Batman #73

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 19, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 63
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"The Fall and the Fallen" part four! Batman has been defeated by Bane's minions and chased out of Gotham. As a last-ditch effort to save his son from the lonely fate of being Batman, his father from another universe, Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. the Flashpoint Batman, is taking Bruce to the far ends of the Earth to try to give him the one thing that will cause him to give up crime-fighting for good.

  • 10
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Jun 19, 2019

    King, Janin, Bellaire, and Cowles all work in perfect harmony to elevate the quality of this issue and set up an incredibly tense finale to the arc. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim Jun 19, 2019

    Tom King is telling a Batman story unlike anything we've ever seen. Batman #73 is a success in every way. This is a father and son road trip you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jun 22, 2019

    Batman #73 is a great issue and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! For now it seems that Batman and Flashpoint Batman are on the same mission to resurrect Martha! I'm eager to know however the state of Gotham City now that Batman is gone, and if he stays gone just what will happen to it? It seems that Thomas traded the Gotham City for the life of his son Bruce to Bane– but just how will Bruce feel about that? Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jun 19, 2019

    For people finding the previous issues too cluttered, this issue is much slower pace. The storytelling here is top notch and where it is possibly going next is very exciting. Entering the final stretch of Tom King's Batman run has been a fascinating read. This is easily the best issue of The Fall and the Fallen arc so far Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 21, 2019

    The issue does feel a little incomplete. But that's okay as there's still another chapter of this story. King and artist Mikel Janin work so well together. The ending is a cliffhanger but it seems to be a newer direction for the series. I'm liking it. It's a great issue and it's full of even more promise. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 19, 2019

    Over the last six months, Tom King's Batman run has felt less like a cohesive run and more like a narrative experiment " with each issue dramatically shifting locations and themes to the point it often became confusing and frustrating. When it doesn't work, it feels annoyingly literate. When it does work, like this issue, it's fascinating. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 19, 2019

    This stunning trek through the desert presents brilliant bonding and discomfort for father and son as writer Tom King plays with a relationship Bat-fans never thought wed see explored further. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jun 19, 2019

    After the unfortunate waste of the previous issue, King jumps back in the saddle with this stellar exercise in narrative economy and astonishing art. This is one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 23, 2019

    The balance between action and exposition throughout the issue and serves as a potential launchpad for the final conflict that will carry us through to the end. Especially since King has announced Catwoman will be returning " hopefully with Bruce's sanity in her hands " in issue #75. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 19, 2019

    Mikel Janin always delivers quality visuals and this issue is no different. Given the setting, Janin does some impressive things with the starkness of the environment and its contrast with the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jun 19, 2019

    This was an issue that took a simple premise and executed it well. Its no secret at this point that Catwoman is returning to the book when Batman is at his lowest. We are heading to a point where Batman will get back on his feet and in the fight. While Im looking forward to Batman and Bane throwing down, what I really cant wait is to see is what happens when Bruce has to face off against a bitter and rage filled version of his own father. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Chino DT Jun 20, 2019

    Regarding the art, it must be said that it is excellent, Mikel Janin does his work very well, this comic for me is like having seen an Spaghetti Western and the colors are great, excellent and very good issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Jun 19, 2019

    Every page is an exquisite delight so beautifully crafted you can feel the desert sun on your face as you read and as the Waynes make their way towards an uncertain destination. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jun 21, 2019

    "Batman" #73 is a beautiful, insane ride through the desert. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Niklynn Dunn Jun 21, 2019

    "Batman" #73 is a beautiful, insane ride through the desert. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jun 19, 2019

    Tom King said he wanted to change Batman for years, or possibly forever. If that's the case, he may achieve his goal. BATMAN #73 promises to remove that which makes Batman what he is. This decision will probably polarize fans, though I'm at least interested to see what King has in store. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Jun 19, 2019

    Batman (2016-) #73 continues Bane's master plan to break the Bat, this time involving Thomas Wayne, Batman's father. Fantastic art and a good, straightforward story, but some characters acting out of character does occur. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 19, 2019

    King and Janin craft a quiet, but subtly story with Thomas Wayne. It works because of the interactions and the stark difference from the last issue. Even though this issue is hampered down by King's writer tics, the overall experience is a great character piece. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 20, 2019

    For my money, I enjoy King tinkering around with Bruce's mental state more than I do his traditional rogues' gallery, so a wild card like Thomas Wayne perks up my interest, and combined with some show-stopping artwork, Batman #73 remains a solid if quick read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 22, 2019

    A lonely, sparse issue keeps the story moving well enough, with some new ideas. But mostly this feels like a bare bones issue, relying more on tone than content. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 20, 2019

    Batman #73 was an improvement over recent issues in Tom King's run. Unfortunately the strong character work for Bruce Wayne was overshadowed by how poorly Flashpoint Batman has been developed. The revelation that closed out Batman #73 only further detracts from what King is trying to accomplish with this "The Fall and the Fallen" arc. Luckily King had Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire's fantastic artwork to lift up the quality of the story in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 19, 2019

    Batman #73 slows the book back to a near stop as King meticulously sets up the last big arc before City of Bane. If only the rest of the issue made that prospect more exciting. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jun 18, 2019

    We actually get story progression in this issue which is a welcome change to the Batman book. That being said, a lot of it makes you scratch your head and wonder where King is going with this whole thing. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for now because I am interested in seeing where this book goes from here but its got a short leash. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 19, 2019

    Thomas Wayne takes his son through the desert, on a horse with no name, just to get away from Bane"yeah, that just happened. While next issue shows promise, and the big picture may end up being exciting, Batman (2016-) #73 falls short of expectations. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Jun 26, 2019

    Batman 73 is a quick trot through the desert, combined with singing, a coffin, and what could be Thomas Waynes endgame. If only the issue was as compelling as the real world troubles of the book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Jun 21, 2019

    Overall this issue felt superfluous and thin, unnecessary in all but the very minimal aspect of plot progression. For the most part the narrative's repetitive nature is frustrating and downright annoying at times. Any momentum King's plodding plot had amassed has long since been diminished by his overall self-indulgence. As the story limps onward to the already over-hyped "City of Bane" I can only optimistically hope for the best while realistically expecting the worst. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 19, 2019

    Batman #73 could almost be dismissed as an unnecessary addition to the series if not for a pair of important revelations about Thomas Wayne's motivations and larger role in the series. Even so, it's hard not to be frustrated by the repetition and general lack of momentum in this chapter. As good as this series often is, Batman is far too prone to dragging its heels as the buildup toward "City of Bane" slowly continues. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 19, 2019

    Mikel Janin deserves most of the praise here as the art is absolutely stunning! If not for him, I'm not sure I would have found anything worthwhile in this issue " an all too frequent trend of Batman lately. To give Tom King some credit though, we finally get some plot progression, but the relationships and conversations here are absolutely bonkers. For me, it isn't believable, and while I had a fleeting moment of, "Well, I'll give King the benefit of the doubt." No" I'm sorry, mister King, but you've lost that grace. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Psycamorean Jun 19, 2019

    Whatever. I don't care. I feel like all of Thomas Wayne's plan up to this point was pointless. Why go through with any of Bane's plan if your entire plan, in the end, was to revive your wife and bring your family back together? It's not as though his connection with Bane is going to help any with Al Ghul, otherwise why are they being attacked in the desert by his guard? Maybe teaming up with someone who mentally tormented your son is a bad move. I don't know. We all know this plan will fail and no one can say they won't see it coming. I can't bring myself to care about this. Let's get a move on to something more interesting as it seems King is just unwilling to answer the question of how Thomas Wayne is back. That question is the only reaso more

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  • 2.0
    Branden Murray Jun 19, 2019

    Anybody want a 73 issue Batman run plus Annuals ? Very very cheap. I don't want it stinking up my long box anymore .

  • 1.5
    ohhaimark Jun 19, 2019

    Hey guys. I'm not going to be doing a review for this issue, because I have gotten so tired of reviewing Tom King's Batman. I just wanted to let you know this was an awful issue, with no plot progression, awful dialogue, or lack thereof and really weak pencilling. The only good thing I can say about the issue is that Jordie Bellaire's colors are rather beautiful, but they don't salvage the issue.

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  • 1.0
    myconius Jun 19, 2019

    ok. this was absolutely terrible!
    Tom King is an awful no-talent Hack. still we get no real answers as to-
    -how did Flashpoint Batman survive in the first place?
    -how did Flashpoint Batman get to Bruce's dimension?
    -why did Flashpoint Batman help Bane against Bruce?
    -why is Bane dumb enough to trust Flashpoint Batman?
    -how is Bruce not a cripple, with all the times his back has been broken?
    -how is Bane not a cripple? wasn't his back broken by Catwoman?
    all King has done is just brought up even more unresolved questions.
    now he wants to Bring Flashpoint Martha Wayne back to life. JUST AWFUL.

    we get some of the usual Tom King'iest of Tom King'y tropes-
    -SLOWWWWWWWW pacing
    -he more

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  • 1.0
    Quinn Jun 19, 2019

    King’s war on words continue. There entire pages without dialog, and some pages is is just public domain songs.

    The entire plot is Thomas wayne dragging a coffin with Martha’s body to a Lazerous Pit. He has Bruce coming too, and explains the whole Bane arc, literally. He explains the whole trope of you are broke down and rise from the ashes.

    Bruce does nothing. He doesn’t question anything, certainly not the fact that lazerous pits were originally written so that they had to be used shortly after death.

    King is stealing another plot - this time it is Death and the Maidens. That story also has the Wayne’s bodies being used for revival.

    Just a terrible issue that goes nowhere and reveals not more

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  • 5.0
    Darkseid24 Jun 19, 2019

    This story is sick on so many levels& I would enjoy it more, if I turned my brain completely off I guess, but thinking about it there are too many things, that just don’t make any sense.

    First of all I can’t see, why Bruce is even thinking Flashpoint Batman is his real father. Flashpoint Batman is a mass murderer, a Batman, who went psycho. Thomas is against everything Bruce stands for, so I can’t see how Bruce would ever be fine with him or see him as his father. Already made zero sense in Rebirth. Thomas is from an erased timeline, not the father Bruce has lost in the canon timeline.

    Secondly we still don’t get any explanation how Thomas can be in the canon timeline. At least we got some informations about more

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  • 3.0
    Talon1load Jun 19, 2019

    Once again Tom King shows that he knows nothing about Batman or even basic biology. Let’s see, Batman has his back broken, AGAIN, that’s at least the second time during this run, his alternate reality father apparently fixes it and escapes Gotham with Bruce all off panel. Is King capable of doing anything original because he just does the same shit over and over and he doesn’t do it well. Anyway, so daddy fixes his broken back and immediately throws him over the back of a horse. Having just had back surgery myself, this is complete and utter bullshit. King, again, shows that he has no idea how backs work. Lol. It’s so bad it’s funny. Daddy Bats rides around fighting ninjas and singing “Home in the Range” which I guess allowed more

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jun 19, 2019

    Even more garbage from Tom King. He has no grasp of Batman and I will be thrilled when they get him off of this book.

  • 10
    Linkush Jun 19, 2019

    Fantastic issue.

    This time around, we follow Thomas Wayne as he makes his way through the desert, setting up camps, fighting and singing to himself. While all of this is happening, I was at awe by how beautiful Janin's art was, just damn beautiful. Halfway through the issue, Bruce wakes up and that's where the interesting part starts. They both have a conversation about what happened prior and where they are heading. By the end, Bruce realizes where they are going and who is inside the coffin they were carrying. That realization ultimately makes us realize what was Thomas's plan all along and why he was helping Bane, and damn I thought it was good, I was in a complete shock.
    The issue ends with Bruce putting his cowl and loo more

  • 10

    A twisted father/son camping trip. It doesn't stand much ground on it's own as it is very light in story length, but as part of the arc it is very atmospheric and the reveal at the end was pretty crazy. I love that Thomas Wayne used his skills as a surgeon and also that he can't stop singing while being with his unconcious son.

    The art is some of Janin's best to date. Absolutely gorgeous issue.

  • 10
    Tony Jun 19, 2019

    One of the best issues in all King's run

    Art:10/10 Janín and Bellaire at their best.

    Writing: It's ok, it's good and the motivations of Thomas Wayne have logic, he can save a person who he loved, yeah we don't know how he survived but that situation doesn't make the book a bad comic book, at least for me, the dialogues between Bruce and Thomas feels good. 10/10.

  • 2.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 8, 2019

    Over a quarter of this book is the song Home on the Range and honestly I could get that for free on youtube so...

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  • 4.0
    egon244 Jun 19, 2019

    "You are not Batman"

    Well, this issue was useless. Everything that occurred here could have been said in one page, hell, in one panel or in one speech bubble. Yeah, useless.

    And Thomas Wayne singing during combat was just super weird. On one hand, it was quaint and kinda fitting, but on the other, he never struck me, while reading Flashpoint, as a guy who sings, not even in the shower.

    One upside to this issue though. The artwork. Mikel Janin and Jordie Bellaire go above and beyond with their work. Every page looks amazing. My favorite is the one where Bruce wakes up. The detail, his facial expression (the terror in his eyes)... just brilliant.

    It's a shame that their talent is wasted... on what more

  • 3.5
    LunaMoody Jun 19, 2019

    Okay Batman's big thing was always that he was a hero without powers. Just a man and his vow. So how is it he once again has his back broken and yet he is perfectly fine? Breaks do not heal that fast. I know his dad is a doctor but still spinal injuries do not heal over night no matter who fixes them. Come on !!! If you going to have him be just a non powered human then put a little reality into his healing. At least the first time around he was in a wheel chair for a while and was magically healed. I liked the ending. But really daddy Bat's helped break him. There should have been more anger. Would have like more dialogue between the Bat's and less Bat dad singing.

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  • 6.0
    AdmiralWhiskers Jun 19, 2019

    I am amazed at the staying power of Zack Snyder's imagery of Batman in the goggles and trenchcoat in the sandy/apocalyptic world. First, Snyder did it in Last Knight. Now, King on Batman.

    Singing "Home on the range" - What's the reason for the choice in song? Parody of the situation they are in? Trying to suggest calm on Wayne's part as he fights his way through 1/3 of the book? He could have fought in silence.

    On the bright side, King lowered the extraneous narrative boxes to (close to?) zero. The dialogue carried more weight as a result. The art is serviceable. Which is all you can ask when you're being instructed by the writer to draw sand dunes at twilight for 23 pages.

    I'll go 6.0/10...and then more

  • 7.5
    Another Nerd Jun 20, 2019

    Good issue- the twist at the end piqued my interest. Is Bruce's mother or Flashpoint Thomas Wayne's beloved in the box?
    Still can't explain what happened between Knightmares and this. Will #71 ever be explained?

  • 6.0
    Nihilist Jun 19, 2019

    Surprise, surprise, I didn't hate it. That's something.

    Half of the comic is unnecessary, empty filler, hence the lowered score, but once the action picks up, it's readable, and makes you want to quickly pick up the next issue to see where it all leads. The last time I felt like this while reading King's comic, was probably during... I Am Bane story arc?

    Like it or not, but Thomas' motivation has some sense to it. What would you do if someone you loved became a monster and then died alongside every other being on the planet, while you were offered a chance to travel to a different reality where she's still dead, but at least there's a way to bring her back with some... let's call it "help" from Ra's? I sure would try i more

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  • 6.0
    MistMiracle Jun 19, 2019

    Tbh I think this issue was the weakest in the recent arc. And "What's in the box?" reveal didn't get me. Also lot of filler stuff...

  • 6.0
    allenquanobi Jun 29, 2019

    I can't say I hate this series. I can just say how painfully average it is. A comparison for me would be the Ant-Man movies in the MCU. Just filler and average but not necessarily bad, which sucks because Tom King is capable of so much better. At least the art never really disappoints

  • 3.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jun 24, 2019

    "This issue has no plot progression, and the story keeps dragging on."

    "This issue is genius and portrays Thomas Wayne's tragic character beautifully."

    "This issue doesn't answer any questions; How did Flashpoint Bats survive the Button?"

    "Let King finish his story; you should only judge it when its over."

    "King's Batman is hot garbage."

    "King's Batman is art."

    "Golly gee, I wonder when the next issue of Doomsday Clock comes out?"

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