Batman #34

Writer: Tom King Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 1, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 60
8.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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"Rules Of Engagement" part two! Batman is on a quest in the desert, far from his Gotham City home. His friends and allies think he's gone crazy, and his mission puts him far outside the law. Waiting for him at the center of the chaos is an old enemy... and plenty of old demons.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2017

    King slowly unfolds the reveals with this arc and the reason for Batman and Catwomans road trip makes sense. Now it will be up to see how King pays it off. At this rate theres no reason to think he wont disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Nov 1, 2017

    Overall, this is a must have. Its not necessary to be up to date on the story, this issue can be read on its own and nothing is lost. Its important to experience the passion of Jones art work here and the Kings story makes it that much more enjoyable. Dont miss this issue! Read Full Review

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

    Batman #34 is a literal battle of the exes as we see Batman and Talia go head to head! I'm actually looking forward to the next issue honestly! I've always wanted to see the two loves of Bruce Wayne fight it out and next issue it looks as if we'll finally see it! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Nov 1, 2017

    Tom King knows how to tell a compelling story and does so with ease. It's a funny and fun tale that reminds the readers just how awesome the world of Batman can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Nov 4, 2017

    This was not only a very fun issue, it also had some awesome action. The art is brilliant as always and the character leap from the panels. Everything look right, from the people to the scenery. This 3 part story might be a bit drawn out, but I can't deny I'm having a lot of fun with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Nov 2, 2017

    Batman #34 continues to show why King is the right person for Batman, and even though some arcs prior could have been heavy handed, it is nice to see that he is able to have fun with the Dark Knight from time to time. There really isnt much wrong with this book other than slight pacing in the middle. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Nov 1, 2017

    Side note: What does it say about me that I laugh at the sight of Selina nonchalantly pulling a sword out of her lover? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Nov 10, 2017

    This story is less about fighting a Clandestine Enclave of Tongueless Desert Ninjas (how's that for a descriptive sentence?) and more about personal relationships. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 1, 2017

    A strong issue though it doesn't move the plot forward all that much. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Nov 1, 2017

    This issue ofBatman shows what King can do when he is not tied down to an overly ambitious story structure. He tells a straight-forward superhero tale and it works well. It is brief, exciting, easy-to-follow, and fun. This issue feels like what a Batman comic should always be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 3, 2018

    Watch how Jolle Jones draws lines and movement in this comic. The goons gestures and drapery are like sinews and muscle all arching on one direction opposing the forces and counterweights of Batman and Catwoman. But once that segment of the story is over, Jones converts to a more intimate illustration style with less movement and more power given to the inks. A master is at work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Nov 1, 2017

    'Batman' #34 focuses on family; filled with action, warmth, humor and defining character moments. Another future classic issue from a great run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Nov 1, 2017

    This is a story that was already destined for greatness before it hit the shelves. Don't get left out in the cold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 4, 2017

    Another great Batman story is being told with some pretty great Batman characters. This is even more fun than Kite Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 2, 2017

    Super simple yet insanely entertaining. Witty dialogue, cinematic artwork, sequential fighting and heartfelt gestures are but a few of the things you have to look forward to from this issue of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Nov 1, 2017

    This story arc may be only two issues in, but I think it has the potential to be one of the best arcs King has crafted so far especially with this amazing art team he has the pleasure of working with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Nov 8, 2017

    Ultimately, Batman is an intelligent and fun book to read. The one-liners flow as fast as the action and it all works because King and co. are happy to take chances with the lore. Not everyone will be thrilled with recent events but those willing to give it a try will find an entertaining book that rewards long-time readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Nov 1, 2017

    Talia Al Ghul and Catwoman meet for the first time as Taila finds out about Batman and Catwomans engagement, and ladies and gentlemen it is not a pretty sight! The issue picks up a little from the last issue, but nothing really over the top happens. The bickering between Batman and Catwoman is beautiful; you can tell they will make the perfect crime fighting couple. The issue ends leaving you wanting more as both ladies are ready for a confrontation you damn well know it wont be a tea party. Let the nails come out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - RW Adams Oct 31, 2017

    Tom King takes big risks with his characters. Whether his current decisions will pay off to everyone's liking remains to be seen, but this issue is interesting enough and an awful lot of fun in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Crusaders - Rob Ferreri Nov 1, 2017

    This issue was part 2 of the Rules of Engagement storyline and was a fun Batman story. I'm excited to see the character evolving and very curious to seewhat the future holdsfor Bruce and Selena. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 1, 2017

    Batman is normally one of DC's consistently best books, so it's a little strange to see the series take such a hit in the middle of this new story arc. Issue #34 reads very much like a transitional chapter, one that pads out a handful of key character moments with repetitive dialogue and fight scenes. The most we can hope is that issue #35 will redeem this troubled storyline. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 1, 2017

    Dialog is repeated and scenes are extended for no real reason......... which if you've been reading Batman for a bit now, you're probably used to it and if you don't mind this, you might actually enjoy this issue, but overall, even with the art being decent, I find this story to be a whole lot of nothing with cheesy dialog just so we could get to the cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Nov 1, 2017

    After my first read-through of this chapter, I was greatly disheartened despite the numerous great story elements. With subsequent read-throughs, I warmed up slightly, but I still can't get past the clunky dialogue. We're deep enough into Tom King's run that the flaws in his approach are becoming readily apparent. There needs to be some course correction if King is to remain on this title for an extended period. He has great plots and decent execution, but the dialogue and writing have been stiff, especially in the middle chapters of story arcs. Read Full Review

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