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The Bat-Man: First Knight #2 (of 3)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

Monster men continue to terrorize Gotham City, but with the body count rising, the GCPD is no closer to solving the mystery behind these seemingly undead assailants, and the Bat-Man and Gordon are the only ones willing to brave the criminal underworld to crack the case.

It’s after a near-death brawl saving the mayor from the monster men that the Bat-Man must face a stark reality… are his fists and willpower enough to save Gotham?

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51 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Book two of The Bat-Man: First Knight continues to spin a ferocious story of a Dark Knight trying to find his place in the world.

  • 95


    All in all, The Bat-Man: First Knight #2 is another strong story in a riveting miniseries. With an unexpected ending, this issue perfectly sets up a thrilling ending by putting many of the remaining pieces in place for the final showdown. It’s clear Bat-Man will have to make a choice to decide what kind of history he’ll make and be remembered for.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    After decades of writing the brighter side of the DCU, Jurgens continues to prove that he has a brilliant take on Batman in him and I hope this is just the beginning.

  • 95


    An improvement on an already fantastic first issue! It has its problems no doubt, but nothing that severely disrupts my enjoyment. The story is still intriguing, the art is stunning and the dialogue has improved, if only a bit. I struggle to think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy this in some way. Come on man, has got purple gloves and knuckle dusters. What’s not to like? I feel like this is one of the best Bat books releasing right now and I’m sad it’s coming to an end so soon. All good things must come to an end!

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    This issue is brutal, sometimes gory, and will suck you into its shadows without hesitation. The Bat-man: First Knight is a must-grab for fans of Batman and even newcomers alike. Exploring a Bruce Wayne who is learning and on his own helps us appreciate the man even more and this team is nailing the tone they have set out to establish in book 1.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The first issue was an appetizer, but this time Jurgens really shows off his writing skills in The Batman: First Knight #2! This comic is well worth checking out, as I’m not one for period pieces and wasn’t even a big fan of Gotham by Gaslight. However, we do see a Gotham at its lowest point and a Batman with absolutely no tech, but full of resolve. Dan Jurgens has shredded the Dark Knight down to his bare bones, so let’s see what Gotham can throw at him now!

  • 90

    Batman on Film

    Overall, this is a solid entry. There are stretches where I felt like the violence and shootouts were a little drawn out when I wanted to know more about the main mystery. But I’ll admit that solving the mystery is always my favorite part of Batman stories. And I know the exclusion of Alfred, the Batcave, the Batmobile and the rest is an intentional choice, but I do miss them. I don’t want to count that against the book though, because we’re getting a good BLACK LABEL homage to a time in Batman’s history when those things didn’t exist. So appreciate it for what it is.

  • 90

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Jurgens continues to deliver a fantastic story in this series. It is such a unique and interesting experience that shows an engaging side of the Batman mythos. There is some great action throughout the story and I find myself continuously impressed with the world being created in this story as well as the mystery at the heart of it.

    The Art: Perkins’ art is beautifully detailed and delivers on the intense action and thrills of the story. A brilliant and visually engaging adventure.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Bat-Man: First Knight Book Two throws a lot at Batman, both physically and mentally. The near-death encounters with the monster men raise doubt in his mind about his ability to protect Gotham. Plus, Jurgens effectively explores this internal struggle, adding depth to this early incarnation of the Dark Knight. While The Bat-Man: First Knight Book Two is an entertaining and suspenseful read, it feels incomplete as a standalone story. The cliffhanger ending leaves many questions unanswered, making this a clear setup for future chapters.

    Fans of Batman’s origin story and neo-noir crime comics will find a lot to enjoy in The Bat-Man: First Knight Book Two. The suspenseful plot, the exploration of a young Batman’s doubts, and the striking visuals make this a comic worth checking out, especially if you’re looking forward to seeing where the story goes next. Nevertheless, the introduction of supernatural elements adds a unique twist to the classic Batman mythos. Jurgens’ introspective script and Perkins’ evocative artwork make this a must-read for any fan of The Dark Knight.

  • 72

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Bat-Man: First Knight #2 continues to unveil the period-specific evolution of the Dark Knight into the legendary hero with a gritty, grounded detective story. The art is excellent, and Bat-Man’s tactics show the early signs of who he will become, but Jurgens’s script frequently gets bogged down with subplots that go nowhere or take too long to get to the point.

  • 60

    The Bat-Man: First Knight continues its Golden Age-inspired noir run, with Batman escaping from a near-execution at Blackgate Prison. The comic portrays Batman as only a step above an amateur, barely winning fights and needing help from the likes of Gordon or others several times during the comic. Given the timeframe of the comic (this is set around the time of his earliest appearances), it makes sense, but it’s a good reminder of how much Batman has changed over the decades. My biggest issue with the comic is that the series is really struggling to balance some of its competing threads of intrigue. Because everything is so different, it’s hard to tell what is just flavor to showcase how different the setting is and what’s supposed to be relevant to the plot. That won’t be a problem in the eventual collection, but it’s not always engaging in monthly reading.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Jurgens and Perkins continue their dark, textured retelling of Batman’s origin set in his original time-period with a lot of flair, though the character and thematic work doesn’t quite match the action or historical detail in intensity.

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