Batman: Damned #2

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Lee Bermejo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 12, 2018 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 41
7.3Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

As Batman's descent into the madness of Gotham City's decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons...and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there's demons, there's also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it's a veritable Grand Guignol!  

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jan 5, 2019

    I am in love with Batman Damned thus far, any complaints about it would be specifically a contrivance for the sake of not my actual opinion. It's not for the faint of heart but I recommend this to anyone who likes some grimdark in their stories. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Dec 12, 2018

    SO many questions arise from Book Two of this bimonthly series. But the biggest one is whether or not Batman will make it out alive himself and if he does, what would that cost him: His mind, his body or worse, his soul? I still say that Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo are a dream team when it comes to depicting the dark and twisted world that truly is Batmans existence and with part two, they did not disappoint to bring on the crazy and tragic. See you in 2019, boys! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Dec 20, 2018

    With one more issue planned for Batman: Damned, its hard to predict where this book will go next. The cliffhanger at the end of this book, controversial as it is, also questions if Batmans sanity is slipping away. Unfortunately, well have to wait until sometime in 2019 to find out the answer. At this rate, though, the finale just may be one worth waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Dec 12, 2018

    Brian Azzarello's second chapter in this first Black Label series provides ample opportunity for Lee Bermejo's glorious artwork to shine. While the story continues to be well-mired in the mystical, fresh glimpses into Bruce Wayne's past highlight this carnival of madness, along with more cameos from the dark underworld in freshly actualized forms. This book is being issued on a quarterly schedule, but at more than double the pages of a regular comic so far it's been well worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 12, 2018

    I understand that Black Label books are going to aim at being more mature. Yet for some, this means nudity and swearing. Given the trouble a naked man caused last issue, I am not sure how I feel about the last few panels and the implied seduction of the not so innocent. With this label, DC have an opportunity to challenge the reader with ideas and images that may seem distasteful or disturbing. With that in mind, this book continues with its strong substance that actually meets its excellent style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Dec 12, 2018

    Ultimately I think we were given another amazing and gorgeous chapter of what I feel is the best looking series of 2018. The narrative style of John Constantine is by far one of my favorite parts of this series. I just love the way John speaks. He has a way of getting my mind deeper into the story, connecting me more with what's going on in the pages. From Ertigan's lethal rhymes as rapper J Blood, to Batman's adult encounter with Harley Quinn, it's hard to pinpoint what my favorite part of this issue was as there's many standout moments, but I guess I'd have to say the the overall mystery and occult conspiracy that has surrounded Bruce's life since he was a boy is what intrigues me most here, and it's why I recommend this series as a must read of 2018. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Dec 12, 2018

    The issue leaves the mysterious happenings in Gotham all the stronger. We get unexplained apparitions and the prophetic ravings of a mad man. The mystery is as open now as it was on page one of issue one. It'll be a true event to see how it all ends in the final issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Khadjiah Johnson Dec 12, 2018

    Batman Damned #2 didn't have that anxious and flexible shape like the previous issue. Rather it presented layers of memories and gave room to unpack them throughout the panels. It still stands on its own, and I hope to see a merger of both the thrill of the darkness and the rage of painful memories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Dec 12, 2018

    BATMAN: DAMNED #2 is good overall. I do have issues, and worry that style might be taking precedent over substance by going over-the-top with the grim, edgy storytelling. However, the striking artwork alone would be strong enough to sell it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Christian Ruiz Dec 18, 2018

    It's been a long time since a title has garnered so much public attention from both comic fans and the public. A quick search of Batman: Damned #1 will have the book on auction sites as high as $300-$400, making it one of the most expensive modern books in history. While no one will be paying that much for #2, it surely holds its own as a strong sequel to the massively popular first half and has the reader excited for so much more to come! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Dec 12, 2018

    The art by Lee Bermejo is absolutely stunning. It sets the mood for this dark and mature tale and does not hold back. Every single panel in this book is something to behold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 14, 2018

    It was a better outing, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Dec 12, 2018

    While I dont think that this issue was nearly as strong and the first issue of this story, Im still very much engaged in the mystery of this story and Im look forward to seeing how this all plays out in the final issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Jonathan Mullen Dec 13, 2018

    Issue one was so good but this" this goes off the deep end for me. I love some of this book, mostly Constantine and Lee Bermejo's art, but the rest of it makes me uncomfortable recommending this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 18, 2018

    The biggest failure of Book 2 is the chaotic method of storytelling. Azzarello has attempted to do too much at once without advancing the plot. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 18, 2018

    I am still all in for the series.  While I still enjoyed this issue overall, I will need it to begin to pick up the pace.  I also need more content in this title that warrants the “Black Label” title outside of the occasional F-Bomb. With that being, said it needs to make sense for the story and not just be randomly placed there for the sake of it.  Speaking of story, I am very interested to know more about Bruce's backstory. What is his secret? Where is the Joker?  Who is paying to listen to Jason Blood? The art continues to impress consistently. I look forward to seeing more of it.   I really want the next issue to blow my mind and I hope it will. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Dec 14, 2018

    Brian Azzarello's writing gets dark and uncomfortable just for the sake of it, but Lee Bermejo's incredible art continues to stun and carry this collaboration. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 16, 2018

    A mean-spirited, unrelentingly dark book, loving crafted to show us the worst of humanity. Not my speed at all, but it's beautifully painted. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Dec 12, 2018

    This is one of the more stunning books in DC's library, but while it starts out strong and ends in an" interesting place we'll call it, the middle feels a bit aimless. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - Alex Curtis Dec 12, 2018

    Damned wants you to think it's important. Meaningful. It isn't. It's little more than edgy shock value with heinously conceived jabs at meaning. At its worst, this issue is so embarrassing it'd work as a comedy. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 12, 2018

    Mature Readers lines can go two ways, and right now this first Black Label book, unfortunately, seems to be going in the worst way possible " a dark-and-edgy cartoon of a story with little point but to be as shocking as possible. Far from this brilliant creative team's best work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Darkseid24 Dec 12, 2018

    The art of this comic is pretty amazing, so it’s worth getting it for the art alone, However I am still angry about DC censoring the first issue of Batman Damned making it impossible to get a physical copy for a prize, that isn’t ridiculously high. There is no point in Black Label, if you are going to censor it after 1 issue just because some infantile people can’t deal with seeing a penis.
    As for this story Batman is still trying to find out, who killed Joker. Constantine is trying to help him, but his one liners aren’t really helpful. What makes this story interesting is the dark take on the characters. We are getting an alternative origin story for Bruce Wayne, where his father seems to have left the family& a demon ( proba more

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  • 3.0
    Nihilist Dec 12, 2018

    Ever played a first person shooter game? You know, the one that looks so beautiful with top notch graphics, the most realistic shaders and highest res textures? One designed to trick you into thinking after the first glance it's an overall good product, but in reality being shallow as a pond? Offering no actual engaging story, set in closed, linear and repetitive levels, with no side activities and secrets to discover. Pretending to feature any "intelligent" commentary and shock value that's not just empty shock value for the sake of shock value? These are the worst games out there - Bioshock serving as the prime example, except being even worse, since it contradicts itself every 5 minutes and it's so nonsensical, it makes X-Men movies look more

  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Dec 12, 2018

    My biggest problem with the first issue was that aside from the controversial "Dick Pic" the comic was pretty tame and didn't justify the Adult label. It could have been other vertigo book and felt right at home. 

    This is more like it. 

    This issue is intense and has the look and feel of an R Rated Batman experience. The art is simply stunning. There aren't too many artists in the same league as Lee Bermejo and this issue is a perfect representation of what he is capable of. 

    The stories focus has also been tightened since the last issue. Batman doesn't believe that Joker truly is dead an continues his investigation. He is joined by John Constantine. Etrigan the Demon, Enchantress, and Deadman are also alo more

  • 6.0
    JordanT4021 Dec 12, 2018

    First things first, the art is magnificent. And essential to the storytelling. It brings a sense of realism while also offering something mystical and enchanting. Its an undeniable strength to the series. But after an intriguing and captivating first issue, you can't help but feel the ball was dropped with issue #2.

    The story seems to have fallen off the radar in this issue. The arc of this 3 part long series is a murder mystery surrounding the death of the Joker, however a slow second chapter offers no real progress to the story, even with roughly 50 pages. It makes you wonder how an effective conclusion could be met when so many things are yet to fall into place.

    John Constantine's involvement serves as a fun buffer more

  • 5.5
    RaisingBlack Dec 17, 2018

    I don't know what so many see in this book. Sure it is "Darker" but that is supposed to allow for chances to be taken and to drive home a strong narrative but so far these books seem to only be about the high-quality art and the feel they want to create. The art masks the fact that the story is extremely weak. This series is not a Batman story in a darker universe but rather a darker universe that wants to through in some faces from the DC universe. It doesn't use who these people are but rather just asks them to look scary and do nothing with it. The greatest thing to happen to this book is that the first issue was a controversy and because the book will never be rereleased it has rocketed up in value. If you are looking for a story as goo more

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 14, 2018

    Well, so much for this series. I really did my best trying to like this. I love Azzarello's Hellblazer run and I was hoping we'd be getting something more like that. But Constantine isn't actually integral at all. He guides Batman, sure, but beyond that what help is he? There's just some frankly stupid writing choices made in this issue. Underground Rapper Etrigan is easily the cringiest thing I've read in a while. What even is that? Did Azzarello finally see 8 Mile, because that's straight out of the early 2000s? That's like something that'd be in an early Ultimate Marvel comic that is swiftly forgotten once the times thankfully changed and modern didn't mean trash anymore. Deadman getting off on the pain of burning alive is so edgy it's r more

  • 1.0
    ComickerPerson Dec 12, 2018

    Low effort "edge" and shock value. A lot of excess and pretentiousness with nothing to show for it. In a year with no shortage of shitty Scott Lobdell and James Robinson comics, this might actually be the stupidest thing DC has published.

  • 9.0
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Dec 14, 2018

    Some of the writing was questionable, but can't say I didn't come out loving this and how far it goes.

  • 8.0
    AsgersWeb Dec 16, 2018

    Werid. Weird is the best word to describe this book. I liked it. The art is stunning except that Batmans suit has like chainmail on it? normally I love Bermejo's batsuit. The writing is good, if not very strange. Azzarello seems to want this to be a just balls out nut case of a book. Harley Quinn tries to rape Batman, what? Dude gets turned on by getting burned alive, What? The rape thing, I don't think that is out of character for Harley and the thing with Deadman. I am not familiar with Deadman so I can't say if this is out of the character, but it is a great comidic bit Overall I prefered this miles ahead of the first issue, the first issue was confusing and not in a good way. Overall I'd recommend it. Espicially because we will get mor more

  • 7.0
    mynameisraj Dec 12, 2018

    I like the uneasy feeling I had when I was reading this and Lee Bermejo's art compliment's Azzarello's art really well but I felt REALLY uncomfortable at a certain part. One issue left and I'm left wondering how this team will stick the landing.

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Dec 12, 2018

    Damn.

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    Look I’m not a proud woman, I didn’t love everything about this but Azzarello writing Constantine!

  • 6.0
    Bigbooty Dec 19, 2018

    So Constantine and saying "fuck" more than once constitutes an adult, dark, story. An adult, dark story would have been better. Hoping it might still happen.

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Dec 19, 2018

    I'm done after two issues. Nice art, but the story just isn't much to keep me interested. It's definitely not worth the price.

  • 7.5
    rayonymous Aug 29, 2019

    Seriously, I would give 100/10 for the art it is that beautiful with all the attention to detail. Bermejo has put his best in the illustration. Sometimes the writing and the narration seem to complicate things, 'MAD?! SAD?! BAD little boy?!' it doesn't make it easier. I didn't like how Batman can be out of control and desperate in this one, it's because of the childhood trauma? I don't mean the death of his parents, it only comes later on. I didn't like Jason Blood/Etrigan and The Spectre design here at all, Deadman on the other hand is poorly utilised. By the way, what was that Harley Quinn were gonna do to Batman at the end?

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