Batman #700

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 9, 2010 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 12
6.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Grant Morrison returns to BATMAN with this oversized special! And he's brought an all-star roster of artists along with him including Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely to celebrate this milestone 700th issue featuring stories spotlighting each of the Batmen from different eras Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You won't want to miss this blockbuster story that paves the way for the return of Bruce Wayne and sports mind-boggling covers by superstars David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY) and Mike Mignola (BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT, Hellboy)!

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 10, 2010

    Still, it's a happy 700th to one of the most durable and dependable heroes ever created. As this issue shows, he fits in almost any kind of story and any setting - even when he's not quite himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 9, 2010

    Issue #700 doesn't seem to have a great deal of relevance to the greater picture. I went in expecting connections to The Return of Bruce Wayne. Though Professor Nichols' time travel device is suspiciously similar to Darkseid's Omega Effect, I was hard-pressed to find anything of real merit. Bearing that in mind, Bat fans should check out this book not as a vital piece of the puzzle, but more as a lighthearted celebration of Batman's long and storied career. Issue #700 allows Morrison to jam with some top-notch artists and cover a great deal of territory in a relatively small space. It's not his best Batman work, but still highly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Jun 24, 2010

    (To people wanting to dive a little deeper into the Morrison elements here is Comics Alliance annotation, going over the issue beat-by-beat: Batman #700 Annotation) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jun 13, 2010

    If they ever collect Morrisons Batman run into one gigantic omnibus, they should call it Batman and Robin will Never Die! because that seems to be the mantra that underpins everything that the writer has been doing with the character since he started working on the Batbooks some years ago. Bearing in mind current developments in the Return of Bruce Wayne series, it feels as though Morrison is implicitly rebuffing the Riddlers riddle of What can we beat, but never defeat?--suggesting that if theres one person who will not only always beat the clock, but who can also defeat the endless onslaught of time itself, its the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jun 9, 2010

    Morrison and the gigantic art team delivered a fine piece of Batman lore for the collector and the fan alike. It is a stand alone book, not capping any story lines leading up to it, nor launching any for afterwards, so it is accessible to new readers and time travel stories are great fun. The cover price is heavy at $4.99, but Batman fans, whether the Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson or Damian Wayne varieties, will all be pleased with the offering. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jun 10, 2010

    All things considered, I'm not all that thrilled with this issue. While there's stuff to like about it, I'm ultimately left uninterested in buying future issues nor seeking out prior issues. This works decently enough in terms of an anniversary issue, touching on past/present/future, featuring a bevy of creative talent, and including "bonus" (though we pay for it) content not found in everyday standard issues. $3.99 would be decent for this 32-page story. Unless you're particularly a fan of the writer, specifically following this title, and/or want the pinups and Batcave layouts--$4.99 seems a bit steep for this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jul 25, 2010

    What have we learned at the end of this story? Not much. The art was all over the place. Some was good, some was bad. Overall it just reinforced the craziness of this story that might as well have been credited to the Joker. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 12, 2010

    DC could have made this issue really special with more story or even short stories. Even if guest writers were telling short stories that were out of continuity it would have made the issue feel more special. Instead, this issue felt like an excellent annual. I would imagine a lot of folks will pick this issue up for the sake of the number. I wonder how many will disappointed when they find the material quantity lacking compared to Spider-man or Captain America. I know I was. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 9, 2010

    Batman #700 was an enjoyable read. It is disappointing that DC did not make this monumental issue a much bigger celebration of Batman which is what it should have been. Still there will probably be at least one story out of the three that Morrison told that each Batman fan will enjoy. If you are a fan of Batman and are familiar with Morrisons run on Batman pick this issue up. For everyone else I cant completely really recommend this issue since I am not sure if this is a new reader friendly issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jun 11, 2010

    There are some really cool concepts here as Grant Morrison does a solid job of paying tribute to the Batman concept and characters through three (plus) stories with a strong central theme and plot point. Unfortunately the uneven effort from the Alist artists and the horrible characterization in the "tomorrow" section cut this one off before it can meet its tremendous potential. I feel like this is definitely on the right track, but ultimately it ends up in the wrong station. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jun 13, 2010

    And Tomorrow . . . penciled by David Finch & inked by Richard Friend (with Peter Steigerweld, colors) Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ross Haralson Jun 13, 2010

    For the Morrison devout and for followers of Batman (and/or any of its sister titles--particularly Batman and Robin), this issue is a no-brainer; anyone else, though, would be best served picking up something else. Heres hoping that DC puts in a stronger effort for the remaining two members of its trinity, both of whom have milestone anniversary releases coming later this month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Jun 13, 2010

    The real shame in all of this is that the inferior story undermines the great art that is to be had in this issue. An all-star cast of artists contributed some damn good visuals to a story that betrayed all of their hard work. I have to confess that I am quite puzzled as to why DC would not have gone a different route with such a numerically distinct issue. I hope that I can find access to that Maybe Machine and get a glimpse of what could have been. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jun 9, 2010

    "Batman" #700 has an entertaining story at its heart with a fun gimmick. The three timelines don't mesh together entirely and the fact that Frank Quitely couldn't do all of the pages in his chapter hurts it somewhat, but this is a fun Batman anniversary story. The problem is the packaging that doesn't quite justify the five dollar price tag. Considering the regular $2.99 price, this comic isn't worth Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 14, 2010

    Is it worth picking up? For big-time Bat-fans, yes. For everyone else, probably not. The time mystery isn't that interesting and of all the stories here only the current version of Batman and Robin is told all that well. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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