Batman #62

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerads Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 78
7.9Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

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Now features the Story solicited for #61 written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads. The Eisner-winning creative team behind MISTER MIRACLE is back together as artist Mitch Gerads rejoins the Bat team for a special issue! Professor Pyg is loose in Gotham, and you know that means things are going to get weird... and bloody!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 11, 2019

    Overall Batman #62 is a good read. It's dark and gritty and puts you directly in the mind of Batman right from the beginning. Mitch does a great job of matching Tom King's dark storytelling and dialog with incredible art from start to finish. Throughout the entire book King makes you wonder if it's all real at all– and Batman is just as clueless as the reader is. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Jay Barrett Jan 9, 2019

    Batman #62is an essential issue to Tom Kings run but holds legitimate educational value as a perfect example for any aspiring writer on how to write a tragic monologue. It reflects on all that has happened and makes us excited and a moderately terrified of whats to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Jeffrey Bracey Jan 14, 2019

    It's an unusual turn for Batman but one that was both entertaining and thoughtful. I recommend it. 5 out of 5! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 9, 2019

    The art and the writing work perfectly together. You can't get a much better team than these two working together. It's a great little stand alone issue that works and links up to a bigger storyline. And it's very interesting and intriguing indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 9, 2019

    The art by Mitch Gerards is brutal and breathtaking. There is visceral emotion in each panel and the terror and confusion on Batman's face is amazingly rendered. Brilliant art from first panel to last page. I loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Jan 10, 2019

    rise run on its visual audacity alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 11, 2019

    Batman's head is twisted around now and he is losing his mind. But King and Gerads depict a man whose paranoia is starting get to him. The comic is wonderfully fractured and the art is the perfect accent to the script. Despite the criminal underuse of Professor Pyg's character and lack of follow-up from previous issues, this comic was one of King's strongest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 14, 2019

    Given the high bar that King and Gerads set for their collaborations with Mister Miracle, Batman #62 I think clears that lofty standard nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 9, 2019

    Ultimately, this is a very well-executed issue, but it lacks that special touch that's made King's other issues in this vein stand out so perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 9, 2019

    The surreal, deranged Batman #62 is a major step up from its underwhelming predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jan 11, 2019

    This was a hallucinatory, nightmarish episode contributing a vital splash of blood to an interesting story. The art is worth the cover-price alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jan 9, 2019

    Lastly, it's good to see that this issue was still tangentially connected to the events ofBatman #60. If we had to sit through 4-5 issues that didn't build on that story in the least, it'd be more than a little frustrating. But it looks like the story is still moving forward, albeit at a slower pace to build up anticipation. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 9, 2019

    Following up on the success of their fantastic run on MISTER MIRACLE, Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a creeping and unsettling story in BATMAN #62. This ain't your standard Bat-story (then again, what is these days?), but I'd say it's definitely worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 9, 2019

    I liked this issue for what it's doing creatively. The ending, and payoff, however, is so limited you're going to feel a bit cheapened. It's well crafted visually and the idea permeating the issue is great. You'll want more, so if it's about selling comics I suppose it did its job. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jan 11, 2019

    Knowing Tom King, these issues won't really be filler, just that right now it seems that way. Pick up these issues so you don't get blindsided later on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jan 9, 2019

    A bloody brilliant read bolstered by the incredible art of Mitch Gerads! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 9, 2019

    Batman #62 is, in a word, weird. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 9, 2019

    BATMAN #62's artwork is absolutely mesmerizing. However, its story leaves much to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 9, 2019

    Batman's Knightmare continues as he struggles to make sense of a world thats been spinning out of control since issue one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Jan 9, 2019

    Ultimately I feel like this issue does a pretty good job at recapping and reassessing what's going on currently in Tom King's run of Batman. We learn what happens to Batman after he was attacked in the cave during issue #61. We push the story forward but are also left with many questions. I enjoyed the unique method of storytelling that gave us a look into the inner monologue of the Dark Knight and how he views and handles his issues at hand. The artwork was incredible and reminded me of Gerads' work on Mr Miracle which was also written by Tom King, and that series was amazing so I guess that shows you how dynamic of a duo these two truly are when they work together. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jan 11, 2019

    Sadly, Gerards' talent is wasted on a weird and unsatisfying story. It might end up being more important in the longer run since, after all, it is a part of an (loosely connected) arc. But that doesn't change the fact that, as a one-shot, it's kinda mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 9, 2019

    This issue doesn't do a lot to advance the overall narrative, but Mitch Gerads art almost makes up for that all by itself.  If you are a fan of King/Gerads, then I'm sure you will get more out of this than me and if you just look at it as a one-shot and not worry about the stalled overall story, you may love it.  However, if you have been frustrated with this book and are looking for an issue to get you back into this entire series, you may have to wait a little longer. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 9, 2019

    Like last issue the main saving grace here is the artwork of King's Mister Miracle collaborator Mitch Gerads. Gerads is such a unique artist and his style works well with this chaotic Batman introspection. It's just too bad Gerads couldn't get another Batman story with some real meat to it instead of one that's largely treading in place. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jan 9, 2019

    Tom King's Batman psychomachia continues with more self-drubbing from our caped crusader, this time in the form of a nightmare experience with Professor Pyg as an adversary. Pyg's abattoir runs with blood as our hero talks himself through the predicament of finding himself slung up like a side of sow. The rabbit hole narrative combined with the trippy offset print-style art from Mitch Gerads makes the whole thing feel like an acid trip. You be the judge whether that's a good thing or bad. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 10, 2019

    This is the comic book equivalent of writing a paper the night before it's due and increasing the font size and margins to hit a page count. It's empty, and it's not enough. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Nihilist Jan 9, 2019

    Filler. More filler from King. At this point the entire 62 issue run has more filler than actual relevant content, and I wish that was a joke.
    And also, 2 more public domain stories were just used as substitutes for this issue's lack of any story - one about three little pigs, and the other being the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Just put the series out of its misery, because there's 38 issues to go, and I simply can't imagine it going on for so long without properly constructed narrative and identity.

    Sometimes I feel like Tom King should return to his previous job, since quality of his recent comics made me realize that abolishing democratically elected governments, what CIA specializes in since 1950s, clearly has to be e more

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  • 3.0
    Quinn Jan 9, 2019

    I get it. Bruce feels bad about himself. We know that. Telling us the same point over and over again, doesn't make the story more intersting. And the twist ending really doesn't have the impact that King probably meant it to have.

    The whole issue until the last couple of panels is him trying to escape from Mr. Pyg, a villain that I truly hate, not love to hate, but just hate.

    In his attempts - Bats is slung upside down in a slaughter house like a slab of beef - Bats cuts himself to the bone with a hidden batarang to escape. He fights Pyg and only really does damage when he throws Pyg's knife at him. He notes that he really only hurt Pyg by using Pyg's weapon. Pyg easily catches the thrown batarang.

    There's a more

  • 3.0
    Bleemak Jan 9, 2019

    Art was okay.

    And that was the only positive about this issue. What are the negatives you may ask?

    Well, first of all, nothing happens to move story forward. I get it King, 100-issue story arc is a lot of writing and it is certain that some of the issues would be filler. I'm okay with that.

    But having an exciting cliffhanger and then not continuing it for two issues? Now that is a problem. It wouldn't be a big one, if this issue was good.

    It wasn't. And why you may ask? If I look this issue as it's own, not thinking other issues, it has a big problem. I don't hear Batman in most of the inner dialogue.

    I just don't. Usually when I read character's inner dialogue, I get who that characte more

  • 2.0
    myconius Jan 9, 2019

    well that was a complete waste of an issue.
    just a whole lot of pointless nothing.

    this series is all over the place, yet goes nowhere.

  • 2.0
    Branden Murray Jan 9, 2019

    Terrible issue with no forward progress and art some may find enjoyable but hurts the hell out of my eyes personally. King continues to keep the Batman book at a very below average clip.

  • 2.0
    Talon1load Jan 9, 2019

    I feel like I'm living through Office Space but instead of every day being the worst day of my life, ever new issue of Batman is the worst issue I've ever read. This was a lot of, just stupid dialogue. Batman was tied up and in order to get free, used a batarang, that's taped to his chest for some reason, and cut himself until it's embedded in the bone so that he can pull it off of his chest and use it....riiiiiiiiggghhhttt. That was beyond stupid. The rest of the issue doesn't really improve from there. I didn't care for the art and the writing is pathetic at this point. Please, DC, find someone who actually likes the character and who isn't trying to work their own mental issues out through so many people's favorite character.

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  • 9.0
    Linkush Jan 9, 2019

    "LITTLE PIG... LITTLE PIG..."

    King and Gerads team up for the first time after mister miracle and it's pretty damn good.
    This issue didn't expand on the big story, so if you expected something like that you might be disappointed.

    In this issue, we get to see the thought process of Batman while he's trying to figure out how to handle the situation. It really puts you in Batman's shoes and I was so immersed by that.
    But all of this wouldn't work without the art, which is the highlight of this issue in my opinion. It was so damn good. So good that the art alone is almost enough for me to tell you to read it but luckily, the writing was also great.

    That being said, the cliffhanger was a bit confusing more

  • 5.0
    egon244 Jan 9, 2019

    "Lost"

    I think that's a pretty apt name for this issue. Because that's the feeling you are left with after reading it. Well that and maybe a little bit of annoyance cause again, we learn absolutely nothing.

    I was a bit reluctant to start this issue because we all know that the recent issues weren't exactly stellar. But when I started it was quite ok. Batman is captured somewhere, he starts to evaluate, reassess his predicament and it was not bad. But then, right around when Pyg got a knife to the head, something changed and the story went down the rabbit whole form there. It got very weird but not in a good or fun way. Batman starts rambling, Pyg eats a dead pig and there's some mythology added for... reasons.
    The more

  • 4.5
    Ken b Jan 9, 2019

    Waaaaaay too short. Feels like I wasted 3.99 on a boring filler.

  • 1.0
    RBL Jan 9, 2019

    Waste of an issue. Nothing happens, does nothing to further the plot, pure and utter pointlessness put to page. Don’t bother with this. Anyone rating this as “average” or higher really needs to reassess how they evaluate things.

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  • 10
    Synthozoid Jan 10, 2019

    Welcome to the "Let's $h!t on Tom King" homepage so glad you could join us. All of your favorite reviewers are here to squeeze out a hot deuce on the comic that they supposedly paid money for, even though they have hated every issue for the past two years. Would you like a review? I'm sorry we only drop deuces over here. There are possibly professional critics on this website, but ignore them. Pay attention to the guys taking dumps, it's much more fun.

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  • 7.5
    ohhaimark Jan 11, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -I liked Mitch Gerads art, but it wasn't the usual quality we get from him. Some of the pencil strokes were too thick, making things look overly simple, and one panel with Batman's face was just yuck. But it was still good. Also, sometimes too much blood is just too much!

    -I actually like the format for this issue with Batman's thought process. I had problems with the execution, but its a good idea.

    -I was genuinely disturbed and freaked out by this issue. Especially the part where Pyg eats the pig. Ew! It's kind of the intended effect of this issue.

    -I liked the way we saw Pyg in this issue. It was pretty creepy to never see him talk until the end of the issue, I was getting some chil more

  • 6.0
    MKW69 Jan 9, 2019

    What Happened? Drug trip?

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  • 5.5
    Darkseid24 Jan 9, 2019

    This issue was ok. I liked how King portrayed Pyg, he definitely was in character. As for the story it feels kind of weird, since we are coming from probably Thomas Wayne invading the batcave, to the annoying Master Bruce psycho to this issue, where we don’t know, why Bruce is hanging there. It’s not real in the end, what also feels kind of weird, but King stated on Twitter, that it will all make sense in the end, so I’m giving it a chance. This issue unfortunately doesn’t have a real plot, it’s just Bruce hanging there& confronting his inner demons a little, but also not really.
    What I like about King‘s run, that he also gives the villains an amount of „screentime“, he doesn’t replace them with new characters you ne more

  • 2.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 10, 2019

    This issue is weird. In a shocking turn of events, I think this issue of Tom King's Batman is overwritten. We get Batman monologuing the entire issue and it's repetitive, which is a staple of King's writing, but in this case, it's completely intentional and makes sense for the story. But ultimately what kills the issue for me is having almost no context for this and therefore not caring. Why and how is Batman here? That's the question of the week and we don't get any answers when that is the only reason to care. And the ending makes it clear that it's some hallucination or a dream. So I'm guessing Flashpoint Batman knocked him out or something like that? I mean, that's a sensible theory, isn't it? I'm sure it won't be anything that simple, more

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  • 10
    axdn Jan 9, 2019

    Chillyyy

  • 5.5
    Full Spread Jan 10, 2019

    My thought process.

    Hmm. This is a cool concept: staying in Batman's POV the whole time.

    Wow.

    Hey...

    This is really good. Is the whole issue going to stay this way? If it does--that's awesome.

    Dope, trippy art.

    Oh.

    You just had to bring in the whole backstory with Bane and Thomas Wayne, didn't you?

    Sigh...

  • 5.0
    waltgator93 Jan 9, 2019

    What just happened? This feels like a classic Tom King issue (which is never a good thing). Worse of all, it was majority of narration! Although I enjoyed the Batman thought process, got too much of it. Could have split this issue in half and the other half made it progress the story.

  • 5.0
    Cosmic Ray Jan 9, 2019

    Art is really sub-par.

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    Every annoying writing quirk was dialed up to 11 throughout this issue and I found it really hard to stop myself from just skipping forward, felt like a waste of my time, tbh.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jan 11, 2019

    King's run on Batman just gets worse and worse. Please get him off this book and off any major DC property!

  • 10
    Snuff Jan 9, 2019

    Tom King Still Shining,This Issue is incredible and I love it

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  • 9.5
    slumber Jan 16, 2019

    On it's own, I love how the entire issue consists of Batman's interior monologue, as his thoughts jump around between strategy, memories, observations and interjections. All while moving the story forward and maintaining the tension --just great.

    This issue also ties in ,both directly and indirectly, with Mister Miracle. Batman references MM as he tries to escape. But the line between reality and dreams (or illusion) is also blurred. We're left not knowing into which group this story falls --much like King and Gerads recent MM run. Batman #61 also dealt with the theme of reality not being what it seems. It's cool to see King's interests cross between issues and titles.

  • 9.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Jan 13, 2019

    I didn't think of the rooftops connection before, I really loved the art and trippiness of this. Intrigued to find out just what the hell is going on.

  • 9.0
    CoffeegirlQueren Jan 14, 2019

    was interesting, Tom King is presenting a vunerability in Batman that is pleasing me very much. A sensational art.

  • 8.0
    bcgocubs Jan 12, 2019

    This issue is out of place and it's annoying to see the main storyline take such a long time.

    But, personally, I felt that this issue was excellent. It was an inner look into Batman's psyche like nothing I had read before and the art was phenomenal. The art added much more to the atmosphere than other art I usually see.

    To me it feels wrong to judge this issue solely by its place in the story arc (which is excruciatingly slow). It's too good not to.

  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Jan 9, 2019

    A polarizing issue, no doubt - so I settled for an average score. This is exactly what you'd want from a Gerads-Batman issue in terms of color and specific choices (ex: panel split choices). I actually enjoyed the inner monologue as well as Pygmalion story but over the course of the run there have been too many nursery rhymes (+ fables, myths, etc). Sheesh. Let the story speak for itself! Like the last Knightmares issue, this was disorienting and not in a good way, and it felt like a cop-out once again.

  • 7.5
    nec Jan 10, 2019

    Much better than the previous issue and a decent one shot. Story doesn't progress but atleast it refers to issue 60. The ending is interesting hopefully there is a good payoff. Art was great.

  • 7.0
    AsgersWeb Jan 23, 2019

    Again. Werid. We want the next issue of the Tyrant Wing

  • 5.0
    Batmanchuria Jan 18, 2019

    Gerads did a great job with the art, as usual, but that's just about all this book has going for it. King delivers another slog of a narrative, not unlike what we've seen from Heroes in Crisis. What's even worse, though, is that they put out a book featuring Professor Pyg on the cover, and he has next to no visible dialogue! talk about a missed opportunity...

  • 1.0
    ryaleus Jan 17, 2019

    Another one shot,another filler,another bad issue.

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