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Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he? A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he? A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing network of agents, including Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Waylon "Killer Croc" Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. Bruce is distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead: his grandfather Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler, which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother. But is Harvey back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty? When Batman discovers the truth behind these many mysteries, his entire world unravels... Batman: Earth One Vol. 3 is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, Jon Sibal and Brad Anderson.


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Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he? A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he? A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing network of agents, including Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Waylon "Killer Croc" Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. Bruce is distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead: his grandfather Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler, which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother. But is Harvey back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty? When Batman discovers the truth behind these many mysteries, his entire world unravels... Batman: Earth One Vol. 3 is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, Jon Sibal and Brad Anderson.

30 review for Batman: Earth One, Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    2.5 stars This wasn't exactly terrible but storywise it seems to have veered away from what I loved about the 1st volume. I felt as though volume 1 was a...not realistic, but sort of realisticish retelling of Batman. The classic scene where you see him lying in a crumpled heap after falling off of something jumps to mind. This one is just more of that weird Ancient Batman Mythos shit that's overtaken his stories lately. You know what I mean? For some reason, Bruce's family has been around since t 2.5 stars This wasn't exactly terrible but storywise it seems to have veered away from what I loved about the 1st volume. I felt as though volume 1 was a...not realistic, but sort of realisticish retelling of Batman. The classic scene where you see him lying in a crumpled heap after falling off of something jumps to mind. This one is just more of that weird Ancient Batman Mythos shit that's overtaken his stories lately. You know what I mean? For some reason, Bruce's family has been around since the dawn of time pushing puzzle pieces in place for the city of Gotham. I don't know. It's just gotten old for me. Catwoman plays a significant role in this one and while I thought her character was ok, I really didn't care for her ridiculous anime girl outfit. The conclusion of the Harvey Dent plotline went pretty much exactly where I thought it would go, so no surprises there. Maybe I got entirely too excited when I saw this volume had finally come out, and maybe I just had unrealistic expectations or had hyped it up too much in my head. But I don't think so. I honestly think this story just wasn't that good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Somebody claiming to be Harvey Dent is funnelling firearms into the Gotham underworld for a violent uprising - but Harvey’s dead… isn’t he? Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne discovers his long-lost grandfather, Adrian Arkham, is still alive… or is he? Prepare to be underwhelmed by the obvious answers to these contrived questions in Batman: Earth One, Volume 3! Like the last book, this third volume of an alternate Batman origin story didn’t do much for me. Neither of the two storylines were particularly int Somebody claiming to be Harvey Dent is funnelling firearms into the Gotham underworld for a violent uprising - but Harvey’s dead… isn’t he? Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne discovers his long-lost grandfather, Adrian Arkham, is still alive… or is he? Prepare to be underwhelmed by the obvious answers to these contrived questions in Batman: Earth One, Volume 3! Like the last book, this third volume of an alternate Batman origin story didn’t do much for me. Neither of the two storylines were particularly interesting. “Two-Face” running guns for some nebulous shenanigans with a vague goal was as pointless and basic as it sounded while the mystery of whether Harvey had somehow risen from the dead or it was someone else impersonating him - I honestly called that the moment I saw the character was introduced but I dismissed it thinking Geoff Johns wouldn’t be that stupid. But he went there in the end! Always bet on dumb. As for the Adrian Arkham storyline (in this timeline Bruce Wayne is related to the Arkham family), I couldn’t have cared less. Whenever a character with the surname of Arkham is introduced, the ensuing story is always full of melodramatic curses, madness and tragedy and Johns follows that tedious formula here. It felt like padding for the most part until it dovetailed absurdly into the Dent storyline, so it just turned out to be an overlong, meandering and uninteresting subplot to introduce a well-known Batman villain. I’ll give Johns this: it was an unpredictable introduction. The continuing setup of the Batman origin should be done at this point - three books in and they’re just now establishing the Batcave and Batmobile? Sheesh. It’s handled so drearily too. Here’s this thing - done. Here’s that thing - done. Great… Catwoman’s design is awful - she looks like she’s wearing a bad Halloween costume from some cheap popup - and the new Arkham Asylum looks even worse, like it belongs in Disneyland or something. Killer Croc is recast as a member of Batman’s team and he works surprisingly well in the role. Gary Frank’s art is excellent for the most part, even if some of his designs are questionable (Catwoman), but I loved that last page - see, that’s the book I wanted to read instead of this nothing Two-Face/Arkham nonsense. I already like the look of the character - almost like it’s a reaction to all the prettyboy versions of the character that’s appeared in so many recent books, Gary Frank deliberately making him gross - so I want to see what other changes Johns has given him on Earth One. Next book, eh? It’s an effective teaser - I’d’ve given up on this series without it. Unfortunately, Batman: Earth One, Volume 3 continues the low quality of the previous book - don’t expect an even halfway-gripping read if you pick up this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Well, after waiting 6 years since the excellent Batman: Earth One, Vol 2 I felt a bit let down by this. I think everyone who reads this will instantly know where it's headed. The stuff with the Arkhams and curses felt out of place in this story and a reach. I did like the introduction of the Outsiders. Gary Frank's artwork is excellent. He may be the best interior artist working in comics today. Although he whiffed on his character design of Catwoman. She looks like a cosplay Cheshire Cat. For t Well, after waiting 6 years since the excellent Batman: Earth One, Vol 2 I felt a bit let down by this. I think everyone who reads this will instantly know where it's headed. The stuff with the Arkhams and curses felt out of place in this story and a reach. I did like the introduction of the Outsiders. Gary Frank's artwork is excellent. He may be the best interior artist working in comics today. Although he whiffed on his character design of Catwoman. She looks like a cosplay Cheshire Cat. For those of you not in the know, Batman Earth One is supposed to be something of a real world approach on Batman. The first two graphic novels are so good that they should have just handed those to Matt Reeves as the script for The Batman and filmed it verbatim.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    If I could give a 6th star for Gary Frank’s art I would because HOT DAMN. If I could give a 6th star for Gary Frank’s art I would because HOT DAMN.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    I have not been a big fan of the Batman Earth One books. Yet I still keep coming back. In fairness they are do get slightly better every book. The story in this one is my favourite of the 3 books so far, the artwork is awesome. My main problem with the books is Batman here seems too inexperienced, too naive and continually needing saving or help from others. This is a good book, but it definitely setup book 4. There is not way the can leave the story there after that last page. This book is all ab I have not been a big fan of the Batman Earth One books. Yet I still keep coming back. In fairness they are do get slightly better every book. The story in this one is my favourite of the 3 books so far, the artwork is awesome. My main problem with the books is Batman here seems too inexperienced, too naive and continually needing saving or help from others. This is a good book, but it definitely setup book 4. There is not way the can leave the story there after that last page. This book is all about family, the coming together of the bat family, and the Wayne/Arkham family secrets.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    Bruce is going about his life and his early years as Batman and dealing with criminals, teaming with Croc before he finds that his grandfather Adrian Arkham has returned and also the criminals are organizing an attack on Gotham under someone and as he investigates them he teams up with Catwoman and also Croc and all, mysteries gallore, sudden revelations are to be head and we find him vs the threat of True face and also the origins of Adrian and the aftermath that follows. Its an okayish story an Bruce is going about his life and his early years as Batman and dealing with criminals, teaming with Croc before he finds that his grandfather Adrian Arkham has returned and also the criminals are organizing an attack on Gotham under someone and as he investigates them he teams up with Catwoman and also Croc and all, mysteries gallore, sudden revelations are to be head and we find him vs the threat of True face and also the origins of Adrian and the aftermath that follows. Its an okayish story and a bit disappointing compared to the others but its to be expected as its coming out after a lot of time but I enjoyed the slow unravelling mysteries behind it and all and the stuff with Two-face was a welcome addition and add to it the origins of Batman the way we know him and him using his detective work well and also him operating with a team made more sense and the art is just gorgeous all throughout but there are no big action scenes which were a bit disappointing but despite that its great. The epilogue shows Jokers and maybe the forming of the outsiders, does that mean there maybe a sequel coming?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    There is absolutely no WAY this series can end on that note.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    This was an interesting concept. I barely remember Earth One Batman but I do remember not being the biggest fan of this version of Alfred. I like the Outsiders set up (I think it would be cool to see a team of Outsiders led by The Question), and the… end panel, to keep it spoiler free lol so I guess there will be a fourth volume (go figure Batman would be the first Year One book to get four volumes). Hopefully if that does happen the Outsiders will be a bigger focus.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess Bragg

    Really 4.5 stars because it’s a 9/10. The first two were 10’s so this is still a great book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    It's been six years since the last volume. I don't want to wait six minutes for the next. Rereading the first two would help - it's an alternate universe after all so some of the differences could use refreshing - but If you just buy in to the premise it works fine on it's own as well. It's been six years since the last volume. I don't want to wait six minutes for the next. Rereading the first two would help - it's an alternate universe after all so some of the differences could use refreshing - but If you just buy in to the premise it works fine on it's own as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    It seems like it’s taken forever, but we finally get the third volume in the Batman Earth One graphic novel series. In this one, Geoff Johns’s writing feels a little more rushed and lazy than usual, which is disappointing given all the delayed time that he had to do this. But the character work is still great. And it’s still exciting to see how much fun he and artist Gary Frank seem to be having telling their own version of the Batman of Gotham City. I like where they took characters like Killer It seems like it’s taken forever, but we finally get the third volume in the Batman Earth One graphic novel series. In this one, Geoff Johns’s writing feels a little more rushed and lazy than usual, which is disappointing given all the delayed time that he had to do this. But the character work is still great. And it’s still exciting to see how much fun he and artist Gary Frank seem to be having telling their own version of the Batman of Gotham City. I like where they took characters like Killer Croc and Bullock but I wish they went further with Catwoman’s character (plus she has a terrible costume), and there’s still a missed opportunity with the using a more gritty Alfred. After the death of Harvey Dent in the last book, it’s a surprise to the Batman when there are rumors of Dent supplying Gotham’s criminals with guns. And at the same time, he’s investigating the arrival of a man claiming to be Adrian Arkham, Bruce Wayne’s grandfather. The series continues to reimagine everything about Gotham City and it’s colorful characters. DC is making a mistake by seemingly not making these Earth One books a priority, so I fear that we might not ever see another volume of this, and if so, it might take an even longer time!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    This is a brilliant reinvention of the Batman Mythos. I can say that for all of Batman Earth One. Each volume is strong on it's own and all three together are really a fantastic exploration of the Batman character. On the Batman front Geoff Johns is on a role. This doesn't pair well with Three Jokers as one is a fine wine with the other being a hardy shot of whiskey but they're both excellent works that do things with Batman that I love very much. After the events of volume two Harvey Dent is dea This is a brilliant reinvention of the Batman Mythos. I can say that for all of Batman Earth One. Each volume is strong on it's own and all three together are really a fantastic exploration of the Batman character. On the Batman front Geoff Johns is on a role. This doesn't pair well with Three Jokers as one is a fine wine with the other being a hardy shot of whiskey but they're both excellent works that do things with Batman that I love very much. After the events of volume two Harvey Dent is dead, Jessica Dent is all the worse off for it, and Batman has begun recruiting more outsiders such as himself. His Grandfather turns up out of the blue in what you would think might be the worst part of this book actually is one of the most refreshingly surprising elements. In Earth One Geoff Johns has retooled and remade Batman into a very fresh modern take on the character, something that can't always be done in monthly comics because of continuity and having to produce on such a regular basis. Here it feels like a sole teams vision from volume to volume with a consistency you'll rarely get in monthly books. It's been six years since the last volume came out. A the time I was newer to reading comics and thought this take while fun deconstructed Batman in a way I wasn't exactly fond of but years later and with a farcical amount of comics later I love this take all the more in this moment and am excited at not only the prospect of more but also a reread of all three volume together as I am in love. I have gone long enough with out mentioning the art team. They are at the very bare minimum half the reason this book works so well. Gary Frank's pencils are a joy to the eye, his storytelling chops are so large they go from his face to his legs. His cinematic styles mixed with his comic influences give each picture even something as mundane as a cope picking up chains the focus it deserves. Not a detail is missed, not a panel unquestioned. The way Gary Frank's art pairs with Geoff Johns' storytelling tropes is a team for the ages but this is well known, but together they bring out the best in each other. Brad Anderson's color brings a vibrancy to the toned down nature of this Batman. Because of the color images that may not have struck fear into my heart have unsettled themselves into my brain. Images of things I've seen before in other renditions. But under Gary Frank and Brad Anderson's color they have tucked themselves into my brain for the upcoming days. I'll say it has to do with Two Face but no more then that. And Jon Sibal's inks! How he brings the texture to the pencils is brilliant. The selective crosshatching, the shadows texture the night sky that's lit up by artificial light. And the eyes, eyes are of importance here many times and how all three work together to make them stand out is just magnificent. I am beside myself really this is just stand out work and excellent on all fronts. I implore anyone to read Batman Earth one volume three if they have the other two. Make it the next thing you read it is marvelous. 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

    This was the best book I've read from Geoff Johns in quite some time! Maybe since Batman: Earth One, Volume 2. It's been 6 years (!!!) since the second volume was published and almost a decade since the first. Sometimes I wish the Earth One books would come out more regularly, but I think it might lessen the novelty. As with the first two volumes of the series, and the rest of the Earth One line, what we get here is something of a reimagining of Batman as a more down-to-earth and street-level he This was the best book I've read from Geoff Johns in quite some time! Maybe since Batman: Earth One, Volume 2. It's been 6 years (!!!) since the second volume was published and almost a decade since the first. Sometimes I wish the Earth One books would come out more regularly, but I think it might lessen the novelty. As with the first two volumes of the series, and the rest of the Earth One line, what we get here is something of a reimagining of Batman as a more down-to-earth and street-level hero. Character back stories and personalities are changed. The changes are often surface level, but it's enough to make for a take that you haven't read before. That's a good thing considering the expansiveness of the Batman canon. The Catwoman rebrand was actually pretty clever, but I thought Johns failed to really explore what could have been beyond just a changing name and costume. It's a perfectly serviceable Batman story and for whatever reason it does feel distinct from the main line offerings. The writing is reminiscent of Johns' work from around 2006-2012, which was a good era for him. It's not trying to be anything pretentious or revelatory. It's just a good, and more grounded, Batman plot. Some of it, admittedly, doesn't make a ton of sense but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Gary Frank is a great artist and can draw Batman until he no longer wants the job as far as I'm concerned. It's a good fit for the story too. Frank doesn't need over-the-top villains and action to keep the book visually interesting. I actually got a bit excited for the teases for volume 4 in the closing for this book. Hopefully Johns and Frank can manage not to get side-tracked by movies and subpar maxi-series so it isn't a 6 year wait for the next entry.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    One month after the events of the last volume, which concluded with the death of Harvey Dent, a gang of thieves thrusts the city into a state of fear when they are mysteriously armed with military-grade weapons, funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. As Bruce Wayne investigates whether or not Dent has risen from the grave, he comforts Harvey’s twin sister, Mayor Jessica Dent — who is going through both physical and mental scars — and continues to expand his network of “o One month after the events of the last volume, which concluded with the death of Harvey Dent, a gang of thieves thrusts the city into a state of fear when they are mysteriously armed with military-grade weapons, funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. As Bruce Wayne investigates whether or not Dent has risen from the grave, he comforts Harvey’s twin sister, Mayor Jessica Dent — who is going through both physical and mental scars — and continues to expand his network of “outsiders”, realizing that the Batman can’t save Gotham on his own. Please click here for my full review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This continues to be a fun Batman continuity. One of the most enjoyable things about this volume is the gathering of the Outsiders, starting with Killer Croc: a group that you really want to love and see be loved. Overall, the characterization continues to be terrific, from Bruce and Alfred to newcomers like Jessica. Finally, this volume has a nice mystery too (albeit with the reveal muddled by art that doesn't quite say what it needs to say). All-around, a good read. This continues to be a fun Batman continuity. One of the most enjoyable things about this volume is the gathering of the Outsiders, starting with Killer Croc: a group that you really want to love and see be loved. Overall, the characterization continues to be terrific, from Bruce and Alfred to newcomers like Jessica. Finally, this volume has a nice mystery too (albeit with the reveal muddled by art that doesn't quite say what it needs to say). All-around, a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    This conclusion to Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Batman origin brings everything to an approximation of their familiar appearances. It does so by affirming everything its preceding two volumes did so well. In superhero comics familiar elements can calcify until they would look like a flat parody in any other context, accepted because they’re never even questioned. Bruce Wayne, for instance, had parents who were murdered in an alley, and that’s basically all anyone ever really bothered to write abo This conclusion to Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Batman origin brings everything to an approximation of their familiar appearances. It does so by affirming everything its preceding two volumes did so well. In superhero comics familiar elements can calcify until they would look like a flat parody in any other context, accepted because they’re never even questioned. Bruce Wayne, for instance, had parents who were murdered in an alley, and that’s basically all anyone ever really bothered to write about them. Johns, in the first Batman Earth One volume, decided to dig deeper. He gave Martha Wayne the maiden name Arkham, familiar from Batman lore as an asylum in Gotham City where all the colorful criminals go once captured (and recaptured). In this third volume we meet a man posing as Bruce Wayne’s grandfather, Martha’s father. Though there are twists to this part of the story, it’s still a welcome added depth to the Batman mythology, even the fear that madness runs in the family. Among the many other things reading this theoretical final volume leaves readers with is the prospect of another story, where Bruce grapples with the psychology of, well, dressing up as a bat. Two-Face receives a fantastic twist. Catwoman officially debuts. A big face appears on the final page. The draw of the Earth One line, as sporadic as installments have been, is that familiar characters can have a self-contained spotlight for fresh imaginings. If it were done in any other format there probably wouldn’t be the same results. The multiple volumes themselves, even the slow pacing that has developed over the decade it’s existed, none of this would have happened. There would have been one-shots, and maybe a sequel or two, and yet now we have three volumes each for Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, and two each for the Teen Titans and Green Lantern. It’s a legacy that hopefully has an increase in appreciation over time. And it’s full of great material. This Batman trilogy might be the most traditional and yet most radical. We’ve easily seen the most retellings of the Batman origin, so on the surface it looks like just another version. But it isn’t. It builds on that tradition in a knowing and deliberate manner. Three volumes still doesn’t seem like enough space to give it justice. And yet, for its purposes, building the world of Batman, tweaking things in minor and significant ways, a conclusion has been reached. Johns, and Frank, once again achieving a monumental work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ozan

    It wasn't half bad actually, better than the first and second volumes, but the Robin race swap cost a star ofcourse so the third volume only has 3 stars like the rest. Ok... Ok, after one day past over reading Earth One,vol 3, i got clamed down. I think i kind of over reacted... Dick had gypsy blood anyway, was it really necessary to change his race... He is my favorite DC character with Bruce... I'm all for bringing in more minorties to the stories of American comics, but as new characters. I b It wasn't half bad actually, better than the first and second volumes, but the Robin race swap cost a star ofcourse so the third volume only has 3 stars like the rest. Ok... Ok, after one day past over reading Earth One,vol 3, i got clamed down. I think i kind of over reacted... Dick had gypsy blood anyway, was it really necessary to change his race... He is my favorite DC character with Bruce... I'm all for bringing in more minorties to the stories of American comics, but as new characters. I believe it's lazy and kind of annoying to just change the race of a such a beloved and really well established character. I mean if someone go and change The Blade's race to white... I don't think anyone would be happy, including me. If i go back to the story of volume 3. I didn't really expected to see Clayface in the story, it was fine. As you probably know Batman Earth One book was promoted as a more ''realistic'' take on Batman, so this is Geoff Johns' idea of a more ''realistic'' Clayface and it was nice. The change to the two face was ok as well... I don't think anyone can top The Long Halloween when it comes to The Best Two Face Story anyway. Finally, The Joker, for a moment, i expected Adrian Arkham to turn in to The Joker, actually. Geoff once made Bruce's mother Joker in an elseworld tale so why he wouldn't make his grandfather The Joker in this one, it would be really dramatic. But The Joker came somewhere else as connected to Dick's origin at the last page of The Batman Earth One, vol. 3. That was fine as well. Finally, i was really looking forward to The Joker, he was my all reason to keep on going with Batman Earth One, even if i find it awarage so far. Really looking forward to The Batman Earth One, Volume 4, The Joker as The main Villain in it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Keith Dooley

    While I enjoyed the third and final(?) volume of this series, I felt it was a step down from the second volume. Like the rest in the series, this has multiple plots that converge at the end. I felt the whole "Is Harvey Dent alive?" had a fairly obvious conclusion. I did enjoy the backstory into Bruce's ancestors. In this universe, his mother was an Arkham and their past in Gotham was fairly interesting. This is supposedly the final volume, but the surprise character reveal at the end leaves it o While I enjoyed the third and final(?) volume of this series, I felt it was a step down from the second volume. Like the rest in the series, this has multiple plots that converge at the end. I felt the whole "Is Harvey Dent alive?" had a fairly obvious conclusion. I did enjoy the backstory into Bruce's ancestors. In this universe, his mother was an Arkham and their past in Gotham was fairly interesting. This is supposedly the final volume, but the surprise character reveal at the end leaves it open for another volume down the road.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Metemi

    This comic is amazing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Caruso

    The "Batman: Earth One" series has been one of the most fun, interesting, and dynamic "Batman" stories in recent years, helped by the fact that it reimagines Batman's origin story - and those of his villains - so that new readers can jump into the tale without needing years of comic book knowledge. I've been looking forward to Volume 3 since the second Volume was released, though at the same time I was nervous about it. Not only did it have such high standards to meet, given the quality of the f The "Batman: Earth One" series has been one of the most fun, interesting, and dynamic "Batman" stories in recent years, helped by the fact that it reimagines Batman's origin story - and those of his villains - so that new readers can jump into the tale without needing years of comic book knowledge. I've been looking forward to Volume 3 since the second Volume was released, though at the same time I was nervous about it. Not only did it have such high standards to meet, given the quality of the first two installments, but my expectations were even higher going into this one considering all of the rumors that Matt Reeves' and Robert Pattinson's new Batman movie trilogy would be heavily influenced by the Earth One story. Well, not only were my expectations met, but they were exceeded, and given what little we know about "The Batman", I'm confident that the rumors about this comic series inspiring the new movie trilogy will come true. Volume 3 builds on the story of the mad Arkham family built upon in the first two installments, with Gotham falling further into despair after Harvey Dent's supposed death. Batman, meanwhile, is building his "family", for he not only has Alfred and Waylon - a.k.a. Killer Croc - by his side as allies this time around, but a dog (who, although not yet named "Ace" is definitely who it's supposed to be) and Selina Kyle/"Catwoman" helping him out this time around too. War is descending upon the city, as a mysterious arms dealer - claiming to be the deceased Dent - begins to arm the various gangs and factions of criminals polluting Gotham. Meanwhile, a main claiming to be Bruce's grandfather reappears, determined to save the youngest Wayne from "the curse of the Bat" that has plagued the family for generations. I won't get into how all of these various threads come together in the end, but needless to say, it's a rollicking good time with plenty of kickass moments and twists along the way. Not only that, but we also get a dark, gritty, more "realistic" take on Clayface in addition to teases for Batgirl, Robin, and the infamous Joker, all but ensuring we get a Volume 4 sooner rather than later. Volume 3 leaves me wanting more in this continuity and has me praying that Reeves and Pattinson develop their Bat story based on these books, taking the characterizations of these heroes and villains and adapting them for the big screen, for it will make for something familiar but entirely different than we've gotten in a Batman movie thus far. Five out of Five stars, I can't recommend this book enough.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Brilliant! About brilliant entry into Geoff johns and Gary Frank's Batman Earth One series. Each one is more thrilling than the last. Not a wasted word and the art is breathtaking. I'm ready hoping there will be a volume 4. Brilliant! About brilliant entry into Geoff johns and Gary Frank's Batman Earth One series. Each one is more thrilling than the last. Not a wasted word and the art is breathtaking. I'm ready hoping there will be a volume 4.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Paul Lane Valley

    Definitely a worthy sequel, but not really a perfect one. Whereas the overall plot is very interesting and various of the new elements are greatly developed, some others end up getting stank. This is accentuated by that chaotic finale that ties nothing and everything at the same time, it feels like they rushed the later part of the story to include ideas for a fourth volume that would never be released, which is a shame. I would say it is disappointing, but looking at the whole thing besides that Definitely a worthy sequel, but not really a perfect one. Whereas the overall plot is very interesting and various of the new elements are greatly developed, some others end up getting stank. This is accentuated by that chaotic finale that ties nothing and everything at the same time, it feels like they rushed the later part of the story to include ideas for a fourth volume that would never be released, which is a shame. I would say it is disappointing, but looking at the whole thing besides that ending, it was pretty fun still. I just really love this take on Batman, it is very refreshing to see him being human unlike the more ridiculously overpowered recent iterations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Wilson

    3.5 Stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob A. Mirallegro

    Honestly about the same quality as the previous volumes, this is a really cool series. Some of the stuff at the end felt kind of rushed but it was still interesting. The art is great as usual from Gary Frank, the costume designs are also weird and rad. I'm conflicted on how to feel about the ending as a conclusion. It's less of a solid definitive ending than the 3rd Wonder Woman Earth One volume, it's closer to Superman vol 3 but even that had more of weight as an ending than this did. Which isn Honestly about the same quality as the previous volumes, this is a really cool series. Some of the stuff at the end felt kind of rushed but it was still interesting. The art is great as usual from Gary Frank, the costume designs are also weird and rad. I'm conflicted on how to feel about the ending as a conclusion. It's less of a solid definitive ending than the 3rd Wonder Woman Earth One volume, it's closer to Superman vol 3 but even that had more of weight as an ending than this did. Which isn't entirely bad but it just didn't feel that rewarding, maybe I'll like it more with time. Hopefully this gets a 4th volume but I won't hold my breath for a couple years.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    There are some good things to say about Johns' Batman, Earth One trilogy. But, frankly the mainline family of books are going some of the places these books are. Future State may have its flaws, but right now I would recommend those story lines and writing over the Earth One books. I mean who doesn't know Bruce Wayne et al could likely be classified as sociopaths? And, no this very brief review is not affected by the Ray Fisher accusations. There are some good things to say about Johns' Batman, Earth One trilogy. But, frankly the mainline family of books are going some of the places these books are. Future State may have its flaws, but right now I would recommend those story lines and writing over the Earth One books. I mean who doesn't know Bruce Wayne et al could likely be classified as sociopaths? And, no this very brief review is not affected by the Ray Fisher accusations.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gonz Navarro

    Such a drastic contrast from previous volumes. Not in a good way unfortunately. Seems rushed and i feel it lost the “magic”. I hope vol 4 is better than this one, i doubt it will be worse. Still, 2 stars for the storytelling and artwork.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deane Hariss

    Fantastic finish to the trilogy in my opinion. Armory and art both on a great rhythm

  28. 5 out of 5

    Doc

    Sometimes death is only an illusion. One thing I enjoy about alternative reality based stories is you can change things up however you want for everyone involved and not have to worry about the impact on the rest of the universe the characters are based in. As an example I like to point out the Elseworld comics but another good example are the Earth One volumes when you never know who or what may show up (I can only imagine how scrambled Eggman would be if he were to ever arise.) Not to give away Sometimes death is only an illusion. One thing I enjoy about alternative reality based stories is you can change things up however you want for everyone involved and not have to worry about the impact on the rest of the universe the characters are based in. As an example I like to point out the Elseworld comics but another good example are the Earth One volumes when you never know who or what may show up (I can only imagine how scrambled Eggman would be if he were to ever arise.) Not to give away spoilers of what is happening in the book but some characters that are well known in the Batman universe have changed genders (sort of), ethnicity, and at least for the time being what side of the fight of good vs evil they are on. In fact the only real problem I have with this new Batman is he pays off Catwoman to do a job blurring the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman...no I suppose it is more to do with how trusting Bruce is with certain people with his identity and how easy it might be for others to figure it out as this green behind the ears Batman uses the most direct approaches to handle problems like keeping stacks of bills in his utility belt. Now with this being a new universe effectively there are characters introductions you might discover here and there as well as some callbacks to past Batman iterations so you never know who might show up next. After all as the crime in Gotham ramps up to new levels Batman has hinted to a group of Outsiders (which is a real team created by Batman before) being formed to handle the dangers so Gothamites can be saved. Hopefully this is not the last books in the series considering how long it has been since the release of the last volume. Especially with a certain "nobody" showing up in the last scene looking creepy as heck and ready for some chaos. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    This new volume continues the re-imagining of Gotham and its inhabitants. The story moves quickly…perhaps too quickly because some parts aren’t able to marinate enough. There are probably too many storylines going at once. The ending of one of the plotlines…(view spoiler)[Adrian Arkham (hide spoiler)] …is pretty unfulfilling and rushed. The suspense of another…(view spoiler)[Jessica and Harvey Dent (hide spoiler)] ...results in a reveal that was predictable for me. (Still good, just predictable.) This new volume continues the re-imagining of Gotham and its inhabitants. The story moves quickly…perhaps too quickly because some parts aren’t able to marinate enough. There are probably too many storylines going at once. The ending of one of the plotlines…(view spoiler)[Adrian Arkham (hide spoiler)] …is pretty unfulfilling and rushed. The suspense of another…(view spoiler)[Jessica and Harvey Dent (hide spoiler)] ...results in a reveal that was predictable for me. (Still good, just predictable.) And Catwoman’s costume is a backwards step for feminism. Other than those gripes, I loved it and hope I don’t have to wait too long until Volume 4. (view spoiler)[ Plot summary: Bruce’s grandfather Adrian Arkham resurfaces though long believed dead by his wife’s hand; Bruce takes him in, though his mental health is tenuous. Croc helps Bruce and Alfred set up shop in an abandoned/unfinished subway line as a sort of Batcave. Mayor Jessica Dent now wears a half mask, having burned herself holding her dying brother. Word on the street is Harvey Dent (RIP) is handing out weapons to any crook who wants them so long as they pledge allegiance to him in the upcoming uprising. Catwoman shows up when Batman tries to get to the bottom of the weapons import. Batman later enlists her help in exchange for thousands of dollars. Adrian Arkham threatens suicide as penance to the evil spirits he believes bring madness to every generation of the family. Bruce, Croc and Alfred dig up Harvey Dent’s grave and his coffin is empty. Catwoman figures out the details of the huge weapons import. Adrian burns down Wayne Manor (I think?). As the weapons import is taking place, Batman goes to save Jessica Dent from her brother, only to discover the decaying corpse of Harvey Dent. Jessica reveals herself to have multiple personalities: herself and a vengeance-seeking version of her brother who wants to end the Arkham family’s legacy by destroying Gotham. She has Adrian (who has been working with her in some capacity?) brand Batman’s chest with an A. The different personalities are at war and she tries to jump to her death, but Croc saves her. Adrian rises from the wreckage and appears to be melting. In the next scene at the police station, they reveal that Adrian was actually a clay-like shapeshifting villain named Basil Karlo. Bruce envisions the changes he can make both as Batman (complete with showing his future overseeing the development of Robin and Batgirl) and as Bruce Wayne. Bruce opens Arkham Asylum to be a better alternative to Gotham mental hospital; he visits Jessica regularly, but Harvey seems to be winning. The final shot is of the Joker talking to the weapons dealer saying he wants to kill “a lot of children and their pets.” (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryson Grenfell

    This latest dive into the Batman of earth one, is plenty of fun, but doesn’t hold a candle to the volumes preceding it. It’s kind of a slow burn, but it all somehow manages to feel extremely rushed by the end; which seems to be infectious, as the ever stellar Gary Frank delivers a few panels that don’t live up to his typical Herculean standard. The interactions between Alfred and Croc are great, but Bruce feels oddly stagnant which doesn’t mesh well with the constantly growing and evolving bat o This latest dive into the Batman of earth one, is plenty of fun, but doesn’t hold a candle to the volumes preceding it. It’s kind of a slow burn, but it all somehow manages to feel extremely rushed by the end; which seems to be infectious, as the ever stellar Gary Frank delivers a few panels that don’t live up to his typical Herculean standard. The interactions between Alfred and Croc are great, but Bruce feels oddly stagnant which doesn’t mesh well with the constantly growing and evolving bat of volume 2. There’s one plot thread in particular that leads nowhere, and only served as an introduction to possibly one of the weakest versions of a famed C-list villain Batman’s incredible rogues gallery. Two face was fun. Catwoman’s design is really odd and different, but fits this version of Selina purrfectly (sorry) Some characters are “introduced off screen” which was a real bummer for me, because a big point of interest for me was hoping to see their origins in this universe and what their dynamics would be like with this Batman. Gordon and Bullock are in pretty much the exact same place we saw them last volume; with the noted exception of Gordon getting another promotion. Suffice to say, this is a decent enough romp with the adequate level of mystery for a Batman adventure, but it doesn’t have much more to offer than that. What it does is done very very well, but I don’t think it did enough for me (especially after the nearly five years wait between volumes) If you’re already invested in this version of Gotham give it a read. If you’re new to earth one or Batman comics in general, I’d say give it a pass for now until you’re well-acquainted enough for the changes made to actually mean something.

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