Batman: Black & White #1

Writer: Paul Dini, Emma Rios, James Tynion IV, J.H. Williams III, G. Willow Wilson Artist: Max Fiumara, Andy Kubert, Tradd Moore, Emma Rios, Greg Smallwood, Dexter Soy, J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 9, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 21
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The iconic anthology series returns with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black-and-white!
In this debut issue:
• James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins
• J.H. Williams III returns to DC Comics for a trip through the Dark Knight’s history
• Emma Rios explores the eternal struggle of the Dark Knight
• Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave
• G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his stra more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Dec 9, 2020

    Obviously the medium works perfectly for telling Batman stories. Everything from the duality of his identity to the lurking in the shadows of Gotham, nightlife in the city, and in the corners of the Bat Cave. Art that is worthy of a gallery, and stories that are timeless. That is what everyone wants out of a comic, and that is what this issue delivers! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 8, 2020

    Clever, cunning, thought-provoking... not necessarily words you'd expect to apply to a black and white Batman comic, but Batman Black & White #1 is a great return for the series with a lot of bang-for-your-buck action and storytelling ideas. Each story is gorgeously rendered, maximizing the dark shadows and flashes of light that bring so much drama to Batman, aided by clever ideas found in all five of its stories. Batman Black & White is no ordinary comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 8, 2020

    Each one of Batman: Black and White #1's stories is a complete and fulfilling tale. It works perfectly as a taster selection of superhero comic books for the ever-elusive new reader, as well as offering something new and fresh to those who read Batman every 2 weeks. Everyone's favorite will be different, and that's the beauty of it. This is an anthology done right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 8, 2020

    Batman: Black & White #1 is a hell of a start to the series. It had me lingering on pages in awe of what was before me and wanting more. It shows off some amazing art and will have you longing for more of this and fewer boxes on the page. This is a fantastic issue for Batman fans and fans of beautiful art. It also creates a high bar for future issues to reach. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Dec 10, 2020

    No matter what style of Batman you like,Batman Black & White #1 will have something for you (and then some). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 8, 2020

    Overall, a very strong first issue that feels more like an art showcase than a traditional anthology at points. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 8, 2020

    When all is said and done, Batman Black and White #1is a strong anthology book for anyone looking for a set of varied takes on the Dark Knight. Featuring strong performances from some industry powerhouses, the book is sure to have something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Dec 9, 2020

    Batman: Black and White #1 ruminates on Bruce Wayne in a multifaceted, compelling, and surprisingly fun to read fashion, all while providing plenty of bang for your buck when compared to the average 22-page superhero comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 9, 2020

    Batman: Black & White is a fun exploration into the world of Batman as depicted by a range of creators. It gives us a glimpse in how different creators would approach Batman " often in ways that we would never see elsewhere. The art is definitely the standout here, and the scripts are equally as strong. No matter your take on Batman, there's something here for you. So, if you're at your shop today, go ahead and pick it up. This book is well worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 24, 2020

    Other stories include “Demon Fist” which focuses on a single member of the League of Assassins hoping to land one punch on Batman, “Weight” gives us snapshots across Batman's timeline while focusing on the weight of his childhood vow, the Batcave becomes infested with Ninja Man-Bats in “First Flight,” and Emma Rios offers a dreamy tale of the external struggle of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 10, 2020

    Though top-flight talent is on display, with one exception, each story offers very little to this Batman fan that will stick. Read Full Review

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