Batman Annual #2

Writer: Tom King Artist: Lee Weeks Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 29, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 74
9.2Critic Rating
9.6User Rating

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Travel back in time with us to see the early days of the Bat and the Cat. What was Bruce and Selina's first date? How did this rivalry blossom into romance, and then go right back to being a rivalry again? Tom King reteams with his BATMAN/ELMER FUDD collaborator Lee Weeks to show us a little young love with capes and cowls. And a little crimefighting, too.

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Nov 29, 2017

    Tom King knows what makes Batman works. He knows the literal service that the character provides for the people of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Chelsea Stanford Dec 1, 2017

    I nearly didnt review this annual, because I couldnt find the words to urge you to read it yourselves without giving too much away. Poignant, emotional and gripping, its a story that speaks to many levels of humanity. Its well worth the read, and I suggest it to all. Dont let this one slip by — life is too short not to fill it with the things you could love, a lesson Selina herself would tell you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Dec 22, 2016

    I love to read stories about Batman stopping Crimes or fighting Villains, but this has easily become one of the most memorable stories that I have read. I cannot give it higher praise and suggest that if you have any love for the Character of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle that you read this story at least once. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Nov 29, 2017

    In conclusion this is a great issue and an even greater love story. Often with annuals people tend to overlook them and don’t view them as important, but this annual is both crucial and a really fun read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 1, 2017

    So if you, like myself, are in love with the idea of Bruce and Selina [Brelina?], these eight pages will be held close to your heart. Even if it's brief, we get to witness the two live into old age with each other and experience an unconditional love they were deprived of in their youths. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Nov 29, 2017

    Tom King knocked it out of the park on this one. Ive always said hes better at the personal aspects of Batman than the superhero side of things, and hes proven it yet again with a raw, emotional breakdown of the character. This is easily the best weve seen him since earlier this year in the Rooftops arc, and I cant recommend this annual enough. The writing and art all around were top notch and this issue has more than earned a rare perfect mark from this reader. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 2, 2017

    King has shown something that so many creators miss: the Batman is a man all about emotion and heart, as damaged as it may be. King has been fortunate enough to have worked with a great many incredibly talented individuals that have worked together to bring this more emotional and heartfelt look at the Dark Knight to life, and this Annual issue is no different. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 3, 2017

    Batman Annual #2 is a masterfully executed comic book by Tom King, Lee Weeks and Michael Lark. The three come together to put a finely assembled package that acts as a love letter to Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's relationship. At the same time King, Weeks and Lark crafted a story that could easily lead any fan more than satisfied if this is the true end of Batman. Even if that is not the case the fact that Batman Annual #2 can elicit such a feeling just further proves how exceptional the entire comic book is from beginning to end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 24, 2017

    I also highly recommend Batman Annual #2, even though its likely been bought by most of the people who would be interested. Its a heartfelt tale with fantastic art, and you should definitely read it if you havent already. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Julius Malone Nov 29, 2017

    A touching work that deftly captures the myriad facets of love, from euphoria and bliss to frustration to, by issue's end, its inevitable evanescence. Batman Annual #2 is a heart-rending opus from King and Weeks that deserves its place in the upper echelon of Batman works. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Nov 30, 2017

    If you're a fan of the relationship between Catwoman and Batman, then this issue is perfect for you. King was awesome at showing both showing the struggles of Bruce and Batman. The ending itself is epic, as we see Bruce taking his last few breaths surrounded by Selina, an older Dick, Tim and Carrie Kelley, and even Damian makes an appearance seemingly in his late 20's. Batman has fought villains, mobsters, gods and aliens bent on world domination"but it seems even the Batman can't defeat time itself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Nov 29, 2017

    When it comes to annuals, this is the absolute cream of the crop. Tom King somehow keeps getting better, and that's f***** scary. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 29, 2017

    By the end of the issue, were treated to one of the more emotional and beautifully told Batman stories in years. This is not your typical annual and despite the sea of Batman books out currently, is definitely not one to miss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Nov 29, 2017

    Whether you view this Annual as a companion piece to the main Batman title or solely as the beginning and realistic take on the end of a Batman relationship, this issue is from start to finish a beautiful drawn, emotionally driven comic that should be in your possession. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Nov 29, 2017

    BATMAN ANNUAL #2 gives readers a glimpse of Batman as he struggles into his future role as husband and human being. With a brilliant focus on characterization, the plot feels like a tender balance to the punching and kicking of other BATMAN stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 29, 2017

    King has committed to the Batman/Catwoman relationship like no other writer ever has " not just in having Gotham's It Couple get engaged, but in truly exploring the underpinnings of their relationship and what keeps bringing them back to each other. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Nov 29, 2017

    An beautifully written and drawn annual. An emotional superhero love story. Tom King's one off issues are some of the best Batman stories ever told. And this definitely adds to that. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 29, 2017

    Some of the best chapters of Tom King's Batman run have dealt with the Batman/Catwoman romance, and this issue continues that trend. It's often a very funny read, but one always anchored by the sad, desperate longing these two character share with one another. This issue also happens to be one of the prettiest additions to King's run, which is no small feat at this point. If you enjoy this particular superhero pairing, this issue is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 29, 2017

    As impressive as King's writing is in this annual, no one can state that Lee Week's does not deliver his "A" game. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Nov 29, 2017

    King is in top form with his writing. It is apparent that he is taking a lot of his personal experiences from his life and putting into these characters. It makes for such a heartfelt and emotional reading experience, that not even his occasionally odd dialogue tics can derail it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 29, 2017

    Tom King's Batman run has run hot and cold for readers since it started but as Batman Annual #2 proves, there is no denying the very real emotional core that lies at the center of his take on the Dark Knight. Buoyed by his heartfelt, emotional focus on Bruce and Selina's relationship and some fantastically human artwork from Lee Weeks and Michael Lark, Batman Annual #2 continues the series' streak of wearing its dark heart on its sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Andrew Steinbeiser Nov 30, 2017

    Batman Annual #2 is easily one of the best stories in Kings run so far, and likely a contender for the best Batman story of the year. Kings examination of Batman tends to thrive when the universal stakes are low and the emotions are high, and this issue is perfect example of that. By the time the last page hits, its clear that this issue is a love story and emotional exploration more than anything else. King, Weeks, and Breitweiser have presented an easy contender for one of strongest best Batman stories of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Nov 29, 2017

    Usually annuals are side stories that really don't have anything to do with what happens in the main comic book, just an off story where the main character is on an adventure doing something cool or spending his/her time trying to buy a hat or something along those lines. In Batman Annual #2 it felt nothing like that; it truly went with what is happening in the main Batman comic book, the whole Batman and Catwoman engagement. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 30, 2017

    There's plenty about this comic to applaud: ambiance, art, character portrayals, streamlined storytelling, etc., etc., etc. In my opinion, the only thing that really held this story back from being truly great was a desire to make it too real. While I'm fine with certain levels of realism, I guess I'm just the kind of guy that prefers old-fashioned stories where the hero rides off into the sunset. That's not to say that the journey needs to be nothing but glittery rainbows and soft fluffy kittens. You definitely need the hero to experience hardships along the way. But I'd at least like to end on an uplifting note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 2, 2017

    We pause this holiday season to give Batman and Catwoman a really sweet, really fun Annual issue. Good times all around. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 28, 2017

    While I can't say that this Annual will add anything big to the Batman mythos, what it does do though actually makes Batman and Catwoman's love for one another a bit more endearing for the way that their romance begins.  The art in this issue is great and while I still don't care for the constant repeating dialog that we get from this title, the story outshines that and makes it almost bearable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Nov 28, 2017

    Basically it is background in the cat and bat romance; and King then flash forwards to Bruce and Selina in their golden years. It is a bit heavy handed, yet touching and helps prepare for the current engagement and romance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Nov 22, 2017

    So, this Batman comic will not be for anyone who wants bloody fights, action, adventure, or killer crocs, but it has a lovely Tom King version of Bat/Cat romance that will be enjoyed by a certain type of reader. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Nov 30, 2017

    At least 30 pages of Lee Weeks is better than 24 pages of not-Lee Weeks. Read Full Review

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