Batman #16

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 1, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 92
8.4Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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"I Am Bane" part one! Bane is coming for Batman. Bruce must keep those he loves safe for five days in order to save Gotham Girl once and for all. But Bane will stop at nothing, and no one is safe.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Feb 1, 2017

    "I Am Bane" promises to be an unforgettable Bat-Family story without feeling too much like Detective Comics. Tom King has introduced and accomplished so much already in just 16 issues. DC has struck gold with King, like Snyder before him, and they better not let go. Batman #16 is a perfect comic book " and I don't hand out perfect scores very often but on my personal scale, you really couldn't ask for anything more. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 1, 2017

    I Am Bane was off to a great start even before that creepy finale page. King and Finch are reunited and Batman is all set for another epic story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Feb 3, 2017

    An uncharacteristic Batman book that ends very much on character. Tom King, David Finch and Jordie Bellaire bring a funny-as-all-hell story to a screeching halt with a dark ending. An absolute must-grab for Bat-readers new and old. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Feb 6, 2017

    Tom King presents a solid story, and enough meta commentary to keep fans talking about this issue for years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Feb 7, 2017

    While Bane does not show up physically in this issue, he can be felt throughout it, the impending doom is strong here. Batman needs time (specifically 5 days) to cure Gotham Girl using Psycho Pirates mask before he can destroy it, something that Bane is aware of. Mix that in with the embarrassment that Bane received from Batman in I am Suicide and you get some strong animosity from Bane. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 2, 2017

    The openingchapter of “I am Bane” is an ecliptic mix of humor, dark moments, and subplot advancements. While Bane does not physically appear in this issue, his menacing presence is felt everywhere and the cliffhanger ending will definitely entice readers to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 1, 2017

    If you loved "I am Suicide", you will love the beginning of this "I am Bane" arc.  If you hated the it, you will still love this.  In fact, I can't see anyone not liking this beginning and can't wait to see what Tom King has in store next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Feb 3, 2017

    King's work on Batman has been impressive since he took it on. I really want to see where he is going. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Feb 1, 2017

    If you can't tell, issue #16 is my favorite of King's work so far. Something wicked this way comes. And if these twenty pages are any indication, Gotham " maybe even Batman himself, won't be ready. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Feb 1, 2017

    This is a great start to the story. Plenty of setup and great cliffhanger have gotten me invested. Im happy to say it seems like Kings found his groove. Im still laughing to myself about the Jokerized fries. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - A. Chowder Feb 2, 2017

    With a haunting last page, the first part of the "I Am Bane" storyline is off to a chilling start. Tom King's humor and the shifting tone of the art and story makes this issue a must read for all Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Feb 3, 2017

    Batman #16 delivers what the fans asked for…One Pissed off Bane. King connects this issue in with all the previous storylines leading for I Am Bane to have a bright future. The only slight drawback is in the artwork that makes the background characters look extremely generic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 1, 2017

    In the final analysis, Batman #16 is a terrific book, one that effortlessly moves between action and thrills and a feeling of dread into a lighter tone without ever losing a sense of jeopardy and foreboding. The structure of the issue doesn't ever cause the narrative to lose momentum, and King and Finch never forget how many subplots and different strands they've got going. This is certainly is among my favorite issues of this creative team's run thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Feb 2, 2017

    Batman #16 is another solid story arc start from King. Although this issue is void of action and the decision to leave out what Bane has been up to seems ostensibly amiss — his dialogue is as sharp as we've seen and by the end you'll be cogitating every story seed that King has sown, wondering what actions each and every character will take and most importantly, craving more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Feb 18, 2017

    Batman #16 started off light and humorous but ended up with a much darker and more serious tone. It looks as though the I am Bane story arc will bring an end to the story that has been building over the past 3 to 4 story arcs. Batman #16 starts off slow but ends with a bang. For the most part, I have enjoyed Tom King's take on the characters and I can't wait to see where he goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Feb 1, 2017

    Over the course of the past 15 issues, King and company have made it a point to develop a deep roster of supporting characters into Batman's world. While all Batman runs have access to the historical roster of Robins, this take on Batman also includes Gotham Girl, the Suicide Squad Batman assembled in the previous arc "I Am Suicide," and an increased utilization of Catwoman as a romantic interest and moral grey spot for our hero. Almost all of these characters appear at some point in Batman #16, the start to "I Am Bane," and give the world a deep texture that makes each subsequent issue feel more resonant than it otherwise would. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 1, 2017

    There are a lot of things to love about Batman #16. It may not be the most action packed issue of the series ever but it doesnt need to be, opting for a quieter issue thats more focused on building up the tension and it does a good job. No doubt greater things are in store, but for now, I Am Bane is off to a very solid start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Feb 1, 2017

    It's terrific. Batman #16 is the issue we've wanted Tom King to deliver since day one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Feb 1, 2017

    I stand by my review of Batman #15, but this issue really did bring it back around for me. I'm excited to see where the story goes with the rest of the I Am Bane story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Feb 1, 2017

    Batman #16 is a good read. King does a great job of showing life without the masks for Batman and his boys as well too. Batman may be a loner, but its Bruce that has the need for family and it's shown here brilliantly. We also have some great action in the book as well, with an ending that I completely didn't see at all! Bane isn't present in this issue yet but he's already making his presence known! Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 1, 2017

    No two of Tom King's Batman storylines feel the same, and that's one of this book's strongest qualities. This issue doesn't entirely play to artist David Finch's strengths, but it does offer a solid blend of Bat-meta humor and foreboding build-up to what promises to be a titanic clash between Batman and Bane. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 1, 2017

    Batman #16 kicks off what will hopefully be an entertaining story with a powerhouse villain that is definitely more than a bruiser. There are serious mind games at play here, and that's where this comic becomes split. King is a master of subtlety and mental manipulation, but the pencils are not playing at that level. As the action intensifies and Bruce & company spend more time in costume hopefully the pencils will move closer to the quality of the writing and colour work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 2, 2017

    Batman #16 is a solid set-up issue that introduces us to the major players of the Dark Knight's latest clash with Bane. The interactions that Bruce Wayne has with Catwoman, Duke, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood helped to establish how dangerous Bane is as Batman is going out of his way to warn those close to him to leave Gotham City. This allowed Bane to come off as a huge threat with having to have the villain appear at all in this issue. The ending further drove home what we should be expecting from the rest of Tom King's latest Batman story in all the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Feb 1, 2017

    While it's nice to be getting back to a more straightforward story (bad guy coming for us, we have to stop him), it was hard for me to look past all the little distractions that the story kept throwing at me. Unto themselves, none of my gripes are really all that bad. But with such an extensive volume of them, they start to wear on what was otherwise a very entertaining tale. Basically, the sum of its parts don't equate to perfection, but individual moments were definitely some of the best I've seen King deliver in awhile. Especially in the humor department. I also think the story could have benefited from a more consistent tone. It starts off as a suspense, transitions to a comedy, converts into a drama, and ultimately ends up as horror. It's just very all over the place. But hey, you're getting more for your dollar that way…I guess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Feb 1, 2017

    Although I really enjoyed the story in this issue, some of the dialogue was confusing at times and some characters weren't portrayed very well. Then there's the damn Catwoman scene. Not a fan at all. Did we really need to be reminded of that situation again? It was last issue! The art was fantastic though it was the highlight of the issue and has stayed strong through most of the series. Read Full Review

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