Future State: The Next Batman #2

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Vita Ayala, John Ridley, Paula Sevenbergen Artist: Aneke, Laura Braga, Emanuela Lupacchino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 20, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 47
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In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime-and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offense! Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems...and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, street-level adventures of the new Dark Knight continue!
Also in this issue, Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown find themselves in a prison where the Magistrate throws heroes and villains alike! What no one knows, though, is that Cassandra was sent there with a mission…
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  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 20, 2021

    Simply put, this book from cover to cover is a revelation and it's brilliant. If this is the future of the DC Universe, these are absolutely the stories we need. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 19, 2021

    The Next Batman has been an immediate winner for DC prompting a path for the character post-Future State. With strong backup stories this is another solid performance for this take on Batmans world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 19, 2021

    The Next Batman #2 is a mixed bag, but in this case variety is the spice of life. There's a little something for everyone here, whether you like high action, personal drama or light entertainment. This is easily the best of the Future State offerings so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 20, 2021

    The story by John Ridley is great. It feels completely new and a complete breath of fresh air to be honest. I love what he is doing here. Laura Braga turns out to be the perfect artist for this book as well. She does a great job of making the look feel new and interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Jan 19, 2021

    John Ridley's much-anticipated Batman tale comes into focus as Tim Fox considers what it takes to be a hero in dystopian Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jan 19, 2021

    Gothan City Sirens was fine, but Batgirls may have been the best story of the three " that includes Future State: The Next Batman #2. Great action, surprises and there may be a point where your jaw drops. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 19, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #2 continues to flesh out Gotham City's future, presenting a Batman who operates much more differently than Bruce Wayne. Tim Fox is probably the most interesting character to hold the Batman mantle since Terry McGinnis, and I can't wait to see more of his adventures Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 19, 2021

    The ending is completely tacked on for the sake of a cliffhanger. It comes completely out of left field, and is tonally inconsistent with the rest of the whimsical story. Outside of the art, this segment is completely passable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 2, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #2 gives us a fascinating look into the Gotham City of this particular future timeline. However, while the main attraction is quite interesting on its own, I find myself more intrigued by the backup stories that flesh out the world of the Next Batman. But all three stories are winners, and well worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Jan 19, 2021

    Another excellent Next Batman adventure, paired with two intriguing backup stories. The character, motivations and methods of the man behind the cowl continues to evolve and reveal itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 19, 2021

    Overall, this one is a bit predictable"as is the ending, which is set up early on in the story"but it has a lighter touch than most of the Future State stories. I'm still hoping that before this event is over, Harley manages to reunite with her best friend and girlfriend to deal out some punishment to the Magistrate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 23, 2021

    The Next Batman is good and enjoyable Batman comics, but I don't think it's doing anything particularly interesting with the new protagonist or the Future State situation. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jan 19, 2021

    Color artwork detailed for a lively night time adventure fits in perfectly with the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 24, 2021

    All in all, I would pick up this issue SOLELY for the first two stories. You can totally skip Gotham Sirens. Maybe the Sirens will be better in issue three. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jan 23, 2021

    This new issue in the Future State series picks up where we left off and does a great job of it. I like watching this new Batman tackle new challenges all while holding true to the vision of Batman that we all know. I still question whether a book like this needs to extend the amount of content in the main book to justify an 8 dollar price tag, but for now, I'm still enjoying it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jan 19, 2021

    After a pretty strong first issue, The Next Batman takes a step back, primarily due to the quality of the back up stories. It suffers greatly from a lack of build, like most of Future State. The main story, however, improves from its slow start from the first issue. Let's hope this trend continues and flows over to the back-up stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 19, 2021

    There's plenty to like in Future State: The Next Batman #2, though it must be said upfront that the first issue's distinctive cyberpunk vibe is lacking " a result of Nick Derington and Tamra Bonvillain not handling the art of this issue's Tim Fox story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jan 19, 2021

    This book is particularly irritating in that it was a triple threat of stories I didn't love, hitting me one after another with content that left me wishing it was more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    allenquanobi Jan 19, 2021

    Story is boring, art is worse than the first issue by far. Time to hop off this series.

  • 2.5
    fenixalasnegras Jan 19, 2021

    It is ridiculous this Batman who just for putting on his hood without training only with resources that I imagine he stole from somewhere snaps his fingers and is a fighter and detective at the height of Bruce Wayne.
    The only thing that raises this story is the part of Cass and Step, the art is very good but the things they take for granted spoil, there is a desperate need to make this Batman like, whoever likes them well, sorry I am not convinced by a Batman who is only good for his economic resources.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Jan 20, 2021

    64 pages and all of them badly written. The artwork isn't terrible but it isn't great either. Save your money.

  • 4.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jan 19, 2021

    This was a slog to get through.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine May 18, 2021

    I didn't read the backups. ❤️

  • 8.0
    Swift Planet Mar 30, 2021

    Ridley's Batman is still great. The backups kind of suck.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Feb 1, 2021

    I am really enjoying the next Batman stories so far this one was great and I can't wait to read the next one. The batgirls story I was really anticipating as I am a huge fan of Cassandra cain and it did not disappoint. The gotham city sirens was decent. I would score both the next Batman and batgirls at a 9.5 as I thought both stories were great and the sirens story I'd give a 7

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Jan 19, 2021

    I kept this week's The Next Batman as the last Future State comic to review. Truth be told, I was somewhat nervous about reading it, thinking it may ruin my mood for the day by tearing apart everything I liked about #1. And... I was wrong to doubt, well, go figure.
    The story is a faster read than the debut, but more action packed. There's some small time investigative work on Batman's part, there's some family and police drama in the background, there's of course some fighting involved, as well as a mystery. Pretty much everything you'd look for in a Bat comic. Now, of course to some this issue may feel like a more conventional Bat comic - one that ultimately doesn't take risks, just follows what's proven to work, with the exception of more

  • 7.5
    letskillrobots Feb 7, 2021

    always cool to teach readers about the inner workings of criminal law

  • 7.0
    Afre Jan 19, 2021

    Again, I like what I see but there isn't enough of anything. The ideas this one explores are interesting. But there are so many stories here but I feel like there aren't enough issues to make these stories as interesting as they could be.

  • 7.0
    TheKize Jan 22, 2021

    Even without Nick Derrington doing the full art this issue, The Next Batman still features some nice superhero action. This issue delivers on the promise of the "analog Batman" that John Ridley has mentioned. The scale of the Batman story feels a bit smaller than I'd like for a special event like this.

    The Batgirls story is also good, and not at all what I expected it to be. It took a minute for me to get my bearings, but once I understood where the story was going, I really liked it.

    Gotham City Sirens is the worst of the bunch, going for a lighthearted romp that doesn't mesh with the tone of the rest of the book or Future State event.

  • 6.0
    mrDovydas Feb 15, 2021

    Didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one, and I found the backups worse as well.

  • 5.5
    Onomatopoeia Jan 29, 2021

    Pedophiles are bad, so it's ok to murder them. The magistrate is bad because they want to not let people murder pedophiles. That was the message, right?

  • 5.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jan 24, 2021

    I'm disappointed that Nick Derrington isn't doing the art for The Next Batman all the way through. His replacement is good too, but I really liked how his art looked last issue. The Batman story is still really, really good. I think it's one of the best written stories in all of Future State. I enjoyed it here.

    The Batgirls backup is too exposition heavy and boring. It was definitely a slog.

    The Gotham City Sirens story feels soooo amateurish. Maybe it's the tone not hitting properly, or the messiness of the story, or the pacing, or the unfinished looking art. Or maybe it's all of that! It's probably all of that.

  • 4.0
    DDJamesB Jan 25, 2021

    I really cant it was the worst thing I ever read but the batman story was so bland and I could care less about the other stories. Not worth the price

  • 1.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    The mixed bag that DC’s new publishing initiative of adding two back-up stories and raising the cover price hits hard on this issue. If these back-up stories had been included in the initial issue, I would have never given the series another chance. I still feel that the “feature” story is somewhat lacking, but the back-up stories at downright terrible. $7.99 for a comic book is a tough sell for retailers in today’s market, but in no way is this issue worth it.

    Writer John Ridley still hasn’t given us any reason to see Tim Fox as a new Batman. Whereas Bruce Wayne dedicated his entire life to avenging the death of his parents, Tim became Batman because… his sister did drugs, or something? It’s still not entirely cle more

  • 4.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.0
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