Batman: Eternal #5

Writer: Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Andy Clarke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 7, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 16
6.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

As the Dark Knights weekly series continues, Red Robin takes center stage in a major Gotham City mystery that has Harper and Cullen Row caught in the crosshairs!

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 7, 2014

    We're five issues into BATMAN ETERNAL and this book continues to do a fine job at building on the world of Gotham while continuing to tell and interesting story. Tim Drake truly is the star of this issue, and in some ways, bests Batman through Tim's detective work. The art is fantastic, but it's the colors that really make the art. Overall, this is a very satisfying weekly series, so far. The only real downside to the issue is that the Vicki Vale story feels completely overdone as far as stories go. This is especially apparent if you watch House of Cards. However, this is still a highly recommended series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 7, 2014

    Batman Eternal #5 is another strong chapter in this weekly series that is building itself into a force to be reckoned with. The plot threads are growing nicely and this creative team is not holding back. Threats and mysteries are flying fast and furious and they are telling a huge story befitting this huge cast. The primary criticism of a weekly title is the overall monthly cost, but when the comic is this good it's hard to justify not kicking out the extra dough. 5 issues in, this train isn't slowing down at all and DC's got a winner on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 7, 2014

    The best thing about "Batman Eternal" #5 is having Andy Clarke draw the issue. Lately it's seemed like his art has been consigned to backups, so getting a new full issue from him is reason to cheer. His art looks as great as ever; highly detailed, with strong texture to provide an almost 3D-like quality on features like hair or clothing. Clarke's art is a little less slick than I'm used to, but this feels like an evolution of his art rather than a shortcoming; that slightly lumpy and more-rounded look that some of the characters have make them feel less perfect and more realistic. These are some gorgeous pages, and hopefully we'll see some more issues from Clarke before long. With artists like Trevor McCarthy and Guillem March also on deck for this month, DC is clearly trying to show that it wants this series to look great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Oscar Bergeron-Oakes May 9, 2014

    The story of Batman Eternal is continuing to expand, but there are still plenty of little moments that can excite readers new and old. This celebration of all things Batman is a great blend of art and story that seems to be successfully touching all corners of Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 8, 2014

    With last week's issue primarily featuring Batgirl, and this new one focusing on Red Robin, it seems that this weekly series might be presenting us with a series of one-shots that tie into the larger story. If this really is the start of a trend, so far it has been quite successful. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 8, 2014

    Batman: Eternal takes a side step in this issue with the focus diverting to other characters. It's still however a terrific series and worthy of a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus May 7, 2014

    The art in this book was mostly solid. Though, it made Tim seem a lot older and taller than I imagined. Sometimes, it's hard to remember that he is a teenager in this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 12, 2014

    Some parts are more crucial than others"one plotline in particular seems like dead weight"but the mystery deepens nicely here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - spicytoilet May 9, 2014

    The art style changed a bit, you will notice that right away. But still, itis as fantastic as it was last week. I recommending this one guys, go snag it up. I’m giving it 7 stars, and that’s because the fan in me is a wee bit upset. Falcone and Gordon was completely not shown here, I felt that was a lost opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 7, 2014

    It's kind of disappointing to desert the Jim Gordon and Falcone storylines, especially for something as bizarre as a nanobot plague. It can feel a bit like a filler episode at times. However, it's totally cool to finally see Tim Drake doing something of note in a Batman comic and Andy Clarke's artwork looks great! Fans of Tim Drake should definitely check it out and readers anxious to see more from Vicki Vale and Harper Row. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz May 8, 2014

    The thing to keep in mind, Batman Eternal is definitely a story with a long term plan that will thread many different pieces together. Hopefully this plot will seem more natural to the story by the end, but for now the change was a bit odd and lack luster. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 7, 2014

    While I thought this issue was generally pretty good, it's probably my least favorite of the series so far. There's a lot going on in Eternal, and while some things seem random, you can sort of make a guess as to why they're happening. Spectre showing up in Gotham? Weird? Yes. Explainable? Sure, we saw some spooky shit going down at Arkham. These nanobots? Just completely random. Like I said above, the elements introduced in this issue just made a bad first impression with me... and Vicki Vale was kind of annoying. That said, let's not play down the great art and solid Tim Drake in Gotham action. There certainly was plenty of that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Darius Mcdaniels May 7, 2014

    We are five issues in and so far I am loving every minute of Batman Eternal. This issue specifically was a good issue I think there were some dialogue issues, some over-utilized scenes with Vicki Vale, but overall, Batman Eternal Issue #5 is a good read. You will enjoy that is a Tim Drake/Red Robin focused issue. The dynamic between him and Batman will pull you in with every word. Plus this issue makes you want to go back and read "Death of a Family", if you have not done so already, just to truly understand the hurt that Red Robin is feeling. This is a must have if you are a Red Robin fan and you love his and Batman's dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 10, 2014

    The rest of the issue was fine, and I always like more from Harper Row, even if she's not going to be the new Robin. A Tim/Harper subplot over the course of the series would be absolutely delightful. They bring with them this weird, sci-fi nanobot subplot, which is more out there than the gang war from the previous issues. Personally, a nanobot swarm is not as interesting as Carmine Falcone, but there are probably going to be a lot of juggling balls in the air over the course of this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 8, 2014

    This comic continues to add new layers and delve further into the Gotham underbelly It's addicting! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 9, 2014

    Batman: Eternal #5 is already showing some cracks in the armor.  The plot was muddled coming into this issue and at the end is even more so.  Characters seem to be thrown in just for the sake of it and the interesting parts of the earlier issues have been abandoned for now.  I hope the handful of writers and revolving artists can get this book together and give us more of what we got in the first couple of  issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 8, 2014

    James Tynion IV handles scripting duties for this installation of Batman Eternal, which is proving to be an all-encompassing narrative but an unwieldy one Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero May 9, 2014

    DC Comics latest issue of its newest Batman weekly series takes the plot in a completely new direction; and one that's not so exciting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio May 12, 2014

    Although these qualities serve to bog the narrative down, Vicki Vale manages to trudge through it all and, not only shine, but thrive in this issue. Her attitude towards the “high school interns” reflects sentiment in the industry and although she’s being a bit harsh, her words have an air of sincerity and clarity that’s lost in the rest of the narrative. Beyond anything else, we can get behind her as a character because she loudly speaks her mind, which is a quality we all should aspire to emulate. Though her tactics in getting the story on Falcone were more than a bit haphazard (and almost naively dangerous), we were still able to root for her as a character to get and break that story the villains have so incessantly covered up. Let’s hope Vicki and the rest of the cast can trudge through the rest of this set-up and give readers the story they’re itching for, but only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 10, 2014

    Batman Eternal is the book to be reading if you want "current" Batman books. Unfortunately Batman is barely in this one and the plot that just started jumping off the ground is barely touched. It feels like editorial is barely linking these crossover books together and just hoping the ending ties it all out and the reader is satisfied. As an individual issue this is forgettable and uninteresting. Read Full Review

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