Batman '89 #1

Writer: Sam Hamm Artist: Joe Quinones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 11, 2021 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 40
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Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Aug 10, 2021

    If you've seen the Batman movie from 1989 (and you have), I highly recommend this book. If you haven't seen it, after reading this comic you will want to watch it. Packed with lots of action, drama, and gorgeous art, this comic is one of the highlights of the summer. And I do not hesitate in the least when I give this comic....A PERFECT SCORE!!!!! Read Full Review

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    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Aug 10, 2021

    Batman '89 #1immerses readers back into the world of Tim Burton's iconic films and continues his intended vision for the franchise thanks to a creative team who share a love for that world and helped shape it. With Richard Donner's Superman films receiving a similar treatment later this month and Michael Keaton slated to reprise his role as Batman in The Flash next year, the series couldn't have come at a better time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 10, 2021

    This first issue is a dream come true for fans of Tim Burton's 'Batman' films. It also contains some truly exciting surprises for Batman fans of all kinds. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Aug 13, 2021

    Batman '89 #1 has a big benefit of nostalgia, especially at a time where we know that Michael Keaton is returning to the role in The Flash, to lift this comic up. However, the creative team doesn't fully rely on that nostalgia to deliver this must-read issue, they present us with what feels like could be the logical third Batman movie from Tim Burton. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Matheus Ribeiro Aug 10, 2021

    Personally, I'm thrilled that this book exists. As a fan of the original movies, it is exciting to see that universe expanding by the person who originally developed it. Here's hoping we get some sort of reference to this book on Andy Muschietti's The Flash, the 2022 film that will feature Michael Keaton returning as Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 14, 2021

    I already want the remaining issues! Sam Hamm and Joe Quinones hit all the right notes. Clayton Cowles letters like the pro he is and Leonardo Ito splashes that 80's vibe across the pages that we so wanted! Again, love that "Prince" cameo and those fedoras. So many Easter Eggs and so much eye candy with a solid script! You can hear "Party Man" booming in the background! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 10, 2021

    Exactly what I'd want from a first issue set in the original movie's continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 10, 2021

    John Quinones does great work with the art in the issue. I love the visual style of the issue and there are some subtle cameos from other Burton characters sprinkled in that are awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2021

    For a first issue picking up where Burton left off, this was a promising start. Fans of the films shouldnt be disappointed in giving this a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 10, 2021

    All in all, Batman '89 is an amusing work of nostalgia that perfectly captures the spirit of the films it is meant to follow. While a little rough at times, due to the inherent differences between film and comics, this is still an enjoyable read sure to please fans of the first wave of Batman movies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Aug 10, 2021

    A strong start that absolutely trades on nostalgia, brand recognition, and goodwill. The writing is solid, if not incredible, but the art and lettering are fantastic. It's hard to say it's a perfect representation of Burton's Batman, given that his two films were so drastically different from one another, but there are plenty of interesting ideas to keep you engaged. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Geoffrey Luu Aug 18, 2021

    Batman '89 #1 is a strong effort to introduce a new story set in a 32-year-old universe. There's more than enough setup here to keep things interesting even without the nostalgia factor, but this story's status as an official follow-up to the iconic Tim Burton films, with Sam Hamm returning as writer, gives it that extra bit of appeal. Visually, the issue isn't as consistent with the look of the movies as I'd like (apart from the stunning Joe Quinones cover), but makes up for that with the general faithfulness of its character designs and likenesses, as well as the impact of Batman's appearances. Overall this series shows a lot of promise, and between this and Keaton's upcoming return to the Batman role on film, it's great to see that this interpretation of the character is still loved and respected. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 16, 2021

    A strong opening issue that delivers more than promised. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Aug 10, 2021

    Batman '89 #1 is a promising start to the continuation of Burton's version of the Batman legend. The characters look and sound great, and the plot works. However, the design of Gotham lacks the Burton flare, and the motivation behind Dent's actions feels forced. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - batbrad Aug 11, 2021

    Harvey is beginning a campaign to make Batman enemy #1 in Gotham City. The issue ends with Harvey and the Police attempting to capture Batman. Nevertheless, we don't spend much time on this issue from Batman or Bruce Wayne's point of view. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 11, 2021

    Batman '89 #1 is an ok start for the series. At moments it feels like the comic might have actually been helped with a digital release so it could take advantage of the focus on single panels as well as the ability to deliver cinematic transitions. It does a solid job of capturing the feel of the original film and delivers something new beyond the latest costumed “freak”. We'll see where it all goes but for now, this is one to keep an eye on but no need to rush out and get. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Aug 11, 2021

    The essence of those Batman movies is present here, and this issue will allow those who always wanted more of them to revel in the continued saga. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 17, 2021

    I will admit that I have been caught up in the hype for this book; its currently on my pull list. How long it stays there will depend on if any of the ideas put forward that “weren't good enough' for the movie are actually “good enough for a comic”. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Aug 10, 2021

    You should never rub another man's rhubarb and Burton will be spinning in his grave (he's not dead, he just sleeps in a coffin) at the thought of what this has done to his legacy. Do yourself a favour and watch the original movie and bypass this mutant halfbreed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ICC Aug 11, 2021

    Doesn’t really have that special tone that the movie had. Not bad necessarily but so far it just feels like a generic Batman story with a few familiar faces and a fresh coat of paint

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Aug 11, 2021

    The story the makers wanted but couldn't. Including Billy Dee Williams' likeness on the road to becoming Two-Face and Dick on his first steps to becoming Robin. Not just that, but it presents why Robin will be necessary; he's a street vigilante wanting to help people who are struggling in Gotham. But it looks like it's going to require both him and Batman to be steered in the right directions.

    I'm already wanting this more than Batman Forever; no executives to meddle here.

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  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Aug 16, 2021

    I really do not care about the Tim Burton Batman films. I watched them again within the last year or so, so I'm not going off vague memories when I say this. I just find them boring, most of the time, while recognizing their role in the Batman brand. The music is nice, I think Jack Nicholson did an okay job playing the version of The Joker they wanted him to play. I think Catwoman was super boring, as a character. Penguin is a great design, but as a character I found him lacking as well. The first movie is the better one. So, all that being said, I had basically no hope for liking this. But I gave it a shot. And it's good. The art is great, and the writing is surprisingly capable of keeping my attention. I've seen online that the scripts Sa more

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Aug 10, 2021

    This was interesting and the art really is splendid but some things threw me off a little. For one, Batman being sloppy and getting people killed in situations he usually avoids just for the sake of the plot felt wrong. And regarding the race stuff, some lines there from Harvey felt very odd and morally questionable, I hope we get less of that in the future. Still I'm looking forward to this, it's a pretty tense situation.

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  • 4.0
    myconius Aug 13, 2021

    this did NOT feel like what we'd seen in these movies. it feels like they are trying to take the world of the Michael Keaton Batman movies and make it feel more typical of Batman of the comics. then what was the point of revisiting this universe in the first place?

    did not care for the art at all. something very awkward about it.

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  • 9.5
    Ben Reilly Aug 15, 2021

    PREAMBLE: Finally! The sequel you thought you'd never see is here! When this book and Superman '78 (which I have high hopes for) were announced, they instantly became my most anticipated DC Comics of the year! I was originally going to trade-wait this series due to its original publication method, but once that changed into what we have now, I couldn't resist pulling these books monthly!

    So before I review the book, let me get this out of the way: I have watched both Burton Batman films prior to reading this comic. As a matter of fact, I haven't even watched Batman Returns until last night even though I've seen a good handful of scenes from that movie. That movie took place during the Christmas season and the first issue of Batma more

  • 8.0

    I wish I could say this is the Batman 3 I was originally hoping for, but I can't. Aside from being based on that continuity I really didn't get the feeling of the original movies continuing. They should've included a Robin Williams Riddler like we expected back then, but it looks like that's going to have to wait for vol. 2.
    It's really just more of an Early years Batman story where the characters are based on the old movie versions. I really don't see why they felt it necessary to give Micheal Gough's Alfred a mustache. They also decided to totally replace Pat Hingle with a Gordon more resembling his regular portrayal.
    Harvey's Batman attitude is the biggest change to note. It's taken a major shift from the end of the first movie more

  • 7.0
    Jmowarp Aug 10, 2021

    The art in this book is tremendous. Really wanted a Catwoman tease at the very least, but the ending was fine. Can’t wait for Issue #2

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  • 6.5
    Chal-Chenet Aug 12, 2021

    The opener of the new Batman series is pretty ok. It has to be admitted, however, that this comic works mainly by sentiment for Tim Burton's "Batman".
    There is hardly anything innovative here, however the characters are drawn really well. We'll see in what direction the action will go, so far I'm a bit optimistic.

  • 6.5
    DarePool53 Aug 14, 2021

    I was somewhat disappointed by this.

    I like Joe Quinones but neither Batman nor Gotham looked or felt right. The generic cityscape, populated with bland, cuboid skyscrapers, was not a worthy substitute for the gnarled, crooked, smog-ridden city which provided the unforgettable backdrop for Burton's films.

    Additionally, Batman's competence seemed deliberately downplayed to enable plot progression.

    I'm still intrigued enough to keep going but I have the nagging feeling that this is shaping up to be a wasted opportunity.

  • 6.0
    TheKize Aug 16, 2021

    There's no denying the appeal of seeing the visual style of Batman '89 again. Quinones, as always, is brilliant, and the Keaton Bat-suit is just amazing. But this feels more like a continuation of Sam Hamm's vision for the Batman story rather than a return to the bizarre world of Tim Burton, which I think is much of the appeal of those films. This comic just isn't weird enough.

  • 6.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Aug 17, 2021

    Hats off to Quinones for capturing the absolutely grotesque facial features of Michael Keaton. I know that Burton is always into things that would make an audience vomit, and while watching his Batman films I can wholeheartedly attest that Keaton did not obtain his role because of any "good" looks.
    I was always more of a Superman kid, so any time that the '89 Batman came on I would be bored out of my gourd. As I grew older and got deeper into the mythos, I was disappointed to see Billy Dee Williams' Harvey Dent not get as much screen time as I would have expected him to within the Burton-verse.
    Hamm rights that wrong here and shows a Dent that has grown up in Batgirl's stomping grounds of Burnside - save for in this iteration, more

  • 6.0
    Raging Rainbow Aug 19, 2021

    Reviewing the first issue of the new Batman '89 series. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this, and maybe that was for the best. The movie was slightly before my time as I grew up with the Schumacher movies (don't hold it against me). This issue was entertaining enough that I'll keep up with it, at least for now!

    https://youtu.be/X0Q4M0y9Qkg

  • 6.0
    Bmj2k Aug 21, 2021

    What's the point? The storyline is one we've seen countless times and the likenesses are too far off from the movie. The panel to panel continuity is poor with no flow. Other than the period style I've read this issue plenty of times before.

  • 6.0
    El Wraith Sep 22, 2021

    A decent first issue but the warning signs were already there that this was going to be anything but Tim Burton era Batman. White guilt and black victimhood both rear their ugly heads on numerous occasions, and we are all getting sick of this now including many people of colour. Yes, like all rational human beings I want a world where everyone is treat fairly and equally, but I am so tired of being patronised by this hateful unintelligent crap masquerading as the answer to all planet earth's problems. Eradicating white people from western culture will not solve the world's most genuinely serious issues like climate change and lack of biodiversity. The only "diversity" that truly matters. So either offer us escapism and entertainment or p*ss more

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