Batman/The Shadow #2

Batman/The Shadow #2

Writer: Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 24, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 9
8.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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The second chapter in the historic team-up of history's greatest vigilantes is here! The Shadow must convince Batman of his innocence so the two can seek out their true common foe, the Stag, before he takes out Batman's greatest allies. Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 24, 2017

    Although the heroes faced one villain early on the real threat is revealed on the final page. Given how great this title has been already adding this character to the mix ensures we haven't seen nuthin yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion May 24, 2017

    I especially love the bizarre doll-like features of the Stag. Hes inhuman with these dead white eyes, this strange animal skin attire, and this series of clumsy stitches sewing up his yellow shirt as if it were keeping the Stag in one piece, as if clumps of sand or bushels of hay would fall out if they were displaced. Its unnerving and spectacular. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2017

    Just as strong as the first issue, you need to run out and get this. It is wonderfully faithful to both heroes, with both in a race to find a killer. An intense story with stunning visuals. Absolutely recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 24, 2017

    A second issue that's even stronger than the first. Bring on more of this series! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo May 24, 2017

    Steve Orlando's script has exactly the right balance of classic serial melodrama and gritty cinematic edge. He and Scott Snyder are weaving a story that feels completely timeless, but always timely: the cosmic battle of good vs. evil heavily draped with questions of justice and revenge. Already the story feels destined to sit on the shelves among other giants of Batman lore. While the Stag is an intriguing enemy (as I'm sure the Joker will prove as well), it's the conflicted dynamic between the Shadow and Batman"two creatures duty-bound"that makes this book outstanding! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 24, 2017

    With a script that builds well on the debut issue’s character work and artwork befitting of the heroes of the night, Batman/The Shadow #2 uses the tools and visuals of the past to bring new life to a vigilante icon and a vintage edge back to the World’s Greatest Detective. Steve Orlando, Scott Snyder, Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia have tapped into something wonderful, and strange with Batman/The Shadow, and one can only hope they continue this streak to the bitter end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Sharna Jahangir May 29, 2017

    This is another brilliant comic series. I've been addicted to crime dramas since I was a child, so this is a treat for me. I really want to know the person/people behind the murders, and why. I'm also intrigued to see this relationship develop because chemistry with Batman is always an interesting time. With amazing writers and artist behind this series, I'm sure it'll continue to be an astounding story. I won't give out a big spoiler, but the last panel art is a piece! A strong representation of evil. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell May 25, 2017

    This book is thoroughly entertaining, and it makes me want to see Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder do a modern version of The Brave and the Bold, just as an excuse for more Batman and the Shadow team ups. This is a great, great comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 24, 2017

    Batman/The Shadow #2 is another great issue in an exceptional crossover series. Great art. Great writing. This is it folks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Tim Montoya May 24, 2017

    Batman The Shadow #2 continues down the detective noir path it started on. With some background on The Shadow in this issue, is there any chance that Bruce will ever trust him? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Christian Bone May 24, 2017

    Batman/The Shadow #2 is an improvement on the already strong first outing, as it delivers more from the titular duo and moves the central mystery into intriguing new places. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby May 24, 2017

    Company crossovers tend to not have a large degree of quality to them and seem more designed for making a quick buck then telling a good story. So far, this series raises that very low bar with a compelling and stylish story that is worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White May 24, 2017

    The introduction of villain, The Stag, adds to the complexity of the story since it seems to be The Shadow’s equal in every way and with the singular goal of undoing all the good that he has done. The script by Steve Orlando is phenomenal as it carefully navigates an issue with two protagonists. Both are given their time to shine and I suspect that even a few die-hard Batman supporters may find themselves supporting The Shadow in his quest to rid Gotham of evil. The story is backed up by superb art by Riley Rossmo that excellently melds the modern style of Batman with the pulp noir of The Shadow’s 1930’s heyday. The twist at the end raises the stakes to a whole new level in a way that will surely leave you clamoring for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke May 25, 2017

    BATMAN / THE SHADOW #2 navigates crime noir and supernatural horror to present an engaging tale of Batman's face off with pure evil. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Lauren Sisselman Jun 1, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando are a good writing team. Orlando seems to take this wheel in this episode, allowing to explore the Shadow in this DC universe, where anti-heroes aren't the norm. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo May 24, 2017

    Batman/Shadow is a great concept, but if only it was a little more of a throwback to the pulp comics would drawn more to the story than the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 27, 2017

    It may not be "my" Shadow here - but it's close enough to be fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 24, 2017

    Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia continue to explore Batman's violent, supernatural, and handgun wielding past inBatman/The Shadow#2. Except they add a twisting, turning mystery and an idiosyncratic art style to the mix so there's a little for everyone in this intercompany crossover. There's also just a touch of the old school pulps in the comic, like the swashbuckling duel between Batman and “Ducard” that opens thestory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 28, 2017

    It's not surprising that the Shadow integrates in better known world of the Batman so easily. The pulp hero served as inspiration for the super-hero. We're now decades removed from that inspiration, and now the characters differ significantly. It's interesting that one figure that served to inspire the creation of another could so readily serve to become an antagonist for the (slightly) newer character, as depicted in this issue. As grim a figure as Batman has become in the past couple of decades, he comes off as positively optimistic and kind as compared to the Shadow, and his revulsion at his red-scarf-clad opponent is an even more interesting conflict that the action-oriented encounters in this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw May 24, 2017

    This series, then, is still not quite the out and out triumph it could be, although there are signs we might get there soon. Rossmo's art is, if anything, more impressive this time round. That final page is gorgeous, for a start, and The Stag is one of the creepier new characters I've seen in quite a while. The plot continues to intrigue and the Batman/Shadow contrast, although not as expertly set up as it could be, is strong enough that this reader is interested in seeing how it plays out. Next issue… well, next issue could be very special. We'll have to see. For now, this is worth a look. Read Full Review

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