Batman: Arkham Knight #1
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Batman: Arkham Knight #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 25, 2015 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
7.7Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

The Joker is dead. Arkham City is closed. As a new day begins, Bruce Wayne finds himself in devastating pain, recovering from his injuries and questioning whether his role as Batman is still necessary to the city's survival. But as the sun rises in Gotham City, dangerous new threats emerge from the shadows...and the Arkham Knight is just beginning. Don't miss this in-continuity prequel comic set prior to the events of the brand-new video game Batman: Arkham Knight!

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 24, 2015

    Batman: Arkham Knight #1 does exactly what it's supposed to...remind the reader that the game is on it's way and get them pumped to play it.  While it's odd to get anything Joker from the Arkham story at this point, everything else hits all the right notes.  We may only get a brief glimpse at the Arkham Knight himself (herself?), but it's awesome.  This book combines great character interaction with stellar art to bring a  #1 issue that anyone can dive into.  However, veterans of the games will get the most enjoyment so do yourself a favor and play them now!  Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 1, 2015

    Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham franchise ends on a very, very high note. It's a step up of all the previous game, and it has a better story, gameplay, maps, and mechanics. The addition of Batmobile is a double-edge sword, but there's no deny the fun and excitement it brings to the franchise. Batman: Arkham Knight is an excellent game, and a proper goodbye to the beloved franchise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Mar 12, 2015

    Pretty good issue. Definitely excited for this series and the game! READ IT!! Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 11, 2015

    Despite a few early hurdles, DC's Arkham Knight prequel gets off to a solid start. Tomasi is able to take advantage of the medium and deliver a tale that focuses more on humor and character drama without ignoring the brutal action the games are known for. There's enough meat to this story that it should appeal even to Bat-fans who don't care about this video game universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Mar 11, 2015

    In some ways what is going on in Batman: Arkham Knight is probably easier to pick up than anything going on in Batman Eternal. If you aren't a fan of Scott Snyder's Batman than this version might feel a bit more 'classic' and at home. While I mostly watch my brother play these games they are always packed with a surprisingly rich and rewarding story. Batman: ArkhamKnightmore than lives up to the high expectations set by theArkham game series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 26, 2015

    Peter Tomasi is a strong choice to spearhead this project, especially with the fan base he's garnered from his work on Batman and Robin. He doesn't disappoint in this first issue as he reminds that Batman: Arkham City happened in one night (despites hours and hours of gameplay) and that Bruce Wayne is, at the end of the day, only human. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 24, 2015

    Sure, they want to create a satisfying story with this series, but I'm guessing the primary goal is to make sure the upcoming video game remains on our radars and, when it comes out, we'll shell out whatever it costs to buy the game. So, does this opening chapter get me even more excited for Rocksteady's final Arkham game? Yes, I'd say it does. It thrives because it's able to embrace the city and cast we've come to know so well while also offering some great dialogue between Batman and Alfred. I'm left wanting more. I want to see Batman interacting with his other allies; I want to see which other villains will pop up and how they'll be handled; I want to see more exploration of the city I was able to glide around. And I'm left really wanting to play Arkham City all over again. ARKHAM KNIGHT is off to a strong start and it should absolutely be read by fans of the video game franchise. This doesn't feel like a blatant cash in; it feels like a passion project. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Mar 11, 2015

    Overall: There are a few hiccups, but this is far better than a tie-in comic to a video game has an expectation of being. It's fun, funny, and fast-paced, building on what works from previous iterations and doing away with what doesn't to tell a streamlined, gripping story that feels like it's actually worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Leo Sage Mar 16, 2015

    As anyone familiar with Tomasi's work will likely know, this is one work that fans of both the comics and the games will want a piece of. Having worked on DC Comics since '93, Tomasi knows the ins and outs of all of DCs top-tier heroes and has written books featuring other Batman-related characters like "Batman and Robin" and "The Outsiders". Together with artist Victor Bogdanovic and Anthony Rauch Jr., they bring readers a chilling prologue to the next chapter in the Arkham series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 16, 2015

    That all said, it's heartening to see a comic that doesn't just make financial sense, but works creatively as well. Batman: Arkham Knight is one such comic. If you've played the video game, this is a great tie-in to the next installment of the franchise, and even if you haven't, this is a smooth entry that clocks in at 30 massive pages of story. Whether you're buying this in installments or waiting for the collected edition, this is one great bit of outreach featuring one of DC's most enduring characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Mar 12, 2015

    Over all, this will prove a solid read for fans anxious for a Bat-fix while waiting for the final part to "Endgame" to drop. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Story Mar 17, 2015

    Back to the comic, I think its a good setup for things to come. I definitely want to read more, which is always a good sign. The artwork from Art Thibert and Viktor Bogdanovic isnt my cup of tea, but I can get beyond that. Im still eager for more, and more excited to play the game later this year so we can learn more about The Arkham Knight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Mar 13, 2015

    It's hard to say that non-gamers will truly appreciate "Batman: Arkham Knight", but the creative team has done their best to make a book that is fairly new reader friendly. This book easily could have been a corporate-mandated mess, (looking at you "Mortal Combat X"), but Peter Tomasi and Viktor Bogdanovic has clearly put effort into making this book stand on its own. There are strong character moments to balance out massive exposition, and they do seem genuinely excited to explore a new post-Joker Batman. If the only goal was to get us excited for the game then they definitely succeed, but the creative team actually created a decent book within the rather strict confines of a tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Mar 11, 2015

    The book meanders for a little while, in a thoughtful place of retrospect and mounting tension, but when the tension finally snaps, the result is a confusing narrative choice that defies. Yet, I still find myself looking forward to #2. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 11, 2015

    The all-star villain approach of the Arkham games is well-represented here, but average artwork and an overly verbose script make Batman: Arkham Knight #1 difficult to recommend, even if there are a few chuckle-worthy moments. Read Full Review

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