Batman #20

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch, Danny Miki Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 5, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 72
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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"I am Bane" finale! In this epic climax, there is no going back. No more tricks, no more allies. Just Batman. And Bane. When the final blood spills...nothing will ever be the same for the Dark Knight.  

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Apr 5, 2017

    "You don't see the impossible " you see the impossibility no one else sees." King may delivered the best damn line of the arc in this latest issue as he perfectly summarizes what makes Batman so extraordinary as a character. This is the kind of observation that only comes after truly getting to know a character. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 5, 2017

    In conclusion this issue is a perfect conclusion to the 3 arc epic, before the Button, and I would definitely without a doubt recommend this series highly. It has its ups and downs, but what book doesn’t, and right now provides a really new and interesting take and run on Batman. Many people wondered if Tom King would be able to write to the same or a similar standard as Scott Snyder, but with this issue I felt he really stepped out of his shadow to prove to readers why he is writing Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 5, 2017

    This book to me will go down as a classic in the matches between Bane and Batman. Priest did a wonderful job of increasing the stakes in each issue, as we saw Bane and Batman play mental games with other as well throughout the entire series! I've stated before I've always hated whenever Bane was written as a simple "monster." To me he's waymore than that and Priest shows it all here in this series andmakes itgreat read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 5, 2017

    Beastly! Tom King's Batman #20 is a fantastic conclusion to the truly excellent "I Am Bane" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Apr 5, 2017

    Batman #20 is a highly-entertaining and fitting conclusion to amazing 'I am Bane' arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Apr 5, 2017

    There's not much else to say about how good this book – and this arc – was. It was talky at points, butvillains always talk too much before the confrontation. What worked here is that Batman was playing off it perfectly and there was no wasted momentum. Bane did not stop to give a grandiose speech – he told the story as he was causing chaos. So if you are a fan of Batman, do yourself a favor and pick this series up. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Apr 5, 2017

    Batman #20 doesn't just recap the action of Tom King's impressive run on the Dark Knight's solo book, it deepens the experience. It adds texture to it. It reframes it in a way that shows how every moment of this run has been driven by a singular desire that Batman harbors. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Apr 5, 2017

    Batman #20 is one of the most important issues so far in Batman's Rebirth continuity. Tom King's multi-layered story arc concludes in a way that honors the character of Batman and emphasize his true heroism. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Apr 8, 2017

    The fact that there are a lot of "I Am" arcs happening shows that King is finding quite a bit of depth to Batman. I'm not sure he'll ever run out of ideas as he takes us on a journey "where no Batman has gone before," if I can use a Star Trek reference. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 5, 2017

    The current Batman title has been a tough one to champion due to its odd structure, but this chapter shows that payoffs sometimes are worth the wait. Tom King has marched to his own beat from the start of this run, and now with the debut of this newest issue, he's earned back much of the goodwill some of the slower and more esoteric issues of this arc had sapped away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Apr 5, 2017

    Batman's writers look inward to the character more often than perhaps any other, so it's not that the ideas we explore, namely Batman's unbreakable will, are wholly new ideas. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 5, 2017

    I Am Bane (not to mention I Am Gotham and I Am Suicide) continues to impress, if only because King manages to seduce me every time into thinking one thing, and being flabbergasted at my own naivet by the end. Batman #20 is only the latest in that pattern, and I sincerely doubt it will be the last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 5, 2017

    "I Am Bane" has been a worthy addition to Tom King's Batman saga, and it wraps up in strong form in Batman #20. It delivers a visually spectacular finish, one that thrives as much on Jordie Bellaire's mood-enhancing colors as David Finch's ultra-detailed pencils. It also reinforces the central themes of King's work, reminding readers once again that the Dark Knight might be mortal, but he can never be conquered. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 5, 2017

    Those looking for a clear cut ending to the I am Bane (and I am Suicide) arc may be disappointed, but Tom King is going bigger here.  The reader gets to see what's been driving Bruce since even before Rebirth started and it's the big picture reveal that grabbed me.  The story and art were both outstanding and if you have been a fan of Tom King's run, I think you'll be satisfied and ready to move forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Apr 6, 2017

    How this arc completely works as an endpoint to one longer, multi-part tale.The way the art team imagines the fight, bringing out the brutality and violence with even the smallest detail (blood drops, sweat, teeth).Page layouts that completely convey the claustrophobic nature of this close-up fight.Finchs ability to capture emotion in faces (especially rage in this issue).The frightening image of the Joker on page 7.Kings emotional and revealing interior monologue that works as the issues narrative.Batmans vulnerability.The sheer imposing SIZE of Bane.As Gotham burns, I will stand on one of your gargoyles.The amazing splash image on page 18.The quiet and powerful way the story ends. Yes, mother. I know.Without a doubt, this was one emotional ending to an intense Batman story. King has been showing us the many facets of Batman and what makes him one of the most complex characters in comics. And now, he has done the same for Bane as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 5, 2017

    I Am Bane restores the tarnished luster to the man that broke the Bat. Bane is cast once again as arguably the most formidable physical threat of all of Batman's Rogues. Hopefully with the start of The Button crossover next issue, King puts more of a spotlight on Batman's brains than his brawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comicsverse - A. Chowder Apr 5, 2017

    Although BATMAN #20 falls short on the "greatest Batman battle" title, it's nonetheless a great examination of the titular character. Alongside the art, the last issue of the "I am Bane" storyline delivers heavy punches and kicks with the famous rivalry between Bane and Batman. While the fighting is quite brutal and entertaining, it's Batman's character and the inner conversation between Bruce and his mother that serve as high points for the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Apr 6, 2017

    This is a fun read. It's not YEAR ONE, LONG HALLOWEEN or DARK KNIGHT RETURNS good, but if you are looking for superior superhero entertainment with great visuals, this is as good a place as any to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Apr 6, 2017

    A strong conclusion to King's overarching Batman narrative and one that shows he has a deep understanding of/appreciation for what the character represents... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Apr 15, 2017

    Batman #20 was fitting ending for what has been building up for 19 issues. King makes some fundamental changes to the Batman character that make a much more well rounded person. This Batman story arc was a good start for Tom King in Batman and it has me excited to what he has coming up next! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 5, 2017

    While I thought the fight scene and Batman's martial ineptitude were immensely frustrating and lackluster to behold, almost every other element of this story was a shining example of how to do Batman justice. I think it's easy to get lost in the action of this comic and see it for nothing more than that. On my initial read, I did just that, and was very disappointed. All I could see was the fight, and found it lacking. But as I read it over and over, I found that there was actually plenty to enjoy beyond the obvious content. With this issue, it's not so much about what happens, but the ideas that are interposed and their ultimate ramifications. If you can look past the uninspiring fight choreography, at the heart of this story is actually a celebration of the character that is Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 5, 2017

    King's script createda mostly satisfying conclusion to the storyline, while being riddled with lazy resolutions and mediocre art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Apr 6, 2017

    Many have been praising the end to "I Am Bane" but I am just not seeing it. If this comic skipped the endless exposition which furthers the beacon of hope vibe it would be better off. The fight between Batman and Bane saved this issue as Finch and Bellaire perfectly capturing the aggression and exhaustion in the fight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Apr 10, 2017

    A violent clash with some classic Batman moments, framed by strong character exploration. A satisfying conclusion to King's first act. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 11, 2017

    With Bane defeated, the Flash shows up next issue to begin the investigation into a blood-stained button and the secrets lurking behind Rebirth and the shitstorm known as the New 52. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 7, 2017

    Batman #20 was not the cleanest of endings to an arc that started out strong. There was a constant feeling that for as strong as Batman and Bane's development were, that there was something missing around them to make "I Am Bane" a memorable story arc. That thing that was missing hurts the strengths this ending has from a story and artwork front. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Apr 5, 2017

    Where do we go from here? Right into the DC Rebirth mythology in a four-part crossover with Joshua Williamsons The Flash. Were going to (hopefully) be getting some answers. Reread your DC Universe Rebirth one-shot and get ready to hash some stuff out. Well be back in two weeks to talk about The Button. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Nerd Church Radio - BrandonReid Apr 5, 2017

     There wereaspects of this issue that I really enjoyed like the art was really well doneonce again, the fight between Bane and Batman was good for the most part and ofcourse, Bane. He's so badass in these issues. Then there's the confusingnarration by Bruce's dead mother. I feel like I missed something with thataspect. Maybe it will be explained next issue. But all in all I was kind of disappointed.As awesome as the headbutt was, is that really all it would take to take Banedown? Is it because Bane just fought his way through Arkham and is drained?Maybe. But still. A little more would have been nice.  Read Full Review

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