Batman: Eternal #1
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Batman: Eternal #1

Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Artist: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 9, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 25
7.9Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Dont dare miss the start of the Bat-story so big its going to take every week of the month to tell! A massive cast of Gotham Citys best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Apr 9, 2014

    There is so much more I would like to discuss, but it would detract from the excitement and surprise this first issue delivers. Just go buy this bookand probably every week from here on out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Apr 12, 2014

    So it was a fast-paced fun read that raises all of the necessary questions and hooks just enough as to not come off as cliched or trite. Tynion's efforts are a very welcome addition to the brain trust plotting and driving this book. Him and Snyder really shine when they work alongside one another. And the additional help from the various other writers is also fun. It reminds me of a more down-to-Earth version of the now seminal classic, 52. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Apr 10, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 has proven worth the hype. It's an explosive start to what will be a year long story not just for Batman, but for the numerous people around him. In one issue, the Batman corner of the DC Universe has already been shaken up. If this is just the overture of the year long celebration, this story will likely hold your attention until the last chords of the grand finale. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Apr 10, 2014

    I expected nothing less from this all-star creative team and the results were better than expected. We are definitely in for an excited and gripping story and I for one am no longer worried but much more excited to see a weekly comic series I can tell will not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 9, 2014

    I've never been one to collect weeklies on a regular basis. Every comic book collector can attest that those price tags build up. I've bought weeklies here and there in the past and read the trades. Well, they've really got my attention with this one. Eternal has all the right ingredients for a definitive Batman story and I plan to stick around for awhile. If that's not enough, The New 52: Futures End looks to be shaping up to be something awesome as well. It's a very exciting time to be a fan of Batman and DC in general. Here's to 75 more years, Bruce. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Apr 9, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 is a fantastic start to this new weekly series, really knowing how to suck in the audience with its intriguing story, shocking cliffhanger, great characters, and fantastic looking artwork. If you were having doubts before this comic started, this will put them to rest. Even if you are not interested in buying the entire series right away, this is still worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines Apr 10, 2014

    Overall, Batman Eternal #1 kicks off the weekly series fantastically and does a wonderful job of setting up the first storyline. Time will tell if it can keep its momentum week after week, or if it'll end up slogging down and tripping. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 14, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 does not waste any time in setting up the enormous scale of this new Batman series and it does so successfully. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV did a fantastic job starting this event on the right foot by instantly grabbing our attention in the first page. The visual of beaten Bruce Wayne over a burning Gotham City was an intense visual that set the tone for how exciting the rest of the issue was. I was on the edge of my seat as I wanted to pick up on every clue Batman Eternal #1 may have had to understand why Gotham City will be in such a disastrous state in the future. And none of this excitement would have been there without the superb artwork from Jason Fabok, who was the real star of the show. As far as first issues go it does not get any better than Batman Eternal #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 14, 2014

    Overall, DC delivers a great start to Batman Eternal. If you haven't been reading Batman since the New 52 launched, this may be the series that brings you in as you don't need to know anything prior in order to jump in and enjoy this first issue. That said, consistency will determine this series' ultimate success, we'll have to see if Batman: Eternal can maintain this level of quality every single week for the next year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Apr 10, 2014

    While I'm well aware of just how intimidating of a task it will be to keep up with a WEEKLY book, this is a series that's worth reading if you enjoy classic stories about Gotham's underbelly. I'm enjoying Zero Year a lot but it's also nice to be back with the present day Bats and seeing what everyone is up to around Gotham. I'm really hoping the new Lieutenant Jason Bard is on his way to becoming a prominent character in this universe because I love the "young Gordon" vibe I get from him. I'm not sure how yet, but I know that his, Batman's, and Gordon's stories are all on a collision course for each other, but until we know how, it's going to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 10, 2014

    Batman: Eternal gets off to a great start as though it's got room for improvement with it needing a lot of development it has definitely drawn this fanboy's attention. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Apr 15, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 makes for a great read that comes with a strong recommendation. This new story has so much potential. From here on one can feel confident that Batman Eternal is being drawn and scripted by artists and writers that care for the character and what he embodies. Expect new gadgets, new heroes and some good old corruption" Gotham style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Apr 10, 2014

    Batman Eternal is off to a fantastic start. There are a lot of detractors who are understandably leery of a weekly series, but if this is the level of quality that we'll get for 52 straight weeks, then it's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 9, 2014

    If this first issue is any indication, Batman: Eternal is clearly going to be a series that functions in spite of Batman, not because of him, and I for one am pleased to see that opportunity develop for this cast. Its been a long time since Gordon, Bullock, Sawyer, and many others have had their time in the limelight, and a mystery of their own to solve. Best begin here, and stick around for the bumpy ride to come! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Apr 11, 2014

    You don't' need to be a longtime Batman fan to enjoy this book, and for old fans alike, the action itself should satisfy. Batman Eternal #1 is a winner; stick around as Geeks Unleashed covers this series next week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 9, 2014

    "Batman Eternal" #1 is a tremendous start, not just for a weekly series, but for any comic series. There will always be skeptics regarding whether or not such quality can be maintained on a weekly basis, but for now, all involved have done their best and succeeded at quieting that skepticism, at least for this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Apr 10, 2014

    However, knowing this title is originally supposed to come out after Forever Evil's finale, I can't help but feel a little bit jipped. We are supposed to know how Forever Evil is going to affect Batman as a character, and what happened to Nightwing. He's no where to be seen on the cover, and it's already ruining my reading experience. Overall, Batman Eternal #1 is a great issue that will have readers hooked right away, and it's definitely a book all Batman fans should give a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Apr 9, 2014

    While I am completely on board with this series, I'm not sure just yet if this is a must read on a weekly basis. With that said though, there's definitely enough here to get people to come back for issue #2 next week. For the impatient reader like myself, Batman Eternal being weekly is a dream come true. This story has some serious potential going forward after issue #1 and my expectations are a bit higher now. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Aug 27, 2004

    Batman Eternal #1 features a mostly stellar opening chapter due to cinematically-scaled layouts, strong themes, an interesting use of a new character, and an intriguing new mystery. While some clunky dialogue, and a short-shrifted character weighs things down just a bit, the positives outweigh the negatives. In the end, this should please most fans thirsty for more Bat-action. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Apr 10, 2014

    Overall, Batman Eternal #1 was an exciting start to the first weekly series of the New 52. It will take some time getting used to the extra focus on other characters as well as the much slower pace in the story. The first page of this issue set up what could be an exciting end to the series, the road there should be interesting, but rather slow. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Robert Steltenpohl Apr 9, 2014

    The first issue of Batman Eternal is a strong outing for Scott Snyder and gives us more of a reason to love the mans writing. Were introduced to quite a bit of characters and left with a cliffhanger that will definitely carry for a few issues. I was, personally, left with a few questions and I really cant wait to find out the relevance of this new guy, Jason Bard. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 9, 2014

    Overall, Batman: Eternal is off to a great start, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next issue next week. Should be fun! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Apr 28, 2014

    Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV lead a wonderful team of consulting writers that includes Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Tim Seeley. This Dynamic Quintet has given us a rather unforgettable first issue of what is sure to be a superb weekly series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 9, 2014

    Scott Snyder and Company gives us a weekly book that's as much GCPD as it is Batman. Count me in.  I just wish DC didn't completely spoil this issue's awesome ending, but it's still great and will have me grabbing next weeks issue to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Apr 10, 2014

    Batman Eternal was a good start to this weekly series hopefully the momentum will continue as they can fully achieve he potential of the format. With many great Batman series out there it may be hard for this to earn your dollar but the start is as good as any. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Apr 10, 2014

    The issue takes place at night, and almost entirely underground, so Fabok doesn't really get the opportunity to show off with fancy or colorful backgrounds. The issue's explosive climax, however, allows him to draw a number of emotional and harrowing scenes. While it's normally Batman who gets raging and screaming closeups, seeing regular people, and Batman's allies, in such terror and anguish is very effective. The unexpected emotion sets it apart from the frequent scenes of destruction in Batman comics, and Fabok's art adds a tremendous amount of depth to the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Apr 9, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 was a good start, but just keep expectations in check, as this issue clearly only scratches the surface of what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 11, 2014

    This is a heck of a way to launch a new title. The greatest strength of Batman Eternal #1 is its trust in the reader to simply dive in with the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 9, 2014

    There have been some debating whether or not to get into the new weekly Batman title. If you're reading the Batman titles, you won't want to miss what is starting out here. Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and the others are ready to shake Gotham City to its core. This won't be a series you'll want to miss. The nice thing is it appears it won't simply focus on Batman. There are so many other great characters in the Bat-Universe as well and this could be a great way to give them the focus they deserve. This issue shows promise that the series will deliver deep stories and doesn't just try to entice you with gimmicks or insane explosions, although there are some really pretty ones here. Jason Fabok's art is killer here. It's a great time to be a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 9, 2014

    By the end of the issue, there's no question that you'll be invested into the story. We're given a glimpse at "The End"" and, paired with the preview we saw in Batman #28 and the "Batsgiving" teaser, we have a sense of what the future has for us. Because we have that sense, that things are going to turn south for these characters, that someone's pulling the strings behind the scenes and setting up the proverbial chess board, we're enthralled with trying to figure out what's going to happen next. From beginning to end of this issue, you won't want to stop turning the pages and, at the final page, you'll be on the edge of your seat anticipating the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Apr 11, 2014

    It's not original, but there's thought, rather than pure exploitation, driving the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Apr 9, 2014

    It's a good first issue with more than enough action and Jim Gordon to satisfy many, but if you already read the preview pages that DC put out a few weeks ago and the “Channel 52 News” segment at the back of every comic published last week then Batman Eternal #1 will hold no surprises for you. However, if the series as a whole can maintain this level of quality from week-to-week it will definitely be a must for every Batman fan's pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman Apr 10, 2014

    Batman Eternal #1 is a solid launch for DC's new weekly Batman book. Weekly comics are always a mixed bag, but by having your star character headline each issue, it's hard to see this train getting derailed. (No pun intended for those of you that have read the issue.) It's not too late to jump on this weekly Bat train, and get involved in the mystery. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Apr 9, 2014

    This may not be the greatest Batman story ever told, but it is will keep the attention of those that are really invested in the mythos. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Apr 28, 2014

    For a weekly book, "Batman Eternal" gets loud and sensational real fast. With utterly phenomenal artwork, this third issue comes packed with dramatic revelations and compelling characterizations. If the series is able to keep up the pace all year, it has the potential to go down as one of the New 52's best ventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 11, 2014

    I can't say I'm totally blown away by the first issue, but it's nice to see the Batman universe fleshed out to give us more than a man dressed as a bat. A good start that is best to see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Buccieri Apr 11, 2014

    The VerdictBatman: Eternal isnt a bad story by any means, but its not better than decent. I think its too early to call this one a bust. The next few issues need to find a groove and find it fast. Needs more Stephanie Brown and Harper Row. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 12, 2014

    Batman Eternal seems to be a comic that is catering to the broadest of fan bases. This is the comic to sample if you are curious about Batman but don't have a lot of strong ideas about what the characters stand for and are about. The Batman fan that knows these characters inside and out are going to struggle with a lot of small things, like Batman's very un-Batman-like dialogue. This is a series to watch and an issue to try but it's nothing special yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 13, 2014

    I was pleasantly surprised with what I found within " a story that focuses on supporting characters in Batman's world rather than the title character himself. I was also expecting a simpler approach in the artwork, given the tight publishing timeline on which is series is set to unfold, but artist Jason Fabok has injected a meticulous level of detail into this inaugural issue. The comic definitely has its flaws, but it succeeds in the most important aspect for a weekly serial: it had me curious about what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Apr 14, 2014

    If you like what's going on in the Batman universe at the moment, I'd say this is gonna be right up your alley. It's more of the same in spades. If you're not digging what Snyder & Co. are doing in Gotham, this isn't going to give you any strong reason to change your mind. Possibly the definitive middle-of-the-road Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Apr 15, 2014

    For a starting point, Eternal sure lacks a lot of meat. Some may feel inclined to keep trying this buffet, but I'm gonna have to yelp a not so great write-up. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Apr 14, 2014

    This didn't impress me at all. Barring them using some characters I really like, or a new plot that doesn't feel like dj vu, I won't be getting future issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 12, 2014

    Overall, this seems like a hastily thrown together first issue, one that's really only concerned with getting Gordon in hand-cuffs, logic, plot, story and characterization be damned. A weekly Batman comic is an ambitious idea, but I don't think it's off to a good start. Of course, if you ignore all those logical points I brought up, it's probably a fine issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Graig Kent Apr 19, 2014

    I don't know if Snyder, Tynion IV, Fabok and company were intending this to be a pulpy lark, but at this stage if the book is going to have any merit, it may well be as a ridiculous, overblown, so-bad-it's-good anti-failure. But I think it's intention is to be far too earnest, lacking any real self awareness, and as such it's fine, but homogenous.. a tune I've heard all too often. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 14, 2014

    But the real issue, beyond anything technical, is the overall premise to this first issue of Batman Eternal. Jim Gordon is not Robin. Batman isn't just Harvey Bullock or Renee Montoya. They come from two very different worlds, and you have to make a choice which one is going to be your focal point. By having the two at ostensibly equal levels, it either draws Gordon's gritty, realistic world into melodrama, or it takes Batman's larger-than-life theatrics and calls attention to its one-dimensionality. It's going to take a bit more than this to make me care about the Commissioner's latest dilemma, and it's going to take a lot more than this to make Batman Eternal worth 52 issues of investment. Read Full Review

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