Batman #3

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch, Matt Banning Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 126
7.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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 "I AM GOTHAM" Chapter Three: Batman and Gotham strike out together to get to the bottom of the mysterious attacks against the city. Could this novel and headstrong new hero be everything Gotham City the cost of the Dark Knight?

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jul 20, 2016

    Batman is not Gotham, he is better than Gotham. Batman's ultimate goal is to inspire lasting change in the citizen's of his city. Tom King's newest introductions are the embodiment of that change. The more time we spend with heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl the veil is lifted and the once mysterious duo are becoming interesting and earnest additions to the city's cast of characters. Tom King does a fantastic job of balancing the action and detective work with lighthearted scenes featuring a sassy Alfred and Matches Malone. Harkening back to where it all began, the pieces of King's puzzle are forming into an excellent tale in Batman #3. Equipped with fantastic art and a mix of nostalgia and originality, King and company are putting a lasting signature on the mantle of the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    The final page certainly sets up an intriguing next issue. With King and Finch clicking so strongly on this collaboration, Batman continues to be a cant miss title. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 20, 2016

    After this issue, I am all in.  All it took was some real solid information on Gotham and Gotham Girl and the surprise revelation that they are actually fun characters.  David Finch's art is good, but the best part is he never smothers the story which is becoming really, really good.  I know it's a cliche thing to say, but two weeks is going to feel like an eternity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 20, 2016

    We finally get the 411 on who Gotham and Gotham Girl are and it's a satisfying origin that is strangely similar to Batman's. It's clear King is setting things up for one hell of a blow to Batman as the Monster Men loom. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jul 20, 2016

    I am Gotham Part Three. Are Gotham and Gotham Girl the true heroes Gotham needs? With this being King's first foray into Batman there have been a lot of questions. Can he live up to Snyder's run? Should he even have to? With this issue King gives a definitive answer, in my mind, to all of the doubt. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 21, 2016

    For once, Batman's taking a backseat in his own title. This could lead to some really great moments from supporting characters, which is secretly the best thing about most great Batman stories. It's time we get another one and King may be able to use the Gothamites to provide a really memorable arc. It could have the flash and bang of Batman vs. Superman without all of the legwork it takes to make it happen. Low risk, high reward. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 20, 2016

    We're loving the new Batman series, and it's proving to be highly entertaining. Whilst it's new heroes are still a little weaker, we're slowly becoming increasingly interested in their characters. Hopefully they end up becoming a more integral part of saving Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Jul 20, 2016

    The art in this issue is very fitting to The Dark Knight style with its dark and gritty tones. The heroes are fighting and trying to save a bridge full of people in the sordid Gotham City, so the art must be dark and gritty. Also, I rarely enjoy looking at a series of panels depicting a montage, but BATMAN #3 does an impressive job with the successive images of Hank and Clare training to be heroes. The aging of the characters from panel to panel looks great and works so well. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jul 20, 2016

    Tom King continues to deliver a strong story arc filled with plenty of quintessential Batmaning. We get street level vigilantism, the implementation of disguises for undercover work, and even the Bat-Cycle makes a grand appearance. The story itself is also quite impressive. Through the origin of G&GG, King makes you want to root for a duo that mere issues ago you were probably skeptical toward. While King may be using some concepts that have been touched on before, he's giving it a fresh feel that will appeal to new readers and old alike. It's almost cruel that this issue spends so much time getting you attached to this new pair of characters, because it's almost certain that a tragic end is just around the next corner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Kristian Solberg Jul 20, 2016

    The ongoing "I Am Gotham" arc continues to offer a creative insight into Gotham's dark protector. It presents Bruce as a weathered warrior, a tired soul, painfully aware of where his chosen path will lead him and those who follow him. His newest cohorts are introduced as a last hope to save the city, though knowing the darkness that lurks in Gotham's underbelly, it's likely to be a lot more complicated than what it seems on the surface. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 21, 2016

    This new Batman series is working itself pretty well overall and I'm engaged with it and enjoying it, though not fully committed and on board yet as I'm waiting for something to click that will push me over the edge on it. King is delivering a solid story but it feels like it really needs something more to take it to the next level. Finch is bringing out some great artwork and I love when he does slide in a two-page spread to give us the right sense of scale, such as the bridge scene that let Gotham Girl stand out more. I'll be sticking with the book for a while to be sure as I think the bi-weekly nature helps it more than hurts it and I'm simply enjoying getting a mainstream Batman fix again after spending most of my time with fringe or non-continuity versions. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 25, 2016

    All that aside, this is a good series, with terrific artwork. But three issues in - four if we count "Rebirth" - and we haven't made much progress. Faster, please - and with cleaner language. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 20, 2016

    The latest issue of Batman suffers from a slight sense of decompression, but there's still some food for thought as King sheds new light on the background and motivations of Gotham and Gotham Girl. Couple that with top-notch art from Finch and Bellaire, and this relaunched series remains on solid footing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jul 22, 2016

    Batman #3 gives us a fascinating origin for Gotham and Gotham Girl, with there being some symbolic moments and smart use of bait and switch along the way. It also moves the main narrative forward in a gripping manner, even if we don't get a huge lot of development until the latter portion of the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Jul 22, 2016

    In the end, I AM GOTHAM as well and my aforementioned gripes are outweighed by the blend of familiar with new in Mr. King's current run. Batman will continue to be one of the first books I page through every NCBD! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 20, 2016

    Overall, Batman is definitely so far not what I expecting, but is intriguing in its own right and beginning to build its own voice from what came before it, despite a lurking feeling of familiarity. The story is moving to some really intriguing places and keeping me interested throughout. It may not be the best thing King has done, but it's solidly entertaining and seems to be building to something great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 20, 2016

    Continuing on that note, I think his run will read well when collected into trades and maybe even an omnibus. Yes, it's quite early to say that, but it's obvious that he's got some big ideas and we the readers will hopefully be rewarded in kind. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jul 20, 2016

    "I Am Gotham, Part 3" is a good solid follow up book. It gives us a unique look at Batman from the side of the detective" and I'm always a fan of that. Although the action is few in this book, King is obviously setting us up for something better in the next issue and this issue does a great job of setting it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Jul 21, 2016

    Both Batman and Detective Comics are hitting on all cylinders at the moment, and in a relatively short span, Tom King has managed to get the reader invested into his two new creations, which is not a small feat by any means. This book continues to be worth a spot on your monthly pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Jul 24, 2016

    Batman stories are a lot like pizza. When they're good, they're good and when they're bad" at least they still have Batman. That being said, this was a good issue and while it's by no means Tom King's best work, it's an enjoyable read with beautiful art that I definitely recommend picking up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 24, 2016

    There's a lot to like in this script. It's an origin story for Gotham and Gotham Girl but even more so it reminds readers why Batman is an inspiration to be a better version of themselves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AVN Today - Cris Cole Jul 21, 2016

    Batman #3 continues to be very accessible to new readers. The issue offers a familiar take on the origins of Gotham's newest superheros. Meanwhile, readers continue to wait on the promise of the Monster Men. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 20, 2016

    The issue isn't bad, it's just too similar to the last two issues. There's a disaster and Batman doesn't trust the two new heroes. Hopefully next issue we get a change up because this is a bit repetitive. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jul 20, 2016

    Even with another cliffhanger, the arc noticeably takes a step back, but by no means is it a terribleissue. It just feels inconsistent with what we've seen so far. There's still a lot to look forward to in weeks ahead, even if there isn't a lot to love in Batman #3. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jul 27, 2016

    DC Comics is embarked on an exploration of time and memory. At least, that is one way to consider the currentRebirth project, once you discount it as a purely commercial venture aimed at increasing comics sales, a goal at which it has, so far, apparently succeeded. The meddling of Dr. Manhattan in the timeline of the DC Universe not only provides a narrative backbone for the major books of the superhero line, but also sets up a general theme that each corner of the fictional world can explore in its own way. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 21, 2016

    The artist is visibly chasing after the aesthetic of Greg Capullo. His character's faces have the thin lips and curiously smug smirks that just scream Capullo, and his version of Alfred Pennyworth is almost a direct facsimile of the former Batman artist's rendition, right down to the butler's receding hairline. And there's no harm in that, I suppose. There's still more to discover, and I'm locked in for the duration. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 20, 2016

    It's OK, but something's not quite working here. David Finch's art is pretty, though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Jul 20, 2016

    Unless Tom King is holding an ace up his sleeve and this is only the calm before the storm, Batman hasn't exactly been reborn; he's been aborted. Until this title goes somewhere further than two centimetres from the start line, I recommend picking up Green Arrow and Aquaman instead, since they deliver much more action and riveting storytelling than Batman. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 23, 2016

    I'm probably just being picky, but Tom King has not yet won me over on why his two new earnest superheroes are worth my time, or worth stealing the spotlight from Batman and Duke Thomas. None of the energy and excitement of Grayson has carried over into King's Batman (except during the first issue), and that's a damn shame. At least Finch had probably his best issue yet! Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Jul 20, 2016

    I hate bitching. I hate bitching about Batman more than anything but Tom King just"irks me so far. I feel like the annoying kid in the classroom who's constantly yelling out to the substitute ‘you're doing it wrong, you're doing it wrong!' but these problems go way beyond nitpicking and fanboying. It's clear to see there are some intrinsic problems in the scripting that have to be addressed immediately. King and Finch need to take a bold step out from the shadow of Snyder and Capullo, stop worrying about what came before and focus on their task ahead. Right now for better or worse Tom King is Batman; let's hope he starts acting like it soon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Jul 20, 2016

    While this issue feels like something of a pause in the action, it can improve if the Gothams are afforded greater purpose and their motivations are better explained. More concentration on Batman will certainly also help this title, especially if they can tone down his nigh-invincibility and reliance on incredible gadgets to save the day. What has always made the Batman titles so interesting was the emphasis on the man behind the mask, and this series can certainly benefit with a return to those roots. Read Full Review

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