Batman #68

Writer: Tom King Artist: Amanda Conner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 10, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 53
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Batman is making his way to the end of his Knightmares, but his unseen enemy has a few more tricks up his sleeve. It's time once again to stick a knife into the Caped Crusader's broken heart, letting the groom-that-could-have-been peer in on the bachelorette (or should that be "Catchelorette"?) party that never was. Artist Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn) rejoins the Bat-family for this month's special story-because who else you gonna invite to a shindig like this?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 12, 2019

    Overall Batman #68 was a good read and I can't wait to see how this run ends! Batman has endured so much in these issues that I wonder what his mind will be like once he gets free. Will he be able to tell what's real and what's not? Will his mind be scarred or altered by what he endured? I have so many questions and Tom King is the only one with the answers! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Apr 10, 2019

    Tom King's extended run on Batman has its highs and lows, and while more recent installments of the "Knightmares" arc have been more on the low side of things, this week's Batman #68 is decidedly a high point -- and possibly one of the most enjoyable issues King's done yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 10, 2019

    The art from Conner, Panosian, Timms and Janin is both fun and light. The style does a great job of lulling the reader into embracing the fun and fantastic elements of the story before plunging back into the seriousness of the storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 10, 2019

    This is an extremely elaborate way to get Batman to the next step, but with more issues like this I'm ready to be patient and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 11, 2019

    Showing some much-needed humanity amongst the craziness of Batman's life and the DC Universe as a whole, this interlude proves to be one of the highlights of Tom King's latest arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Apr 10, 2019

    Individually, this issue is a fun step away from the main Batman story. But, it also suffers from being exactly that. We haven't covered much ground in this story in 8 issues now. By my rudimentary math, that's four months. I know I'm not the most patient fella, but I'm not sure what I'll do is issue #69 doesn't get us back on track. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 10, 2019

    Batman #68 offers a welcome dose of humor even as it explores the depths of Bruce Wayne's psyche. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Apr 14, 2019

    Batman #68 is a fun read and is definitely one of the easier to digest issues of the Knightmares story arc and does a decent job of moving the story along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - ComicsDude Apr 10, 2019

    The Knightmare continues...torturing Batman and readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Apr 10, 2019

    Bright, bold fun with a healthy helping of hard hitting honesty! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Apr 10, 2019

    In the penultimate issue of the Knightmares arc, Tom King and Amanda Conner team up to produce tensions pointing at the problems inherent in Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Apr 10, 2019

    Ultimately I felt like this issue does a great job of showing us a side of these characters that isn't often on display. We really get to shine a light into the people behind the capes and cowls and leather and whips, and we get to go beyond their jobs as heroes and reporters or their positions as profiteers and we really get to have one fun night before everything gets real, before we start to wake up from our dream and realize that it never was, because for Batman as one dream ends, the next nightmare is always on its way. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Apr 12, 2019

    Although the art is as arresting as the plot, the story (and its unworkable shift in perspective) leaves a lot to be desired. This is something of a low-point for an otherwise fascinating arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Adrian Care Apr 10, 2019

    Tom King's Batman run has a massive fan following and it's clear that he's a writer with a larger plan rife with interconnecting threads. Like his whole body of work, his best in this issue is brilliant and his worst is on par with Heroes in Crisis. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Apr 10, 2019

    Overall, I am still not convinced on this arc and despite the amazing issue with Constantine, nothing has lived up to that since. That being said, I will continue to stick with the series because I like a lot of King's work including, most of his issues on Batman. My hope is that the “Knightmare” arc finds a satisfying conclusion soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 11, 2019

    While this issue is a part of the “Knightmare” story arc, the parts that really shine are the portions unrelated to the overall plot. The majority of the comic was fun, hilarious, and colorful. Unfortunately, a quick 180 turn in the tone and the abrupt ending undercuts a lot of the fun scenes. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Apr 10, 2019

    Bruce is still caught in a nightmare in BATMAN #68. This time, he and Selina celebrate their bachelor and bachelorette parties, each in a very different manner. Without giving away spoilers, the issue takes us to some weird and uncomfortable territory (in a bad way), with characters who just don't seem to be themselves. It's probably best to skip this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 10, 2019

    Tom King gets his (not a wedding) cake and gets to eat it too as we get another bachelorette party issue to a wedding that never happened.  Fans of the Superfriends fair issue may dig the reprise, but those looking for the story to go forward or even some answers will have to wait another couple of weeks at least.  Frustrating! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Apr 11, 2019

    While this issue is visually strong the artwork is not enough to salvage an overtly silly story. The comparatively light subject matter and rom-com like tone stand out for all the wrong reasons in King's Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 10, 2019

    Earlier, I thought Knightmares was going to start making sense soon and have an out of nowhere terrific finale. At this rate the best part of this arc is it should be completely contained in one skippable trade. Youre fine to ditch this unless youre a big Conner fan. In an odd scheduling setup, Batman #68 comes out the same day as Detective Comics #1001. Its not that tough of a choice. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Apr 11, 2019

    Tom King's "Knightmares" ends with this issue, and while I wish I could say there are redeeming qualities within this story/ "arc," there aren't. The best thing about any of these issues is the art, and that remains true here. I was ready to move on from "Knightmares" weeks ago, and I'm happy that we finally are. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Dispatchdcu Apr 10, 2019

    I NEVER and I mean NEVER give a score this low. I hate giving a score this low because their is so much work that goes into making a book. That said, I think TK threw in the towel on this arc and issue. What did I just read? The art was good enough but appeared too cartoonish from what I’m used to seeing from this book so that even threw me out of the issue . That said, the art was the entire 3.5.

    Where to begin? Ok, so how much longer do we need to see dreams? Why would Bruce have dreams about a bachelorette party in the Fortress of Solitude? Why would he dream about Selena and Lois becoming buddies? Why would Bruce think that’s a nightmare? Why would Bruce dream about Lois breaking into the fortress, having robot superme more

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  • 6.0
    Nihilist Apr 10, 2019

    I am very conflicted here. the reason is - I liked most of the comic. I did, really. And you know why? Because it was fun, contrary to regular King's Batman comics. As a refreshing filler issue, it would be good, if not great. Heck, this is exactly what we should have gotten instead of terrible Preludes to the Wedding leading to even worse #50. But it's too little too late for a bachelorette party when we know it leads nowhere, and most importantly, it unfortunately connects to the Knightmares arc instead of being its own stand-alone thing.

    That's why I can't give this issue a negative rating - I liked Selina and Lois' adventures in Fortress of Solitude, but I also can't give it a positive rating either, because I know it's a mer more

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  • 4.0
    Quinn Apr 10, 2019

    This is a weird issue. It's all a dream, but it plays like it's a memory of one night.

    Basically, Lois and Selina go to the Fortress of Solitude to have a girl's night out/bachelorette party.

    The art is fun and nice. The hi-jinks are meant to be fun, and I can't say they're terrible, but they are sort of a 1980s thing. The jokey vibe doesn't fit with King's dour Batman.

    Also, the drinking booze from 10,000 planets just drags on too long. The hot tub thing is kind of cute, but kind of lame. Again, not terrible but . . . not as cute and charming as King wants it to be.

    While Lois and Selina frolic in a way that would be totally unacceptable if they were men, Clark and Bruce have an awkward night at more

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  • 5.0
    waltgator93 Apr 10, 2019

    All throughout the issue kept on saying wtf. And not in a good way. I get that Bruce is in a dream but we literally had a Bachelor party issue. The dialogue was awful! Only reason to get this issue was the art! And the fortress of Solitude scene and the bachelor party scene were just god awful!

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  • 3.5
    myconius Apr 10, 2019

    again this plot goes nowhere.

    bunch of jumbled conflicting tones thoghout this series.
    so inconsistent. no focus. just a mixed up hodgepodge.

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  • 5.0
    RBL Apr 10, 2019

    This was a fun issue, completely pointless and adds another month of nothing at all happening in this title, but fun. I would even go as far as to say it’s worth checking out.

    The last assertion is saying a lot because this arc has been some of the worst writing in the title so far. Unfortunately due to its numbering it amounts to nothing but filler. If this were to have taken place before issue #50 it would have been great and a lighthearted addition building up to the much-anticipated nuptials. Regrettably it was not the case.

    One of the best results that comes from this issue is that the next is #69. Nice.
    It’s also the end of this piss-poor arc so that’s even Nicer.

    Can’t wait for this arc more

  • 4.5
    SupesAmongSupes Apr 10, 2019

    What the hell is happening?!?!

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Apr 11, 2019

    Just awful. Tom King continues to prove that he isn't capable of writing Batman (or any other major DC character). After buying Batman for over 40 years, I think I may have to say goodbye until they get King off this book.

  • 8.5
    Antonio Apr 10, 2019

    The issue is what it is, a funny vision of some events before the non-wedding. If you want more, well, good luck with that. So, from that point of view, the art of Amanda Conner is fine and fits perfectly with the whole point of the issue and the story isn't bad, it's designed to make you laughand and yeah I guess is an ok issue.

    At this point I feel the biggest problem with the lastest books is the repetition of the same things. Honestly, I don't know what is real or could be real and what is just a dream or a nightmare or whatever. I say this because I remember King said that some events of the Batman's nightmares are memories which that means we are talking about situations that just real happened, so now, beyond the obvious t more

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  • 2.5
    Darkseid24 Apr 10, 2019

    With a comedy issue like this you can’t call it nightmares anymore unless Batman‘s nightmare suddenly is Catwoman& Lois Lane acting both out of character. (Still hope it’s not Scarecrow‘s fear gas as it was stated issues ago, since I don’t want him to get dragged into this mess of a story.)
    Since when are Lois& Selina besties? Apart from the one story of King I’ve never seen Selina& Lois Lane being friends. The two taking a bath together also rather seems more like a teenage boys wet dream ( or apparently Bruce’s dream) than what two friends actually would do on their bachelorette party.
    There’s some bad dialogue & some lame jokes& the point of this issue apparently was, that Bruce hates being Batman ( what is out more

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  • 2.0
    SnakeWilson Apr 10, 2019

    so, like... superman hates being superman? batman likes the need to be batman?
    but, back in the beginning of this same run, it was stabilised that he is batman because he is suicidal, wasn't?
    this was awful and out of place

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  • 7.5
    Linkush Apr 10, 2019

    I really enjoyed that issue. It reminded me the "SUPERFRIENDS" arc which I really liked. Thing is, I just feel like this is meaningless because we already know what happened with the wedding. Honestly, I'm just waiting for this arc to end and it seems like next issue is going to be the last one of this arc.

    Art, as usual, was good.

  • 4.5
    egon244 Apr 10, 2019

    "She's more important than the galaxies"

    - This issue was fun. It was a quick and breezy read from start to finish. - said one friend to another.
    - There is a "but" coming isn't it? - asked the other.
    - Well... it is. Sadly.

    I'm serious here. This was fun. Very lighthearted and enjoyable, but...
    You remember, maybe, those "Prelude to the wedding" one-shots some while back? This issue, the story in it, is perfect for something like that. Some goofy side story that may or may not happened.

    Yet it isn't a one-shot. It's a part of the ongoing story or "story" that has been treading in place for months now. So if we judge it like this, then I ask one thing.

    WHAT!?!?

    IN!?!? more

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  • 9.0
    Andrea D’Alò Apr 12, 2019

    Another thrilling episode of Knightmares where we explore another nightmare of Bruce Wayne.
    And if Bruce Wayne is not enough?
    For his city
    For Superman
    For Selina
    King’s take on Batman is HUMAN and he humanises all these characters, people have “stupid” nightmares and so Batman, people do the wrong thing when they know what’s correct to do and so Batman, people are fragile and so is Batman.
    Good art, amazing words.

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  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Apr 26, 2019

    It was fun enough and had some sly character insights, but overall didn't contribute much to the story or people behind the masks. A different visual take with Conner involved was kinda nice.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Apr 13, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -Hey, I'm just glad these Knightmares are over, to be honest.

    -That one final conversation between Superman and Batman was pretty good, I'll admit. Even if it contradicted some of King's earlier issues, it acknowledged the Kinghtmares, and I'd rather see a Batman who likes being Batman than a depressed teenager-like Batman

    THE BAD:

    -I've never been a fan of Amanda Conner's art, I'll just say it. It's not for me. Never has been.

    -Ugh. The dialogue was especially awful this issue. It almost makes me miss the days when this comic had no dialogue whatsoever.

    -Why does Tom King constantly feel the need to make every superhero sound like an idiot? Batman and Superman j more

  • 1.0
    Michaelbn Apr 10, 2019

    All hail the KING!!!

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin Apr 12, 2019

    It was a fun issue, very much akin to the Super Friends arc. It will be nice to be over with the Knightmares though.

  • 7.5
    FASHI Apr 10, 2019

    This would've been better if it wasn't connected to knightmares. The Lana/Selina half is the most solid part, giving a nice respite for the run and giving King the opportunity to focus on someone who isn't a despondent baby. Bruce, If we're taking the events literally, is celebrating his bachelor party with his apparently only friend (no sign of Alfred or the rest of the bat-family) and doing it with the charisma of a potato. This is in contrast with Snyder's Justice League where their relationship always feels warm and sometimes jokey, here we're dragged back down to the depths of knightmares.

    Exposing Bruce's fears is after all the point of the arc. You can interpret Selina's reason for loving Bruce as a tad abstract, like more

  • 5.0
    Bleemak Apr 11, 2019

    It is not terrible. Art works very well to this issue. Dynamic between Selina ja Lois is very good. Supes and Bat's -stuff is meh.

    But this issue doesn't work because it is not real. It would work so much better, if it was before issue 50. And Bruce wasn't written so workaholic.

    Now, the final panel is something that this event has needed for a longest time. Something to show that this is part of something bigger. Sure, we know that Batman is facing his nightmares, but if you didn't read synopsis, every issue has nothing to do with another. I mean nothing. And while that final panel is something that is needed, this issue shouldn't be that.

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Apr 11, 2019

    Meh. This was a waste of my time. I'm so glad that now I know Bruce dreams about Lois and Selina bathing together. That's the type of deconstruction I love. These are such pointless issues that are used to get across the smallest of things. But I forgot that King's name is on it so I gotta appreciate how great it is. Let me try: I hate Tom King's Batman run, but I love to hate Tom King's Batman run. 10/10 tbh.

  • 4.0
    Talon1load Apr 11, 2019

    Wow. Ok, so this was yet another waste of an issue. Even in Batman’s subconscious this makes no sense. Stripping Superman robots, endless panels of intergalactic wine, and THE most boring Bruce Wayne ever set to page. The art was nice but was so completely tonely different from the rest of the series that it was off putting Batman who, being the greatest detective, would know Lois and Selina apparently thinks Lois is going to have a robot version of her husband strip for her new friend. Come on man. This issue was so stupid, it was painful. The 4 is just for the art.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 30, 2019

    This was a waste of my time.

  • 3.0
    Maker Apr 10, 2019

    Well, that ended the "nightmares" of Batman. As a result, we received a bunch of empty and inconspicuous releases. No. 68 is the worst of them. It does not justify the title of the plot. A naive and empty narrative (several issues are already hidden) only strengthens the negative attitude towards King’s work, and the art in this issue is disgusting and can’t fit the Batman comic stripes no matter what fake-intellectual idea the author has!

  • 4.0
    CaptnAmerca Apr 11, 2019

    Waste of time.

    Look, man...I'm sorry you never got to do a Catwoman & Lois Lane bachelorette party, but that's entirely your own fault. Cramming it in now is just being a spoiled baby.

    Move it along, or walk away.

  • 3.0
    JBL Reviews Apr 14, 2019

    Another pointless story

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