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Batman: Urban Legends #2

74
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

The new Batman anthology series continues! In part two of Chip Zdarsky and Eddy Barrows’s epic Batman/Red Hood story, Jason Todd has taken a man’s life, and now his mission is to keep the dead man’s young son safe. But Batman plans to take down Jason before he can make another mistake.
Then, in chapter two of Matthew Rosenberg and Ryan Benjamin’s senses-shattering tale, Cole Cash earns his pay as personal bodyguard to billionaire Lucius Fox, but what led him to Gotham in the first place? How does the mysterious HALO Corporation play into it all? And which Bat-Family character does he have an unfortunate meeting with in this chapter?
And in part two of Brandon Thomas and Max Dunbar’s epic Outsiders story, see Katana’s perspective on what brought the Outsiders to Japan, who wants her dead, and what her ultimate punishment will be for no longer having her husband’s spirit in the Soultaker sword.
Plus, Barbara Gordon has identified a citywide system hack from a foe she faced before as Batgirl…but this time around, Babs may have found a way to defeat her for good as Oracle!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
69 pages
Language
English
Price
$7.99
Amazon ASIN
B08Z4DVJZN

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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Forces Of Geek

    All in all, this is a great book and really has a lot of value and story packed into it!
  • 95

    GWW

    Batman: Urban Legends is the best Jason Todd stuff Red Hood fans have gotten in a long time. Joshua Williamson's work with the character in Future State was very good, but Chip Zdarsky and this team of artists " Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Julio Ferreira, with Marcus To on the flashbacks " have the character completely back on track.
  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    As someone who would love to see other characters get the attention Batman gets every week, I'm far more selective of my Batman reads. This one is worth checking out as it features four strong stories without a bad one in the bunch.
  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Cheer is one of the best stories DC has going right now. It presents both central characters as complicated, flawed, and at odds because of their disparate approaches yet still struggling with the inevitability of it. Truly one of the best takes on Jason weve gotten so far.
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Cheer An intense, dark and moving short story. The artists perfectly capture the mood and tone of the story with each panel. Ghost in the Machine This is a great story that highlights a looming and evolving threat. It’s great seeing Barbara get in on the ground floor of tracking this villain and how her presence influences Barbara to step up her game technologically. Sauvage’s art is stunning in how the characters look and the warmth of the environment. The Caretaker A great story that continues to move the relationship and internal conflicts between Jefferson and Tatsu forward while introducing great tension and fun. The art is stunning and the style perfectly fits the aesthetic of the story. The Long Con The immediacy of the plot and its pacing are two of the things that make this story an interesting and entertaining read. There is great action and thrills throughout and Ryan Benamin’s art is beautifully detailed and filled with energy.
  • 90

    AIPT

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 continues pushing the anthology series into must-read territory, with talented creative teams giving truly great, fun work.
  • 90

    DC Comics News

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 is exactly what an anthology comic should be. I grew up with books like this and I am thrilled to see DC take a risk and bring them back. The Katana, Red Hood and Oracle stories are all excellent. While the Grifter story is seemingly pointless and silly, I see the appeal and lots of people will most likely love it. I hope this series is here to stay and we get the chance to see more of the side characters get a chance to shine. Fingers crossed for some Spoiler action next month.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Pick this up, as it will be one of your favorite playgrounds for some time to come! The fact that these are continuing stories makes it so much a better ride.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The second issue of this ongoing Batfamily anthology continues three of the main stories—but with a single-issue wild card in the mix. Cheer Jason has been a character in search of a great writer for a long time, and Zdarsky is one of the few to really give the character a compelling storyarc since his return. Ghost in the Machine Overall, this issue has a strong Barbara Gordon and the plot shows off her intelligence—and lacks any of the distractions of Castellucci’s run like Jason Bard—even if its villain seems to have too many plots to shake a stick at. The Caretaker This story is one of the oddest Outsiders stories I’ve seen in a while, but it’s a lot of fun. The Long Con The main plot, involving Grifter being seemingly framed for the deaths of supervillains, doesn’t come back in until the ending, as Grifter encounters Red Hood and a non-Gotham villain. It’s fun, if a bit too chaotic. Overall, another solid issue but only the first story feels like a classic.
  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman Urban Legends continues to surprise and impress me. The book looks great, and while I wish every story here were a winner, there are three really good ones and one stinker.
  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Much like the debut installment of this series, this entry is another mixed bag, starting off strong and getting progressively lackluster.
  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: Urban Legends #2 continues to explore the lives of the Dark Knights allies, particularly where Red Hood and the Outsiders are concerned. Next issue will see the end of The Caretaker story and while Ill be sad to see it go, I hope the remaining issues of Urban Legends continue to flesh out Gothams Guardians.
  • 75

    Batman-News

    A stronger collection of stories than we got last month, Batman: Urban Legends #2 strikes some more emotional notes than the first issue. Time will tell if the longer arcs amount to great stories in the end, but for now, each creative team is approaching the characters through different lenses. You have a sympathetic look at Jason Todd, a quirky celebration of Barbara Gordon's genius, some romantic tension between two Outsiders, and about two degrees removed from a buddy comedy starring Grifter and Lucius Fox. It's an odd combination, but it works, so here's hoping the stories just get better going forward.
  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    With the departure of a Harley story, this collection really only stands upon the "Cheer" story involving Red Hood. The Outsiders story is niche and only worth it if you are already following the Outsiders. The Oracle adventure is not good. And as the first chapter hinted, Grifter just isn't weighty enough of a character to merit this many pages. All that said, the Red Hood arc in "Cheer" is excellent, so if you love Red Hood, you might consider investing.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

Steve Murray (born December 21, 1975), known by the pen-name Chip Zdarsky, is a Canadian comic book artist and writer, journalist, illustrator and designer. He has also used the pseudonym Todd Diamonte. He worked for National Post for over a decade, until 2014, as an illustrator and humorist (as Steve Murray) and wrote and illustrated a column called “Extremely Bad Advice” for the paper as well as The Ampersand, the newspaper’s pop culture section’s online edition.

He uses the Zdarsky pseudonym for comics-related work, using it to create Prison Funnies and Monster Cops and as artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction. Comics attributed to him include Howard the Duck, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Daredevil and Spider-Man: Life Story for Marvel Comics, Batman for DC Comics and Jughead for Archie Comics.

Early life

Steve Murray was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Barrie, Ontario.

Career

Murray has illustrated for such clients as The Globe and Mail, New York magazine, CBC and Canadian Business.

In 2000, Murray created Chip Zdarsky as a pseudonym and alter ego for his persona as a comic book writer and illustrator, developing his own independent projects, such as Prison Funnies and Monster Cops (which can be read online or in print) as well as collaborating on a variety of projects, including Dark Horse Comics titles Fierce and Rumble Royale. About his alter ego, Murray said “I wanted to have a sad-sack cartoonist persona that lives in his mom’s basement, paints figurines for money, has restraining orders against him. And that became a character.” He describes the character as “an idiot who doesn’t know what I’m doing. I’ve had no success in my life. No matter what, I’m going to mess things up.” Murray initially attempted to keep the identities separate and secret.

From 2008 to 2014, Murray penned and illustrated a weekly advice column for the National Post called “Extremely Bad Advice”. He also wrote another column in that paper, Tear Jerk, in which he reviewed films to see if they could actually make him “weep like a baby”.

Along with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon, and Cameron Stewart, he is a co-founder of the studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.

In 2010, he also launched a mock campaign for mayor of Toronto. He was not an officially registered candidate, launching his satirical “campaign” through social networking platforms after the deadline had passed to register as a candidate in the real campaign.

Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
In June 2013, Image Comics announced that Chip Zdarsky had teamed up with Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator-owned series titled Sex Criminals. The first issue was released on September 23, 2013. Sex Criminals was declared number 1 on Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels” of 2013.

In 2014, Murray won a Will Eisner Award for Best New Series for Sex Criminals.

Zdarsky wrote the first series arc of the relaunched Jughead comic for the 2015 New Riverdale relaunch.

On February 15, 2017, it was announced that beginning that June, Zdarsky would be writing a brand new “back-to-basics” Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man that would run alongside writer Dan Slott‘s run on The Amazing Spider-Man. Zdarsky later wrote the two Spider-Man miniseries Spider-Man: Life Story and Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow.

In November 2018, it was announced that Zdarsky would serve as the writer on Daredevil, with Marco Checchetto serving as artist. The series began publication in February 2019 and lasted until November 2021 with issue 36. This leads into the event Devil’s Reign, also by Zdarsky and Checchetto. A new Daredevil #1 will launch in June 2022, with Zdarsky and Checchetto returning from the previous volume. The series will explore the fallout of Devil’s Reign and the effect it had on both Matt and Elektra, as both are operating as Daredevil.

In 2020, DC Comics announced that Zdarsky would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

In February 2022, it was announced that Zdarsky will serve as the new writer for the mainline Batman book, starting with issue 125 on July 5, with Jorge Jiménez serving as the artist.

[Latest Update: May 26, 2022]

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