Batman #17

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 15, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 76
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"I Am Bane" part two! Barricading himself within the walls of Arkham Asylum still might not keep Batman and his allies safe from Bane's assault. Which one of Bruce's loved ones will be torn from him next?

  • 10
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Feb 15, 2017

    And of course the art was on point once again. There's a two page spread of Batman perched on a rooftop that is so well done. The detail on everything from the bricks and tiles on the buildings to the shading on Batman is perfect. Love it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Feb 20, 2017

    I'm really excited to see where King takes this book next issue. I'm digging the psychological thriller vibe of it. The darkness of it. Don't get me wrong, Batman's usually pretty dark and brooding, but it's nice to get a little bit of his human side too. To remind us that he's just a man under that cape and cowl. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 15, 2017

    Batman has consistently vied for best Rebirth title honors. With this storyline constantly delivering, this is the one DC book you have to read this week if you can only grab one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Feb 15, 2017

    How this arc will progress will hopefully be really strong, as it’s had such a strong beginning. Most people really want Tom King’s Batman to be so stong and it’s had a really shaky start but hopefully it will just continue strong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Feb 15, 2017

    ConclusionIll keep it simple here. Just go out and pick up Batman. The title has been great for years, and Tom King and his revolving door of great artists are keeping that tradition alive. I will be in Gotham next month, and the month after that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Feb 26, 2017

    The ride that King is taking us on I am Bane picked up on Batman #17. The tension that has been building up for the better part of two issues, was finally broken. This then is building towards the inevitable confrontations between Bane and Batman. This is a must read story arc! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Feb 15, 2017

    If you're the kind of person who's too impatient to wait for the action to start, I Am Bane is perfect for you. Bane doesn't take any breaks to strategize. If he's going to go to war, he's going to bring the fight to whoever's unfortunate enough to be in his crosshairs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Elijah Thomas Feb 23, 2017

    This is everything you hope for in a Batman story: A monstrous dark villain, methodically planning Batman's demise, with everything hanging in the balance. Tom King and David Finch, through some trial and error, have really found their stride. Which adds to the lure of this issue, and the remaining issues of the "I am Bane" story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 17, 2017

    Still, this comicis probably one of the best issues in King'sBatman run, due to its suspenseful writing and appropriately gritty art. It is shaping up to be on of the best Bane-centric storylines sinceKnightfall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Feb 17, 2017

    The art remains fantastic throughout the book and really sells the menacing tone of this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 15, 2017

    Tom King and David Finch return to up the stakes in this second part of "I am Bane"  While the story really is all setup, it sets up some pretty awesome things and leads to another crazy cliffhanger.  The art is fantastic throughout and two weeks suddenly feels like way to long to get the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Feb 15, 2017

    For an issue that featured surprisingly little Batman himself, #17 was all at once exciting and eventful but remains mysterious with plenty of proverbial meat on the bone for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Feb 16, 2017

    King skips the puns and the comedy for this issue and gets straight to business with some rather dark storytelling. In this issue Bane making his first moves on Batman. While Batman is making his moves to secure Claire aka Gotham Girl with Psycho Pirate so she can be cured. It plays out like a chess match between Batman and Bane. This is the setup for what is to come and it just flies by as you read it, leaving you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 21, 2017

    At times the "Rebirth" era of Batman has felt more like an odd Legend of the Dark Knight-like freakout instead of the main Bat solo title, but Batman #17 has finally struck a nicely entertaining balance between the two. Tom King may not take the most direct route with his plots, but always finds a new angle for superhero storytelling stocked with strong evocative characters. David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire provide another strong showing after their return to the title, but #17 shows another side to Finch that I hope continues throughout this arc. Though it may not be the easiest title to get into at times Batman #17 puts the series back into the win column with a stylishly tense installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Feb 17, 2017

    Overall, King does a great job furthering the plot as the I Am Bane arc continues to unfold, and it ends with our first look at the menacing, masked man from Santa Prisca, himself, setting the stage for what promises to be an explosive next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Feb 17, 2017

    DC knows exactly what they're doing. Rebirth has been a remarkable success and it's due to the wonderful creative teams they've put together. While Batman #17 may not hit the highs of previous issues, King and company continue to prove themselves worthy successors to their legendary predecessors. Bane may have been one-dimensional in the New 52 but here he serves as a worthy antagonist to our Dark Knight. While the story didn't progress much, the character work develops the confrontation between hero and villain into a can't-miss event. "I Am Suicide" may have ended with a somewhat disappointing and quiet conclusion, but "I Am Bane" looks to be the clash of titans we've been anticipating since issue 1. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 15, 2017

    "I Am Bane" is quickly shaping up to be one of the best stories to feature the titular villain. The "less is more" approach pays off handsomely when it comes to both Bane himself and Tom King's exploration of the Batman/Superman friendship. This issue is dramatic, suspenseful, and full of gorgeously detailed artwork. What more could a Bat-fan ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Feb 15, 2017

    This just felt like a nice old-school throwback issue to me. There's just plenty of stuff to like. It's fun and enjoyable, but at the same time it has this pervasive ominousness. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Feb 20, 2017

    Batman #17 takes elements of a story we know well—the vicious circle trapping Batman and Bane—and examines it through a different lens that gives us a novel view. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Feb 17, 2017

    matched creative team hits all the right beats in the middle chapter of what is shaping up to be an unforgettable arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 20, 2017

    Over the course of the past two issues Tom King has created something special in Batman and hopefully now the showdown between the Dark Knight and Bane wont be a disappointment. Ideally, it will be more competitive than the fight where Bane broke Batmans back. Regardless of how things turn out, if youre a fan of Bane and youre not reading this book, you really should remedy that as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 15, 2017

    Batman#17 is technically another “setup” issue to the inevitable mano a manorematch between Batman and Bane. However,Tom King, David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire makes their upcoming battle even more frightening as some of Batman's best allies are taken off the board in a swift way reminiscent of Bane unleashing the Dark Knight's rogue's gallery in “Knightfall” before breaking his back when he was utterly broken down. Bane and King both play the long game, and the next issue should be filled with big moves to competent for the utter catastrophe that is Batman's supporting cast in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Feb 15, 2017

    Batman #17 is a good read. I enjoyed the entire issue from beginning to the end, and King satisfactorily answered the questions I had about Gotham Girl as well. I'm definitely looking forward to the confrontation between Bane and Batman, especially withthe situation Batman has now found himself in. David Finch's workgave usperfect shadows of the characters and their surroundings. Each page gave you a look as if you looking into the streets of Gotham yourself, and I hope he brings that same look to the next issue too! King leaves us on a cliffhanger where you already know that the next issue will be a fight between Batman and Bane! Can't wait! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Feb 15, 2017

    Cerebral and darker than the blackest coffee, Batman #17 could've been straight from the mind of David Fincher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Feb 15, 2017

    Although the Dark Knight continues to make decisions that vex and the story has been somewhat haphazard and disjointed, now that King has moved the pieces around on the board to his liking and brought us to the inevitable Batman vs. Bane showdown, Batman has become too thrilling to put down for even a moment. Batman #18 can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Feb 15, 2017

    Tom King crafts an exciting tale that unfortunately tosses his new-found comedic streak aside in favor of the usual overly-philosophical monologues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 22, 2017

    Despite some of Batman's decisions here, the comic does do a good job in presenting Bane as a legitimate threat. The need for Batman to have access to the Psycho-Pirate for a period of five days in order to fix what the villain did to Gotham Girl also presents an accelerated timetable for Bane. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Feb 15, 2017

    If anything, this issue shows that perhaps Finch is not the artist for BATMAN. If this comic is to rise to the heights of THE VISION or SHERIFF OF BABYLON, an artist who really plays to King's strengths should be found. BATMAN is a good comic, flirting with inconsistent bouts of greatness and suffering an identity crisis between being a glossy superhero comic and a unique, authorial take on the Dark Knight Detective Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Feb 15, 2017

    Im committed to this story, of course. I have the highest of hopes. I just need to see some progress. I feel like the art and the story are disjointed. The level of clarity isnt what it needs to be. Maybe theres a communication issue between the parties. Maybe theres not. The end result is still a wonderfully cinematic, if flawed, story that Im not going to give up on. Read Full Review

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