Batman #41

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 44
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"EVERYONE LOVES IVY" part one! Mikel Janin returns to BATMAN for a brand-new epic! Pamela Isley's influence can spread as far as vegetation will allow, putting the whole world at her fingertips. Can Batman and Catwoman stand their ground against an entire planet of Poison Ivys?

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Feb 21, 2018

    Pushing past the initial disorientation reveals a mystery you'll want to get to the bottom of, and one truly worthy of the world's greatest detective. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - N.C. Panduro Feb 21, 2018

    King, Janin, and Chung's talents are front and center in BATMAN #41. Furthermore, a suspenseful and bold opening issue signals great things to come for the new arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Feb 21, 2018

    Praise be to Tom King's Green thumb. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 21, 2018

    Everyone Loves Ivy is going to be another fun arc and this is a solid jumping on point for anyone who for some reason isn't already reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 24, 2018

    King writes a flawless script. It has action, intrigue, and a looming sense of dread for our heroes. Only Janin's art is a little stiff, but that is a fairly minor nitpick in an otherwise flawless issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 25, 2018

    Knowing that the rest of the DCU is ignoring what's happening here makes it obvious that Poison Ivy's control won't last long. The question is, how will Batman and Catwoman stop her? I'm curious to find out. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Jennifer DeRoss Feb 21, 2018

    Overall, this is a very good issue. The only real complaint I have is how short it feels. We get 21 pages, but it is almost all just a setting of the board where we are shown the scope and stakes, but don't get much of the actual story. That said, what could be told with what they have established in this issue could be huge. While there is a lot to love for any Batman fan, fans of Ivy will be especially glad to pick up this issue. Hello indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 26, 2018

    Batman #41 was an absolutely stunning comic book. Tom King and Mikel Janin created a comic book that perfectly capture how confident and terrifying Poison Ivy can be when she is using her full power. Seeing how Batman and Catwoman had no way of fighting back against Poison Ivy's latest plot elevated Ivy among the villains in Batman's Rogues Gallery. If you are a Batman fan this is an issue that you do not want to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 22, 2018

    Batman #41 is a gorgeous book to read, and a perfect place to jump in for folks pining for a little more Poison Ivy in their lives. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 21, 2018

    Equal parts horror story and artists' showcase, the creative team's Poison Ivy story debuts in Batman #41 with a gorgeous, haunting tale that shows off just how powerful she can be. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 22, 2018

    Overall, this is a great issue with a great beginning. Ivy is back and more powerful than ever, and I can't find out why she's so mad at the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 24, 2018

    The story is well-paced, not too fast and not too slow, and enough happens to keep you turning the page. It also has a clear structure that makes the events easy to follow, and Batman and Catwoman are on point in terms of characterization. However, Poison Ivy is seriously overpowered, and that might not be to the liking of fans who prefer smaller, street-level Batman stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Feb 25, 2018

    A short story that happens kind of quickly with little explanation. Not a bad one by any means, but it left me a bit thirsty for a bit more exposition. The art is truly amazing! The pencils and the colors are on point here and this is a very visual issue. I recommend getting it and just looking at the beautifully rendered scenes of Ivy and the characters. The colorist June Chung and the Artist Mikel Janin really shine in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 21, 2018

    After a rough couple issues, Batman is back on track thanks to a new story arc and the return of the always dependable Mikel Janin. This issue may annoy readers hoping for more consistency in how Poison Ivy is portrayed in the DCU. But on its won terms, this issue paints a vivid portrait of a villain dominating an entire planet and a Dynamic Duo rendered helpless in her wake. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Feb 21, 2018

    As a part one to a story this is an intriguing opening. The payoff, hopefully, is worth the price of admission. At the very least this is a beautifully disturbed vision of obsession. Buy the ticket, take the ride... Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Feb 21, 2018

    For the only major drawback of this issue, and I have absolutely zero doubts that it'll payoff in a big way as “Everybody Loves Ivy” goes on, the lack of knowledge stands out. While the notion of being dropped right into the action in this issue is entertaining, it's a bit frustrating when you realize you'll have to wait two weeks just to know how the hell we even got here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Feb 22, 2018

    Batman #41 is a great read! I'm looking forward to seeing exactly what Batman's options truly are. Although Batman is a strategist and proficient in many things, he also has allies that he depends on for their expertise and resources as well. Ivy has essentially taken all of that access away"so what will Batman's next move be? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Feb 22, 2018

    This is not a continuation to the "Super Friends" story arc, but a new epic arc that has brought b back artist Mikel Janin back since we last saw Tom King and Mikel Janin working together in the amazing War of Jokes and Riddles. This time things are taken to a grander scale; so grand that everyone around the world is in love with one person. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Feb 22, 2018

    The Dark Knight is back to his best in the best book that DC is currently putting out. King has steadied the ship, and as we race toward issue 50, things are surely going to get more interesting in Gotham. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 23, 2018

    Batman #41 is a promising if thin start to a new chapter in the saga of the Dark Knight. Ivy is back and more dangerous than ever. Bruce and Selina are left alone to stand up to the threat. Janin and Chung provide some fantastic artwork. This one comes recommended for sure. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 24, 2018

    It's a testament to the creative team's skill that this simple, straight forward issue is still so much fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jeremy Joanes Feb 21, 2018

    It remains to be seen if this arc will have any far reaching ramifactions in the Batman mythos, but so far its offered, at least, a glimpse into what adventures with The Bat and The Cat will be like in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Feb 21, 2018

    Confusing personality swings and briefness aside, this was an entertaining issue. It sets up a really interesting next few issues, and with Tom King at the helm you know it's going to be good. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Feb 22, 2018

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  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Feb 21, 2018

    A solid first installment that sets up some interesting implications. However, they have not paid off yet, as this is mainly set-up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 20, 2018

    I'm confused by this story in terms of its placement, mostly because I was under the impression that King is building towards the eventual wedding in #50. This doesn't have anything to do with that except for the appearance of Catwoman. The art is fine and the colouring is even better. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 21, 2018

    Poison Ivy makes her villain debut in Tom King's run of Batman, even though she's not a villain in other books and with that...She's just a villain.  Nothing really happens in this issue and it takes twenty pages to tell four pages of exposition and setup.  The art is great, but like normal, there isn't much going on here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Feb 21, 2018

    Promising start to a new arc, but this was so short that I can't even comment much. I am probably a minority, but I really enjoy Janin's art, and it definitely was very good here.

  • 5.0
    daddyT Feb 21, 2018

    Tom King is ruining the Batman book. Please get rid of him. Maybe put him on JLA or Super Sons or some other crap that could only get better. the art is great tho!

  • 4.5
    Bloodraven Feb 21, 2018

    Ugh Tom Kings Batman has become boring. I want Batman to be a savage that stalks criminals in the night. Batman is not interesting to me when he’s in a relationship. This is a broken human with issues. Nobody reads Batman to see him attempt to be “happy”. I understand King is trying to do something different with Batman but it’s not working for me.

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  • 7.5
    Nihilist Feb 21, 2018

    Definitely a promising start to the new arc, portraying Ivy in a way we haven't seen yet, and using her powers to a new, unimaginable degree.
    The narrative may be a bit confusing during the first read, but once it's revealed what really is going on, everything "clicks", leaving no room for second thoughts. Where is the story going to lead, though? That is the question.

  • 3.0
    myconius Feb 22, 2018

    a while ago i quit this series before when it was getting too painfully terrible to read.
    the announcement of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle possibly getting married lured me back in.

    unfortunately this title is REALLY testing the grounds of just how $#!††¥ it can get!!!

    this comic is SO bad that it practically reads like comedy now!
    but that’s NOT what i want in a Batman book!

    very padded. lots of filler, thin plot.

    dull repeating dialog.
    a WHOLE double page spread FILLED with "I LOVE YOU".

    an ineffectual, incompetent boob of a Batman.
    there are more than a dozen ways Bruce could have incapacitated Alfred without having to just punch him in the face like an oaf.

    and really? Flash comes running out of nowhere just to take a punch in the face?
    sorry Flash fans!

    this is a slap happy joke of a comic book.

  • 10
    FrenchLover Feb 20, 2018

    Tom King is one of the best last writer on Batman

  • 10
    mufla Feb 22, 2018

    Poison Ivy as femme fatal, but on global scale. Brilliant, beautiful start.
    Never mind the noise.

  • 10
    Steve C Feb 23, 2018

    What an amazing issue. Tom King has been on fire recently, and the streak continues with this one. Much of the issue's story is told through the art, which is incredible. I think Mikel Janin is my favorite artist right now. He really builds the tension with the way he depicts the events and characters in this issue, especially Ivy and the Green. Tom King tells a tight, intense story while using few words; and those he does use are sharp and to-the-point. This was the fifth book I read this week but the first one I felt compelled to rate and write a review.

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Mar 7, 2018

    This issue of "Batman" is a great read, in my opinion. The way King frames the story is great, and the art of Mikel Janin is awesome (check out the double-page spread of Ivy amidst a beautiful tangle of vegetation overtaking the city). This book is blessed to have several of the game's top artists working on it--this level of quality on a bi-weekly basis is incredible. Ivy here is rather omnipotent, which is perhaps a stretch of credulity, but I found myself not worrying about it and going with the story. It's a lot of fun.

  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu Feb 21, 2018

    This was a pretty interesting start to an Ivy Arc. I loved her portrayal as a villain but a villain that isn't crazy, or trying to kill millions of people, or trying to hurt anyone. She's genuinely trying to make the world a better place "her" way.

    I was confused in the beginning but later figured out that Bruce was trying to get the antidote before it was too late.

    So it appears Ivy has billions in her control including the Flashes, Alfred, Cyborg, and we can assume many more. My question is:

    Who is not under the control of Ivy? Who haven't we seen or heard from in Batman Comics for a bit? Who fits both criteria that could save the day, or at less help to save the day?

    Will we see swamp thing again maybe?

    Great start! Great art! Loved it and loved the quick read! I love that Kings writing isn't too wordy and blends with his artists to tell a story. I don't need "read" everything that's happening. I can also be shown it too!

    If you like what you heard, love talking comics, and are interested in joining a DC book club, hit me up at Catch you all later! Peace

  • 7.5
    JordanT4021 Feb 21, 2018

    An overall good issue with phenomenal art from Mikel Janín. It's a promising and enticing setup however it is purely that; a setup. Not much happens in this issue other than giving you the basic facts.

    With only two other issues to go in this mini-arc, I really hope this Ivy centred story can make a lasting impression.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Feb 24, 2018

    Good issue, strong and intriguing start for a new arc. And as always great art by Mikel Janin.

    Seems to me like the series may be heading into direction "Batman and Catwoman, rather than Just Batman" and I'm OK with that.

    And on the sidenote: Does every Bat-villain nowadays knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman?

  • 7.0
    Shodan Feb 23, 2018

    The art and coloring are beautiful, great to see Mikel Janin draw Ivy. I had thought maybe she had made an appearance in the War of Jokes and Riddles, but I guess not.
    As for story not a whole lot happens in this issue, but as the start of a new arc it grabbed my attention. I was distracted by the all therugs Bruce has in his bedroom, just stacked on top of each other. Cat needs to do some redecorating!

  • 6.5
    RaisingBlack Mar 8, 2018

    Ok. I love Batman but if you have been following the way too many Batman titles out from DC you will struggle with this book. I think Tom King wrote this story and has had it in the back burner somewhere and he has brought it out while preparing for his big story with the wedding and finally looking into that 3 jokers topic we still need to flush out. Ivy looks great and the art works but the level of little inconsistencies with other stories is kind of odd. My biggest question being why is Poison Ivy into taking over the world again? She was turned into an anti-hero and I think Tom King is playing a little fast and loose. There are other little logic issues with story that make me ask if this is really happening. I wonder when this is actually happening too. DC has a lot of timelines that are weird. I think this takes place after metal but before Doomsday Clock. No idea. I may check out of this arc and come back in with Tom is telling the story he really wants to tell.

  • 6.0
    Supes' soups Feb 22, 2018

    The art is amazing especially the way Janin renders Selina and Pamela, but the story is lacking. At this point Janin might as well be drawing porn and you'd get about the same enjoyment with or without writing. In fact maybe skip the writing. It boggles my mind that the same man responsible for Vision and the current run of Mister Miracle is also writing the weakest stories for Batman...

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