Batman #21

Writer: Tom King Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 19, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 52 User Reviews: 118
8.7Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

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"THE BUTTON" part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it's not who anyone suspects! It's a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
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  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Apr 21, 2017

    Batman #21 did a good job of setting a tone for the rest of the mini-series. Its script and art made the story come to life, and it really showed of the brutality and anger that came of Reverse Flash. Although no Watchmen characters were physically scene, their presence in the DC Universe has never been stronger and that is perhaps the most important part of this issue! Read Full Review

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

    Believe the hype and be thankful for the wait folks, this was totally worth it and is very exciting. I haven't had this much fun reading 'Batman' in years! I for one can't wait for next week's second chapter in Flash #21. Bravo DC: Rebirth, what a way to live up to your word. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 26, 2017

    Batman #21 is definitely a must read in my opinion, especially if you're interested in seeing how Rebirth truly will play out. This book gave us action and raw emotion on from both Batman and Reverse-Flash. There's a moment where Eobard takes something personal from Bruce and it makes himsnap. This Flashpoint reference was very pivotal and even I forgot about the letter Thomas Wayne wrote to Bruce. I was excited to see that Tom King brought that up. With the Flash finally appearing at the end, I guess we'll finally see Batman and the Flash working side by side! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 19, 2017

    Kudos to Tom King and Jason Fabok. This issue couldn't have gotten more retro or more exciting if they had decided to intersperse the panels with images from a pirate comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 is the perfect set-up for two of DC Comics’ best detectives (Batman and the Flash) unraveling DC Rebirth’s mystery. The best aspect of this issue is figuring out how the clues piece together and how they connect to the overall mystery of DC Rebirth and Watchmen. This gives reason for you not only to pick up the issue, but to analyze the story further through multiple readings. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 23, 2017

    After Fabok's most recent Justice League run, he's probably my favorite artist working in comics today. Throw in a bit more questions and complexities into the DC Universe by writer Tom King, and this issue pretty much hits all my sweet spots. I don't want to go into too much detail about the story as I'd hate to spoil any of its great moments, but I enjoyed the story almost as much as the art and like I mentioned above, while we don't get all the answers, this is only the first part of a much larger story waiting to be told. This storyline will continue on in next week's Flash number twenty-six and I'm sure throughout the rest of this year. Do yourself a favor and buy this issue. There's really a whole lot to like! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Apr 20, 2017

    With all that said this is one of the most exciting stories to in the DC line up right now and I cant wait to see how the next issue of The Flash continues the events started here. This issue alone is action packed and drops a few breadcrumbs, hinting at something much larger on the horizon. We are already witnessed first-hand the machinations of the mysterious Mr Oz and I can't help but speculate about at his involvement in these events. Needless to say, I am on board for the duration and eagerly await the second part of this tale to unfold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 19, 2017

    This issue has been one of the Rebirth era's most anticipated releases since it was announced and it fully lived up to the hype. Don't leave out the comic book store without grabbing this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Apr 19, 2017

    Overall, I have been very impressed with how Rebirth has been playing out. It seems that DC really thought about what they were trying to do, quite the opposite of how the New 52 came off. I have faith in the company again, which I was losing a few years back. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Apr 20, 2017

    This is as good an issue of Batman as weve seen in a while: Jason Fabok crams hyperkinetic energy and anxiety in nearly every panel. Brad Anderson renders the scenes beatifically. Tom King uses every trick he can to make a short narrative seem like an agonizingly long time. And theres still more story to go! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Apr 21, 2017

    This book is an homage to the history that has come before, yet willing to strike out into an exciting new direction. I don't know what any other company has in store for this summer, but right now it looks like DC will be running the show. Kudos to the creative team for an excellent read! Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Apr 21, 2017

    What a way to kick-off a crossover! Especially, one deeply relevant to the DCU. This comic can't be recommended enough. Another pro of this book is that its relatively self-contained; one would really only need to have read or be familiar with the plot of DC Universe: Rebirth. Dont miss as the doomsday clock continues to tick with consummate creatives leading the way to a bright rebirth for DC. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 is a perfect example of how to set up a major comic book event. The story is gripping, the art is amazing, and this issue will leave you dying to read the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Apr 20, 2017

    Tom King and Jason Fabok pump up this first part of "The Button" crossover with emotion, mystery, and savage conflict. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Apr 25, 2017

    The button is a mystery that needs to be solved before someone else gets hurt it would seem. Batman surprisingly flounders under Reverse Flash's assault for most of the issue, and Flash was dealing with another problem at the time. There's a good amount of action here, and the art is spectacular, conveying emotions and actions well. The tone is both one of mystery and grimness. Batman was trounced by Eobard Thawne, but the big problem still lies with the button. Where did it send Thawne, where it come from, and what sent it here? This issue served as a great set up to this mystery story, and it certainly started with a bang. We'll have to see how this works out in Flash # 21! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Apr 19, 2017

    Is it next week yet? The Flash is going to add to this Batman story that we can't wait to see what happens in the next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Apr 20, 2017

    Overall, this was a near perfect issue to kickstart this arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 19, 2017

    I don't get to the end of Batman #21 frustrated or feeling incomplete. The moments King and Fabok lay out have crystallized and slowed in my mind to such a degree that the fight itself feels fulfilling. This is but one chapter in a much larger story much larger than this crossover will likely hold. But in this moment, I've gotten this epic fight that could only end one way, and a lionshare of things to think about until next week. What could be more fun than that? Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Apr 19, 2017

    Overall, Tom King is continuing to master this character, and at this point, has shown to be the writer that Batman deserves to continue the great storytelling of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Don't miss this issue if you are a Batman fan! Tom King has also managed to make this a good jumping-on point for new readers that have not read the Rebirth Batman before, and that is never a small feat! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey Apr 19, 2017

    This book is damn well worth your money. Buy the book. Buy the variant. Buy one of those stupid lenticular covers (I know I will!). If you're interested in DC Rebirth at all, this book is DEFINITELY worth your time. It is the first real continuation that we've seen since DC Universe Rebirth #1.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Apr 19, 2017

    The Button has kicked off in grand fashion with a quick, emotional opening punch of an issue. As we look forward, Im hoping to get some more light on what exactly Rebirth is all about. I dont need all the answers, but one or two would be appreciated. The worst thing I think DC could do right now is leave us even more confused after the end of this crossover. I dont see them doing that, however. Fan service has been a big part of the Rebirth initiative and theyve built up a lot of good will in my book. This opening chapter continues that trend. Ill see you next week with second part of this story in The Flash #21. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs May 9, 2017

    Batman #21 strives to start a world shattering storyline that delivers in every aspect, and succeeds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Apr 19, 2017

    If you were looking for answers to DC Rebirth you will be greatly disappointed in Batman 21. King does little to explain while adding more hints to further muddling the DC Universe. The use of a timer not only signifies they are running out of time but adds tension as Batman faces off against the Reverse-Flash. Fabok uses a 9-page panel to snapshot every moment culminating in the surprising ending. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Johnathan Brin Apr 20, 2017

    Everybody that has been reading the Rebirth series should pick up this issue even if you aren't reading Batman just to see this big event unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 19, 2017

    In conclusion, although I had some minor problems with this book, it was overall really good and I highly recommend it. I have really been enjoying Williamson’s Flash run, so I do hope he can keep up with what he has been doing and the great issue that King just did. If you were not planning to read this before, I suggest you change that decision. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 gets "The Button" off to a tremendous start, as despite there being minimal development to the main narrative, it gives us a spectacular encounter between the Caped Crusader and the Reverse Flash. It also ends in surprising fashion, leaving us guessing what will happen next and how the button fits into things. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 20, 2017

    It's great to see them finally getting around to taking the next step in the Rebirth story - it's been simmering far too long, but it seems to be coming to a boil at last! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 21, 2017

    The first issue of the Flash/Batman crossover is near perfect on both the writing and artistic fronts. There are some minor quibbles that may detract some readers' enjoyment, but it is a fantastic introduction to "The Button" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 21, 2017

    Batman #21 is an excellent start to "The Button" crossover with The Flash series. Tom King delivered a lot of information without ever losing your attention as a reader. Adding in a dream fight between Batman and Reverse Flash, which had the backdrop of the story behind the Watchmen Button, added to the weight this story carries for the entire DCU. Having Jason Fabok draw everything that took place during the course of Batman #21. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 starts “The Button” event strong. The issue can be a little bit slow by setting the tone of the story, but writes Tom King and Artist Jason Fabok work perfectly together to deliver us an interesting story. There are only four issues in this awesome story, and I'm glad it is off to a great start so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Apr 27, 2017

    In short, issue #21 gave readers an opportunity to step back into the Rebirth event that may have slipped their minds, but in a BIG way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 19, 2017

    The Button is here and those looking for quick answers will be disappointed, but if you relax, enjoy the great art and remember this is just the start, you should enjoy yourself.  I had a few nitpicks, but still really enjoyed myself and can't wait to see where we go from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 19, 2017

    Slow moving and not necessarily the kickoff we've come to expect from crossover event comics, but it's an excellent read for those who love comics filled with hints and clues. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Apr 29, 2017

    The secret of DC'sRebirth project is that there is no secret at all. Commercially, the project aims at discerning the most popular versions of the company's proprietary characters and presenting those versions to readers. Whether it is a true renewal or a giant exercise in retail pandering, or whether there is any real difference between those things, is a judgment that can be safely left to comic book fans. After all, those fans are famously, and notoriously, erudite and combative. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 is a very slow-paced, methodical start to this crossover, which is a little frustrating considering that writers Tom king and Joshua Williamson only have four issues with which to work. Still, this is a gorgeous start to "The Button," and one that perfectly establishes the mood, even if it doesn't seem overly concerned with plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 27, 2017

    Centering mostly on Batman‘s fight with the world's most evil speedster, Batman #21 opens the door to the mystery of the reconstructed DCU but doesn't shine much light in. What we do know, based on the Reverse-Flash's curiosity, is curiosity can be very deadly indeed. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Apr 19, 2017

    The last few years have been a pretty great year for off-brand Batman in the DC line and even within the confines of the DC event cycle, this book continues to be exciting. While it's not a perfect fit, The Button definitely is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Apr 19, 2017

    Upon initially reading it I was super psyched- but upon rereading it I realised that there isn't enough in this for all of the hype it received. Perhaps the hype was the problem? If this issue came out like any other issue, I would have been blown away but this has been a long time coming now, so it didn't fully satisfy me. Either way, I'm still incredibly excited for what comes next! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 is one of the coolest DC comics in recent memory. An excellent usage of structure and color combine to create an incredibly compelling action story that leaves you wanting more. And more (or should I say Moore?) is coming. Let's hope it's as good is this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Apr 22, 2017

    Batman #21 is a good opening introduction to 'The Button' which raises some intriguing questions surrounding Flashpoint and DC Universe Rebirth. The fight between Batman and Reverse-Flash was well done with Fabok having a keen eye on how to depict it in a single minute. Based on this, next week's The Flash #21 should be a very exciting follow up to this issue and the biggest mystery Batman and Flash have ever faced. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Apr 19, 2017

    Without question, Batman #21 is mysterious, tantalizing, and all around well written. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 19, 2017

    After waiting so long, it's somewhat disappointing to be given so little. We don't really learn anything we didn't already know and no real progression occurs. While what we are given is good, we're just given so very little of it. Ultimately, this comic is little more than a teaser for the bigger story at hand…albeit one hell of a fine teaser. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Apr 19, 2017

    Those seeking answers should probably trade-wait this run, or at the very least wait for next week's Flash, which mightbe more illuminating. Batman #21: The Button is a great tease for a story with potentially enormous repercussions for the DC Universe, but it's mostly just more teasing. Let's get to that story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley May 5, 2017

    Pick this issue up. It's not just an important bit of world building, it's GOOD. It doesn't feel disposable like other crossovers sometimes do. It's thrilling and fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Apr 20, 2017

    Despite having bone breaking art from Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson,Batman#21 is more of a prologue than a part one. However, on a pure craft level, it is a wonderful demonstration of how comics can speed up or slow down time with a single minute stretched over many pages just like how Dr. Manhattan sees the world. Hopefully, King and company will continue to put their own variations on these old themes and not be content to play dive bar covers of classics past. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Apr 24, 2017

    It would be easy to say that this is amazing, but that would be lying. There are probably plenty of people out there who'll say that Batman #21 is a brilliant issue and, on the surface, it does seem like it's delivering. However, the lack of depth to the plot and the weak dialogue drag it down almost from the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Apr 19, 2017

    Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely executed opener, the simple truth remains; this is a bad idea. It's just nearly impossible to imagine lightning striking twice in such a powerful way as it did when "Watchmen" came to be regarded as one of the seminal works of an entire medium. And therefore, despite the skill and craftsmanship on display in a perfectly serviceable issue, it's hard to dissuade yourself from the feeling that this will likely disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Apr 20, 2017

    A decent introduction marred by its own very controversial premise. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 19, 2017

    It wouldn't be a proper DC event without a snazzy lenticular cover, now would it? And since the technology is there to properly dazzle our eyeballs " we're miles way from the migraine-inducing Villains Month covers three years back " why the heck wouldn't you want to shell out an extra buck for the visual splendor? And the best bit about this cover? It didn't cause a spike in the price for the other versions of this issue, thus keeping DC's "Draw the line at $2.99" promise in check. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 19, 2017

    After all the hype, the first part of "The Button" doesn't really deliver what we expected. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 22, 2017

    Batman #21 is a finely written, exceptionally drawn comic, but it does next to nothing to move the story or the mystery forward, at least as far as I'm concerned. I may have missed something. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Apr 24, 2017

    For years, people have wondered, "what if the Watchmen did exist in the DC Universe," and while the overarching narrative of "Rebirth" first appeared to be tackling that head on, since then it seems to have been trying to coast on the multitude of hypothesis that stem from it, instead of actually expanding upon it. So while Batman #21 may be visceral and intense, because of those connections to the wider narrative, it feels like an extension of this problem driving to its illogical conclusion. Read Full Review

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