Batman #15

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 18, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 95
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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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
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Jan 18, 2017

    A key moment gives us the answer. As Bruce recovers from his wounds and puts his mask back on, he reveals to Alfred what Catwoman gave to him" and what she stole from him: "The night, Alfred. She stole the night." The Bat can have the Cat, or he can have the night, but he can't have both. As Catwoman disappears, Batman is finally able to reclaim the night. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jan 18, 2017

    These words cant do this story justice. If youre just reading this for a recap and some witty commentary without picking up the actual story, get out there now and track it down. This story is the best Batman has been in Rebirth, and for a good chunk of New 52. I consider this the first perfect issue from King and company. Its emotional and beautiful and more than worth your time. Im excited for I am Bane. King has shown that he has the emotional grasp on the storytelling that was seemingly absent from the previous issues. Im hoping he can blend that with the action storytelling and drop another classic onto our laps next month. The pieces are in place for something great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jan 19, 2017

    I really enjoyed this two-parter, and this issue in particular was a pleasure. It was a nice change of pace from the heavier four part arcs that have been the norm for the title and gave it a nice break in rhythm. Ive said this before but this a great time for Batman fans to be reading this comic, so go ahead and pick it up. Next issue will begin a new arc titled I Am Bane so it looks like this ride is going to continue in full force. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jan 18, 2017

    A brilliant wrap-up to Kings first masterful story on Batman, as well as a beautiful ballet all its own, Batman #15 is this years first cant miss comic book. Give in to love and read it a few times. Youll never look at the Bat and the Cat the same again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 20, 2017

    King's script allows the book to transcend the height reached by Gerard's art alone, moving through pillow talk, heart-pumping pages of adrenaline and true genius when the final pieces of the puzzle that is King's Catwoman click into place, it manages to land the necessary beats in an understated way - they register and stick with you without needing repeated reinforcement. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jan 25, 2017

    Batman #15 is a stunningly beautiful issue, richly illustrated and deeply heartfelt. It doesn't sacrifice the witty lyricism of King's run so far or the human stylistic flourishes of Gerards art. It's among the smartest takes on Selina's character since Ed Brubaker's run in 2002 and the most passionate portrayal of her connection with Batman since, well, ever. With an instantly iconic opening and a last panel that will have longtime fans of the characters thinking well after the issue's filed away, this is the first definitive Batman comic since the launch of DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Jan 30, 2017

    What then did she steal, sir? The night, Alfred. The night. She stole the night. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jan 19, 2017

    You know what? No matter the character, whether a well-known favorite or new piece to the fold, Tom King and Mitch Gerads keep you invested in the story at hand in Batman #15. You're not thinking about the past or what always happens, you're focusing on the night that Batman and Catwoman share.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Jan 19, 2017

    Mitch Gerads does some fabulous work in this issue, taking the time to have some fun recreating art in the style of Golden Age Batman as well as some panels inspired by Batman: Year One. This is of course in addition to the modern-day art in this issue, which captures everything from a heated love affair to gritty action sequences. Gerads is a versatile illustrator and his work is excellent. The knowing wink to past milestones in Batman history is a nice nod to fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jan 19, 2017

    The complicated love affair of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle is a staple of the Batman ethos. Batman #15 is another splendid exploration of that relationship that no one else " including readers " will ever fully understand. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 22, 2017

    We get action, intrigue, and more with this issue, and in the end, we get another side of Batman and Catwoman. Easily one of the best Batman story lines I have read in years, this is the perfect end to not only Rooftops , but to a string of Batman success by Kings hand. Gerads artistic style is the perfect fit for the Dark Knight: the emotions seen on the faces of Bruce and Selina tell pages without needing to say a word. Hands down, the best DC Comic series out at the moment, dont miss this all important and enjoyable issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 18, 2017

    Selina may have stolen the night from Batman, but Tom King has given me back my enjoyment of Batman.  I loved this issue for everything in the book, but also because it restored my faith in Tom King.  I wonder how Catwoman fans will react, but this one is very, very happy. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 21, 2017

    Over the last couple of years, I've been a casual Batman reader. Batman #15 is so good, it makes me want to make the series a must read going forward. If Tim King and Mitch Gerads continue making great stories, I'll be there. Batman #15 is definitely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Jan 23, 2017

    The conclusion seems to put a pin in the Batman/Catwoman love story for now, and if that is the case, it's a satisfying send-off for the wayward lovers for the time being. The same can be said for Mitch Gerads, too, whose visuals will be sorely missed. Still, together, King and Gerads round out what ends up being a beautiful story of betrayal, revelation, and love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 18, 2017

    Just because two people love each other very much doesn't mean they're meant to be together. That's the hard lesson as Tom King and Mitch Gerads wrap up their gorgeous, moody look at the romance between the Bat and the Cat. Gerads' chameleon-like ability to switch between his own distinctive style and those of other iconic Batman artists is stunning, and together he and King are able to close the door on this chapter of the Batman/Catwoman saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jan 18, 2017

    We've asked King to write us an interesting Batman story. And sure enough, he has. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jan 18, 2017

    This is one of the best Batman stories I have read in a very long time. It's so different from anything we have been given in the past. I highly recommend you pick up the six issues in I Am Suicide arc and then Rooftops part one and this issue Rooftops part two. This story is the perfect example why Batman is one of the top selling books on the market. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jan 18, 2017

    There's so much more I want to see between these two characters and I would do a multi-arc love story just between them, villains need not be involved. This issue ends with a seemingly temporary goodbye to this story with the setup for what could be another quality arc on the way. And yet, just like the man in the cape and cowl, I'm really just looking for more of Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 19, 2017

    In the last several months, I've seen many people online say that King doesn't understand Catwoman. A part of me wonders if this story isn't in some small way King's response to those people. That by including flashback elements to previous Catwoman relevant stories, he's attempting to show that he does in fact understand the history of the character. Whether that is the case or not, I think the very outcome of the story itself proves that he understands the character far more than many of us gave him credit for. Answers to the 237 Catwoman murders aside, this story is an impeccable example of perfection through simplicity. While not a great deal happens, what does happen hits all the right beats. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 18, 2017

    I wasn't sure how King was going to wrap this arc up, but Rooftops was effective and efficient storytelling. For fans of the hero/anti-hero romance, this will be required reading and for Batman fans, it's a pretty great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jan 18, 2017

    Batman #15 expertly shows us the decades long dance between the Cat and the Bat by showing us their past in different art styles – stretching all the way back to the classic Golden Age look. It seems like their relationship will be one constant in the DC Universe that's for sure. But this issue does a great way of pushing that forward in a genuinely compelling manner. Intertwining it with a larger plot was definitely a great idea, and we can only imagine where the pairs paths will cross in the future. Overall, it might not be one of the most inventive Batman stories ever written, but it does give us an insight into a less steely and emotionally vulnerable caped crusader. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 21, 2017

    Batman #15, like the issue preceding it, is an excellent love letter for fans of the romance between Batman and Catwoman. The addition of Holly Robinson to the story also helped clear up the mystery of if Catwoman really did kill 237 people. With how things didn't end on a happy note Mitch Gerads is able to capture the tone of Tom King's script well, while showing his ability chameleon-like ability to replicate classic Batman artwork. This all comes together for a heartbreaking conclusion that King and Gerads use to further strengthen the relationship between Batman and Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 19, 2017

    The enjoyment of this issue depends on what preconceived expecations you have going into it. If you read it in hopes of a comprehensive answer to the Catwoman plot line, then you might be slightly disappointed. But if you read it to see a deep exploration of Batman and Catwoman's connection and wonderful art, then you will appreciate the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 19, 2017

    King brings Batman and Catwoman's dealings full circle in this issue and it's brilliant. Although Batman is a genius, combat expert, tactician, etc, he still has emotions and a heart and Selena tugs at them in this issue. He even admits towards the end of the book that she as a hold on him to a degree, and its more than just the masks that they share in common. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jan 18, 2017

    And for the art: I'm not familiar with Mitch Gerads. But the art was more bad than good. It was inconsistent at best.I didn't hate this issue. Like I said, there were maybe three to four pages of actual story here and those were decent, but overall, this issue missed the mark for me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jan 18, 2017

    Tom King's Caped Crusader reaches a shocking new low in Batman #15. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Jan 18, 2017

    This was nota great issue. I enjoyed very little about it. Batman letting Catwoman getaway? Tisk tisk. The flashback panels were very entertaining how they were madeto look like old comics from the 50's. The reason behind Catwoman beinginnocent and not actually being a murderer was interesting. Curious if she'llcome clean about Holly. I'm hoping we'll find out if Gotham Girl is okay ornot. Maybe? Do we still care Batman? The art in this issue was a majordownfall. In some panels, faces looked off. Like the opening panel with Batmanand Catwoman, Catwoman's face doesn't look right. Looks very rushed in somepanels.  Read Full Review

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