Batman #76

Writer: Tom King Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 7, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 67
7.7Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

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"City of Bane" continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven't yet signed on with Bane. It's all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don't want to play along- and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne's aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city.

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim Aug 7, 2019

    Tom King plans on ending his Batman run with a bang and Batman #76 is adding gasoline to that fire. The writing, story, pacing, and art are top notch. I can only think of two more words to describe my reaction to this issue. Hell yeah. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 9, 2019

    This story is unfolding much differently than I thought it might. But I like that. King and Daniel work great here and it's just thrilling. The end of the issue really raises the stakes too. This is another fine chapter of this excellent comic. It's unlike any Batman story that has come before it. And I love that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 7, 2019

    While King seemed ago drag out other storylines the pacing on City of Bane so far has been on point as he gives just enough information to keep readers hooked as he unfolds whats so far been an epic finale to his Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Aug 7, 2019

    King and Daniel are crafting a proper epic to cap off this legendary run on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 7, 2019

    There's a LOT going on here, and it's building into one of the most exciting stories of King's run. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 7, 2019

    Tony S Daniel delivers some stunningly beautiful art in this issue. From the characters to the highly detailed backgrounds, everything look great, especially the action. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Aug 7, 2019

    Batman #76 continues to highlight the complete control Bane has over Gotham while showcasing the desperation Batman and his allies feel. With career best work from the artists and King at the height of his run, this arc is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Aug 15, 2019

    We don't really need another contemporary totalitarian dystopia, since we're well on the way to living in one now, but this is proving to be a fun ride anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Aug 8, 2019

    The good news is having Batman swoop in and kick some ass after getting knocked down is basically a guaranteed win. So a respectable finale is almost guaranteed as long as the story doesn't get too ambitious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Aug 8, 2019

    BATMAN #76 is another great entry leading up to the final climax of King's run. It's tense, well-paced, and has an overwhelming sense of grim despair, which sets a great tone for what's coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Aug 7, 2019

    If #75 was too narrow, #76 is open exactly wide enough. There's a lot revealed in the tight narratives in the issue and you'll want to carefully read every expression and every word on every page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 12, 2019

    Again, the artwork alone is worth the price of admission for Batman #76! That cover -remember when you first saw Batman broken by Bane" are we in the midst of another crippled Batman? Or is he out for the count and another of his Robins will assume the mantle? This story is like shoving an octopus into a bag. There are so many ways it can go and you can never be sure. Kudos to Tony Daniel's art, but also Tom King has penned a special series! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 7, 2019

    Tom King's run is extremely flawed, and while I'm not ignoring that, I don't want to take away from the quality of this issue alone. Batman #76 is a high-energy issue where King abandons many of the bad habits that I've spent years complaining about! Does it undo the shortcomings that have preceded this? No, but it definitely deserves praise for what it does well, and there are many things to praise here between King's script and (especially) Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey's art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 12, 2019

    Batman #76 does a fine job putting over the current status quo in Gotham City. Though the no show of Bane is disappointing, Tom King does a great job writing Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl as the new Dynamic Duo. The new world order that they have created is amplified by the way Robin, Captain Atom and other heroes and villains react to their presence. All of this builds anticipation for how things will go down once Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle make it back to Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Aug 9, 2019

    Batman #76 makes for a fun, but disjointed reading experience. It does a good job on depicting the fringe benefits and pitfalls of Bane's domination. But it also jerks readers around from scene to scene with little finesse at times and has unnecessary Catwoman filler pages. Overall, the comic is an okay read with some storytelling flaws in it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Aug 9, 2019

    Those scenes are when King is at his best as a writer. Finding the small moments of humanity within an others superpowered world. Here it is a quiet moment between Catwoman and an ailing Batwoman as she speaks to the merits of an infamous painting by Vermeer. Within that conversation is what could be the key force of this entire epic-finding beauty in the mundane. In a medium filled with great works about astronomical feats perhaps it is within the quiet everyday moments we can find something new. As we have seen some may want something different from their Batman title. Ultimately comics are better when creators take chances because even a failed chance is more valuable than a predictable success. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 10, 2019

    The new issue of Batman checks in with some key characters as City of Bane continues, and that's nice enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Aug 13, 2019

    The pacing in Batman #76 is a bit odd, but it's definitely not a bad story by any means. The writing is solid and the art is stellar. It just didn't feel like very much had transpired in this issue. If you haven't read/stopped reading Batman and want to read it, I'd start with issue #75 first. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 7, 2019

    Batman #76 is an underwhelming addition to a normally great series, as "City of Bane" fails to live up to its promise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Aug 7, 2019

    Batman #76 is an extremely conflicting issue; the stellar artwork is hampered by a plodding, aimless script. Comics are a team effort and everyone should be bringing their A-Game to the table. If even one element is off, it can affect the entire issue. Good art can only carry you so far and I hope that King picks up the pace in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Aug 7, 2019

    Its a well-executed issue that I think does a great job of conveying how hopeless things are in Gotham City, but I think that I would have preferred to get the story moving. On to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Aug 7, 2019

    Tom King gives us a glorified filler issue where we reinforce the ideas that the reader already knew about. If you read the issue before this, you have a pretty solid idea of everything that is happening in this issue. It's redundant and lazy. However, the scenes that we do get aren't bad by any means. They are simply inconsequential at the current moment. Perhaps the future will show that these scenes mattered, but we don't give an issue credit for what MIGHT happen. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Aug 8, 2019

    The art was very well done in this issue with some of my favorite pages being of Thomas Wayne, I mean the man is just an absolute unit. So yeah, its kind of disappointing that the only good thing about this issue took me 2 sentences to say. I mean Im sure I could go on more about the art but whats really the point? This issue is just as terrible as the last. Im giving this issue 1 star. Trust me if I thought giving it no stars would matter much I would but I mean Thomas looked cool. Right? Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Darkseid24 Aug 7, 2019

    I didn’t like this issue& I can’t understand how people can rate it 7 or better. Even the biggest Tom King fan can’t ignore the big plotholes:

    Two issues ago Bruce was fighting with a broken back in the desert.

    Last issue he was walking around in the Himalayas ( or wherever)& met Catwoman ( even so last time we saw her, she was in a city in the US.

    This issue he’s in Paris with Catwoman—- how does this make any sense?

    Things are getting even more ridiculous in Gotham. King lets Gotham Girl beat Captain Atom with one punch. This only shows, that King doesn’t have a clue about who the characters are he is writing. Did he ever read a comic with Captain Atom? I don’t think so.

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  • 1.5
    myconius Aug 7, 2019

    Tom King just has no idea how to tell a story.
    his "plots" are all over the place and incoherent.

    Tom King also does not understand nor does he respect any of the characters within the DCU.

    him being one of the main writers is a major reason why DC Comics is in so much trouble right now..

    DC should just change the companies name to 'The Titanic'.
    that would make Tom King an iceberg.

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  • 2.5
    Talon1load Aug 7, 2019

    A pointless issue from an incompetent writer. That's really all there is to say. The art was nice but the lack of coherence and actual story leaves this at a 2.5 for me.

  • 4.0
    Nihilist Aug 7, 2019

    It's impressive how many parallel points of view Tom King manages to squeeze in just one issue, and make them all so bland and pointless at the same time. I'd love to see the story from Kite Man and Scarecrow's angle, I'd love to see more Gotham Girl, and Robins as well, since they were criminally underused in this run. But at the same time, I can't stop thinking, there's something big missing in this comic - call it "heart", call it "plot", doesn't matter, but despite having all these different POVs, none of them feels captivating and tense. Yeah, even chase and fight scenes.
    The art is beautiful, though.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Aug 7, 2019

    I'm tired of this. I'm tired of saying "this issue was better than last issue, at least," because the bar has been set so damn low. I may just stick to rating this series from now on, if that. As for my thoughts on the issue:

    Well, it was better than last issue at least.

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  • 9.0
    Anotherfan Aug 7, 2019

    "Shit negro, here we go again"

    City of Bane continues to introduce us to the New Gotham City. King's still writing so there the same qualities and problems than the last 75 issue. I really enjoyed the issue, the stakes keep getting higher. The Batman chasing vilain was cool and it is nice to see Kite Man again. Hoping to see more of him in the next issue.

  • 8.5
    DSMister Aug 7, 2019

    I think a lot of people are blinded by their hatred towards Tom King and his... erm. Disastrous Heroes in Crisis. And believe me, I am not pleased at what came out of that series, either. I'm also really mad at him for how he wrote that story. It ultimately left a lot of soreness. However, I try not to look at the writer, but the story. And what I see is a pretty good story.

    I see that the stories are improving. After trudging a long way from the Knightmares, the story feels like it's picking up pace again. Overall, it's a good read.

    It was nice to see Tim and Damien interact. I haven't really seen them much, and I think Tom handled them pretty well. Damien acts like a spoiled brat at first, but it's clear he's hiding more

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  • 4.0
    SONOFBATMANN Aug 7, 2019

    I mean the political aspects are kind of cool, but I really could give less of a shit at this point.

    Damian is still written like a one dimensional brat, ignoring all of the work Tomasi and Morrison have done for the character since his creation.

    I guess Kite-man is dead?

    Just a bland story arc containing some good ideas paired with terrible buildup and dialogue.

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  • 3.5
    KFuqua Aug 8, 2019

    More garbage from Tom King, but some nice art by Tony Daniel.

  • 2.5
    Quinn Aug 7, 2019

    Well we see Selina stealing paintings to pay for Bruce's coma care in Paris. Gotham Girl beats up Captain Atom.

    You're caught up.

    Nothing else really happens. We see a little more of how Gotham works, but nothing really that informative. The Robins are frustrated, but that's it. Just more decompressed story-telling. The art is nice. But it's also more told, not seen. We don't know who Selina got Bruce from the snowy mountains of wherever there were snowy mountains last issue. (I forget and don't feel like looking it up.)

    More Kiteman. To paraphrase Indigo Montoya - "you keep thinking Kiteman is interesting. I don't that word means what you think it means."

    We also see Dad Batman using a gun. So wh more

  • 1.0
    LILIANREVO Aug 7, 2019

    LOL this is the MOST RIDICULOUS BATMAN ISSUE I've ever seen.

  • 9.0
    Linkush Aug 7, 2019

    Gotham is descending into madness and it's such a joy to read.

    The issue starts with Gotham Girl and Captain Atom fighting because Atom can sense that something is wrong in the city but gets beaten by Gotham Girl pretty easily (maybe the fight should have been tenser or longer), reinforcing the idea that getting into Gotham city without Bane's permission is not an easy task to do. We then jump to scenes with Kite Man (Hell Yeah!) and Scarecrow trying to run away from Bane but eventually they get caught because no one can escape Bane's plan. While all of this is happening we get some scenes that show us Catwoman trying to take care of Bruce. Loved those scenes and I can't wait for Bruce to finally wake up and give us what we waite more

  • 9.0
    Antonio Aug 7, 2019

    I just want to say this:

    Good art

    Good story

    Tom King and Tony Daniel show us what is Gotham City right now and it is amazing. It is a story that encompasses many issues, so it will progress little by little.

  • 5.5
    allenquanobi Aug 7, 2019

    And just like that...King lost me again. This is getting a 6 (edit 5.5) from me solely because of the art and atmosphere. With only 10 issues left on the title, King seems to be taking his sweet time because the plot with Bruce goes nowhere in this issue, it's just setting up Gotham's atmosphere, which is cool, but the last issue already did that. We already know it's a bizarro world in Gotham. Daniel's art is great as always, but unfortunately it seems to be wasted.

  • 10
    Batman Jones Aug 6, 2019

    It just keeps getting better. And Tony Daniel's contributing the best work of his career. I've always liked his art well enough but he's been out of this world on this arc. I've loved the slow burn/long game of King's run but we're nearing the endgame now and pace has really picked up and the urgency has too. The last two issues have been fantastic.

    I see a bad end coming for Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl but I really hope they manage to stick around, especially FP Batman. I haven't been so excited by a new Batman villain since Ra's al Ghul.

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  • 10
    CHolt Aug 7, 2019

    Exciting and surreal.

  • 9.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Aug 7, 2019

    When I heard of Captain Atom showing up, I had predicted the government wanted to wipe Gotham off the map or maybe that Psycho Pirate controlled him and Bane was using him as a deterrent. I totally forgot somehow Gotham Girl is already a deterrent...

    This was pretty great. I am in love with this idea of Gotham being run by villains and it continues to deliver.

  • 6.0
    AdmiralWhiskers Aug 7, 2019

    I jumped on in the mid-60's, and this qualifies as the first Batman by King that I've read that was halfway decent.

    I note that being on the desert on a horse with no name over the previous issues, ending up in a brutal Batman v. Batman throw-down with one Batman emerging, meant absolutely nothing. All those songs, all those Russian storybooks read to us over and over and over...nothing. So what was the purpose in putting the readership through it? To see how low sales had to go before you got fired? (The answer seems to be around 83,000 books...but sales are still dropping...barely hanging in there over 80,000, confirming that it is indeed time to get a better writer on this title and soon.)

    We got a painful solil more

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 3, 2019

    Just hard to follow.

  • 9.0
    Another Nerd Aug 13, 2019

    It took half a year but King's run is finally back on track.

  • 6.5
    LunaMoody Aug 7, 2019

    I have mixed feelings on this issue. There are some parts I really liked..........

    1. First off I have to say I love the art. Selena looks so pretty. Strangely oriental when I believe she is supposed to be Romanian, Italian mix. But who cares. She looks awesome.

    2. I did enjoy the part with Tim and Damian on the roof top. I really liked that for once they showed Damian being lost and looking to Tim for answers on what to do. It was a nice brotherly moment for them. I would have liked to have some dialogue about what happened between Bruce and Tim as well as some mention of why they questioned believing him to begin with. I know Bat's has had his crazy like moments here and there over the years. But after all that Bat more

  • 5.0
    egon244 Aug 7, 2019

    "Easy or hard?"

    Adam Strange is screwed.

  • 4.0
    CaptnAmerca Aug 12, 2019

    The biggest disparity between beautiful visuals and incoherent plot since Prometheus.

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Aug 11, 2019

    This comic is so baffling to me. From the way it's structured, to the way it's written. I'm so sick of King's tropes at this point. And there's not even much of a story anymore to form around said tropes. What is going on with the structure here? This comic is slowly breaking down and it's an incredible thing to witness.

  • 3.0
    Superheroes for Hire Sep 22, 2019

    It had promise last issue.

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