Batman #66

Writer: Tom King Artist: Jorge Fornes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 52
7.9Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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The "Knightmares" storyline continues! Something-or someone-is forcing Batman to live through some of his darkest fears, amplifying the Dark Knight's anxieties and reimagining some of his worst traumas. Now that Batman has become aware of the nature of these delusions, he must find a way to break through and find out the source of this disruption. So who does he turn to for answers? Why, the Question, of course! But is Vic Sage just another figment of the Caped Crusaders  imagination?

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Mar 6, 2019

    What's interesting is the way Tom King has unveiling the pieces of the narrative. In taking this route, Batman will be demonstrably shown to have learned how to find closure within himself instead of looking to someone else to give it to him. Perhaps when given Batman is given closure, future writers can re-structure his past, present, and future in an interesting way, through understanding what went wrong and re-configuring the Batman Mythos accordingly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Mar 6, 2019

    Overall, this issue is fantastic and I feel like the story is finally moving back to where I want it to go. I love the arc leading up to the wedding so I am very excited to see Batman and Catwoman working together again and even potentially working things out. Only the future will tell. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Mar 6, 2019

    A thought provoking love letter to Batman's eighty year history! Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 6, 2019

    Jorge Fornes art is beautiful. There are some amazing panels throughout this issue and a truly beautiful splash page towards the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 8, 2019

    It's good to see King back on the title. It's even better to see he picks right up where he left off and gives us another fine issue of this comic. This book has evolved into its own thing and it's at the top of the reading pile each time it comes out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 6, 2019

    It's no secret that I've had a few issues with the direction of King's Batman over the last few months, and this "Knightmares" arc has been a mixed bag of fascinating experiments without a clear narrative thread. Somehow it's all happening in Batman's head, but not all of them are from Batman's perspective. That's the case with this issue by guest artist Jorge Fornes, easily the best of the arc " because it puts Catwoman front and center and finally gives us a little insight into her controversial decision to stand Batman up at the altar Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 6, 2019

    Batman #66 is a haunting look at Batman's unraveling mind and one of the best chapters of the series yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 6, 2019

    Jorge Fornes steals the show in this issue as Tom King's experimental dream-state arc of one-shots resumes. In addition to Fornes drawing some of the best noir DC scenes in recent memory, we get King exploring the Bat-Cat relationship yet again. This story might not be actually happening, but the quality with which it's being told is 100 percent real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 10, 2019

    King's return to the title has heralded one of the best single issues in his run. It is insightful, unconventional, surprising, and meta, without being overly-indulgent. Some minor nitpicks aside do not derail the quality of this issue much. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Mar 6, 2019

    As far as the art goes, it's always a pleasure to see old school Batman with the cowl of old and showing flashbacks of he and Catwoman's early encounters is a perfect way to show it off some. And any artist that manages to draw the faceless Question and still evoke emotion gets an applause from me. So, kudos to Jorge Fornes. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Mar 6, 2019

    Elegant, deeply-psychological writing paired with deliberately noirish art and at least one giant tentacle-monster. What more do you need from a comic? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Mar 7, 2019

    Batman #66, as a single issue, is a joy. Pair Tom King doing what he does best with Jorge Fornes, an out of the blue modern master, and you get magic. This book takes a somewhat middling story arc and injects life into it. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Mar 6, 2019

    Tom King’s use of the question was also a really cool idea since he is basically a conspiracy theorist, and allows the last page reveal to feel earned. Since he is a conspiracy theorist he wouldn’t accept any other answer than the one that he originally thought of. Overall I really enjoyed this issue and hope that the rest of the series continues to be great like this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Mar 26, 2019

    Overall Batman #66 was a enjoyable read. Although there isn't much action throughout the book, the dialogue between Catwoman and The Question more than enough makes up for it. It seems that Batman's enemies are still playing mind games with the Dark Knight and its not even close to being concluded! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Mar 6, 2019

    After a month off, Tom King returns with Jorge Fornes for the strongest issue of Knightmares yet, continuing a powerful examination of Batmans reaction to the events of Batman #50. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 11, 2019

    Writer Tom King and artist Jorge Fornes take a trip down memory lane in Batman #66, and while there's some repetitiveness from this look back at Bruce and Selina's failed wedding, it's hard to deny just how gorgeous this issue truly is. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Mar 6, 2019

    BATMAN #66 resets the focus of the "Knightmares" arc, though it still falls short in establishing any new, significant developments. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Mar 6, 2019

    BATMAN #66 has some interesting ideas, but doesn't raise any questions we haven't seen discussed before in connection to Batman. It's enjoyable, but isn't really an essential, unless you're picking up every single issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Mar 6, 2019

    Tom King embarks on the latest in his arsenal of experimentation, setting up what's essentially a two-character interrogation drama between a very reluctant Selina Kyle and a very frustrated Question. It's just more nightmare fuel for Batman that leaves yet more questions and provides no answers, but it's interesting to see Question vent the frustrations of at least a certain portion of the fandom. Interesting, yes, but also probably largely skippable if you're already not enjoying this dreamstate therapy arc. That said, come for the wonderful art: Jorge Fornes is to be treasured here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Mar 6, 2019

    Ultimately I thought this was an interesting angle to explore in the ongoing saga of the Bat-Cat relationship that's been ongoing throughout Tom King's entire Batman Rebirth run. I enjoyed the old timey PI type of storytelling with the well written back and forth between Vic Sage and Selina Kyle. I think using The Question as a guest star in this issue was a very smart move as there's still so many questions left unanswered here and even Selina's answer at the end only brings up more questions Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 6, 2019

    This issue is strictly for Bat/Cat fans. Dont go in expecting any real progression to the story, but its worth giving it a chance for Fornes art. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 8, 2019

    Batman #66 does nothing new to progress the overall narrative of the "Knightmares" story arc. Tom King just goes around in circles with the drama around the failed wedding between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. By the end of Batman #66 we are at the same spot where we started and that is just unacceptable with the high standard King has set for this series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 6, 2019

    It seems like a waste of narrative space, and it's likely to leave fans wondering when -- or if -- the story is ever going to start moving forward again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 6, 2019

    The Knightmares arc continues with another issue that feels disjointed with what came before it and now seems like an excuse for Tom King to work with a bunch of his favorite artists.  It's cool to have friends, but I want a story and this clip show of the mind didn't do it for me at all. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - Alex Curtis Mar 6, 2019

    Tom King should always be commended as a thematic writer. If only he actually developed his ideas instead of half-baking them and declaring them meaningful. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Nihilist Mar 6, 2019

    You thought the entire Gotham Girl crossover event with Flash was bad? Well, this week Tom King returned, and his empty shadow of awfulness follows him closely, every step of the way.
    The issue is boring, and once again King serves us literally the same dish - yes, we know damn perfectly that Batman and Catwoman have met on the street, or on a boat - we knew it from the moment King told us that the first time. And yeah, the first time was good, but then he reminded us about it in #50. And now is the third time when he tries to shove it in our throats. Enough with the repetitiveness, which already was a big problem in this Batman run long before this week's issue!

    I wonder how much substance would there actually be in Tom Kin more

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  • 7.0
    YourGreenMuse Mar 6, 2019

    Huh, I didn't hate this issue. Weird. I see the problems. The repetition. The fact that we have yet another issue about Batman and Catwoman's past. The fact that we've known that Bruce can have something outside of Batman. This is his big moment where he finally puts together that maybe something influenced his wedding. But Bruce could take this two ways. He could take it the way that a normal person would which is, maybe they don't know each other as well as he thought. Or he can... decide Catwoman was led astray or was lying in her letter? That's a leap. But he should've made whatever judgement he was going to make right after the wedding, since he himself knows that this idea that Batman is an icon and above the rest of the heroes and al more

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  • 4.0
    Quinn Mar 6, 2019

    Um, more of Batman trapped in his dreams. In this scenario, Selina is being questioned by The Question. It's all film noir, and Selina asks for a cigarette. That's a red flag, and she goes over their relationship and The Question keeps asking why Selina left and she says she left a note.

    That's pretty much the issue, but it ends with Selina saying that Bats always has an escape plan, but The Question says this is one time he doesn't, he's trapped in his dreams and that he believes he's not strong, Selina says he's strong, blah, blah, blah.

    Basically, we're stalled. Selina isn't a character with agency, she's a projection of Bruce's mind. But the funny thing is, she's still exactly like King has written her.

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  • 2.0
    myconius Mar 6, 2019

    i can barely even remember what was happening in this stupid and pointless story before it was interrupted with that stupid and pointless flash cross-over.
    who even does that? interrupts one stupid and pointless story with another.

    this issue continues the tradition of being stupid and pointless.
    it might even be stupider and even more pointless than before? hard to tell.

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  • 4.0
    waltgator93 Mar 6, 2019

    Literally seems like this issue is just a waste. Doesn’t progress the story and never will! Seems like King is just wasting time til his big finale in little over a year.

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  • 2.0
    KFuqua Mar 6, 2019

    More garbage from Tom King. When is DC going to remove him from Batman?

  • 7.5
    Linkush Mar 6, 2019

    Well... there's not much to say because the story didn't go anywhere. Everything this issue explored, King already explored before so it made me feel like nothing happened and it's getting repetitive, so yeah.

    However, I did enjoy reading most of it, especially how Question was utilized and the art grew on me while reading it, I like the noir style, pretty great. I still like where this is going but the arc is just too slow, it needs to start moving.

  • 3.0
    RBL Mar 6, 2019

    This issue is basically an outlet for Tom King to say “my version of Batman can’t be happy and still do his job, and that’s all you’ll be getting”. I mean, that’s great, also false. But since his version is the one ALL OF US get, it’s not great for anyone who disgrees.

    I liked how the issue is presented as a dialogue between The Question and Catwoman, although the issue is almost a rehash of #50 but not executed nearly as well.

    If this is still the Knightmares arc, it continues to a very poor storyline that should end quickly because it’s gone on for far too long.

  • 8.5
    Antonio Mar 6, 2019

    I like Tom King's Batman run but I think all of this "Bat-Cat" stuff is taking up too much space and sometimes (like this issue) it's there just to tell us something that we all ready know. At the end Selina maybe lies but what is the meaning of this, just King knows that because after all we don't forget that this Selina is just a projection of Bruce's mind. The artwork is very cool and it worth read the issue. I have to admit that King does a great job when he questions how it is that if all the non-wedding was to strengthen Batman how he ended up so weakened and cornered by his enemies. Let's see what happens in next issue.

  • 7.0
    Sal Mar 6, 2019

    I feel that the fact that DC Comics and his editors have given Tom King such leeway to tell off-beat sometimes experimental stories with characters like The Omega Men, Mister Miracle or Nightwing is commendable. Letting him do it with Batman is almost unthinkable, yet they have, and continue to do so. While it may not always payoff in every issue, the overall accomplishment is something I have to stand behind.

    That being said, there are times when it is difficult for me to recommend readers spend $3.99 on a single issue when that issue does very little to move the story forward in lieu of a more opaque narrative that may end up reading better as a collection than in single issues. Such is the case with Batman #66.

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  • 5.0
    Bleemak Mar 6, 2019

    Knightmares feels to be pointless arc. We haven't seen anything. This arc focuses on Bruce's feelings on the wedding and him trying to make sense to it. But changing the characters and the artist every issue doesn't make this arc great. It just makes it disconnected.

    The biggest issue? AGAIN, WE HAVE FLASHPOINT BATMAN AND BANE WORKING TOGETHER TO BREAK BRUCE. AND WE SITLL DON'T GET TOO SEE ANYTHING ABOUT IT. And we have to wait until issue 70. So 3 more issues of this to be honest, nonsense.

    It's not bad by any means. But pointless. And in a wrong place. The writing isn't so deep and great like King hopes it would be. Not bad, but he can do better.

    Also the fact that nothing new happens hear in Bat's and Cat more

  • 4.0
    ohhaimark Mar 9, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -The art was great. Especially when Fornes drew Year One scenes because his art is very reminiscent of David Mazzuchelli's.

    -The issue had some cool noir feels to it.

    -The first and last pages were good and served as nice bookends to the issue.

    -I liked that page with Batman fighting all the villains in the white background. It was a nice effect.

    THE BAD:

    -Eh. I'm done with this Knightmares arc.

    -Ugh. The lack of plot progression is really getting tiring. Now that we know what's going on, which already took us way too much time to figure out, should't we be moving towards an escape of some kind.

    -Eh, the Question is pretty much Constantin more

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  • 10
    Pallaki Mar 6, 2019

    One more number that I want to read jus before bag it. It's Tom King batman, with the shipping, the feelings all the weaknesses and etc. These numbers are the replacement of the 7 numbers that DC raised as Heroes in Crisis (and become 9). If you blame this is a fill in, blame dc. If you blame this batman, please this is the issue 66. If you blame how it is written, this is just not for you. Because Tom King is targeting to the feelings.

  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Mar 6, 2019

    Fornes will be a star but this had some inconsistent pages. King is truly on the "it's the journey not the destination" writing at this point, and it's not bad. It's just not that terribly compelling, though it is executed quite well.

  • 5.0
    Darkseid24 Mar 6, 2019

    I don’t think this issue was that bad, but not great either. Maybe people, who are a fan of the Batcat ship will enjoy it more, but I actually can’t stand these two together. I usually like Catwoman, but when she’s with Bruce she is always lame. Since Bruce is still trapped in his nightmare, the story shows us what he thinks Catwoman‘s motivation was. Overall I think this whining about a woman doesn’t fit his character at all. And if this is really a fear gas illusion as it was said issues ago I think it’s pretty lame. Read so many better comics with fear gas illusions or other nightmares. If this turned all into a real nightmare, it would have been cooler. As far as Solicitations are going, we apparently are getting weirder st more

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  • 9.0
    Andrea D’Alò Mar 6, 2019

    This number explores the character of Catwoman and his decision to leave Batman, it’s REALLY well written and the art is gorgeous, it reminds me Mazzucchelli in Year One.
    It can appear as just a Filler but it’s not only that, it explores the characters.

  • 8.0
    Bat-Sharkrepellent? Mar 31, 2019

    I quite liked this issue. It was very good, but this story as a whole has been very hit and miss. Most of the time misses, such as issue 67.

  • 6.5
    egon244 Mar 6, 2019

    "If this was your reason... why is he so damn weak?"

    Could it be? Is the unbelievable possible? After such a long period of time, could it be? The return to form?

    Well, I don't know. I'll take the smart and cautious approach to not get my hopes up, but this was nice, a definite improvement over the last couple of issues.
    There are still flaws, sure. One, major, is the fact that the plot is basically in the same place as it was before: strapped to a device, nightmares, go mad, yada, yada, yada. And a few lines of dialogue is trying to be profound and is failing a little.
    But there is no annoying repetition, no Penguins eating raw fish or Gordon punching, art is good, fits the "interrogation" setting and the more

  • 4.5
    Spacey Medicine Mar 12, 2019

    Okay so like this issue was better in the sense that it wasn’t crazy annoying but at the same time I’m just so annoyed whenever people use Question now.

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    JBL Reviews Mar 13, 2019

    I’m a little tired of these stories that add so little

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