Batman: Creature of the Night #2

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: John Paul Leon Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 27, 2017 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 23
9.3Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

In a world where Batman is only a comic book character, young Bruce Wainwright is starting to feel a surprising strength and power grow inside him...and after years of mourning the loss of his parents, that power feels good--intoxicating, even! The question is, to what use will he put it?

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Dec 27, 2017

    Leon's art is expertly executed. The bright, carefree undergrad environment; the dark garage buzzing with criminal activity; the meticulous office of Uncle Alfred. Every environment shows thoughtful design and amazing detail. This book continues to be a masterpiece, rivaling the best books out now. Pick this comic up and let Busiek and Leon sweep you up into this story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Dec 27, 2017

    Batman: Creature of the Night #2 is every bit as good as the debut issue. Bruce has been fully realized with hints of something darker going on inside him. The story has taken an interesting turn that few would have seen coming. Finally, John Paul Leon’s Batman is a treat to look at. This book continues to be something special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Dec 27, 2017

    Definitely buy, as this issue proves that even in a world where Batman is pure fiction, vigilante justice still can persist. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 10, 2018

    By far the best book DC is publishing, and if Busiek decides to tackle another DC character, in the same way, I'll be the first to put my pre-order money on the counter. Plain and simple, you should be reading this story, regardless of whether you read DC Comics or superhero books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 30, 2017

    In short, Batman: Creature Of The Night #2 is excellent, the product of talented creators (including Todd Klein, who provides individualized lettering for each of the narrative voices, even making Uncle Alfred's cursive captions easier to read, which was about my only complaint about the first issue) making a story that examines Batman as a construct and uses him to tell a story about loss and life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2017

    We're only two issues in, but I can safely say that Batman: Creature of the Night is, in fact, the best DC Comic of 2017 (and the latter two issues may very well be the best of 2018). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Jan 1, 2018

    What makes Creature of the Night so interesting is a personal connection we all have with heroes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Dec 28, 2017

    As with its predecessor, Creature of the Night #2is a book so skillfully wrought as to live above most technical criticism. Busiek, Leon, and Klein instead invite us to consider the themes woven throughout their tale, and in so doing manage to produce a story that feels truer to Batman's mythos than many of the books now bearing his name. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 27, 2017

    A strong second issue adds a surprise you won't see coming. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 28, 2017

    This is a Batman story unlike any other that explores a lot of the reasons why people love and relate to the character. Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon are completely letting loose, telling a story that feels instantly timeless. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 27, 2017

    Batman: Creature of the Night is an odd book to explain or recommend, but I can't see anyone who gives it a try not falling in love with it on some level.  It's a Batman book, of course, but it's also a book about a young man trying to make his way through life amongst both tragedy and accomplishments.  Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 27, 2017

    I love this story and Bruce's journey as he begins to see that there is darkness in his avenging Batman that he wasn't prepared for. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jason Saba Jan 3, 2018

    Batman: Creature of the Night is one of those books that you could easily dismiss and ignore in your local comic store and you would never know what you actually missed out on. A true diamond in the rough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Dec 27, 2017

    Starting strong, this issue still manages to raise the stakes and dig deeper into this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 2, 2018

    Writer Kurt Busiek gives us a Batman origin with a dark twist, one that we all will never want to happen to any of us. Kurt Busiek and the art of John Paul Leon work so well together giving us different aspects of Bruce growing up and his shadowy vigilante. We get to feel like we're part of Bruce's' life in hopes that he will become something like the comic book character Batman. But in this story there won't be any happy endings. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Dec 27, 2017

    After being introduced to the reader with the Golden Age, Bruce Wainwright is taken through the Silver Age as he enters adulthood. As far as meta literature goes, Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon excel at depicting the colorful, bright era of the Batman. Nevertheless, much like in real life, this take on the character becomes tiresome after a while. Busiek seems to be aware of that, adding well-needed conflict by the end of the issue that will hopefully guide Bruce to his Bronze Age. Read Full Review

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