Batman #46

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 2, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 39
6.9Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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"THE TRAVELERS" part two! Booster Gold's wedding present has screwed up Batman's past, and done even more damage to his present. Now, with the Caped Crusader himself refusing to cooperate, the only way for Booster to correct this runaway timeline is to get Catwoman on his side. But with her own past altered, can he make Catwoman recognize the qualities in her husband-to-be that brought them together in the first place? Plus, if Batman isn't doing his job, Gotham City may become way more dangerous than our bumbling time-traveler might be ready for.

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez May 2, 2018

    'Batman' #46 is the best kind of alternate/time-travel story. It's shocking, fast-paced and brutal, with gorgeous art to bring it all together. 5 Stars! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown May 4, 2018

    Batman #46 was a great read and I can't wait to read the next issue! It's pretty clear that with a friend like Booster Gold you really don't need any enemies! I almost found myself frustrated with Booster in this issue because of his failure to take anything seriously. However it seems to be more optimism than a failure. My next question is now that Bruce's parents are gone–what exactly happens to him now? Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 2, 2018

    BATMAN #46 engages its readers with its thrilling action sequences and total immersion into this new reality. However, the issue's true success lies in its shocking final pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz May 3, 2018

    I'm not a Booster Gold fan, but I give the man his respect when he deserves it. But honestly, right now Booster Gold just gets a good SMH. He has me wondering "How does this guy still have a time machine and is still part of the Justice League?" All I hope is for Booster Gold to quickly turn this whole mess around and fix this time line, because on how this issue ended things are not looking so good for everyone and Booster Gold. Right now Booster Gold is diffidently the Kite Man of the Justice League, maybe even worse. He's the Yamcha of the Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 2, 2018

    Booster Gold tearing up Batman's timeline is not a gift, watching things fall apart in Batman #46 certainly is however; as the situation continues to get worse, Tom King continues to capitalize on the chaos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 2, 2018

    Things go from bad to worse to horrible as the timeline reaches its brutal climax " and we've still got several issues to go. How King gets Booster out of this one is going to be interesting to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand May 4, 2018

    I'm now aware of the fact that King's take on Booster Gold apparently doesn't really hold true to the purest form of the character. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying this issue for what it is. I know it's weird for me to be saying that, since I'm always such a stickler for things to be done “correctly”, but I'm really having a blast with this storyline and I'm finding myself yucking it up far too frequently to say it's not an entertaining and enjoyable read. If you just want to sit back, unplug from reality, and give your mind a kookylittle diversion…this is probably the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart May 3, 2018

    This issue is a little jarring compared to the more somber and heartfelt "Everybody Loves Ivy" arc, but it's certainly an intriguing left turn to take in the months leading up to Batman and Catwoman's big wedding. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 2, 2018

    This issue shouldn't work, but it does on several levels. Especially when the narrative leans into the absurdity capping the issue off with a violent bloodbath. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum May 2, 2018

    The weird alternative universe/timeline story started in Batman #45 continues this issue and doesn't get any less weird, but it simply works better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper May 9, 2018

    Time will tell is this is a successful arc, but I am invested. The last Page was a cool twist on the origin of Batman, and even though we see the image once per issue it seems, the tableau with his parents dead in the alley, we get a fresh take for this new story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland May 3, 2018

    As far as the issue goes, it's a solid way to escalate this story but it still kind of feels like it won't have any lasting stakes on the story. While it's absolutely fun, I'd kind of rather get back to canon. Perhaps issue #47 will present some long-lasting stakes to the overallBatman mythos going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting May 2, 2018

    We aren't done with Booster Gold's wild, bumbling ride yet but this issue will have you smacking your forehead and wondering what (again, I say this will all due respect) jerk move King has planned next. And how/if he'll right the ship. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee May 4, 2018

    King continues making some twists in his alternate-universe storyline. However, the adventure showcases the downside of the alternate-universe trope: it is too easy to make everything awful and the characters unlikeable. This makes it difficult for the readers to connect with anybody. Furthermore, the outrageous tone makes the ending unintentionally laughable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez May 1, 2018

    The storytelling wasn't as strong in this issue compared to the last. Some parts were just straight up confusing, including Booster's rambling. But it was successful in portraying his situation as a complete mess, and the ridiculousness of it all is highly entertaining. I love Elseworlds and time travel stories so I'm enjoying myself quite a bit, but this second issue was a bit choppy. Still, this is another good outing for this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 6, 2018

    Batman #46 is an enjoyable Elseworld tale of what would've happened if Bruce's parents would've been alive. The post-apocalyptic setting created a lot of interesting opportunities for Tom King to explore various characters from Batman's mythos in different roles. At the same time there is a bit to the world that does not fully tap into the potential of this world. Though some life is given to the Gotham City we get in Batman #46 thanks to so great artwork from Tony Daniel. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff May 2, 2018

    I may have mentioned last time we all gathered for a Batman reading that Booster Gold is not one of my favorite characters in the best of stories, and what we have in "The Gift" is not a great story. Part two of this tale of violent buffoonery arrives this week, buckle up, it's about to get ugly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool May 2, 2018

    Although interesting in its premise, and executed very well, the concept of this story unravels as you pull on it. Hopefully, King can do a patch job better than Booster Gold has been doing in the coming issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 5, 2018

    I'm not sure what King and Co. are doing with this weird alternate timeline story. It's a little too weird and a little too unfocused for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi May 3, 2018

    Continued below(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Final Verdict : 5.5 " Although "Batman" #46 earns extra points for its beautiful and cohesive art style, the core problems with the plot are too relevant to consider it a strong arc for this run. While some hope can be held for the final issues of this story, King would need to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to salvage this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller May 2, 2018

    Batman #46 is a very strange book, because for all its muster at trying to do something with meaning, we all know it won't end with any. As a funny romp through a new idea, it's also starting to fail. I like some of its style, and I like some of Booster Gold's personality, but you cannot have a genre-savvy character miss the obvious. That defeats the purpose. Basically, I'm left wondering why we can't just have our damn wedding already. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Jennifer DeRoss May 2, 2018

    In the end, this will all be written out anyways. I understand that some people will want to read everything as we wait for the big wedding and there could very well be additional emotional resonances that could come from seeing the characters in such a different light, but we have the entire history of Batman comics to imbue the relationship with meaning. I recommend skipping this barely wedding-related Batman sidestep. There are some highlights including a mention of Blue Beetle sewing and a great nod to one of my favorite Batman movies, but there just isn't enough to make this a worthy entry into the Batman canon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 2, 2018

    Dark comedy is a difficult thing to pull off and Tom King totally blows the punchline in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 2, 2018

    King has some decent concepts here, but he sacrifices all of the great work done over the last decade in making Booster a better character. This would be similar to having Batman smiling and making bad puns in a guest appearance in Superman. Batman fans with no attachment to Booster might appreciate this, but theres no justice in this portrayal of a B-list hero who deserves a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 3, 2018

    Batman #46 is even more frustrating than the previous issue. I had hoped that this arc would become more engaging after the setup, but its only gotten worse. Booster Gold behaves like Deadpool. There are extreme tone issues, even if theyre intentional. The art is good, but it doesnt make up for the narrative. Give this one a pass. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 2, 2018

    Batman continues to be disappointing this issue because instead of trying to make this ridiculous story make sense in what Booster Gold is actually doing, it instead just references the issues that came before it so that it can just move into a big "wow" moment that doesn't mean anything in the end because we're dealing with an alternate timeline.  Thankfully, the art continues to be great because, besides that, there isn't much reason to still pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti May 2, 2018

    This is just awful. Awful dialogue, awful plotting, and less-than-usually-stellar art makes for probably the worse Batman issue of the last few years. I've said this before but King reaches an entirely new level of low quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dispatchdcu May 2, 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.

    Let’s dive in to this litter box shall we. We open one year later with Booster being stuck in this alternate timeline. Gotham is in utter chaos, War is everywhere and Thomas Wayne feels like he’s FAILED THIS CITY (arrow tv style). Booster thinks that if he can set up a meet and greet with Selina, Bruce will fall in love with her and fix everything. So, Booster breaks out Selena, sews together a Batman Returns Catwoman suit for her, and they head to Wayne Manor to confront Bruce. Meanwhile, Thomas Wayne had a heart attack and is recovering at home while D more

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  • 7.0
    Odisseia Cultural May 2, 2018

    The art is beautiful and Tom King make a script ok, but this arc is loosing something.

  • 6.0
    Herushalaim May 2, 2018

    This was better than the previous issue, but that's not really hard, is it? Booster is still unbelievably stupid, some of the writing feels like a parody, even the dramatic parts (like when Thomas Wayne has a heart attack). And the ending was very predictable. I think this whole arc is just pointless. It's pointless to screw up Booster Gold just for this pointless what if that will have no effect on Batman unless it does somehow...

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  • 4.0
    myconius May 2, 2018

    UHG!!!! just . . . . UHHHG!!!!
    i can see this is an alternate reality. so that is why this version of Dick Grayson and Selina Kyle are SO painful to read!

    but why . . . WHY did he have to turn Booster Gold into such an incompetent and annoying idiot???

  • 1.5
    Bleemak May 2, 2018

    Last week's issue was the worst of this series.

    This week's isn't any better.

    "Oh Brucie, you were never the world's greatest detective." C'MON KING THIS JUST LAUGHABLE.

    Dialogue is so bad, Booster's actions make no sense, Selina is what now? A serial killer who makes cat noises? And we still don't get why Dick is Batman. And kills.

    We hear the name Joker, but we don't see anything. Todd is mentioned again but I know there isn't anything else for him except vague mentions.

    I just cannot comprehend how bad this is.

    Artwork is better then last week. So this one gets a better rating.

  • 8.0
    bucswin611 May 2, 2018

    What an interesting issue - a surprisingly enjoyable one. Booster is written far less annoyingly, so King might be finding more of a voice for him. And Morey's colors give lots of life to the landscapes.

    The page with Bruce in the church was poignant prior to ultraviolent shootout madness that lurked a few pages later. For a second issue, Daniel gives quite commendable, B+ value art, that also just pales in comparison to the top-line work we have seen from King's run.

    Hopefully
    Grayson-Bat gets a little more interesting in part three - but if not, we'll always have Selina licking bloody claws from #46!

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 5, 2018

    I can definitely understand why some people may not like this.

  • 7.5
    egon244 May 3, 2018

    Booster really can't catch a break.

    Stuck for a year in this crazy timeline he is losing it a bit. He recruits Catwoman to help him get through to Bruce but tring to fix things and making past as it was he ends up screwing things even more.

  • 4.0
    Supes' soups May 2, 2018

    What is this shit? I honestly don't know what I'm reading anymore. If they can take Gleason and Tomasi off of Superman (which was doing spectacular) then DC can also take Tom King off of Batman. King really needs to get off this book before he ruins his own reputation. Every issue also makes King's Catwoman fetish more ridiculous.

  • 4.0
    Caped-Comic-Reviews May 6, 2018

    This kinda sucked. Art was awesome but the script by Tom King was dreadful. The only reason I hadn’t scored this lower is because it’s a essentially a what if storyline and everything will be back to the normal by #48, but I’m not even sure this will last in my pull that long. Also Tom King absolutely cannot write Booster Gold, seriously if you’re looking for a good recent booster gold story go check the action Comics story and avoid this pile of crap

  • 4.0
    RaisingBlack May 6, 2018

    Tom King does not understand Booster Gold. What makes this book fail is Booster Gold not making any sense. I think Tom King only pays real attention to his own characters because when he isn't writing a story he really planned he just seems to force things to happen without ever giving a reason.

    I would say that this issue is a big issue for Catwoman fans but tell Catwoman in this issue is legit crazy and nothing like the Catwoman you might recognize. I'm not sure who this book is supposed to be for. Nightwing fans will hate Batman Dick Grayson. Batman fans will feel this is just filler (because it is) this entire arc is headed right to a dieus ex machina that returns us from this Batpoint timeline. I think Tom King needs a brea more

  • 8.5
    Haand May 4, 2018

    I'm really enjoying this one. It's fascinating to see Booster go off the deep-end as time passes, knowing that he broke the world and running out of ways to fix it.

  • 8.0
    Spock's Brain May 19, 2018

    This issue is pretty ridiculous, but I had fun with it anyway. The ending surprised me and actually made me laugh because it was so unexpected; the Catwoman in this universe is apparently, if not mute, unable (or unwilling) to utter anything besides "Meow." The mystery of the Batman that showed up interests me, as did the world of adult Bruce alive in a world where his parents never died. It's tragic/hilarious that Booster Gold's plan goes where it does. So, I know it's silly and definitely not perfect, but I really liked it and I am wondering where it will go next.

  • 7.0
    Nihilist May 3, 2018

    I can't say I'm particularly engaged in the recent events taking place in Batman's comics. Everyone Loves Ivy arc was short and rather disappointing, and recent Booster Gold centric one isn't much better. Last time we've seen Flashpoint, DC decided to reboot the universe by introducing New 52. And we all know how divisive and hated it was.
    The art sure is beautiful, and Booster's monologues are a breath of fresh air - he's a super fun character, always has been. But still, even with him in the spotlight, I can't get into this arc.

  • 5.0
    DDJamesB May 3, 2018

    Surprisingly, this issue wasn't as bad as last. It actually had some fun with the concept that was so horribly introduced last issue. While this is no masterpiece whatsoever, It wasn't the head blow upper I read last issue.

  • 2.0
    daddyT May 2, 2018

    so.. I'm dropping Batman for the second time in.. what? a year? Is this the worst Batman run of all time? I couldn't make it past Booster giving Catwoman "the plan" omg.

    DC is starting to really do some stupid things. this run on Batman while at the same time killing off good Superman books for a big maybe? right after Rucka left WW? the timing for all of this is just incredible. so much garbage all at once.

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