Man-Bat #3

Writer: Dave Wielgosz Artist: Sumit Kumar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 11
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Kirk Langstrom’s mental state has been deteriorating for years, but in the wake of his violent altercation with the Suicide Squad, he’s found himself on the verge of a complete emotional collapse. Luckily (or unluckily) for Kirk, Dr. Harleen Quinzel is offering pro bono-and entirely unsolicited-psychological counseling. As Harley delves deep into his damaged mind, she uncovers tragic events that set the stage for his transformation into Man-Bat in the first place. Will her psychotic brand of psychology help Kirk make peace with his inner demons or leave his mind even more fractured than it was?

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Apr 6, 2021

    Man-Bat #3 is a result of brilliant storytelling, visually and literary. This is a superb exploration of one very specific character. Wielgoszs examination of Man-Bats story and character has created a very emotional story. But there are also incredible battles and guest stars that feel warranted instead of obligatory. The art team of Kumar and Fajardo Jr present this with such precision that it could be followed without any dialogue at all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Apr 6, 2021

    Exploding with wonderful artwork, Man-Bat #3 is an excellent examination of Kirk Langstrom and his alter-ego. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Apr 6, 2021

    Man-Bat #3 goes right into the heart of the series protagonists' conflict and how it affects him psychologically. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Apr 7, 2021

    I miss the addiction angle that was dropped in this storyline, but finally meeting Lisa makes up for that loss for me. The art continues to be good in Man-Bat #3, excelling in depicting the horror elements of this story Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Apr 13, 2021

    Dave Wielgosz and Sumit Kumar work really well together to deliver a solid revisit to the origin of Man-Bat. However, how this inserts into the current Future State or as a stand alone tale is a bit confusing. However, taken on its own, its a great reminder of Man-Bat and a hopeful piece of story telling that allows him to remain relevant on the DC landscape. He's a team player and not really worthy of a monthly series. The old misguided principled anti-hero is a bit played out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 6, 2021

    We're halfway through this story now, and I'm as intrigued and invested in it as when I first started. We know that Man-Bat will move on to becoming part of Justice League Dark, but his journey to that point has never previously been disclosed. Add to all that the return of Francine Langstrom, and the potential effects that being Man-Bat has had on Kirk – both physically, and mentally – and the end result has been a really great read. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 6, 2021

    Man-Bat #3 is a great issue that really brings together the focus of the comic on Man-Bat's tragedy and the conflict. It all works really well as well. It doesn't feel force and it comes together in a generally natural way. It should be interesting where it all goes as we're lead to believe that time is ticking for Man-Bat. With just a few issues left in the series, there could be a lot more tragedy to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 6, 2021

    Having some time to see how the characters of this series interact with each other and even seeing how they think of other characters when confronted actually made this issue stand out more than the rest of the mini-series so far and I can only hope that the rest of this story continues to feel like this issue. It also didn't hurt that the art remained strong throughout. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Apr 7, 2021

    Sure, things are moving forward but between the aforementioned pivot and a pace that inches forward ever so slowly, Man-Bat #3 is a little tedious to get through. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Apr 7, 2021

    This is a good entry in the 5-issue arc for Man-Bat. Not great, but good. The story is kind of all over the place. The art, while still amazing, doesn't have the chance to shine here as much as it did previously. So much happens in this book that none of it really gets the chance to actually happen. It just gets shown to us and ends up kind of feeling like one big smorgasbord of "and then". It's a fine book, but I feel it pales in comparison to the previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 8, 2021

    This could be much better. I do so wish it was better! There is so many ways this book could have gone yet the creative team has taken the most basic one. Oh, well. Maybe it will pick up although at this point, but I highly doubt it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Boudi Apr 8, 2021

    This séries keeps getting better. While I am not a great fan of the Scarecrow take, it's nice to see him being really smart. Harley was great in this issue, but I would like to see Croc a little more, he tried to help Man-Bat in one of his minisseries. This might be the best Man-Bat story ever, finally someone knows what to do with this character.

  • 7.0
    Brion Salazar Apr 7, 2021

    Clawing at the surface, the monster within Kirk Langstrom is more harmful than the monster on the outside.

    Taking a serious look at a character that could easily be written off as a joke, Wielgosz and Kumar have created three terrific issues that balance action, humor, and an examination of what might drive a man to destroy every relationship in his life by turning into a giant bat.

    Taking a page from the House of Ideas, DC has made a habit lately of making their villains more sympathetic, if not quite heroic. Not on the level of Harley Quinn’s transformation from psychotic super-villain sidekick to fan-favorite guest-star with against hammer - this mini-series has given us a look at how the monster inside Dr. Langs more

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    Spacey Medicine Sep 16, 2021


  • 5.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Apr 16, 2021

    This was kinda just boring. Not exactly what I'd call well written. For instance, there was so much unnecessary exposition through the dialogue. It was to the point that they were repeating the exposition through multiple characters.

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    wing81 May 26, 2021

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  • 9.0
    imderekreide Apr 7, 2021

  • 8.5
    tonpas1989 Apr 7, 2021

  • 8.0
    Bananaknight Apr 13, 2021

  • 7.5
    Justin Ray Apr 14, 2021

  • 6.0
    Jason The Dude Apr 11, 2021

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