Batman: Eternal #23

Batman: Eternal #23

Writer: Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 10, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 11
7.0Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Catwomans secret past has been revealed, and its dragging her toward Blackgate Penitentiary! What is her place in the natural order of crime? Only she can decide.

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2014

    Batman: Eternal continues to be a winner, with this issue having me more intrigued about Catwoman's involvement. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Sep 12, 2014

    This issue brings humor, action, as well as pushes the story into yet another big event this time involving Selina Kyle, or should I say SelinaCalabrese(Seriously, should I?). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Sep 10, 2014

    Selina is the main focal point of this story and I didnt mention her a great deal as its hard to talk about her story without delving into some serious spoilers, but what is developing with her is becoming increasingly interesting. Whether this turns out to be what I think it is, and based on the final panel, its definitely looking like a move in that direction, or not, the story has been entertaining and surprisingly easy to follow. But moreover: extremely worthwhile to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Sep 11, 2014

    We're given another “set-up” episode, but unlike some of the previous ones, this issue still manages to be entertaining at the same time. We also get treated to a surprise, or not, depending on how close you've been paying attention and potentially the inclusion of somerepurposed pre-New52 stories! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Sep 14, 2014

    A weekly series can be a bit of a hard sell to people im sure, especially considering the sheer mass of comic books that are available and the cost they all carry. However, with the return of Hush and apparent elements of major Batman arcs Knightfall and No Mans Land (and probably others I havent picked up on), this is seeming like THE Batman story of The New 52. If youre a fan of Batman or any (and I mean ANY) Bat-related character and you arent already reading this series, you really might want to think about changing that, because I have to imagine that very big things are on their way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Sep 10, 2014

    Dustin Nguyen's art is awesome, as usual. He has a way about capturing emotion, and tell the story without the writer having to convey that emotion through text, which I felt Seeley didn't take advantage of. All in all, this was probably the best issue of Catwoman we've had in a vet long time. I really feel like I got to know the character a little bit, here. Hopefully the new creative team can build on this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 12, 2014

    Catwoman gets a big background reveal here that helps set up her upcoming solo adventures and Dustin Nguyen provides solid art, but there's something about Batman Eternal that consistently holds it back. I think it's that the incredibly expansive story is just too much for the weekly schedule. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 10, 2014

    Batman: Eternal #23 may be an important chapter in the long run of the series, but reading it right now, I was not a fan.  Tim Seeley doesn't write a good Catwoman and Dustin Nguyen's art didn't impress me.  To make matters worse, besides Catwoman, every thing else just fell flat.  Hopefully such a setup heavy issue sets up something awesome. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 13, 2014

    I never feel likeBatman Eternal knows what it's doing. Instead of using 52 weekly issues to build this big tapestry of a Batman story, they seem to be making it up as they go along. I know they're not, but that's what it feels like. Nothing from the current issue feels like it flows from the previous issues. This all just comes off as a bunch of different mediocre Batman stories cobbled together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhiteLantern Sep 11, 2014

    This issue would have been better if DC had waited a few months to announce the new plot direction for Catwoman being a big time crime boss. That aside, the story itself was really good. The revelation of Catwoman's background is really interesting, and a nice shock for those who hadn't made the connection already. The development of the Architect/Hush story seems really rushed, as we had Architect introduced last issue, and now it's already being revealed that Hush is manipulating him. That being said, it's still handled relatively well. Dustin Nguyen does a great job on pencils, as per usual. While his style can be a bit rough and off-putting at first, it really fits the overall story of Eternal, and the Bat-Family as a whole. A strong issue, but it's plagued by the habit of the comic industry to release solicits 3 months in advance. As usual, this issue, and series as a whole, is recommended.

  • 8.0
    phospheneJ Sep 18, 2014

    Last week I banged on about how good the weekly series Batman Eternal is, and this week it’s no different. This issue starts tying together several different plot threads together nicely, whilst also have the sheer cheek and confidence to introduce yet ANOTHER great new character to the Bat mythology. It’s also one of the best Catwoman tales I’ve read in a while, providing a deft character moment involving a snow leopard and satisfyingly setting up her future status quo (which has already been shown in Batman #28).

  • 7.5
    Batfan Sep 11, 2014

    Technically, the plot progresses a lot, through some 'big' reveals, but considering that one of them had already been spoiled and another had become obvious by now, this issue hardly does anything. Great art, though.

  • 6.0
    TomSQUAREy Mar 25, 2015

    Higgins' writing in this series always marks a low point

  • 8.0
    Redeadhood Sep 12, 2014

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Sep 20, 2014

  • 8.0
    Serverarbengan Nov 22, 2014

  • 7.5
    MatchesMalone Oct 29, 2014

  • 7.5
    XxM1THRAND1RxX Jan 14, 2015

  • 7.0
    Victor Fries Sep 12, 2014

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Sep 20, 2014

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