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Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide

(Batman (2016) #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,368 ratings  ·  502 reviews
Still reeling from the events of I Am Gotham, the epic first arc in Tom King's brand new Batman series, the Dark Knight finds himself up against some of the biggest (literally) threats he's ever faced within the city limits of Gotham. To save the city he loves, Batman enlists the help of the toughest members of the Bat-family including Nightwing, Batwoman and more!

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Published April 18th 2017 by DC Comics (first published April 12th 2017)
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Sean Gibson
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
If you were an English lit major in college, you definitely had classes with that kid who took everything (including him/herself) way, way too seriously.

You know, the ones who wrote term papers with a feather quill (possibly, after a night of heavy drinking—because that’s what Hemingway did, you know—using a vial of their own blood for ink); organized open mic poetry slams that featured what were intended to be profound statements on the human condition, but were really just incoherent strings
Sam Quixote
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2017
Batman needs Psycho Pirate to undo the mental damage he inflicted on Gotham Girl – except he’s holed up on the island prison of Santa Prisca, Bane’s domain! For his daring kidnap mission, Batman must assemble his own Suicide Squad, an unlikely assortment of characters including the Ventriloquist, Bronze Tiger, Jewelee and Punchee, and Catwoman. Will he succeed or will Bane once more break the Bat?

Rebirth has been a stream of disappointments except for Tom King’s Batman so I’m pleased to say tha
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope

Batman is indeed committing professional suicide, because this is the worst Batman comic I've read in a long time, with its razor thin "shock value" plot, bad dialog, and bizarre characterization.

Like volume 1, King's writing is annoyingly repetitive, which deflates suspense and pacing, and just exhausting to read. Batman tells us over and over his plan for Bane in forced, robotic dialog. And the bottom line for me is mischaracterization: King's Batman is law-breaking, morally gray, and robotic
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Re-Read in 2018
Turns out Tom King does know what he's doing. I bumped this from 3 stars to 5 upon this re-read. King lays the groundwork here for events way in the future. The two issue story about Catwoman's last night before she heads to prison is perfect. I've never been a fan of any of Bruce's relationships in comics, but King really nails it here. He's built this tragic romance that had me rooting for them wholeheartedly.

I love how menacing Bane is. Even though he broke Batman's back, I a
Dave Schaafsma
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
There once were two cats of Kilkinney
Each thought there was one caught too many
So they fought and they fit
And they scratched and they bit
Till—Excepting their nails and a bit of their tails
Instead of two cats there weren’t any.

“I Am Suicide” focuses on the complex relationship between Batman and (accused murderer) Cat Woman, of whom Bat says, “She’s the only one who knows who I am . . . what I am . . and she loves me, anyway.”

A couple years ago a new voice burst on the comics scene; Tom King had
Yes, I shelved this as romance. What of it? The Catwoman storyline in this one was amazing.


The first part, where Batman recruits a couple of inmates of Arkham Asylum to get the Psycho Pirate out of Bane's hands? Well, it wasn't easy to buy into it. But it turned out to be fun and exciting. I love how menacing Bane is. The guy always gives me goosebumps.


But yeah, this was about the Bat and the Cat for me. I love it, and want to see more of it.


I'm glad I listened to my friends, who told me this ru
James DeSantis
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I figured it out! Tom King is writing Batman like he's Grant Morrison. Now I know why I'm not liking it as much.

Okay maybe a 2.5...but that's mostly because of Cat Women arc which was entertaining if not a bit repetitive. However let's discuss "I Am Suicide"

The first few pages start out real interesting. Bane is scary as fuck, get a little history, get to know the man. Then we switch to Batman assembling a team of misfits to take down Bane. Cool huh? intriguing huh? Exciting huh? Well then it
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. I knew that I would like I Am Suicide much more on a reread, but I never expected to actually love it. What was I thinking giving it two stars in the first place?!

This volume consists of two story arcs, the titular I Am Suicide and a short two-parter, Rooftops. The first one is a fairly straightforward heist story. Batman needs Psycho-Pirate to save Gotham Girl, but he is kept by Bane, who now exploits Pirate's powers to live without Venom. To get him, Batman needs help from Amanda Walle
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Tom King writes the worst Batman comic since Frank Miller's All-Star Batman & Robin. Actually, the book is very similar to it. It has the same problems that that book had. It has the same kind of extremely annoying and repetitive dialogue, and Tom also manages to make Batman dumb as hell just like Miller did. There are a lot of good ideas in this book, but they cannot make up for the lazily written, poorly constructed character dialogue. Not only do characters repeat themselves and repeat dialog ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume really develops the relationship between Batman and Catwoman. In a sense, they have a lot in common. Also, it shows that Catwoman has a bit more hero in her than villain. Both of these points are important for understanding what will happen in later volumes. One question though--why is Bane sitting on his throne in the nude? That's a bit weird. ...more
Lashaan Balasingam
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Following the events of I Am Gotham , this volume builds itself around the formation of a Suicide Squad and its task of capturing a certain person of interest that can save Gotham Girl from her predicament. The last two issues also features a special two-part story that embarks in the love-hate, and very complex, relationship between Batman and Catwoman. I solemnly swear that this is a step-up from Tom King’s first volume, but I still feel like
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
1.5 stars.

I guess?

The last 2 issues were fantastic! And I say this as some one who's generally apathetic about Bat/Cat.

If you told me this was written by a completely different writer, I would believe you. It has none of the same heart, charm or intrigue from the first volume. It was a major bummer. Duke's not even in this volume and Alfred has like 2 panels. What the hell happened? You had Mikel Janin on art *swoons* and you wasted it!

Issue #9 is pretty shit: The introduction of Bane was terrib
Rory Wilding
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having made a name for himself from The Sheriff of Babylon for Vertigo and The Vision for Marvel, Tom King began writing for the main Batman title for DC Rebirth, which although can be seen as a shining light for the publisher following the mixed reception towards The New 52, presented the tough challenge of following the brilliance of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s brilliant run. Although his first volume “I Am Gotham” is a good start, King may have stepped up his game in exploring what makes ...more
Jesse A
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know I'm in the minority but I super dig what Tom King is doing with Batman. Good stories, good art. I'm a fan. ...more
Jan 03, 2022 rated it liked it
This was a fun volume and it focuses on Bruce getting a suicide like team to break into Santa prisca to free Psycho pirate from Bane control and its a fun face off and the betrayals but the real plan comes along and the dialogue may sound irritating but if you think of these mad characters that maybe their normalcy but the face off between Bane and Bruce is interesting and he will come to break him for sure. I like the two parter story of Rooftops showing their love story and the way they includ ...more
Wing Kee
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A better Suicide Squad.

World: The art is good, it conveys good tone and the characters emotions come out. The middle issue with the fights was framed wonderfully, reminded me of Williams III. The world here is done well, it takes the past of Batman and all the Easter eggs and more and makes it fresh and I love it.

Story: I really dug this arc, some people say that this Bats by King is too grim and brooding but I like it. I like that he's like this so that Superman and Wonder Woman make up a com
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still a pretty decent batman title in my book! So this book can be split up into two stories: first off "I am Suicide", has batman assemble a team of villains to help him break into Banes prison island, to steal something(forgot what it was). This story is weird to critique, because it has a bit of a slow start, and one issue where I literally did not know what was going on; but it was saved by a very satisfying closing issue which made still like this rebirth title overall! Lastly we have "Roof ...more
Tom King caught my eye with the Vision comics, so when I saw he was writing Batman Comics I immediately requested them from Net Galley. The first, (Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham), was pretty good, so I was happy to try Batman, Volume 2: I am Suicide

Unfortunately, I'm not enjoying these as much as I enjoyed Vision. Admittedly, this could be because I am not very familiar with DC Comics or superheroes, in general, so please keep this in mind.

The first story in this volume is I Am Suicide. I lov
Apr 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
What the hell did I just read? I am definitely not a Tom King fan. I gave the first volume 3 stars, because I liked the initial DC: Rebirth issue co-written with Snyder. The first couple of issues following that were okay, too. This volume, however, is not okay.

I did not appreciate King’s dreadful twist on Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1: Broken Bat. An entire issue (or more) is spent on Batman threatening to break Bane’s back, repeatedly and monotonously. I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry.

Stewart Tame
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The more comics written by Tom King I read, the more impressed I get. He has a way of approaching standard tropes and characters in ways that make them seem fresh and exciting. And he loves dropping in captions that have little or nothing to do with the art, but add depth and nuance to the scenes.

In this book, Batman puts together a team of villains to travel with him to Santa Prisca to rescue the Psycho Pirate from Bane's clutches. It's a lively tale, and lots of fun. I particularly liked the w
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
There's some really good art, some really good ideas, and some really good lines in here. But it just isn't working for me. I can't really put my finger on what's going on here, but King's take on Batman just isn't clicking for me. It's a bit frustrating, because I can see that it's good, and I want to like it. But it just isn't for me, and I don't know why. It's a bit like Morrison's run, which I really liked, so I sincerely can't see what my problem is here. I think I'm going to be checking ou ...more
Ah yes. The controversial I am Suicide volume. Honestly, I am a lot confused about this volume. I thought it was an improvement, in terms of execution, compared to the first volume of the series because objectively looking at it Tom King did a better job at presenting the story than he did in the previous volume. What I find problematic is what this volume is trying to say about the character of Batman. And yes, I realize that the problems I have are subjective, mainly because it all depends on ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last time I read Catwoman was in the 90s. I have a 1st issue by Mary Jo Duffy and Jim Ballent from 1993 with an amazing cover I got framed lifetimes ago that I look at in my bathroom every day and that was it. Batman? I must’ve been a kid I guess for the comic books, and then saw a couple of the movies but a while ago now. I think Heath Ledger was in the last one I saw. RIP. Superheroes are fun but I’ve tended to stay away from pop culture icons. But I was wowed just now and kept up way past any ...more
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

This was pretty lame. I'm not sure what the point of the plot was, other than a pretty weak tie back to the previous volume. And how many readers didn't guess what would happen at the end? So obvious. So tedious. So lame.
Vinton Bayne
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the Bane stuff, but I loved the Catwoman stuff. That last issue with the golden age and Year One references. So cool.
Feb 20, 2018 added it
Excellent work. The plot's fine, but King's real success here lies in his psychological portraiture—a neat trick with Batman, a character who tends to seem less coherent the closer you look. I am Suicide at least tries to investigate how the Batman hangs together as a person. The answers King proposes are dark, but they make sense to me.

I love the introduction of Catwoman. I'm not sure what he's doing with her character yet—there's a lot of mystery so far. I look forward to seeing the structure
Chris Lemmerman
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
[Read as single issues]
This one's a little weird.

Tom King's first Batman story is told in three parts - we've had I Am Gotham, introducing Gotham and Gotham Girl, while I Am Suicide stars Batman and a Suicide Squad of rogues heading to Santa Prisca to rescue the Psycho Pirate from Bane (and the just-finished I Am Bane is about Bane coming to Gotham for revenge but I'm jumping ahead).

The crux of this story is the similarity between Bane and Bruce, and the heist-style story of selecting the team,
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a big step up from I Am Gotham, King's first arc on the book, but he's still got a ways to go to make Batman a compelling comic. It can't be easy following Scott Snyder's run, but I'm not sure that taking a step back and re-focusing on the realistic, team aspects of Batman is the way to go. I quite liked the pseudo-Suicide Squad that Batman puts together in an effort to rescue the Psycho Pirate from Bane's prison island. The story was interesting and had some nice twists and turns. I was ...more
30% | D | Meh

"The night, Alfred. The night. She stole the night"

Batman, in order to help Gotham Girl, has to get Psycho Pirate back from Bane. To do this, he recruits an unlikely group of allies, made up of a familiar cast of villains.

Honestly, if this had just consisted of the first half featuring the Bane storyline, it would be a one star. Never again do I want to read the words 'break your damn back' in a Batman book. The dialogue is incredibly repetitive, with Batman literally stating the ex
Travis Duke
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Fantastic artwork with an O.K. story. Starts off pretty good with Batman starting his own suicide team to take down Bane and get Psycho Pirate to help Gotham girl. The writing however go a little lame with the letters back and forth with Cat woman. The plot also gets wonky with Batman setting up Bane (a naked Bane OMG) but the end result feels cheap. I did like the developing relationship stuff with Cat woman at the end. The panels are ink are beautiful, really good stuff. Overall I liked it, I ...more
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