Batman #78

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 53
7.8Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

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In the first part of a "City of Bane" interlude, Batman receives help from an ally he thought he had lost for good: Catwoman! Still recovering from the beatings he took from Bane and Flashpoint Batman, the Dark Knight readies himself for a return to Gotham City, and it's Selina Kyle who holds the key. She knows how Bane is fueling his regime, and she'll help Batman shut down the supply line-but first she has to whip the battered hero into shape.

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Sep 11, 2019

    This is 100% a key issue of Tom King's run and an absolutely defining moment for the hero himself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Vishal Gullapalli Sep 11, 2019

    Once again, Tom King is showing that his entire run has built up to this event, and has been masterfully crafted since its first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 11, 2019

    This is another issue that just shines in King's run. The art by Clay Mann is absolutely tops. He's really just an amazing artist. Just amazing. You can't ask for better than this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Sep 11, 2019

    Batman #78 is a timely break from action, an emotionally resonant and visually-perfect vacation with Batman and Catwoman. King has built to this from the start, and Mann and Morey help flawlessly execute a pivotal chapter in this run. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 11, 2019

    Clay Mann is a master at detail and all of the art in this issue is beautiful and filled with it. The characters look amazing. The backgrounds and vistas add emotional weight to the character moments and the tone of the story is perfectly captured in the art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Sep 11, 2019

    There are plenty of things worth complaining about concerning Tom King's Batman. I've done more than my fair share of it. At the end of the day though, this is an excellent issue that beautifully captures the relationship of Bruce and Selina. Yes, I'm a little miffed with the timing of this issue, but I can't deny the excellent work that the entire creative team provides here. Batman #78 is top-notch, and all parties involved should be incredibly happy with the work they've done here! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Sep 11, 2019

    Tom King deserves a lot of criticism, even when it comes to the main idea of this issue. However, at least for this issue, his execution was immaculate. Add some really beautiful art on top of that and this issue is really amazing. If it had come at a different time, I might have called it perfect. I don't know how the rest of this story arc will turn out but this issue deserves praise. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 11, 2019

    Batman #78 is a welcome return to form for the series, as the Bat and the Cat take center stage. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Sep 12, 2019

    The hopeless romantic in me felt totally seen and appreciated with issue #78 ofBatman. The comic book reader in me continues to wonder how far my patience can carry me as I'm ready for some closure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charlie Ashby Sep 11, 2019

    Overall, Batman #78 is a fun first part of an interlude that dives deep into the relationship between Batman and Catwoman. It is strengthed by the writer and artists' adoration for the story, but the abrupt change in pace may upset those who wanted to see the aftermath of the previous issues' cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 12, 2019

    Batman #78 is a great issue that tops off Bruce and Selina's personal arc. The dialogue is particularly well-constructed. Despite some silliness and weird placement within the “City of Bane” story, it is still pretty awesome. Easily the best issue of Batman in a little while. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Sep 12, 2019

    BATMAN #78 is interesting and compelling on its own. It's placement within the larger narrative feels wrong, though, creating tone problems coming off our last issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 14, 2019

    A perfectly fine issue has some sprinkles of character development, while mostly slowly walking circles around itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Nicola Austin Sep 11, 2019

    Batman #78 is possibly an unwelcome interlude for some, breaking up the action and pace of the ‘City of Bane' narrative, but there's no denying the emotional weight and beauty of the writing and art. Please, please, please can we head back to Gotham in the next issue though? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 12, 2019

    Tom King their goal of getting Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle back together at the conclusion of Batman #78. King clearly takes great care in writing Bruce and Selina's relationship. Unfortunately this issue falters when it comes to the actual "City of Bane" storyline. There is no sense of urgency even after the jaw dropping moment in Batman #77 that should've been shown as major event which rocked the franchise. If King doesn't shift the attention back to what is going on in Gotham City in the next issue he risks losing the big event narrative in "City of Bane." Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Sep 11, 2019

    The most skippable comic in Tom King's Batman run. There is nothing new or interesting going on here. If you enjoy Clay Mann art it may be worth the pick up, but that is about all there is to see here. A mostly boring retread through the Batman and Catwoman romance. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 11, 2019

    Last issue really felt like it was escalating the City of Bane to another level. Issue 78 just finds King waxing poetic about Bat and Cat again with hardly a care in the world. Theres more than enough Batman offerings this week that you can easily skip this issue and not miss anything. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Linkush Sep 11, 2019

    I really liked it.

    I can already see people complaining about how this is filler but I think that it's good to finally have a more laid back issue that focuses on Bruce and Selina's relationship, especially after they were separated for so long. I thought that it was well written, heartwarming and beautiful. The art is so good I don't think I know a word to describe how good it is. And most importantly, this issue felt earned. I've been waiting for this kind of issue since #50 so I'm happy we finally got one.

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  • 3.0
    Nihilist Sep 11, 2019

    It's by far one of the best looking Batman comics in a while, filled with gorgeous art, from start to finish, but that's the tragedy of it - it looks great, but offers nothing of value otherwise. It's garbage, borderline unreadable due to its painful, almost mechanical dialogues, and no real, actual, genuine chemistry between Catwoman and Batman. Their relationship has become Twilight level of forced and unnatural.
    Even if you don't dislite King's run, I see no reason to recommend this comic. It's worthless filler. Too bad Mann's talents were wasted on it.

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  • 1.0
    myconius Sep 11, 2019

    an absolutely pathetic excuse for a Batman comic!!

    the only thing this comic was missing was Catwoman tying Batman up in bondage with a gag-ball in his mouth, then spanking his fanny with a paddle until he said "Thank you Mistress Catwoman. May i have another?"

    this has nothing to do with the issues before it.

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  • 6.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Sep 11, 2019

    Tom King is a goner, so I'm presuming that this arc is toast within 12 months of his departure. That makes reviewing this little escapade as anything more than the oddity that it is...well, kinda pointless. I don't mind the "City of Bane" arc itself, but the "how we got here" part with Thomas Wayne was dreadful. But I digress, and I don't want to continue beating up on the soon-departed.

    It was an decent story for what it was...A sexy little rehab of body and mind on the French Riviera or wherever. Perhaps the most intelligible story I've read by King, and that counts for a lot with him.

    My complaints are cosmetic:

    1. The Cat/Bat dialogue is annoying. I know King is wed to that terminology, but he more

  • 4.0
    SONOFBATMANN Sep 11, 2019

    I can't believe I actually read this.

    The art is gorgeous, don't get me wrong, but this book though...

    This is the most unimaginative and elementary comic I have ever read in my entire life. At least when I read All-Star Batman and Robin (TBW) I get some enjoyment out of attempting to decipher Miller's ridiculous storytelling, but this is just makes me lose brain-cells.

    "Oh wow, he mentioned the possible future seen back in Annual #2 (which I actually liked)", "King's work is so connected; he truly is the definitive writer of our generation."

    I don't care how good the art is, how many "interesting" or "creative" ideas he introduces, Tom King can't write romance for shit, and the only "modern class more

  • 3.5
    Quinn Sep 11, 2019

    The art is great, that is why I rate it this highly. The whole issue is Bruce and Selina talking at each other, not to each other.

    Basically, Selina says she gave up the relationship to be a hero, but she is not a hero, she is a thief.

    Bruce said he thought Batman had to be alone to work. But that doesn’t explain Robins 1-4, Multiple Batgirls, Batwomen, justice leagues, commissioners, Outsiders. Remember kids, Batman debuted in 1939, Robin in 1940. That partnership lasted until 1969. Basically, Batman as a loner is a myth.

    Anyway, Bruce and selina’s Dialog could have been thoughts to themselves. I get little sense of actual two way communication.

    Also Bruce disguises himself as old school Magn more

  • 2.5
    Talon1load Sep 11, 2019

    The art is good but this story and dialogue are so damn bad that it’s a 2.5 for me. Apparently Catwoman interrogated the 2 random guys on the mountain who easily beat and cut Bruce’s throat. For some reason they knew the key to beating Bane. Why? Who the hell knows. King can never be bothered to provide details. The dialogue is so bad that I’m left assuming Tom King is actually a hermit who has never interacted with another human being. This issue and the entire series is complete bullshit. Thank god he’s leaving but it still isn’t soon enough.

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  • 2.0
    KFuqua Sep 12, 2019

    Great art and more garbage written by Tom King. I can't wait for him to be off of Batman!

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  • 10
    Viasd Sep 11, 2019

    King writes Batman and Catwoman’s relationship perfectly in this one, regardless of all the other nonsense he’s done in the last thirty issues. I was able to forget about all of that and really enjoy the art and dialogue in this surprisingly uplifting issue.

  • 9.0
    Anotherfan Sep 11, 2019

    Really liked the issue. Still finding this story well writen and touching. And of course, art is on another level.

  • 1.5
    YourGreenMuse Sep 11, 2019

    "It's like poetry, it rhymes."

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  • 1.0
    Marvel Overlord Sep 12, 2019

    this has to be the worst batman issue i have read in my life. its the city of bane and no reference to it in this boring issue

  • 10
    Antonio Sep 11, 2019

    I consider that, nobody in their right mind, will criticize Mann's art in this issue, it is absolutely incredible. It is a 10 out of a 10. It is one of the most beautiful drawings I have seen in several years and the colors do not detract at all. The problem will focus on the script and the dialogues of Tom King but no one should be surprised. A few numbers to conclude his stage, he will not change, for better or worse from here until the end he will remain in his style and in what he intends to oppose. I like the Bat-Cat stuff, I just hope this really leads to something compelling and that in the end everything joins with a certain logic. I need to see how this relationship evolves in the following issues to be able to reach a conclusion a more

  • 1.0
    SnakeWilson Sep 12, 2019

    oh yes, the beach episode, that's why we all love anime
    in today's episode, it's made clear that the great mangaka tom king did not finish his story so more filler
    the animation is gorgeous, as you can expect
    our beloved protagonist is still trying to find love with his Tsundere(or wtf is the term)
    unfortunately he comes out as one of those random dudes you find on social media complaining about their feelings in the most generic yet pretentious way possible
    lots of weird dialogue repeating words, one word sentences and etc. making even more clear that this is a filler episode to fill up space
    the best part is how heroic our protagonist comes out. his beloved city is burning and he is on a island with his cr more

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  • 10
    LunaMoody Sep 11, 2019

    Beautiful art and coloring. I love how much detail the artist puts into his work.

    I also love the story. It was good to see Selina helping Batman get his mojo back after all he has gone through. I also loved how they were so torn between their love and emotions after their non-wedding. It felt real and deeply emotional. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I find it funny how so many reviewers are upset over this interlude because of the timing of it. I'm glad they wrote it. It was beautifully done. I don't think at this time Bruce has found out about Alfred yet or maybe he has and that's how Alfred will end up still being alive. Maybe Bruce and Selina set something up that switched him out somehow and he didn't get killed. I for one more

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  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Sep 11, 2019

    Wow the art is good. The story is eh... I do like the way king writes Batman and Catwoman's relationship, but couldn't they have solved their problems in Gotham while fighting criminals or doing something that progresses the plot. Why go to the beach instead lol it kinda just makes Batman seem hypocritical and lazy. I wish this entire issue had the same dialogue but in Gotham instead, or in some other setting. It is a shame that the art is always so good, I hope for the next Batman run the artists get to stay, specifically Mann and Weeks, that would be awesome

  • 6.0
    Bleemak Sep 11, 2019

    I for one, don't hate it. I like it actually. I like seeing Bat and Cat together. The art is great. Writing isn't bad.

    What I don't like is the timeline this is set in. City of Bane is happening right now and Bruce is just relaxing. That doesn't fit to his character. I actually hate how Bruce isn't doing everything he can to stop Bane now.

    It's a hard comic to review. It's not bad, as a stand-alone comic, it's good. But as part of CoB, it is bad.

  • 10
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Sep 12, 2019

    That was a beautiful issue and actually really captures the loneliness, and dodging, of a relationship with hurt on both sides.

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  • 9.0
    Nickweiser Sep 11, 2019

    Not much happens as it is another Bat Cat convo but the execution is nicely done and more life like unlike some of the more robotic convos of the past. Clay Mann art is amazing as always.

  • 9.0
    Another Nerd Sep 11, 2019

    Beautiful issue, both art and writing.

  • 9.0
    axdn Sep 15, 2019

    I just loved it !

  • 8.0
    BirdmanG07 Sep 11, 2019

    Bump in score cause of the art. The art is amazing, narratively I’d put it closer to a 7.

    King’s pacing for the run overall has been slow, I almost feel like this all should’ve been included in the previous issue. I can see where the Bruce and Selena are “talking at not to” perspective is coming from but I don’t think it’s as bad as others.

    Had the overall pacing in the run been better this would have a higher score. It’s needed for the overall story I believe he’s going for to work.

  • 7.5
    Grifter Sep 11, 2019

    Clay Mann’s art 😍

  • 6.5
    MKW69 Sep 11, 2019

    Not bad, But it should happen long time ago!

  • 6.0
    egon244 Sep 11, 2019

    "My world is dust without you"

    I'm fine. Everything is... fine. Bat. It doesn't matter. It's settled. Cat. I'm fine. Everything's fine. The boat. Brah. That's your wife? I fine. Everything's fine. The street. I waited. I wept. I'm fine. I'm not fine. Everything's fine. Everything's not fine.

    Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. It fills the speech bubbles and makes your dialogue deep (pretentious) and profound (super-pretentious).

    And just when I started to think that Selina finally starts sounding like a human being and instead of "Bat" finally calls the guy by his name (that part where they were in beds was really quite good, I especially liked the part about Bruce letting go when he is with Selina), King g more

  • 4.0
    Pseudnik Sep 14, 2019

    Probably worth buying for Clay Mann's art. Just scribble out all of Tom King's words first and you're good to go.

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