Damian: Son of Batman #1

Damian: Son of Batman #1

Writer: Andy Kubert Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 3
6.2Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own...but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? The story of Damian Wayne begins in this epic miniseries written and drawn by one of Damian's co-creators, Andy Kubert!

  • 10
    WhatCulture - Kyle Murphy Nov 1, 2013

    A great amount of joy in the issue emanates from hearing Damian crack wise about mistaking an ugly dead corpse with Tim Drake, while knee-deep in human and fish remains, and with the parental Batman quipping, "focus on the mission, young man!", this issue starts in familiar father-son nostalgia territory. This fun is shattered when Batman seemingly accidentally triggers a bomb that shreds his torso. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Oct 30, 2013

    Kubert sets up this four-issue miniseries as a test of conscience for not-so-young Damian. Will he dish out justice his way by killing, or will he adopt the no killing code he struggled to accept for so many years? Kubert doesn't offer any easy answers. He actually raises more questions with the last panel as Bruce Wayne seemingly returns from the dead to discover that his son has been a bad, bad boy in his absence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Oct 30, 2013

    Kubert delivers an interesting interpretation of Gotham City that merits a return trip to a dead character. He proves that he is competent at both writing and drawing full comic book. While this first chapter is definitely worth the price of admission, it is unclear if the series will take a distinctive tone and have a clear purpose going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 30, 2013

    This is a really good issue, and a very good beginning to this miniseries.  The entire issue is almost a mirror of what happened in A Death in the Family.  The comparisons between the mind set, and attitude of a  grown up Damian, and Jason Todd are uncanny.  I wasn't really a fan of Kubert's Parasite issue in Villain's Month, and when I heard he was the man behind the curtain on this title I was a bit worried.  I love being put to ease.  This was a fun issue, and everyone who loved that little pumpkin headed boy, who was taken from us to early, go check out this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - David John Oct 31, 2013

    Overall Damian Son of Batman # 1, is a excellent comic book, with extremely strong art on its side. A mini series not only for a Batman fan or a Damian fan, but for any fan of the medium!. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Nov 7, 2013

    Andy Kubert introduced us to Damian all those years ago, and has returned our little snot-nosed brat to us once more, in excellent fashion. A solid beginning to a story that already seems to be heading towards the same type of popularity as Batman 666. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 4, 2013

    A good start with an okay story that has terrificvisuals, but I'm not going to continue to but it. $3.99 for a limited series is too much for me. Sorry DC, but you've priced this book beyond my wallet's means. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Oct 31, 2013

    Overall the new series is really good, and I have high hopes for it. My only problem is the New 52 banner on the cover page. Why? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 30, 2013

    Damian is back. Sort of. Ever since we first saw the dark future with Damian as Batman, we've been wanting to see more of what his future holds. With his unfortunate current state in comics, it's nice to be able to escape that and look forward at this story. This is our chance to see Damian in a way we haven't been able to before. Andy Kubert does a great job as the writer and artist in bringing life to this moment. There are some tiny moments of confusion but they should be expanded on in future issues. With a start like this one, it's too bad this is only four issues. Get ready to see Damian like you've never seen him. Bravo to Andy Kubert for delivering such a fun and great looking Damian story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Oct 30, 2013

    I won't lie to you, the preview of this issue really got me worried about the writing. Some of that dialogue just made me cringe, and I started to accept that might be the standard for the series. Luckily, a few bad lines here and there aside, the writing really settled down, that bad first impression sort of got swept under the rug for me and I ended up enjoying this issue more than I thought I would. While the writing may be a bit shaky, the concept and Andy Kubert's art really shine through, and while not perfect, this was a pretty good start to this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Nov 12, 2013

    If you can put aside the dubious motives behind publishing this book so soon after his demise and ignore the concept of Damian reaching out to the worst mom ever for a solid, go pick up a copy and enjoy the beginning of what looks to be an interesting tale of what could have been (or my still be). Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 1, 2013

    For all its faults Damian Son of Batman #1 successfully brings Damian Wayne back in his own book that isnt tied to the New 52. This book wont be for everyone as it is written for Damian Wayne fans, especially those looking to delve deeper into the world introduced in Batman #666. Luckily I am one of those fans and I greatly enjoyed what Kubert presented to us. With the swerve that Bruce was not the Batman that died and Damian battling the conflicting ideals he was raised on I am fully strapped in for whatever comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Nov 1, 2013

    This first issue is worth buying for the artwork (and one or two extremelyexciting character moments), and hopefully the writing can pick up the pace in the remaining three chapters and make this series something truly memorable, rather than just a slice of (admittedly delicious) eye candy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 30, 2013

    Andy Kubert is a tremendous artist, just not a very good writer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 8, 2013

    I'm not sure that I'l stick with the mini-series until the end (especially as the final couple of panels suggest the story taking a bizarre left-turn as soon as the beginning of issue #2), but for fans of the character the first-quarter of Kubert's story is an interesting read. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Nov 3, 2013

    Overall if you're a big fan of Damian, then I wouldn't recommend this book to you as it's not the Damian you're familiar with. The art is strong, but probably not strong enough to justify the $3.99. I'd recommend waiting for the trade to see how it all ends up, and just where this storyline fits into current continuity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 4, 2013

    This was a decent start to this four part mini-series as although it wasn't as amazing as I hoped it would be, it was still very interesting having a lot of mystery to it. I do however have faith that this will be a good series, and if Kubert improves the dialogue it could become even better. Due to all this I'd recommend this to anyone who's a die hard Damian Wayne fan, but otherwise I'd wait it out for another issue or two to see how good the story is overall. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 30, 2013

    But with Kubert drawing this book as well as writing, surely the art has to justify the purchase, right? Maybe, depending on how much you enjoy Kubert's style. This issue falls very closely in line with the tone and texture of his work on Morrison and Gaiman's Batman. That means sleek, angular figures, a seedy Gotham, and a strong focus on color and lighting. The best pages are those like the early double-page spread and the funeral sequence, where the figures are almost overpowered by the oppressive, textured environment of Gotham. But Kubert's pages too often suffer from wonky facial expressions, most notably the very first page of Damian staring agape. Less obtrusive but still annoying is the way that Batman is drawn in his 2006-era costume but colored in a halfhearted attempt to resemble the New 52 version. I don't know why anyone is bothering trying to convince readers that this story is unfolding in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 30, 2013

    I'm staying optimistic for now, but the first chapter of this 4-part saga was definitely strange. The writing is nowhere near as strong as the superb artwork, but given the bizarre nature of the story being told my curiosity will definitely bring me back for more next month. I'm giving Damian: Son of Batman #1 an average score of 5.5/10. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeked Out Nation - 2ComicNerds Oct 31, 2013

    All in all we had a hard time grading this because we had such different opinions about the comic, so we like to believe that other people did too. Read the comic yourself and tell us what you think. The story has been getting praised from people and also hated from others. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Oct 31, 2013

    A compelling premise that completely misses the mark in characterization, Damian #1 is unfortunately not bringing back any shadow of the boy we all fell in love with, but regressing his development even as the years have passed. Could it simply be an imaginary story? Sure, but this isnt my Robin, and who would have thought Id feel that way for these reasons not so long ago? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 31, 2013

    A final page twist makes this something a little more interesting than the premise that led there, but unless DC have got something sneaky up their sleeves, all this can hope to do is cheapen the decade of stories that Morrison built to lead us here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Nov 1, 2013

    If there is any reason to pick up this book, the art is it. Andy Kubert's "Damian: Son of Batman" #1 is a dazzling piece of artwork. Where Kubert isn't much of a writer, he sure is one hell of an artist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - 2 Comic Nerds Oct 31, 2013

    All in all this issue is between bad and just ok. We at 2ComicNerds had very different opinions about it, so we like to believe that others did too. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Oct 30, 2013

    Not a strong start for the series and really not a great return for Damian Wayne. Let's hope this mini-series turns out worth it. Read Full Review

  • 4.1
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Oct 31, 2013

    Overall, this should be a much better book than it is. Kubert was an excellent fit art-wise, but his disappointing writing definitely wasn't. There are a lot of missed opportunities in the issue that could have capitalised on the core concept to create a story exploring a son mourning his father. What we get instead is a small handful of scenes with inconsistent characterisation from it's lead character no less and very little in the way of emotional draw. There's an overwhelming sense of “Oh… I guess that's it, then.” that starts from Batman's death until the last page reveal which is less of a twist and more of a headscratcher. It's disappointing to see an issue with so much potential just fail to deliver on any of it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 1, 2013

    Damian is a hollow character made worse in this issue. The uninvolved characters that are jammed in this issue makes it read like pages are missing or were left on the cutting room floor. The comic is not terribly entertaining and I think even the biggest Damian fan is going to be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Nov 5, 2013

    It would be hard to recommend this issue to anyone but the most hardcore of Batman fans, those who need to devour everything Bat-related. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Oct 31, 2013

    The verdict is that Son of Batman is disappointing. Very disappointing. It's sad to say it, but there really isn't anything to look forward to in this miniseries, from what we've seen so far. The cliffhanger at the end didn't do anything to affect my opinion. The writing is just bad. I think I'm passing the rest of this miniseries up. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 2, 2013

    A misguided story in almost every way, practically its only value is in convincing you that Damian saved himself a lot of heartache by dying. There are worse things than death, as this issue demonstrates. Dropped. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 5, 2013

    I kind of expected this comic to be a lot better, even though I'm not a fan of Kubert's work, but I was still pretty disappointed with it. This is a 4-issue mini-series only, and generally I'd be all for finishing things up but I doubt I will. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 31, 2013

    I wish this had been a knockout, as I love Damian and I love Andy Kubert, but this book might be the biggest disappointment I've seen in awhile. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 30, 2013

    The lack of care taken to justify the characters' actions in this book make it seem like a nothing more than a cash grab that combines a popular character with a popular creator and hopes for the best. Ultimately, it does a disservice to previous work on the character and Kubert's legacy as a creator. Damian: Son of Batman is simply an exercise in weeping and moaning and gritting of teeth. Unfortunately, the weeping and moaning will be coming mostly from a reader who can't believe they spent four dollars on this one. Read Full Review

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