Batman #75

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 17, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 71
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"City of Bane" begins! Bane's minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist-including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane's program-and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least not the Batman anyone knows. It's like someone has replaced the real Gotham City with a twisted funhouse-mirror version of it. Meanwhile, the real Bruce Wayne is on a spiritual quest to regain his fighting spirit after his showdown with his father in the desert. Can the people of Gotham hold on until their protector is strong enough to come to their rescue? Plus, what does Lex Luthor's scheming mean for Gotham City more

  • 10
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Jul 17, 2019

    This is an absolutely incredible start to City of Bane, setting the stage and stakes for an intense climax. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 17, 2019

    King has had some rough patches during his run, but this was a strong beginning to the arc that will largely come to define readers' opinion of his overall work. This was exactly the kind of start King needed to get fans excited about the City of Bane and it definitely delivered. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - ComicsDude Jul 17, 2019

    Bane has brought a new status quo to the city of Gotham! But where is the Batman now? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 18, 2019

    The story is top notch. King takes elements from his entire run and puts them in everywhere. We get Gotham Girl, Pyg, you name it. We also get Catwoman. And it's completely awesome. The art by Daniel and Gerads is top notch. This is more than I could ever have hoped for. And it's just started. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 17, 2019

    Tony S Daniel and Mitch Gerads bring their A game to this issue and their talent is unmistakable. Daniel has a mastery of detail and it comes through not only in how great the characters look, but in all the small details you cant help admiring in the backgrounds. Gerads delivers some beautiful noir styled gritty art filled with style and tension. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Jul 17, 2019

    The first part of City of Bane is an otherworldly experience that expertly sets up what is sure to be the biggest, craziest, and most emotionally-charged arc of Kings Batman saga to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 17, 2019

    As Tom King's Batman enters its final arc, this mind-bending and often frustrating run kicks off its biggest arc yet, City of Bane, with a double-sized anniversary spectacular, Batman #75, that raises way more questions than it answers and delivers one punch after another. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 22, 2019

    Armed with big deal stakes, dynamite visuals, and a portentous voice, Batman #75 is a thrilling jumping-on point for those who may have moved on from Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Jul 17, 2019

    From Psycho-Pirate to Gotham Girl, Tom Kings entire run on Batman has led to City of Bane and the first issue of the arc absolutely delivers. Succeeding where The Dark Knight Rises failed, Batman #75 shows a compelling vision of Gotham in a world where Bruce Wayne has been broken. Whether as a standalone issue or part of the Tom King compendium, Batman #75 is an engaging look into a Gotham gone mad, and uncategorically worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 25, 2019

    If King and company can make their finale as strong as this arc's introduction, "City of Bane" will prove to be a hell of a send-off to one of the most ambitious Batman runs in history. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jul 17, 2019

    A solid issue that quickly sets up the world and stakes that Bruce is going to have to overcome. Im looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. Go buy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 18, 2019

    Tom King, Tony S. Daniel and Mitch Gerads gave "City of Bane" the hot start that was expected from all the build up to this major event. Throughout Batman #75 the creative team set a strong tone to what a Gotham City under the control of Bane and other villains would be like. In the process there are several characters that King has been working on that are given strong forward progress. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 17, 2019

    With Batman away, Gotham City has descended into darkness, and, with Bane standing at the helm, there's no telling if the Dark Knight will rise and reclaim his city. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jul 19, 2019

    After reading this issue I can say that (assuming that King can resist the urge to ruin the pacing by spreading the story out until it is thinner than a wet poppadom) City of Bane looks like it will be a very fun, very wild ride indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jul 19, 2019

    "Batman" #75 is quick to establish the scope and stake of 'City of Bane,' and it serves the purpose of ranking up excitement as any opening issue should. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jul 17, 2019

    Batman makes a big turnaround in this issue as we leave most of the convoluted, hanging plot points behind and instead just focus on what is happening in Gotham. Seeing familiar faces in new positions was really cool to see and while this issue suffers from the mistakes of this book's past, the things that we get are so much fun and so interesting that I found myself not caring about the problems this book still has. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jul 25, 2019

    Batman #75 has some flaws, despite an overall strong opening chapter. An overly-used plot, plus some iffy art by Daniels drags down the quality. But, the strength in concept and amusing tone makes “City of Bane” a fine start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 17, 2019

    For many, Tom King's Batman run has been hit and miss. You could say that this is more true than not, especially as a recent issue of Batman was basically a recap of the run to date. Perhaps fearing the backlash of Heroes in Crisis, the structure of the last few issues of this book has returned to a start, middle and end format that I credit editor Jame S.Rich for, giving each arc a feeling of resolution, regardless of the larger story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 20, 2019

    The introduction of City of Bane is sufficiently insane and dangerous, but the sudden shift in status quo makes it feel like a house of cards more than an actual conflict for Batman to defeat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 24, 2019

    We do get moments of Bruce Wayne, far away, searching for something… and finding someone, on his first steps to returning and reclaiming the city from Bane. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Jul 22, 2019

    Batman #75 may confuse readers at first, but once they realize what's going on, they may very well be fully on board to see what happens next. Tom King starts this arc off in a unique way and Tony Daniel, with Mitch Gerads, do a solid job in the art department. Despite a few flubs in dialogue, Batman 75 is a pretty good issue that makes me excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jul 18, 2019

    BATMAN #75 is a good opening to the arc. It sets an appropriately bleak tone for this point in the broader narrative with well-paced storytelling and excellent artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 20, 2019

    Tonally, the first 50 issues ofBatman and the following 25 are very different. The former was a build-up to a specific moment"the wedding that wasn't"and every moment felt like a necessary step forward. The latter has been full of ambitious, mind-bending twists and turns that leave the reader searching for solid ground. With 10 issues left, the hope is that King and co. will find a balance between the two, if not a return to the grounded realism of the first 50 issues, as this series is brought to a close. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 17, 2019

    Batman #75 offers a glimpse of a city in turmoil, but the scope of this issue is too small. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Nicole Drum Jul 17, 2019

    Not even the one "shock" reveal is enough to lift this from what feels like a major low. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 17, 2019

    I don't care for Batman #75 at all, and I have many reasons why I don't. In fact, many of these reasons stem from a trend with Tom King. A trend of trying too hard to defy expectations rather than simply tell a good story. A trend of not properly setting up, working, or telling a narrative fully and completely. A trend of illogical character developments. And a trend of Tom King recreating characters as himself. At some point, I just want a well-written story, without gimmicks, without shock value, with honestly depicted characters, and without needing to skirt around crucial plot points. I don't think I'm asking too much in that respect, but I don't think we're ever going to get that with Tom King's Batman. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    myconius Jul 17, 2019

    more random, all-over-the-place, decompressed, pseudo intellectual gibberish.

    nothing was properly set up. we are just thrust into Gotham being run by villains with Flashpoint Batman in charge of Wayne Manor and the Bat-cave.

    meanwhile Bruce is marching out in a snow blizzard in some undefined mountains. where? why? who knows? Bruce is asking for someone called 'The Memory of the Mountain', but gets his throat slashed and his head bashed with a crowbar by two nobody punks. then all the sudden Catwoman is there, just because.

    Bane gives a speech about how the Justice League won't come in and stop his havoc on Gotham because he'll threaten innocents. yeah. i totally buy that . . . . NOT! and the reason Bane more

  • 9.5
    Anotherfan Jul 17, 2019

    "All can be doubted. All but Bane."

    Here we are, City of Bane has begun and it's a blast. After breaking the Bat in the last 25 issues, the Venom-infused giant made his move on Gotham.
    This issue is divided in 3 parts :
    First, we have a glimpse of the New Gotham City under Bane's reign. We see Riddler and Jocker doing detective work and it's incredibly cool to see how King handles the new dynamic of the City. Then we saw Comissioner Strange calling for Batman and his Robin. Thomas Wayne and Gotham Girl are really well used and we have an explanation on why the other members of Bat-family are not around, and even if it might not satisfy everyone, it was pretty much on point. But, the biggest revelation was on how Bane more

  • 9.5
    Linkush Jul 17, 2019

    What an epic start to this arc.

    In this issue, we get to see Gotham under the control of Bane. Joker and Riddler taking on a homicide call, Hugo Strange is the commissioner and Batman is Thomas. Everything is different now and not only it is fun to read, but it also sets up the story amazingly well.

    On the other side of the story, we got Bruce, on a quest to find someone who is revealed at the end of the issue and has me super excited to see where this is going.

    Art, as usual for this series was amazing. Both Daniel and Gerad just draw some beautiful stuff. Not much else to say, it's damn good.

    Honestly, I couldn't ask for a better start for this arc. Can't wait to see how this will end.

  • 10
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  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 17, 2019

    There are some cool ideas here, but also so many Tom King tropes. I don't like these tropes so it really hurts this book. I feel like his dialogue is just getting more and more ridiculous and Bendis-like. I feel like this issue ignores a lot of what came before just for the sake of having "cool" moments. Some of which could be explained, easily, but I don't think they will be. This run is built on moments, not cohesive storytelling. I feel like that is a problem many newer, aspiring writers have. I certainly do. I don't know how long King has been writing, but it seems he does as well. You want the big moments, because those are exciting and interesting to write, but you need the in between moments. Those are what make your story truly work more

  • 2.5
    Quinn Jul 17, 2019

    Oh brother. King's Gotham is just silly. It's up is down wrong is right, evil is good. And that's just silly. We learn that Thomas Wayne is Batman and uses Gotham Girl to enforce things. Hugo Strange is the commissioner and Joker and Riddler are cops. Psycho Pirate "cures" the insane and we see him do that with Two-Face.

    Meanwhile we see a traveler walk in the snowy mountains being getting narration RIPPED OFF from the Tom Hanks movie "Charlie Wilson's War." It's a mess. We still get King's pet love of Batman insisting He and Selina met on a boat, and Selina saying they met on the streets.

    Does Thomas Wayne have the ability to separate Gotham from the rest of the Justice League. In the old days when kids would stay off more

  • 1.0
    LILIANREVO Jul 17, 2019


    I mean really, the art is good but this is the only score I can give to this issue because of the defect harms me so much.

    I have never seen a batman story not logical as this and it seems the wtitter DO NOT has the ability to write a hero like batman. This superhero IS A DETECTIVE and I haven't seen deductive reasoning or direct inference for a lonnnnnnng time. A good story need to tell people the reason and results IN ONE PLOT, not just shipping his own cancer from the beginning to the end to all the readers who just want to see exellenct stories of a DETECTIVE, or not just writting sloppy, moody, sickly fables, fairy tales or conceit instead a brilliant man.

    To be true, I don't need a more

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jul 17, 2019

    I can't say this enough....I can't wait for DC to get Tom King off of Batman!

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    Antonio Jul 17, 2019

    I love when Tony draws Batman, some people just don't like it or some people just hate it, but I like tony style and the Mitch art is awesome 10/10. The story starts strong I think big things are coming, the dialogues are good, and this issue feels like a Batman story but you know, it is a twisted Batman story. (10/10).Overall, I guess if you don't like this Batman maybe you don't find anything in this issue to change your opinion or maybe not, but beyond that I think that this will be a fun and crazy adventure.

  • 10

    This was amazing. I didn't expect the City of Bane to literally be a working city ruled by Bane. It was simultaneously striking, alien, and hilarious to see all the villains doing what they do in this issue.

    Also the way y'know who shows up again? Perfect.

  • 8.5

    A good start

  • 5.5
    Darkseid24 Jul 17, 2019

    I don’t think this issue is that bad. Tony S Daniel‘s art is awesome& I wish he drew the entire issue. I was never a fan of Mitch Gerard‘s art. It feels too rushed.
    As for the plot we are getting a glimpse of how Bane‘s city looks like ( which is basically Arkham War 2.0., but with less fun)& at least many villains made an appearance. There are some funny ideas like Hugo Strange as the Commissioner or Joker& Riddler as cops. Those are quite random though& Scarecrow’s& Joker’s team up during Knightfall was way more fun. King also writes a weird& unfun Joker. Speaking of Scarecrow. Of course there's as good as every villain in this issue except Scarecrow ( can’t blame him though). But what annoys me, that King gives a los more

  • 4.5
    Nihilist Jul 17, 2019

    You know, I love elseworlds. They aren't restricted by strict continuity rules of the main DC universe. What stops Superman's capsule from landing in CCCP? Or Joker going sane and becoming a politician, backed by one Harley and fought by another? Or Flash going back in time to save his mom, creating a dystopian world where Atlanteans and Amazons went to war with each other, and that war lead the world to the brink of absolute destruction?
    King flirted with elseworlds before, just to mention the dystopian Gotham Booster Gold saw in this run. This time he introduced us to yet another weird "bad" continuity, simultaneously adding random parts with Bruce and Gotham Girl. What story he's trying to tell us exactly, I don't know. Not only bec more

  • 3.0
    TSwan98 Jul 17, 2019

    I do not understand how people are giving this (and other books) 10/10. That is a perfect score. You are saying this book is perfect and there were no faults. Yet these people give 10s almost every book they review. It is a joke!!

    This book was the usual Tom King nonsense. No build up, big wow moments that are supposed to make you think its good, pretentious dialogue, the usual random, usually, stolen stories that have nothing to do with anything, and characters that act nothing like the characters they are supposed to be.

    I can not wait to enjoy Batman again when King is gone.

  • 10
    Andrea D’Alò Jul 17, 2019

    This is GREAT

  • 9.5
    CHolt Jul 17, 2019

    So. Much. Happening. Can’t wait for the next one

  • 5.0
    nec Jul 17, 2019


    I’m not wasting my money on a book with terrible dialogue and half baked ideas, incomplete story telling and changing character motivations. I’d rather spend my money on an indie book. I wish I picked up Kelly sue’s aquman when she started and dropped this then.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Jul 18, 2019


    -Hey! Mitch Gerads is here! I didn't know that! Tony Daniel's art was good, but in my opinion Gerads' was superior in its atmosphere, truly capturing the "apocalyptic" Gotham this issue is trying to sell. Plus he is not only a fantastic penciller, but a damn good color artist.

    -This wasn't as bad as the last few issues.

    THE BAD:

    -There is no way on this planet that Tom: King of Filler deserves a an extra sized $4.99 issue.

    -This comic is supposed to be about the villains taking over Gotham, which is a fun concept, yet it's kind of ruined by the villains having absolutely no personality whatsoever.

    -Wow. I wasn't expecting this comic to give me so many flashbacks more

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  • 2.0
    Talon1load Jul 17, 2019

    What the hell did I just read? How long since the last issue? Why was Catwoman on the mountain? I get everyone is probably being controlled by Psycho Pirate but it’s still stupid. Nobody sounds right which I’m sure will be chalked up to being controlled but that only changes their emotions, not their entire personalities. What was with the stupid ass story of the man walking up the mountain? I guess Thomas just has utter contempt for his son and treats his old pal Alfred like shit as well. This was complete and utter bullshit. So standard King writing. I hate it with a fiery passion at this point. It never gets better because King can’t seem to write a coherent story. How anyone could claim this is a 10/10 perfect comic is beyond more

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Jul 17, 2019

    Finally, King gets his game back, just in time to finish his run on Batman. While there were many bumps, this issue was a great start to a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion on Batman that looks to be very interesting. I loved the art in this as usual, one of the consistent good parts of this entire run. The story is interesting, loved seeing Thomas and Alfred have a conversation that is sure to be surreal for the latter. Meanwhile, it sets up intrigue for Bruce in the next issue, as well as the Batman/Catwoman miniseries King is gonna write. Overall, good solid start for the end.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Aug 16, 2019

    Neat idea, sometimes let down by the writing.

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  • 10
    SuperHandz86 Jul 19, 2019

    I honestly had a hard time enjoying moments in this series but this issue definitely got me excited all over again. There so much to take in; from Riddler and joker working together and Thomas Wayne working with Gotham girl. There just alot and CATWOMAN. I'm over joyed and totally excited to see this to the end. Can't wait to see what's next.

  • 8.0
    Comicstime Jul 18, 2019

    Now we’re talking. Finally have me hooked on how this is going to play out

  • 6.5
    LunaMoody Jul 17, 2019

    I like that Bane has Psycho Pirate turning the other villains into his police force. That's kind of fun. And I'm glad Selina is finally back. But I'm still disappointed in a lot of the story. All the pages of Bruce climbing the mountain in the snow while the reader is being told a stupid useless story of a farmer was just wasted space that could have been used for real story telling. Same with Gotham Girl rattling on endlessly about nothing. All that unnecessary dialogue makes me as a reader feel cheated on once again of getting a story told to us. And being told a story is after all the reason we buy the book to begin with. Also the conversation between Lex and Bane would have been more enjoyable had it been made clear from the start who w more

  • 6.0
    egon244 Jul 17, 2019


    This was actually, surprisingly, entertaining. Odd.

    First things first though. Gotham Girl's dialogue was just awful. It was painful to read. And if I'm going to have read the bit about boat or street one more time... I'm gonna lose it.

    Now positives. There's a couple of them, actually. Odd.
    The artwork was good, especially Mitch Gerads' part. The page where Gotham Girl makes her entrance was pretty good too.

    And I can't deny it. What Bane did with Gotham City is just so cool. Brainwash villains into submission, keep the Justice League away by threatening to hurt innocents and defeat Batman by finally bringing "peace" to the city.

    Yeah, it's cool.

  • 5.0
    AdmiralWhiskers Jul 19, 2019

    What fresh hell is this?

    What relationship does this have to #74? Two Batmen entered, one left. Now one is in the Batcave, the other is wandering around the Himalayas again...while Catwoman just happens to be there. It's as if #74 (and the "home on the range" issue) didn't matter. Were they a dream?

    I get King's scene setting with Bane running Gotham, but there is zero reaction from rest of universe. Would one not think that a single spandex hero would be concerned about the happenings in Gotham?

    Truthfully, I can actually get behind the basic premise of Bane running Gotham using Psycho Pirate to keep everyone in line, but it literally has zero connection to the preceding arc. That's just bad writing. more

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