Batman: Eternal #52
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Batman: Eternal #52

Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley Artist: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, David Lafuente, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 14
8.0Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

This month in BATMAN ETERNAL: The epic Bat-story over a year in the making comes to a stunning end! Gotham City is in flames! Villains are running wild in the streets! Bat-tech has been corrupted! And the mastermind behind it all has put a knife in Batmans ribs! How will the Dark Knight put an end to this nightmareand how will it shape the face of Gotham City to come?FINAL ISSUE

  • 10
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Apr 2, 2015

    This series put Batman through the ringer, but he came out on the other side stronger than ever. And with Snyder's current run on Batman that takes place after these events it's clear Gotham never catches a break. Luckily Batman doesn't require any sleepor foodwateroxygenso he'll always be there to protect it! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 1, 2015

    Very often, huge epic stories like this leave something to be desired in the conclusion. Batman Eternal is not like that. Perhaps, it's the length allowed Snyder and Co. to tell their story. Is Batman fundamentally different after this? No. But, he has been given a psychological makeover and sets him on different footing that we haven't seen in his portrayal in decades. Moreover, this change occurred in story and not as part of a reboot of the character. With this, Batman is Eternal. If you missed this series, just get the trades, you'll be glad you did. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 4, 2015

    This book has so much going on for it that it's impossible to do it any justice in a blurb. You really need to read it for yourself. It's a tour de force of everything that is synonymous with Batman Eternal. I'm genuinely surprised that they were able to devote meaningful time to everyone in the finale and not make it feel rushed or out of place. For the last 2 months I had been begging this series to get to the point, and now that it is here, I am actually sad to see it go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Apr 21, 2015

    Batman: Eternal has its great, average and disappointing moments; but the last chapters deliver so well that the entire series can be considered as the New 52 Batman canon. Tynion IV shows everyone he has the writing chops that is identifiably his own. Of course, Scott Snyder masterminds the entire comic narrative here, and Tynion serves his place as an excellent comic "showrunner". I say, Batman: Eternal deserves an omnibus treatment here. Hopefully, DC responds to my humble request. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Apr 3, 2015

    DC seems to love doing these weekly titles, and they are often a mixed bag. I thought World's End and Future's End were okay, though those books tended to wander around quite a bit, and the endings weren't all that satisfying. Batman Eternal was probably a little too long, but it was a great book with a perfect ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Apr 2, 2015

    "Batman Eternal" answered the question of whether Batman is eternal with a resounding yes. With unresolved story threads for other creators to explore (including some from creators within the "Batman Eternal" writer's room), this 52-week-long series is a testament to their love of Batman and his world. As "Batman Eternal" #52 so expertly lays bare on the page, characters come first. When that happens, characters become real and we grow to love them. Batman has now been around for seventy-six years and counting, proving his immortality as an icon. "Batman Eternal"'s success can be measured by the way it has accentuated both that immortal quality and Batman's psychological depth. That complexity and diversity is what makes Batman eternal. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 2, 2015

    Batman Eternal is over, and the conclusion proves to be worth the year-long wait. Story-runners Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV produce a conclusion with so many great moments that will help feed the various Batman franchises for many months to come. Tynion IV produces some of his best dialogue of his career that truly help to give strength to the final issue as well. Finally, artists like Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira help to give this finale the feel of a blockbuster cinematic experience. Even with the too-long epilogue and loss of artistic consistency towards the end, this is the finale that Batman and his pals deserve. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Waylon Piercy Apr 1, 2015

    This issue has a lot of ground to cover, and for all its shortcomings, it does its job well overall. Each character is left in an interesting place by the end of the story, and the destination does feel worthy of the year-long trip it took to get there. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Apr 8, 2015

    We have a strong prejudice for beginnings and endings, especially for endings. A happy ending will wipe away an entire story worth of pain and disaster. A strong conclusion will atone for a great deal of stumbling and faltering on the way. Still, a good ending is not all-powerful. Not all sins can be forgiven by a powerful finish. Some flaws remain glaring even in the light of a well-crafted resolution. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Apr 1, 2015

    Do I recommend Batman Eternal now that I've seen it all? Sure, but only if you can get the trades cheaply. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Apr 1, 2015

    First things first: the mastermind revealed last issue looked different, and the new look was less evocative of his general theme, but this issue revealed that it was simply an alternate version of the same costume and it still looks fantastic this issue. Beyond that, the Bat-Family really comes together and the various plotlines coalesce as new relationships and even new POTENTIAL relationships form to give a near-limitless amount of potential for future stories. Which are also incredibly interesting. BATMAN ETERNAL's team managed to pull out an ending that feels satisfying and even gives a sense of finality. With as much as this book accomplished, and as solid as the ending is, this one's going to be looked back upon fondly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 1, 2015

    Lengthy closing moments aside, "Batman Eternal" #52 fulfills its promise as a worthwhile conclusion to a sprawling series and as a table setter for the next era of Batman under Snyder. As a bonus, a typically stylish illustration by Jae Lee and June Chung makes for a striking image for the standard cover, even if the largely symbolic piece is more reflective of events in past issues rather than this one. While in past years weekly series have run out of juice long before their final issues, this one only got stronger and retained enough strength to pack a powerful climactic punch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Apr 1, 2015

    Overall, this last issue tied together the loose ends of the entire series. We got to see conclusions for all of the characters used throughout and got a decent conclusion with our villain getting incarcerated. As whole I would probably give the entire run of Batman Eternal a three out of five batarangs, but that could change once I re-read the entire story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Apr 2, 2015

    After a year long arc,Batman Eternalmanages to wrap up well. Many of the characters that appear in the series already moved past these events months ago, which makes it difficult to placeEternalwith regards the continuity, but it has been a good weekly series that I would say overall is worth picking up when it has been collected. Apparently there is going to be a season 2 of Eternal, but for nowas a finale, issue #52 hits all the right beats for a satisfying conclusion. Pick it up at your LCS or digitally. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Apr 2, 2015

    A fitting end to the year long series that has a real sense of finality Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 1, 2015

    Batman Eternal #52 is a rock solid finish to what has been an impressive weekly series. The Bat family is well represented, and hell, above and beyond the family, Gotham's many sides are shown quite well in this issue. It is a fascinating city and it has only become more interesting through this series and this issue shows that very well. If it is going to be crafted this well, I say bring on another volume of Eternal, I'm ready and willing to dive into it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - J.L. Caraballo Apr 7, 2015

    It wasnt too difficult to dive in and get an idea of what was going on, plot-wise, for this noob. And, thankfully, the actually theme and morality of the issue seemed to take import over the general conclusion, so whether I followed or not, there was a lot to take away from it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 1, 2015

    This final issue of Batman: Eternal was good, just not as satisfying as I hoped.  Most of the loose ends were tied up, but how they were tied were frustrating.  Still, the ending tied into some of my favorite books and I got to see the return of some old friends.  After reading this finale, I am not upset that I stuck with the entire run of Eternal, just not as glad as I hoped. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Apr 4, 2015

    It may seem like an easy task to just write your opinions on something, every week for an entire year, but it can be tiring. Some issues you can't put down so you have too many words to write up. Others, you can't wait to finish but come up short on your review. Lucky for me, I had Batman on my side.Writing for your passion somehow gets easier, yet you still struggle to find the right words to describe him. I love this character. Always have, always will. I guess you can say it's eternal. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Apr 3, 2015

    Batman Eternal #52 ends the series well, showing Batman actually needing the people of Gotham. The art looks good, there's great action it succeeds in telling its story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 1, 2015

    Batman Eternal hasn't been a perfect series, nor does it have a perfect ending. But as a whole, there's a lot of ambition to this series that has made it a worthwhile venture. There's been a cadre of different artists on board, allowing DC to experiment with potential up-and-comers in the context of their most popular franchise, and the sheer breadth of the series, including villains from across Batman's rogues gallery, has made this feel like a must-read. The Bat-Family has coalesced and even expanded under Snyder and Tynion's leadership, bringing characters like Bluebird, Spoiler and Julia Pennyworth to the fold. While it might have helped to reveal this series' true big bad an issue earlier, Batman Eternal will be one of DC's most ambitious achievements for some time to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 2, 2015

    All in all, Eternal has been the best of DC's weeklies, but it never breaks through to truly legendary status because of a lack of cohesive execution on a week-to-week basis. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 4, 2015

    Batman Eternal was not a good comic. It was made by some very talented people, who had a couple good ideas floating around, but the execution was an atrocious mess. At the very least, this final issue is mildly entertaining, with some cool moments here and there, but I'm probably just being polite. Read Full Review

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