Batman: Rebirth #1

Batman: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Tom King, Scott Snyder Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 81
8.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Longtime Batman and Eisner Award winning writer Scott Snyder co-writes with rising star writer Tom King!
EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calendar Man!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annerino Jun 1, 2016

    If you found DC Universe: Rebirth to be a little too jam-packed and dense, fear not because the story here is very simple and contained. I know Im geeking out quite a bit here, and I could be a bit biased since Ive been a Batman geek since the first grade, but as a Batman geek who hasnt read a Batman book in years, this is exactly the type of story that Id want to suck me back in. And it's safe to say that Batman: Rebirth #1 has done just that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jun 1, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 is just a tease of what Tom King and Mikel Janin have in store for the Dark Knight. Scott Snyder is along to help hand off Batman to King. If you've read any of King's previous work, then you know Batman is in good hands. Just when you're in awe at Janin's stunning visuals, King comes at you with a story that's just as entertaining. And if you're still nervous at a new creative team on Batman, then think of this quote from Bruce Wayne inside the pages of Batman: Rebirth #1 -- "We come back better each time, too." Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 1, 2016

    Seeing someone else write a Batman series can be a bit of a shock, since Snyder and Capullo had such a long, wonderful run on the book, but the series is easily in good hands with King and Janin. There's a lot of set-up for the new series that is relatively accessible to new readers without alienating those who have enjoyed the run from the past few years. This is a great issue bridging the last volume to the new. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 1, 2016

    We can't always have our cake and eat it too, but it's good to know Batman is in good hands with a new creative team ready to take on the challenge. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 1, 2016

    But it is a back-to-basics version of the character, with the gadgets and the physical and mental challenges and crazy villains and Alfred playing support. So it's a good thing, and a strong first issue. Let's hope the Rebirth brings us more like this. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Jun 1, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 jumps right into the action.The mix of a talented artist, and two brilliant writers gives the reader a complex world that leaves you wanting to continue the journey into the next issue. Though this isn't new reader friendly it will give you a reason to play catch-up with the story so far, as seen with the New 52. I recommend you not only buy the new Batman Rebirth, but to keep up with the corresponding stories with the other DC heroes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Jun 1, 2016

    I think overall, my biggest complaint with Batman: Rebirth #1 is that I finished reading it in like five minutes. Which, I guess, means I wanted the experience to last longer. Which, ultimately, means I'll be back for Batman #1 by King and artist David Finch on June 15. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Damian Fasciani Jun 1, 2016

    This launch titleis beautifully articulated with its artwork, colour schemes, & story that leaves you wanting more. A brilliant start for the Batman story arc in the Rebirth series. The creation of the Batcave creatively felt like an immersive experience, naturally leading your eyes across the page to enjoy the traditional artefacts and overall structure. well done DC! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 1, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 is a fun read that sets the deck for the upcoming launch of the new volume. The issue acts as a transition between two volumes of the iconic series, which is often an awkward story to tell, but that isn't the case here. If this issue is any indication, Batman is going to continue to be a damn good read and King and Janin are going to take readers on a fun ride. Bring it on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Danny Benavides Jun 1, 2016

    With Rebirth in full-swing, Batman: Rebirth #1 proves we are just getting started. Batman is in great hands with Tom King.Batman will return in Batman #1 hitting shelves June 15th. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 1, 2016

    Tom King is a writing force of nature and Batman: Rebirth #1 shows why. His blending of imagery, character work and darkness make for some of the most interesting writing in comics. Teaming him up with Scott Snyder only resulted in a fantastic way to set-up the new writer’s upcoming story and get everyone excited for where King will take Batman. Mikel Janin shows once again why he is one of the best artistic talents of the year in this brilliantly pencilled issue that greatly captures the essence of the writing. We’re looking at something special with Batman’s new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 1, 2016

    Whatever lip-service is paid to the events that came before is all relatively minor. (Seems we've all worked past that time when Jim Gordon had a mohawk and a giant pet Bat-robot for a spell.) In the right hands, this debut one-shot could give the impression that an intimate knowledge of the Bat-mythos was anything but essential. And isn't that the point? Batmanfeels fresh for the first time in years " if nothing else, it's certainly the most assured Bat-debut since Snyder& Capullo'sBatman#1 nearly fiveyears ago. Apparently, when it comes to first impressions,Batman: Rebirth is King. (That'll be the last time I do that, I swear.) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 1, 2016

    This issue is doubly a must buy because it not only plants seeds for Tom King's Batman, but also apparently does so for Scott Snyder's All-Star Batman, which launches in August. And there's the fact that it's a good comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Rob Bonnette Jun 23, 2016

    All in all, a great start for the new team. The mission for the issue is pretty straightforward and simple, but the dialogue rules all. In just one issue we get to see Batman's relationships with Gordon, Alfred, Duke, and his city excellently spelled out, and how Batman's true mission is not just beating up bad guys to deal with the loss of his parents but to truly rescue his city and the people in it. Following Snyder and Capullo is a tough task but if this issue is any indication King and Finch are up to the task. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - BeardMaster Jun 1, 2016

    The creative team led by Scott Snyder and Tom King keep true to the darker toned Batman readers have become more accustomed to over the last few years. With a deeply developed plot, oozing with intrigue, this book is sure to be a page turner for the diehard and casual Batman fan. Be sure to check out Batman Rebirth #1 as well as all the ongoing titles of the Rebirth series at your local comic shop when they go on sale through June with Batman releasing on June 1, 2016. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 1, 2016

    Batman Rebirth #1 isn't groundbreaking. It's not a revamp of a character. There are a few hints that change is in Bruce's future, but for the time being, King seems to be content with just telling good Batman stories. And that's exactly what this issue is – a good Batman story. Of course, there's been no shortage of that for some time now, and if the trend of great creative teams crafting great runs with this character continues with Rebirth, then I certainly won't complain. Based on this issue, that definitely seems to be the direction in which we are heading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 1, 2016

    The New 52 didn't dramatically revamp the Batman franchise, and it doesn't appear as though DC Rebirth will either. And why should it? Batman was a terrific comic under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and it's shaping up to be a terrific comic under Tom Kinng, Mikel Janin and David Finch as well. This issue serves as a great showcase for the new team as well and offers a taste of the new flavor they'll be bringing to Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jun 2, 2016

    Overall, this is a great introduction of Batman to the DC Universe Rebirth line. King does a great job taking over Snyder's run, and the new version of Calendar Man is great. Duke is not a strong character yet, but I'm sure this is something that will change in the weeks to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    NerdEnt.Net - Brendan Hughes Dec 28, 2016

    Overall it is a decent start to a new Batman series that would appear to be taking a turn towardthedarker side. It could have used a better villain, but a new take on a formerly boring side enemy is always welcome. This will be Snyder's last run inthecomic realm due to his taking a crack at fixingtheDCEU and he definitely made his presence known in his last go around. Another interesting take away is wondering what role Duke will fill, which is something that probably will be resolved inBatman Rebirth#1 dropping 6/15. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jun 1, 2016

    King has really been able to reel in Snyder on the wild stories and the overly techie Batman of the New 52. He's still the billionaire we all know and love, but far less Inspector Gadget and more superhero badass detective again. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 1, 2016

    Batman Rebirth #1 establishes both a new visual identity and character dynamic in the Batman title that is a little old (Alfred/Gordon) and a little new (Duke Thomas, more formidable Calendar Man) taking a cue from DC Rebirth, but while telling its own story and focusing on its own relationships. Mikel Janin also continues to be one of DC's finest storytellers as he melds the epic photorealism of Jae Lee's recent work with quick cut panels to avoid any stiffness with a side of beefcake that works in favor of Snyder and King's open, optimistic characterization of Batman. The final page twist (if it is twist) could be delineated a little better, but demonstrates Janin and Chung's skill to work with the dark chaos of Batman stories as well as his more charming side. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 1, 2016

    This issue gives Batman fans a quick look at what to expect in Rebirth and the tone is more Batman and Robin and less Dark Knight.  However, It all felt more like a sneak peak than an actual full issue, but the art was great and the story had enough interesting bits to keep me fully engaged.  I do wish that DC would have let Tom King work solo on this one so we know exactly what we'll get from his run because some of it felt a lot like the book we left behind.  I liked this issue, but I guess I'll have to wait for the actual run to start to be blown away.  I hop that I am blown away! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jun 1, 2016

    Now in terms of moving plot forward, it's not what you're going to find. But sometimes that's for the best. What you get for the $2.99 price is three creators giving top-level craft and a fun examination of a character as old as Batman, as well as introducing a recent addition like Duke Thomas to the table. While it is sad to see We Are Robin disappear along with Grayson, it's gladdening that DC, Snyder, and King are willing to give the character a push similar to what Damian got during that character's introduction. While Janin won't be returning for awhile, this issue alone gives us a vision of a very different Batman from the one Snyder or Morrison defined during their respective runs, and it's good to get in on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Leia Calderon Jun 1, 2016

    "Batman: Rebirth" #1 is a solid introduction to Tom King's Batman. Scott Snyder helps co-write a loving farewell and yet another brilliant piece of storytelling, while King and Janin effectively lay out a horrific spin on an underused villain, give us almost no details on what's to come and leave readers on a cliffhanger that will have them begging for more. Batman fans can't ask for much more than that! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Jun 1, 2016

    Fans may be disappointed that the Joker mystery teased in at the end of Justice League #50 takes a back-seat to, but this issues firms establishes the Caped Crusader's new status quo and dynamic duo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 1, 2016

    Duke's multiple origins, advanced aging, and detached take on the Caped Crusader aside, these creators still deliver a solid opening gambit thanks to compelling vignettes, an engaging antagonist, and a feeling of newness without completely throwing out what worked in the run before. Though it may not tell us much about the story or Bruce's newfound mental state Batman: Rebirth #1 shows and tells us just enough to whet our appetite for just what comes next for Bruce, Duke, and the rest of Gotham, all wrapped in a fun, good looking one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 1, 2016

    What struck me with the Rebirth special last week was the sense of optimism and hope about it. Batman's been a darker character for a long, long, time and I really don't expect that to change. But introducing some new elements and ways forward are welcome things and there's a good sense of hope about it here. It's not a sprawling dark piece of work, but it has its moments of intensity and drive that showcase what Bruce will do to save people while tying that back to his father with a couple of sharp lines from Lucius. I'm definitely curious to see where King will go with the book with its opening storyline and I like what he brings to the table here with Snyder and Janin. It's not a knock out of the park like the main Rebirth special was for me, but it's a solid re-conenction to the character for me after being away for several years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jun 1, 2016

    This is a very fun start to Batmans post-Rebirth adventures; Tom King has already convinced this reviewer that this series is in capable hands. Reading Snyders All-Star Batman will be nice, but I wouldnt sleep on King. If you can find room on your pull list, this is a book that should be on there. Hes the right man to take Batman in some interesting directions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Jun 2, 2016

    Batman Rebirth #1 feels authentically Batman, and yet somehow fresh. The credit for that goes to Mikel Janin's swift, meticulous lines and June Chung's natural color palette. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jun 3, 2016

    Batman Rebirth is a fantastic start for a new series that brings some much needed life to a media battered Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 4, 2016

    Seriously, this is a solid look at King's upcoming Batman series, and I'm definitely on board. The characters are written well, we've got an interesting new mystery/villain to solve/defeat, and Janin's pencils are as gorgeous as ever. This definitely feels like a fresh, reinvigorated take on the Dark Knight. I think Batman is in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 8, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 provides an opportunity to reflect on just what DC seems to mean by describing its latest artistic and marketing initiative as a “rebirth.” According to Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the guiding hand for the effort, rebirth does not mean reboot. That is certainly borne out by the evidence we have so far; none of theRebirthissues to this point have wiped out the past or taken us back to origins. That is certainly for the best, because who really needs to see Superman arriving yet again from Krypton or the Waynes dying yet again in a dark alley? But if the characters are not literally being born again, what is happening? Words like “reset” and “restart” have been proposed, but in terms of Batman even they sound too strong. What we have inBatman: Rebirth #1is a transfer, a passing of the keys from Scott Snyder to Tom King. Fittingly, the issue was penned by both of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Jacques Cloete Jun 15, 2016

    "If it ain't broke." This is maybe the best analogy to describe DC's Rebirth event with regards to Batman. More than any other solo comic book outing, Batman has retained much of its key plot elements, characters and styles throughout the old DC universe, New 52 and now, Rebirth. With Batman: Rebirth #1, Tom King and Mikel Janin take over from the creative juggernaut that was Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Fortunately for us, "taking over" means "continuing and improving" in King's vocabulary. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 1, 2016

    If there's a flaw in Batman – Rebirth #1, it's in that it doesn't explode out of the gate. It feels like a typical Batman story, and aside from introducing the Duke/Bruce partnership, it doesn't really give the reader an idea of what is going to set the King era apart. It's entirely likely that the creative team is saving that for the first issue of the new Batman ongoing. Though I'd say that the issue is enjoyable and well-done, its low-key nature makes it come across as subdued, and I was hoping that I'd end this book feeling psyched for the new creative team. As it is, I'm optimistic, but think that we have yet to see what King really wants to do with the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 1, 2016

    Entertaining, but not a “Wow” book. This is setting things in place for the monthly adventures, obviously, but if the visuals are this dark because of the colors I won't be purchasing them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 2, 2016

    After the fantastic Rebirth #1 issue, I was hoping that the main books would continue to create the same level of excitement. It may be then, we have been a tad spoilt. For all the freshness that this book appears to hold, under further scrutiny its polish does indeed tarnish. Moving forward, this book may indeed be a solid starting point for both Duke and the Calendar Man, but in light of last weeks Rebirth revelations, this issue feels like a step backwards. In the past, Snyder has taken one issue characters and moved them front and centre at a later stage. This is may be the course that Kring is plotting, leading to this book having a greater impact then it seems at this first sight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 2, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 is a solid start for this new era of the character, showing plenty of promise moving forward. It also gave some intriguing and clever development, even if the re-imagined Calendar Man wasn't to my liking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jun 25, 2016

    For the most part, nothing amazing happens in this issue. It exists to show us that Duke has a different relationship with Batman. He is not like the Robins before him. He is destined to be someone else; something else. Hopefully, the reason for him being different will come to light in the issues to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AVN Today - Cris Cole Jun 2, 2016

    Batman: Rebirth #1 is a good starting point for new readers. It pushes a new direction forward while catching up readers on pertinent past developments. King and Janin offer a new take on a longstanding villain that is similarly intriguing and fresh. The team also shows the potential of a new partnership that suggests an evolutionary step for the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 2, 2016

    Batman may not have been broken, but King and company freshen things up a bit through some classic Batman storytelling. This should be a fun ride as Batman enters the reborn era of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Jun 3, 2016

    Defeated and cynical, it's like these comics have lost hope for themselves. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 1, 2016

    While DC Universe: Rebirth #1 was an explosive first issue that generated a lot of momentum for DC's newest initiative, Batman: Rebirth #1 did not capitalize on that good will. While a perfectly acceptable issue, it's still nothing more than mediocre with several obvious shortcomings. It also doesn't help that two different writers contribute to the story, meaning, we won't get a true sense of Tom King's take on Batman till June 15th. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jun 1, 2016

    Regardless, the main event is forthcoming with Batman #1 in two weeks. Im still excited. The team proved they could tell a solid Batman story. The introductory scene is over, its time to cue the opening credits, and see what Tom King and crew have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jun 21, 2016

    Batman Rebirth #1 sets up a new status quo for Batman that is both promising in many areas and concerning in others. But whatever becomes of this Gotham and its denizens, this Batman is, at least, still one that we can recognize. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 1, 2016

    It's hard for me to tell if this book is good primer for getting into Rebirth Batman going forward, as it's unclear how much of the book is the result of Scott Snyder (it does feel very Snyder) or new writer Tom King. The introduction of a new partner for Batman, though, and one who is more than just another Robin, is an interesting concept. So for now, I'm down for more of this Rebirth era Batman. Read Full Review

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