Batman #2

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch, Matt Banning Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 140
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"I AM GOTHAM" Chapter Two: In issue #2, after a brush with disaster, Batman struggles to reconcile the fate he could be leaving behind for his city, and reaches out to the idealistic new hero, Gotham. But an evil is building that may overcome both Batman and his new ally.

  • 9.5
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jul 6, 2016

    Batman is a hero with exceptional and cherished history, more so than maybe any other superhero in comics, I'd argue. One of the best aspects of Scott Snyder's work was his familiarity with and respect for that history. King is again, like in the premiere issue, proving he's fluent in speaking Batman, too. Simply put, it's a joy to read. This issue is the best of the three so far, counting the one-shot. Batman historians may have already figured out who the villain is going to be for this first arc, but if you missed the subtle clue in the last issue, the conclusion of issue #2 leaves no room for doubt and plenty of room for feverish anticipation. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jul 13, 2016

    Over the last couple of years, my interest in superhero books waned, but with Rebirth in full swing, I'm back on board and really enjoying the tale Tom King is telling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jul 11, 2016

    Tom King and David Finch are worthy successors to the Snyder/Capullo team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Jul 26, 2016

    Batman is continuing to find his purpose within the REBIRTH relaunch. Tom King's take on the characters continues to be well done for both old and new Batman fans. Though Duke Thomas is unused, we are left hoping that at some point he will break out. David Finch and Jordie Bellaire take their work from Batman #1 and continue to provide wonderful art that compliments King's writing style in Batman #2. All three of them do not overtake each other. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 6, 2016

    In addition to planting seeds for September's crossover involving the Monster Men, we are given two final pages that I don't quite know what to make of. It seems that some important puzzle pieces are right in front of us and now it's just a matter of assembling them. Suffice it to say, this series really has me now. I knew this creative team could pull it off and now we have a truly great sibling rivalry with Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jul 6, 2016

    While I enjoyed Batman #1, I loved Batman #2. This just hit so many beats perfectly. While some of it is definitely stuff I've seen time and time again, it was just done so well that I can't really fault it for giving me what it did, since really, it had so much quintessential Batman throughout. I was also delighted beyond belief at the inclusion of the surprise villain. Thank goodness these comes out every two weeks now. I couldn't wait a whole month to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 6, 2016

    But, we don't doubt that sooner or later Bruce will discover something that won't sit right with him about the two new heroes. It might have something to do with the re-introduction of Hugo Strange and Amanda Waller. Are these two Gotham-centric heroes part of a new brain washed task force? Strange is shown to be skilled at brainwashing, so could they have been programmed to be heroic? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Robert Franco Jul 8, 2016

    Batman #2 is a book that holds its own. It may not be as good as the first, but we get to see more of the mysterious Gotham duo and what they can do. Batman and his comrades are depicted on point, so that's a very pleasant victory for this exuberant fan base.Trust has always been Batman's wart. Has he turned the corner or is he prepping for somethinginsidious? Only Tom Kingknows! I'm excited to find out! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 6, 2016

    A well paced issue that moves the plot of the "Monster Men" forward while delivering meaningful character moments for Batman and Gordon. I call that a huge success if I ever saw one. Moody, cinematic, and good economical storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 6, 2016

    The second issue continues to add on the excellent first issue and lays the groundwork for what's to come months down the road. It's a fantastic comic that shows off both King and Finch's strengths and continues to show that Batman is one of the best comics DC is publishing right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jul 13, 2016

    Have you ever imagined Bruce Wayne as a child? I don't mean the TV version fromGotham, interesting as that portrayal is, but Bruce of modern comics in all his neurotic extravagance. How, exactly, would one manage Christmas and birthdays with such an exotic boy? Tom King gives a brief insight into how the Wayne-Pennyworth approached such challenges. Specifically, that the young Bruce wanted a katana for his tenth birthday and Alfred, in what passes for moderation at Wayne Manor, decides that something smaller would be more appropriate for so young a boy, and presents Master Bruce with wakizashi, setting the stage for years of snark and complaints. Yes, Damian is the acorn that didn't fall far from the tree. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 6, 2016

    Batman's slowly working the subplot material that will come to the forefront soon enough as talk of monsters is in the mix along with Hugo Strange, which has me hopeful, but right now the focus is still mostly on Batman himself as he brings Gotham and Gotham Girl into the picture. With the scale of threats that the city faces you can understand his wanting something more reliable there – and that he likely already knows everything about them that we don't know yet, which is what I want to see before I really decide what i think about them. King's script is busy once again and I'm still kind of way of his Batman mindset as it's pretty intense, but it works with the physical/visual representation we get from Finch and the team so that it works in its own way. A solid enough second issue that has me wanting just a bit more meat in the next issue or two before I decide how far I'll go with the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 9, 2016

    It's a promising start to the series, but both Bat-series (this and Detective Comics) have apparently become team books - shouldn't one be dedicated to Batman's solo adventures? Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 6, 2016

    The new Batman series may not be offering the story readers were expecting, but that's hardly a bad thing. Tom King and David Finch are showing a knack for blending familiar Batman tropes with new conflicts and challenges. With a little more character growth for Gotham and Gotham Girl, this story arc could develop into something truly memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 7, 2016

    Only note? More Duke Thomas. Please. He won't be the next Robin but he could very well become an amazing here in his own right and following his adventures inWe Are Robin makes him a certifiable fan favorite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Jul 11, 2016

    Overall, Batman #2 good second issue that dutifully continues the new direction this series has taken. Even though there is less wham-bam action than the debut issue, its new reveals pack just as much of a punch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jul 6, 2016

    Ultimately, Batman #2 serves as a good window into the themes and styles that King and Finch can build on for future drama. Considering the elements present in this issue, the series seems to be in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brandon Davenport Jul 7, 2016

    Despite the issue being a little on the quiet side in terms of business, I did like what the book had to over in terms of the now and the future. Batman’s cool as ever, and I am digging the pseudo-mentor figure from Batman with the twins. I think King’s run will evolve into something special, with a little more time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jul 7, 2016

    Batman #2 moves the current narrative forward in a bold and engaging manner, with the Dark Knight's relationship with Gotham and Gotham Girl being interesting to say the least. Add to this a fun encounter with Solomon Grundy and the return of one of yet another classic villain, and this is bound to captivate fans of the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jul 6, 2016

    I know from reading other online reviews and comments (I am a glutton for pain) that the reactions to this book have been a little mixed, especially from King fans who expect another Visionor Omega Men. But that's frankly not quite fair as those characters had no expectations or limitations in the way Batman does. On a property as iconic as Batman, trying to sift through decades of history and iconic stories to find your own voice is a huge challenge even for a writer as good as Tom King. I like this Batman series a lot. It's self-contained in a way literally no other DC rebirth book I have tried is, sharp where it needs to be, and generally pretty to look at. The ongoing plot, involving a few classic villains, which I managed to mention hardly at all, is intriguing. I hope that King's Batman comes to life a bit as things go on since he is, of course, the book's key character, but I'm cheerfully along for the ride at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jul 8, 2016

    Finch's action-packed art, the fun and kinetic nature of King's writing pull together, with a well-rounded cast of characters to give us the start of what might be one of DC Rebirth's biggest successes, I'll be following with heavy interest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 6, 2016

    With focused artwork and scripting throughout, Batman #2 finally puts the flagship Bat-title on solid ground. Tom King and his art team have caught their second window, and finally have a compelling Batman as well as a looming threat, giving the title a palpable dread along with their solid characterizations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jul 8, 2016

    While the art what somewhat inconsistent and the newest characters didn't get much development in this issue, King still displayed a competency writing Batman and his famous supporting characters. His reintroduction of one of Batman's oldest and infamous rogues is also an intriguing development for where he plans to take this story. With such a strong focus on Batman's personality and world, fans shouldn't have to worry too much about this run living up to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Jul 6, 2016

    Batman remains a strong book, full of three-dimensional characters and weaving plotlines. This just feels like book hinting at a much bigger payoff down the road, but in the meantime it's nearly impossible not to enjoy the scenery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jul 13, 2016

    That turn is mostly in service to setting up the upcoming "Night of the Monster Men" crossover but it works well. What's most interesting here is setting the tone, casting Gotham City as a Halloween-esque city of monsters and murderers, both fanciful and fearsome. It's a smart fit for a slightly horrific story and one worth exploring for all Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 6, 2016

    Batman fans should be pretty excited about this issue. Sure, it does lay down a lot of story, which sometimes can be a tad over-barring, but overall, this second issue does a stellar job at defining who Batman is going to be during King and Finch's run. What really raises the bar is that this has an appeal to both new and old Batman fans. There's never a point where either will feel lost or alienated.This book, thus far, is turning out to be one of the better Rebirth titles. I highly recommend checking this one out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 7, 2016

    All in all, the creative team continues to impress with Batman #2. It's a solid Batman story that has mystery to it and doesn't fall all over itself trying to make Batman cool every second. King's got a real person at its centre, and Batman's doubts serve as a good backdrop to a story that is already intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jul 6, 2016

    "I Am Gotham: Part Two" was a great read. I'm looking forward to seeing where this alliance between Batman, Gotham and Gotham Girl will go. I still believe that Batman is still studying his new allies for weaknesses but maybe Tom King will give us something different. In my gut I don't trust Gotham and Gotham Girl at all and I believe their real intentions will be exposed soon enough. I love the direction that Batman is going right now and this issue really gives the "detective" feel back to the Batman series! Read Batman #2! You won't be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jul 8, 2016

    Batman #2 is a loaded bag of Bat-goodness as King finally finds his Bat voice. And while this issue still hasnt reached the heights of Kings other works like The Vision and Sheriff of Babylon, by golly, were getting closer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 14, 2016

    After stepping in to help Gotham and Gotham Girl stop Solomon Grundy, Batman agrees to give Gotham City's two new super-heroes a few pointers. This includes introducing the pair to Commissioner Gordon for the first time. Other than the fight at the beginning of the issue Batman #2 doesn't offer much in the way of action, but there's plenty of slow-boiling story here for Bat-fans. It also gives us the first appearance of a classic Batman villain for the first time since the Rebirth reboot. I'll be curious to see just what Hugo Strange is up to and how he ties into the monsters and suicide attacks around Gotham City. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jul 6, 2016

    David Finch and the ink team put in decent work. The poses werent terribly dynamic, but the pacing was solid and the camerawork kept things from getting too stale. Bellaire, as always, beautifully colors the pages. The contrast between the Gothams costumes and the city from which they take their names is a story unto itself. If it came down to Who did it better? Id support Mikel Janin over David Finch. His pencils are livelier and fit more in line with the rejuvenated Batman. Finchs approach seems much more in line with the frowny, battle worn character from previous years. Just my two cents, take it as you will. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jul 13, 2016

    David Finchs pencils are crisp. Matt Banning and Danny Miki improve. However, Im not sold on how Finch draws faces. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Jul 6, 2016

    I'm not sure reading this as a dark comedy is the way the author intended, but as long as this dynamic continues, I can dig it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 6, 2016

    Since Rebirth started, Batman has been a good, but not great book.  This issue doesn't change things in that department and may take a tiny step backwards.  Maybe I'm expecting too much right out of the gates, but I am struggling to find reasons to love Batman right now.  The cliffhanger may hold that promise, but right now I very underwhelmed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Jul 6, 2016

    I can accept that this is a slow burn, but that's a huge risk on the part of DC with the Bat. There are some exciting questions to be answered, and it's possible that King will bring espionage and intrigue to the flagship title as Brubaker did with the Cap, but it feels a bit rough around the edges. Finch's art sings, and I absolutely want to know where the story's going – but, on many levels, it's not quite there yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 7, 2016

    'Batman' continues to evolve under King who probably needs to get through an arc to find his groove. The set-up in the first two issues appears promising with some interesting twists. It still needs more character development but I'm optimistic there are great things to come given time. Still worth picking up and readers should be rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2016

    King sets up several mysteries for Batman to solve. Theres Gotham and Gotham Girls origin, the tease of monsters coming to Gotham and the reveal of an old foe that might be behind all of it. This was the weakest of Kings three Batman issues thus far, but theres enough here to suggest this was a rare misfire. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 9, 2016

    Batman #2 was a bit disjointed for my taste. It had some really good character moments, but overall, the juggling plot points didn't gel for me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Sep 19, 2016

    Batman #2 should have brought fire, but it feels like a false alarm. Hopefully, the next issue picks up the pace and gives readers something to latch onto. Read Full Review

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