Batman #697

Writer: Tony Daniel Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 17, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
6.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Who wears the Black Mask? The true identity of Gotham City's new crimelord is finally revealed and that identity will surprise everybody especially Batman! And after the final showdown between Black Mask and The Dark Knight, will things ever be the same for Kittyhawk and the Reaper?

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 19, 2010

    Batman #697 was a great ending to a story that was surprising in how well it turned out. Daniel turned in his A-game with this story arc. This story proved that his Battle for the Cowl story was hampered by editorial mandates as he proved himself to be a talented writer when given the creative freedom to write the story he wants to write. If you are a Batman fan pick this story up when it comes out on trade as it is a fun story that will be enjoyed by new and old Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Tim Lenaghan Mar 17, 2010

    Overall, this issue represents a satisfying conclusion to Daniel's premiere storyline on the title. While this issue does still have some lingering scripting issues the compelling nature of the conflicts themselves outweigh them. This book represents a solid supplement or even alternative to Morrison's Batman and Robin, particularly for those who prefer their Batman stories to be a touch darker. With the myriad of Bat books currently flooding the stands this one has certainly earned a spot at the top of the heap. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 29, 2010

    I actually liked this comic! I picked it up having heard some terrible things about it(JT!), but surprisingly it wasn't NEARLY as bad as I thought it was going to be. Sure, it wasn't an instant classic or anything like that, but it was a pretty good comic with a decent enough story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 20, 2010

    With the return of Bruce Wayne on the horizon, I hope that Daniel sticks around on "Batman" to give us his take on the original Batman as well. Regardless, though, I think it's safe to say by now that even when part of the issue doesn't interest me, Daniel's still performing a solid enough job on "Batman" that I'm eager for the next issue. That's always a good sign. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Mar 17, 2010

    Good issue? Eh, worth the read definitely. Bad issue? Heck no, Tony Daniel wraps his story up, gives us GREAT art, and sets us up with some great stories to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Mar 18, 2010

    For everything that I loved about this issue, there was another thing that I hated. In a lot of ways, this is the best issue of Daniel's run, but in others it is one of his worst. That is incredibly frustrating as I'd really love to see Daniel live up to his potential on this series and this issue honestly could have been where that happened. Don't get me wrong, this is enjoyable, it just doesn't come together as nicely as it could have. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Mar 18, 2010

    An emotionally, but not intellectually, satisfying conclusion to an action-packed Gotham adventure. Pick it up if you're a real fan or if you've been following the arc. Otherwise, consider picking up Batman #698 as a new arc starts. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Mar 17, 2010

    I have to admit that, though Daniels current story arc isnt good by any stretch of the imagination, his writing has been improving. DC should have put Tony Daniel on another book for the time being to let him cultivate his talents. Then, perhaps he would have had a clearer idea of how to tell the story he wanted to tell. It could have been great. It could have been a contender. Read Full Review

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