Batman #28

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 2, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 65
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part four! War is hell. Unless it's in Gotham City, where it's so much worse. The clash between The Joker and the Riddler continues to escalate, with the rest of the city's villains picking sides and joining in. In the midst of the battle, Batman must try to save whoever he can while knowing he will forever be haunted by those he can't.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Aug 3, 2017

    Batman #28 is a good read. Out of all the villains that exist in the DC Universe, I must admit that the villains of Batman are the ones I enjoy the most. When we see the forces that Riddler and Joker both have, it's a testament to how dangerous Gotham City is and just why the city needs Batman. I'm looking forward to seeing what steps Batman takes to end this war " and if those choices will have any long-lasting consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Aug 2, 2017

    Trinity of the books; Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman continue to be some of the strongest books of the Rebirth line as it should be, and as always this new chapter of the Batman comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Aug 2, 2017

    Unique, powerful, explosive and compelling; This is a slow burn story peppered with breathtaking action scenes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Aug 3, 2017

    This was an overall strong issue, with King and Janin seemingly having a near perfect writing and art blend. I am really enjoying how King has focused on the psychological part of war. This introduces a lot of concepts that will hit hard with some people, and we get to see the emotional part of characters we otherwise wouldn't have seen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Aug 2, 2017

    Jann and Chung continue to be the standard for Batman in the Rebirth landscape as the Dark Knight's world is colored with visually flair and colorful sights that throws the grim and dark world off kilter with King charting a Batman tale for the ages and gives us a true secret history for characters we've known for decades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Aug 2, 2017

    Tom King shows us the dangers of living in Gotham and writes them in perfection. The War of Jokes and Riddles is a must read for any Batman fan. Things have come undone in Gotham and we the readers must stand by and watch as many lose their lives in a War they are not part off. Batman truly tries his best to stop it, but only a year in as Batman he can only do so much. This is the toughest decision of his life. How to save Gotham? Before there is nothing left to save. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 3, 2017

    "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is here for Batman readers who want to feel the grit between their fingers. Batman #28 puts the Dark Knight in between the anvil and the hammer, and our hearts ache for him. It's a Gotham City mob movie. Denny O'Neil by way of Francis Coppola. It's terrific. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Aug 3, 2017

    I love this story arc for the matchups that I never imagined being possible that seem so obvious on the page. The Joker and Riddler's beef makes total sense after some quick exposition. Deadshot and Deathstroke were bound to come to blows. I wouldn't be surprised if Grundy and Clayface had a battle for the ages in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 2, 2017

    This issue wasn't as revelatory as issue #27 as Catwoman's role felt forced and took away from the main players. King shows his skill in the ironies of superhero stories once Batman catches up to Deathstroke and Deadshot making for a clever ending. These mini battles give the war a welcome layer of depth. Hopefully next issue King will revert the spotlight to The Joker and The Riddler. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Aug 4, 2017

    Overall, I really like this book. The story has been solid through the first three issues, and my excitement is already building for the fourth. When Batman and the GCPD make their move on The Joker and The Riddler, chaos will ensue, and we will all be the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 2, 2017

    Despite an unsatisfying ending, this issue offers a compelling portrait of a city ravaged by war. Tom King and Mikel Janin prove once again what an effective team they are as they craft a comic dominated by symmetrical storytelling and moody, haunting visuals. This series is usually at its best when these two are working together. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Aug 3, 2017

    Tom King's latest chapter pits Deadshot against Deathstroke, raising the stakes considerably and filling the story with suspense -- despite an inconsistent narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Aug 2, 2017

    A lesser comic book by a lesser writer would have been content to tread water in a very standard way to get from point A to point B. The third issue of an arc this size is not typically going to have the big, game-changing reveals, so King’s use of stylized storytelling instead gives readers a lot to mull over as they wait for part 4, while the art team does the same with panels that often go beyond their expectation. It may stall in places or rely on its structure more than its narrative, but at least that is indicative of a comic book trying to be unique, and when Batman #28 succeeds, it does so with aplomb. The war may be raging on, but this comic book makes every panel feel like a battle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Aug 2, 2017

    If Kite Man's tale was the impressive, ahem, King's Gambit opening in writer Tom King's supervillain chess match, Batman #28 sees both sides still testing each other out for weaknesses and establishing board presence. Though not as remarkable as last issue, this is still a strong installment that will leave readers hungry for issue #29. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Aug 7, 2017

    I would caution new readers at this point – the book is perfectly readable, but without context the events wont have nearly as much impact. Of course, picking up the last two issues will certainly help with that, an approach Id highly recommend. For the rest of us, the tale does feel like it is slowly coming to an end, but save for the spectacular combat sequences mid-way through the issue, the story really doesnt move forward too much here. It certainly feels like we are setting the scene before the big finale and I absolutely cant wait to see how this one pans out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 12, 2017

    The visuals are stronger than the story, which finally has a bit of the war for the reader to see. I'm interested where this is going, but has me thinking of Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park, “Now, eventually your do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right?” I'm still waiting for the war. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Aug 3, 2017

    When all is said and done, Batman #28 probably won't be the biggest game-changer in "The War of Jokes and Riddles," but much like war itself, every battle is an essential part of the outcome, and this issue is no different. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Aug 13, 2017

    Batman #28 was an interesting and fresh way for Tom King to continue to tell a Batman "Year Two" story during The War of Jokes and Riddles. During this issue, King also continues to peal back more layers in the Batman myths which leaves Bruce Wayne as vulnerable and relatable as he has ever been. The art of Batman #28 also continues to excel and adds a dimension to King's story that gives the reader a full immersive experience of the The War of Jokes and Riddles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 5, 2017

    The War of Jokes and Riddles continues in quality and content. I'm both loving and mildly bothered by King's sideline perspective approach. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 5, 2017

    Batman #28 was a good return to the main story of "The War of Jokes and Riddles." The tense atmosphere around Gotham City is enhanced with Tom King and Mikel Janin highlighting the five day battle between Deadshot and Deathstroke that proves to be a breaking point for Batman. Unfortunately some Bruce Wayne's narration is starting to hold back the story from reaching the full potential a war between Joker and Riddler should have. That said, "The War of Jokes and Riddles" continues to be a fascinating read with Batman #28 creating further excitement for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Daily Aug 2, 2017

    Finally, for the first time in this story, Batman plays a substantive role. Catwoman too, making only a slightly shoehorned addendum to the tale, partially answers why Bruce might be telling Selina this story in the first place. "The War of Jokes and Riddles" continues to be a middle-of-the-road read for me, some good, some "meh" moments, all while featuring fantastic art from Mikel Janin. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Aug 8, 2017

    Visually, this story deserves to be mentioned with the best about Batman. Im glad that the regular artist Mikel Jann is back this issue. One aspect of his work that may be ignored is how he draws cityscapes. Hes excellent. Look at his Gotham City. You would want to live there, minus the inconvenience of the Joker and the Riddlers war. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 9, 2017

    Batman #28 is notable for Jim Gordon in his underwear (ugh) and giving us a look at Catwoman in a version of one of the character's classic costumes (before she began aping Black Cat's look). It may not be my favorite version of the character, but I did like seeing Selina sport a different look (if only for a little while). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 3, 2017

    I was definitely more disappointed with this issue than I thought I'd be. While I really think the subject matter is top notch, the execution doesn't really allow you to fully experience the story. I constantly felt disconnected from the characters, the fighting, and the emotional core of the story…which I was most assuredly meant to feel. The story also features some rather clunky dialogue along with a seemingly inconsequential scene put in for frivolities sake. But hey, the art is still top notch. Read Full Review

  • 6.5 - John McCubbin Aug 3, 2017

    Batman #28 may very well be the worst issue of Tom King‘s run so far. Despite giving some interesting developments for “The War of Jokes and Riddles” storyline, the lack of progression and sloppy narration makes it hard to enjoy this latest instalment. The visual side of the book is, on the other hand, as sensational as ever, with this hopefully being nothing more than a minor blip in what will be remembered as an enjoyable story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Aug 3, 2017

    This kind of wobble can often happen in the middle of a story, and not every beat will hit as well as the others. I have faith that we'll get back on track for the rest of this event, but sadly, this particular issue left me a little…wanting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Aug 2, 2017

    All things said, I'm ready for things to continue picking up as Batman nears his inevitable meltdown. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 2, 2017

    The War rages on, but like usual, we don't get to see most of it and are told what's going on through narration and since this arc is taking place in the past, all tension that somebody important might die is completely lost.  All in all, Batman comes off terrible at being a superhero in this issue and while I still love the art, the War of Jokes and Riddles is just really wearing on me.  Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Aug 4, 2017

    King's insistence on telling “The War of Jokes and Riddles” in the most basic, broad strokes creates a dissatisfying reading experience. He insists to skipping over plot points and character motivation in favor of building a strong thematic through line. It is unfortunate that what started out as a promising storyline has turned into a frustrating mess. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 4, 2017

    Joe and I have very similar feelings on Batman #28 for a change. It had a lot of potential, and it used two of DCs greatest villains. However, the story feels mishandled, and Deathstroke and Deadshot dont get nearly enough time on the page. The abbreviation of events make the story feel rushed, and it seems like there was a lot of paranoia about this arc taking too long. I cant recommend this one. Read Full Review

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