested to see where Joshua Williamson would take the dark knight. I was very pleased with the results as this was a very good first issue. The artwork was incredible!!! This might be one of the best looking books I've ever seen!

  • 9.5
    UxasIs Dec 11, 2021

    Now this really managed to exceed my expectations, this feels like Williamson when he's really trying

    The issue wasn't without its goofiness but the plots really interesting and I felt very hooked into this

  • 9.5
    Robin Dec 7, 2021

    Amazing issue and a fresh and exciting start for a new writer on Batman. He is currently writing the some of the best if not best books of DC, and it flows here to, I am really excited for where this story of Abyss leads.

    The art is amazing to show a change in writer and and writing in general, is it on far with Jorge's art I say it beat it in some places because this art works better in terms of grounded shady places with batman while Jorge's work better with bigger world building. So yes the art was amazing

    I have said it before and will say it again I hope Williamson doesn't just focus on creating other characters and making them relate to batman because that's what Tynion's arc felt like, specially after the joker more

  • 9.0

    Well, I can safely say Williamson's off to a good start. I just hope he prefers to stick with stories like this and not one long story that only continues into another long story, which seems to be a fad in modern comics.
    This story got off to an amusing start with the Billionaires' club and their easy target party. Those idiots were lucky the only real villain to show up was the Firefly (In a way better costume than what I've seen him in over the last several years). Williamson also put in some remarks for fans to recognize, like Joker's reference to "those wonderful toys" and Batman disguised as Croc. It shows he's an actual fan. I hope he remembers to keep giving us good stuff to read and always puts that before making a name for hi more

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jan 3, 2022

    Rock solid issue. I wasn't sure i was gonna continue this run, not because of the last run which I actually liked, but simply because I didn't know if I needed to. But the art won me over and I'm glad that I got this. I'm interested in what the story will be, and the art again is phenomenal. Really strong looking stuff. Recommend picking this up.

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Dec 9, 2021

    This was a really great start with some strong writing and incredibly engaging visuals from the team of Williamson and Molina. As a huge fan of Grant Morrison's Batman run, it warms my heart to see Bruce back in the Batman Inc. suit, and with a mystery set up around the old team to boot.

    From the first page, with Gotham city depicted in a moment of celebration, sucked me in. It was really nice to see as a contrast to the endless destruction and various wars it's gone through in the last 50 issues under King and Tynion. It felt fresh and almost immediately had me on board.

    The pacing as the mystery around Abyss presents itself was also perfect and the benefactor reveal at the end sets up an intriguing hook going forwar more

  • 9.0
    TheObserver Dec 9, 2021

    I'm telling you really, it feels good! Frankly, it's a complete break from the Tynion era and I much prefer this new launch. Tynion's run was too obscure, too meta-intellectual. It spoke too much, it explained too much, and Batman had become a draw. Always a train behind, spectator in his own story. Stop and thank you to Williamson and his team for this clever reboot that doesn't take anything away from what happened (have to do with it) but hastens to put all this unnecessary mess in the closet. Farewell Ghost maker and Clownmachin, and long live Batman. I like the exchanges with Oracle, I like its melancholy, I like its confrontation with zeros during the "evening". and I love the idea of him going to investigate Batman's Incorporation an more

  • 9.0
    Hydro-Man Dec 8, 2021

    Great pallet cleanser after Fear State. Really like the Batman Inc costume and was glad to see it back. Also enjoyed the twist of who is backing the Club of Heroes now.

    There were couple cool Easter Eggs, too:

    -Joker cosplayer assassin mentioning Batman’s toys, a callback to Batman 89

    -Batman disguising himself as Croc, a callback to the B:TAS ep “Almost Got ‘Im”

    Probably some others I missed.

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  • 9.0
    KFuqua Dec 8, 2021

    Nice change for Batman and it was really needed. I look forward to seeing what Williamson will bring.

  • 9.0
    JaysonStodard Dec 8, 2021

    Great to see Batman back in action! Love the artwork and story so far, cannot wait to see where Joshua Williamson takes this story.

  • 9.0
    Stormwrath Dec 7, 2021

    After 1,5 years of boring and forced stories since joker war by Tynion, when it was announced that Williamson is the new Batman writer, I was super hyped, since every book he wrote in the past 3-4 years was great.

    A new chapter begins, he concludes Tynion's run and start a brand new plot, and it felt natural, Williamson's writing is great and fits well with the book, the return of Batman Inc. is interesting. Jorge Molina's art with Tomeu Morey colors is damn good, everything in this issue was excellent, finally I'm excited to read Batman again

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  • 8.5
    Batmanaholic Dec 9, 2021

    This book was simply a great Batman book.

    I really enjoyed the setup in the issue for where this run wants to go, I really enjoyed the two small time criminals at the start.

    And my good lord can Molina draw Gotham and Batman, the fireworks in the background of his first Batman page almost seemed like a celebration of finally getting to draw Batman in Gotham for the first time.

    The art is just breath taking, and worth the read for the billionaires ball scene alone.

    The only thing keeping this from being a 10 is no Alfred, no Batman book will ever get a 10 until he's back to me.

    The story was fun and interesting, I'm always down for a new Gillian but I really loved how they have this one more

  • 8.5
    Gorr Dec 7, 2021

    Refreshing to read a non-dogsh*t batman comic.

  • 8.5
    The Batman Dec 7, 2021

    Before I give my review of this issue, I want to address something important in the comic book world:

    Comic book legend George Perez, the artist behind many iconic storylines such as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinity Gauntlet, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer and has six-months-to-a-year left to live. It is gutwrencthing to think that one of the greatest comic book legends of all time will be leaving our world in that timeframe. If you have social media, please go out and spread love for his artwork so that he recognizes the many comic book fans he has entertained and inspired with his work. Thank you for everything Mr. Perez. I hope the rest of your days are as peaceful as they can be.

    Alright, n more

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  • 8.5
    Criminology. Dec 7, 2021

    The things i liked the most were the more comedic and lighthearted moments and judging by this first issue I guess that's what Williamson is going to try to do with the book. The party, Batman Inc, Batman giving autographs, people loving Batman are all evidence for that. You know, It's been a while since Batman's been that way and it's certainly refreshing after the darkness and depression of the recent runs. Ofc Williamson does not go extreme and the issue still feels like an issue of Batman. The change of tone also comes quite naturally from the story itself and from that that now people love batman. Bruce is clearly not used to that, which creates an interesting dynamic. The twist in the end was good and really exciting.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Dec 7, 2021

    Even though I liked Tynion's Batman, I think Joshua Williamson will be better than Batman. It focuses more on Batman and Batman leaves Gotham, which is actually good because it doesnt have the same story of Gotham City being destroyed by villains. I am so far enjoying a lot of Batman content. Keep it up DC Comics and Joshua Williamson!

  • 8.5
    Afre Dec 7, 2021

    If I'm being honest... I liked this.

    First of all, Molina's art is wonderful. On par with Jimenez? Maybe.

    And second of all? Well, it feels natural continuation to Tynion's Batman, which I was surprised with. This isn't just a brand new chapter, it feels like a true epilogue to Tynion's run and a prologue to Williamson's take on the Caped Crusader.

    The plot progresses naturally and has some interesting twists left here. I'm actually intrigued what Batman book will offer. I haven't felt like this on a Batman run after "Their Dark Designs" which was like 1,5 years ago.

    But there isn't a lot that happens here. As I said, this book is an epilogue and a prologue at the same time, so you might feel that more

  • 8.0
    TSMack Jan 2, 2022

    Solid art & story.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Jan 2, 2022

    I want to keep myself from getting too excited, but I have to say, I enjoyed this one. I've been very sick of Batman lately, but this one made me feel a little better about it.

  • 8.0
    Zazikarion Dec 12, 2021

    Williamson’s definitely starting off strong, a nice wrap to the awful Fear State, some nice flashbacks, and a compelling murder mystery, not to mention Jorge Molina’s amazing art.

  • 8.0
    Merlyn Dec 7, 2021

    I am a bit conflicted about this. I don't enjoy seeing Batman kicked out of Gotham for nothing, so that kills a lot of the joy I should get from a Batman book from the start. On the other hand, at least Tynion's out so that's a huge plus. So was this good?

    It was good. It was good seeing Batman being Batman again, and not just a tool to make stupid "original" characters look better so the writer gets some sweet money in the future in case they end up in a tv show. Also, I liked how Williamson showed Bruce's vulnerability without slapping you in the face with it. The art is very good, and the last two pages are electric. It did have some faults however. For one, I have no idea how Batman puts on a Killer Croc suit so fast and Josh more

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  • 8.0
    Crimson Knight Dec 7, 2021

    great start. Can't wait to see what Williamson can do!

  • 8.0
    DaloneDuarte Dec 7, 2021

    I liked. Better than Tynion's run, at least. The best thing was Molina's art. And the mystery, it made me very curious. Not great, but cool to read.

  • 7.5
    thecomiccookebook Dec 7, 2021

    First new Batman issue I have read in a while and I’m pleasantly surprised. To be honest, I initially only bought this for the beautiful homage cover by Viktor Bogdanovic but was still curious about where Williamson would take the book after Tynion. This felt refreshing after the mess that was the end of King’s run and the blandness of Tynion’s run. Williamson crafts a fairly straightforward Batman story and with very solid art from Jorge Molina. That said, I’m not really interested in any more new Batman villains / characters. Overall, it’s worth checking out but not blowing my socks off. I’ll probably just trade wait for now.

  • 7.5
    SenpaifenixJäger Dec 7, 2021

    I had completely scrapped this series, hated it so much to the degree that I didn't even read it for free, just like most DC series. But I said why not? Let's take a look.

    A good start, we finally have a Batman book where the main character is Batman and not a bunch of random villains. It has been a good change of writer for the moment, we will see what he does later. And if things improve, maybe I will buy this series again.

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  • 7.0
    egonnn244 Dec 14, 2021

    "Can I get your autograph?"

    Finally! A competently written issue of Batman in which he is the main star and is not playing second fiddle to some bland knock-off characters.

    Good job Mr. Williamson.

  • 5.5
    myconius Dec 8, 2021

    I'm very torn on this comic. I love the idea that Joshua Williamson is trying to dust off ideas from Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated. I just wish that Williamson had actually read Morrison's Batman run beforehand. This story feels as though he'd just glossed over a Wikipedia page, and it's kind of insulting.

    Heading into HEAVY spoilers back from Grant Morrison's Batman run!

    This story mentions that the members of Batman Incorporated had formerly been members of the Club of Heroes. But only two of the five Batman Inc members within this story were actually in John Mayhew's Club of Heroes. El Gaucho and Man-Of-Bats. And how can you have Man-Of-Bats in any story without any mention at all of his son/sidekick 'Raven more

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  • 5.0
    Quinn Dec 7, 2021

    I rate this a 5, neither good - neither bad. The issue has Gotham celebrating the end of Simon the Pieman, but apparently the mayor who made it all possible and let it happen is still in office. This shows me that the new status quo is still based on a stupid idea. The mayor hates Batman and suffers no consequences for allowing a fascist to take over the city.

    We see people celebrating the end of fear state and Babs tells Batman to not get all broody. There is a billionaire party and Batman crashes and fights his "villains" in front of a crowd of people. Apparently it's a ruse and people just want to get pictures of Batman. The villains are of no consequence. There is even a little girl dressed as Harley clone girl. The whole thi more

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