Future State: The Next Batman #3

Writer: Paul Jenkins, John Ridley, Brandon Thomas Artist: Laura Braga, Jack Herbert, Sumit Kumar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 3, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 44
7.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The adventures of the next Batman continue! Batman has captured a pair of murderous fugitives, but he faces a tough decision: leave them for the Magistrate troops, which means certain death, or risk his life and fight his way through Gotham City to deliver them to the GCPD for trial. He’s Batman...so there’s only one choice!
And in “Outsiders,” Katana has reunited with Black Lightning, but her old friend and ally has changed...big-time! Now composed of literal black lightning, Jefferson Pierce arrives with a dire warning about Duke Thomas and his mission to liberate Gotham from the oppression of the Magistrate. They’ll have more

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 3, 2021

    This is a worthwhile issue yet again, if only for the first story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Feb 2, 2021

    Arif Prianto uses rich colors to intensify Laura Braga's art. It gives a visually pleasing effect. This, along with Braga's use of character expression, emotionally pulls the reader into the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Feb 2, 2021

    Stunning visuals and fascinating characters come together for a fantastic third issue with an excellent lead story starring Jace Fox and two backups that I would honestly buy even if they were titles to themselves. Next Batman Chapter 3 demonstrates Jace's quick wits and limitations both moral and physical. The Outsiders finale establishes Duke Thomas as an up and coming major player in the DCU, and Arkham Knights explores the human side of human monsters. Altogether an excellent issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 3, 2021

    Future State: The Batman #3 brings us the penultimate chapter of the Next Batman's debut story and concludes two of the backup stories. But while these stories have given us a fascinating taste of this Future timeline, there is still a lot of untapped potential in this future timeline. I hope DC will return to explore it in depth in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 3, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #3 is a solid book but what really stands out is the art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 2, 2021

    That said, there's one image that will be stuck in your head after reading all three stories in this giant issue, leaving readings waiting anxiously for Future State: The Next Batman #4. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 2, 2021

    Next Batman continues showing the potential of the character even as if this Future State arc doesn't seem like it's building to an effective conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Feb 2, 2021

    With only one issue left of this series, so much about Jace Fox remains unclear. The one thing that's very clear: the art in this book is dynamite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 2, 2021

    There is a lot to like in this gritty tale of a rookie Batman trying to survive in a police-state Gotham, but it feels very leisurely for a four-issue miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 3, 2021

    The main story in Future State: The Next Batman has steadily improved with each passing issue. John Ridley has a firm handle on how he is developing Jace Fox at the start of his career as Batman. While the main story in The Next Batman #3 was solid it was the Outsiders and Arkham Knights back-up stories that steal the show. The conclusion in both back-ups and how they elevate the conflict with the Magistrate helps build greater interest in what is going on in Gotham City across all of the Batman Family Future State stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Feb 2, 2021

    Although the main event is disappointing, The Next Batman #3 is worth a read for the distinctive and absorbing pairing of 'Outsiders' and 'Arkham Knights' Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Feb 3, 2021

    If you felt like you got your money's worth in the previous two issues, then this issue will also be a solid pick up for you. If you think the price is too high, well unfortunately nothing is really going to change. Luckily this Batman story is actually well done and entertaining. This issue was more action focused but with some great art, it came off very well and I left the issue interested to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Feb 2, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #3 mostly serves as table dressing for the story's finale, with the "Outsiders" backup story being the standout. With only one issue left, I hope that the conclusion is satisfying and that we get to see more of Jace's exploits as Batman in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 2, 2021

    The art by Jack Herbert's nice, but there are a few character poses that are stiff and lifeless looking. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Feb 3, 2021

    I think for this purchase to be worth it, then you have to be interested in every single one of these comics " and I can't suggest you buy this book if you aren't. If you are, however, then I think you'll find yourself with a compelling and exciting reading experience, with what I hope to be a decent payoff to its main story when The Next Batman comes to a close. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 6, 2021

    This all makes for a perfectly fine, perfectly enjoyable Batman story, but it's doing very little to actually explore or flesh out the idea of “Next” Batman. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    fenixalasnegras Feb 2, 2021

    This week has really been very boring in terms of DC's numbers.

    This Batman is so forced, DC's attempts to make a Ramdom character a detective, an experienced fighter, only because stealing technology and money that belongs to Bruce Wayne through surely through his makes him magically Batman ???? and a not very original Batman, Tim Fox it has nothing of its own to offer, we didn't find nothing original.

    The number on the part of the Next Batman is full of fighting, so little progress is made in the real subject of the investigation and in the end the guy who saves tries to hang him.
    On the other hand we see the Fox family, wondering who Batman is, nothing worth entertaining.

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  • 1.5
    Merlyn Feb 2, 2021

    I think I've read enough of Ridley to kinda see for myself what he's capable of and what his priorities are in terms of writing. Suffice to say, he's not a good addition to DC's roster of writers.

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  • 1.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Feb 2, 2021

    Dumpster fire

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  • 9.0
    Swift Planet Mar 30, 2021

    The better backups of this series are in the odd issues.

  • 4.5
    Onomatopoeia Feb 3, 2021

    I laughed out loud reading, "Justice doesn't wear a mask. Or a hood." The Peacekeepers literally look like Red Hood knock offs. Aside from the nitpicking, it was just a bland issue. I don't know or care about these characters and I don't have much interest in learning.

  • 4.0
    Afre Feb 2, 2021

    I've liked this Next Batman series, but my main problem has been that there isn't enough. And now when I don't like it that much, the lack of investment in this world and characters becomes even bigger issue. And when you are pretty sure that the final installment of this series won't make it any better, you are just left with one question:

    "Why should I care?"

    And that is my problem with this series. And this whole Future State. I don't really care about anything and DC won't do anything to fix that.

    I wanted to like this, I think Ridley is a good writer but this comic just isn't that good. It's mediocre and that would be fine in a long-running series, but in this mini-series it counts a lot.

    As more

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  • 3.0
    prettythief Feb 3, 2021

    It doesn't feel like a very cheap copy of Batman, just with another family dynamic.

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Feb 6, 2021

    Good story and art. Too many people looking for things to dislike instead of just taking in the story being told. Shame.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine May 24, 2021

    Backups? Never heard of her. ❤️

  • 7.0
    TheKize Feb 5, 2021

    With twice as many issues as most Future State series, the John Ridley Batman story is disappointing in its small scale. What little happens is well told, but there's just not much here to sink your teeth into. We've barely learned anything about this new Batman.

    Brandon Thomas and Sumit Kumar continue to impress with their ability to create exciting, dynamic action in Outsiders. The Arkham Knights story is a little better than the first part was, but it's still hard to buy a bunch of deranged murderers working as a team for good.

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  • 5.5
    Nihilist Feb 2, 2021

    What got me into John Ridley's short series was the emphasis on the characters and their struggles. Of course Batman was still in the very center of attention, but I found Fox family problems to be quite engaging and relatable, human. It was a nice change compared to man continuity's life of Bruce Wayne, who ultimately doesn't have much real, deep family ties that would influence his stories. Outside his mommy and daddy issues that have been explored dozens of times already, that is.

    There still is some family drama going on in this issue, which I welcome, but the main part dedicated to Batman himself, feels so painfully diluted, it just doesn't feel like anything new, creative or surprising. I got the same vibes reading Dark Det more

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  • 5.5

    Well... I liked the main Batman story. But I found the backups boring and a chore to get through.

  • 2.0
    mirko Feb 5, 2021

    They really can’t think of anything new. This is very boring and unoriginal.

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  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Feb 4, 2021

    Boring read, followed by 45 pages of filler back stories no one asked to read. Save your money.

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  • 8.0
    EDiakota Feb 6, 2021

    " Justice dosen't wear a mask. Or a hood. And justice is never a vigilante. Never."
    - TANYA FOX

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Feb 11, 2021

    Well it was definitely a step up from last issue. I feel like the last one was just purposeless. Although this one didnt have more purpose it at least kept me engaged in what they were doing and the back up stories didnt bore me to death. Dark detective is just much better than this book which is a shame.

  • 6.0
    mrDovydas Mar 7, 2021

    All of the stories here were fine, but there's nothing that would keep me wanting to read more of it. The main story is ok, but I'm really unsure if I'd pick up the backups if they were standalone books, as I feel like it's more of a chore to read them, rather than something I'm supposed to be enjoying.

  • 5.0
    Kaseladen Feb 2, 2021

    Outsiders story has managed to be strong.
    The rest, not so much

  • 5.0
    Mout Aug 13, 2021

    why is this so bad... not the best start for a new character

  • 3.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    Issue #3 once again shows how quickly the overall quality can shift in DC’s new publishing format that combines a 22-page feature story with two 20-page back-up stories. While the feature that should be drawing me in has left me underwhelmed, again, the two back-ups have proven that there are much better stories to tell in the DC Universe, even if the execution isn’t perfect.

    John Ridley’s Next Batman is still not the Batman we want or need. Besides the fact that we still have nothing to connect our protagonist to the real Batman, a problem that should’ve been fixed in the very first issue, the story progresses at a snail’s pace of expanded storytelling that plagues the modern comic book industry. The entire story, whi more

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