Batman #47

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 16, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 49
7.2Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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"THE TRAVELERS" part three! As Booster Gold, Batman and Catwoman zero in on the time anomaly, what they find and their actions to correct it will have ramifications on all of the DC Universe. Tom King and Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel end their first story with a bang that will tee up the next big development in the Batman/Catwoman romance.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail May 18, 2018

    King and his creative team have proven time and again that we can have smaller stories in between larger arcs without them feeling like filler. These stories, though shorter in scope, are some of the most interesting takes on the Dark Knights mythos to date and help dissect characters and events rarely touched on. If you are not already picking this book up you really need to start, as Batman remains one of the best DC titles on sale today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown May 16, 2018

    Batman #47 was a great read. It shows a world where honestly if Thomas and Martha wouldn't have made the ultimate sacrifice, the world and Gotham would've been way worst for it. I also think King meant for this book to be a baptism of fire for Booster as well. He never intended his meddling with time to go this far, and I think the experience will stick with him for a very long time. Batman and Catwoman look at Booster as if he's crazy while he's retelling the events of the alternate timeline to them–but of course it's pointless. Let's just hope Booster sticks with a more simpler and less dangerous wedding gift next time besides time travel. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton May 22, 2018

    Every so often a team takes on Batman, and finds a new way to view the character, new things to do with him. Thats far from an easy task, more than 50 years after the character was created, and with so many talented writers and artists having applied their skills to his adventures. But with each issue of this run, Tom King is showing himself to have achieved a new pinnacle with the dark knight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum May 16, 2018

    Overall, a very well-done issue that readers won't forget any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 16, 2018

    This story arc's conclusion is predictable but the way in which said conclusion is reached is anything but that; overall, "The Gift" remained thought-provoking and entertaining throughout its run, and Batman #47 offered readers a fitting end to a memorable arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland May 16, 2018

    I won't spoil the ending, as it's sure to be a major talking point across the comicsverse this week. But know that you should check it out for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 16, 2018

    The conclusion of "The Gift" takes the story to a dark place in Batman #47, even darker than we've seen before " and that takes some doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 16, 2018

    Batman #47 drives the storyline towards the wedding weve all been waiting for by adding some tension, drama and a seed of who knows what may come from Boosters idiotic idea for a gift. Kings mastery over these characters continues, and Batman is still a surprising force to be reckoned with 47 issues into his run. To say Im locked in as the title drives toward issue #50 is an understatement. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 16, 2018

    This was an intense and messy resolution where no one left untouched by Booster's actions, including Booster himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez May 16, 2018

    A strong final issue to a great story arc. It falls apart some toward the end, but that doesn't take away from how great this story was. Tom King seems to have found his groove with Batman and isn't making a bad issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting May 16, 2018

    Although "The Gift" is essentially an Elsewords story, the best ones in the category both question what could have been under different circumstances (even if those circumstances seem ostensibly better for the character overall) while reinforcing the importance of our protagonist's existence. This is one of those stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand May 18, 2018

    Tom King is a funny dude, and the humor present in this story illustrates that quite well. If you are in the mood to laugh, this is definitely a story you are going to want to check out. Admittedly, the very end takes a seriously dark and disturbing turn filled with introspection and parallels, but up till then, it's non-stop laughs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 18, 2018

    This arc is certainly not for everyone " there are plenty of people who might say it's too bleak, and they wouldn't be wrong " but honestly, as far as dystopian detours go, I wholeheartedly endorse just how far Batman #47 has gone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    That's Entertainment - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Jun 29, 2018

    The Gift story arc just didn't hit me the way the rest of King's Batman stories have; however Batman #47 still has quality writing and art to keep my attention. The arc has also provided me some more context about Booster Gold as a character, making me more interested in other stories that feature him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee May 16, 2018

    Despite King's best efforts, the last issue of “The Gift” falls a little flat. The alternate world is underdeveloped and the ending is weird, bordering on crass. Booster Gold and the last scene are saving graces of the comic. However, even that is not enough to elevate it more than mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 18, 2018

    Batman #47 brings a surprisingly solid ending to The Gift. This issue is still tonally off and makes Booster out to be near unlikable, but the ending lands some emotional resonance. Plus, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea,Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey bring some great artwork to the title. I can recommend this one who have been enjoying Tom Kings Batman, and tentatively recommend it to others. Booster Gold fans, however, will still find the comic misrepresenting this great character. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner May 21, 2018

    The ending to an arc that is deeply sad and effective yet hard to classify. Not everyone will find this arc engaging, especially if you find King's dialogue trite, but for those invested, this won't disappoint, just merely confuse. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff May 16, 2018

    What is the real point to this three-part story? Back before the Source Wall broke, I didn't think I would say this, but let's get to the Bat/Cat Wedding already! Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 16, 2018

    BATMAN #47 ties up the unique narrative of "The Gift," but it does so in such a predictable manner that the conclusion is ultimately unsatisfying. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jun 1, 2018

    If you are a hardcore Booster fan, you may want to skip it entirely, but as a story progression, it fills the time until the wedding. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt May 16, 2018

    While I found this plot interesting and entertaining, it honestly felt more like filler to me than anything. It's like they were stalling for time while they built up hype for the wedding (not that I blame them for building hype " I actually can both see and understand what they're trying to do here). Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 16, 2018

    At least Tony Daniel's art is up to the challenge. I really wish Daniel was able to illustrate a better story as his work is the only reason I'd recommend The Gift. The arc ends on a flat note with more questions that apparently won't get answered. Easily the best aspect of this story line is that it's over. Hopefully King gets back on track next issue, which has the promising teaser of The Wedding and The Joker. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 16, 2018

    Our time in this alternate universe comes to an end with an open question: how will this impact Batmans future? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller May 16, 2018

    I gotta say, this one let me down. It's better than the one before it–it has neat ideas and with the robot back to life, jokes that land–but this entire arc feels like filler. Though with a resolution that isn't really a resolution, I guess I should change “feels” to “is.” Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 19, 2018

    This issue was weird in a really off-putting way, as if the creators had an ax to grind against Booster Gold and wanted to humiliate him. The time travel/alternate timeline stuff felt half-baked for very little pay-off. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 16, 2018

    This arc finally comes to an end and while this issue is everything you'd expect it to be to get back to our status quo, Booster Gold comes out of this looking like one of the worst characters ever and I just really hope that whoever takes on the character next just forgets all about this arc.  The art is great, but the story is nonsense.   Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti May 16, 2018

    Honestly, I'm not sure if I'm doing a good enough job at describing exactly how terrible this issue is. You have no idea until you've read it. This is by far the worse issue of the series yet which is kind of incredible because there are some truly awful, awful issues in this series. This is worse than anything we saw in Jokes and Riddles! It's worse than that Swamp Thing issue! This is such a low that I really hope that Tom King can't top this. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Supes' soups May 16, 2018

    I did a line of cocaine before reading this issue, so of course it made perfect sense and I can't wait for more of these types of stories on my most beloved comic book, Batman. I hope Batman remains likes this until the day that I die... BANG! (Ok I just arrived from the future via time-travel and shot the version of myself who snorted that line of cocaine and enjoyed this issue of Batman, the world is saved...consider this my gift to my old high school math teacher who finally worked up the nerve to ask Ms. Bossert, the French language teacher to ask her to marry him and agree to only bone each other for the rest of their lives) Can Bendis write Batman instead, it can't be more phucked than it is now anyways...

  • 7.0
    Nihilist May 16, 2018

    As you may have expected, everything we've een in last few issues got resolved - there was no real stakes or tension compared to Flashpoint, which in a similar matter introduced an alternate, dystopian timeline, but even after Barry returned to his time, things were different. On the other hand, King pulled off some real dramatic moments and perfectly captured Booster's goofy personality, with real emotions hidden underneath. It's not something I would compare to 52 Pick-Up, with phenomenal, tearjerking Batgirl issue, but it's a good conclusion to otherwise rather mediocre arc.
    I'd love to see more Booster Gold in the future. Not necesarily in Batman's comics, but generally. His character has a lot of potential waiting to be utilized.

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  • 7.0
    egon244 May 17, 2018

    The Gift story arc ends here and Booster Gold will be messed up for a long time by this time traveling shenanigans, unless of course another Booster Gold writer decides to disregard this story completely.

    As everyone probably expected by the end of this issue everything is hunky dory. Aside from Booster's PTSD everything seems to be back to the way it was before.

    This arc was fun with a really good art from Tony Daniel. But with no apparent consequences it does look kinda pointless. It feels lika a filler that is here to hold us over until the big wedding. Same thing can be said about the recent story with Poison Ivy, but that story was better in my opinion.

    Come on Mr. King, pull yourself together. I real more

  • 1.0
    Bleemak May 16, 2018

    There are good and bad things about this issue.

    Good: Art was nice. And the major good thing about this is that it's finally finished. FINALLY.

    Now the bad:

    EVERYTHING ELSE. MY GOD WAS THIS AWFUL. JUST SO BAD THAT I CANNOT EVEN DESCRIBE IT. DON'T READ THIS. AND MAKE SURE KING NEVER WRITES BOOSTER AGAIN.

  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu May 16, 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.

    Ok, so here goes. Let’s unwrap up this gift shall we!?! We open with Bruce, and probably some of his Waynetech peeps, trying to fix Skeets so they can go back in time. Skeets reboots only to find that Boosters voice is the only voice that will operate Skeets. So, Bruce goes to unlock Booster who has been locked up in chains for over a year in (possibly) what would be the Batcave.... that’s how I took it.

    Bruce cleans up Booster, while he gives his backstory, and a Bruce Wayne who drastically looks like the Punisher wants to go back in time to more

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  • 7.0
    bucswin611 May 16, 2018

    King found a way to make Booster amusing instead of annoying. Daniel's figures are so narrow that I can't figure out if it is genuinely weird or if comic-huge is just too normative. A totally serviceable issue, but it is below the bar set for two years of this Batman run.

  • 7.0
    Ekstwntythre May 17, 2018

    Minor Spoiler


    Missed opportunity at the end Booster should have been holding a cheese tray.

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas May 17, 2018

    Quite messy and pointless. Saved by Daniel's art, which is stunning as always. Still a fun read, but, as I've said, completely pointless. Remember Gotham Girl? Yeah, that was better.

  • 2.0
    myconius May 16, 2018

    i'm not sure who this comic makes look like a bigger idiot,

    Booster Gold or Tom King?

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  • 6.5
    Shodan May 18, 2018

    I like to write a review fresh after reading an issue, but honestly i'm not sure what I just read. To me this was the epitome of a filler arc and it didn't end well. Maybe i'll go back and read 45-47 and see if it's more cohesive - the art is great so it wouldn't be that bad. But as many have pointed out it seems like we're spinning our wheels until #50. On another note King's Joker story in DC Nation #0 was insane! Don't think i've ever been as creeped out by Joker as the one panel where he looks over with his yellowish eyes. Give us more of that leading up to the wedding!

  • 6.5
    Steve C May 19, 2018

    Not sure I understand why this story was published a couple of months before the wedding, unless something in the “permanent” timeline was changed as a result of Booster’s meddling, and thus effects the wedding. If ultimately this storyline has no impact on the timeline, then it was just not very good. Daniel’s art was great, though.

  • 6.5
    Spock's Brain Jun 12, 2018

    This issue is a stand-off between angry gun Bruce Wayne trying to prevent the death of his parents, but really descends into an endless skit with Booster Gold being...uh...funny?...well something like that. And we get a bit of the suicide riff King keeps revisiting here to make it more tedious. This sounds like I'm a King-basher--quite the opposite, I've enjoyed his Batman run, in general, more than Snyder's. It's just that Tony Daniels can't stand with some of the other artists we've been getting on this title anymore, and Booster's presence makes this King's weakest arc. But I'm excited for the wedding, regardless of this kind of lame-duck story.

  • 3.5
    DDJamesB May 17, 2018

    Booster Gold is so annoying in this arc. I really don't have much to say other than I am glad it's over. Although, it did raise some neat alternate timeline type questions it was very unnecessary.

  • 1.0
    TSwan98 May 16, 2018

    Tom King continously proves he doesnt give a shit about what other characters are supposed to be. He writes them how he wants them. This whole series is a joke and I can nit wait to drop this after 50

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