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Batman #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: David Finch, Matt Banning Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 15, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 52 User Reviews: 158
8.3Critic Rating
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"I AM GOTHAM" chapter one
No one has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight?
CAN'T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to Batman alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jul 5, 2017

    Although both Joker and Riddler are written and illustrated amazingly in this arc so far, its Edward Nigma, in particular, that is the stand out for me. Not to play down the creative team, but the Joker as a character always carries a certain attitude and weight that is heard to screw up. However making the Riddler not only a major villain but also a major threat to both Batman AND the Joker, is no easy feat. Read on for 11 reasons its hard to pick a side in Batman #26, War of Jokes and Riddles Part 2! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Holden Copeland Jun 15, 2016

    The creative team as a whole hit the ground running in this issue with an over the top challenge that Batman must face in order to save his city. Also introducing us to two new super powered characters, Gotham and Gotham Girl, that intend on letting Batman know that Gotham is their city to protect now. Seeing as how when a new creative team takes over a series, especially a beloved series like this one, their is some slight trepidation but no need to fear because Batman is in good hands once more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 15, 2016

    This issue may not be what people are expecting for a new series. The plot trickles in, but the issue is great for new readers and overall, provides a great kick-off to the new comic. We're getting this very intense moment in time and the book does a fine job at not only establishing Batman but also establishing Alfred and Duke as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 29, 2016

    I own every issue of Batman from Issue #196 through #529. Nothing since then has swayed me to pick this series up again on a regular basis, until now. My god, this is Batman as he should be. This has made me fall in love with Batman all over again. More, please. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Travis Czap Jun 16, 2016

    In all, this first issue was an excellent way to kick off the new BATMAN series. The art was spectacular and made me fly through the book. The writing nailed the old characters and gave us just enough of something new to get me very excited about what's coming up. Even better, this issue stands well on its own; it has a self-contained plot that is extremely action-packed and hits on some of the common elements of Batman. These familiar elements should be pleasing to longtime fans, but the book doesn't shy away from changing things up just a bit. Tom King is here, and just like Batman, he's trying “something new.” Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jun 15, 2016

    Scott Snyder spent a majority of his run focusing on Gotham. What makes it tick and what it takes away and what it gives back. Gotham was given character and Batman was ingrained into the DNA of the city. Tom King focuses on Gotham as well, but this time Gotham is a man. A man who asks the question, in a world of Supermen and Wonder Women, is there a place for a someone like Batman? Im sure Batman has a painful answer for Gotham, and I cant wait to read it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jun 15, 2016

    What does he do if Gotham no longer needs Batman? Does he stop? Can he stop? And most important of all, should he stop? Let's not forget, Batman did all the hard work. He navigated the plane away from the populated areas and kept it from hitting any buildings on his way. The new heroes, who call themselves Gotham and Gotham Girl, just swooped in at the last second and saved Batman. Still, they'll get all the glory and you have to wonder what King is trying to say with heroes who seem to be so confident in their abilities that they declare to Batman that they are his city's new heroes. After all, confidence and goodness never last long in Gotham City and nobody knows that better than Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jan 13, 2019

    For its finale,Kings of Fear looked inwardly, and turned out one of the most fulfilling finales to a Batman story in recent memory. It may have meandered a bit along the way, but in the end, much like Batman's Quixotic quest itself, it was worth it the journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Jun 15, 2016

    Batman #1 fits nicely into the REBIRTH relaunch and if you are following along from the DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH special then it will be right up your alley as it gives you another layer of the universe to delve into. As far as a Batman book by itself, King puts Batman in an interesting situation that makes the book feel fresh and exciting. David Finch and Jordie Bellaire both do a wonderful job of creating a visual environment for the reader to both enjoy and get lost in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 15, 2016

    There is a new rule in comics: Tom King can do no wrong. Everywhere this man goes, comic book gold surfaces. Batman #1 has solidified this rule as King does not even falter when taking the reins to DC’s most daunting title. Batman’s world is written with a finesse and quietness here that feels just right. King has put the gears in motion for another comic classic. DC had some massive shoes to fill once Snyder left this title. They surprisingly seemed to have pulled off the job. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 17, 2016

    As the issue comes to a close, we're introduced to a pair of new characters claiming they're heroes named Gotham and Gotham Girl. This immediately makes me call back to the Snyder era and the ongoing “Batman is Gotham” theme. That, and the suggestion that they're willing to kill, suggests they'll be breaking bad in a matter of time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 18, 2016

    Tom King's Batman looks to be phenomenal, with an exciting first issue that plays up a lot of classic Batman elements, while delivering some truly outstanding action.I would probably prefer a better artist than Finch, but I suppose he'll do for now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 15, 2016

    Definitely a very solid opener that may not light the barn on fire but establishes a hell of a lot very quickly all while tantalizing at the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jun 15, 2016

    Great starting point, cliff-hanger ending with Tom King adding a determined, almost at peace layer to the Batman aura. This issue is not to be missed, between the building-blocks put in motion and the team of David Finch and Jordie Bellaire; Batman #1 is spot-on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 16, 2016

    Still, as far as debut issues go, Batman #1 certainly kicks things off with a bang. It's an easy book for readers with even the most basic Bat-knowledge to understand, and its narrative simplicity is a strength that allows the action and beautifully simple shape of the issue to come to the fore. King even ends the issue with an intriguing cliffhanger that definitely leaves you hungry for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 23, 2016

    Do bats make good parents? I honestly have no idea, although I suppose that when you come down to it very few animals treat their children well, humans being no exception. When it comes to Batman, his status as a father is one of the most fraught subjects in all of American superhero comics. As Tom King, DC's new main Batman writer, has observed, the man is something of a psychopath. During his time as one of the creative minds behindGrayson, King was known to say that there is a Dick Grayson story that writers automatically want to tell (and that some have, in fact, told). It's the story of how orphaned Dick Grayson was abused and terrorized by the dark, obsessed billionaire who forced him into a pathological life as a vigilante. There's just something about Bruce Wayne that invites that kind of thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Bub Smith Jun 15, 2016

    Leaving off on pretty engaging cliff hanger (can't wait to see where this is all going), King and Finch are the perfect pair to take over Batman. I had my reservations about them (hell, I had my reservations about the entire DC Rebirth"), but I am more than happy to say they were for naught.Even though it felt like Snyder and Capullo could have gone another 50 issues no problem, a breath of fresh air is never a bad thing. Especially when it's this refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 24, 2016

    Batman #1 reminds us of everything that we love about the hero, he doesn't hesitate to jump into the middle of disaster and put his own life on the line. It also points out to the reader that in a world of superheroes, metahumans and aliens – Batman is just one man. But he's quite possibly more inspiring than any of the other heroes that DC relies on. The only downside to the story, is that we're itching to find out more on the Rebirth element of the DC Universe. Whilst this issue skips that storyline – we're hoping that they pick it up soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 21, 2016

    Though they have big shoes to fill following the last creative team, King, Finch and the rest of the team show Batman is in good hands. This story did well to examine Batman's immense intellect and his humanity, but the ending shows potential to examine just how much good he can do without superpowers now that other heroes have shown up to the scene. Batman fans will surely get a kick out of King's portrayal of the hero and what he has in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 15, 2016

    This is an edge of your seat, don't look away, action movie on the page type of issue and my gut tells me that it was great.  My stupid brain had a few issues that I can't completely overlook, but boy, I had a lot of fun with this book.  I can easily recommend this issue to anyone looking for a good time and the crazy cliffhanger ups the ante going forward and I can't wait to see how it all fits together in two weeks.  If this is what Rebirth is about, it's a great time to be a DC Comics fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jun 15, 2016

    The climax leaves us with plenty of question marks regarding not just who is threatening Gotham now, but who has risen alongside the Bat to save it. The dichotomy of person and persona is better with Batman/Bruce Wayne than perhaps any other superhero out there, and King's openness to blurring those lines in his debut is a great sign for the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 20, 2016

    Tom King met expectations while David Finch went beyond them. Because of that, "Batman" #1 satisfies in various and exciting ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 15, 2016

    Fear not Bat-Fans, Batman is in good hands. With a new conflict that could pit a superhero with no powers against superhero rivals with exceptional powers, this could be another great chapter in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jun 15, 2016

    The dichotomy of person and persona is better with Batman/Bruce Wayne than perhaps any other superhero out there, and King's openness to blurring those lines in his debut is a great sign for the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - John Jack Aug 30, 2018

    A great miniseries for fans of Batman in the 90s, or new fans curious what a good Batman book looks like. I can't wait for next issue and couldn't recommend it more! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jun 16, 2016

    Can a man interact with metahumans? That seems to be the question posed by this storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 30, 2018

    Not a perfect book, but an excellent start to a series and an imprint that each contains an infinite amount of potential moving forward. Even if you have to get a censored copy, I highly recommend picking this book up. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 15, 2016

    This is a great start to a new run on Batman and doesn't feel like too much of a deviation from what Snyder and Capullo put together for years. Batman was DC's top comic, and it looks like it'll be fighting to retain that title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Jun 16, 2016

    Tom King's Batman #1 is everything that it should be and even more, which should sink its hooks into anyone who picks it up. With DC double shipping and readers getting a new Batman book every week, there may be a fear of over saturation. That doesn't seem likely, however, with this book tipping the scales into an overwhelmingly positive start to the new era of Batman comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 15, 2016

    “Batman” #1 is a fine start to what will hopefully be King's next great DC saga. With “The Omega Men” he shocked us all by delivering what might just be the best Kyle Rayner story ever. Can he, along with Finch, Bellaire and more, do the same for Batman? It's still undecided, but there are some interesting questions asked by this issue and I'm eager to see this storyline develop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Jun 15, 2016

    King and co.'s tenure on DC's flagship title opens with a bombastic, action-packed first issue, and its exciting, over-the top premise echoes some of the great 'Silver Age' stories. DC's Rebirth continues to go from strength to strength. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Jun 15, 2016

    Right now all that matters is chattering about how King, Finch, Banning, and Bellaire sold the utterly ludicrous idea of Batman launching himself onto a plummeting jet using the ejection seat in the Batmobile and rode it to a safe landing like it was a runaway rodeo bronco. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Anthony Punt Jun 16, 2016

    To be sure, Batman #1 has its fair share of flashy splash pages, but Finch and Banning don't sacrifice storytelling in the process either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jun 16, 2016

    King and Finch are off to a roaring start. This issue is a fun and exciting read for anyone and everyone. In the coming weeks, this reviewer will be happy to examine future issues for your review-reading pleasure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 16, 2016

    'Batman' under the new creative team usher in a new era of a more relatable Dark Knight thrust into action with large-scale heroics we're not used to seeing. It's an accessible entry point for new readers that won't disappoint long-time fans either. Following a legendary creative team isn't easy but King, Finch, and Bellaire are off to a great start with big action, mystery, and a major cliffhanger.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jun 15, 2016

    In the end, I think I am just thankful for a story that actually feels like a story instead of a commentary on comics, superheroes, the DC Universe, or the legacy of Batman. It wasn't the greatest Batman story ever told, but it was a first small taste into a fresh new take on the character that I am fully onboard for. Fans will, I hope, be willing to be patient while King sets up some brand new elements to the world of Batman (see again, final page twist), but I for one am more excited than I have been for a superhero comic in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 15, 2016

    "Batman" #1 is well-structured and attractive beginning to the character's next era. This debut issue will appeal to fans of Snyder and Capullo's run as well as those who have been waiting for a return to some of Batman's more basic elements. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 15, 2016

    While we have yet to see what this creative team is truly capable of producing together, this was a very solid opener. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo set a pretty high bar, so I wish these gentlemen all the best and hope that we the fans get treated to some fine Batman stories over the course of the next year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jun 15, 2016

    All in all, Batman #1 is a great setup that shows the core Batman title is in more than capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 15, 2016

    Batman #1 offers an attractive, enjoyable but mostly straightforward beginning for the new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 18, 2016

    Nice start, nice cliffhanger, but ultimately a very silly story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Jun 15, 2016

    While the art holds it back, Batman's latest debut issue remains promising thanks to Tom King's confident, capable hand. I plan on buying the next issue, and the issue after that. So should you. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 15, 2016

    The idea of two superheroes who may not be quite what they seem, literally flying in out of nowhere at the behest of no one, is definitely not a new one. (In fact, the last time I remember something like this going down was in Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman.) But King is writer enough to create the perfect climate for their arrival, in a thrilling airplane rescue sequence that you're just going to have to read to truly appreciate. I'll be keeping my eyes on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jun 17, 2016

    Batman #1 was an improvement over the Rebirth one-shot, but still has room from improvement. Giving us a creative narrative that sees a damaged plane nosediving into Gotham, Tom King and David Finch gave us a first issue that is bound to entice, with the twist near the end being tantalising to say the least. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 15, 2016

    While the premise is nothing new, I'm intrigued to see where Tom King is going with this. As a first course, this story is satisfying even if not completely filling (which I don't think it's meant to be). Since this is a rehash of sorts, I'll ultimately judge the book on the amount of original material brought to the table and whether or not King can provide a fresh perspective on a theme that has been covered before. As long as he can do that and continue to entertain me, I'll happily join him on this journey. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Jun 16, 2016

    Batman #1 doesn't stray too far from Snyder and Capullo's version " and this isn't a bad thing. If King and Finch manage to find a healthy balance between their fantastic action sequences with the same level of storytelling as their predecessors, there's no doubt that the "new" Batman will be a good Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 15, 2016

    While this first arc feels unsteady, with a pair of creators not nearly as bulletproof as their predecessors, the sheer ambition behind Batman might pay dividends down the road. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jun 15, 2016

    I really thought "I Am Gotham" was a good and interesting read. Although it doesn't give us a clear villain or threat it still shows that the Batman we grew up with is still here. I'm glad to have Bruce back and King gives a great story that not only shows off Batman's intelligence but those infamous resources of his as well. If you want a good story that will introduce you to the world of Batman and Gotham" then this is it! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 15, 2016

    The problem I have with Tom King's story is the situation he puts Batman into. It's one that I would argue Batman has no business being in. Someone else could equally argue “Nonsense, that's exactly what makes Batman a hero, overcoming all the odds and making the impossible possible.” I can't argue with that feeling, but it is just that. A feeling. The story had a degree of excitement to it, but every step of the way I was shaking my head in dismay at the sheer ridiculousness of what Batman was doing. My preference in Batman stories are ones that play up his detective abilities, his resourcefulness (within the limits of reason) and his tough-as-nails street-level skills. King is a gifted writer, I enjoy his take on The Vision over at Marvel, but if he thinks it's OK to write Batman doing what he did in this issue I'll be taking a pass on his run and stick to Detective Comics for my Batman fix. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 16, 2016

    The first issue of Batman proves that the quality of the Batman:Rebirth one-shot wasn't a fluke. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 20, 2016

    This comic was a cupcake; a very colorful, explosive and admittedly delicious cupcake. But still, just a few bites and its gone. Tom King is a master chef and I was hoping to enjoy a fully realized Batman comic soup to nuts. Not this issue, though. Maybe next time King will get to flex all of his story muscles, but for this week, Im left hungry. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 5, 2016

    Despite these issues, the comic itself is a tense story that certainly sells the self-sacrifice (if not the ingenuity) of its hero. The main objective, however, isn't to present Batman with a problem he couldn't solve but provide the introduction of a new pair of super-powered heroes to the Gotham landscape. While plenty of vigilantes, both as part of the Batman Family and separate, have worked the streets of Gotham they have been normal (or what passes for normal) people relying on skills and training to get the job done. I guess we'll see what happens when you add those with powers to the equation. For fans. Read Full Review

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