Batman #45

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 18, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 55
7.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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"THE TRAVELERS" part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he's enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue...Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations through Batman's history to find out what is going on. The start of a new story that will sow the seeds for a whole new epic to come-and also the return of Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel (DAMAGE) to BATMAN!

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - David Rose Apr 25, 2018

    Superbly written with beautiful interior work, Booster is the perfect character to have attempted such a hair-brained scheme.Wonderful read from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Apr 23, 2018

    In the end this is a well-written and visually stunning issue which provides an exciting twist on an old formula. My only complaint is that the seemingly hopeless situation Booster Gold is left in at the end of the issue has already been spoiled by the solicitation but that is not something we can hold the creative team accountable for. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Apr 19, 2018

    Any-way..... Buy this book! If Booster isn't enough, seeing alternate reality versions of the Bat-family should be. If that's not enough.... well, some people don't deserve "The Gold Standard!" Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Apr 17, 2018

    Instantly, one of my favorite issues in Tom King's run on Batman. This Booster Gold story arc is contained to this one series, but had a big event feel to it. Fantastic work all around by the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 20, 2018

    King and Daniel created another strange, but thoroughly entertaining Batman story. It is a fun romp that is both odd and shocking. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Apr 18, 2018

    While this issue might very well have concluded once the mystery was solved, King spins things into an even wilder direction, and I cannot even begin to guess how this story arc is going to resolve. But I do know I am going to enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Apr 18, 2018

    I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but Batman #45 is another solid start to a King narrative that has me fiending to find out what happens next. The art is solid from top to bottom and as much as I like the Bat-Cat relationship, the alternate universe presents a fun, enigmatic change of pace. Grab this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 19, 2018

    If you've loved his Batman run so far, Pick it up! You won't be disappointed. If you like what you heard, love talking all types of comics, and are interested in joining a comic chat group, hit me up at dispatchdcu@gmail.com or @dispatchdcu on twitter. Catch you all later! Peace Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Apr 18, 2018

    An excellent Elseworlds tale that built up an interesting world that could get quite emotional for our hero to give up, sign me up! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Apr 20, 2018

    Known as "The Gift," this story looks like it'll be a lot of fun. We'll get to see some twisted alternates to the story that make us appreciate canon even more than we already do. And when it's done, we'll get to see a who's-who of DC fame attend the wedding of the century. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 18, 2018

    The issue is almost frantic in pace, and while it's fascinating to explore, it's sort of a wild misjudgment even for Booster. I'm excited to see how it plays out, but I'm not entirely sold yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Apr 18, 2018

    This issue will have you scratching your head and wondering whats coming next. Especially coming of the heels of the previous issue, things feel out of place. Im curious how things will play out from here, as Bruce makes a choice that we dont always see in cape comics, or from him especially, when it comes to reality altering time hijinks. Still, this team brings a lot of interesting elements into the fold so what we see from this point is likely going to be a very enjoyable kind of bonkers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 19, 2018

    When I started reading this issue I was confused and underwhelmed, but by the end I was laughing out loud and genuinely intrigued by the unexpected nature of the cliffhanger. The majority of the aforementioned humor springs forth from the dynamic at play between Booster Gold and Skeets, which King did an excellent job of nailing. And while I wouldn't categorize this as a Batman story, more of a Booster Gold story featuring Batman characters, I feel I should forewarning those of you out there who pick up Batman titles expecting to see completely Batman centric stories that that's not what you are getting here. But despite that, it's still quite entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper May 2, 2018

    The story is interesting, and it will be a good one to follow. Let's talk about the Art Though. Tony S. Daniel makes his return to the Batman, and his work is amazing! I love the mix of style and cartoon that he has, and it is both classic and timeless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 19, 2018

    How Tim King and company plan to fix this is anybody's guess -- but then, he didn't win our Best Comics Writer of 2017 for nothing.Tony S. Daniel delivers a phenomenal cover, and the colors from Tomeu Morey give Daniel's artwork a depth I don't normally see in his past comics work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 21, 2018

    The new storyline looks to be a pretty crazy one, and that's always fun! Requires a full issue of set-up, though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Apr 18, 2018

    I loved the artwork for this issue. I think out of all the panels, page 18 was probably my favorite. Blooster is dramatically (and in a somewhat silly manner) jumping through a window, leaving glass flying all around. It's pretty, it's dramatic, and it still has a comical tone to it despite everything else. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Apr 18, 2018

    One of the biggest strengths of King's Batman since "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is how his arcs have been smaller-length affairs. Having stories that are anywhere from one to three issues, coupled with the double shipping approach, ensures his tenure stays dynamic as it builds towards Bruce and Selina's wedding. This arc allows him to do a big catastrophe-driven story while retaining a psychological angle and without overshadowing the impending nuptials. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 19, 2018

    Batman #45 is a fun read. It almost reminds me of Flashpoint with how one change in the timeline has these immense and dangerous consequences. By the end of the book, it seems that Bruce destroyed the time machine, so I don't know how Booster will even fix everything. King leaves on a cliffhanger where Booster is trying to fix the timeline, while Bruce is celebrating his parents wedding anniversary. Although Booster had good intentions, I really think that this will sour his relationship with Batman. I guess we'll have to see with the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jeremy Joanes Apr 18, 2018

    If you're looking for a brief, but interesting what if story featuring Booster Gold, definitely give this a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Apr 18, 2018

    Tom King loves his lesser known characters (well for many people not everyone) and puts them right on the center stage. Many years characters like Kite Man and Booster Gold have rode on the back grounds of most of DC comics. But not for King, As for Kite Man in The Wars of Jokes and Riddles; this time we see Booster Gold take the reins of the Batman comic and just turn it upside down. Ready yourselves for a wild ride your driver" Booster Gold. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 18, 2018

    This was a weird story with some questionable character choices, but interesting enough to make me want to know what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Apr 18, 2018

    It wasn't for me, and I WANT to like each new Batman, but I am finding it difficult. The art is great, and there might be enough here to save it in re-reads, but the story will have to stick the landing for that to be the case. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Apr 18, 2018

    BATMAN #45 is definitely an interesting kick off to a new arc, but it moves a little too slowly to be wholly satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 18, 2018

    This series has developed a pretty spotty track record when it comes to spotlighting Batman's fellow Justice League members. The altered setting in this issue is great, offering a dark, dystopian look at a Gotham City without its traditional Batman. Unfortunately, it's depiction of Booster Gold as an unfeeling sociopath is hard to stomach. Hopefully there's a deeper plan at work here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 18, 2018

    Despite this, everything still comes down to that question " can you abide idiot Booster for the sake of a joke? Personally, I cannot, but that doesn't change the fact that this issue is technically accomplished purely in the terms of its craft beyond the premise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Apr 18, 2018

    Batman #45 is an issue that you will either love or hate. Tom King's story here is solid. Well-written and well-paced, it is slow to dawn on the reader the major twist the story takes at the end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Apr 18, 2018

    Batman was on track to be the best its been since Morrison left the book, or the early days of Snyders run. Instead, its back to being a generic superhero book doing your average superhero things, and not even bothering to have fun along the way. Im on the verge of dipping out once more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 20, 2018

    Batman #45 is a welcome return for Booster Gold, but the issue falls short when it comes time for the comic to tilt its hand. The premise is bafflingly short-sighted and will either reflect badly on Booster or the comic itself depending on your perception. It could be almost funny depending on your viewpoint, and this version of Gotham does have a lot of potential to make for an interesting story. Perspective does count for a lot in this one, and your mileage may vary. For me, its a bit of a wash. Some good ideas are countered by some bad ones. Daniel is here, but his work isnt quite up to his usual standards. I cant quite recommend it, but I cant say to definitively say to stay away either. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 17, 2018

    Not much happens in this issue aside from some mild character assassination. Booster Gold is a much more intelligent and honourable character than King realises, so fans of the character should stay away from this. For those of you excited for the wedding, stay away from this as it is barely referenced. Fans of Batman and Catwoman should stay away from this. Fan of Daniel's art? Check it out once it hits a dollar bin near you. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 18, 2018

    As a big fan of Kings run on Batman, The Gift was incredibly disappointing thanks to the terrible characterization of its featured guest star. Maybe issue 46 can turn things around, but Im not at all optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 3.3
    Multiversity Comics - Alex Curtis Apr 20, 2018

    The post-apocalyptic trope due to time travel has been done countless times before, and Tom King's post-modern, derivative take doesn't do the clich or Batman any favors. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 17, 2018

    Just when you thought it was safe to jump into a Batman book, we're presented with a story that makes no sense at all and is full of misrepresented characters that come off as shells of their former selves and that's before we even get to characters who are supposed to be different.  The art in this issue is okay, but everything in the story is garbage and it really feels like this title has hit a new low. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Steve C Apr 19, 2018

    Maybe this review is biased by my love of all things Tom King, but I thought this issue was fantastic! The two-man (er, one-man and one machine) comedy team of Booster and Skeets made me LOL several times. The story’s concept is fun, and the actual words are terrific, as always. Tony Daniel’s art was awesome as well.

    Not sure I understand the low marks this issue is getting.

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  • 4.0
    TheGeekWonder Apr 18, 2018

    Anyone know when King will be done with Batman?

  • 9.0
    Dispatchdcu Apr 18, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    We open with Hal Jordan uncharacteristically grinning, breaking ring protocol, and shooting himself in the head with his ring. We aren’t sure but it does look like he killed himself and the “grin” points us to something involving the Joker.

    Booster and Skeets basically tell us that they got Batman a gift and go in search for him. We see that Tim Drake never became Red Robin and works for Wayne Tech; Jason Todd has his own tire business that tazes Jokers; and Duke must have been “Jokered” at one point and had brain surgery to try to fix more

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  • 4.0
    Herushalaim Apr 18, 2018

    This sucked. Booster Gold is more than some petulant child, but that's how he's portrayed here. He's supposed to be responsible with time. But he's not. At all. His plan actually doesn't make any sense. Why would he save Bruce's parents as a gift to a Bruce Wayne that would no longer exist after the timeline changed? And how would that Bruce Wayne learn the lesson of how important him becoming Batman was? He no longer exists and when this timeline is eventually fixed, the Bruce Wayne of the new timeline won't exist. Time doesn't work like it's presented here. You wouldn't remember something that never happened. And Booster should know this. And know it was a stupid idea. But he doesn't because he really is a complete idiot now. And the endi more

  • 9.0
    Br'er Lapin Apr 18, 2018

    Man I missed this goofy JLI-like Booster so much! He was so much more entertaining than his recent appearance in Action Comics. I was so confused by a lot of what was going on but slowly put together the big picture. My only complaint would be that I can't imagine Dick Grayson ever becoming what he was in this issue.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Apr 19, 2018

    "Booster Gold is the Kite Man of the Justice League"

    So, Booster Gold got Batman a wedding gift and it kinda blew up in everyones faces, especially Booster's. Dystopia will do that to you.

    Compared to Booster's recent appearance in Action Comics King portrays him as a bit of a dumbass. He jokes all the time and doesn't seem to know that messing with the time is not the best idea. But from the event synopis I'm guessing it's not exacly the same Booster Gold.

    Waitnig to see how it all will unfold.

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Apr 18, 2018

    Booster Gold and Skeet steal the show without a doubt. Their chemistry is brilliant, and the Kite-Man joke was absolutely spot on. The rest of the comic, sadly, is a confusing, and quite frankly somewhat unoriginal mess, reminding me strongly of Flashpoint (which also suffers from lack of proper lore building, unless you read all of its spin-offs and supplements) combined with recent future evil Tim Drake event.

    King should really step up, because Batman's last couple of issues was pretty mediocre for the series' standards. And I do believe Bats should be held to higher standards.

  • 6.5
    Keola Kent Apr 18, 2018

    Everyone loves a dystopia. Not. It gives me no thrill to see a Dick Grayson with an A rating from the NRA. I liked Booster in the recent -- very recent -- Krypton story. But a little Booster goes a long way and this is simply too soon to bring him back. It also seemed like the humor was forced. It was a stand-up monologue by a rather desperate comic. [Did you see what I did there?]
    Someone else already mentioned how appalling and unfunny was Booster's response to Hal's death.
    The one seriously positive thing was that it did get me interested in how Booster will get this fixed.

  • 5.5
    Synthozoid Apr 18, 2018

    King is a proven talent with other titles. Is he having an intern ghostwrite this? Great artwork though!

  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Apr 19, 2018

    Hopefully we have all learned by now to wait until the end of an arc to fully judge. Booster was annoying, 25% in an endearing way, 75% in just an annoying way...maybe that ratio shifts in later issues. Daniel's art is definitely a shift, and reflects a more traditional approach. King has been criticized for being repetitive, but the tone of this one was very different, though uneven.

  • 6.5
    ZodTee Apr 19, 2018

    Didn't love the way King wrote Booster. :(

  • 6.0
    daddyT Apr 18, 2018

    not nearly as bad as the last few issues. I really dislike these alternate-future-reality stories, but I have to admit.. maybe if Tom King sticks to just doing those till he's gone, maybe he won't screw up the real continuity too much.

    yay?

  • 5.0
    myconius Apr 18, 2018

    some people say that Tom King likes to deconstruct established characters.

    i say "ruins and dishonors" is more like it.

    it's painfully obvious what demographic he's aiming for.

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  • 2.0
    DDJamesB Apr 20, 2018

    Probably one of the worst comics ive ever read. If youre not really familiar with Booster, this comic doesn't really have any explanation as to whats going on and by time you do you realize what he did could have been done in a lot better manner. Besides the art this comic book is pretty horrible.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 5, 2018

    Some of the characters out very out of character (I know that this is elseworlds, but still), though I believe that will get resolved later.

  • 7.5
    FT Metler Apr 23, 2018

    A little tough to follow...I think I liked it - there were some interesting twists that's for sure.

  • 6.5
    KFuqua Apr 20, 2018

    Another disappointing entry from DC this week. I'm a big Batman fan and typically enjoy this title, but this story was just awful. Good art, bad story.

  • 6.0
    Spock's Brain May 9, 2018

    Uhhh, I don't know what's going on here exactly, but I know I hate Booster Gold...I haven't read this guy since I was a kid, but I am unimpressed...no more alternate realities please...the ending was sort of a thing, I guess? Alright. When is this Booster Gold thing done again?

  • 6.0
    Bigbooty Jun 3, 2018

    Alternate timeline nonsense.

  • 4.5
    Melkor Jul 11, 2018

    WTF? Booster must protect timeline. Not the change. Hey King please enough. Fuck off man

  • 1.0
    Bleemak Apr 22, 2018

    This is the first time I don't like King's issue. At all. But this is just so bad.

    -First of all, Booster jokes how Hal killed himself? What? And acts so childish in this.

    -Second, Dick is Batman who kills superheroes before they will be jokerized? What?? How is that logical, I don't even... WHAT?

    -We got a glimpse of Duke who is braindead. How was that necessary? And Talia and Ra's sword figting. Yeah, without Batman, Ra's doesn't have a heir.

    -Even the summary of this comic is confusing. Was King on high when he wrote this?

    +Artwork is nice I guess?

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