Batman: Black & White #3

Writer: Bengal, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely, John Ridley, Tim Seeley Artist: Bengal, Olivier Coipel, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely, Kelley Jones, Ariela Kristantina, Andie Tong Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 24, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 26
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The mythology of Batman continues to expand in this issue of Batman Black and White as we explore alternate takes and possible futures for the Caped Crusader from the minds of comics’ most innovative and creative thinkers!
• Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and iconic Thor and Avengers artist Olivier Coipel reteam to dip into the world of Future State and expand the legend of the next Batman and introduce us to his new-well, she’s not exactly Robin!
• Bilquis Evely, Eisner Award-nominated artist of The Sandman Universe’s The Dreaming and Wonder Woman, writes and draws a tale that takes the myth of Batman to a more

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 23, 2021

    Of the first three issues of Batman: Black & White, this might be the most diverse with its stories. From sci-fi worlds to ghost stories to conventional fight scenes, this book has it all. This anthology is so good you might just pray DC Comics lets its creators flesh out these shorts into miniseries. For the fan who is starved for an original Batman story, Batman: Black & White offers substantial nourishment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Feb 23, 2021

    Obviously the medium works perfectly for telling Batman stories. Everything from the duality of his identity to the lurking in the shadows of Gotham, nightlife in the city, and in the corners of the Bat Cave. Short stories that satisfy in the nuggets they are intended to. Art that is worthy of a gallery, and stories that are timeless. That is what everyone wants out of a comic, and that is what this issue delivers! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 23, 2021

    All around, another excellent issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 23, 2021

    Taken all together Batman Black and White #3 manages to not only hold up the high quality of its predecessors but also carve out a unique place for itself by turning its gaze away from the more iconic version of the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Feb 24, 2021

    Even if some stories might not pack as much of a punch as others, the level of storytelling and genuine craft on display here remains something truly special. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 3, 2021

    Perhaps the most interesting story is “An Unquiet Knight” featuring Zatanna reaching out to the spirit of a deceased Batman and helping him finally find peace. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Feb 27, 2021

    I've been loving this anthology series filled with unique voices, but Batman Black & White #3 lands as a quieter book this month. Perhaps it's because the previous two issues held nods to the past versions of Batman while this issue looked to the future, or maybe it was the misprint that threw me off in the very beginning. Batman Black & White #3 feels like a step backward in the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 24, 2021

    Batman: Black & White #3 is the weakest book in the series so far, and that has me a little worried for what's left for the remaining issue. While the first two books featured multiple, strong stories that really delivered a punch, that's mostly absent here. There's good art, yeah, but most of the stories themselves are generic. Even the strongest story in this collection ("The Cavalry") is so straight-forward that while it's good, it's not something you'll reflect back on and think, "Oh, man! You need to read this!" Read Full Review

  • 10
    Khamul Feb 23, 2021

    A pretty great issue,every story really showed a lot of imagination.But in a terrific collection of stories 'Unquiet Knight' really really stands out.Tim Seely creates a Batman I've never seen and it was powerful.A lot of that is probably do to his collaborator as well,Kelley Jones,who was born to draw Batman,and is a masters master in black and white.More from these two please!

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Feb 24, 2021

    Clearly the first story in this book triggered exactly the people it should trigger.

    If you feel victimized when you see cop killers and racists getting beat up, maybe there's some internal issues you have to work out.

    I didnt even read the other ones yet, this first one was so good it gets this score just off of that. Art is incredible and fluid, and the fights exhilarating and justified. Quality stuff.

  • 8.0
    CreatiScope Apr 5, 2021

  • 7.5
    😒 Aug 9, 2021

    Surprisingly Seeley had the best story this time around. This issue was definitely a lot more experimental and that is okay, I really loved Nick Dragotta's crazy manga inspired art.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Mar 21, 2021

    While not as good as the first couple issues, I still really enjoyed those. Really loved Seeley's & Jones' story.

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  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Feb 23, 2021

    The Calvary is pretty good. If you like The Next Batman, you'll probably like this, as it's just a bit more of that.

    A Kingdom of Thorns is okay. The art would unfortunately work much better in color. Just go look at The Dreaming. And the story was a bit rough.

    I am the Bat is fine. There's a neat twist at the end. The art worked very well.

    Unquiet Knight is not good. I don't like Tim Seeley's writing and the art definitely would've been better in color.

    Legacy is something. I really liked the art, but I'm not sure about that story.

  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 8, 2021

    I just don’t really understand the point of these comics.

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  • 5.0
    Merlyn Feb 23, 2021

    The first story is pretty racist, something I've come to expect from Ridley. Sure, the usual crowd will go "hOw iS iT rAcIsT?" because for some racism only goes one way. Which, of course, it doesn't. The second is just bad, the third is okay. The fourth and the fifth are pretty good, I was impressed by the art in both.

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  • 4.5
    Bats20832 Mar 3, 2021

    Unquiet Knight Story with Zatanna was fine: Rating 7. It benefitted from the short format. Few "stories" actually do; it only did because we already knew so much of the characters and story. The others were really filler. Rating: 4

    7 page mini-story from John Ridley on "New Batman." Rating: 4.5. Readers mostly didn't buy this to read the Zatanna mini-story. I only got this story to see how John Ridley developed the "New Batman" character with Tim Fox, since there is so little actual story out there. I understand maybe these are not all going to be massive tomes of stories. But 7 pages? Really? I keep hoping to see something from Ridley. And regularly disappointed. Surely he knows what he is writing is more important that "Ancie more

  • 4.0
    JHugh Feb 24, 2021

    What is this? Smh

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  • 2.0

    The theme of this issue was mainly the future. It seemed they all took place in a near future scenario. A concept I'm not a fan of in any comic series. The only one not took place in the past. But all 5 had one important thing in common: They were all absolutely terrible. So far this has been one of the better Anthology Batman series in a long time, but this issue is a fine example of everything that makes them usually bad. After this series and Superman:Red & Blue are over I am finished with the wastes of money known as anthologies.
    It may only be March, but So far this issue wins a No-Prize for "Biggest comic letdown issue of 2021."

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  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Mar 17, 2021

    The book is the equivalent of microwaving dog S#+t. Sure, you could do that but it isn't recommended or a particularly pleasant to experience. Save your money kids.

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  • 1.0
    SenpaifenixJäger Feb 23, 2021

    mmh a lot of crazy concepts, others not so many, I don't know what they intended here but I wouldn't spend my money on this. But tastes are diverse, this is not for me, neither the art nor the various stories. I like well-built characters, if they are going to do metaphors or surreal things that is something interesting not only what they imagined during the time they were flying high.

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