I Am Batman #5

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Laura Braga, Christian Duce, Juan E. Ferreyra Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 12, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 18
7.5Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

Batman fights for his life against a new breed of Peacekeeper, augmented with his family’s own technology! The only person who might be able to save his life is…Lucius Fox?!

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jan 11, 2022

    Although this story is filled with tons of character development and nail-bighting action, I am most intrigued by the relationship between Lucius and Jace. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Derek McNeil Jan 15, 2022

    Whether John Ridley's title is in-continuity or not, I'm still enjoying it immensely. I'm glad to see that Jace is establishing himself in the role. The move to a new city in I Am Batman #5 and the minor, but significant change in costume should help distinguish Jace from his predecessor, and I look forward to watching his continuing evolution as the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 11, 2022

    Overall, we're exiting Gotham with a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 11, 2022

    I Am Batman wraps the Gotham run as Tim now heads to New York, which should introduce a new fresh wide open arena for Ridley to establish his Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 18, 2022

    I Am Batman has a lot of serious potential that hasn't quite been reached yet as it still tries to get off the ground in respect to establishing itself, its character, and overall setting/core mission. A number of artists bring this solid issue to life with their similar but somewhat conflicting styles but they make it work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jan 12, 2022

    One thing I liked about this new Batman is that he seems to inspire instead of "strike fear" in the hearts of other, bringing a working class take on the superhero. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 12, 2022

    I Am Batman #5 unfortunately falls short of what it could be. This is an issue that could plant a flag that there's a Batman that's not Bruce Wayne and not White. This is a new Batman going off in his own direction and who is an icon for multiple reasons. Instead, the issue feels rushed attempting to wrap up its initial storyline, giving us an important moment between father and son, and setting up the next arc. None of that really gets the amount of time it needs. It's an unusual stumble for Ridley and hopefully one that lasts just this one issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 11, 2022

    While I'm happy that we're moving out of Gotham to hopefully bigger and better things, the way that our progression was handled this issue in dealing with the all-new and improved Magistrate almost feels like a throw-away concept and nothing about the conflict between the new Talos Troopers and Jace Fox felt all that compelling. The art is decent and I like where we're heading but for our last outing in Gotham, I found this issue lacking a bit. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jan 12, 2022

    This book has yet to reach the consistent highs I'd like it to, but issue #5 does play to its consistent strengths. When this comic tackles the family dynamic of the Foxes, I Am Batmanis at its best " so let's see if we can leave this talk of masks and magistrates behind for now, now that Jace has stepped into his own spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 11, 2022

    I Am Batman #5 mostly acts as a transitional stage for Jace Fox and his family, with a strong story making up for inconsistent artwork. Hopefully, the next story arc, "Empire State of Mind," addresses the problems with this title by finding a singular artist and a new identity away from Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Jan 11, 2022

    The journey of the Fox family continues to be thoughtfully told and beautifully illustrated by the creative team, and even with what I feel is an abrupt departure, I continue to look forward to where this book takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Psycamorean Jan 21, 2022

    I really do not understand the criticism this issue is getting from that Bats guy. Is he an Objectivist? It's like he's never read a comic with a complicated hero before... despite being a Batman fan. Anyway, this issue wraps up the first arc of this book, and really, everything from Second Son on. It feels like a definitive closing chapter, which is kind of impressive given just how long this story has been going, and frankly, how all over the place it's been. I hope issue 6 can truly be a fresh start for the character and this series, away from all the baggage of Gotham and Fear State.

  • 7.5
    Screaming Enigma Sep 2, 2023

    This was a big step up from the past two issues. I wouldn't go as far as to call it the best issue of the series, but it does give me hope once again for this run. I wholeheartedly agree with what Psycamorean said in their review, in that this feels like a conclusion of an arc that will give way to a fresh start. Hopefully that proves to be true with Issue 6.

  • 7.5
    Toonstrack Jan 23, 2022

    This issue isn't perfect, but what strengths it has make it worthwhile to read.

    Its paced a little fast for my liking, I'd have split the story here into issues 5 and 6 to add more tension but as for the plot itself it continues to be interesting and fifteenth enough from the other bat books to justify its existence.

    Jace had been out through the ringer but with this issue theres finally a solid reaffirmation of what hrs trying to do here. Lucius fox has not been the most likeable character in this book but he made some good decisions here and he's going to be taking a break from the main cast apparently.

    I was hoping we could see Jace cross paths with Bruce but its pretty clear they are building to that la more

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Jan 13, 2022

    Notably, the criminal penalties for hit-and-run murder are the same throughout all of New York State. A Batman with contempt for the law and unwillingness to be accountable for his own crimes, sets an incredibly bad example for our youth. If Lucius has real paternal concern, it would be for his son to first pay for his crimes, before he hypocritically judged others for theirs. Wrong is wrong. Criminals are a cowardly lot. Crime Does Not Pay.

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