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Batman #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 61
9.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 21, 2011

    Reading this issue made me giddy as a kid reading comics for the first time. With Snyder, you know there is so much underneath the surface and even if you can't see what's there, knowing that they're there will amp up your level of excitement. Readers that have never picked up a Batman issue can easily step in here and know what's going on. It's great for both new and old readers. Neither should feel frustration as the issue appeals to both. I could go on some more but I think I'll just give the issue another read instead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 4, 2011

    There's plenty of adventure in the first half of this book, but it's not a stand-alone episode. No, it is clear by the end of Batman #1 that Snyder is building a mystery that's going to span across a few issues. Which is a good thing because if it's anything like #1 we're in for a heck of a ride! Snyder and Capullo's Batman earns a 10/10 from me because it shows off everything I love about Batman and gets me excited about the future. This is a definite buy. I even picked up the variant cover! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 21, 2011

    Greg Capullo's arrival to the mainstream couldn't come too soon. His stylized, exaggerated characters, noir city-scapes, and gritty pulp sensibilities paired with Glapion and Plascencia's finishes are absolutely gorgeous. I won't be able to stop looking at this issue for a while. This is a pitch-perfect tuning to the Batman franchise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 23, 2011

    With Batman #1, Snyder and Capullo spotlight all of the things that make Batman great. From Batman's handling of Rogues Gallery to a single panel of the Bat-Boys of Bruce, Dick, Tim and Damien together, they hit all the right marks that every Bat-fan, smart, new and old needs to see and then some. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 23, 2011

    I haven't enjoyed the start of a Batman story this much since the first issue of Morrison's Batman and Robin. This issue has just about everything. It's got character introductions, action, looks at the character of Bruce Wayne and as Batman and even some mystery. Snyder juggles a couple of threads and manages to show a few surprises in this issue. About the only thing I don't like about the issue is the logo. Beyond that I can't recommend a book more highly than this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Clark Bullock Apr 10, 2012

    Really what I am trying to get at is that this book really takes Batman back to his roots. Rather than just kicking the crap out of some face painted goons working for the joker, there is mystery and suspense. Don't get me wrong, there are many great fight scenes within the first seven issues but I really like the layers that are within this title. I found myself having to pick my jaw up off of the floor multiple times. The art and innovation really adds to the experience also. The dark gritty streets of Gotham, the twisted owl faces of the court, and the spiral into madness Batman experiences within the maze are all portrayed so well. There are multiple lip-biting moments that just wouldn't have been the same without the fantastic illustrations. I am highly anticipating issue #8 and if the action and suspense stay on par, then Batman may becomeone of my favoriteseries of this year. I give this read a 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 27, 2011

    Batman #1 was a delight to read and truly caught me off guard with that nice little twist at the end. Youll have to read this issue to know what Im speaking of. And believe me, if you do, youll be anxiously waiting for whats coming up in 30 days just like I am! Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Sep 22, 2011

    Whether we agree or not that Batman needed a fresh start this was about the best possible way to do it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 16, 2013

    Batman #1 is a great issue with a solid lead-in. Somehow, Snyder brings in a lot of what makes Batman great " the physicality, technology, and detective work. There are twists and turns, a little bit of gore, and more than a hint of mystery. It was wise of DC to leave the Bat family alone. It may be the one book that survives the New 52 relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 21, 2011

    This is the best of the new 52 issues I've read so far. With a creative team like this title has, we should be in for an outstanding run on this new Batman. I can't wait! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Brian Russell Sep 22, 2011

    Unlike a few other titles in the relaunch, Batman #1 shows us exactly where this comic is headed " as well as dropping a couple bombs on us as well. If the end doesn't leave you excited for what's to come, you must have read it wrong. If this issue does nothing, it should at least gives those wary of Snyder taking the reins some comfort that the series is in very capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 23, 2011

    Snyder's script hooked you from the first word balloon and the art work is just right. Bruce, Dick, Jason, Damien, Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock all look younger and we get a glimpse of what the villains look like. The Joker seems to be the top bad guy in town while the Riddler now has a green Mohawk shaped as a question mark. The story seems to be current because the GCPD works with Batman unlike Detective Comics where the police are hunting him down. Very good first issue and I can't wait to see how the evidence pans out next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 23, 2011

    But this is a strong foundation to build on, and of the Bat-books I've seen, this is the one you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 21, 2011

    The only let down is Rob Capullo’s art, which is very hit or miss with this issue. The opening battle is gorgeous, with strong movement and some wonderful detail work, especially on Two-Face. However the scene with Commissioner Gordon doesn’t work at all, mainly because Capullo draws Gordon to look like Groucho Marx-meets-The Triplets Of Belleville. At one point, Dick Grayson looks like he’s about twelve, but then the murder scene Batman investigates is wonderful. Capullo really captures the dilapidated nature of the apartment and the brutality of the kill. I’m not giving up on Capullo because there is more good than bad, it’s just the bad really sticks out. Regardless, Batman #1 is cause to celebrate not only the return of a singular Dark Knight, but also that he rests in the capable hands of Scott Snyder. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 21, 2011

    Snyder's highly acclaimed run on Detective Comics was hardly a fluke. Just as he approached Detective with a story that could only be told through Dick's eyes, so too does he approach Batman #1 in the same fashion. This a story that is uniquely Bruce's, taking Snyder's fascination with Gotham City and twisting it to reflect the original Dark Knight. There's a wealth of Batman titles coming in DC's relaunch, but so far, this looks to be the one to beat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rafael Gaitan Sep 25, 2011

    From Page One, Snyder absolutely nails what the reader wants from a Batman title: Batman. While Tony Daniel's Detective seems to be focused on getting gritter than gravel above anything else, we find our Batman facing down his rogues' gallery and promptly dispatching them. Any doubts of what kind of Bruce Wayne we're looking at are quickly assuaged Snyder has the ability to craft some brutal fighting interspersed with arresting dialogue and captions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 28, 2011

    In the end, Batman #1 didnt turn out to be my favorite of all the DC #1s as I expected it would be coming into September: thus far, that honor is still held by Swamp Thing #1, also by Scott Snyder. But I would say Batman #1 is the best New 52 title Ive read so far that doesnt fall under the DC Dark banner. Its classic Batman, and should feel simultaneously rewarding for old readers and welcoming for new ones. And in the background, we get the sense that a narrative is brewing that could make the issues that follow even better. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 22, 2011

    So that's three of the four core Batman series of the new 52 I have read so far. I'll put it to you this way: Batman is not as amazing and perfect as Detective Comics, but Oh My God is it vastly superior to Batman & Robin! The grittiness is toned down from Detective but replaced with a really interesting character that has my attention. The annoyance factor of Batman & Robin is completely absent from this series and takes everything I liked about that series. In other words, Batman is exactly as I hoped and expected. This a good series that may need a while to really take off but is worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 23, 2011

    I really liked this first issue. This book is easily in the upper echelon of DCs New 52 thus far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 27, 2011

    This one's an easy recommendation, and a solid read (even if the final panel is an obvious red herring). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Dec 2, 2011

    The caped crusader is back in this new ongoing series! Theres a knife-wielding killer on the loose in Gotham and the trail leads to Bruce Waynes inner circle. Who can it be? Find out in Knife Trick. Written by Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and illustrated by the very talented Greg Capullo (Spawn, The Creech). Im anxious to see where Snyders taking this beloved DC character, with his razor sharp stories and snappy dialogue he uses for American Vampire. Capullos art just springs to life on every panel, hes come a long way since drawing Quasar for Marvel all those years ago. A great start for new readers. Love the new title art as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Sep 22, 2011

    Make no mistake: Batman #1 is not a debut issue regardless of what number is on the cover. It's a continuation in all aspects. Will new readers jump on? Sure. Is it accessible to new readers? Somewhat, but it's like any beginning to a new story arc. If that was the point then this effort is average at best. But that's not the point. The point is to tell good stories with a modern tone, and as far as that goes Batman #1 is a good comic"but it should have been excellent. Read Full Review

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