Batman #682

Event\Storyline: Final Crisis Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Lee Garbett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 3, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 16
7.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

If you thought mastermind Grant Morrison surprised you with "R.I.P.," just wait until you see what he has planned for this two-part retrospective story! Experience the life story of Batman as you've never seen it before in this adventure bridging the events of "Batman R.I.P." and FINAL CRISIS.

  • 9.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 3, 2008

    The issue is a phenomenally entertaining, fast-paced read until the critical last few pages, when, as he's been wont to do lately, Morrison pulls the rug out from underneath his entire story – and quite possibly, his entire run. Depending on your tastes, it's here that Morrison will either suck you further into his psychological epic or drive you away with more elusive questions. I for one cannot wait to see where this is going. I mark this one down in my scorebook as another massive success for the Scottish scribe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Dec 7, 2008

    Oh, one last thing. Dr. Hurts first name is Simon? One of Batmans tormentors is named Simyan? And a character named Kraken played a role in RIP and was also the name of the Alpha Lantern whose body Granny Goodness inhabited in Final Crisis? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Dec 5, 2008

    Don't let this review fool you, I haven't changed my mind on the previous issues Morrison wrote leading up to #681, but everything after, I've come to enjoy, and that's why I'm giving Batman #682 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Dec 9, 2008

    Batman #862 was a wonderfully crafted issue. Morrison delivers well crafted dialogue, strong character work and a fine eye for the small details. I found this to be an incredibly captivating read that nicely built off of RIP and served as an exciting bridge to the events over on Final Crisis. Readers who have been enjoying Morrison's run on Batman will certainly dig Batman #862. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Dec 4, 2008

    One never knows how all this will shake out once both "R.I.P." and "Final Crisis" are finished (sometime during the tail end of the Obama administration, one surmises), but right now, it's hard to find disappointment in such a fascinating take on the most psychological of superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 6, 2008

    This comic, like most of Morrison's run, has some moments that will strike home for long-time fans - but I suspect new readers will find themselves lost. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik David Norris Dec 7, 2008

    One last thing, even with all the themes of this issue stretching back to the beginning of Morrisons tenure on Batman, the people who will benefit the most from this issue are those also reading Final Crisis. Just saying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Dec 7, 2008

    To his credit, Garbett does a good version of an iconic Robin, a pretty good Batwoman, and a passable Alfred (who probably didn't do it, btw). His best panel is near the end, with a look of suspicion on Bruce's face as he figures out something about his dire predicament. We've been reading, it would seem, a personal apocalypse. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Dec 7, 2008

    Hopefully, now that the groundwork has been laid, well see the battle play out a little more fully next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ben Berger Dec 4, 2008

    We were promised answers in 681 that we didn't get, and it's more of the same here. I like Grant Morrison as much as the next guy, but how long does he think he can keep this up? Sooner or later the fans are going to turn on him, this story, and his style of storytelling. The "style" being all setup and no payoff. At the risk of sounding crude, the last year or so, RIP and Final Crisis in particular are just verbal masturbation on Morrison's part. I know a good bit about Batman and I'm still lost as to what's going on half the time. Are all of this obscure references to the past an inside joke for him and the elite DC fan? Is he intentionally alienating the casual fan? You decide. The point is, just because you use big words or throw in long-forgotten references doesn't mean the story is great, epic, or groundbreaking. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Dec 9, 2008

    Nothing noteworthy happens and there's nothing here that I can even remotely see as foreshadowing or setup for future storylines that would justify a read. Read Full Review

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