Batman #694

Writer: Tony Daniel Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 16, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
6.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

While Black Mask and his Ministry of Death struggle to maintain control of Gotham City, The Dark Knight sets his sights on Kittyhawk a young thief pivotal to the outcome of Black Mask's gang war. But will a powerful adversary thought long dead spoil all of Batman's plans? Guest-starring Oracle and the Penguin!

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 10, 2010

    That Daniel draws and writes the story is essential to its current success. He intuitively knows where to put emphasis on visual elements. The visuals could be a little more integrated with the plot, but Ill forgive him for taking a few graphic liberties when the story is so entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 23, 2009

    Batman #694 was another great read in Daniel's second turn at writing a Batman story. Daniel is doing an impressive job with his writing on this story arc. This is actually turning out to be one of the more enjoyable stories with Dick as Batman. Daniel has done a very good job balancing Dick's personal relationships with his new adventures as Batman while also bringing him into more of Bruce's lifestyle. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Tim Lenaghan Dec 16, 2009

    I think its finally safe to say that Tony Daniel has stepped out of the shadow cast by Battle for the Cowl. His current run succeeds in almost everyway that the previous event faltered. If you're not reading Daniel's arc because you disliked Cowl, I'd recommend picking these issues up. With equal parts mystery and action, this is a Batman story done right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Dec 16, 2009

    This was a satisfying investment for $2.99. We're mid-arc, so the emotional punch of the climax isn't here yet, but Daniels sure has dug the new Batman into a hole, which is right where he should be if the story is good. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jan 6, 2010

    Eh, I didn't really care for this comic one way or the other. Maybe my apathy is due to the Penguin appearing in these pages(I do HATE the Penguin!), or maybe it's the whole disjointed feel this series has going for it right now... Nothing really clicked for me. Black Mask is talking to himself(sort of like the Red Skull did while he was in possession of Aleksander Lukin's body), Dr. Death is killing mobsters, Penguin is annoying Mask, some girl is working against her mobster family and working for Penguin, it was all just a convoluted mess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Dec 19, 2009

    It's far from perfect, with awkward attempts at wedging emotional moments into the rapid-pop scheme of events, and Daniel's final image, with the gargoyle-like Dick Grayson Batman, feels like an out-take from the Ed Wood theater hour. But at least there's plenty of other stuff going on to distract us from the weaker moments. Plenty of stuff that may or may not build to something significant in future issues, but at least it isn't boring. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Comic Addiction - Dec 19, 2009

    Overall Batman #694 isn’t a book I’d highly recommend. If you’re a fan of the artists it’s one thing but looking at images that can’t convey what’s going on seems like a waste of time and money. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Dec 17, 2009

    I find it really interesting that the events other Batbooks are referenced here despite the fact that Daniel has crafted this like a Bruce Wayne story. I could be blowing this out of proportion, but there needs to be some consistency across the line for how Dick is presented and this feels like a step in the wrong direction to me. There are some great character moments worth checking out, but otherwise this one falls short. Read Full Review

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