Batman: Eternal #6

Writer: Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Trevor McCarthy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 14, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 13
6.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Something hellish is brewing in the tunnels under Arkham Asylumand Batmans going to need the help of The Spectre to stop it!

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Darius Mcdaniels May 14, 2014

    I love that I have the opportunity to review Batman: Eternal as an arc and I love it so far. With that said, Batman: Eternal Issue #6, as an individual issue, has a lot to love and is a good read. It is not an action-packed issue but it is a very creepy yet beautiful issue to counteract the lack of many action scenes. With Fawke's supernatural implants into this arc working in tandem with McCarthy's artistic talent for bringing the supernatural and gruesome scenes to life, this is a good buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 14, 2014

    All around this was a refreshing book forBatman Eternal.Honestly, it makes me want to see The Spectre more in the New 52! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 14, 2014

    As with the most recent issues Batman Eternal #6 sets up another path for this series to eventually go down, but due to the structure of these single individual issues from the different writers, everything feels a bit disconnected and not as cohesive as one such as myself might like. This will probably be fixed once we start getting solid arcs from each writer, but as of right now, going from low-level criminals, to nanobots, and now to supernatural stuff, Eternal just seems choppy at the moment. Despite the flow form issue to issue being a bit disrupted, what is set up here could very well be the most interesting part of Eternal due to the wildcard nature of supernatural elements, especially within a story about corruption, organized crime, etc. Eternal is definitely cooking up something good, but I'm ready for things to start getting a bit more consistent from issue to issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 15, 2014

    Batman Eternal is starting to feel a bit like Game of Thrones. Each week offers a snapshot view of a few characters, only to switch to a different set the following week. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori May 14, 2014

    As a series, Im very much enjoying Batman: Eternal, and even as an individual issue, #6 has a lot to love. But, the combination of the two at this point in the ongoing leaves me a little wanting. If every additional writer to come (Layman, Seeley, Higgins) have this sort of stop and start motion, its going to slow the momentum of excitement down to a crawl. And I want to have that rip-roaring adventure every week that we got in the first few issues. A weekly book really needs that to fulfill its mission. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith May 17, 2014

    This version of Corrigan was fun. If the next issue features him as well, I may get it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 20, 2014

    Economic considerations have a way of making all commitment decisions easier. Batman Eternal is not bad, but it's too niche compared to its other weekly competitors. Amicably Dropped. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 14, 2014

    Batman: Eternal continues to be a terrific read but the weekly aspect is certainly starting to take it's toll. I still however enjoyed it enough to recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - spicytoilet May 14, 2014

    It seems as if we won't be receiving more than a taste of each main story. I want to know how Gordons doing, is Vale ok, hows Batgirl etc etc. And it’s something the writers won't entertain. A bummer, but it’s ok. I am thoroughly enjoying the series but I will admit, the addition of the Spectre and Batwing have me worried about future cohesion. A tree only splits into so many branches. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Fanboys Inc - Cody Mudge May 15, 2014

    Batman Eternal is definitely playing the long-game. It is going to require readers to have patience, which will be fine to a point, but the writers also need to do a better job of conveying the scale of the story and tell us how much time has passed. The rotating stable of writers and artists dont help the book and once again require a level of understanding from the reader, so Batman Eternalreally needs to cash in on the promise of the story as being one of the most epic Bat stories in history. If the early going is any indication, it seems safe to predict that this book wont be a total flop but wont achieve a new height in comic book story-telling either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 17, 2014

    Batman Eternal #6 is more of the same.  Of course, that means a bunch of new characters and plot threads thrown onto the pile we already have.  To top that off, nothing gets resolved at all.  In fact, if you really look at this issue, not much really happens.  However, Trevor McCarthy makes it all look great so at least we get that.  I really want to like this book, but I'm losing patience. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen May 19, 2014

    Batwing's inclusion is welcome, if only to remind everyone but that he's still around (with a very good solo book on the stands) and is an active member of the Batman Family. Fawkes' incorporation of supernatural elements into the world of Batman is executed much better here than it was over the course of the dearly departed Batman: The Dark Knight. Had this story been a part its own arc in a separate title, such as the aforementioned series, it would have fared much better. Unfortunately, its inclusion in the fabric of Batman Eternal sees it slip into averageness. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco May 19, 2014

    While the concept of introducing a mystical side-conflict during Carmine Falcone's gang-war is interesting, it does derail the current narrative and requires a lot of set-up to execute. This story line might pay off in the future but we don't really experience any of these pay offs directly, outside of a couple reveals that hint at future events. The issue was well written and had great artwork but aside from a cliffhanger right at the end there's really no climax to speak of. The issue trades excitement and action for a slow paced narrative which isn't terribly exciting right now but will most likely pay off in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 15, 2014

    Trevor McCarthy turns in the best looking issue we've seen so far as James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder add Batwing, Doctor Phosphorus, Gentleman Ghost and Spectre to the fray. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 14, 2014

    BATMAN ETERNAL isn't bad, but there are problems with the direction of this book. It feels like they're just topping more and more and more story on top of one another without resolving or building on anything else. For the past three issues, there have been numerous new plots introduced within each issue. This issue, on its own, is a pretty good read, introducing the reader to new characters and elements within the world of Gotham. The art is solid and the color work is fantastic. While this particular issue didn't hit it out of the park, it was still a solid read and this series is still worth picking up every week. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz May 15, 2014

    Batman Eternal started out really strong out of the gate, but has started to slip. It will be curious to see if this is just a bump in the road or a telling sign. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 17, 2014

    Meh. All of a sudden, Batman Eternal is all over the place. I know they've got a whole year to fill, but now we've got Batwing, Spectre, Joker's Daughter and Gentleman Ghost all doing something weird on the side? Does anybody even really read Batwing? I'm amazed it has lasted this long in the New 52. This is just a forgettable issue that doesn't really seem to have anything to do with the larger, more interesting narrative, and instead just adds another, uninteresting subplot to the larger tapestry. One assumes this might all connect somehow in the end, but this issue " despite being solidly made " fails to get me hooked. At least I really like the art of Ray Fawkes. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 14, 2014

    It starts out fun with a Batwing vs. Gentleman Ghost battle, but then it slows to a crawl and in the end I found it to be the weakest issue yet. Brief and uneventful. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 17, 2014

    Batman Eternal is drifting. It burst on to the scene with four strong issues and has since fallen into crossover-like, unfocused issues. The past two issues feel like they are trying to force storylines simply to bring in other characters. While that might payoff down the road they make for an uneven read that puts some doubt about how well this series might hold up for six months or longer. Combine that with generally poor issue construction and the individual comic book is utterly forgettable. Hopefully this series will pick up and soon. Read Full Review

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