Batman #7

Event\Storyline: Night Of The Monster Men Writer: Tom King, Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 78
7.6Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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"NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN" part 1! The first crossover of the "Rebirth" era is here! As a huge storm approaches, Batman, Batwoman, and Nightwing try and prepare Gotham City for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous tall monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart!

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 22, 2016

    This issue proves that Batman will always be one of the best characters that DC can boast about. It's a prime example of dropping Bruce in a situation that is completely unexpected and over his head and he'll handle it with ease. Overall, it's an action packed issue that doesn't skimp out on showcasing the best of Batman. It's a genuine thrill ride from start to finish, whilst still managing to explore an intriguing plot. It masterfully raises questions to bring it's reader's back for more, and we can't wait to see where it leads. What else does Hugo Strange have up his sleeve? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 24, 2016

    Batman summons his crew, Batwoman, Nightwing, Orphan, Spoiler and Clayface, and gives each specific duties, while he faces off for some really well drawn action against the monster. Though the other heroes get small roles, they are tidily and effectively characterized, and I am consistently enjoying watching Clayface using his powers for good, and challenging their limits. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Sep 21, 2016

    As the start of an event meant to thrill and chill, Orlando and King have given the "Monster Men" one hell of an entrance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Sep 26, 2016

    This week's beginning to "Night of the Monster Men" is off to a great start. A few more surprises would be very cool, though! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Sep 21, 2016

    Batman #7 is a great start to what looks to be a fun crossover. The creative team did their homework and have produced a love letter to monster media that manages to stay true to its Bat roots. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 23, 2016

    Writers Steve Orlando and Tom King have brought a little slice of horror to Batman's world.  The Night of the Monster Men is just beginning and this is one exciting and creepy way to kick it off.  If this is how they start, I can't wait to see where they go next.  Plus, I mean, where else are you going to see the Dark Knight fight a giant baby?  Somehow I doubt that's going to be the story in the next movie. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Sep 21, 2016

    Batman #7 kicks off "Night of the Monster Men" in spectacular fashion, with some great action tempered by quieter, yet effective character moments. It's comfortably familiar and accessible while refreshingly new, with innovative takes on old concepts. In other words, it's emblematic of what DC's Rebirth has been getting right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jay Mattson Sep 24, 2016

    Batman #7 is a fantastic first chapter in "Night of the Monster Men" that pulls plot strings Tom King planted in his first arc, "I Am Gotham", pays homage to a classic Batman story, and finds two of DC's most talented writers producing a clear and distinct crossover than actually benefits the titles involved instead of taking away from their narrative flow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 21, 2016

    Also, where else are you going to be able to see Batman fly a plane into a two story monster? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Sep 22, 2016

    Steve Orlando does a great job bringing all of the stories together, even if some of the finer points are glossed over, and he certainly delivers when it comes to bombastic action. If this is any indication, every member of the Bat Family will have a chance to shine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Sep 27, 2016

    Steve Orlando is the perfect fit to stick with Batman and Detective Comics through the Night of the Monster Men arc. The first crossover of DC Rebirth is a hit, and the perfect book for those ready for Halloween a month early.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 21, 2016

    Big and new reader friendly, Batman #7 kicks off the “Night of the Monster Men” with a confident start. Tom King and Steve Orlando, two men who have made their homes in Gotham as of late, play their opening gambit smartly by focusing on character and emotion first and building out the action from there. Orlando and King also effectively use artist Riley Rossmo in order to get the most of his style and deliver a satisfyingly different visual style for this crossover. Strange days are ahead for the Bat-family, and Batman #7 gives us a front-row seat to the unfolding madness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 21, 2016

    Even though this issue's plot is a littlethin, it does a decent job of instilling a feelingof emergency for Batman and the rest of his crew. They are definitely in for a long night in the “Night of the Monster Men” crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 7, 2016

    Curiosity really describes my overall thoughts about this first entry into this multipart crossover. I feel like a little kid looking at something I have never quite seen before no knowing if I should be excited, scared, or just plain indifferent. One issue in and they have my curiosity but time will tell if their will also capture my attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 23, 2016

    I've been wary of the Monster Men event simply because I'm not picking up the other books and as good as this opening installment is, it's not enough to make me pursue it more. Orlando and King keep things moving pretty well here but the real star for me is Riley Rossmo. With some really good issues from Finch previously and then the large group of artists the last time around, Rossmo is an artist whose work I want to see in this book pretty regularly as he has a very good design to it while Plascencia color work avoids the vibrancy that we had with Finch's segment of the run. There's a grittier aspect to this without it being grimdark and difficult to discern. Add in some real love of the monster men themselves in their designs and some really great panels overall in depicting the rain and how the heroes look in it and the art's a winner across the board. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 21, 2016

    If you've ever wanted to see Batman and his partners battle a pack of rampaging kaiju in Gotham City, then "Night of the Monster men" is right up your alley. The first chapter succeeds on the strength of its memorable creature designs, surreal artwork and a generally entertaining script. However, this isn't shaping up to be the deepest Batman story you've ever read, and fiscally conservative readers might prefer to take a break until the series' next major storyline begins. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    GWW - Mark Delaney Sep 20, 2016

    After such a great Gotham Girl-centric issue with #6, it's a shame to not see her appear in the immediate follow-up. Even when Batman signals to his cave, only Alfred and Duke are on standby to assist. What she's up to and how she's doing are questions that remain unanswered in the latest chapter. What's left is a paradoxically predictable and unpredictable issue all at once. The stakes are raised and the story is on the right track, I think. So long as they don't veer unexpectedly off course again. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Travis Czap Sep 22, 2016

    As stated previously, this is the first issue kicking off a crossover event for DC's Bat-Family, so if you want the full story, you'll need to do a bit of shopping to get all the chapters. The second part of this story is in NIGHTWING this week, so be sure to check it out if you don't want to miss anything! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Sep 24, 2016

    Rebirth's first crossover has gotten off to a good start and seems ready to test Batman physically and mentally as he puts new stress on himself. The characterisations are spot on and the story is an intriguing one to place this group of heroes in. With the titles shipping bi-weekly as well, this should prove to be a fast-paced and exciting story should the first part of 'Night of the Monster Men' be any indication. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Sep 21, 2016

    If I had one complaint, it would be one that has been consistent across Kings run. The scale of the action is too large for Gotham. Batman has trashed at least three vehicles in a violent and spectacular manner that doesnt jive well with the character in my head. That seems like a story beat that when used sparingly can be powerful, but seems overdone and has lost any powerful effect. Anyway, the story looks like its going to be schlocky movie fun and I cant wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Cadmon Sep 21, 2016

    Tom King's name is on this book, but with the exception of a referential line or two, this doesn't appear consequential to his "I Am Gotham" arc, so if you need to skip, don't feel too bad. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Sep 21, 2016

    So, is "Night of the Monster Men" the story that signals the real start of Rebirth Batman? It's looking likely that it is. As much as I loved the previous era of Batman, it's time for a new one. Let's hope DC has faith in this direction and allows it to develop further. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Sep 21, 2016

    Aside from the art, which was a very pleasant surprise, the side of Night of the Monster Men that I'm most invested in are the characters that I already liked from Detective Comics. It's not like this comic book is a trainwreck but all things considered, most of Batman #7 feels meandering and unfocused. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Sep 21, 2016

    “Night of the Monster Men, Part 1” was a good read. Orlando and King do a great job of showing us not only Batman but his team as a whole operating under extreme circumstances and still making it work. Even when Nightwing has his doubts about the mission, Batman reassures him that they will save everyone—they have to. It's these small statements reinforced by bigger actions that makes Batman such an inspiration and a joy to read period. I'm eager to see exactly what Strange has planned since obviously that first monster was clearly in the testing stage. I've always been a fan of Strange as being a mental challenge to Batman and so far King and Orlando have stayed true to this formula. Strange has been pulling the strings the entire time, and just now we're seeing the consequences of it! I'm defining looking forward to reviewing the next issue — just like you should be reading this issue now!!! Check it out!!! Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 21, 2016

    The Night of the Monster Men is upon us, but all I can muster up is a lukewarm response.  Steve Orlando sets up his story here and while there isn't anything "wrong" with it, I find myself not really caring either way.  I did like Riley Rossmo's art. but if things don't heat up quick, I will likely check out until the regular run is back underway. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Sep 21, 2016

    I feel like DC fans may read this review and come to the conclusion that my opinion isn't valid because I clearly don't like superheroes. But nothing could be further from the truth. I love superheroes, which is why I think better things can be done with them than this, which amounts to fight scenes, continuity references, and a few interesting horror beats. In a word, Batman #7 it will likely be what someone wants from superhero comics, but it's not quite as substantial as it should be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 21, 2016

    Riley Rossmo's pencils are creatively laid out and the character expressions are well done. Given the quality of the Batman titles, this was a bit of a letdown. Worst case scenario, Night of the Monster Men will prove a decent enough distraction to allow the regular creative team to get a breather and get ahead before their return. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 21, 2016

    I went into this story with an extremely optimistic attitude, but by the end, I realized it was just more of the same that I had developed a distaste for from The New52. On display, front and center, was the philosophy that bigger equals better. And I simply have no more patience for that mind-set. While I'm sure this story will feature plenty of over-the-top action sequences that will be fun in their own right, that alone is just not enough for me anymore. When it comes down to it, this was just an average comic. While there weren't any major flaws to speak of, it also didn't do anything to wow me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 21, 2016

    Unfortunately, I'm not going to be continuing with the Monster Men crossover. I really wanted to like this story, if only because of how disappointed the main Batman title has been. Had this been a fun little romp, I would have been entirely into it. But instead, it puts a focus on some truly abysmal dialogue. It really reads nothing like Orlando's other work, which is odd to me considering how consistent he's been. That being said, this book did turn me on to Rossmo's art, so I'll be looking out for that name attached to future projects. Read Full Review

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