Batman: Eternal #21

Batman: Eternal #21

Writer: Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 8
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

After being injected with Fear Toxin, Alfred is dragged away to Arkham Asylum!

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Aug 27, 2014

    If you haven't been reading Batman Eternal, issue 21 would be a terrible place to tell you to jump on. But since it does seem to be the culmination of a lot of the first half arcs, perhaps now is a good time to get in as the story enters phase 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 2, 2014

    Batman: Eternal #21 has me excited about this book again.  James Tynion gives fans so much in this issue including a baddie that people have been begging for.  Jason Fabok's art is so good and combined with Tynion's great story make this the best in the series up until now. Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 28, 2014

    This one is so good that I think people who haven't even been following Eternal would probably get a kick out of it anyway. Tynion IV crafts a story with many layers, great characterizations, and a few surprises. Fabok returns and kills it on art duties. This one is in my top three best Eternal issues I have read thus far! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Aug 29, 2014

    Believe it or not, we aren't even halfway throughBatman:Eternal. But after this week's issue, I couldn't be happier. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 27, 2014

    Bard shows up to pick up Falcone, and gives Zorbatos release papers for another person. That not being Gordon, as they walk right past him. No. He's setting the stage for phase two, and they need Zachary Gate, the Architect. Bard goes back to his car, while on the phone with Hush. He says that Gotham belongs to them now, as he destroys the USB drive. Hopefully Batman was smart enough to have a backup… Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 29, 2014

    Batman: Eternal continues to amaze, as though some developments feel too soon, the sheer intensity more than makes up for this. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 27, 2014

    This issue shows that it is definitely on in Gotham City. Batman might think he has all the answers but we're seeing a whole new game is about to begin. With the weekly schedule, it can be easy to get behind an issue or two. This one shows you why you can't let it happen. Jason Fabok's art captures each moment with brilliance. The next phase of the overall story is being presented here and you won't want to miss it. Some of the developments and betrayals feel like a bit much but we're definitely on board to see what could possibly happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Aug 27, 2014

    Batman Eternal #21 pivots well off the conflicts we've seen in the last 20 issues and sets up the next leg of this journey as a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Aug 29, 2014

    This week were given more reveals and learn the true nature of some of the characters weve come to trust throughout this series. Whos really been pulling the strings? Is this just the beginning? How can someone break a flash drive in their hand using their thumb? Seriously, should I be doing thumb workouts? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 30, 2014

    Here's the thing about Batman Eternal #21: the twists are pretty cool, and I did not see a lot of them coming, but I'm not entirely sure they actually fit with everything we've seen so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 28, 2014

    The gaggle of creators has definitely led to some inconsistency in this book but this one hits a sweet spot in terms of writing and art that definitely ups the ante. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Kittrel Aug 28, 2014

    You're going to like BATMAN ETERNAL #21 if you eat up anything that has a cowl and pointy ears. Otherwise, it can be skipped. Maybe it's a sign that Scott Snyder is being spread too thin, but better work has been seen out of him and I hope it's just a brief low point and not a sign of things to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    WhiteLantern Aug 28, 2014

    Batman: Eternal has been a fantastic series. This issue is no exception. James Tynion, unsurprisingly, delivers a fantastic story. The development for Alfred and Julia is interesting, mainly in wondering where it's going to go next issue. For me, the highlight of this issue is Alfred getting a chance to explain how effective he could be in a fight. Add to that the reveal of Hush (causing my jaw to drop when I saw that) and the Architect (someone I'm not aware of, but definitely creates some interest), and this issue feels incredibly important. The biggest twist comes with Jason Bard, so I'm not going to spoil that for anyone. Suffice it to say, things are looking very interesting going forward. We're nearing the halfway mark of this series, and events are picking up steam. Also, Jason Fabok is probably my favorite artist on this series. His art always adds to the story, and this issue exemplifies that. This would be a terrible jumping on point, but back issues shouldn't be too hard to find if you're not reading this book right now.

  • 8.0
    Batfan Aug 28, 2014

    One of the better Eternal issues, though as I've said before, this issue's merits also lie primarily in what it could mean for the future than itself, and with every subsequent issue of Eternal, you are left with a sense of waiting for the events mentioned in Batman #28 to happen. Even the reveals are less exciting in themselves than in their potential, especially as at least two of these were expected. There were some cool and important references to two awesome Batman stories here, Hush and Gates of Gotham. You simply HAVE to read them, in that order, to full appreciate the potential of this series.

  • 10
    Redeadhood Aug 28, 2014

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Aug 29, 2014

  • 8.5
    SwampyCA Sep 6, 2014

  • 8.5
    Serverarbengan Nov 22, 2014

  • 8.5
    XxM1THRAND1RxX Jan 10, 2015

  • 7.5
    MatchesMalone Oct 29, 2014

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