Batman, Vol. 13
Eisner Award winner Tom King reunites with Mikel Janin as he continues his bestselling Batman run. Batman returns to Gotham just in time for the epic showdown with Bane!The bad guys thought they had it made with Bane in control, but with Batman back in Gotham they'll be reminded what justice feels like...and how it hurts when it hits you in the face. With Catwoman at his side, the Caped Crusader is looking to take down Bane's army and reclaim his city.But is the Dark Knight Detective ready to take on the foe who broke him worse than any other that came before? And what else stands in Batman's way, to put an obstacle between him and his enemy? Tread lightly, Batman, because not only do the lives of your son and trusted friends hang in the balance, but your entire home could collapse. Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city's survival, or risk everything to break free!Collects Batman #80-85.

Batman, Vol. 13 Details

TitleBatman, Vol. 13
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781779502841
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Dc Comics, Batman, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Comic Book

Batman, Vol. 13 Review

  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    And so ends the best Batman run of the decade. And so ends the best Batman run of the decade.
  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    And so comes the end to King's Batman. This run seems to be either "love" or "hate" but I personally think it has a lot of ups (and a few big downs). While not every arc worked for me, I enjoyed the majority of them. I think King writes a broken man trying to find peace with who he is. And by the end he gets that, even if it feels a little forced. Batman is going against bane here for the final time and he's not about to let himself down. You get a huge showdown between the two but with a specia And so comes the end to King's Batman. This run seems to be either "love" or "hate" but I personally think it has a lot of ups (and a few big downs). While not every arc worked for me, I enjoyed the majority of them. I think King writes a broken man trying to find peace with who he is. And by the end he gets that, even if it feels a little forced. Batman is going against bane here for the final time and he's not about to let himself down. You get a huge showdown between the two but with a special guest star who whoops some goddamn ass all on her own. You also get Thomas wayne being a asshole killer Batman. With the loss of a major person in Bruce's life, will he still come out a hero? Will he hang up the cowl? Will this be the final moments of our hero? I really liked some of this. There's a moment Bruce reflects on a loss that is done really well. I also loved the fight between Batman and Bane and the art stays fucking FRESH. So all that is great. Thomas wayne though is a let down for me, his motives sometimes too over the top and silly. I also thought the very ending was just decent, and didn't finish off with a bang. I assume it is because King was pushed off the title a bit early (Not cool DC...not cool.)Overall, the entire run had some fantastic arcs but the last few arcs were a bit shaky so the end itself isn't great but still good. This volume is a 3 out of 5 for me overall.
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  • John Funderburg
    January 1, 1970
    Remarkable. A fascinating and poignant conclusion to King's Batman run. Emotional and satisfying.
  • Malum
    January 1, 1970
    Tom King went a little too Tom King here and gave us an introspective but anti-climactic ending to his uneven Batman run.
  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY FUCKING FREE. Read as singles. Agonizingly. Bad. Singles. I almost want to drop batman books for the rest of forever now. At least Janin made it pretty.
  • Beelzefuzz
    January 1, 1970
    King reviews most of his run for you in an exchange near the end of this:[Bruce Wayne plays the part of a comic fan who has read about King's run perhaps around the wedding times or a little after.]"Just driving by listening to the game on the radio. Had to see that on the big screen. See how it all ended."[A man in the bar plays as a reviewer of King's work, perhaps even the editor, but one who knows what is coming.]"Eh, you should have stayed in your car. I'm telling you, with this guy in the King reviews most of his run for you in an exchange near the end of this:[Bruce Wayne plays the part of a comic fan who has read about King's run perhaps around the wedding times or a little after.]"Just driving by listening to the game on the radio. Had to see that on the big screen. See how it all ended."[A man in the bar plays as a reviewer of King's work, perhaps even the editor, but one who knows what is coming.]"Eh, you should have stayed in your car. I'm telling you, with this guy in the lead, it's just pain and misery all the way down."[Stoically, Bruce implies you have to have bad Batman comics so you'll know good ones when you see them.]"Well, here's to the knights. Here's to the pain. Here's to the misery. Where would we be without it?"
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  • Alex Lazarev
    January 1, 1970
    Наконец-то закончился ран Кинга. Единственное, за что можно его поблагодарить - за Кайтмена. Ну и за отношения Мыши и Кошки, до того момента, как он все изговнял несостоявшейся свадьбой.
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  • Norman Cook
    January 1, 1970
    Tom King's run comes to a mostly satisfying conclusion. Batman's most important lesson is that he does not have to be a slave to his past.Issue #80, art by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson. Batman and Catwoman begin the process of ridding Gotham City of the villains that Bane unleashed. Meanwhile, Thomas Wayne has a decision to make about Damian Wayne's fate.Issue #81, art by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson & Mitch Gerads. Batman and Catwoman confront Bane while the rest of the Bat-Family con Tom King's run comes to a mostly satisfying conclusion. Batman's most important lesson is that he does not have to be a slave to his past.Issue #80, art by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson. Batman and Catwoman begin the process of ridding Gotham City of the villains that Bane unleashed. Meanwhile, Thomas Wayne has a decision to make about Damian Wayne's fate.Issue #81, art by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson & Mitch Gerads. Batman and Catwoman confront Bane while the rest of the Bat-Family confronts Thomas Wayne.Issue #82, art by Mikel Janín. Batman goes head to head with Bane, but Thomas Wayne is in the wings ready to disrupt everything.Issue #83, art by Mikel Janín. Batman discovers Alfred's fate, as Thomas Wayne attempts one last ploy to break Batman's spirit. But don't ever underestimate Batman's fortitude.Issue #84, art by Jorge Fornes. This is one of the finest pieces of comic book writing I can remember. The story is literally told in reverse, yet makes absolute sense. We discover the motivation of Thomas Wayne, going back to the Flashpoint mini-series. This issue will make no sense to readers who haven't been following DC continuity over the past seven or eight years (there were a couple of things that went over my head), but for those who have, this is a powerful, penultimate chapter of Tom King's run on Batman.Issue #85, art by Mikel Janín & Hugo Petrus. In some ways, this is a somewhat anticlimactic ending, with Batman almost routinely defeating his antagonist. But the way in which this is juxtaposed with flashforwards to denouements with the various players, such as Gotham Girl, Selina Kyle, Thomas Wayne, and Bane, is quite striking. In particular, Bruce's interactions with a random bar patron (edit: I have since found out this is Kite Man in his civilian identity--another instance of King putting in layers of meaning) watching a football game solidifies his newfound philosophy that people can change and that you can never count Batman out. What will the future bring for Batman? King will round out his tenure with a Batman/Catwoman series that will undoubtedly answer some of that; while a 3-page epilogue by James Tynion IV and Guillem March teases what could be the final showdown between Batman and one of his greatest foes.I read this volume as individual comic book issues.
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  • Frankie C
    January 1, 1970
    Tom King!!!!SPOILERS!!!!!It's okay I guess. I still don't know how I feel about the Catwoman unconditional love situation. I'll be interested to see if Tynion avoids it completely, retcons it somehow, or just makes it status quo for the book/character. I vote for some sort of creative retcon. As for the this City Bane of arc...I don't know. I feel as if the death of Alfred is cheap heat. Nowadays the plot device of killing off characters is so overused and then immediately undone/retconn Tom King!!!!SPOILERS!!!!!It's okay I guess. I still don't know how I feel about the Catwoman unconditional love situation. I'll be interested to see if Tynion avoids it completely, retcons it somehow, or just makes it status quo for the book/character. I vote for some sort of creative retcon. As for the this City Bane of arc...I don't know. I feel as if the death of Alfred is cheap heat. Nowadays the plot device of killing off characters is so overused and then immediately undone/retconned that I personally have become numb to it. One writer kills off a main and much beloved character and then leaves the successor with a huge ball of Griswald Christmas lights to unravel. Lame-ski, as I don't see the Batman book existing without an Alfred for very long.I am a fan of Tom King. When he hits his shots. Mister Miracle...Awesome. The first half of this Batman run...very good. The Vision...Awesome. Heroes in Crisis...fart. Second half of this Batman run...fart fart. I am looking forward to his upcoming Adam Strange opus which I think is in his wheel house.What say you?!?!
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Tom King's run ends (for now?) I did not like King's Batman run. You can read my other reviews for the many reasons why. It had some interesting ideas that had potential, Riddler/Joker war, Bane taking over the city, Bruce Wayne doing jury duty on a Mr. Freeze case, Batman having a wedding, new superpowered heroes in Gotham...Nearly every one of his ideas did not live up to what they promised. They are full of out of character moments and unclear storytelling.It's called City of Bane but you nev Tom King's run ends (for now?) I did not like King's Batman run. You can read my other reviews for the many reasons why. It had some interesting ideas that had potential, Riddler/Joker war, Bane taking over the city, Bruce Wayne doing jury duty on a Mr. Freeze case, Batman having a wedding, new superpowered heroes in Gotham...Nearly every one of his ideas did not live up to what they promised. They are full of out of character moments and unclear storytelling.It's called City of Bane but you never get a sense of what that means for Gotham. King's writing is so abstract and fractured and vague that you never feel like you are experiencing the story. The dialogue is irritating in how it wants to seem rhythmic or poetic but it just feels hard to get through. The characters don't feel real the way he writes them. Everybody speaks in half finished sentences and is incredibly repetitive, almost like they are stuttering. It seems unique at first but after a handful of issues you get sick of it.As for the ending ending, it seemed to just kind of end with a whimper and I thought at least King would nail the last few pages. I just started Detective Comics Rebirth, which came out alongside King's Batman run, and while it's not groundbreaking, the characters speak like they are people and the storytelling is propulsive and fun and clear. I'd recommend that over King's run already.
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  • Lestat
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know how to feel about this book. It goes backwards and forwards too much and retroactively inserts characters and thought processes into every scene. I mean, we all know Batman is clever, but this book stretches the believability of Bruce being steps ahead of every plan. At least make it reasonable - he can’t foresee everything! As much as I love the Bat-Cat relationship and Alfred and Bruce’s connection, I am tired of the overuse of literary references. If an issue is going to be 75-10 I don’t know how to feel about this book. It goes backwards and forwards too much and retroactively inserts characters and thought processes into every scene. I mean, we all know Batman is clever, but this book stretches the believability of Bruce being steps ahead of every plan. At least make it reasonable - he can’t foresee everything! As much as I love the Bat-Cat relationship and Alfred and Bruce’s connection, I am tired of the overuse of literary references. If an issue is going to be 75-100% filled with someone else’s words, then how are you the writer? A snippet here and there is understandable, but far too often it feels like King just relies on another’s words to evoke sentiment on the page. The continuity is also in question - Tim gets stabbed and the Bat-fam is seemingly vanquished by Thomas, yet they’re happily standing about while Bruce confronts Thomas. So, did they get hurt, or not? Gotham Girl needs to be over, like 85 issues ago. She is an insufferable addition to the canon and nothing redeems her. Batman giving her second chances is a slap in the face of all the lives she’s willfully taken. Give me a break. The book has bright sparks which are dimmed by every other page. I’m reading it because I like Batman, and this Batman is compelling in his vulnerabilities. Unfortunately the writing just lets the whole thing down way too often.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Collects Batman (2016) issues #80-85There is some fabulous, emotional material in this volume, and I'm satisfied with the ending, though there is some non-linear storytelling happening in this collection that is sometimes hard to follow (without a good memory concerning what has come before in this series, and even prior to King's run on "Batman"). I guess there were one or two things that I wished were different concerning the resolution, but the lead-up to this finale had me thinking that Tom Collects Batman (2016) issues #80-85There is some fabulous, emotional material in this volume, and I'm satisfied with the ending, though there is some non-linear storytelling happening in this collection that is sometimes hard to follow (without a good memory concerning what has come before in this series, and even prior to King's run on "Batman"). I guess there were one or two things that I wished were different concerning the resolution, but the lead-up to this finale had me thinking that Tom King is the greatest, current comic book writer in the business.Throughout this series, not just this volume, I was wishing that the artwork wasn't changing so often. The artists often did short runs, and there were some that I wanted much more from, and others that I just had to get passed.
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  • George
    January 1, 1970
    While I was mostly satisfied with the conclusion to King's run on Batman, I'm torn wondering this could have used another 15 issues to get to 100, or if he could have condensed this all into 50 or 60 issues and avoided the headaches that came with the poorly received Catwoman/wedding twist from last year, since it kind of came and went with a whimper. But I digress, because it is a satisfying conclusion with a good villain and personal story to tell about what it means to be Batman and whether t While I was mostly satisfied with the conclusion to King's run on Batman, I'm torn wondering this could have used another 15 issues to get to 100, or if he could have condensed this all into 50 or 60 issues and avoided the headaches that came with the poorly received Catwoman/wedding twist from last year, since it kind of came and went with a whimper. But I digress, because it is a satisfying conclusion with a good villain and personal story to tell about what it means to be Batman and whether than can be a "person" or just a crimefighting figure. Either way, it's clear that King left a lot off the table and that perhaps this end was a little sour, but hopefully that won't tarnish his legacy too much before more of his run on Batman is good rather than bad.
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  • Dovydas
    January 1, 1970
    Tom King is my favourite new (well, sort of, since it's been quite a few years since his proper debut), and I really enjoyed his Batman run, but this...just isn't good. While I did enjoy some bits and pieces, and I really like how the final issue was executed, most of this story is just way too rushed (and dragged at the same time! the stuff that should be getting more exposure gets barely none, and vice-verse), and some of the dialogues are just awful.Still, it's been a great run and I'd love t Tom King is my favourite new (well, sort of, since it's been quite a few years since his proper debut), and I really enjoyed his Batman run, but this...just isn't good. While I did enjoy some bits and pieces, and I really like how the final issue was executed, most of this story is just way too rushed (and dragged at the same time! the stuff that should be getting more exposure gets barely none, and vice-verse), and some of the dialogues are just awful.Still, it's been a great run and I'd love to find some time to sit down and reread it all. Now I just have to hope that King manages to pull the sequel to this much better.
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  • Alí Flores
    January 1, 1970
    King’s Batman arrived to its end and it’s been an epic journey, I could even say that he’s run is better than Snyder’s.I kinda expected a more epic finale to this arc, like maybe a big fight or som’, but the way it ends it’s actually really good, Batman breaking Bane, Marrying Cat, his “father” dying, but from now things will be a little different since Alfred is dead, this leaves a tough work for the next writer which we all hope is as good as Snyder and King.
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  • Xavier De La Cruz
    January 1, 1970
    So... I just finished the epic Tom King saga of batman... I feel slightly empty now. I feel it worked perfectly in some senses, and it did not work in others. Still an amazing closing, I just hoped for some explanations in some things...
  • Ethan
    January 1, 1970
    A fitting conclusion to King’s run. It wraps up most of the story lines in a satisfying way, and (most importantly for me) doesn’t undo Alfred’s death (though this is comics, so I expect it will be undone in the future). This has me looking forward to King’s Batman and Catwoman series.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Read as single issues.
  • Kyle Bateman
    January 1, 1970
    Review pending
  • Vangelis Kritikos
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously?
  • Bethany Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    I am glad that I am done with this series.This was not the best. It was not too bad of a final book.
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