Batman #614

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 30, 2003 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 14
6.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Batman takes on the villain you've been waiting for: The Joker! One is the Dark Knight... the other is The Clown Prince of Crime. Batman's oldest foe finally has gone too far, and Batman makes a vow: "Tonight, The Joker dies by my hand!" For all the crimes The Joker has committed, Batman seeks retribution. Will the Dark Knight finally do what needs to be done?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Josh Stone May 5, 2003

    I dont think I really need to tell you to read it, Im sure most of you have read it a couple times now. But the heading does say Final Word, so I guess Ill do it. Go pick up this book, its good. (Talk about an understatement). In all seriousness though, besides Detective Comics, Batman is the best Bat title out right now for a reason, and that reason is; cauliflower. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski May 4, 2003

    The final page of this issue either reveals the identity of the mysterious villain or is just another groaner of a red herring. "Nothing is what it seems" might be the best way to sum up Loeb's ber-plot. But when the final page of chapter 12 ends everything leading up to it might have been a lie. I have a problem with that kind of storytelling; it doesn't respect the reader's intelligence. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope so. If you're reading this review you've probably already read the last six issues and will be right beside me five issues from now (figuratively, I hope). Maybe DC should rename this "Batman: The $27 Adventure". Ouch, sorry. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell May 9, 2003

    This issue was really pushed as being the ultimate encounter between the Joker & Batman, where the question of why Batman never killed the Joker would finally be resolved. However, speaking as a fan who read dozens of stories where an incensed hero entered a battle with every intention of killing the villain, I have to say this one is hardly breaking new ground. In fact the material is almost tentative in how it delivered the big moment, as when Jim Gordon starts delivering his big speech, one could almost sense the tension dissipating from the material, rather than building. I also have to question how much entertainment value one can really draw from an encounter where the Joker is made out to be such an ineffectual opponent. I mean the people trying to stop Batman from killing the Joker actually came across as more dangerous than the Joker himself, and this in turn leaves me completely unconvinced that this issue will be considered the greatest Joker/Batman clash. In fact I doubt it Read Full Review

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