Batman #676

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 14, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 16
7.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Beginning "Batman R.I.P.," the epic story that will change the legend of The Dark Knight forever! Everything in Grant Morrison's groundbreaking run on Batman has been leading to this story! While Batman and Robin deal with personal issues, the Club of Villains approaches The Joker for membership.

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes May 15, 2008

    The RIP storyline is off to a wonderful start. It remains unseen if one will need to buy all the tie-in books to get the whole story or if reading just Batman will be enough. I'm hoping it's the latter. I do know that reading the Batman story in DC Universe #0 enhanced this issue's scene with the Joker. So if you've got 50 cents, hunt a copy down and enjoy. Tony Daniel's art is top notch and Morrison's writing is, well, very Morrison-esque. For most of us, that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 14, 2008

    Crown's Score: 7.5 Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse May 14, 2008

    It may be a slower start than I would have liked, but Batman RIP has finally started nonetheless. I'm happy DC appears to have addressed the shipping problems with this series. After reading the first issue I'm more excited than I've ever been, and I can't stand the wait for very long. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn May 15, 2008

    Batman #676 was a quality start to the "Batman RIP" story arc. Morrison delivers a great set-up issue that introduces the various players and slides all the pieces into place for this story. And Morrison manages to pique the reader's interest into wanting to come back for more. After reading this issue, I am optimistic that Morrison will deliver a well crafted story arc. I would certainly recommend giving Batman #676 a try. Especially if you dig big events. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace May 18, 2008

    This first issue of "Batman R.I.P." doesn't provide a big bang opening that will grab readers from the off, and I'm sure that those of us who have been reading Morrison's Batman since the beginning will appreciate it more than those readers who have jumped on board due to the hype that this storyline has received. Still, I'm sure that everyone who picks up this book will be able to appreciate the quality of the artwork and the palpable atmosphere of impending doom that the issue manages to create. Hopefully, that will be enough to convince even casual readers to stick around for the next issue to see where Morrison is going with this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan May 18, 2008

    Much of "Batman" #676 is spent laying groundwork, and guiding the reader through what has already been implied in previous issues, but it is a good comic nonetheless, and it sets things up for what will be one of the most memorable "Batman" stories in history: "Batman R.I.P." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Caryn A. Tate May 18, 2008

    This is definitely a good end result and worth the cover price. Just not the best work I've seen from this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young May 18, 2008

    The image would seem to be a visual allusion to the scene that Neal Adams drew at the end of Batman #244 in 1972 in which a shirtless Batman passionately kissed Talia al Ghul after defeating her father in combat. Unfortunately, the illustration in this current issue by Tony Daniel doesn't have the same raw sexual energy of Adams's drawing from 36 years ago--partly because there is no sense of energy such as there is in Adams's drawing in which Batman pulls Talia to him in a quick sweeping motion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 14, 2008

    The Joker scene was great, but the rest of the issue felt like filler and recaps for new readers jumping on for this event. The art was excellent by Daniels, but I hope the story picks up next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers May 18, 2008

    It will be interesting, at the very least, to see what Morrison does with this story. However, because I love Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Tim Drake, I can't help but scratch my head and be a little wary of what will come of everything. Read Full Review

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