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The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches Gotham City, Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing try and prepare for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches Gotham City, Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing try and prepare for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface be enough? And who is the mastermind behind it all? Collects BATMAN #7-8, NIGHTWING #5-6 and DETECTIVE COMICS #941-942.


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The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches Gotham City, Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing try and prepare for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches Gotham City, Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing try and prepare for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface be enough? And who is the mastermind behind it all? Collects BATMAN #7-8, NIGHTWING #5-6 and DETECTIVE COMICS #941-942.

30 review for Batman: Night of the Monster Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    For me, DC’s Rebirth has been a disappointing parade of astonishingly low-quality comics - except for Tom King’s Batman which was surprisingly decent. So I was actually looking forward to Night of the Monster Men, the first Rebirth crossover book, thinking King was writing it. And then I saw the credits page: “Plotted by Tom King/Tim Seeley/James Tynion IV - Script by Steve Orlando” and my heart sank. Steve fucking Orlando. You know what Orlando’s Midnighter book was? “I’m a gay superhero!” - an For me, DC’s Rebirth has been a disappointing parade of astonishingly low-quality comics - except for Tom King’s Batman which was surprisingly decent. So I was actually looking forward to Night of the Monster Men, the first Rebirth crossover book, thinking King was writing it. And then I saw the credits page: “Plotted by Tom King/Tim Seeley/James Tynion IV - Script by Steve Orlando” and my heart sank. Steve fucking Orlando. You know what Orlando’s Midnighter book was? “I’m a gay superhero!” - and that’s it. You know what Orlando’s indie book Virgil was? “I’m a gay action hero!” - and that’s it. I get it dude, you’re a gay writer who wants to write gay comics, and I’m all for that but can you at least make them readable? His Monster Men isn’t “We’re Monster Men and we’re FAAAABULOUUUSSSS!” (although that probably would’ve been an improvement) but it is mega-mega-boring. Dr Hugo Strange (who’s suddenly jacked for no reason) decides to make Godzilla-sized monsters to rampage across Gotham. Why? Stupid reasons. Ugh. Batman and the Bat-family fight them. Guess who wins? Ugh again. What a fucking useless book! The story is so immensely dull because it’s static for a lot of the book. Batman rides around on his Batcycle most of the time, Clayface is directing people around Gotham (I still don’t buy why he’s suddenly a good guy either), Spoiler and Orphan are hanging out in a cave. Something happens to Nightwing and Gotham Girl (see Tom King’s first Batman book for her backstory) but it gets resolved predictably and easily. There’s no excitement or tension or anything in this crappy wafer-thin “story”! And it shouldn’t be this way! Batman! Bat-Family! Mad scientist! GIANT FUCKING MONSTERS! How is it this boring? I take it back, Steve Orlando is talented - talented at sucking out anything remotely interesting from a narrative! Night of the Monster Men is a completely pointless, unentertaining and irrelevant book full of dull action and a meaningless, unmemorable pseudo-story. Whether or not you’re reading Batman, Detective Comics or Nightwing, you can easily ignore this one - and I recommend you do - without it affecting those titles. It’s the Rebirth standard: unreadable comics! Steve Orlando joins Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell as the worst writers DC have at the moment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    So now we've decided to just redo old stories? How original! Batman and the Monster Men has been done more than once (and much better). So Hugo Strange is now a master geneticist in addition to being a psychiatrist. And he's created Kaiju out of corpses to run around Gotham? What!? Then Nightwing figures out some nonsense about how the monsters are representative of Batman's psyche. There's a ton of psychobabble nonsense in here. Batman takes a backseat in this book to Nightwing and Batwoman. If So now we've decided to just redo old stories? How original! Batman and the Monster Men has been done more than once (and much better). So Hugo Strange is now a master geneticist in addition to being a psychiatrist. And he's created Kaiju out of corpses to run around Gotham? What!? Then Nightwing figures out some nonsense about how the monsters are representative of Batman's psyche. There's a ton of psychobabble nonsense in here. Batman takes a backseat in this book to Nightwing and Batwoman. If you're a fan of watching people being evacuated, this is the book for you because that's what most of the book consists of. To add insult to injury, the Justice League shows up to help clean up the aftermath. You know when it's time to call in the JL? When Godzilla first appears in your city, not after they've destroyed it. All in all, this is the most boring book you'll ever read of the Bat-family fighting monsters. Received an advance copy from NetGalley and DC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Goodness, this was awful. The story is basically crap. Giant, poorly explained monsters that are... supposed to provide a psychoanalysis of Batman? For six issues? This might have been more bearable in one or two issues, but who really needs Hugo Strange attempting to diagnose and replace Batman? Also, there's mind controlling spores, because of course there are. The awful, Power Rangers-esque Watchtowers is sort of the cherry on the D-movie sundae of terrible. Maybe if characterization was good Goodness, this was awful. The story is basically crap. Giant, poorly explained monsters that are... supposed to provide a psychoanalysis of Batman? For six issues? This might have been more bearable in one or two issues, but who really needs Hugo Strange attempting to diagnose and replace Batman? Also, there's mind controlling spores, because of course there are. The awful, Power Rangers-esque Watchtowers is sort of the cherry on the D-movie sundae of terrible. Maybe if characterization was good, and the dialog was solid, or there was anything like a sense of fun in using so many tropes that are usually associated with delightfully bad SF at once, this would have been a fun and exciting read. There were none of those things.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Okay...yeah...okay... So this isn't horrible idea. But the execution could have been so much better. We have Hugo basically creating monsters around the city. Batman and friends have to stop this beast. After the death of "you know who" Batman is on the edge. He doesn't want any of his people getting involved in this. Of course Dick and Batwomen like "Bitch please we do what we want brah" and Batman all like "NOOOOO!" That's my biggest issue. Batman seems so out of character and almost useless he Okay...yeah...okay... So this isn't horrible idea. But the execution could have been so much better. We have Hugo basically creating monsters around the city. Batman and friends have to stop this beast. After the death of "you know who" Batman is on the edge. He doesn't want any of his people getting involved in this. Of course Dick and Batwomen like "Bitch please we do what we want brah" and Batman all like "NOOOOO!" That's my biggest issue. Batman seems so out of character and almost useless here. It's really thanks to Nightwing and Batwomen that anything gets done. Also they underutilized Spoiler and Batgir- I mean Orphan. So that fucking sucked. The art is fine, and there's some enjoyable big monster take down moments, but overall it's just not all that great. Maybe next time the crossover could have a Batman that actually reacts like BATMAN. You know, like when Damien died. That was amazing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. You know what I despise the most about these crossover events nowadays? It’s this tingling feeling that I get every time I jump into them. That feeling that screams that one of their biggest intentions isn’t to deliver a series-wide major event that remains solid both in story and artwork, but a cash-grab attempt to get people to check out the other series that they might not be following. Night of the Monster Men is a crossover event that has i You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. You know what I despise the most about these crossover events nowadays? It’s this tingling feeling that I get every time I jump into them. That feeling that screams that one of their biggest intentions isn’t to deliver a series-wide major event that remains solid both in story and artwork, but a cash-grab attempt to get people to check out the other series that they might not be following. Night of the Monster Men is a crossover event that has its repercussions felt throughout Detective Comics (Rebirth) , Nightwing (Rebirth) and Batman (Rebirth) runs. Being the first crossover event part of the Rebirth era of DC Comics, hope for amelioration in regards of quality was much expected, yet failure was all that rose from this chaos. It was unquestionably scheduled to be spread around Halloween to get people in that childish horror vibe, but it also remains a retelling of the original Matt Wagner story of the Monster Men. This crossover event takes place between Batman: I am Gotham (Volume 1) and Batman: I am Suicide (Volume 2), between Detective Comics: Rise of the Batmen (Volume 1) and Detective Comics: The Victim Syndicate (Volume 2), and between Nightwing: Better Than Batman (Volume 1) and Nightwing: Bludhaven (Volume 2). Stretching over 6 issues, two from each of these series, Batman: Night of the Monster Men brings Batman, his friends and Gotham together in a fight against the supernatural. Most of the script in this story arc has Steve Orlando taking the lead, while writers Tom King, Tim Seeley and James Tynion IV still kept their hands in the game as consultants. I don’t want to put the whole blame on one writer, but man the writing in this story was just blatantly dry. There’s nothing in here that warrants an applause and the fact that the key ideas aren’t new (essentially comes from the original story by Matt Wagner) leaves this story absolutely empty of novelty. The story focuses on a Gotham rescue mission conducted by our vigilantes in order to save civilians from the wrath of huge monsters unleashed by Hugo Strange. The story is told through different POVs, and also has several side-horror stories revolving around Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and Spoiler (Stephanie Brown) and a cave parasite or around Nightwing and Gotham Girl and their little endeavor to insanity. Throughout the series, a lot of characters were also butchered compared to their first story arcs in their respective series. I’m especially looking at Batwoman. Gotham Girl also continues to be a painful sight, although she has never managed to capture my interest since her introduction in Batman: I am Gotham (Volume 1). I also felt like the action scenes were a lot more static than dynamic in giving characters the chance to be who they really are. While these monsters were fun, they were still really childish and innocent. For ginormous aberrations that would require sophisticated tactics, these creatures were easily taken care of. Another big downside in this crossover event is how Hugo Strange, the main villain who triggers these events, barely gets the opportunity to portray himself and build the tension. In fact, they really rushed his motives and made every single moment look atrociously ridiculous. How exactly will you convince people about his obsession for Batman through such an exposition? The artwork also wavers from acceptable to mediocre throughout the run. Maybe if it had some sort of pattern that worked to convey the whole monster vibe better, I would’ve enjoyed it better. Who am I kidding? Even the best artwork couldn’t save this story. There might have been 1 or 2 issues that had decent style and colouring, otherwise… eh… I always felt like crossover events that incorporated multiple series together would have a very hard time in maintaining consistency from one issue to another. Artwork is no exception. In the end, what really killed this story is the script. The dialogues were really void of any strength and conviction. It sometimes felt repetitive and other times dwelt too long on the same idea. Night of the Monster Men still had potential ideas that could’ve been executed in a much better way. These ideas basically came from the original story, but with an opportunity like this to retell the original tale at a much modern day, it’s very sad that they couldn’t draw up something better. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arturo

    6 issues too long, this could of been a 6 page back-up story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    "This is hell isn't it?"- Gotham citizen discussing the book he is in. This may not be the worst book I have ever read. I only say "May"because I fear recency bias might play a factor hear. It is undoubtedly trash. Nearly every five pages bring you something new to insult even the most modest of intelligences. The general plot is that the bat friends have to defeat the poorly named "monster men." The monster men are really just kaiju. Both batman and Godzilla have their place, but mixing the too "This is hell isn't it?"- Gotham citizen discussing the book he is in. This may not be the worst book I have ever read. I only say "May"because I fear recency bias might play a factor hear. It is undoubtedly trash. Nearly every five pages bring you something new to insult even the most modest of intelligences. The general plot is that the bat friends have to defeat the poorly named "monster men." The monster men are really just kaiju. Both batman and Godzilla have their place, but mixing the too is like introducing a rat poison flavored soda. Some guy named Dr. Strange ( but not the likeable one) borrowed some magic science chemical from a guy named Bane. It turns dead people into sky scraper tall monsters, again with science magic. I won't spoil anything , but I will make a list of some of the most egregious crimes committed by the writers. Batman wears clay face like a suit of armor to some advantage. Bat woman riding a falling monster 60 stories to the ground, but not being hurt because said monster landed on a magic cure needle. Flying motorcycles Naked weightlifting Villain sitting on a throne of books, but since the artist, or writer, or both don't know anything about psychology, they are mostly just called 'psychology' Batman building holograms into all of gotham's street lights Batman building buildings that are really giant battle stations. Oxygen being cut off to a room, but it expiring after a few minutes. Hugo's stupid suit idea Evil cave moss that makes people evil, but never touches any one from the bat friends. Repeated mention of clayface being spread too thin, but with no pay off The name "psycho-pirate" Don't read this book. You could take harmonica lessons or wash the underside of your car instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Okay so... who the fuck thought this was a good idea? What’s it about? In a crossover event (yay, every comic fan’s favorite) a bad storm is coming to Gotham. The Bat-family (well, most of it... there are a few Bat-family characters that aren’t here) is trying to help the people of Gotham escape the storm. Should be fairly simple until a villain has a bunch of monsters he created show up. Pros: Most of the art is pretty well done and makes the book pop. There is no denying that this book has a lot of Okay so... who the fuck thought this was a good idea? What’s it about? In a crossover event (yay, every comic fan’s favorite) a bad storm is coming to Gotham. The Bat-family (well, most of it... there are a few Bat-family characters that aren’t here) is trying to help the people of Gotham escape the storm. Should be fairly simple until a villain has a bunch of monsters he created show up. Pros: Most of the art is pretty well done and makes the book pop. There is no denying that this book has a lot of intense action throughout. Cons: The story is dumb. At the beginning of it a bunch of characters meet Batman on a rooftop and are all “Batman, you can’t fight weather” and Batman basically goes “Fuck you, I’m gonna fight weather” as he‘s all sad because (view spoiler)[ Red Robin (hide spoiler)] died (view spoiler)[ (not the restaurant BTW, I’d be sad too if they went out of business) (hide spoiler)] . Then the ridiculous monster men show up and it just gets stupider and stupider from there. The characters are written rather one dimensionally here. It’s like Steve Orlando (who wrote all the scripts but co-wrote the plot with Tom King, Tim Seeley and James Tynion IV but I will only partially blame those 3 for this problem since all they did is help come up with what happens in this book) said “Let’s just... have most of the Bat-family... there? Oh and I’ll have a villain and uh... he’s gonna be bad. Yeah, this will work!” This story is very predictable. In all fairness it may be because I’ve already read Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 which contains some issues that take place after this but even then a lot of it seems like it would be obvious either way. There’s a bit of comic relief... it fails. The dialogue is pretty bad. Just a lot of really cringe worthy lines throughout. This comic takes itself a little too seriously. Like, honestly the Bat-family fighting ridiculously cheesy monsters could be entertaining as a fun, sorta cheesy but kinda self-aware comic but no, it is written the same serious way that most Batman stories are written and it doesn’t work. (This just works too perfectly for the review) The plot convenience is just ridiculous. It’s like things just work out a certain way whenever it’s needed and I hate that. The monster designs... they’re pretty terrible. I really would have liked if they looked kinda cool but they look absolutely ridiculous. (Okay, the ridiculousness of sports mascots are getting out of hand now). That last image reminds me, while most of the art is good, the art in the first issue of this collection is actually pretty bad. Just that issue but it’s noteworthy. The ending is stupid. Mostly due to 2 things. So that terrible storm and the flood that’s meant to happen seems to be at least mostly gone the next morning so what the fuck was the point of that massive subplot? Also the Justice League shows up to help repair damage that happened... umm... where the fuck were they for the giant monster attacks? Seems like the kind of thing they’d see in the news and show up for... hell, even if they didn’t see it in the news why didn’t Batman call them? He didn’t see giant monsters destroying the city and think “gee, my friends that actually have fucking superpowers could definitely help me with this thing that may destroy the fucking city”? I mean, I’m guessing they weren’t busy, they seemed wide awake in that panel they’re in that takes place the next morning. I’m actually annoyed by this now. Overall: This comic is terrible. I mean, I didn’t necessarily expect it to be particularly great, it’s called Night of The Monster Men for fuck’s sake but I didn’t expect it to be this awful. Stupid and predictable story, poorly written dialogue and characters... that’s just a couple of this book’s problems. Yeah, aside from some flashy pictures and exciting action there’s nothing good about this comic. It’s a shame too because I read the first story arcs of the titles involving this crossover yet it’s not even one bit as good as Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 (which contains the first 2 story arcs of the series plus the issues that are in this event), not nearly as good as Nightwing, Vol. 1: Better Than Batman and... okay it is better than Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen but that really isn’t saying anything. I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody. 2/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Wow that was so underwhelming. World: The art is fine. Nothing special. The world building was patchy and made no sense. But then again it was a kaiju story and needed to make no sense. However using Strange the way this event did was a waste. Story: Boring and pointless and not well done. I don't mind a over the top kaiju fest but there was just so many plot holes and points in the story. I can go on at length of how inconsequential this book is but I can't be bothered. Characters: Meh. No one Wow that was so underwhelming. World: The art is fine. Nothing special. The world building was patchy and made no sense. But then again it was a kaiju story and needed to make no sense. However using Strange the way this event did was a waste. Story: Boring and pointless and not well done. I don't mind a over the top kaiju fest but there was just so many plot holes and points in the story. I can go on at length of how inconsequential this book is but I can't be bothered. Characters: Meh. No one had any arcs and no significant event occurs. Pointless ans forgetful. People have already forgotten it. Zzz. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    There are a lot of face palm moments in this story. A LOT. But what makes it a disaster is the inconsistent art. In Nightwing issues, the art is rich and defined and in Batman issues, the art is totally different (sometimes like undried water painting). You need to remember that this six issue crossover event is a continues affair. So its not fun to see the character's appearance change every 22 pages. Another issue for me was the over the top technology and some weird ideas they used in combat. W There are a lot of face palm moments in this story. A LOT. But what makes it a disaster is the inconsistent art. In Nightwing issues, the art is rich and defined and in Batman issues, the art is totally different (sometimes like undried water painting). You need to remember that this six issue crossover event is a continues affair. So its not fun to see the character's appearance change every 22 pages. Another issue for me was the over the top technology and some weird ideas they used in combat. Wayne tower power rangers? Clay bat face ? What? Overall, a disappointing crossover event.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Batman issues #7-8, Nightwing issues #5-6, and Detective Comics issues #941-942 This was billed as the first DC: Rebirth crossover event, and I really wish they hadn't done one so soon after the new initiative kicked off. Especially this particular one. It was bad. The art was a mess and the story was boring. Hugo Strange is the bad guy, and basically the whole Bat Family appears in these pages. Collects Batman issues #7-8, Nightwing issues #5-6, and Detective Comics issues #941-942 This was billed as the first DC: Rebirth crossover event, and I really wish they hadn't done one so soon after the new initiative kicked off. Especially this particular one. It was bad. The art was a mess and the story was boring. Hugo Strange is the bad guy, and basically the whole Bat Family appears in these pages.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. This was intense! Loved it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yerasly

    *3.5 stars This was okay... I really enjoyed the art and some parts were better then others. The ending was good, but I honestly think this would do great as an animated movie.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    An okay read! So this is basically a remake of "Batman and The Monster Men", which came out like ten years ago, and I liked it because it had a 90s feel about it. To answer the big question, no its not the worst batman comic book ever, but its not anything special! The plot is basically Hugo Strange unleashes these monsters on Gotham City and batman has to stop it; more like batman and his 50 interns! On the positive side, this book, although the artwork is average, the monster designs themselve An okay read! So this is basically a remake of "Batman and The Monster Men", which came out like ten years ago, and I liked it because it had a 90s feel about it. To answer the big question, no its not the worst batman comic book ever, but its not anything special! The plot is basically Hugo Strange unleashes these monsters on Gotham City and batman has to stop it; more like batman and his 50 interns! On the positive side, this book, although the artwork is average, the monster designs themselves are really cool, If you have ever played a Diablo game or are just into monsters, you will love the designs, because the monsters look really cool, you can see the artists just went crazy with this series! Story wise however its just average; mainly because this book takes a summer movie blockbuster, disaster film, vibe about it, and I think that's its biggest fault! The Original was good because, not only was batman by himself, but he was inexperienced, it was at the time after Year One, so Batman was pretty much just fighting mobsters, and he was not expecting to fight monsters! Basically its remembered as one of Batman's weird, mysterious cases, rather then a big disaster with huge stakes! In the end its not as bad as some people are making it out to be, but your not gonna remember it T-minus a day. If you wanna read the better version go read the original, I will even provide you with a link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stabbing

    I'm being generous and giving this a three star -- probably more like 2 1/2... It just isn't that good. It was an ok idea; had a great lead in; and there were some good moments; but they wasted panel space on ugly monster fights instead of delving into aspects of the story that would have made it interesting. I'm being generous and giving this a three star -- probably more like 2 1/2... It just isn't that good. It was an ok idea; had a great lead in; and there were some good moments; but they wasted panel space on ugly monster fights instead of delving into aspects of the story that would have made it interesting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    The completionist in me led to me finally reading this. And y’know, not as terrible as I’d thought it’d be. I mean it’s also not very good either...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Gotham is ravaged by giant monsters and only the Bat Family is there to deal with it because it would be no contest if the JLA showed up, riiiiight? Decent artwork with some rare peaks to the story and dialogue. Otherwise fairly basic and sometimes off dialogue/story flow. OVERALL GRADE: C plus.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vinton Bayne

    Giant monsters? Batfam assemble. Parts of this were really good, parts were really cheesy. Reminded me of a big 90's Batman event. Giant monsters? Batfam assemble. Parts of this were really good, parts were really cheesy. Reminded me of a big 90's Batman event.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    It looks like I'm in the minority here, but I really enjoyed this hyper-charged horror / action mash-up. It was like the Dark Knight was in a head-on collision with a Stephen King nightmare. (To mangle my favorite description of a typical King book - "It was a normal day . . . and then EVIL came to town!") The Monster Men of the title are a pretty disgusting lot, and it was a kick to see Bats and his 'family' - especially Gotham Girl (looking / acting more than ever like Britney Spears during he It looks like I'm in the minority here, but I really enjoyed this hyper-charged horror / action mash-up. It was like the Dark Knight was in a head-on collision with a Stephen King nightmare. (To mangle my favorite description of a typical King book - "It was a normal day . . . and then EVIL came to town!") The Monster Men of the title are a pretty disgusting lot, and it was a kick to see Bats and his 'family' - especially Gotham Girl (looking / acting more than ever like Britney Spears during her '07 breakdown), who's back in the thick of it, against everyone's advice - administer some rough justice to save Gotham City. Dr. Strange returns, too (no, not THAT one).

  20. 5 out of 5

    সাদমান হুসাইন

    The ending was soo underwhelming -_-

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Shoaib

    i'm so disappointed with this and i wonder how the hell did tom king approved this ? i'm so disappointed with this and i wonder how the hell did tom king approved this ?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    Wow. Uh... ok, then.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sans

    Haha, no. Nope. Did not like. Very glad it’s over and that I don’t have to look at this ever again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks

    Horrific but not too horrific. My complete review is at: https://youtu.be/Rf4P6EUfAlo Horrific but not too horrific. My complete review is at: https://youtu.be/Rf4P6EUfAlo

  25. 4 out of 5

    James

    Disjointed, confused and confusing. Felt like a cross-over in search of a reason to exist. Spread across three different titles (Batman, Nightwing and Detective Comics) it certainly didn't make much sense in the Batman series and seemed more like an attempt to remind readers of each individual title that the other two exists. Disjointed, confused and confusing. Felt like a cross-over in search of a reason to exist. Spread across three different titles (Batman, Nightwing and Detective Comics) it certainly didn't make much sense in the Batman series and seemed more like an attempt to remind readers of each individual title that the other two exists.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

    I think we should start by commending DC for finally doing a few things right. They collected a crossover without repeating any of the material in other trades, and they had the main author of the crossover confer with the individual authors of the books he was invading. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the terrible editorial oversight during New 52. However, the one bad thing here spoils the whole tower of bananas. Steve Orlando was chosen as the writer. Steve Orlando cannot write. This story h I think we should start by commending DC for finally doing a few things right. They collected a crossover without repeating any of the material in other trades, and they had the main author of the crossover confer with the individual authors of the books he was invading. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the terrible editorial oversight during New 52. However, the one bad thing here spoils the whole tower of bananas. Steve Orlando was chosen as the writer. Steve Orlando cannot write. This story has three very good ideas. One is thrown away two panels later, one is dragged on for 3 out of 6 installments and then when resolved, none of the aftermath is dealt with though it should have been pretty huge, and the final good idea has a simplistic resolution that involves pointless grandstanding and over exposition. This is a 6 part story about giant monsters attacking Gotham. Somehow a motorcycle was jumping at one of the monsters for three books and then the monster was taken out in a single panel and forgotten about. Another monster was taken out almost as soon as it appeared, and the rest were fairly anticlimactic as well. This whole event is a non-happening. Lots of standing around talking about what is happening to the main characters, but very little dealing with what is happening with any thought or problem solving. Thanks to DC editorial, you can easily skip this collection and never notice a skipped beat.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    So it’s a crossover event. And crossover events have to toe a line because they can cross a multitude of titles. This one doesn’t toe the line of being coherent enough across all the titles. Now all three titles this crosses I’ve actually read most of (still have to catch up on Nightwing) so the most enjoyment I got here was the little moments that further developed what was going on in those comics. Other than that it’s a retelling of a story that I know has been told at least twice before. The Hu So it’s a crossover event. And crossover events have to toe a line because they can cross a multitude of titles. This one doesn’t toe the line of being coherent enough across all the titles. Now all three titles this crosses I’ve actually read most of (still have to catch up on Nightwing) so the most enjoyment I got here was the little moments that further developed what was going on in those comics. Other than that it’s a retelling of a story that I know has been told at least twice before. The Hugo Strange makes some monsters and Batman has to stop them that was one of the very first Batman stories. Here they grow as gargantuan as Godzilla and represent Hugo’s thesis on Batman. Sounds interesting right? The execution leaves lots to be desired. The pace is slow, you mostly see the heroes doing crowd control and coming up with a plan and doing some detective work. What would have made this better is if they took the 6 issues it takes up, compressed them into 3 MAYBE 4 issues where the pace has to be quicker and more clever and you’ve got yourself a starting point. Nightwing and Batwoman are the stars here. But the event is largely uninteresting unless you like watching Nightwing do some detective work, which is fun. I enjoyed it enough but won’t recommend it and probably won’t remember it very much. Save the Hugo Strange thesis idea which I think has potential if they went in a less crazy “Strange wants to wear Batman’s skiing route” 3 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    TheMoonDog

    I'm generally a really forgiving reader, especially when it comes to Batman and Co. but this was trash. Trash! Hugo Strange, the mad scientist/psychologist who's obsessed with Batman, transforms corpses into enormous creatures and unleashes them on Gotham City. The Bat-Family must stop them. Everything about this sucks: the reason why the monsters are created in the first place; the way the heroes go about to solve the problem; the lame fights against the monsters; the "subplots" going nowhere; th I'm generally a really forgiving reader, especially when it comes to Batman and Co. but this was trash. Trash! Hugo Strange, the mad scientist/psychologist who's obsessed with Batman, transforms corpses into enormous creatures and unleashes them on Gotham City. The Bat-Family must stop them. Everything about this sucks: the reason why the monsters are created in the first place; the way the heroes go about to solve the problem; the lame fights against the monsters; the "subplots" going nowhere; the forgettable finale. How is it even possible to screw up this scenario? Bat-Family + grotesque monsters = instant win! And yet i can't remember a single scene here that really stood out. It's just boring, stupid, nonsenical garbage. The only thing that really deserves praise here is the design of the monsters. That's it! Save your money.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    2.5 Stars This just didn't work for me. I like Batman, and I like Monsters, so I would have thought I'd have loved this, but no. The premise just didn't fit Batman. I know this was sort of an homage to the old Detective Comic arc from the 1930s where Hugo Strange created monster men, but it really didn't work on any level. Even the big battle between Strange and Batman was a letdown. It still had its moments and I did enjoy the art, but so far I'm very disappointed by the Batman Rebirth issues. I 2.5 Stars This just didn't work for me. I like Batman, and I like Monsters, so I would have thought I'd have loved this, but no. The premise just didn't fit Batman. I know this was sort of an homage to the old Detective Comic arc from the 1930s where Hugo Strange created monster men, but it really didn't work on any level. Even the big battle between Strange and Batman was a letdown. It still had its moments and I did enjoy the art, but so far I'm very disappointed by the Batman Rebirth issues. I hope the quality improves soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was the first book that has not impressed me since "Rebirth" started. To be blunt, it felt like a hold over from the "New 52", which is probably why I disliked it so much. This was the first book that has not impressed me since "Rebirth" started. To be blunt, it felt like a hold over from the "New 52", which is probably why I disliked it so much.

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