Batman #70

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin, Jorge Fornes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 1, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 53
7.9Critic Rating
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n chapter one of "The Fall and the Fallen," Batman escapes his Knightmares only to wind up in a whole other bad dream. He's locked in Arkham Asylum with his worst enemies, and the only way to get out is to fight them all. It's a gladiatorial game of madness and mayhem, all for the amusement of Bane!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown May 3, 2019

    Batman #70 is a great read and I'm looking forward to the next issue! Although Batman didn't run across Bane at all in this issue, Batman made a statement with the bodies he leaves broken in Arkham Asylum! Batman even mocks Bane along the way, noting that with everything that he's been through in his life as Batman"the best Bane could do was come up with mind games? I'm definitely looking forward to the final confrontation between Batman and Bane! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - ComicsDude May 1, 2019

    Learn what it means to be Batman as he wades through his rogues' gallery. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 1, 2019

    This run on Batman is getting better and better. The story and the drama just builds with each installment and it's just incredibly well done. I can't wait for the next issue. Heck, I can't wait to read the whole run again! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 1, 2019

    Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes do an excellent job of rendering the characters and delivering both mood and emotion through the art. A visually beautiful issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail May 2, 2019

    Another great Batman book that is again hampered by having too many teams. Is it too much to ask for a singular vision in one 20 page book? Other than that, this is a perfectly written conclusion to a unique arc. This Batman book has been one if the DC titles to look out for and the recent Eisner nomination, for Tom King's work on this series, is well deserved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Adrian Care May 1, 2019

    Everything from plotting, pacing, art, and psychology steamrolls through this issue. As the new arc begins, detractors of the previous 'Knightmares' arc should get a lot of satisfaction as King switches gears and moves through a different kind of narrative. Some will call this typical Bat-god, some will draw comparisons with the way a man named Frank once wrote the character. Whichever side you fall on this is a brutal, behemoth of an issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 1, 2019

    The knightmares are over, and there's hell to pay. Batman's on a warpath, and my oh my is it a sight to see. Batman (2016-) #70is dramatic and exciting, and definitely worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux May 1, 2019

    This issue feels like a return to form for Batman. While Knightmares had good individual issues, it ultimately felt like it killed the pacing of the book. This issue makes it all feel worth it though, by focusing on what King does best. He says a lot with a little and gives you something to think about rather than handing you all the answers on a platter. Plus, it's fun to watch Batman punch people. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland May 3, 2019

    By the end of the issue, it's clear that #70 is a pivot point. It's a close to the events of “Knightmare” and an entry point back into the main events of this war between Batman and Bane that's been taking place from the earliest issues of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 1, 2019

    The slick Mikel Janin and the gritty Jorge Fornes share art duties this issue, an awkward mix that shouldn't work but does thanks to the episodic nature of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 1, 2019

    Batman #70 still doesn't give the series the forward push it needs, but it has other strengths to offer. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 1, 2019

    BATMAN #70 breaks away from the inconsistencies of "Knightmares" to bring The Dark Knight back into his natural habitat. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte May 1, 2019

    BATMAN #70 is a great chapter in King's larger narrative. We see Batman fight his way through Arkham, setting up for a showdown with Bane in upcoming issues. The storytelling is strong, and it's backed by excellent artwork. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot May 1, 2019

    Ultimately I enjoyed every panel of this issue, from the nonstop action and beat downs that Batman lays down to anyone who tries to stop him, to the beautiful artwork that brought this action to life. It all just clicks together to make a truly fun book to read through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly May 1, 2019

    Ive always disagreed with the notion that Batman is some crimefighting engine that is fueled by his personal demons and pain. I think that there is mounting evidence that Tom King agrees with me. I enjoyed this issue and Im looking forward to seeing things go from bad to worse. I think that it is worth pointing out that we are nearing the three-quarters mark in Tom Kings proclaimed one hundred issue story arc and I think it is pretty clear that things are about to go from bad to worse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 1, 2019

    Batman is ready to take the fight to Bane, but he's got no clue how intricate Bane's new plan is this time. It'll be interesting to see if King is able to pull off this arc and if it effectively leads in to the upcoming City of Bane story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 2, 2019

    Batman #70 was an excellent return to form for Tom King's incredible run on this series. King used the consequences of the "Knightmares" story arc perfectly to give major weight to what happened in this first chapter of "The Fall and the Fallen." It was incredible to just see how in a place as dangerous as Arkham Asylum that Batman was the most frightening person there. Where "The Fall and the Fallen" goes from here is anyone's guess. Whatever does happen next King has made sure that fans should be very excited for what comes next in Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope May 1, 2019

    Despite excellent dialogue and the usual (for this book) high quality of art, this issue felt unnecessarily bloated. It could have told twice the story in half the space, had the editing been a little more effective. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 3, 2019

    Bravo to Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes for delivering a real page turner. This is probably the best that Janin's work has ever looked and even the transition from him to fornes' more David Mazzuchelli-inspired lines and inks works well for the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee May 4, 2019

    This issue is fun, but uneven roller coaster ride. It is an all-out action piece that is made mostly enjoyable due to some of King's writing quirks and Janin and Fornes' fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given May 6, 2019

    80 years of Batman have had their ups and downs. At different times the character was going to be cancelled, but something has always happened to keep us fans on our toes and brought the Dark Knight back into prominence. This tale is one of the characters high points in terms of suspense building, a rogues gallery homage, and noir style mystery that keeps us guessing. This issue concludes with the same inmate that opened the tale. This time quoting another classic poem! To be continued. ***1/2 (8.9 rating) Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia May 1, 2019

    Overall, I do think Batman #70is headed in the right direction but this storyline is becoming cumbersome. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum May 1, 2019

    It's a worthwhile read, and at least there's the promise of a showdown soon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald May 1, 2019

    DISCLAIMER: Batman News received an advance copy of this book for the purpose of review. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 1, 2019

    The Knightmares are over, but if you're looking for story progression, you may have to wait a little bit longer.  We do get Batman talking at a lot of villains and then punching them.  If that's your thing, have at it.  This is not my thing.  On a positive note, I liked the art. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nihilist May 1, 2019

    Man, was that... underwhelming.

    The purpose of a villain in a superhero story is to challenge the hero, make them embrace their best self, grow and learn. None of that can happen when a random sleection of baddies is being taken down one by one by a hero so overpowered he puts Arya Stark to shame.
    I'm aware it's just a set-up for something bigger, and Batman is going specifically after Bane, but such a waste of good bad guys, one shotting them one after another, doesn't serve this issue whatsoever. There's no tension, there's no actual stakes, there's no feeling of constant danger that should be present in a place like this.

    You can skip it and you wouldn't miss a thing, since we already knew Bruce woke up after t more

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  • 3.5
    Quinn May 1, 2019

    More King tropes in play.

    Bats wakes up, meanwhile the text box quotes Rintrah Roars, a poem by William Blake representing the just wrath of the prophet.

    Bats beats up everyone in his path to escape Arkham. This is a callback to when Bane beat everyone up to get into Arkham.

    Bats does things like punch out Solomon Grundy off panel. He talks to Freeze about how Bats always wins and punches him out, he punches Riddler then solves the Riddle.

    Basically a lot of punching in the reverse order Bane punched to get in.

    Two-Face tells Bats to go to Hell. Bats tells Harvey to tell Bane he's coming to Gotham, his city.
    (This is the 21st century, does no one text?)

    The story ends w more

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  • 8.5
    Antonio May 1, 2019

    The parallelism between this book and the issue #19 is undeniable, even the story itself lets you see it, as I said before, in this run, at least for me, the art is not a problem, this week Janín and Fornes did a great job, the action panels were good and the story flows pretty well.

    There isn't much story developed but I guess the point of this issue it's to show the readers that Batman has some level of madness and his mind has begun to break.

    The bad guys don't fight Batman at all because they are only puppets used by Bane.I guess many of them even didn't want to be in front of Batman.

    It has some flaws but in general I enjoyed it but the answers need to come.

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  • 5.5
    RBL May 1, 2019

    Considerable improvement after months of pointless filler. That said, I do not find this was worth all those wasted issues even if it is much better than the entirety of the past arc.

    I believe the “gauntlet” Batman goes through while it does fill the issue with action it just seems like a compressed version of the lead-up to Knightfall, wherein Batman faces multiple villains non-stop in what was presented as one of the most taxing nights of his career. The biggest difference is that no encounter even fazes Batman. He faces Solomon Grundy and Amygdala seemingly only with his fists and leaves unscathed? I find that hard to believe. He’s scarcely even challenged in his exit.

    While the issue is full of cool moments more

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  • 5.5
    Darkseid24 May 1, 2019

    Basically this is another filler, because all Batman is doing is beating up his villains& boasting about how great& badass he is, while walking out of Arkham Asylum. That’s really it. It is the same, what Bane did in issue 19.
    While I’m happy to see the villains, especially Scarecrow I’m also disappointed how much they are wasted here. They all get beaten with one punch, what makes them look weak& it’s quite boring. Villains should challenge the hero, but if the hero can knock them out so easily it’s just boring. They all deserve better! Speaking of hero, Batman also looks bad here, because he is beating most of the villains with no reason. Some of them are just standing there, not even attacking him& still he is punching& more

  • 4.5
    waltgator93 May 1, 2019

    Issue had good art. However we’ve already seen this not too long ago where he fights everyone in Arkham about Bane. The dialogue was awful, like always. Is there a panel with Man-Bat even though he’s in JLD

  • 2.0
    myconius May 1, 2019


    at long last, Batman FINALLY pulls his way out of the Nightmare machine.
    well it’s about damn time!
    then Tom King the master of decompression wastes as many pages as he can having Batman march from dummy to dummy, effortlessly punching them out as he goes, and spouting every cliche in the book. even Grundy and Amygdala were knocked out with little to no effort.

    then there’s a painfully mismatched shift in the art style. did not fit AT ALL !!!!
    in the end we get some swiped dialog from Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
    it wouldn’t be a Tom King comic without padding it with as much filler and as little effort as possible.
    at least we are more more

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  • 9.5
    Linkush May 1, 2019

    Damn, this issue was brutal.

    Finally, we get a really good issue, and what an issue it is. This issue is fast, brutal and packed with action from start to finish with a lot of awesome moments and great dialogue. And the art! Damn, it was magnificent.

    Yes, I'm aware there wasn't a lot of plot progression but I'm sure we'll get it in next issues, especially after that ending. I'm really excited to see where this is going and I can't wait for the next issue.

  • 9.5
    The 20-issue Ceiling May 2, 2019

    It was really satisfying to see Batman go on a one-man army run through Arkham after all the depressing stories lately.

    Y'know, even if it was all a bunch of villains taking the fall.... Fall and Fallen. I get it.

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  • 9.0
    Andrea D’Alò May 1, 2019

    Batman is really falling into the madness and thinks he’s escaping to her. King cites Blake and Dante Alighieri I’m a very clever way.

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  • 7.0
    bucswin611 May 1, 2019

    How can an issue with above-average artists, wonderful coloring, and a few good quips amount to an overall "meh"? By re-treading Batman v. Arkham. I am starting to question the bi-weekly series as it leads to padding out.

  • 6.0
    egon244 May 1, 2019

    "Sometimes it's very nice to play with the dolls"

    This issue is a mixed one. It's uneven, it has some good moments and some moments that make you go "what?". But after months of really mediocre and bad Bat-stories, this was a nice change of pace.

    To review this issue I'm going to steal a page out of a fellow reviewer's book and list things that were GOOD and BAD. I hope he won't mind.

    This issue had some good moments, so let's start with those:
    - well, first of all, we have some actual story progress. Batman finally breaks free out of that nightmare and boring issues inducing machine and takes a stroll through Arkham;
    - the fact that he answered the riddle after so brutally taking out the Riddler; more

  • 4.0
    Talon1load May 1, 2019

    While this was an improvement over Knightmares, that’s not really saying much. Batman escapes the nightmare machine, talks like an asshole, and beats the crap out of almost everyone of his rogues in single panels. Really let’s you know how incredibly NOT dangerous and threatening they really are. He even drops Solomon Grundy and Amygdala bare handed without breaking a sweat. Solomon Grundy, who gives Superman pause, got his ass beat in between panels while Batman goes on about being a nightmare himself. People who complained about hating Batgod should be pissed but since Tom King is writing it, most will give him, yet another, free pass. Batman walks straight out of Arkham saying he’ll be back with his team later. If this is all par more

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  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse May 2, 2019

    Guys, I don't think you understand how deep this issue is. Did you realize that it's a parallel to the I Am Bane issue where Bane fights the Arkham inmates? Did you realize that Maxie Zeus* was quoting Dante's Divine Comedy? Because it's like Batman is entering the inferno?? Isn't that deep and inspired???

    This series is getting schizophrenic. One issue, I like it, the next I'm hating it again. Occasionally, this series gets me drunk enough, but the morning after is always a mess. Can we just talk about how badly this issue is executed? First of all, this should've been the finale of Knightmares. But I guess that arc needed no ending or beginning. That certainly helps with reader enjoyment. Second, why is there such a drastic cha more

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  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine May 19, 2019

    This felt like a waste of my time, and kind of an unfair abuse of the villains. How can I ever think of them as credible threats again if they’re so easy to beat?!

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  • 8.5
    MistMiracle May 1, 2019

    Finally! A good issue..

  • 4.0
    ohhaimark May 4, 2019


    -Hey, this is a lot better than the last couple of issues of this series.

    -I liked that first page. Yes, it's Tom King being gimmicky, but I liked acknowledging that the Knightmares happened.

    -I didn't hate Batman's dialogue here, even if "I am the nightmare" is one of the cheesiest lines in a recent Batman comic. At least he wasn't his usual pouty self.

    THE BAD:

    -Not sure about the art. Jorge Fornes is a good artist, and Mikel Janin is a good artist, but their style just doesn't flow together very well, and there's no real storytelling reason why the art should change.

    -Yet another issue that could be done in less pages.

    -Aside from maybe Riddler, no more

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  • 3.0
    CaptnAmerca May 6, 2019

    Another baby step forward, wrapped up in pretentiousness.

    This entire run is written by Otho from Beetlejuice -- a guy so convinced of his artistic greatness that he's oblivious to how buffoonish he looks.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua May 7, 2019

    Another awful attempt at writing Batman by Tom King. Please DC....get him off of this book and off all major DC characters.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas May 6, 2019

    Decent issue. Structurally, it's quite similar to the previous issues of Knightmares. But the plot is finally moving forward, and, hopefully, it will improve very soon. Janin's art is better than ever here.

  • 7.5
    ComicNerd96 May 8, 2019

    This story was fine, but I'm ready for some progression.

  • 7.0
    Afre May 2, 2019

    After Knightmares, it was pretty good. Art is nice and while Batman talks a bit too much, sounding sometimes a bit too edgy, I can live with that. As long as the next issues aren't so off with his dialogue.

    But the slow start is an issue here. Usually it isn' necessary, but after Knightmares, which was a waste of 8 issues, it really starts to annoy here, if the progression is still slow.

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