Batman: Urban Legends #2

Writer: Cecil Castellucci, Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Thomas, Chip Zdarsky Artist: Eddy Barrows, Ryan Benjamin, Max Dunbar, Marguerite Sauvage, Marcus To Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 14, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 35
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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The new Batman anthology series continues! In part two of Chip Zdarsky and Eddy Barrows’s epic Batman/Red Hood story, Jason Todd has taken a man’s life, and now his mission is to keep the dead man’s young son safe. But Batman plans to take down Jason before he can make another mistake.
Then, in chapter two of Matthew Rosenberg and Ryan Benjamin’s senses-shattering tale, Cole Cash earns his pay as personal bodyguard to billionaire Lucius Fox, but what led him to Gotham in the first place? How does the mysterious HALO Corporation play into it all? And which Bat-Family character does he have an unfortunate meeting with in this c more

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 15, 2021

    All in all, this is a great book and really has a lot of value and story packed into it! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 13, 2021

    As someone who would love to see other characters get the attention Batman gets every week, I'm far more selective of my Batman reads. This one is worth checking out as it features four strong stories without a bad one in the bunch. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Apr 13, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends is the best Jason Todd stuff Red Hood fans have gotten in a long time. Joshua Williamson's work with the character in Future State was very good, but Chip Zdarsky and this team of artists " Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Julio Ferreira, with Marcus To on the flashbacks " have the character completely back on track. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Apr 15, 2021

    Cheer is one of the best stories DC has going right now. It presents both central characters as complicated, flawed, and at odds because of their disparate approaches yet still struggling with the inevitability of it. Truly one of the best takes on Jason weve gotten so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 13, 2021

    The immediacy of the plot and its pacing are two of the things that make this story an interesting and entertaining read. There is great action and thrills throughout and Ryan Benamin's art is beautifully detailed and filled with energy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Apr 14, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 is exactly what an anthology comic should be. I grew up with books like this and I am thrilled to see DC take a risk and bring them back. The Katana, Red Hood and Oracle stories are all excellent. While the Grifter story is seemingly pointless and silly, I see the appeal and lots of people will most likely love it. I hope this series is here to stay and we get the chance to see more of the side characters get a chance to shine. Fingers crossed for some Spoiler action next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Apr 16, 2021

    Pick this up, as it will be one of your favorite playgrounds for some time to come! The fact that these are continuing stories makes it so much a better ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Daniel Berlin Apr 13, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 continues pushing the anthology series into must-read territory, with talented creative teams giving truly great, fun work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 13, 2021

    Batman Urban Legends continues to surprise and impress me. The book looks great, and while I wish every story here were a winner, there are three really good ones and one stinker.   Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 13, 2021

    Overall, another solid issue but only the first story feels like a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Apr 14, 2021

    Much like the debut installment of this series, this entry is another mixed bag, starting off strong and getting progressively lackluster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Apr 13, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 continues to explore the lives of the Dark Knights allies, particularly where Red Hood and the Outsiders are concerned. Next issue will see the end of The Caretaker story and while Ill be sad to see it go, I hope the remaining issues of Urban Legends continue to flesh out Gothams Guardians. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Apr 13, 2021

    A stronger collection of stories than we got last month, Batman: Urban Legends #2 strikes some more emotional notes than the first issue. Time will tell if the longer arcs amount to great stories in the end, but for now, each creative team is approaching the characters through different lenses. You have a sympathetic look at Jason Todd, a quirky celebration of Barbara Gordon's genius, some romantic tension between two Outsiders, and about two degrees removed from a buddy comedy starring Grifter and Lucius Fox. It's an odd combination, but it works, so here's hoping the stories just get better going forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Daniel Goldberg Apr 14, 2021

    With the departure of a Harley story, this collection really only stands upon the "Cheer" story involving Red Hood. The Outsiders story is niche and only worth it if you are already following the Outsiders. The Oracle adventure is not good. And as the first chapter hinted, Grifter just isn't weighty enough of a character to merit this many pages. All that said, the Red Hood arc in "Cheer" is excellent, so if you love Red Hood, you might consider investing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    fenixalasnegras Apr 13, 2021

    This number left me with mixed emotions, on the one hand I love him on the other I do not hate him but there are things that I hate. There is excellent drama in between, it only reminded me of RHATO V2 25 with much better writing.And Jason isn't the Jay of the comics. there is something I hate about serial or movie adaptations and more when they are as bad as Titans and that is when they influence the comics. I don't know who is deciding the pairing of the character to the story but it's wrong. That is the reason why fans get upset when Jason is not respected by the canon by changing his death or when they copy it as in the case of Snyder cut who stole Jason's death to give it to Dick.

    The history of Red Hood is a hurricane o more

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  • 10
    daspidaboy Apr 13, 2021

    Great writing, pacing and characterization for Red Hood. Chip Zdarksy is one of my favorite writers out there!

  • 10
    fearUhavemeisenough Apr 13, 2021

    I insist here the main star is Hood and Zdarsky is with everything, I think that is why he asked for the writing of this character. He knows how to take advantage of all of Hood's pain, his mistake and what he's going through. For this story alone it's worth buying, it's the best DC has written this year.

  • 9.5
    Afre Apr 14, 2021

    Zdarsky start writing Red Hood full-time already. Or Batman. Or both.

    Please do both.

  • 7.5
    Merlyn Apr 13, 2021

    I'm glad to see that this book gets so many good reviews and this is for sure one of the best books DC puts out at the moment. That being said, as a Red Hood fan, I do have some problems with it. First of all, if Zdarsky read any earlier comics with Jason, he would not put that scene in this book. Sure, Jason had some rough edges and he was a bit of a troublemaker as a little kid but not in that dark way, to push a dude downstairs. It seems to me like Zdarsky took inspiration more from Jason Todd from the Titans show, I do see that Jason doing that. But comic Jason? Neah, as a kid he knew right from wrong, he reached out to Batman when he knew Ma Gunn was up to no good with those kids. Yes, he did kill a dude who got away with stuff he sho more

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  • 10
    axdn Apr 13, 2021

    All the stories are pretty good! Grifter and Red hood parts were A M A Z I N G

  • 10
    Blackgirl Apr 13, 2021

    Red Hood made me cry so much. It was incredible. The Outlaws was exciting, Grifter great fun. The only thing that found him neither head nor tail was the history of the machine ...

  • 10
    Emma Apr 13, 2021

    Red Hood 10
    Grifter 9.8
    Outsiders. 9
    Batgirl 0

  • 10
    Stormwrath Apr 13, 2021

    Zdarsky is a genius, and Barrows is also killing it

  • 9.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 18, 2021

    Just read the Red Hood story and wow did Hood look genuinely afraid of Batman's judgement in a few panels.
    And it was unique to see some of the panels be shaped like a Bat.
    Oracle did nothing for me in this story, especially after Three Jokers, I was fine on reading her solo story.
    I'd rather read Wildcats than another masked up superhero looking like a blood, so Cole Cash's story was a pass.
    And I'm still mad The Outsiders didn't have solo success like The Terrifics.
    So my selection was pretty simple, and it's easy to see why Zdarsky's story is getting top billing in this issues.
    Where else can I see Jason kill drug dealers as both a kid and an adult, and actually see the ramifications of such actions? more

  • 8.5
    ComickerPerson Apr 13, 2021

    lol Red Hood fans are SALTY AS HELL over at CBR. They want their Mary Sue back.

    edit: lol my stalker is back

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  • 3.0
    RedKSuperman Apr 18, 2021

    The Red Hood story was decent, the rest were garbage.

  • 10
    AmandaT Apr 20, 2021

    Zdarsky said in an interview that his story is about parents and children and we warn them that they are formed in them. So we will see more of this conflict and how it increases.
    Chip is not just a comic book writer, the Canadian Chip Zdarsky has been a journalist, his vision is very broad and I see how he is entering a real situation.
    Childhood is destiny, children who come from a violent environment, respond violently or submit and seek violence.

    It's completely natural what Jason does as a kid, he pushes the bastard down the stairs, all kids do it when there's frustration, push. I've seen it countless times. We don't really know if I killed him or not, there's something Jason says. "I never had a chance. Not for a s more

  • 8.5
    Boudi Apr 14, 2021

    Red Hood's story is still amazing.

    Oracle had an alright story with amazing artwork

    Outsiders is getting better and interesting

    Grifter is still cool, but Grifter beating Red Hood is laughable

  • 8.0
    ICC Apr 24, 2021

    Oracle bit was lame but the rest is fun

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean Apr 23, 2021

    I really do regret giving this issue such a low score because I immensely enjoyed the Red Hood story. That was a 10/10 for me. The Grifter story wasn't quite on that level but it wasn't far behind. The Outsiders story wasn't quite so spectacular, but still was a pretty good time. The Oracle story is what is sinking this ship. It is really, really dumb. I could get into why, but it's honestly not worth it. I really hated it. Cecil Castellucci seems incapable of writing Barbara Gordon. I don't understand why DC keeps giving her the character despite the quite unfavorable response to her Batgirl run. But yeah, that story aside, this would be a very solid anthology.

  • 2.0
    Batfamily Renegade Apr 23, 2021

    Reviewing the Red hood story here. I feel like this is a case of changing your character to fit your story instead of the other way around. Jason is incredibly inconsistent with how we've seen him in the past and finds himself in a constant state of trying to be badass while also trying his best to make you feel sorry for him. It's kinda giving me whiplash. This is also just an incredibly on the noes story to put him in. I'm hoping this will bring a solid status quo for the character moving forward though. I really dislike the art. It feels too sketchy and messy at times and the faces need a whole lot of work. Overall I felt like I would've had a better experience having someone explain the comic to me rather than actually reading it.

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