Batman/Superman #1

Batman/Superman #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Jae Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 7
8.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Dont miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - the story and visuals here. Jun 26, 2013

    This is the Batman/Superman book we want and deserve. I had some problems with the later issues of the previous SUPERMAN/BATMAN in the pre-New 52. With Greg Pak, Jae Lee and Ben Oliver on this series, it's like we're being spoiled. We have an intriguing set up with gorgeous visuals. The direction of this first story seems a little crazy but its a nice and ambitious beginning to what looks like a successful new series. This is definitely a book to check out ASAP. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jun 26, 2013

    Batman/Superman #1 is a triumph. This is the right book at the right time with the right creative team. Though Ben Oliver hands the artwork for the last seven pages, Lee's influence on the tone throughout is evident. Greg Pak has such a handle on both characters, their inspirations, their passions, their fears, and their impulses as young men. This is the series that I didn't even know I wanted, and now I would write a strongly worded letter to DC if they said I couldn't have it anymore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 26, 2013

    Yeah, I would have preferred Lee do a complete issue, but given the quality of the second artist, it's hard to hold that agains the title, especially when it started out so strong. In a recent market where most of DC's recent launches are struggling to get footing, this issue definitely steps in as a shining light of hope. Even though the book is relying on two of the safest bet characters in the industry, it does so masterfully, and with an interesting, compelling story to back it up. I'm sold, and you should be too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Jun 26, 2013

    The art by Jae Lee just destroys this issue. The panels are just gorgeous and I love the way he depicts emotions. Jae captures emotions not only by a characters facial expression but also the background he sets up. Jae Lees stylistic art may not be for everyone but for me its perfect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 26, 2013

    Superman and Batman have long been compared against each other. As the two faces of DC, they exist as two different faces of the same coin. There's a back and forth within these pages, a chess game between two individuals fighting on the same side and sometimes against each other. Either way, fans win. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Jul 2, 2013

    This is easily the best thing DC is putting out right now. If it continues down this path then it could easily end up on a number of "must read" lists once its collected. Do yourself a favor and read this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jun 27, 2013

    While I knew this book was coming, it kind of snuck up on me. Even so, after reading it, I wondered how we've survived the two years in the New52 without it. Not everything was explained in this issue – like who possessed Selina Kyle or why were Clark and Bruce teleported " but it was a promising setup for what is looking to be a fantastic story arc and DC title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was a great opening issue, and probably one of the best I've seen for a while. Pak really understood both character's, whilst adding his own uniqueness to them, which I loved. The action, and mystery also added for another level of drama, and suspense, and I can't wait to read more. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, as it's a phenomenal read, and I seriously hope the series continues in this fashion. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jul 10, 2013

    All in all this made for an excellent recommendable read. This is one of those rare instances where you can judge a book by its cover. (Even though you shouldn't, the character costumes are raw and awesome!) If you are looking for something to knock you out with awe, this issue is one hell of a shiner! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jun 27, 2013

    Everyone is familiar with Batman and Superman. Everyone. Everyone knows who they are. This story makes an effort to set up this issue as a way for new readers to jump into the mythos, and it works. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 26, 2013

    A knock-out gorgeous first issue of what I hope continues to be a slightly more psychological take on the relationship between DCs top two heroes, Batman/Superman #1 is, at $3.99, worth every penny, a rarity in comic purchasing today. Without question, any reader could pour over this book multiple times and still come away with new details and nuances with every page turn. How many books can we say that about these days? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 27, 2013

    After some especially strong one-shots featuring this team-up in JamesTynion IV and Alex Maleev's"Ghost Lights" backup for Batman, the New 52 version of Batman/Superman proves that a mature and compelling union of these characters is possible in an ongoing series. It's early days yet, but Pak and Lee have laid the groundwork for a terrific exploration of what makes these characters tick. It will be interesting to see if the multiversity of the initial story arc can carry the emotional weight of the story they have set up so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 26, 2013

    Great writing, gorgeous art, Batman/Superman #1 is everything you want in comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jun 27, 2013

    While Batman has always seemed to land on pretty solid ground, it's taken a while for Superman to find sure footing in the New 52. However, it seems like with Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Ben Oliver and “Batman/Superman” that has changed. Pak, Lee and Oliver manage to bring these characters together and ground them in the universe of the New 52 while presenting that universe in a way that's never been seen before. This is a sucker punch of a good comic book; an issue that works so surprisingly well, it knocks you out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jun 28, 2013

    Anyway, if you're not overloaded with The Man Of Steal and The Dark Knight already you'll probably already have this book in your pile. If on the other hand you feel there's a few too many books with these guys, give this one a shot anyway, you won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jun 28, 2013

    Altogether, this issue is extremely solid work, and I really didn't expect any less. Greg Pak truly shows that he understands how these two characters work, and that's particularly exciting considering how few people really understand how Superman ticks. That said, I'm excited to see that Pak will be coming onto Action Comics as it's new regular writer following the fill-in arc by Scott Lobdell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Jul 2, 2013

    Overall after the Man of Steel movie, I needed some good Superman writing and this one fits in just perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 26, 2013

    Unfortunately, DC failed to advertise the fact that Lee doesn't handle every page in this issue. Ben Oliver steps in to render the final act of the story. While the visual shift makes sense in terms of how the plot makes a sudden swerve, there's no denying that Lee and Oliver have vastly different styles that don't mesh well at all. Oliver's work is strong and carries a hazy, dream-like quality that suits the story well, but it can't really hold up to Lee's work. Hopefully Oliver's presence was motivated by the fact that this first issue is longer than normal, and we won't be seeing fill-in artists on every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 27, 2013

    Still, it's a promising start to a time-honored concept. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 1, 2013

    Initially, I wasn't sure if Jae Lee's artwork was right for this story, but I was wrong. Lee presents a dramatically epic feel that would only work with characters of this magnitude. Besides the confusing ending, which I hope is cleared up in the next issue, Batman/Superman looks like a surefire winner for DC Comics and fans everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jun 28, 2013

    While there are questionable scripting moments, in Batman/Superman #1, overall it is a solid debut issue that successfully captures the friendship between Clark and Bruce, through their well-written personalities and the evocative visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 26, 2013

    This is a strong first issue that I'm sure most fans will eat right up. We get a great scene between Bruce and Clark when they first meet, a bunch of Superman vs. Batman pages and a villain with some interesting powers. The confusing bit at the end could be read as a nice bit of misdirection, but something about its delivery seemed lazy in this reviewer's humble opinion. Let's face it though, Superman has a hit movie in theaters and everyone loves Batman. How is this book not going to sell out? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Jun 26, 2013

    Greg Pak, Jae Lee, and Ben Oliver deliver a stunning take on the first meeting between Batman and Superman in Batman/Superman #1 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jun 26, 2013

    The big question on everybodys mind is probably whether or not Batman/Superman #1 lives up to the hype. In this reviewers mind the answer is most certainly yes. Pak has laid the foundation for story that will suck you in and leave you begging for more. What more could you ask for from a debut issue? Keep this one on your radar, folks! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 27, 2013

    Certainly not what you might imagine from a Batman-Superman comic, but that's in no way a bad thing in this case. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jun 28, 2013

    Needless to say, color me curious. I'm shocked at how good the dialogue of this issue was. Pak usually strikes me as way too wordy and at times, often preachy. But this issue was a welcome exception to his normal writing style. He seems to really "get" both Bruce and Clark and what makes them both tick. I wasn't a fan of the art change (although, in retrospect, Ben Oliver is still a very good artist) and the actual story itself seems to be unnecessarily confusing, but hey, I'm hooked, so obviously the creative team is doing their job right. The artwork of the first half and the cover are worth the price tag alone. Treat yourself to a comic that will surely pick up more steam as it goes and get yourself a copy before it sells out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - SuperCap Jun 28, 2013

    When last Superman and Batman first met, it was 1986 and John Byrne had created a classic story. This time around, Greg Pak has crafted a very interesting take on the New 52 first meeting, anchored by the beautiful and extremely stylistic art of Jae Lee. Here is hoping Pak can keep up the great work and continue to show why these two characters have such a fascinating and exciting relationship. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhatCulture - Matt Grazel Jul 1, 2013

    A noticeable difference is the change in the art in the last few pages. Jae Lee draws the majority of the issue while Ben Oliver is the artist for the last few pages that are on Earth 2. Greg Pak succeeds in the first issue of Batman/Superman and leaves readers anticipating issue #2. The artwork, particularly Lee's, is excellent as his pencils contribute to the success of the first issue starring the two iconic superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 21, 2013

    It sure has taken them long enough, but the powers that be at DC Comics are finally inching their weakest incarnation of their longest lived superhero towards being interesting. The New 52 Superman will most likely always struggle to garner a following, especially as long as he's in a relationship with Wonder Woman and not Lois Lane, but at least there will be a few current comic books starring him that will be worth checking out. Based upon the merits of issue #1, Greg Pak's Batman/Superman will be one of them. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 29, 2013

    All told, the first issue is pretty decent. I can't say it blew me away, but it's a solid start that has me wanting to check out the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jun 26, 2013

    The artwork is going to blow a lot of people away even if the artist couldn't finish the entire book. However, the story itself is sporadic and poses a lot of unanswered questions that will leave readers confused until issue #2 comes out next month. Lastly, $3.99 for only 25 pages of content is upsetting. You'll be done reading this comic in no time at all and if you're like me, you won't exactly be upset but you'll be scratching your head and wishing the next installment was out already so you could make a better judgment of what it was you just read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jun 26, 2013

    I’m excited for what’s to come. DC’s faltered as of late in the public eye, and there has been a revolving door of talent coming and going. The acquisition of Pak from Marvel is a big win for DC, and a step in the right direction. I’m hoping Pak is able to continue telling the story he wants to tell and doesn’t receive interference from any of the DC brass looking to push their agendas. This month’s Superman Unchained gave us a great glimpse into how the Man of Steel acts when he’s working alone, but I really look forward to his one-on-one interactions with Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 26, 2013

    The last time these two characters met for the first time was shortly after John Byrne's reboot of Superman over twenty five years ago. While this might not be an encounter that needed to be retold, it has been a generation since that last time, and Pak and Lee make it different and exciting enough to be worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jun 26, 2013

    Pak clearly has a vision in mind for these characters, and it would be great to see what he has in store down the line, especially aligning with a marquee name like Lee on board. We've seen how Superman works alone, how he works with this Justice League, and while the ending here feels sporadic, now we get a glimpse of what the future holds when he teams up with Batman. Here's hoping Batman/Superman packs more of a punch instead of the light slap later on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jun 26, 2013

    I've had my misgivings about the DC relaunch, but I can honestly say I'm genuinely excited to continue this adventure. Despite the first step being a tad bit rocky Batman/Superman #1 earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jun 27, 2013

    f you like both of these characters, then Superman/Batman is a good book for you. It's a shame the book doesn't have enough story to fill through the issue, but I look forward to seeing what Pak/Lee provide next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jun 29, 2013

    Batman/Superman is a pretty good book, and despite giving it a lower rating that I thought I would have, I'm going to stay on for the intriguing plot set up, and the incredible art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Jason Motes Jun 29, 2013

    So this issue is definitely worth picking up for the art, even though it's by two artists, so there is a bit of an inconsistency there. The writing is good, but there just isn't enough to really judge. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 26, 2013

    Batman/Superman #1 is by no means the perfect reading experience. There are some flaws to this issue, mainly in the art department. Fortunately, Greg Pak was able to create a story that had enough interesting working parts that pushed the story forward. The characterization of Batman and Superman alone was strong enough that I can overlook some of the storys flaws. And while it may not be the ideal art style for this series Jae Lees art does invoke a sense of awe during the Gotham City sequence and whenever Batman was on screen. If you got some extra cash to spend while at your LCS I recommend giving Batman/Superman #1 a try to see if you can connect with the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 29, 2013

    Even though Batman/Superman is nothing revolutionary, I do find myself wanting to see where it goes, and if it develops the voice that it needs to to thrive. I doubt that it will ever be more than a solid good time that looks great, but sometimes that's enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 29, 2013

    I was hoping for a great plot and some character definitions in this book. Instead Pak sort of establishes what the character's origins are and how they stand in the DCU now, which is fine but it doesn't put a personality on them. However, Pak brings a nice mystery and there seems to be a great plot cooking up for future issues. I am definitely interested in where this is heading. This is a good start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 29, 2013

    Speaking of the story and plot, I'm just not impressed. This is supposed to be the first ever meeting of Batman and Superman in the new continuity, but it's just so dull and flat. So the two bump into each other on a park bench? Big whoop. And the first time they meet in costume, it's in some random, crowded apartment in the middle of a fight. Not only that, but apparently their first adventure together is going to be some insane time travel jaunt that involves future versions of themselves. Seriously? That's the continuity precedent that DC wants to set? This is the first ever meeting between Batman and Superman in your new continuity, and instead of as tory that has any kind of gravitas, it's a spooky, mind-bending, complex trip through time.I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with this issue, and Pak and Lee are very talented, but I don't think this series will be for me. This is not a Batman or Superman I want to read about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 1, 2013

    Overall, this first issue works for three quarters of the issue. Unfortunately a weaker ending in both storytelling and art style left me not as excited for issue two. Because of the characters involved and the hope for Jae Lee's art throughout, I'll be back for the second issue. I just hope they can finish this first storyline off better than they finished this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Jun 27, 2013

    Without Lee's art, it would be just about the most average debut I can imagine. If you like Batman and Superman, you'll probably enjoy this – particularly with the implication that it's going to be the very first team-ups between the two characters, before Bruce even suspected Superman's identity. Perhaps the best comparison possible would be to Batwoman, another book in which spectacular panel lay-outs and startling, evocative splashes of color and darkness so vastly outstrip the writing that it's difficult to figure out how much I enjoyed reading the book vs. how much I just want to blow up certain panels/pages into posters. I can see how this could grow into a thoroughly enjoyable book in the months to come from the seeds planted here – Pak has shown a lot of talent at combining larger-than-life action with strong character work in things like Planet Hulk -but as a debut,Batman/Superman #1 fails to excite. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 1, 2013

    This is a clusterfuck of a first issue that makes less sense the more you read it. Pass. Read Full Review

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