Batman #25

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 74
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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"The War of Jokes and Riddles" part one! Don't miss this extra-sized anniversary issue! In his own words, Bruce Wayne narrates a harrowing, never-before-told story of the Dark Knight's greatest failure...and the horrors it unleashed! In the spirit of YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN, prepare to see a side of Batman you've never seen before-get in on the ground floor of a classic Batman epic in the making!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 24, 2017

    Tom King often uses good staging to start his stories and set up their conflict. I like what he did here with the stand-up comedian and the Joker. I also enjoyed how he mixed the Riddler in the chaos. There is a detective and crime noir feel to this story which like all of Kings work, is cerebral. Its also a great follow up to the last issue and its surprising revelation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jun 21, 2017

    David Finch has really been doing good work so far in Batman, but Mikel Janin's art in this is phenomenal. It is revealed at the end that Batman did something terrible, that he had to do, to survive the War of Jokes and Riddles. So far the story has been really interesting and with this and Dark Days/Metal it is a great time to be a Batman fan, and hopefully both books would have a great story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 21, 2017

    Batman is largely absent from the issue, but his absence helps tell the story and explain why Joker and Riddler go to war. It actually works better in the context of Batman reflecting on one of his most significant regrets in keeping Gotham safe. The setup is exciting and it should be fun seeing how this Batman Rogues Civil War plays out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jun 21, 2017

    King is writing TWOJAR as one of Bruce's long kept hidden secret skeletons in the closest and it shows on the last page where he HAS to lay this story to Selina before they continue their relationship, no matter which course it takes. If this opening shot of an issue is the precedent or just a scratch of what King has in store for us in this arc that's sure to redefine Batman… I'm on board 100% Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jun 21, 2017

    Take out your wallets and purses, ladies and gentlemen, because you'll be throwing your money at Batman #25. This is the Dark Knight story we want to read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Chris Campbell Jun 21, 2017

    King and Janin have put together a new definitive look at the Joker, Riddler, and Batman. This issue will be one to remember. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jun 21, 2017

    In a nice bit of change, Tom King takes us into flashback territory with this issue. Having it be a first person narration by Batman puts both the reader (and Catwoman) in the frontlines of a very intense opening of what is sure to be a very explosive story. Read on for 11 reasons to join the war that starts in Batman #25 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Jun 23, 2017

    Art by Mikel Jann and June ChungBatman #25 sets up what promises to be a promising, epic arc that will touch almost every corner of the Batman rogues gallery and the character itself, and the ramping tension in this issue serves to amp up the expectation for the reader. In the hands of this creative team, we can probably expect to see something that could become one of the biggest, most key stories in Batman history. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Jun 29, 2017

    Batman #25 is the perfect set up for the The War of Jokes and Riddles story arc which will bring us Tom King's most adventurous and original story to date. King continues to explore who Batman really is, while at the same time exploring the war that nearly broke Batman. This continues Tom King's young, but great line of great Batman issues so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Jun 24, 2017

    This is a bigger issue than no Batman fan should miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jun 22, 2017

    Overall, another solid issue in the series and a perfect way to start 'War for Jokes and Riddles'. King has been on a roll for a long time now and almost all of his Batman issues are worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 23, 2017

    Also good to see that Batman and Catwoman are still going strongbecause if there weren't any callbacks after issue #24 I would've flipped a table and demanded some answers. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Jun 21, 2017

    King manages to bring one of the most iconic villains of Batman lore to life, without carbon copying what was seen before, but not going too far on the left field so the character is not recognizable and that is where this issue truly succeeds and is a must read for anyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jun 21, 2017

    Batman #25 is a fine first installment to the "War of Jokes and Riddles" arc. The stage has been set for a battle of epic proportions between two of Batman's deadliest foes " and even though we've seen so little, the conflict between them promises to be every bit as powerful a the desperate measures Batman will be forced to take. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 22, 2017

    The opening chapter of King's latest mega-arc starts off well. It has a promising premise, great art, and a sharp script. The concerns that drag down the book is mostly personal preference and are relatively minor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 22, 2017

    A great start to the villains' war, but nothing more on the proposal that ended last issue. I enjoyed this, but felt somewhat cheated. I'll continue to read, though I'm more interested in Selina's response and its aftereffects than a flashback tale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Lauren Sisselman Jun 12, 2017

    Janin's art style is eerily beautiful. His artistic take on Joker is wonderfully creepy. His long, foreboding face shows just how hardened the Joker has become. Riddler is a lot more human, and in some ways resembles Michael Fassbender. I love how detailed his people are. He's captured the look and feel of these characters with his art, and I'm excited to read this upcoming story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 21, 2017

    It looks like chaos is about to be king in Gotham, but King, Jann, Chung, and Clayton Cowles are decidedly in control of this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 24, 2017

    Batman #25 is a great first chapter to 'The War of Jokes and Riddles', promising a very enticing battle between two of Batman's greatest and most well-known enemies. His handling of Joker and Riddler is already very much in character and with the flash-forward shown at the end, should be a very interesting story to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jun 21, 2017

    The War of Jokes and Riddles feels like it will be the most explosive and memorable arc of King's reign so far if the setup delivered in this issue is any indication going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 21, 2017

    Tom King and Mikel Janin's new Batman epic is off to a fine start. This issue manages to set the stage for an epic conflict in Gotham City without losing the momentum by flashing back to the past. King's take on the two lead villains is fascinating, and the series never looks better than when Janin is by his side. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Jun 21, 2017

    Batman #25 gets “The War of Jokes and Riddles” off to a solid start, as despite not quite matching the lofty standards of recent issues, there's still plenty to enjoy throughout. The symbolic way the two villains are introduced is also sure to captivate fans new and old, with the creative team giving us plenty of reasons to return for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jun 21, 2017

    The War of Jokes and Riddles is off to a solidstart, albeit on shaky legs. However, the story on the horizon still looks quite promising. The meat of this issue is solid with borderline genius mixed in. There are some questionable storytelling choices here and there, but nothing that detracts from the overall story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 22, 2017

    Batman #25 is a fantastic start to the "War of Jokes and Riddles" story arc. Tom King does an excellent job framing the story through the eyes of present-day Bruce Wayne, as he looks to strengthen his relationship with Selina Kyle. King adds to the tension of the story by revealing that Batman did something during the war between Joker and Riddler that he has kept secret for a long time. That mystery makes "War of Jokes and Riddles" feel like a big event, even if we know where Batman is in his life in the present. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Jun 25, 2017

    Overall, its a good issue that is definitely worth checking out! Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 21, 2017

    I knew we were getting a clash of Batman's greats, but I didn't expect King to set it up in a way that the narrative feels like a perfect transition from how he has explored the world of Batman for the past 24 issues. While it doesn't quite feel like an “epic” 25th issue, it is a solid start that has me excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jun 21, 2017

    The opening salvo of "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is as good as I could have hoped for. I can easily overlook the few missteps due to the overall strength of the outing. I already like it much, much more than "Zero Year," not that that's saying much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jun 21, 2017

    Listen, I understand this is a Batman book. And there are two types of people when it comes to Batman books. Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it. that's just how it is with a book like this. And I get that. I can see it from both sides. Because if you've been reading Batman for any length of time you know how these things usually turn out. They fight, they fight, they fight and then Batman inevitably saves the day, locks the bad guy up, and then it's only a matter of time before they either escape or are released for whatever reason and the whole thing starts over again. I know that going into books like this. I know things will happen but very few of them will have a lasting effect on anything. But sometimes it's just about the ride. That's fine too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Jun 22, 2017

    In conclusion, there's a lot to be excited for what is to come. The Joker going up against The Riddler is a great idea and their interactions are worth buying the issue alone. I really want to find out what happened after the previous issue but I'm fine with a solid story for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 24, 2017

    The War of Jokes and Riddles kicks off in style, with a strongly written, well drawn introductory issue that really lays out the heart of the conflict to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Jun 21, 2017

    King's Riddler sizzles, his Joker fizzles, and his storytelling showcases an epic in the making. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 22, 2017

    Is the debut of "The War of Jokes and Riddles" perfect? No. There are many perfect to near perfect moments, and considering the "shortcomings" of this issue are minor, I'm optimistic that this will be King's best Batman story yet. Now we just have to wait and see how these lingering questions are handled" if their handled. But for what is essentially a prelude to an arc, I'm more than satisfied. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jun 26, 2017

    The fuse is lit, 'The War of Jokes and Riddles' has begun. As always it makes me wish Janin and Chung could somehow do this book all the time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 29, 2017

    While I'm not entirely sold on the concept, the brutality of the issue, or the comic moving drastically away from the big news of Batman and Catwoman becoming a couple again, I do think there is some promise to the story (although a war between the two criminals, as we see here, doesn't offer much time for Batman. Narrated well after the events, the issue is able to tease what's to come including Gotham's villains choosing sides between Riddler and Joker as pair's struggle is likely to reign down all kinds of chaos on the city. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jun 21, 2017

    I really enjoyed the take on two different stories that lead into one story narrated by Bruce Wayne. The story was kind of slow for being one of Batman's greatest failures and also being an "Extra-Sized Anniversary Issue!" Also, this buffed up Edward Nigma is a no go for me. I'll definitely keep reading to see what will happen next, Batman tends to pick up rather quickly and this feud between The Joker and The Riddler looks like it will be one hell of a ride. Who will have the last laugh? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jun 21, 2017

    Overall Batman #25 was a solid issue. It's not focused at all on Batman, but that's not a bad thing. Tom King has made me a Riddler fan in this issue, and after seeing how Joker nearly kills him at the end, I really hope Riddler gets his revenge! I can already tell that Tom King plans to make this series a mental tug of war between two dangerous villains. I can't wait to see how Batman ultimately stops this war! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 21, 2017

    This is a slower start to the War of Jokes and Riddles than I expected and a big letdown.  It's obvious that Tom King is going to take his time here (it is a very long story), but I need something to grab me in each issue and this one doesn't have much to hold onto.  I did love Mikel Janin's art, but even that wasn't enough to recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Jun 21, 2017

    Batman #25 is a good read, but it should be a great read. Hell, it should be a must read. But you should still read it. This is an entertaining comic, it just isn't an important comic. And thats a damn shame, as it has all the components to be. Did I tell you that I hate compromises? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 2, 2017

    In all seriousness, Batman #25 wasn't atrocious. But it was by no means great, and I wouldn't recommend it as a must-buy. Odds are that most of the people reading it have bought it anyway, so what would be the point? It didn't change my mind on Batman and really only reinforced how I already felt. I was up for being proven wrong, but this comic didn't do it. Read Full Review

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