Batman #8

Event\Storyline: Night Of The Monster Men Writer: Tom King, Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 70
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7.2User Rating

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"NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN" part four! The giant monsters might be bad, but Gotham's heroes encounter a whole new threat level when two of their own start terrorizing the city! Batman must face the horrifying possibility of losing two of his closest allies to Hugo Strange's vicious attack.

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Oct 5, 2016

    The only negative is that while the multiple storylines are all converging nicely, there's a few seemingly crammed in bits of intensity. Spoiler's cave story feels tacked on, and used to make sure that every aspect of the family is in danger somehow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 5, 2016

    The Night Of The Monster Men really kicks into gear with part 4 and I applaud where Orlando, Rossmo and Plascencia take this tale. It's the right blend of seriousness and zany fun and I'm excited to see where this continues to go. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 5, 2016

    This was an encouraging issue. Initially this arc read like a time filler to let the creative teams catch their breaths. Now it's starting to live up to its potential of the Bat family fighting Godzilla, King Kong and Morhra the same night. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 8, 2016

    While I've been mixed on the Batman series since it kicked off and have been holding out for things to settle into a better post-Gotham place from the first arc, I'll admit that the Monster Men arc really had me very wary from the start because of my distaste for such events. But with the two issues of that I'm being exposed to it's proven to be a lot of fun as it's brought in other characters I haven't seen in an age and has delivered some stellar artwork from Riley Rossmo with great action. I'm eager to see where the next arc goes as events are tightening up there and the ties to this and previous stories also works well. There's a larger tale being told across all of it that has me interested and I'm hopeful for some payoff sooner rather than later. And very hopeful that we'll see Riley Rossmo here again! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Oct 6, 2016

    The action is fast and furious, beautifully rendered by Riley Rossmo who, along with colorist FCO PLascencia, give this book a grainy, hand-held camera feel to it. The style is perfect for this type of event, and the battle against the transformed Gotham Girl and Nightwing looks tremendous. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Oct 19, 2016

    In terms of adventure,Batman #8 is a thrill ride. It manages to be fast paced and is constantly moving, leaping and flying across the Gotham City skyline. But aside from that, the plot isn't really that adventurous. It's all things that we've seen before a hundred times. Don't get us wrong – it's still entertaining, but it doesn't further the story in any real way. We're still no closer to finding out why Hugo Strange created all these monsters – or to what end. Maybe it'll become clearer in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Pop-Break Staff Oct 5, 2016

    Batman #8 doesnt move the plot of this crossover along much and probably wont change the mind of any crossover haters out there. However, where it succeeds is in the art department and its sharp insight into Batman and his crew and how they operate. They don't break new ground but, like Batman, they work exceptionally well with what theyve got. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Oct 6, 2016

    It's fun, it's weird, it works. Tom King and Steve Orlando bring the freaky monsters and obscure Batman characters. Sure, it's not the deepest but it's fun. We need more fun.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Oct 7, 2016

    With Batman #8, the Night of the Monster Men slows down slightly. Given the nature of the story, that means it goes from complete chaos to simple frenzy. Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascenscia continue their art style from the first half of the crossover, a kind of adult cartoon that is, appropriately enough, like one of the darker 1960s giant monster films translated into animation. But it's that part of the movie where the younger members of the audience start squirming in boredom and rolling their eyes. You know the part I mean, the few minutes where even the more seasoned viewers want to sigh and say, "Get your romantic subplot off the screen and let the thirty-foot monsters get back to fighting!" Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Oct 5, 2016

    Batman's refusal to give up on his team aside, there was another purpose to Batman #8: to establish Duke Thomas as a legitimate member of the team. When the chips were down and not even Batman had a solution, Duke came to the rescue, establishing himself as a vital member of the team and not just Alfred's Batcave buddy. Duke has been given a major part in the Batman Rebirth, and it'll be interesting to see where his character goes. Personally, I'd love to see DC pull a fast one and turn him into a mighty foe for Batman in the same way The Flash team did with August Heart/Godspeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Oct 5, 2016

    Batman #8 may not be the best chapter of the "Night of the Monster Men" arc, as the bulk of the issue features Batman and Co fighting monster, which they've been doing for a while already. But with great art, solid thrills and solid character work, it sets up the climax to come well, which promises more twists and turns. The story looks to be heading to an interesting and fun conclusion that will solidify further this new era's Bat-Family as a cohesive unit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Oct 5, 2016

    This issue feels like the storyline is starting to sag a little. But thanks to seamless plotting and character "F" Yeah!" moments by Orlando and Tom King, along with nice art from Rossmo, this issue staves off from feelingboring. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 7, 2016

    Part 4 of the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover pits Batman and Batwoman against the monster-fied Nightwing and Gotham Girl in an issue that feels like more of the same. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 11, 2016

    There's not much plot to go around, considering the event has amounted to little more than a simple monster mash. Without a focus on Dr. Hugo Strange and his motives the team have only to defeat these monsters to end this night of terror. Orlando is clearly going for a fun and entertaining affair. But given his track record "Night of the Monster Men" should have been a profound and unique story that introduces an entirely new element to the Batman universe. Instead, these giant foes are felled just as easily as any of his other enemies. If only Batman's first Rebirth cross-over had been a little more" strange. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Abel Loza Oct 16, 2016

    Batman #8 helps transition the previous story to the next upcoming arc. This issue raises more questions than answers, but it does help build up momentum towards the new story line, "I am Suicide". Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Oct 8, 2016

    Storytelling does not always have to be top notch in an action comic, but what the arc is lacking is the villain's motivation and variety from issue to issue. Each has gone mostly by the same format so far: Punch/kick new monster, new gadget/fighting method, Batman yells "Listen to me!", no one listens, beat monster, and here comes another. It started out new and interesting, but repetition will not keep fans interested through the end. Hopefully the reveal of Strange's plan will revamp the story, along with the next monster man, and the fate of Nightwing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Oct 5, 2016

    That does it for the monster men, at least for the main Batman title. Everything will get wrapped up over in Detective Comics next week, and well be back here in two weeks for the thing weve been waiting for since the Rebirth one-shot: Mikel Janins Batman. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 5, 2016

    This isn't just another disappointing issue of the Monster Men crossover, but my least favorite issue so far.  The story and art were both lacking and I'm now officially looking past this nonsense and wanting our regular stories back right now.  Please, give us our regular stories back!!! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Oct 6, 2016

    Night of the Monster Men part 4 boils down to nothing more than an action story with little to no substance. But don't worry. Part 5, that takes place in Nightwing #6, also came out today and it's definitely more enjoyable. Even if only slightly so. But hey. Chin up. Next week is the last part and then we can get on to “Rise of Raptor”, “The Victim Syndicate”, and “I am Suicide”. Looks like we have some killer stories coming up! And that's good, because I need something to help me forget about this silly arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Oct 5, 2016

    There's no attempt to enlighten the readers as to the what the point of this is, there's a handful of character moments which are interesting but this arc has been completely vapid. This issue in particular felt like filler. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Oct 5, 2016

    Speaking of the action, it has a few cool moments that I won't spoil, even for those that are confused by the series-jumping like myself. For the most part though, the building-sized monsters just aren't what drives me to read Batman. Even Hugo Strange feels altered for the worse when he's being used for this sort of Power Rangers-like villainy. Simply put, King's first Big Bad hasn't carried the issues the way Batman's stellar rogues gallery so often do. Batman works best when his nemeses are breaking out of Arkham or inflicting some sort of psychological terrorism of Batman and/or Gotham. Blowing up the proportions of grotesque creatures and throwing them Batman's way simply doesn't feel like Batman, at least not the kind I want to read. The next issue, #9, reignites King's solo work with the character, and teases the idea of a Batman-curated Suicide Squad. That sounds promising, and hopefully it delivers. Read Full Review

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