Batman #56

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 44
7.8Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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The Dark Knight's looking to drop both the hammer and sickle on the KGBeast, whose rampage across Gotham City takes a toll on Nightwing when he's injured in the fray. Blaming himself for his ward's fate, Batman gets grimmer than usual-and vows to take the Russian assassin down like the Berlin Wall. Is even Gotham City ready for that much violence? The streets will run red like borscht if the Dark Knight gets his way against this Soviet scourge.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Oct 5, 2018

    Batman #56 is a great read! Plenty of action and emotion, and you really feel sympathy for Batman and even KGBeast to a certain degree. Daniel does an amazing job of making Batman so realistic in this issue. You see the tatters in his suit, the unshaved face and you know he's been working for nights on end to find KGBeast. When the issue ends we find Batman on a trek through blinding snow to KGBeast father's cabin where I suspect next issue we'll see Batman seek justice! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 3, 2018

    This is another solid issue by King and the art by Daniel is the best he has done in his career, hands down. The scenes are fluid and the figure drawings are all excellent. He's come a long way and he's doing amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 3, 2018

    Since the controversial issue 50, Batman has arguably been better than before. King has some lofty ideas that are putting his hero through the emotional wringer resulting in some of his best work on the series. The ending of this issue sets up a showdown that's playing out like a revenge thriller. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Oct 3, 2018

    I'm excited to see how this particular conflict concludes. Bruce having almost this new drive for this particular case seems to have breathed new life into Batman doing what some would call impossible in the name of what is very blurred justice and vengeance. We'll see how Bruce handles this issue when the man who shot his first son is presented before him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Oct 3, 2018

    Batman #56 is another absorbing chapter in King's "Beasts of Burden" storyline and one which masterfully builds towards the big showdown next time around. Pick this one up with the quickness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 3, 2018

    Whatever the next issue brings in terms of the actual showdown between the two players, this issue set it up in such a way that it had better live up to the prelude. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 3, 2018

    The pacing was a little slow, but there was an advantage to it. Slowing down the pace allows for the detective aspects of Batman to come through and it helps to make KGBeast a more interesting and layered character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Oct 5, 2018

    King and Daniel upped the ante in the previous issue and their follow up is even better. The action, drama, and humor all play perfectly. Nothing feels overbearing or annoying. Daniel's excellent art even complements the script well. Overall, a great comic reading experience with only a few nitpicks. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Oct 10, 2018

    A deeply psychological story told with nuance, depth, and badass flair. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Oct 3, 2018

    Batman #56 shows us Batman on a mission of vengeance, tracking down the man who shot Nightwing. A good story being told with great art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Oct 3, 2018

    Admittedly, it's a slightly cliche story, but King tells it well, moving back and forth from the story of a son dealing with a father who was less than stellar and a pseudo-father dealing with grief and rage over what's happened to his pseudo-son. He even manages to slip in another somewhat unusual villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Oct 3, 2018

    King's Batman is one for the ages, one that'll stand with the works of Kane, Miller and Snyder as some of the best books in history. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Oct 3, 2018

    Tom King paces his way through this investigation deliberately in a way to maximize the suspense: explosive action here, quiet tension there. While some of the dialogue feels all over the map from clunky to over-rehearsed, his sense of the theatrical helps carry this story forward with not only some unexpected featured guests, but some curious reversals as well. "Beasts of Burden" continues the theme of legacy and responsibility, and though what seems like digressions may frustrate some readers, my hope is that King is winding us up for still bigger things to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 3, 2018

    Batman #56 is a gripping read, but one that ignores a crucial part of the current storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Oct 4, 2018

    As an issue, Batman #56 gets ahead of itself too much at times as it seems more interested in the confrontation that is forthcoming rather than the journey that brings us to the point. When it slows down to focus on what drove the story to this point it is a much more fascinating read. One that harkens back to the emotional and thematic core that made Batman into an icon. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Oct 3, 2018

    BATMAN #56 seems to build towards something grand, but it ultimately fizzles in its cliffhanger ending. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jason Saba Oct 3, 2018

    The sage advice ahead of next issue is to remain mildly pessimistic, that way if there is disappointment, the sting is nothing more than a nuisance. As long as there is great art, almost any flaws can be overlooked. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 6, 2018

    Despite the massive, status quo-shaking events of last issue's cliffhanger, King doesn't do very much in the immediate follow-up issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Oct 3, 2018

    The middle of Beasts of Burden presents a grim, relentless chase, and a parallel between two very different fathers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 3, 2018

    While I was expecting more emotions from this issue, we get our standard over the top anger moment, but not much else.  Half the issue is devoted to KGBeast working out some daddy issues, but without properly setting up the character, it fell flat.  While that was going on, we get a couple of Batman scenes that felt a bit incomplete to lead him the Beast and even if this isn't the worst issue of Batman we've had, the overall storytelling is starting to feel lazy. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    GWW - Thomas Polito Oct 3, 2018

    Overall, the dialogue and story were incredibly dull, with the art helping improve where the story lacks, but not by much. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Linkush Oct 3, 2018

    This issue was quick and brutal. I loved it.

  • 10
    AshWatson Oct 3, 2018

    I absolutely loved this. Batman losing weeks (maybe months) and millions of dollars worth of bat-tech hunting the man who shot his kid. What's not to like?

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin Oct 3, 2018

    Tom King is doing a great job of making KGBeast seem terrifying.

  • 7.0
    egon244 Oct 3, 2018

    "And boom. Here come the gods."

    Well, this was better. We still get two stories and like with the previous issue KGBeast's one is superior, but this time Batman's is not far behind.

    Batman is on a warpath to find the shooter, while KGBeast enjoys a drink with his pops. Both of these stories are easy to read and enjoyable. But here I have to mention this little pet peeve I have with King's writing. His overuse of the word "yeah". This issue is perfect for that because it is used in two wildly different scenes. The first time it breaks the entire tension of the scene and sticks out like a sore thumb. The second time it lands really well, fits the character and works for that scene. Sadly Mistah King chooses option numbe more

  • 9.0
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Oct 3, 2018

    Not sure where this is going, but it was fun

  • 8.0
    daddyT Oct 4, 2018

    well done without giving away whether Nightwing is dead or alive. good setup. good portrayal of Batman.

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 8.
    +2 because: I like how relentless Batman is in his pursuit.

  • 7.0
    Nihilist Oct 3, 2018

    Decent issue, and the entire arc so far seems to be simply outstanding compared to previous 6 issues. It still is a Tom King book, coming with all the pros and cons of his narrating style, so don't expect something different. It's just more polished, thought through, and seems to lead somewhere, without relying on huge shockers and controversial revelations King has been criticized for by a large part of our community for some time now.
    I'd recommend #56, the same way I would #55 - it's a beautifully illustrated comic, and the heavy focus on KG Beast not only makes him a solid, interesting villain, but humanizes him in a weird, messed up way. I like it.

  • 6.5
    bucswin611 Oct 3, 2018

    Disappointing. Very plot-heavy, and the most interesting emotional content was [SPOILERS] KGBeast and his father. Daniel somehow works best in the 9 panel grid, perfect for pacing their conversations. And hat tip for Clayton Cowles on letters for the nifty snow-covering-the-dialogue trick...very clever! It's interesting that I thought Morey in Heroes in Crisis was some of the most gorgeous coloring I have seen in a long time - yet the colors in this were not engaging at all. I think it's in an effort to match/replicate Daniel's style, just seemed below-par. His Rebirth issues have been wildly inconsistent - and that's fine for most books but I reiterate: we are spoiled on the main Batman book. B-minus art feels like a disappointm more

  • 6.0
    KFuqua Oct 3, 2018

    Another book showing that Tom King needs to be taken off of any important DC books ASAP.

  • 4.5
    Quinn Oct 3, 2018

    The art saves, well not save so much as make this issue not be a total waste of time.

    King kills more time by not showing us anything we don't already know. Batman beats up a gun dealer who IDs the picture of the KGBeast. Batman says a witness saw a one-armed man near the scene of the crime. Richard Kimble no doubt is looking over his shoulder.

    We next see Batman and Bronze Tiger beating up Ninjas. BT says he doesn't know where KGBeast is, but he might know someone who does.

    It's Kanto. We see Kanto threatening to torture a tied-up, upside down Batman. Bats says I know you're wanted, tell me what I want to know and I won't snitch. Kanto caves in, says KGBeast is only close to his father, who is hidden somew more

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  • 4.0
    Talon1load Oct 3, 2018

    Why does Batman continue to be so underwhelming? It really shouldn't be that difficult to write a story that flows logically but, once again, King fails to do so. For the world's greatest detective, he really sucks. You'd think the writers time at the CIA that we constantly hear about would have taught him how to develop a mystery and make clues for Batman to uncover to solve it but not so much. Instead, we get the story pushed forward with no explanation about how any of it occurs. Then there's the stuff with Kanto, what would he possibly have to do with KGBeast? No one knows because King fails have anything make sense. How's he's stayed on this book this long is the real mystery.

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  • 10
    Æther Oct 8, 2018

    A cinematic style story, bursting with energy. A fun colorful comic that reads almost to quickly, but thank the New Gods he writes bi-weekly.

  • 7.5
    Ken b Oct 3, 2018

    Foil cover felt nice, art was great. Story wasn’t.

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Oct 3, 2018

    A normal King issue. Here's an issue and here is characters talking and fighting but as a reader, can't feel anything while reading this issue. Only thing good this issue had was the art, the story itself was bleh. Would have been nice to actually see Nightwing or even have the reactions from the rest of the bat- oh wait nevermind just like Rebirth, the batfamily is destroyed.

  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Oct 6, 2018


    -I really, really liked the storyline with KGBeast and his father. It was excellently told in a welcomely subtle way.

    -The splash on pages 16-17 was amazing. The best written and illustrated parts of the book.

    -I really liked the conclusion of the issue. It was a well-done last 5 pages.

    THE BAD:

    -Tony S. Daniel was not giving us his best here, unfortunately. For once, the art actually detracted from story.

    -The Batman storyline was cool, but, it boiled down to an elongated version of the “tracking down the bad-guy montage” that the Killing Joke was able to do better and more effectively in a single page.

    - Much like the previous issue, this one suffe more

  • 4.5
    myconius Oct 3, 2018

    it's too bad the rest of the issue didn't match up with the first few pages.

    aside from a very cool opening...
    the rest of this comic was a who lot of nothing. just random scenes of Batman looking for KG Beast questioning random characters, spread throughout random scenarios...
    ...Batman & Bronze Tiger somewhere in Asia, fighting random ninjas...
    ...Batman somehow bound, hanging upside-down by Kanto from the Fourth World...
    how and why would Kanto have anything to even do with the KG Beast or his father?
    and how would Bronze Tiger even lead Batman to Kanto?

    then there is a whole page of exposition thrown over a double page splash of Batman talking in Russian to (who knows?) as to the whereabou more

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