Batman #29

Batman #29

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 16, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 49
8.0Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part four ! Batman has done his best to keep the peace, but with neither faction backing down, he may have to choose the lesser of two evils if he wants the violence to end. Will Batman embrace the murderous anarchy of The Joker or the bloody fascism of the Riddler? If he wants to win, he'll have to choose a side-and either way, he loses.

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Aug 16, 2017

    This is absolutely my favorite issue of 'The War of Jokes and Riddles'. It's a surreal sequence that feels almost Lynchian in its bizarreness and mood, working almost like the strangest short Batman film you will ever see. Like the great issue with Swamp Thing, this is one that will be remembered and collected whenever 'Best of Batman' stories are compiled. So sit down and devour it now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Aug 20, 2017

    Mikel Jann draws great crowed scenes and the use of space, where the Joke constantly occupies the left, while the Riddler the right, is well done. King uses many parallels in his stories and Jann can execute them well. Now my only question is how is it that all the goons just stood there and had no meals of their own? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 18, 2017

    Mikel Janin once again crafts the tangled webs of King's prose. As the story weaves through a simple conversation, both writer and art team use the often-ignored backgrounds to channel emotion and insight. It's an effective and resourceful way to make use of the entire page. With thought-provoking backgrounds and and almost-biblical prose, King and company are making their way into comic history. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Aug 16, 2017

    Batman #29 is exactly the kind of injection shot that story needs, with the creative team bouncing back beautifully from the disappointment of last issue. In doing so, we conveniently get the best chapter of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” to date, with the dinner Bruce sets out for these two foes resulting in some sensational development. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 16, 2017

    This probably wasn't the direction a lot of readers expected for the War. That's part of what makes this such a fun and unpredictable read. King and Janin are whipping up one of the more memorable storylines of the Rebirth era Batman. And with this issue's cliffhanger, the payoff is shaping up to be a doozy. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Chris Adair Aug 22, 2017

    King as per usual continues to plot an excellent story and one that will read best in trade format but with the art team of Janin, Petrus and Chung knocking it out of the park every issue, Im not prepared to wait. Things are really hotting up for the second half of this epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Aug 18, 2017

    [Insert cautious side eye at someone whose last name is King] Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Aug 16, 2017

    Batman continues to be one of the best titles in the Rebirth line up and especially this story, if you are a fan of either Riddler or Joker you should absolutely check it out. It comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 16, 2017

    This issue is completely bonkers! And I don't mean that in the negative sense. The concept behind this issue is so off-the-wall that it seems like it shouldn't work at all, but it's just executed to such perfection that I can't do anything but applaud it. Seriously though, other than at an upscale Halloween party, when have you ever seen all these characters sitting down together to have a nine-course French dinner? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Aug 17, 2017

    The decision taken by Batman to choose a side is polarizing to say the least. King has truly made this series his own and has already taken a big decision (Batman and Catwoman), so I expect him to deliver in this regard too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Aug 17, 2017

    Overall, this is another stunning chapter in the flashback storyline featuring Gotham's greatest villains. This issue was short, and I would've liked to see more. I feel like one or two pages more would have sealed the deal for me to give it a perfect rating. It's not clear how this story-line will end but you can bet I'll be reading until the very last page… Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Aug 16, 2017

    The tension in this issue could be cut with a knife! Both sides come face to face since the last time when The Joker shot The Riddler and left him to die. Things are truly heating up as a new proposition emerges. Tom King shows his amazing talents as a writer as he sits Bruce in the middle of the two most wanted villains in Gotham City. Putting Bruce in a tough spot that only he can solve is what makes this story a work of art. Mikel Janins art is prefect and on point as with every issue, showing everyones expressions and close detail to things that are happening is why his art is so good. Love The Jokers pissed off face. Be ready to indulge yourself in an amazingly delicious French cuisine. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Aug 16, 2017

    This issue is all about Jann, Petrus, Chung propelling King's dialogue to new heights and continuing to enforce the notion of both Joker and Riddler being forces of nature and striving to end the Bat of Gotham in their own equally brutal and savage ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Aug 16, 2017

    King and Janin created probably the most enjoyable issue of "The War of Jokes and Riddles". Thanks to King decompressing the events more, readers are able to enjoy the intimate character interactions and story pivots more. One hopes that King will continue writing the rest of the storyline with a slower pace so readers can enjoy the details more. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Aug 18, 2017

    King's story is as unusual as it is enthralling in this issue. Taking place over the course of one dinner, this issue does a fantastic job analyzing the mindsets of two of Batman's greatest villains: the Joker and the Riddler. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 16, 2017

    Not many creative teams could pull off a comic about Bruce Wayne sharing a fancy meal with Joker and Riddler, but Tom King and Mikel Janin aren't just any team. This issue serves as a tense, tightly rendered and slightly surreal addition to "The War of Jokes and Riddles." Despite another abrupt, underwhelming ending, this issue is another winner for the creators. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 30, 2017

    Undeniably readable, but is this going anywhere? This continues to be the most peaceful war I've ever read in a comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Aug 16, 2017

    Though unconventional and more leisurely paced than some might expect for a war " King and Janin come prepared and correct with Batman #29 and deliver another strong installment in the "War of Jokes and Riddles." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Aug 17, 2017

    Tom King basically gave us a story that details just why this war is so crucial between Joker and Riddler. Here you see everything from both their points of view and you can see firsthand just why they hate Batman so much. Throughout the entire book as Joker and Riddler mutually discuss their hate for Batman, it's too funny because they're having dinner with the Dark Knight right now and don't even realize it! Now Bruce Wayne has to decide who he's going to give the one billion dollars to. I'm looking forward to seeing his decision in the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Sep 1, 2017

    Batman #29 raises the stakes for the main players and pushes Batman to pick a side of the ongoing War of Jokes and Riddles. Tom King, Mikel Janin, and June Chung create a story that makes you want to read each issue twice Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nation Of Nerds - Jeff Daily Aug 16, 2017

    Finally, with last week's Mister Miracle #1 I'm personally over King's Batman and would love a new voice in the storytelling department. The art continues to be the main draw in the series as Janin is top notch, but the tale being forced upon us and characterization of Batman has become tedious beyond belief. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 19, 2017

    Whatever meta game Tom King is playing with The War and Jokes and Riddles, it feels like it reaches its zenith with this bonkers issue. On it's own, it's just OK, but I'm hoping King is playing some kind of crazy long con with this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Aug 16, 2017

    While on the subject of Joker, the depression vibe from the character is getting strong and Tom King is no stranger to the topic of suicide in his back catalog. Its probably just speculation, but Batman talking Joker off the proverbial ledge would probably be something he sees as an unforgivable act. Well, we wont be getting many answers next issue, as its the second part of the Kite Man (Hell Yeah?) interlude. Come back and see if Im sick of him or not. Could go either way. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Aug 16, 2017

    I know I rag on superhero books often. But I do like them. I really do. I think it's just the nature of a comic book fan. To talk shit. To break down every little piece of something I had nothing to do with. Batman's always been a favorite of mine, but it's one that I had started to grow bored with. Again, until Tom King. He might not be telling the best stories, but he's telling them in interesting ways. He's getting below the surface of all the shit. He's breaking overdone characters down and making them interesting again. And that's perfectly okay with me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 16, 2017

    Like the rest of the War of Jokes and Riddles arc, Batman #28 underwhelms. While it was intriguing to read and the art was great, we still didn't get anything to advance the story or see anything about what this War really is. I just want to be done with this arc already or at least have it end amazingly. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 16, 2017

    If you've thought that the War of Jokes and Riddles was stalling up to this point.......... well, you haven't seen stalling like this before and while it stalls, it also throws continuity and timelines to the wind and makes our characters look terrible in the process.  I'm so ready for the War of Jokes and Riddles to be over because it seems that each issue keeps getting worse and worse. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 16, 2017

    In what could be the worse issue of the arc so far, King gives us an extended dinner scene which was riddled, no pun intended, with problems. The pacing was off and Batman's plan didn't make much sense to me, especially since he should have been able to stop this war the moment in began. The art was excellent though, and that has always been the best part about King's run on the book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 22, 2017

    The comic does have a couple of fun moments, such as the Joker offering his opinion about the Riddler and the pair agreeing about Batman's problematic nature. However, the story itself simply doesn't work for me. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ModestMoonMan Aug 16, 2017

    A pretty interesting dinner scene concept. Usually I'm not a fan of issue-wide exposition, however King writes Riddler and Joker dialogue so well that it makes for an excellent read. This issue is mostly build up, and will probably read better in the War of Jokes and Riddles trade, but still a great issue.

  • 4.0
    Kgphil01 Aug 19, 2017

    This Batman issue is just absurd, it's boring, and it doesn't move the story along at all. I'm almost to the point where I'm going to stop reading the main Batman book. My completionist OCD won't let me quit buying them but I'll just bag and board them for my collection.

  • 10
    mjolnir1963 Aug 17, 2017

    Often, after reading a particular issue, I like to come on here and read the reviews of said issue. I was actually shocked when I saw what a low composite score Batman #29 had been given. After looking at the reviews, it's pretty much split down the middle, either you loved it or hated it. Hard to figure, as I thought this was an outstanding piece of writing and art. The whole concept of the dinner "courses was brilliant. I see everyone raving about Metal, (which I thought was just OK), but trust me, this is the best bat book of the week, month, or even year.

  • 8.5
    Tom swift Aug 17, 2017

    This was a solid issue. I loved the concept of the dinner scenario and think the Joker and Riddler were very well written. Loving this arc so far and eagerly await the next issue

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Aug 17, 2017

    It was weird reading this issue and Metal back to back. Snyder and King have completely different takes on Batman and I have to say I dig Snyder's more. While this was no doubt a unique issue and the storytelling was presented in a different way, what was absolutely terrible in this issue was Joker's portrayal. He's not at all scary anymore. The fact that you would let Joker have dinner with you and let him pout all the time, removes the crazy intimidation factor that Snyder's Joker had. This Joker is actually kind of pathetic to be honest. Also, generally speaking, no one (besides Harley) likes to work with the Joker, he's so unpredictable and psychotic that even villains don't trust him. For the Joker to create his own posse in this story arc just seems so out of character for the clown prince of crime who usually works alone and in the shadows, only revealing himself during the endgame. Speaking of endgame, the rogue's gallery actually teamed with Bats to take down the Joker. I get this is set way before that but it's hard to put the two portrayed Jokers together. Maybe there aren't just three Jokers.

  • 5.5
    thecomiccookebook Aug 16, 2017

    This story arc is so frustrating. There have been five issues and nothing makes much sense. I understand what he's going for is a sort of political debate and choosing the lesser of two evils which I think is cool. The execution, however, does not establish the differences of each side very well. Bruce Wayne in this issue was very bizarre, he does something that is unnecessary as motivation for Riddler and Joker. This feels like yet another story arc compressed too much so a milestone such as Batman #800 (35) can line up with a big moment (Catwoman's response).

  • 5.5
    Muggz Aug 17, 2017

    Super boring and lame issue. Whole book takes place during a 5 course meal at Bruce Wayne's house with the joke on one side and riddler on the other...that's it...nothing is resolved

  • 5.5
    Mechanical Mudd Aug 20, 2017

    Another boring issue to the series with really nothing at stake. Too much talking about an outcome that doesn't matter because we know Batman won't die The Riddler won't die Joker won't die none of this matters. And I hate how many Mikel Janin draws Riddler when Joker was fantasizing about killing him he had the largest breasts I've seen in a Batman comic.

  • 5.0
    Baron Von Leppe Aug 19, 2017

    A 20 page dinner party? There's no story here. This long-stalled arc is a major let down. The art alone keeps me from dropping this title.

  • 4.5
    TheGeekWonder Aug 16, 2017

    The story refuses to move more than 5 minutes. At least, that's what I think, since we have no events to actually establish a timeline or have any sense of movement in the story itself. Nothing happens, suggesting that Tom King really doesn't know where to go with this arc, though it is a really cool concept. He just wants to add filler to make us wait for Selina's answer, which I didn't care about much in the first place. An 8 issue arc is pushing it. Moreover, it seems that the stakes aren't that high because of the fact that we know all these characters survive.

  • 3.0
    Melkor Aug 16, 2017

    It was the worst issue I ever read in my life.

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  • 3.0
    William McKelder Aug 16, 2017

    I am very over this run. None of the characters are true to canon and Tom King seems not to care about the timeline at all. I hate to say it, but Batman needs new writer. Disappointing. Janin's artwork is good.

  • 10
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Aug 21, 2017

    Great character issue. King's take on Batman has been a fascinating run

  • 9.5
    bucswin611 Aug 17, 2017

    One of my favorite issues to-date. Again, one of those "this is happening in a comic?" kind of issues. I can see people being disappointed that no one got punched, but this is an interesting story just so happening to occur inside of Batman. I laughed out loud at the Joker's criticism of the Riddler.

  • 9.5
    The bad who Aug 18, 2017

    I love Tom King and he keeps on giving me reasons to. This "you didn't think I'd go there, did you?" issue is genius in its execution and dares going deeper into character we never knew had more layers beneath after all these years. I would have loved to see a more complete ending as the "cliffhanger" is starting to feel more than due at this point the the War of Jokes and Riddles.

  • 9.5
    Godofspeed Aug 19, 2017

    The greatness of this issue suprised me. The joker and the riddler at dinner as Bruce controls them all. It's a perfect set up that ends on a cliffhanger that makes u want to know what happens next.

  • 9.5
    Furyspectre Aug 21, 2017

    Now this was a fun read. Tom King is really proving to be a great run of Batman. Although the story arch has been slow, each issue has been enjoyable on its own. I really hope for several "ah hah" moments before the end of it all. This will be labeled as one of the greats.

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Aug 25, 2017

    The plot doesn't really advance here, and upon closer inspection, Batman's plan doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but, what the hell! I really enjoyed this. I liked the framing with the serving of the different dinner dishes, and the strangeness of the situation made it very intriguing and fun. Mikel Janin continues to kill it on art. A very different, enjoyable issue.

  • 8.5
    Ellrick Aug 21, 2017

    Great concept for an issue, solid execution, great sparing use of Joker dialog, appreciated a writer throwing MARTHA! some recognition for a change. Ending felt abrupt, I almost thought I was missing a page, but I like where this is leading. If you are a fan of a more "street level" Batman, with no bat gods, or resurrection machines powered by mcguffin fluid, I think you will like this story, and King's run in general.

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Aug 22, 2017

    Another okay issue, but I still want more focus on the characters. I feel like this entire story would be ten times better if it displayed both the Joker's and Riddler's point of views during the war, not just Batman's.

  • 8.0
    kfc902 Aug 16, 2017

    King is just a good writer so the stories are enjoyable but this is not a Batman comic.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Aug 28, 2017

    After reading this issue (part 4 of this story), I believe that we will most likely won't see the war itself, at least in traditional sense. Instead, we are getting to see it from behind the scenes and the war is very much noticeable in all the dialogues. As for this issue, it was interesting to see the war happening at the dinner table. Janin's art was good as always, only without many flashy two-page spreads as in the previous issue, but with many face shots, which help to transfer the emotions of the characters.

  • 7.5
    Rick Jonez Aug 21, 2017

    Nice art, interesting mediation premise, but too many story/logic flaws to overlook. Joker and Riddler seemed to deviate far from their norm which was somewhat challenging to appreciate.

  • 7.0
    Jung BBoab Aug 16, 2017

    진짜? 정말? 한화 남았는데 그럴싸한 전쟁이 없어? 이번화는 신선한 전개였던것 같음. 다음화에서 어떻게 끝날지 궁금하게 만드네 증말ㅋㅋ

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