Batman: Urban Legends #5

Writer: Marguerite Bennett, Meghan Fitzmartin, Matthew Rosenberg, Chip Zdarsky Artist: Eddy Barrows, Ryan Benjamin, Sweeney Boo, Beln Ortega, Marcus To Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 14, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 63
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Red Hood: Meet Cheer, the villain behind the insidious Cheerdrops altering the citizens of Gotham. When confronted with a man responsible for taking the lives of so many, including Tyler, the kid Jason Todd swore to protect, will Red Hood be able to stop himself from taking vengeance for a whole city?
Grifter: Through four chapters of blood, bullets, and Batman, the true reason for Cole Cash emerging in Gotham City reveals itself at last…but it’s not what you think!
Tim Drake: Tim is determined to find his friend Bernard, who was taken by a Chaos Monster before his very eyes. But this case is different from any Tim has tak more

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 13, 2021

    Obviously this story will speak more to Wildstorm fans but because of the craftsmanship applied to every element of the story (including the fantastic letters and SFX from Temofonte and vibrant colors from Fabela), even the most uninitiated can enjoy this story as an expertly crafted story that leaves the reader salivating for more, more, more! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 14, 2021

    It is a good issue overall, and all the stories worked in some capacity. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Jul 13, 2021

    The tumultuous relationship between Batman and Red Hood has been tested, broken, and repaired many times since they first met lo those many years ago... but it has rarely been examined with as much love and attention as it has been here. We have one issue left, and Im honestly dreading having to let this story go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jul 13, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 introduces long-lost characters from the Wildstorm Universe into the fray, and continues to shine the spotlight on the Dark Knight's various allies. With "The Long Con" wrapping up and "Cheer" reaching its conclusion next issue, I hope that the series continues to find new ways to explore Gotham's Guardians. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 27, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 is a winner. I've been saying for years that DC make the very best anthology books, and I'm sure that regular readers of this series will agree. This title is terrific, and this could be the best issue to date. Fans of Batman, Red Hood, the Batgirls, Tim Drake and 90s comics need to pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Madeleine Chan Jul 13, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 should make you excited to be a Bat fan. With a rich focus on character, wonderfully expressive art, and many surprises for the future of the Bat-landscape, it can't disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jul 12, 2021

    The setup for two finales we're set to get in Batman: Urban Legends #6 have been great. Specifically, the Red Hood story has me on the edge of my seat with the problem Batman is facing. I'm also very excited to learn more about the mysterious woman from Bennett's Batgirls story elsewhere in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 13, 2021

    Overall, another strong installment although only the first two stories are really A-tier. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 13, 2021

    Rosenberg brings this story to a satisfying conclusion. It's well done and fun both in its dialogue and reveals. It's definitely one that is worth reading because saying more about it would spoil it for the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 16, 2021

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 is a blast to read. It is great to pick up a comic book that offers the opportunity for the entire Batman Family to take the center stage in their own story. This issue does a particularly highlights what makes Red Hood, Spoiler, Orphan, Tim Drake's Robin, and Grifter such great character. Each of the stories told around these character keep you engaged as a reader and makes you want to read more adventures dedicated to each of them. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2021

    Zdarsky and company sell this issue mostly on their own, but Grifter fans will likely be very glad they stuck with the anthology series as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Matthew Aguilar Jul 14, 2021

    All in all there's a lot to like here, even if everything doesn't click with you in the same way. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jul 13, 2021

    Urban Legends continues its holding pattern as a pretty average Batman book. Despite some bright spots, it's getting harder and harder to analyze this series, because even the best stories feel like they're stretched too thin. I wish I could even say that it's worth it to pick this up as a fan of the individual characters, but with incredibly mixed results and quality that varies wildly, it's a steep investment at $8 an issue. Read Full Review

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

    Urban Legends steams ahead, though this issue feels a bit uneven. The "Cheer" story remains the stalwart and promises to close with the force of its opening. The Grifter story never really belonged, and/or if it did ought never should have lasted for five issues. Tim and Stephanie's relationship deserved more time and care than it is apparently receiving, and that remains a major disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    pterodactyl Jul 15, 2021

    I liked it in its entirety, obviously the Zdarsky story stands out.

  • 10
    Grimmjowhugo Jul 15, 2021

    Wildc.a.t.s. are back!!!!!!!

  • 10
    Blackgirl Jul 13, 2021

    rete only Red Hood story

  • 10
    M.Grayson Jul 13, 2021

    Incredible to see all the Batboys and two of my favorite Batgirls (I also love Barbara) in an installment giving each one their story. As always, the history of Red Hood retains a great quality, even though we were all fooled in the solicitations. That is not done DC, bad DC, bad DC.

  • 10
    Nobodythehope Jul 13, 2021

    We again have a quality delivery in most of the stories, the main one is the one that continues to take root, I think we will see Red Hood a lot despite the fact that this incredible story is one number in his series, Detective Comics, Get the Joker ! Future State Gotham. I want to think that they are preparing us for the Spin Off I cross my fingers.
    Please take Tim out of Robin, he was already his own hero and this bothers me a lot, Drake deserves to have his own.
    As far as Spoiler and Black Bat could have been better, but it was great to see them star in a backup story, I love these girls.
    Grifter felt somewhat forced, however he was fine.

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  • 9.5
    redhood Jul 13, 2021

    I'm not really interested in the other stories, it wouldn't be fair to do that to Zdarsky, unfortunately DC seems the enemy of all that is good.
    Great drama, as many say Zdarsky does well with the heroes in red.

  • 9.0
    ICC Aug 25, 2021

    The red hood story is great. The rest usually ranges from poor to mediocre, but everything in this issue felt pretty solid.

  • 9.0
    axdn Jul 18, 2021

    Wildstorm for the win!!

  • 9.0
    Norholr Jul 15, 2021

    Visibly under the art quality of the main story, the narrative was better than all the other numbers.
    The other stories just mediocre, highlighting Matt's but it feels somewhat rushed.

  • 9.0
    PalancasLocas Jul 14, 2021

    I will assume I did not read the other stories. They weren't that bad but it would demerit the main story that is why I buy it.

  • 9.0
    RedRonin Jul 13, 2021

    It is very hard rate something like that, a great story and the other can go unnoticed, until Grifter who started in a great way and now he does not feel so good.

    RH 10
    Grift 8
    and the others 5

  • 8.5
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Aug 4, 2021

    Chip me fazendo gostar de uma historia do Capuz Vermelho, ele realmente é brilhante.

  • 8.5
    eowyn Jul 14, 2021

    I liked the main story, seeing Jason being a detective, because despite what many think a Batman disciple who does not have the ability to investigate could not simply be his disciple, much less a Robin to whom I dedicate so much training. Maybe Jason might or might not be below the Robins standing out as a better strategist than investigator, and Zdarsky understands that perfectly.
    Unfortunately the quality of the other stories is not the same, I only liked Tim Drake, Grifter was regular, funny although there is something that does not quite fit.

  • 8.5
    TheFightingBull Jul 14, 2021


    Jason Todd.

    I remember that in a movie one woman told another: "Mother is god in the eyes of the child" there is interesting in this character Jason Todd, all tragedy lived in his childhood, the abuse and he has mixed feelings, love and resentment holding hands. Jason love and is angry with the man who was her father during ... what? two or three years? the bond was so strong that despite feeling betrayed, abandonment, rejection cannot break it. In a way the same Batman.

    Grifter is a character that I like, I feel that Ma more

  • 8.0
    UxasIs Jul 23, 2021

    Red Hood - 8/10

    Batgirls - 6.5/10

    Tim Drake - 7.5/10

    Grifter - 10/10

  • 8.0
    Mother of dragons Jul 18, 2021

    In general this and the previous one were the best books, the stories are a little more pleasant than the first issues. Of course it remains the story of Red Hood from beginning to end.

  • 8.0
    KFuqua Jul 15, 2021

    It wasn't bad, but the Grifter story just doesn't belong here.

  • 8.0
    SenpaifenixJäger Jul 13, 2021

    I really expected something else due to the solicitations, but this was great too. Jason continues the search for Bruce, despite the fights, the tension is still there, the unbreakable bond.
    The quality of the other stories was not what I expected, I thought they would give Tim something better, everything felt so stagnant.
    Pfff not to mention the one of the girls, I did not like it at all.
    Grifter got off to a good start, then turns into a kind of lucky idiot, like a guy who can do anything more by luck than by skill and everyone around him turns out to be idiots.

  • 8.0
    WhistleBlower Jul 13, 2021

    And of course, terminally online Red Hood fans and their alts are slandering Zdarsky for daring to write a good story instead of a Mary Sue fanfic.

  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Jul 13, 2021

    Looks like the Bat Family are going through some growth problems. I enjoy how Stephanie and Cassandra like to complement each other when it comes to simulations vs reality. Sometimes you have to make a bluff to get somebody's attention with some people. Tim meanwhile looks like he needs a new alter-ego after being Robin or a variation for so long. Finally while I believe Jason works better as a saboteur than a detective, the skills do go hand-in-hand.

    Plus the big surprise with Grifter at the end is something to behold. All of the bluffs, the intelligence and counterintelligence, looks like Wildstorm content is coming in strong.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jul 13, 2021

    I personally found it creative on how Red Hood solved Riddler's case and the Red Hood story is interesting.
    Plus I enjoy Tim Drake and Batgirls story, it was quirky and entertaining. Teh Grifter story was alright, glad thats over though.

  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jul 14, 2021

    I really liked the Red Hood and Grifter stories, as per usual. The Batgirls story... I can't remember a few hours after reading it. It felt extremely short, and I did not like the dialogue at all. Marguerite Bennett is one of those creators that just does not work for me. The Tim Drake story was okay, I actually kind of liked it. But it's not on the level of the obvious main attractions here.

  • 7.5
    Robin Jul 13, 2021

    The Red hood story was solid and I am interested what is going to happened in next issue knowing it is the conclusion (last).

    The batgirls story was a downgrade, the characters who have extreme potential but everywhere you see they are written on some small missions and rather than some heavy stuff. The writers have to seriously late the batgirls take on a new villain, create one seriously it doesn't have to be related to batgirl's past. not every villain has to be connected to the character's past or future, just create a villain with no bigger purpose than for the story.

    The Grifter story was ok... I mean it was ok, there was nothing that particularly stands out rather it just us receiving information.

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  • 7.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Jul 13, 2021

    This installment has been somewhat lazy in regards to the main story, we continue reading about a Red Hood that has made little progress since its times as that robin that the class dinosaurs hated, forgetting the evolution of the canon.

    The other stories were very mediocre and as much as Red Robin, Drake or Robin again I like his story, it is not very brilliant.

    The quality of the art is low, I didn't really like some of the panels.
    On a personal note, perhaps some have noticed that the increase in clowns who rate before the comic continues to increase, this already seems pandemic.

  • 7.0
    Lions Jul 18, 2021

    it's a long time I didn't read Batman's comic, some monts ago I read the first installment of this series, was difficult for me to understand the great difference between the stories, and when my friend told me how much cost, it was the ridiculous proposal.
    Yesterday I read this number and it´s not bad, especially when it is your friend who buys and shares them with you.
    The first story was really good, the others well, it's hard to said.

  • 7.0
    Jaybird Jul 13, 2021

    The main story was top-notch, shame on the leftovers below.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Jul 13, 2021

    Again, the three other stories drag this issue down. If this book was just Zdarsky's story, I think it's pretty safe to say this would be the best book at DC right now. But the other stories always manage to dilute this book. The Red Hood story was great, I'm really curious how it's going to end. The Batgirls stories was cringe, the Tim one was sooo boring and uninspired to say the least, while Rosenberg's was good, not great, just good. It's a shame this is DC's strategy and even when they manage to create a good book, they choose to bury it in more rubbish for extra money.

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  • 5.0
    heroes dont do that Jul 14, 2021

    This should have two sections, one where you could rate the different stories individually and one where disgruntled couples might make idiotic comments that have nothing to do with the review.
    As for the review, I agree with a clever comment from a comic reader, and it is the reason why DC is failing. You can't put a delicacy next to some cheap fries and a rotten salad. This is how he has been doing this to this series. And I clarify I a fan of RH as am of other DC characters or I think I will be when they finish destroying their characters with bad deliveries. And to clear up the toxics, I like the story of Chip Zdarsky.
    It is curious that one of these idiots (and I say it because it generalizes and offends me because I like RH more

  • 1.0
    Saltyredhoodfans Jul 13, 2021

    I look at the tops comic sales according to comichron, comixology and ICv2 and what do I see?
    Not this one. Back to limbo Tood.

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