Batman #14

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 4, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 100
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How do you solve a problem like Selina Kyle? Is she a hero? Is she a villain? Can Batman and Catwoman ever really work things out? The award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads of Babylon (SHERIFF OF BABYLON) bring you "Rooftops," a story in which Batman must decide once and for all what to do about Catwoman.  

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jan 4, 2017

    I really enjoyed this issue, and found it a nice change of pace from the previous storyline. Tom King seems to be attempting to write a very fully realized and three demnsional Batman, and its working. He is also working with some fantastic artists that compliment each story perfectly. If you love Batman, it is a great time to be reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Jan 10, 2017

    So good, it reminded me of the highlights of the old Legends of the Dark Knight run and frankly this is so much better than Snyder's run it hurts. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Jan 21, 2017

    Overall I think that Batman #14 brought me back from being underwhelmed from the final issue of I am Suicide and really has ne excited for this upcoming arc, which I can safely assume will also involve Catwoman. Tom King did an excellent job humanizing not only Batman but Catwoman as well, and made them much more relatable to the readers. King also continues to use little known villains in his story arcs which bring some much needed villain-diversity in the Batman universe. Rooftops Part one sets up a very intriguing story line that will no doubt involve Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jan 4, 2017

    Do yourselves a favor and witness the next step in the Bat and Cat relationship that includes a last page that will certainly have everyone talking. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 4, 2017

    This issue proves two things - that the Batman/Catwoman romance is one of the most powerful relationships in the DCU, and that King and Gerads absolutely need to be doing a Catwoman book together. How they're supposed to manage that feat and also keep Sheriff of Babylon going is a mystery, but hopefully we'll see much more of this creative pairing in DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jan 4, 2017

    In Batman #14, King's spirited narrative and Gerad's immersive art combine for the sort of timeless Batman tale any Bat-fan should be happy to read again and again. Those of you hoping the enigmatic circumstances surrounding Catwoman's prison sentences would be cleared up in this issue will still have to wait, but the rapport King has established between Batman and Catwoman is so impressive and absorbing that you won't mind sticking around another issue (or three) to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jan 4, 2017

    Im looking forward to the next issue more than I have for any other in Kings time on the book so far. Ive also found this story is gearing me up for I Am Bane more than I expected. It looks like its going to be a dramatic story. Well find out after we finish this sorbet in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 8, 2017

    This issue adds a new dimension to the Catwoman mythos, and does such a great job humanizing the popular villain, showing that she does indeed have a heart for more than just herself. A very well planned out, well plotted issue that pretty much guarantees anyone that reads this issue has to come back for the next. I mean, how could you not? To see what happens to Catwoman, to see what happens between the two next? This issue is a must read for anyone who has had a vested interest in the Bats/Cat chemistry. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jan 6, 2017

    This story doesn't take itself too seriously, and makes use of a slew of comically named villains that the duo quickly dispatch. It makes for an entertaining buffer between the sub-plot and the development of the Cat and the Bat. Usually, filler issues tend to be a little average. However, ‘Rooftops' proves to be an interesting character arc that isn't afraid to let it's characters get closer than we've seen before. Given the dramatic few issues involving Bane and Santa Prisca,Batman #14 gives the vigilantes the break they needed. If you're looking for some well written superhero relationship drama – this is probably your best pick. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jan 7, 2017

    While I'm enjoying this series, to me it doesn't compete with All-Star Batman. I'm happy the sales continue to be high. As a long-time Bat-fan, I'm always thrilled when the Dark Knight is successful. But my final thoughts have been, "Okay, we had sex. That's over. We can move on to other things now, right?" (I'm sure some folks will be unhappy with me for saying that " "typical male thinking!") Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Jan 4, 2017

    "Rooftops" is just the kind of one-off story we needed. It provides a refreshing change of pace from King's usual storytelling devices – a fun escapism, not often seen in the pages of BATMAN. While the plot will necessarily come back into play with the upcoming "I Am Bane," story arc, it's nice to see that King and Gerads are willing to present readers with different angleson Batman. This is a tale of two people: An age-old romance, redefined for a new BATMAN. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Jan 4, 2017

    Mitch Gerads art is a strong fit for this issues dreamlike whirlwind of love and crime-fighting. He can portray scenes of action and explosions as well as romantic embraces and all the complicated emotions it can create. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 4, 2017

    Even if this is just a minor detour en route to a more complex storyline, Rooftops is a decent shorter Batman arc. King has set the bar high for his run so while this is solid, it's not one of the essential issues of the Rebirth Batman era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 4, 2017

    This issue may have some problems, but is a decentstart to a Catwoman-centric storyline. It has a genuinely good surprise and promises to answer dangling plot threads soon, but is also hampered by slow pacing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Jan 4, 2017

    I'll be honest, I was not looking forward to this issue after seeing the first few pages. I've grown a little tired of the Catwoman and Batman romance. But as I kept reading I really enjoyed the way it all panned out. The way she tags along with him to take down all the bad guys of the night and even the way he does some cat burgling with her which threw me off! But was explained with it just being Catwoman's apartment and her just wanting to have some fun. Then there is the art which I mentioned before. Loved it. Fit the tone of the story wonderfully. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 7, 2017

    Batman #14 is an excellent follow-up to the "I Am Suicide" story arc. Tom King's decision to focus on Batman and Catwoman's relationship highlights his strength in understanding these characters. The relationship between the two comes across as genuine and shows us how Catwoman is the one person that Batman drops his guard for, and vice versa. The issue ends with a moment that all shippers of the Batman and Catwoman pairing will love. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Spfcderon Jan 4, 2017

    It really feels like two issues won't be enough to tell this sort of “I Am Suicide” epilogue. I want to see more of it, and I suppose if Selina isn't locked away at the end of issue 15 then we will, but if she is, that'll leave huge question marks going forward. That's really the most effective thing this issue does: it sets up for a great next issue. We see that a lot in single-issue reading, so it's unfair to call it a huge gripe, I just hope King and company can either find a way to tell a satisfying conclusion to this Selina story, or better yet, find a way to keep her on the right side of the bars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 4, 2017

    Batman #8 is essentially a night out for Batman and Catwoman, with each showing the other how their lifestyles are so different with their masks. Catwoman gains a new respect for Batman towards the end of the book, as she's amazed at how dedicated he is every time that signal shines on each page. He never hesitates or wavers in his duty"and she admires that about him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 5, 2017

    While this wasn't my favorite Tom King story, I enjoyed it much more than I've enjoyed this book in months. It just feels more inline with the work he was putting out at the beginning of Rebirth: fun and less of a chore. It features some pretty, albeit repetitive, art and characters who simply feel like themselves again. Here's hoping that King can recapture my interest in his Batman. With this story, it's at least a step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jan 4, 2017

    Batman #14 is a step in the right direction after "I Am Suicide," but Tom King's Batman still suffers from strange tone shifts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 4, 2017

    This is a very personal story that builds as it goes, but still left me wanting more.  As an epilogue, it doesn't answer the questions I wanted answered, but fans of Batman and Catwoman may enjoy it.  The art is good and really, there is nothing wrong with it, but nothing great either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 12, 2017

    Despite giving their act some meaning, the act itself still seems off (not laughably bad this time, but still off). I just can't buy Batman letting his guard (and pants) down in public, especially with a woman he admits he can never fully trust. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jan 9, 2017

    A far cry from the heights people hoped Tom King would take the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

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