Batman #30

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 72
8.5Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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"THE BALLAD OF KITE MAN" part two! In our second "War of Jokes and Riddles" interlude, it's the making of a super-villain! He's been pushed by Batman to snitch on The Joker, and cajoled by The Joker to betray Batman-now, the flunky who would be Kite Man finally snaps. He's lost everything, and a life of crime is the only way to go.

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 12, 2017

    Clay Mann does not try to replicate Mikel Jann and that makes this comic stronger. His work is less clear and more figurative. But it is the right set of lines for this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Sep 8, 2017

    Batman #30 is a great read. It's full of action, a great story told from Kite Man, and you really feel bad for his situation. At the end of the book it's revealed that Batman and Riddler left Kite Man alone at every incident because they knew once he was the last criminal left in Joker's army, he'd crack and tell Batman everything. Once Riddler and Batman reveal this"Kite Man knows within himself that not even the criminal community fully respects him! I'm definitely looking forward to how the city and especially Batman will move forward in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Sep 7, 2017

    Batman #30 is a fantastic blend of Batman's gangster origins and modern comic sensibilities. We see his entire Rogue's Gallery at work while still remaining within a relatively simple turf war. The Mann brothers and Jordie Bellaire bring this deadly war to life with incredible detail and ease. Tom King's work draws the industry's best artists. A few more issues like this and he may just claim that title himself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 6, 2017

    Is perfection too much to call something? The first part of Kite Man's story and this create two issues that for me is the best of the year for me. Kite Man has turned from a joke to a tragic character and one I have a lot of sympathy for. Just utter brilliance that can show that even joke characters can be made into something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Sep 6, 2017

    Batman #30 is filled with action, humor, heartache, pathos and poignancy " all through the viewpoint of a character six months ago we'd all have scoffed at Tom King for even thinking of enlivening. But he does it. And adds what will surely go down as another classic to his Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Chris Adair Sep 20, 2017

    This is a touching a poignant story that I hope will resonate with readers. As per usual, King scripts his issues full blockbuster battles but they fade to the background as philosophy and idealism take centre-stage. Another highly accomplished piece of work. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Sep 7, 2017

    I am not going to spoil this issue, as i think it's best for readers to find it out on their own. The final twist, Kite Man's journey & life, his significance, is all laid out perfectly and it should be read by the reader. At the end of the day, I will still consider it as an interlude but the quality of the issue makes it one of best issues of WOJAR. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 5, 2017

    While this issue doesn't provide full insight on Batman's plans and the uneasy alliance with Riddler, it is another can't miss chapter in the War of Jokes and Riddles. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Sep 7, 2017

    It's been a lot of fun seeing him go from a character I'd never even heard of to the keystone of the entire conflict between the Joker and Riddler. His conversation with his son broke my heart into a million pieces only to rebuild it in a way I never expected. Way to know your audience, King. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Sep 6, 2017

    BATMAN #30 follows Charles Brown (AKA Kite Man) as he fights for the Joker against the Riddler. Tom King provides a compelling story filled with drama, emotion, and humor as the "War of Jokes and Riddles" arc continues into its final issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 6, 2017

    Batman #30 marks another high point for the current Batman storyline. On one hand, it lends further depth and pathos to Kite Man, exploring just how much this outwardly goofy is motivated by tragedy and loneliness. On another, it changes Batman's role in this conflict in a major way and makes the Dark Knight a source of mystery and uncertainty. And with top-notch visuals from Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Jordie Bellaire, this issue truly fires on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Sep 6, 2017

    Batman #30 does the unthinkable. It turns Kite Man into every person we pull for to succeed. After the tumultuous last month in the US, this is a perfect book to remind us of our collective humanity. Sure, it's a comic book, but as life becomes stranger than fiction, we sometimes turn to familiar characters to keep us grounded. With Tom King at the helm, this book has remained topical, relevant, and very human. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Sep 6, 2017

    Id really have liked to have seen the conversation where Batman latches his cart to Riddlers team. Sadly, it looks like this isnt that story. Maybe someday well get to see it if Tom King continues on the book as long as Scott Snyder stuck with it. Thats probably my main gripe. All of this story is packed into small moments and we lose a lot in the shuffle. I understand thats Kings approach to this arc, a high level recap showing Batmans train of thought throughout an intense period of his life. I just find it interesting enough that I want more. Luckily, we still have the third act to go so things probably arent as wound down as we might think they are. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Sep 6, 2017

    Because Batman pities him. And we pity him. His pain is something we understand, and we can realise “Oh my god, I'm Kite Man!” And isn't that funny? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 6, 2017

    With "The War of Jokes and Riddles" still raging, Batman #30 is another weird gut punch of an issue from Tom King. Though the way he structures his stories can comfortably be called "head-scratching," the actual scripts and artwork throughout the arc have been too good to deny and too strange not to experience firsthand. I have no idea how the "Ballad of Kite Man" will end, but for now, it is a journey I am still enjoying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Sep 8, 2017

    Batman #30 is a shining example of Tom King's unique ability to give an emotional and compelling story to a character no one seems to care about. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Sep 6, 2017

    Batman #30 is a wonderful issue. King has brought Kite Man to the level of what Geoff Johns did with Aquaman, no longer make him a joke. Sure, everyone still thinks he's a joke but the amount of emotion and empathy there is to his character no longer calls for laughs. I hope King brings this kind of emotion to his future Batman stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Sep 10, 2017

    King does his magic once again showing off how he can give a fresh take on Batman that goes well into the lore and villains that make the character who he is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Sep 6, 2017

    The War of Jokes and Riddles is great, but when these Interludes come around, they just have a place in my heart above them all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Kevin Veldman Sep 6, 2017

    Good addition to the War of Jokes and Riddles. King's signature blend of violence and dark humor is strong and the art is spectacular. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Sep 6, 2017

    That's all folks! What if we all just pluck to the two Kite Man issues out of this arc, dump the WOJAR, and move on? How weird is that? It is a big disappointment to me that Joker and Riddler are both so annoying in this arc and a character as "nobody" as Kite Man is this interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 9, 2017

    Batman #30 is the strongest issue of "The War of Jokes and Riddles." That is a major accomplishment with how great this story arc has been thus far. Tom King did an excellent job turning Kite Man's joke status into a key plot point for the story arc's development. Now King has set up a situation where Joker may be even more dangerous while Batman tries to come to terms with his alliance with Riddler. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 9, 2017

    King continues to impress with his off-kilter Big Batman Event. Here's hoping the pay-off is worth this wild ride. Hell yeah. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Sep 6, 2017

    King and company create a nearly perfect two-parter that elevates Kite Man from joke to tragedy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Sep 6, 2017

    Overall, Batman #30 keeps the magic of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” alive. It's mysterious, heartbreaking, and jam-packed with all the action and humour you'd expect from King. Add this to your to-buy list for the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 8, 2017

    The second part of “The Ballad of Kite Man” is decent. It has good scenes and pushes the overall narrative. But, King's continual refusal to show the actual war is a frustratingly odd storytelling choice. Furthermore, this deepening backstory for Kite Man feels fairly unnecessary for a such silly character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Sep 6, 2017

    Batman #30 isn't the best entry in “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” but it's not the worst either. Giving us an engaging continuation to Kite-Man's origin, the creative team deliver yet another emotional interlude, that despite its flaws, adds depth to the story arc as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 10, 2017

    Readable, but not memorable. Definitely an interlude in the larger tale of war between Joker and Riddler. The visuals are fine, but the story leaves one shrugging their shoulders in the necessity of such a tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 6, 2017

    Part 2 of “The Ballad of Kite Man” focuses on ideas over action. That's not to say that plenty of action doesn't happen in this issue, but it takes a backseat to Kite Man's internal musings. Considering that this story wraps up some major elements of “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and downplays what I am sure many expected to be one of it's main draws (the fighting), I can't help but imagine that some people are bound to be disappointed by this. But for my money, there's still enough to make it worth the cost of admission. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 6, 2017

    Everything you thought the War of Jokes and Riddles hinged on is thrown out the window in this issue because nothing seems to make sense anymore to what we were given previously.  Motives for why are villains are at war, reasons why Batman can't just stop the villains in their tracks......  all gone and wrapped up with a Kite-Man narration, which sadly, is the best part of this story.  The art is amazing, but I just can't deal with this War of Jokes and Riddles anymore because there seems to be no rhyme or reason to anything. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 13, 2017

    Despite an interesting start, the arc has overstayed its welcome and left some troubling continuity (Batman unable to stop the villains of Gotham, the Riddler carving a question mark on his bare chest, and plenty more) that the comic will unfortunately have to deal with in the months to come. Pass. Read Full Review

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