Batman #24

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 7, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 80
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8.6User Rating

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"Aftermath"! Gotham City is at peace...but a war is coming. Armed with the terrifying knowledge gained from the mysterious button, Batman prepares for the coming storm by making a proposition to one of his enemies-one that will change everything for the Dark Knight and his allies!

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 9, 2017

    I stopped picking up this title after the first six issues of its Rebirth because the stories weren't grabbing me. The final page of this story was leaked online a few days before its issuance, yet I wanted to pick it up to see if it was any good. This exceeded all my expectations and has me now following this title for as long as this story line continues. This was fantastic. Highest possible recommendation of the week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 10, 2017

    David Finch, and Clay Mann are not the artists that I would have chosen for this story, not because they do not excel. They do. But for such a quiet story his work seems over kill and one expect a fight, an explosion lurking in the next page to jump at readers. But none does, so we are left with a complex story and intricate designs to convey emotions. Finch, and Miki do not convey emotion through facial expressions well so it is the placement of the characters in the page; their use of space that informs us of the subtlety in this story. It is one approach that is very sober, and removes the melodrama and lives us with cerebral decision-making and very few emotions coming from the characters. This seems to be the Batman that King wants to write about. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Jun 12, 2017

    Tom King has taken Batman in an entirely new direction, one that we have not seen Batman in before, and is really reinventing on how we think of Batman. This is the most vulnerable Bruce has been and we can't wait to see where this plays into for the next story arc. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 7, 2017

    This is definitely going to be one of the biggest issues of the year especially since it's the prelude to the return of The Riddler and The Joker. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Jun 8, 2017

    And speaking of shining brightest, it's worth mentioning that as great as King's Batman run has been so far, these one-shots are where he truly excels, so definitely don't pass on Batman #24. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Jun 7, 2017

    Batman #24 is the perfect capstone on the first year of King's already amazing Rebirth run on Batman. It has an emotional honesty rarely seen in superhero comics and manages a twist ending that is both surprising and the most natural thing in the world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jun 7, 2017

    Without a doubt this is going to be a classic and much-discussed issue, no matter what your opinion of the reveal is. "Batman' continues to have what is a definitive run going on. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Jun 8, 2017

    I believe that if you enjoyed the short Rooftops arc from earlier in this run (like I did) then you will definitely enjoy this issue. If not, then you are unlikely to appreciate it. There is no action, so don't go in expecting Batman to be busting heads- we will inevitably return to that next issue though! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jun 8, 2017

    This issue is nothing but a long conversation between Gotham Girl and Batman, as well as Batman's usual midnight chase of Batgirl. Gotham Girl went through a very rough period and she is going through a case of PTSD. Tom King presents here an interesting take on the Batman; as conversation continuously swings between heroism and attaining happiness, it strips Batman to his core. King also rewards his readers as references to this conversation can be found in previous meetings between Gotham Girl and Batman at the start of this arc, as well as one from the famous 'Button' issue between Bruce Wayne and Flashpoint Thomas Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 7, 2017

    I'm a writer and I love dialogue. So issue #24 is right up my alley. Not to say that there isn't any action, though. Because flashes of Batman and Catwoman having one of their patented late-night chases are sandwiched in between pages of this introspective conversation that lead to a shocking surprise full of call-backs that should make any tenured-Batman fan smile. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Jun 8, 2017

    People were wondering how Tom King would come in and take over on Batman after Snyder and Capullo run of theNew 52, which was one of the bright spots of that era ofDC Comics history, and the answer is with extreme ease. It is now clearly evident that King understands the character, is a fan of the character, and ultimately is given enough clout and control to tell the stories that he wants to tell, not being pressured by the executives. That being ultimately why these books work on a level they do, and if you are a fan of a character, get this run. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 7, 2017

    Batman #24 is a terrific way to cap off Tom King's first year's worth of Batman stories. This moody, introspective issue manages to both flesh out Gotham Girl and illuminate Batman's complicated psychological state in the wake of storylines like "Rooftops" and "The Button." This issue also makes the most of both artists, with the visuals anchored by the haunting colors of Jordie Bellaire. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Jun 16, 2017

    Batman is one of the few series at DC right now that is not getting by simply by being familiar. King is attempting to take one of the longest running characters ever on a journey, unlike anything he has ever been on before. It is a journey that is not necessarily dictated by whatever villain he is facing off with, but rather one where Batman does some serious self-reflection. Batman was told to live a normal life by his own father, a father that clearly knew the same pain that he did. What we are seeing is if Batman or Bruce Wayne even remembers what normal life is like anymore. I see his actions at the end of this issue not a proclamation of love rather a desperate attempt to find the normalcy that has evaded him since that faithful day his lost his parent. The only question is if he will ever be able to find it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 7, 2017

    I thought that this was a great issue, and not at all because of the insane ending. The real draw for me was everything else leading up to it. Getting to examine the character of Batman and how he thinks was far more emotionally gratifying for me than the final (maybe controversial) moment from this issue. Even in the parts where Batman's thought process wasn't the most sound and I didn't necessarily agree with him, I was still fascinated to get insight into his ruminations. It's just a terrible shame that most people are going to fixate on the ending at the detriment of the rest of the issue. Because, the opening and build up is where the true story lies. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partidge Jun 7, 2017

    Now, do I think that Tom King and his art teams specifically dove into peripatetic school philosophy in order to produce a Batman issue? Maybe not, but whether on purpose or by chance he has managed to tie the Dark Knight Detective into dramatic philosophy in a way that doesn’t seem stuffy or cold. In a medium dominated by Byronic anti-heroes and dour deconstructions, Batman #24 is the right combination of intelligence, heart, and sincerity that we need right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jun 8, 2017

    King does an amazing job revealing a side of Batman we don't get to see that often -- the human, vulnerable side. David Finch's pencils deliver a level of detail that elevates this issue from being just another story into being an iconic moment in Batman history. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 7, 2017

    A tightly written story that's incredibly visual, ties well into "The Button," and may dictate the future of Batman in more ways than one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 9, 2017

    Only time will tell whether Batman and Catwoman do get married and how long it remains status quo, but for now Batman #24 is one of King's best issues for his examination of Batman and his possible happiness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 9, 2017

    Despite a lack of had copies of Batman #24 in the UK and the fact the conclusion was given away by the media and anyone with an itchy Twitter-finger, to dismiss this book as a gimmick would be fool hardy. The quality of the journey is more than up to the destination, even if at this point the destination is actually just a pit stop. I, for one welcome King's attempt to give Bruce and alternative focus, to add a further layer of context to his actions, to possibly even contradict how Bruce reacts with the rest of his supporting cast. Of, course there will be questions; can you really tame a cat? Will this make Bruce more vulnerable? Should he lose Selina, how will this affect Batman and his war on crime? All great questions, to be sure and under King's guidance we will have to see how this plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 9, 2017

    Batman #24 did an excellent job providing Gotham Girl with an exit from the series and delivering the big surprise of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's possible engagement. The ending was made even more enjoyable thanks to how Tom King has built up Bruce and Selina's relationship during the course of his run. That engagement opens the door for a lot of intriguing storylines that showed how impactful Batman #24's character development was. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jun 7, 2017

    Where does all of this go? King leads to an interesting premise with Batman marrying Catwoman but I could see this going the way of the ill-fated "One More Day." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Jun 7, 2017

    The ending of this issue leaves us with a jaw dropping panel that made me both smile and cringe. It looks like we are going to wait awhile to see what the outcome and fallout of this moment is, as The War of Jokes and Riddles begins next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jun 7, 2017

    This issue made me laugh out loud more than once with what was inadvertent humor from the titular hero even though it was much more intentional from the author. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 10, 2017

    In spite of the the gawking, clickbait headlines this issue prompted, this was actually a really nice meditation on Batman's emotional state and why he deserves to be happy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jun 13, 2017

    Though the issue ends on a big, much debated (and unfortunately leaked early) cliffhanger, it is the writing and artwork leading up it that makes this issue shine. While the conclusion could have come across as a gimmicky sales tactic, King's core understanding of Bruce and Selina makes it a beautiful and organic culmination of 75 years of romantic tension. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 13, 2017

    Batman's choice here is more than a little out of character but it opens new possibilities for the Bat-Family in ways that I'm curious to see play out. While Selena Kyle wouldn't be my first choice for Batman choosing a wife, and there are a number of obstacles for the pair to overcome before this comes to pass, it does provide a shake-up for the character. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Jun 7, 2017

    It lays the groundwork for a conclusion to this series" one that asks whether Bruce needs to be Batman, after all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jun 7, 2017

    Batman #24 is a great read. The ending is one in particular that will have real weight in future issues. I don't want to ruin the ending for you but I'm happy that Batman is finally taking steps to pursue happiness. Let's just see how long that happiness lasts however. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jun 7, 2017

    The Button has come to a close, Claire has been saved, and we have The War of Jokes and Riddles on the horizon. Batman #24 comes in as a filler style issue, wrapping up the I am Bane arc and delivering a bombshell at the end. Spoilers ahead! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jun 7, 2017

    I enjoyed the moment, but as a long time reader I know exactly what this means in the long run. Not much at all. I am less than thrilled, however, that it seems we wont be continuing this line of thought for some time. Issue #25 dives right into the War of Jokes and Riddles storyline which is set to run for the next few months and seems to take place in the past. Whether or not the creators will be touching on the present in those pages remains to be seen, but my moneys on no immediate resolution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 9, 2017

    This issue is a divisive one. The character interchanges between Batman, Catwoman, and Gotham Girl are delightful. However, thescript and art is a little uneven at times, especially with the controversial ending. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 7, 2017

    Bellaire's balance between day and night creates a nice contrast for what Tom King is attempting to convey in this issue. Through her contributions, the reader remains oriented throughout King's needlessly fractured narrative. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 7, 2017

    This is a good story that shows how human Batman really is underneath the Cowl, but unfortunately, it fails miserably as an epilogue to any of the stories that desperately need one.  With all the questions left hanging, it's ridiculous how little we find out.  The art is good, but this issue continues the trend of having to wait for answers that never come. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jun 7, 2017

    Even though the sentiment is honest, Batman #24 belly flops into a pool of mediocrity. This is the sort of tripe that stops people from buying single-issue stories. Read Full Review

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