Batman #80

Writer: Tom King Artist: John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 2, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 52
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The bad guys thought they had it made with Bane in control, but with Batman back in Gotham they'll be reminded what justice feels like... and how it hurts when it hits you in the face. With Catwoman at his side, the Caped Crusader is looking to take down Bane's army and reclaim his city. But what happens when old allies like Gotham Girl also stand in his way? The legendary art team of John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson join BATMAN for two action-packed issues that will rock Gotham City to its foundation.

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim Oct 2, 2019

    Tom King and team did a great job from start to finish. The stage has been set and we have five issues left after this one to see how it all ends. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 7, 2019

    Tom King's run has been polarizing amongst the readership, but the last few issues should be heartening to any Batman fan. Let's hope he can keep it up as the City of Bane storyline continues. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 2, 2019

    Romita Jr. delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The art is detailed and filled with energy and movement. There are moments filled with drama and emotion throughout and I enjoyed how the story was laid out visually. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Oct 2, 2019

    This isn't an issue with much plot resolution, but it's a hell of an emotional payoff. Tom King delivers on the return that we all knew was coming, while John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson, and Tomeu Morey display an incredibly tight grasp on comics pacing and storytelling. This is an incredible issue full of things I've been waiting to see for a long time now, and it's just as sweet as I hoped. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Rogues Portal - Aaron Roberts Oct 2, 2019

    Batman #80 is hard, fast, and smart " showing you precisely what you need to see in order to appreciate how it was built and where its going. Exactly like a tour of a city Banes city. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Oct 9, 2019

    Literary wit, astonishing action, and kneebuckling art all abound in this issue. What more could you possibly want? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 2, 2019

    By this time, no matter how many fans, and in that group I include myself , complain about King's pacing or overindulgence at times, nothing is going to change. With King you know what you are going to get, which may explain the books slip down the top ten sales list. You may want more direct story telling over the meanderings of character's dialogue. The knock on King's method is that the payoff has to surpass the setup; this is a failing that affects a number of DC's writers. Still, as this hit and miss run of Kings nears its climax, I can't help but hope, just one more time that King manages to hit this one, this last one, our of the park. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 2, 2019

    At this point, I just want to see Batman beat the living hell out of Bane. And that is because the story itself has been so involving with a lot of build up to the main event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 2, 2019

    We know he's going to make a face-turn by the end of the arc and probably wind up back in oblivion just like Jor-El, but unlike Jor-El he's been taken so far that I don't know if I'll buy it. And still no word on or reaction to what happened to Alfred. But segments like Batman's face-off with Hush, or the brief and thrilling segment involving Kite-Man, show King's deliberate pacing at its best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charlie Ashby Oct 2, 2019

    Overall, Batman #80 is a fantastic issue that kickstarts the final phase of the City of Bane storyline, with art by Romita Jr. being the biggest highlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Oct 3, 2019

    There's seemingly no time left for detours in this run, even the really fun and insightful ones. So it's time for all of our players to come to blows and see what's left of Gotham when they're done. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Oct 2, 2019

    Batman and Catwomans return to Gotham does not disappoint. The pieces for a final showdown are falling into place perfectly. Seeing Batman in control of himself and wrestling for control of his city makes the book as exciting as ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Oct 4, 2019

    Batman #80 has some over-due action sequences that are sure to thrill, as well as good character interactions with Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl. Despite a slow pace and a repetitive plot, this issue is a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 4, 2019

    Writer Tom King teams up with artist John Romita, Jr. for an issue that has plenty of much-appreciated fireworks after the slower pacing of the previous chapters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Oct 2, 2019

    BATMAN #80 offers fun and action-packed writing, with gorgeous artwork courtesy of John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson. The ending cliffhanger carries some troubling implications, but the rest of the book is stellar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Oct 24, 2019

    Bane is in a whole heap of trouble. What the villains just cant seem to grasp is that Batman may be flesh and blood, he is not a man. He is a force, an idea, and he wont stop. EVER! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nicola Austin Oct 1, 2019

    With the promise of two action-packed issues that will rock Gotham City to its foundation, I have all of my fingers crossed for a hugely climatic showdown in the next part of the tale. Come on King, don't let me down! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Oct 2, 2019

    The ending of the issue isn't a twist, you can largely guess what's coming, and like many issues of King's run this one could have benefitted from being part of a larger story rather than a single issue. But it is an excellent issue, one that truly sets the stage for the end in a powerful and important way. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 2, 2019

    Batman is back in Gotham City, and if it feels like it's been too long, well, that's because it has been... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Oct 2, 2019

    This was a fun but quick issue that I think could benefit from letting some of the action breath and possibly letting some of the big reveals or moments of this title happen without as much delay. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 5, 2019

    The grand Tom King finale kicks off with a flashy issue that is fun to read, but overall a bit fleeting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 7, 2019

    Batman #80 gets "City of Bane" back on track after two issues that halted the momentum of the story. Tom King and John Romita Jr. did a very good job getting over the tone of this story and delivering an ending that will have readers guessing. Unfortunately the lack of Bane and poor way Gotham Girl's sub-plot was handled are things that continue to hold "City of Bane" back from reaching its full potential. Hopefully with Batman and Catwoman back in Gotham City these negatives can be turned into a positive, in turn creating a strong march to the conclusion of King's "City of Bane" epic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Oct 2, 2019

    The writing and art in this issue feel lacking compared to prior issues of the run. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 2, 2019

    Tomeu Morey experimented with some different lighting throughout and it helped sell the deep stakes of Batman resurfacing.King left a lot of questions unanswered but Batmans comeback looks to have some huge repercussions for the Bat family again. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Oct 2, 2019

    We finally get some story progression in this book but it's beginning to feel too little, too late. This book needs to pick up. Instead, we get four identical scenes in one issue. This book needs to take chances and make me excited to read the new issue. I'll give credit where credit is due for the things we did get, but we're on our last legs here. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 2, 2019

    Is that a harsh statement? Absolutely. But I call it as I see it, and King has been coasting on Batman since the non-wedding. The book has gone nowhere since then, accomplished nothing for the greater universe/ legend of the character, and has made a mockery of many of the characters it's featured. At this point, King's Batman is like an old, sick dog that just needs to be put down. Thankfully, that appointment has already been scheduled. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    myconius Oct 2, 2019

    oh dear LORD what an absolute mess!!!
    this was so very painful to get through.
    when we don't have the luxury of pretty art to mask the terrible writing,
    this janky art really shows how bad the writing really is.

    awful AWFUL dialogue!
    disjointed scenes.
    story barely progresses.

    bunch of empty nothing.

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  • 3.0
    Nihilist Oct 2, 2019

    Just few more weeks and it'll be over. Finally. What a journey it was, from a really promising start to a plotless dumpster fire this series turned out to be. So, did anything of value happen in this issue? Nope, I don't think so. Batman arrived at Gotham City and started to take out some of his rogues, but that's about it. As with many previous comics by King, this is practically filler, leading to something rather than telling something. Most of the run is like that, with issues built around setting up questions/plot twists that ultimatly mean nothing.

    I swear, King's gibberish is not even worth covering in depth. It's a waste of time, just like anything he wrote post I Am Bane tory arc. If you skip this one, you won't miss a t more

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  • 1.0
    DC Stuff Oct 2, 2019

    The idea that King paints himself in a corner by having Gotham Girl guard the City so Batman wouldn't be able to enter solved by her getting sick is just another example of setup in one issue being taken away in other without any imagination or writing skill!

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  • 3.0
    Talon1load Oct 2, 2019

    The art was terrible and I usually enjoy JRJR’s work. Gotham Girl is suddenly deathly ill, which matches up with how she SHOULD be acting but seems out of nowhere with the last time we saw her. Bruce just walks into Gotham and starts taking guys out knowing that Bane and Thomas have Damian captive as well as the consequences for his actions and just hopes his dad does the right thing. Seriously? This guy who has been tearing his life apart and Bruce now hopes he does the right thing? Still no explanation why he’s tearing his life apart by the way. This issue, like SO many others in this run, was bullshit. If you haven’t wasted your money on it already, don’t bother.

  • 2.0
    SONOFBATMANN Oct 2, 2019

    Not good at all.

    The only difference between this and the past few issues is that there isn't any good art to help its score.

    Side note: The quotes that King pulls are fucking useless and add no value to the dialogue whatsoever. "Oh wow, King is so deep! He quotes Aristotle and Plato!" What a hack.

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  • 8.0
    Linkush Oct 2, 2019

    That was fun.

    So after a character-focused interlude, we go back to the main story with an action-packed issue.
    Not a lot happened in this issue. Batman is back. Beat up some villains. Gotham girl seems to be sick. Damian might get killed or not, probably not. And that's it. While I did enjoy this issue, I hope this is just the start of the finale and that it all won't end with Batman just going around Gotham, beating up everybody. I hope we'll get something more complex and unique than that. I also thought that the art was underwhelming. Tony Daniel should have been on this instead.

  • 5.0
    Afre Oct 2, 2019

    That felt very short. I love Romita Jr. art, and there wasn't any issues with King's writing, but this just felt very short. Batman comes to Gotham. Meets his villains. Thomas goes to see Damian. End.

    I'm glad King didn't do a 100-issue-long saga. If that would've happened, this would've been only 1/3 of this, aka Batman comes to Gotham. End.

    I don't hate it. But I can't recommend it or say it's good. It is just spinning it's wheels right now.

    I loved the idea of Knightfall 2.0. But at least, in Knightfall, stuff happened.

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  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 2, 2019

    It IS I Am Suicide! With a healthy buff of Everyone Loves Ivy! Quick Question: Why is Hush here? What happened to that dimension with The Dude in it? I read that shitty tie-in and now you're telling me it doesn't matter?? Oh, Tom King didn't write it? Okay, now I understand. I guess we're just going to keep ignoring The Price too, huh? I only wish King would ignore the Button so we wouldn't have Flashpoint Batman in this run. Although, I guess he kind of is, since how Flashpoint Batman survived the end of that has yet to be revealed (and I'm starting to think it won't be. Where would it even fit in this story?) Speaking of things not fitting, this is the part where I discuss story structure and I am told I am just narrow minded and limited more

  • 3.0
    Quinn Oct 2, 2019

    This story could have literally been told in like 10 panels.

    Panels 1-5 Bats and Cat take down villains.

    Panels 6-8 Thomas Wayne visits Gotham Girl to tell her to rest because she's overextended herself.

    Panels 9-10 Thomas Wayne Batman Goes to Batcave and points gun at Damian. End of story.

    Now that's decompressed story-telling. King spent issues setting up how no one could get into Gotham because of Gotham Girl. But he doesn't write a clever solution developed by the Cat-Bat team. He just takes her off the table. That's lazy writing.

    He has about a third of an issue dedicated to Bruce in disguise taking out a couple of villains with the reveal of the Bat-emblem underneath the shirt (Ba more

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  • 10
    LunaMoody Oct 2, 2019

    The hint that Claire has maybe been on venom to control her powers was a cool twist and answers some question on her. It also makes clear why Batman and Catwoman stopping the shipment of venom from reaching Gotham was so important beyond what it does to Bane. I liked that little twist. I also liked that Thomas actually cares for her. It was nice to see him have some heart after all.

    Loved the "Hell yeah" moment with Kite Man. Classic!

    How was Hush in it? Wasn't he lost in some other dimension back in Preludes to the Wedding with Bruce, Clark and Dick? How did he get back? When?

    John Romita, Jr art while somewhat okay at times, I certainly would not want it on the book in any on going capacity. The villains d more

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  • 8.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Oct 3, 2019

    This felt very light on story, but even though it was over too quickly... I dug it. I am a fan of John Romita Jr sometimes and I would have never put him on a Batman book, but his art here is at least well inked and coloured which makes for a very interesting look, but not up to the high standards of artists this book has had.

  • 6.0
    egon244 Oct 3, 2019

    "It's mine"

    I actually enjoyed this issue. No painfully slow decompression, no dialogue that is repeated a thousand times throughout the issue and the is no single instance of words "Bat" and "Cat" being used by any of the characters (that's a win right there). The ending was a bit weak, but overall, the issue one fine. TK served us much, much worse things in the past.

    I was the most surprised by the art, I was a bit apprehensive about Romita. I got used to Tony Daniel and Clay Mann and I was afraid that Romita's art won't work here, for Batman anyway. Maybe he could have done a better job, it does seem rushed a bit, but for me, it worked for the majority of the issue. It definitely didn't detach from the experience. more

  • 6.0
    FBCH32 Oct 7, 2019

    Tom King needs to hurry up and end this already. This series needs a new writer.

  • 4.0
    Superheroes for Hire Oct 5, 2019

    While JR JR has had a wonderful past in comic art, it says something that King's run on Batman nears its close with some late career boxy Romita art. It's fair, but it's not Clay Mann, Tony S. Daniel, or Lee Weeks who have been wasted on frivolous dream sequences in this run. Coloring is excellent. Writing continues to be frustrating. Batman's triumphant return to Gotham is complete with obligatory punching of all the Arkham crew. And some incoherent dialogue from Gotham Girl who can't string together a complete sentence. The inevitable heel turn of Thomas Wayne Batman is now set, and Bruce Wayne Batman is apparently gambling on cross-multiverse familial bonds with his alternate universe father to save his hostage son. Bane will break the b more

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  • 3.0
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  • 2.0
    RedKSuperman Oct 9, 2019

    A rating of two is being overly generous on my part. The art in this book was horrible in particular the characters of Two-face and Pyg. As for the story let me save you some time Batman comes back to Gotham and Bane orders Thomas Wayne Batman to kill Damian to prove his loyalty...I guess that's a big cliff hanger ending. This issue is another filler issue by King, with little philosophical quotes from Aristotle and Plato taken out of context in attempt to deepen a very very shallow issue. Final analysis of the book, King needs to tighten up his story telling.

  • 10
    CHolt Oct 2, 2019

    Exciting! Nice pacing

  • 10
    axdn Oct 2, 2019

    Hell Yeah!

  • 10
    Anotherfan Oct 2, 2019

    Another brillant issue. It's been a while since I've been amazed by Romita's work and I think Morey is to thanks.
    The Bat has return to his City and everything is in place for the big showdown. Hope Bane is prepared for what's coming

  • 10
    Comicstime Oct 9, 2019

    Finally, we’re back n Gotham!

  • 8.0
    M1sf1r3 Nov 22, 2019

    It's time to take back Gotham. We're 6 issues away from the end. This is the final part of Tom King's Batman run before he does Batman/Catwoman.

    The Good:
    I felt the rush of adrenaline while reading this issue as Bruce and Selina win fight after fight. Batman and Catwoman are back and they aren't messing around.

    I'm usually not a fan of John Romita Jr's art but it works for me here.

    The Bad:
    Dialogue is very.... Tom King, let's say.

    Art is choppy in some certain spots.

    I feel like City of Bane is finally picking back up again. As I read, I got an adrenaline rush so I think that qualifies for a better rating. However, while the art was overall goo more

  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Oct 2, 2019

    Hey Alexa, define decompression. These past 5 issues could have been done in 2, maybe 3. The art is really good tho, I love Romita's Batman, and the colors by Morey are amazing.

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