Batman #79

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 59
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In the concluding chapter of the two-part "City of Bane" interlude, Batman and Catwoman pull a job to stop Bane's supply ship from smuggling dangerous cargo into Gotham City. It'll send a message back to the big guy that his reign of terror is soon to be over...but what does it also signal for the future of Bruce and Selina?

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Sep 18, 2019

    Batman #79 completes the double-dose of BatCat content you always wanted. Kings writing and planning combine with masterclass art from Mann and Morey. Were reaching the crescendo of this run, and its nothing but peaks. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Sep 18, 2019

    Batman #79 is another one of the more quiet, character-driven issues in Tom King's run and, like many before it, an excellent example of just how good this run truly is. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Sep 21, 2019

    Batman #79 is a thrilling, entertaining issue that deals in adult themes without forgetting that comics are here to entertain and enthrall. The main characters feel like real people, with all their flaws, and their strengths, too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Sep 18, 2019

    As Ive said previously, Tom Kings Batman isnt big action sequences and super heroics, but his flair for character has given us a very human take on an eighty-year-old character in a way that I dont think we have ever seen before. I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. And if my wife is reading this, you totally kissed me first. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 27, 2019

    This amazing interlude in the City of Bane storyline should restore even the most cynical reader's faith in King as a writer. Am I hyped up for Batman's return to Gotham? To echo Selina, “Quoth the Kite-Man: Hell yeah.” Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 19, 2019

    King has set up a hell of a fight. I just hope from here that he delivers. I think he should now that everything is coming to a head. I'm buckled up and ready to see where this comic book takes us. It should be exciting for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2019

    Batman #79 finds beauty and pathos in Batman and Catwoman's enduring romance. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Sep 18, 2019

    This issue is a much-needed rest and victory for Bruce and Selina, and provides a triumphant note to herald their return to the City of Bane. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 18, 2019

    We all know some grim stuff is coming as Batman and Catwoman return to retake Gotham, so this break arc is a nice breather before this title heads into the last six issues of its run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charlie Ashby Sep 18, 2019

    Overall, Batman #79 is a fantastic conclusion to a mini-standalone story focusing on Batman and Catwoman. It's a fascinating delve into their historic relationship and feels like a natural evolution from King's Batman #50. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 18, 2019

    Clay Mann has some beautiful art in this issue. All of the scenes on the beach and every shot of the two of them together is framed and executed brilliantly. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Sep 19, 2019

    A quiet, but not uneventful interlude on a beach brings Batman to a new level of self-understanding right before ripping the carpet right under his feet. This issue won't appeal to the folks who read primarily for the explosions, but it will be an important issue for just about everyone else. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Sep 18, 2019

    Instead of going back and forth about where, they agreed to disagree and consider this key moment " before they head into the latest biggest fight of his life " as another chance to start over. The may have met on a boat. They may have met on the street. But they know for a fact that they met, for the third time, on the beach. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Sep 20, 2019

    The moustache is fake, just another corporate bait and switch. 0/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Sep 18, 2019

    BATMAN #79 cuts to the thematic core of Tom King's multi-year story. While still diverting from the main action, it lays out vital context and sets us up for the climactic showdown. It's an essential issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Sep 21, 2019

    A happy Bruce? A reinvigorated love? Bane is sooooooooo gonna get it. But it still remains to be seen what happens when Bruce finds out that Alfred is dead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 20, 2019

    WhileBatman#79 has a lot of great moments, it feels too familiar. It is almost as if King could not decide which Bat/Cat resolution to use, so he just did both. As beautiful looking as the art is and how great King's script is, it cannot escape the fact that it contributes nothing to the story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 18, 2019

    While having a slightly better sense of direction than last issue, Batman 79 ultimately is another skippable issue beyond Mann's stellar art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 20, 2019

    Unfortunately, drawn-out moments of romantic tension on the beach do little to whet one's appetite for the pending battle for control over Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2019

    A perfectly fine issue that shouldn't exist. This issue should have been bundled into the previous issue instead of drawing out all this beachfront banter. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 19, 2019

    If this interlude was a standalone story, Batman #79 could've been seen as a great arc that showed how Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's love has evolved. Unfortunately too much time was wasted on recycled dialogue, giving almost zero progression to the "City of Bane" event. Given all that has gone down in Gotham City, the lack of urgency throughout Batman #79 is deeply disappoint. At this point, the faster Batman and Catwoman return to Gotham City the better King's overall "City of Bane" event will be in the long-term. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Sep 17, 2019

    This issue continues the story with Bruce and Selina but unfortunately, the quality is nowhere near the same caliber. It's not a total loss. We finally get answers when it comes to the mystery of how Bruce and Selina really met but at the same time, that one revelation doesn't save this issue from feeling like a filler issue. This issue isn't that bad, but it feels very bland. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Sep 18, 2019

    There's nothing of substance here. Whether you're analyzing the conversations between Bruce and Selina or preparing for the upcoming battle, it's all pretty bland and boring. There's no benefit to reading this issue. No plot progression. Hardly any character development. No cool action. Just good art. Thus continues my love/hate relationship with Batman. (Love the art teams/ hate the scripts.) Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Sep 18, 2019

    Using entire issues to get across a single bit of information is a quintessential example of decompression. Last issue, I thought we had the reconciliation, but I guess we still didn't, since the end of this issue pretty much mirrors the last. Except now they explain that peculiar meeting problem that we all thought was Doomsday Clock/Rebirth related, but nope it was just some poetic bullshit that sounds nice to a sixth grade reader but falls flat if you've ever learned the term "melodramatic." I also liked how I chalked up Damian's actions in Batman #77 to Damian always being a shit, but it turns out Bruce made the brilliant call that got Alfred killed. Or maybe this is a repeat of I Am Suicide, where Batman's plan is so overcomplicated an more

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  • 3.5
    Nihilist Sep 18, 2019

    This and the previous issue should have been one comic. It's fascinating how King manages to stretch even so boring an shallow arcs, despite his run being cut short 15 issues from planned 100.
    This issue is like listening to Tomi Lahren or any other propagandist, you name them. You see the mouth moving, but you don't hear anything of value or substance coming out of it. It's just nonsensical gibberish, a never ending waterfall of babble reminescent of toddlers.

    Long story short, Bat and Cat decide to return to Gotham, that's the only thing that happened last two issues, so feel free to skip this one, I just spoiled you basically everything it contains. You're welcome.

  • 2.0
    KFuqua Sep 18, 2019

    Decent art, more useless, boring story from Tom King.

    The sooner he's removed from Batman, the better!

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    myconius Sep 18, 2019

    just another day at the beach

    featuring Bat and Cat beat some people up on a boat.

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  • 2.0
    SONOFBATMANN Sep 18, 2019

    Not worth the effort, just look at my previous review.

    Clay Mann is great as always, Tom King is not.

    "Dear lord, why do I even try?" - Tom King (Batman #77)

  • 1.0
    Soul Assassin Sep 18, 2019

    The sooner king fucks off from this book the better
    It’s a slap in the face of loyal batheads to force them to pay $5 every two weeks without any fuckjng story at all

  • 9.5
    Linkush Sep 18, 2019

    This issue, just like last time, is a character issue that focuses on Bruce and Selina. Except that this time around it's more related to the main story as it gives us some answers we wanted to know and keeps to plot going, albeit in a slow pace (which I like because it's a much-needed break from all the action of the last issues).
    I'm going to say it again. I like the fact that we got an issue the focuses on Bruce and Selina because I think it's one of the most important aspects of King's run. I think this issue was necessary because not only it explores Bruce and Selina's relationship even more, it explains why they are even there. It ties in the interlude to the main story nicely.

    Oh, and don't even get me started on the more

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  • 7.0
    DSMister Sep 18, 2019

    Okay. Here we go again.

    I'm normally a fan of Batman from Tom King, but there's only so much I can take of repeated dialogue and repeated stuff before I start getting bored. Cat and Bat declaring their anguished love for each other works about once, maybe twice, but three times? Can we please move on to Gotham now? Damian is in trouble, Alfred is potentially dead, and Bane has control of Gotham. Yet even with that, you're STILL focusing on Bat and Cat. I get it, they forgive each other, they're 88% happy now with each other, move on please. I'm hopeful for the moment they do, but until then, yawn.

    Art is great, though.

  • 1.0
    Marvel Overlord Sep 18, 2019

    Another issue with no story on bane. What a piece of trash

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    Death's Head Sep 18, 2019

    Another issue of garbage. I can't wait for this to be over so Bendis can game over and it be even WORSE.

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  • 9.0
    Venom2796 Sep 18, 2019

    I enjoyed this issue a lot. While it doesn't entirely drive the story forward, it is advertised as an interlude so I can give that a pass. It is an issue that is needed because when and if, Batman and Catwoman end up together in the end, you can't say that they just got together with no build up.

  • 6.0
    Bleemak Sep 18, 2019

    Great art and nice Bat-Cat moments. But still, the biggest issue I have is that this slow comic with nice moments doesn't fit with City of Bane arc. It is not bad, just feels so pointless.

    King's Knightfall would be great, if the pacing wasn't so bad. I guess he likes to write more slowly-paced Batman issues, but then he shouldn't write it at the same time he is writing his Knightfall.

  • 6.0
    egon244 Sep 18, 2019

    "He's safe"
    I've read somewhere on the internet that Tom King said in some interview that issues #78 and #79 were the most important that he ever wrote. I don't think I agree with that statement. I think his most important issue will be issue #86...
    However, this issue wasn't all bad. It's still decompressed as hell throughout but has some redeeming qualities.
    Just like last time, the art is just magnificent. Every panel looks gorgeous, with the page where Batman and Catwoman are standing, with Moon in the background, being the standout. That page, minus the speech bubble, would look great framed and hanged on the wall.
    What else? Oh, we've got some crazy calisthenics at the begging, S more

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  • 3.5
    Quinn Sep 18, 2019

    Great art, no doubt about that. But King has actually made me think Bane should be in charge of Gotham, and that's not good.

    How I could I say that? Easy. Bruce and Bane are offering two different options for Gotham. Option A is having a violent vigilante who breaks the law to stop crime, but actually can't stop crime. Street crime is still terrible. The Joker and friends are still mass murderers. Then there's option B, where there's a violent vigilante who uses illegal means to fight crime, but can control street crime and can stop mass murderers like the Joker and friends from being mass murderers.

    I know who I pick. And King, that's probably not what you were going for, making me think Bane might be the solution. Le more

  • 3.5
    Talon1load Sep 18, 2019

    This issue was BUUULLLLLSSSHHHIIITTTT!!!! Seriously, so much of this sucked. Except for the art it was exceptional as always. The big revelation was that they met on the street AND the boat but decided to settle for now having met on the beach. That was idiotic. And now it turns out that Alfred magically signaled that he was safe so Bruce sent his 13 year old son into a city controlled by the villains that all kicked his ass. Sounds like great parenting and tactical decision making. Since Alfred was very much not safe, assuming that was Alfred, there should be more here but this is King so it may just be yet another dropped plot thread. We get more ridiculous dialogue and some ridiculous couples yoga that I’m not even sure is physically more

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  • 10
    LunaMoody Sep 19, 2019

    I loved this issue. I would have liked a little more on the boat action. It would have been nice for it to have been more covert. But over all I enjoyed reading it. The art was beautifully drawn. Would love to have a poster of the one scene on the beach after they fought Magpie. Though without the words.

    I loved how Bat's wouldn't let her keep the diamond and how he takes it away from her. So funny.

    To have the boat and street debate settled in such a character-building way was awesome. I loved how Bat explained his feelings on it to Cat and how they decided to make that beach now how they met. It was so powerfully written. Though I figured it out a long time ago except for the beach added part. If you take in what the more

  • 9.0
    Anotherfan Sep 19, 2019

    " It's the beach"

    Another issue rewarding for the ones who like the series and an empty filler for those who doesn't believe in the Bat/Cat live story.
    Even though i understand that King writing can be criticized, i find it very touching as always. We now know were Batman counter-attacks is leasing and I hope his return will be epic.
    Like everyone i will celebrate Mann Drawing who is one of the best i've ever seen and I think it wouldn't been half as good if it wasn't for him.

  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Sep 18, 2019

    Another week and another average Batman issue. I agree with another reviewer, this could have been one issue combined with the last one since basically it has the same story. The big saving grace of these past issues has been clay Mann's art, DC has some immensely talented artists in their roster right now. Otherwise, you could watch the dark Knight returns and get the gist of the whole Batman gets broken and has to come back to Gotham plot.

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 28, 2019

    This comic is boring and these characters are unbelievable.

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    The 20-issue Ceiling Sep 18, 2019

    Even better than the last issue. I am sorry everyone who hates this run, this might be my new favourite run. I love the Batman and Catwoman relationship too much.

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  • 7.5
    M1sf1r3 Nov 19, 2019

    King's run has been very divisive especially recently in City of Bane. The first part of this interlude worked for me, but will the second half deliver?

    The Good:
    One thing I can never fault with any of King's run is the art. Like last issue, Clay Mann creates a masterpiece of pencils.

    I like the calmer pace of this interlude like the last issue

    The dialogue... isn't as good as last issue, but it ain't the usual pain it would be either.

    The Bad:
    The connectivity to City of Bane is quite poor and when it is done, it isn't too believable nor is it well done.

    Progress has stalled again but not as much as usual.

    While slightly worse than l more

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