Batman #60

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 59
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Batman takes on a new partner, and it's...the Penguin? After rejecting Bane's crime-boss co-op, Cobblepot finds himself in the crosshairs of some very teed-off villains. The feathered felon turns to his old foe to snitch on Bane's scheme, but has to prove his intentions to avoid a Bat-beatdown. Along the way, this Gotham odd couple begins to bond-could there be a new bird joining the Bat-Family? Not if Bane has anything to say about it...

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 5, 2018

    Brutally bombastic, with an ending that'll drop your jaw, this is one of the best Batman books of all time! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Dec 5, 2018

    BATMAN #60 succeeds in furthering the development of Bane's covert reign of terror over Gotham City as the issue features epic new revelations in the overarching story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 6, 2018

    Batman #60 is a great read and it's clear that Bane's master plan is slowly coming together! There's even an unexpected appearance by someone whom Bruce didn't expect to see at all! And even I must admit I was shocked! However I'm eager to see the further relationship between Batman and Gordon. With Batman's actions throughout Arkham and Gotham in these last few issues, one of Batman's best allies may be gone for good. I'm thinking that this was probably essential to Bane's plan–and I can't wait to see what comes from it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 7, 2018

    The art by Janin and Fornes is very good. I like Fornes. He has a David Mazzucchelli style to his art. I'm already dying for the next issue. This is the normal pace for me now reading this comic and it's a great thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Dec 5, 2018

    This was a shocking but strong end to an emotional mini arc. Tom King stated the arc following the harrowing saga of The Tyrant Wing is named Knightmares that will scrape at the soul of Batman. King has been building up this story of the Caped Crusader for dozens of issues and honestly, the script combined with the art makes me happy to be along for the ride no matter what rabbit hole it travels down to in the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 5, 2018

    This reveal is sure to create a big buzz and lots of speculation as to where King is taking his arc next. It's definitely taken an interesting turn and I'm very intrigued to see where he takes it next. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 5, 2018

    Fun issue that should be re-read a few times and appears to be setting up some major story developments. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Dec 5, 2018

    King has steeped the narrative deep in mystery, and although the fact Batman is seemingly no closer than he was five issues ago to making any headway into said mystery is sure to ruffle feathers, the ride remains undeniably enticing. Bring on the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Dec 9, 2018

    What is a man's breaking point? Creators over the years have examined the Dark Knight and questioned what his breaking point is, with King and the whole team on Batman perhaps being the most surgical and methodical. However, before Bruce can catch his breath from the threat of one assault, another is thrown at his feet from left field. While we don't know if the Caped Crusader will have a point of no return, it's certainly been gripping watching what King and company lob at Batman along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    I never would have predicted that this issue would end on the note that it does. As interesting as the Bane build up has been throughout these issues, the reveal at the end of this issue changes everything and King has done an amazing job of throwing in something completely unexpected. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 5, 2018

    Batman #60 continues the series' strong track record with a compelling look at both Batman and Penguin. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S. Lodi Dec 10, 2018

    "Batman" #60 is an example that when this series fully works, it works tremendously, on any desirable level, leaving readers anticipating as to what is coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Dec 21, 2018

    Batman #60 is a very good issue, in my opinion, its almost as if pride and the fall cometh at the same time rather that one after the other. This issue is gonna be one to remember for sure and I'm very much excited to see what comes next Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 8, 2018

    Some great art really elevates an already exciting issue that moves the story along nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 5, 2018

    Lot of questions to be answered, but this issue is a big step up from the last one. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Dec 5, 2018

    Carefully constructed, psychologically nuanced, and tinged with humour of the blackest, bleakest variety, this issue adds another layer of paint to the mural declaring Tom King the best Batman writer in decades. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 7, 2018

    The storytelling technique of splitting the issue into thirds shows how comfortable King is with his writing. While King can definitely write interesting, sympathetic characters, the problem is how he writes Batman. If it is difficult to root for the hero of the story, then the overall comic becomes harder to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Dec 5, 2018

    We're no closer to answers to this mystery, but there's a twist at the end that makes this darkness worth sitting in a little bit longer. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 5, 2018

    The mysteries are piling up in Batman, and the story seems poised to go in several new directions. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Dec 5, 2018

    King needs to bring more brains back into the picture before this Bat runs the risk of being nothing but an insipid brawler"no better than the thugs whose faces he's making into a mash. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 5, 2018

    Tom King continues giving readers a very unlikeable Batman and tops that off by ruining the Penguin...for me at least.  There is also a bit of revisionist history, a joke that needs to be retired and all the other nonsense that readers of this book either love or hate.  It's beyond me why and how this keeps going on, but maybe it's just because I don't fill in the blanks the same way as others are filling them in.  I will just blame myself from now on since I seem to be the only one missing out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nihilist Dec 5, 2018

    More expository filler from King, this time even worse than usual, with uneven art - half really beautiful, half looking like a cheap indie work made by an intern. It's really underwhelming, even for King's recent standards.

    Penguin's story is this issue's highlight, the same way I found it the most relatble and entertaining element of last comic's. That being said, however, while a highlight, it still stretches a bit too much, and could have been told faster. I could definitely see this and the last issue being combined into just one, which would be a far better alternative. Really, it's like Metallica's Load and Reload albums - filler stretched into two discs with few better moments (albeit still pretty mediocre compared to wha more

  • 10
    Batman Jones Dec 5, 2018


    To those that are disappointed that Batman's acting 'out of character,' I'm here to tell you that's what often happens when someone is brutally traumatized, particularly when it happens over and over. Of course Batman isn't himself. That's the point.

    On a personal note, I'm relating to this run as I am partly because after 10 years of chronic illness (physiological and mental), I'm not at all myself either. I'm not who I was. To depict me as if I were would be to get me completely wrong. I think some people that have been through intense trauma over and over again and clearly have PTSD as a result of it may identify with King's Batman. That's what's happening with me. It's at least equally likely folks with simila more

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  • 8.0
    mynameisraj Dec 5, 2018

    Solid cliffhanger by King.

    Overall this was a well paced issue and I enjoyed Penguin's interactions with Alfred as well as Batman attempting to hunt down multiple criminals to find out the conspiracy with Bane.

    I understand that people have a certain distaste with this run but I genuinely love this like the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo run.

  • 6.0
    Darkseid24 Dec 5, 2018

    With this issue I don’t know. There were good things, but also real bad things happening in this issue.
    The good one is, we finally get an explanation for who Penny was& it’s hilarious. As odd as it sounds, but Penguin marrying a real penguin makes a lot more sense for his character than a real woman would. At least if we are talking functional relationships. However didn’t know Oswald is that into animals, if you know what I mean ;) ( poor Penny btw.)
    As for the bad things, I don’t buy it for one second, that Gordon would give up on Batman so fast as he did here. We are talking about the guy, who stood by Batmans side,even when he was under murder suspicion, the guy, who comforted him, even so he just saw Batman brutally more

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  • 3.0
    Quinn Dec 5, 2018

    More of the same. Batman using violence instead of brains. Beating ex-Arkham prisoners, who back up Bane’s story.

    Penguin is being guarded by Alfred. They fill up space talking poems. Commissioner Gordon is through with Batman and we learn KGBeast is alive because he was under watch by Russian officials.

    Story ends with Alternate Batman (Thomas Wayne, I think) clocking Bruce in the Batcave. That last page is the only page that matters. The whole issue is just a slight variance of last issue. Nothing happens. Decompressed storytelling at its worst.

    Mixed artists, so the look isn’t even consistent. Just bleh issue.

    Or I could be wrong.

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  • 2.0
    myconius Dec 5, 2018

    WOW was this BAD!!
    i’m unconvinced of any of this. it all just feels so forced and very very silly.


    Gordon talks like an idiot.
    “Pat, can you get Harvey in here? i want to talk the Freeze case. recent one please. the one where Batman just kept hitting him.”
    who talks like this?

    meanwhile on a rooftop, Batman idiotically yells questions at Maxie Zeus while repeatedly punching him in the face.
    what was Maxie Zeus doing on that rooftop anyway? that’s not his usual M.O.

    2 issues ago Penguin’s men were about to shoot Alfred. wouldn’t Penguin wonder why this would somehow affect Batman? Penguin is blindfolded and caged with Alfred. he can’t just put t more

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  • 8.0
    Linkush Dec 5, 2018


    Jokes aside, it was a good issue.

    Batman is out of control and starts beating everyone in search of the truth. while Alfred and Penguin have a interesting conversation that shows once again the human side of Penguin.

    Best part of the issue was the reveal at the end. I found it to be really interesting and I'm very intrigued to see where this is going.

  • 5.0
    egon244 Dec 5, 2018

    "Who are you?"

    Well, Batman still acts like a d-bag, who traded imposing presence for childish tantrums and still beats criminals senselessly. But I think there is a far more important question to be asked here.

    Why is Alfred FEEDING Penguin? WHY? That scene makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and is dumb. His hands are free, he can hold the plate himself. By the way, his hands are free, what's going to stop him from lifting up that blindfold and taking a peek around the Batcave or at the face of his keeper who shares his fondness for poetry.
    I don't mind poetry much, but when it's supplementing dialogue third issue in a row I'm getting a bit annoyed.

    Beast is alive. That's good. I was hoping that Br more

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  • 8.5
    Dani Dec 5, 2018

    I really liked the last two issues of Batman. It feels like the issues are finally picking up steam. Bane is becoming more dangerous with each passing issue and Batman is on the cusp of a complete mental breakdown. It legitimately feels like Batman is going to kill someone if one more thing happens in his life. In the words of the Joker "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy."

    The exchange between Penguin and Alfred was really well done. The fact that Penguin almost had Alfred murdered in issue # 58 is not lost on me. The dialog was so good that I ALMOST felt bad for Penguin; however he's done too much to have my sympathy. "Live by the sword, die by the sword."

    This issue did a good more

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark Dec 8, 2018


    -This was my favorite issue of this series in a while. I'm looking forward to "Knightmares," whatever that is.

    -Boy, does Tom King love to run simultaneous stories using the technique of juxtaposition. I really liked the juxtaposition in this issue however. I do wish they could get three artists instead of two though. One for Gordon, another for Batman, and another for Alfred and Penguin.

    -This issue was a perfect type of downward spiral for the plot in my opinion. Batman reaches his worst point yet. For once, I wasn't super pissed that he was throwing all those tantrums. Instead, I felt like I could appreciate the darker turn this series is taking and how its changing Batman into someone we have more

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  • 8.0
    bucswin611 Dec 6, 2018

    Fornes' art was a delight in that it was reminiscent of Year 100, and Janin's strengths were once again given the spotlight in facial expression/close-up angles. I enjoyed seeing that the nursery rhyme came to take on a greater meaning as the arc progressed instead of just being fake-deep.

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Dec 5, 2018

    Feel like a bit of continuity is off with some of the characters that we’ve seen in other books. The dialogue and the art work was eh. At least only part that really got me was the cliffhanger! Feel like now we are going full throttle for Banes plans. I’m very curious to next issue on their interactions.

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  • 4.5
    MKW69 Dec 5, 2018

    Penguin stuff was fine. But rest of it? Bruce just keeps beating up villains, ask League for assistance! Also Gordon, Batman a lot worse, than just random attacks, they're villains, If he would attack random people then It would be interesting. Also the ending, would be good, but Alfred doesn't know that Flashpoint Batman is Thomas.

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 5, 2018

    (This is just an aside and won't affect the issue's score, but can we please get better covers on this series? It's Batman. Why are the covers so lazy?)

    This issue and its quality is kind of dependent on whether you've felt that this all has been earned. And I don't. Batman going around beating people to find out about Bane isn't exactly something he's never done before. So I don't see why that is what makes Gordon give up on Batman. Maybe it's that Gordon thinks Batman has lost it. But, if that's the case, is he going to stop at breaking the Batsymbol? That doesn't solve the problem of Batman at all. And why did he use this officer's valuable, retirement bat to do it? I mean, there's the symbolism of the bat destroying the bat, more

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    axdn Dec 5, 2018

    wow !

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    #DontGiveDivasAChance Dec 5, 2018

    This issues ending has me very intrigued

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    Br'er Lapin Dec 7, 2018

    Okay, real talk. I really loved this. The art was incredible and stories that have James Gordon and the GCPD turning on Batman are some of my faves... there are also multiple threads being tackled all at once.

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    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    I don’t know, I like some of these ideas but other ones I really don’t.

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    KFuqua Dec 5, 2018

    Another horrible issue by King. DC needs to get him off of this book ASAP!

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  • 3.0
    Talon1load Dec 5, 2018

    This issue was beyond stupid. Batman is the world's worst detective and now just goes around beating on people. King realized how pissed off people were about how he had Batman kill the Beast so he changed that. The shit with the Penguin was ridiculous. So Alfred is watching Penguin in a cage, that is big enough for him to lean out but for some reason has to open the door and hand feed him. What the hell? Also, Alfred is sitting there talking to Penguin with nothing but a blindfold on to keep him from seeing his face. What prevented him from lifting it up? And apparently, Penny IS a penguin? Seriously? So he married a damn bird? How was Penny's father looking for her if he's a bird? And the shocking ending has Bruce's dad knocki more

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  • 10
    AsgersWeb Jan 23, 2019

    Batgasm. Tom King is the king right now

  • 9.0
    Superheroes for Hire Dec 16, 2018

    Stellar bounce back to the better days of this Batman run. Rather than focusing on one punch, or one poem, we get another nicely paced and intriguing issue filled with great art. The new paper stock bleeds with the vibrant color from Mrs. Bellaire, whether the line work is by Janin or Fornes. And speaking of the Fornes art, it was a good visual clue to distinguish between Batman's rage quest and the more plot oriented bits of story drawn by Janin. Faith restored for now...Wak!

  • 8.0
    bcgocubs Dec 19, 2018

    Not an amazing issue or anything but I felt it was a solid evolution of the character. The story starts to acknowledge that Batman has been acting so callous and out of character. People are starting to realize that he isn't quite right. King has created this development on purpose as part of this arc, he is just doing so very slowly. In my opinion this is an interesting step for the character and it will be interesting to see how he finds his way back. Also, the cliffhanger at the end was good.

    Seriously, though, what is it with superheroes and their dads nowadays. First Superman's dad (Mr.Oz) hates humanities guts, now Flashpoint Thomas Wayne seems to hate Batman even more.

  • 5.5
    thecomiccookebook Dec 5, 2018

    Why am I still reading this? It's not as cringe-inducing as the previous issue but the characterization of everyone is still completely off. King's prose is your standard philosophical driven writing which can be interesting if it was integrated into a cogent plot like it was in Vision or Mister Miracle. The final page reveal was intriguing but King has let me down too many times before to have me excited to where this is going. Janin art has grown stale on me whereas Jorge Fornes art was a nice breath of fresh air. I would love to see Fornes return for some more Batman work in the future. Overall, I know King has said this is a long haul but I expected to enjoy the journey, much like I do when other writers write huge interconnected runs. more

  • 5.0
    Full Spread Dec 6, 2018

    Batman is angry.

    Commissioner Gordon is angry.

    Got it?
    Good--but why does it take 20 pages to communicate that here?

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