Batman #0

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 31
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Bruce Wayne has returned from his worldwide quest to take the law into his own hands! This issue reveals the early steps of building everything that surrounds Batman the costume, the cave, the car, the gadgets!

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 18, 2012

    Batman #0 is an amazing story that ended way too quickly. This is a Batman story that anyone can (and should) get behind. Snyder is going to have one Hell of a time topping the Court of Owls, but he's certainly on the right track. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 12, 2012

    Abrupt ending aside, I'd say the back up made up for it, and more, so there's not a whole lot to complain about. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 12, 2012

    Having all our comics interrupted by a zero issue might have seemed like a bad idea but this issue makes you wish it could last for more than a month. We thought we knew all about Bruce's days before becoming a crime fighter in his YEAR ONE days but Scott Snyder manages to give us a story that goes above and beyond what you would expect from this time. The kicker is the situation Bruce puts himself in and who he ends up confronting. Getting an early look at these characters along with Jim Gordon's take makes you hunger for a separate series showing us all the detail from this time. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue their winning streak of great issue after great issue. Throw in an amazing back up by James Tynion IV and Andy Clarke, this is the kind of issue Batman fans want. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 12, 2012

    Some of the best work here happens within the makeshift batcave. I really dig Capullo’s instinct on the type of outfits and tech that Bruce would originally gone with. The scene doesn’t point out anything particular, it just gives multiple hints as to where things like the Batmobile the Batplane and so forth got started. The only thing I didn’t like about Batman #0 is that it sets the tone for a story we won’t see until 2013. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 12, 2012

    The cliffhanger aggravated me and something in the backup definitely left me scratching my head, but I know I'll find myself going back to closely examine all of the early tech Bruce had lying around his original base of operations, I'll be reading what is one of the best Tim Drake moments in years–without a doubt this past year– again, and there are a lot of really great character moments that I know I'll revisit. Issue #0 even with its flaws is an immensely fun and re-readable issue for Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 13, 2012

    Batman #0 does a fantastic job giving readers a history without being boring or unimportant. Batman-related books could have suffered terrible setbacks with these "Zero Month" issues. Instead, Snyder is leading the pack in terms of quality and type of story that should be told. Us readers already know how Bruce's parents died and how he becomes Batman, so these issues should be more about building up a world that leads into the present day, and Scott Snyder has done this in spades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Sep 12, 2012

    But in a year of almost non-stop “holy crap” moments, there isn't really one in Batman #0. And I'm expecting (perhaps erroneously) that Batman #13 isn't going to pick up right where Batman #0 left off, meaning that it's going to be a while before I find out exactly whether and how the Red Hood delivers on the threat which ends the issue. It's going to be great, and I'm going to be there when it is. But I'm just a little surprised to say that Batman #0 doesn't quite get there on its own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 17, 2012

    While these moments jumble up Bat-continuity even more, they were still powerful moments to witness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Sep 11, 2012

    Batman #0 is a great example of how Scott Snyder and company have taken Batman to a whole new level. It's no wonder why it's the top-selling book of the company. There's more to this book aside from it just being Batman-related " it's opening a world that both a new generation and even older fans can enjoy. It's always fun to see where Bruce got all those wonderful toys and witness the man he was before donning the cape and cowl. While September is still early, this is a contender for the book of the month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Scott West Sep 15, 2012

    Scott Snyder has delivered a solid flashback issue to the New 52. The first story drops hints of things that are sure to have repercussions in the modern storylines and the backup tale is just a quick fun read. The artwork from Capullo and Glapion is very good (although I actually prefer Glapion's pencils here). In the end, this could probably be skipped without missing much, but if you like Batman or his extended family, it's worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Sep 12, 2012

    Interesting as the main story was, it's the backup by James Tynion IV and Andy Clarke that stole the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 14, 2012

    After a year of excellence, this was a bit of a letdown. But next issue looks promising. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Sep 13, 2012

    All things considered Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo deliver another standout issue. From the composition to the actual story it was worth every dime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Sep 16, 2012

    We are also treated to another back up story written by James Tynion. His back up story in Detective Comics #0 was great and he nails it here too. In "Tomorrow" we get the origin of the Bat Signal, but we also get treated to three story lines featuring Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Jason Todd. Being a huge Robin fanatic(Drake being my favorite) I loved this aspect of the story. Each showing a different aspect of themselves that came to define their runs as Robin. Tim with his intellect, Dick with his physical capabilities and Jason as the thug with a conscience. It was cool to see the three at different points in their lives before becoming Robin, but with the scenes running concurrently with each other, all set against the back drop of Gordon's first use of the Bat Signal. And the foreshadowing moment of Barbara Gordon watching the Bat Signal was great too. These stories prove why Batman is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 12, 2012

    We get to see how Batman inspired the Bat-family " Dick, Jason, Tim, and Barbara " before ever actually meeting them. It's a great framing device that works on multiple levels, including giving Tim Drake his only worthwhile, significant moment since the New 52 launched last year. Plus, Clarke's nod to the original Nightwing costume is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 14, 2012

    Overall, given the quality of these books, particularly as done-in-one books, the zero issues may actually be a high point of the New 52 so far, a genuinely accessible starting point for new readers to hop on in a manner the new #1s didn't quite manage to accomplish en masse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Sep 13, 2012

    When all is said and done, this is a satisfying look at the early days of our heroes, though the main story isn't as self-contained as I would like it to be. Still, that's only a minor complaint, as I'm sure the followup will be coming very shortly in the pages of Batman and all related titles. A very enthusiastic 8/10! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Sep 13, 2012

    Surprisingly, my favorite part of this issue was the back up story from James Tynion IV and Andy Clark. Clark's art is phenomenal and, in my eyes, James Tynion IV has officially earned the title as "the next big thing." This back up treats us to snippets in the lives of Tim Drake, Jason Todd, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon and Jim Gordon. At the center of it all is the bat signal and we learn both why and how it came to be. Tynion's representation of Jim Gordon is far and away the best that we've seen in the New 52. This back up is so good that you'll immediately rush to your local comic shop and add Talon to your pull list! You'd be crazy not to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 13, 2012

    However, if you can clearly separate the main story from the back up story, you're in for a treat. Both, on the whole, are very strong. Their only significant flaw is they don't work as well together as I'd like. Perhaps after reading Synder's story set the book down, have a sandwich and come back later to read Tynion's back-up. Both deserve high-praise individually, regardless of being a bit confusing when paired together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Sep 12, 2012

    This issue ranks high on my list for the latest DC 0 Issues for a couple of reasons. The writing from Scott Snyder was captivating and made me want to see more of Bruce talking to Alfred or Jim Gordon. I also feel like the backup issue alone makes this a worthy purchase. You will not get your socks blown off but its still a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Eric "djotaku" Mesa Sep 13, 2012

    Having only read Snyder in arcs that were all building up for a long time like The Black Mirror in Detective Comics or The Court of Owls in Batman I wasn't sure how he'd do with this #0 issue. It turned out to be great because Snyder is such a Batman fan. The pages oozed with his happiness at being able to tell the stories of Bruce/Batman's past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 14, 2012

    A nice issue that could probably be skipped for longtime Bat-fans, but is very worthwhile for anyone new. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 14, 2012

    This comic book was a fun read. I recommend reading the backup first because I think it packs more of a punch when you read the book in that order. I definitely advise skipping the "First Appearance" box as it is purely garbage as it tries to make sense of continuity in New 52 terms and fails at it miserably. Snyder knows how to tell a good story and that is the case here. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 14, 2012

    I’d like to give this issue the low rating it deserves, just because of the s**t they pulled with the ending of the first story. However with Snyder & Capullo at the helm, I just can’t bring myself to do that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Sep 17, 2012

    Batman #0 has a decent lead story that could have benefited from a few extra pages, and a back-up that would stand well on its own. Together, they make another excellent entry into the Batman series that Snyder and Tynion IV have been working on, and provide a good look back on the origins of Batman without a single mention of the character, as well as some cryptic looks forward too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Sep 14, 2012

    Snyder and Capullo have been one of the most in-synch pairings in comic books and have set a mark of quality that few in the mainstream can live up to. That said, Capullo's art does most of the heavy lifting and even overshadows the writing at times. Snyder writes a thrilling enough story, but there's none of the usual meat behind it. None of the startling revelations or thematic weight that makes you stop and think about the implications of what's going on. It could be a case of a great team having set the bar too high, but it really does feel like no one had much to say about Bruce's early years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Sep 21, 2012

    So, Batman #0 is not worth your time or money, unless you want to fork over $3.99 for a good 10 pages. Plus, I'm going to try adding the BACKUP story as its own separate rating categoryfor this issue's verdict. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 18, 2012

    Batman #0 is able to give us some history of Bruce Wayne before he became Batman and set up the Red Hood Gang as a force to be wrecking with. Scott Snyder continues to establish a voice for each character he involves in his story which makes even stories that are fillers entertaining. Unfortunately the fact that the story doesn't have the same sense of importance the first twelve issues of the series have been able to have makes this an issue to pass on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Sep 16, 2012

    For the all the opportunity Batman #0 has, the issue is very much a mixed bag. It is wholly a product of the New 52 and in many ways is an example of what the New 52 means. The structure is part action and part drama, with the backup story leaning heavily on the drama. In some ways the entire issue is a tribute to the new Batman. While the creators definitely intended to pay tribute to what had come before and what is now, what we mostly have is a celebration of the now. If the New 52 is to succeed, that must be the case. Nostalgia be damned. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 14, 2012

    For a comic that ties all these threads together Batman #0 should feel more than a mixed success (at best), but too many of these pieces don't fit together and the overall narrative feels far too forced. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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