Batman and Robin #1
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Batman and Robin #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Frank Quitely Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 18
8.7Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

"Batman Reborn" begins here! With the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3,New X-Men), this first issue kicks off a 3-part story arc that can't be missed! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jun 3, 2009

    Batman and Robin #1 features exciting action, interesting character interactions, and a story that I find engaging from the get go, earning a well deserved 5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Webb Jun 7, 2009

    If you liked this review, be sure to check out more of the author's work at Monster In Your Veins Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jun 7, 2009

    Together, Morrison and Quitely have done what I thought was impossible. They've created a Batman comic for me, the guy who hates Batman comics. Batman and Robin #1 gets my highest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Matt Ampersand Nov 11, 2009

    Persepolis is a great autobiographical book that should be in everyone's bookshelf. It will make you laugh, maybe cry, and it's sincerity will definitely open your eyes and your heart. I cannot praise or recommend it enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Sep 9, 2009

    I am incredibly grateful that Com.X was kind enough to send me this review copy. Cla$$war is an intelligent, actionpacked story that is well ahead of its time and features incredibly fine craftsman ship from an excellent creative team. It is easy to see why writer Rob Williams and artists Trevor Hairsine and Travel Foreman all went on to do work for Marvel and DC after the release of this series. The only major problem that I had with Cla$$war is that it ends long before I was ready for it to be over. This definitely a story that Williams and Com.X should revisit and one you should definitely seek out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G. and Raymond Hilario Jun 5, 2009

    It may not be Bruce, but Batman isback! After the roller coaster of deconstructing one of (if not) the most famous characters of all time, it's nice to be back to some old-fashioned, action-packed stories featuring the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder– and not Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. You won't need Wikipedia to get through this comic, you won't have to download .cbz files of Batman from the Silver Age to know what Morrison's talking about, and you definitely won't have to worry about thinking of dropping a Morrisson book! Between the great art and great writing, Batman and Robin is poised to be the read of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chris Smits Jun 9, 2009

    Grant Morrison just nailed it with this one. He may have taken a zig-zag path to get to this point, and it's a matter of debate as to whether it could have been handled better, but now that it's here, Batman and Robin is overflowing with kick-assery. The banter between Dick Grayson as the new Batman and Bruce Wayne's son Damian as the new Robin was fantastic. The anchor of mainstay butler/caretaker Alfred is used to perfection as the pivot point between the two, but it's the difference in styles, mannerisms and (in Damian's case) ettiquette, that made this incredibly cool and really fun to read. This may not physically be the Batman of old, but the tone is everything that's ever been great in the characters history. Since Dick Grayson is the epitome of a legacy character, it's like a father/son situation in the fact that there's a lot of Bruce still on the page. I loved that everything about Dick Grayson being raised and trained by Bruce comes into play and it works very naturally unde Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Jun 3, 2009

    I cant imagine that Batman and Robin will be all downhill from issue one. Morrison & Quitely are reshaping Batman for the current entertainment and pop culture landscape the way J.J. Abrams and company have redone Star Trek. Yeah, this is the best $3 Ive spent on a Batman comic book since 1986? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jun 3, 2009

    With expectations high, "Batman and Robin" #1 could have easily disappointed, but it not only meets those expectations, it exceeds them. No one could have asked for a better introduction to the new Batman and Robin. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Jun 3, 2009

    While fans are already jittery about the necessary concessions being made to keep "Batman and Robin" an ostensibly monthly and firmly in continuity book (Quitely will only be drawing the first three issues), Morrison and Quitely have laid some thrilling and invigorating groundwork that anyone should be able to follow easily. There is a sense of dark wonder throughout the book, a mood that is a perfect summation of the character, and a tone that is perfectly suited to a new Batman. Dick Grayson is committed but unconvinced; with a wild and unstable ward; both of them plunging head first into a Gotham City that has never looked this good, felt this strange, or been this deadly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jun 7, 2009

    I'm probably wrong, though--as I so often was in trying to figure out things in Morrison's run on Batman, which still doesn't hold together for me--but I think it would be an interesting twist to have a Batman villain who disguises himself as one of his own followers and learns what his henchmen think of him (sort of like what Shakepeare had the King do in Act IV, scene i of The Life of King Henry the Fifth--but, of course, with Pyg not being as magnanimous as Henry V. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 4, 2009

    It's hard to tell how long this version of Batman and Robin will last, but so far, it's shaping up to be an exciting ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jun 3, 2009

    I'm very excited by this issue and all of the upcoming stories that Morrison has planned. I can't believe I'm saying all of this because after reading "Batman: RIP" and "Final Crisis," I thought there would be no way I'd like anything Morrison would end up doing with the Batman character. But from what I've seen so far, my juices are fpumping and I'm excited about what we'll be seeing next. How long will DC have Dick in the cowl and how and when will Bruce return? If Morrison can follow in the footsteps and do what Ed Brubaker has done with Captain America, I say leave Bruce alone for a while and lets see Dick as Batman for the foreseeable future. This is truly Batman reborn and its damn good reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 4, 2009

    Batman and Robin #1 was a fun read. This issue immediately hooked me on this new title and I am looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Jun 3, 2009

    Though Grant Morrison tends to be hit or miss, every time I’ve seen him team up with Frank Quitely, the points fall into the hit category. The first issue of Batman and Robin was fun and the art is purely fantastic. I’m looking forward to next month and I think that the franchise relaunch is off to a solid start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 3, 2009

    While this issue clearly sets the stage for a significant storyline featuring something that will apparently be dubbed "the Circus of the Strange" (I love it), the real meat of this issue is the interaction between the new Batman and Robin. Dick Grayson has a softer approach to his mentor role, and I love that Morrison has opted to maintain Dick's personality rather than to transform him into the man he's replaced. Even more captivating is Damien's personality. I didn't much care for the character when he was introduced, but I'm truly interested in him now. I love how Morrison can sum him up so easily with just a word or two of dialogue. When he calls Alfred just his surname, it demonstrates the emotional distance between him and the rest of the Bat-crew, his hidden insecurities and the slow melt of his cold facade. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jun 7, 2009

    With Batman and Robin #1, Morrison and Quitely aren't reinventing the wheel of superhero comics. However, it doesn't seem as though that was ever the intention. Instead, they're taking the new Batman and Robin and setting out to have as much fun with them as possible--whilst also imbuing their world with a sense of freshness and novelty. It's a testament to this fresh feeling that Morrison even manages to pull off the old "together again for the first time" clich without it feeling self-satisfied or self-aggrandising. This issue feels like a genuinely new take on these old established heroes, and I can't wait to see where Morrison and Quitely take them next. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 3, 2009

    I have little doubt Batman and Robin will rank among the best of the Bat family once all the respective books have had their chance to debut. Even in its early stage the series is a huge amount of fun and, for the most part, a visual stunner. But this issue didn't bowl me over like I hoped it might. It's certainly not Morrison's strongest debut on a series. Let's just hope that doesn't matter when held against the bigger picture. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Karyn Pinter Jun 7, 2009

    This is like the New Coke scenario--brought to us by the makers of the original but with a new recipe. How long will it last and was it really necessary? DC replacing their original characters has had a poor track record. The original is always better and eventually comes back. Batman and Robincertainly is a must read, good or bad. This is a new dawn for Batman. The change has come, but we can all secretly hope it changes back. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jun 26, 2009

    The stuff that made sense I enjoyed. Unfortunately, there was little here that made sense! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 29, 2009

    Was hoping this would be as entertaining as Pak's last run on Incredible Hulk, but it was a really slow issue that wasted a lot of time on exposition and recaps instead of establishing a plot to grab readers. I'm going to pass on anymore of this series unless I start hearing Planet Hulklike praise for it. Read Full Review

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