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Batman: Urban Legends #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Red Hood: Meet Cheer, the villain behind the insidious Cheerdrops altering the citizens of Gotham. When confronted with a man responsible for taking the lives of so many, including Tyler, the kid Jason Todd swore to protect, will Red Hood be able to stop himself from taking vengeance for a whole city?
Grifter: Through four chapters of blood, bullets, and Batman, the true reason for Cole Cash emerging in Gotham City reveals itself at last…but it’s not what you think!
Tim Drake: Tim is determined to find his friend Bernard, who was taken by a Chaos Monster before his very eyes. But this case is different from any Tim has taken on before, and the cracks are starting to show.
Batgirls: Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are just two teenagers breaking into Wayne Manor so they can play some video games. But when Oracle gives them a mission, the Batgirls suit up and head to an abandoned arcade to investigate.
Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
70 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Obviously this story will speak more to Wildstorm fans but because of the craftsmanship applied to every element of the story (including the fantastic letters and SFX from Temofonte and vibrant colors from Fabela), even the most uninitiated can enjoy this story as an expertly crafted story that leaves the reader salivating for more, more, more!
  • 96

    Forces Of Geek

    It is a good issue overall, and all the stories worked in some capacity.
  • 91

    Comic Watch

    The tumultuous relationship between Batman and Red Hood has been tested, broken, and repaired many times since they first met lo those many years ago... but it has rarely been examined with as much love and attention as it has been here. We have one issue left, and Im honestly dreading having to let this story go.
  • 90


    The setup for two finales we're set to get in Batman: Urban Legends #6 have been great. Specifically, the Red Hood story has me on the edge of my seat with the problem Batman is facing. I'm also very excited to learn more about the mysterious woman from Bennett's Batgirls story elsewhere in the future.
  • 90


    Batman: Urban Legends #5 should make you excited to be a Bat fan. With a rich focus on character, wonderfully expressive art, and many surprises for the future of the Bat-landscape, it can't disappoint.
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 introduces long-lost characters from the Wildstorm Universe into the fray, and continues to shine the spotlight on the Dark Knight's various allies. With "The Long Con" wrapping up and "Cheer" reaching its conclusion next issue, I hope that the series continues to find new ways to explore Gotham's Guardians.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 is a winner. I've been saying for years that DC make the very best anthology books, and I'm sure that regular readers of this series will agree. This title is terrific, and this could be the best issue to date. Fans of Batman, Red Hood, the Batgirls, Tim Drake and 90s comics need to pick this book up.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Overall, another strong installment although only the first two stories are really A-tier.
  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Cheer - A great story from Zdarsky that raises the stakes for both characters and gives a great spotlight on Jason and his doubts. Wildcard - A good short that does a great job of introducing a new character that could definitely find a place with Barbara and the others. Sum Of Our Parts - A good short story that does a great job of showcasing Tim. The Long Con - Rosenberg brings this story to a satisfying conclusion. It’s well done and fun both in its dialogue and reveals. It’s definitely one that is worth reading because saying more about it would spoil it for the reader.
  • 75

    Lyles Movie Files

    Zdarsky and company sell this issue mostly on their own, but Grifter fans will likely be very glad they stuck with the anthology series as well.
  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman: Urban Legends #5 is a blast to read. It is great to pick up a comic book that offers the opportunity for the entire Batman Family to take the center stage in their own story. This issue does a particularly highlights what makes Red Hood, Spoiler, Orphan, Tim Drake's Robin, and Grifter such great character. Each of the stories told around these character keep you engaged as a reader and makes you want to read more adventures dedicated to each of them.
  • 70

    All in all there's a lot to like here, even if everything doesn't click with you in the same way.
  • 55


    Urban Legends continues its holding pattern as a pretty average Batman book. Despite some bright spots, it's getting harder and harder to analyze this series, because even the best stories feel like they're stretched too thin. I wish I could even say that it's worth it to pick this up as a fan of the individual characters, but with incredibly mixed results and quality that varies wildly, it's a steep investment at $8 an issue.
  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    Urban Legends steams ahead, though this issue feels a bit uneven. The "Cheer" story remains the stalwart and promises to close with the force of its opening. The Grifter story never really belonged, and/or if it did ought never should have lasted for five issues. Tim and Stephanie's relationship deserved more time and care than it is apparently receiving, and that remains a major disappointment.

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