Batman and the Signal #3

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick Artist: Cully Hamner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 25, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 11
6.9Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

As the sun sets, chaos erupts and the Bat-Family jumps into action to help the Signal (a.k.a. Duke Thomas) against the mysterious Gnomon and his minions. While his allies keep the battle going on the streets, Duke must go above and beyond to track down the malicious man who has single-handedly caused the dangerous boom in meta-activity in the Narrows. Little does he know, Gnomon holds the key to his past and the future of heroes in Gotham City!

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn May 3, 2018

    The final issue of the Batman and the Signal mini-series from Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick is absolutely worth the wait. It manages to bring the story to a natural conclusion without feeling rushed or contrived, delivering an emotionally powerful reading experience that proves why Signal is a more than worthy addition to the Bat-Family! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 26, 2018

    The end of a story designed to give The Signal his own place in Gotham City, and it's mostly successful in doing so. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 25, 2018

    Given its strong sales and critical reception, I assumed DC would want to get more out of the series, but as it is, Duke Thomas' first solo series turns out to be a tight, clever new take on Gotham City in the daytime. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 25, 2018

    Batman and the Signal #3 was a good conclusion to the introduction of the hero Gotham needs during the day. Some developments did leave me wishing for a bit more from the Signal, and you never know when the next time will be that you see a hero like Signal. He may appear in another Bat-Family book, but there was so much left unanswered that you would have hoped to have addressed to some extent by the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 25, 2018

    A good ending that wraps things up and continues a strong monologue via captions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 25, 2018

    I'm pulling for more of The Signal on his own and a further exploration of his unique realm. Three issues was too small of an appetizer, but the potential for a new, sustainable Batman spin-off is definitely there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Apr 25, 2018

    I love Signal's character design, as well as many of the secondary characters in this series. Detective Aisi's arm is amazing, as is her overall look. Even for a plainclothes detective, she stands out more often than not (though obviously not to the same level as a masked vigilante would). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Apr 25, 2018

    Batman And The Signal ends with the bright and sunshine promise of some interesting and personal plotlines for this, or another creative team to follow up on down the line. This short stint acting as Duke's first adventure as a full-fledged Hero in Gotham has all the things a short and sweet adventure needs with some of the hangups being not spending enough time with a villain that's revealed to have a larger game at play and not quite delivering on the answers it sets up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Lorenzo Simpson Apr 26, 2018

    Sorry about that, folks. Anyway, Signal meets up with Detective Aisi and together they track down Gnomon, the baddie behind all this mess. The comic does a really good job of displaying his powers and how only he could track down this villain so efficiently. There's no handholding in this story, Duke has his big boy Kevlar on, and he's ready to shut Gnomon's plans down. The main issue of this series is that it's not long enough. There are so many interesting elements to this character and his story that are owed more than just half a panel. Hopefully we get to see more of The Signal in the future, because he's too good a character to put on Power Save Mode. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz May 4, 2018

    To see another side of Gotham that wasn't the dark gritty underworld were so used to seeing and reading was quite refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 25, 2018

    Batman and the Signal isn't going to set the world on fire, but it's a solid superhero story. It's the kind of book you might give someone who needs a little bit of a palate cleanser from capes with too many overarching plots or characters to keep track of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Apr 30, 2018

    While the artwork and colors are lively, "Batman and the Signal" #3 hinges on a particular clich that drags the whole issue down and was largely unnecessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Brax Apr 25, 2018

    The Narrows, a neighborhood in Gotham that is "underserved," is the setting for this miniseries. It may remind more seasoned readers of the inner city worlds built in the Milestone Media days. For these reasons and many more, The Signal and Static Shock demand to be united in a buddy series. Or, maybe The Signal could lead the team of Robins (past and present) in an ongoing monthly dedicated to Batman's more pedagogical inclinations. The point is, DC needs more of The Signal in its monthly offerings. Maybe the perceived let down in the finale of this three-issue arc is simply a clarion call for more stories centering this interesting character in the Batman universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 25, 2018

    The three issues series feels like there's something missing. It wanted to do some reveals and explore some concepts but it never makes those concepts and reveals interesting. They tend to land as standard comic tropes and in just three issues it feels like it wraps up quickly leaving us with nowhere to go next. While none of it is bad, it's also not all that great, especially when compared to the excellent work being done in other Bat series. Duke Thomas is a character with great potential and by the end of three issues it feels like he was done a disservice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Jay Apr 30, 2018

    While Duke Thomas has a potentially great run ahead of him as The Signal, I just feel the art failed him in this series. While it did give him a good start to a semi-solo career his own corner of town, his own secret facility, decent support base, and an archenemy the final arc seemed a little anticlimactic in some points. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 25, 2018

    While I love Duke Thomas, I can't say that I love this issue or this series because things just seem to be happening in this and I'm not sure of the logic behind any of it.  You get big reveals to things you never knew were hidden, while simple answers are left behind just to get Duke Thomas his superhero status and I'm just left wanting more from everything we got in this series. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Daniel Cheeseman Apr 25, 2018

    I love that DC is introducing a host of new characters off the back of 'Metal' and they need to continue to focus on increasing the diversity of their heroes and villains. However, in order to succeed they also need to make sure their new characters are interesting and original. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Apr 25, 2018

    This min-series is a bit of a head scratcher. I absolutely loved thestart, and endured the delays for the answers to my questions to be answered by magic? Cmon if you were a fan of Duke Thomas this might be the one to turn you off. The great part of Duke Thomas was supposed to be that while Batman, and the rest of the family were wrestling with demi-gods, the signal would stay in Gotham and retain that tactical street war vibe. There is the first full appearance of Gnomon but a print of 37,000 doesnt give me any hope that this will be worth more than cover price down the road. Out of 5 stars I give it a 2.5 Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Apr 26, 2018

    When I got to the end of this story, I had to ask myself, What was the point?. While this three-issue arc is a decent detective story, I'm not sure it does anything more than that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 25, 2018

    There's no real tension or drama to a story that insists on explaining itself, and that's what leaves this entire arc best left forgotten. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Apr 26, 2018

    Tony Patrick is definitely worth following going forward - his dialogue represents a voice not always seen in comics. However, some of his exposition is VERY Snyder-y, and did not mesh with the rest of the book. Props to Laura Martin for fantastic colors. In a series about light versus dark, this is essential and really shone through.

  • 6.5
    Keola Kent Apr 26, 2018

    *Spoiler alert*

    "Duke, I am your father."
    Really? Nobody used that line yet for this issue?

    Note to DC: It doesn't take a mini-series to tell us "metahuman's father isn't really his father and his real father is a mysterious unidentified metahuman."

    The big reveal was a dud. Maybe once they've spent some time developing Gnoman as a villain, it would have packed some punch, but at this point my reaction is "Meh".

    I like Duke. I like his team. In the previous 2 issues, the relationships had been pictured with too much "drama", but in this one they've toned it down. I'm hoping that in time they will develop more sophisticated dynamics. The potential is certainly there.

    I like th more

  • 6.0
    Herushalaim Apr 28, 2018

    This was boring. It was clear from the first issue that the big bad was Duke's father and I mean, does anyone care about this? Because I don't.

  • 2.5
    KFuqua Apr 25, 2018

    Another story about a character that I couldn't possibly care less about. Duke is just not a good character to me and I am done with this series.

  • 5.0
    Supes' soups Apr 29, 2018

    Delays killed any momentum for this THREE issue series. Seriously they couldn't get their $%&# together for three measly issues. I was laughing when I saw the Metal event logo on the cover. You're like a month late bro... Snyder needs to accept that Duke Thomas just isn't that compelling of a character. He tried to avoid turning him into another Robin but unfortunately Duke was most interesting during the I am Robin series that I actually thought was decent. Overall, I think this is a fail...

  • 6.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Apr 26, 2018

  • 7.0
    TheImageIsStrong Apr 29, 2018

  • 7.0
    CraigR May 2, 2018

  • 6.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 10, 2018

  • 4.0
    blackmanta221 Jun 15, 2018

  • 4.0
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