Batman: Fortress #1

Writer: Gary Whitta Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 25, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 24
7.4Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

When an unknown alien ship enters Earth's atmosphere, disrupting global power and communications and plunging the planet into chaos, the world is left wondering...where is Superman when he is needed most? In the mysterious absence of the Last Son of Krypton, Batman must rally the rest of the Justice League to counter the alien threat...but first, he must quell a crime wave on the blacked-out streets of Gotham! Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Darick Robertson (The Boys) have joined forces to tell a brutal and shocking adventure that will turn everything you think you know about Superman upside down!

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 24, 2022

    Yes, DC has gotten Bat-fever, but its titles like Batman Fortress that show theres plenty of room left on the stands for quality Batman books. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 24, 2022

    Robertson has a wonderful visual eye and that comes through with great action and a fantastic use of shadow and darkness to convey emotion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 24, 2022

    Batman: Fortress #1 captures a modern and adult feel for the way Batman speaks and thinks. It also sets up an ominous threat that feels challenging and way above what Batman usually combats. The heavier use of dialogue and lack of substantial answers does lessen some of the excitement, but the book feels certain in its approach and just needs a bit of patience as the story unfolds in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 24, 2022

    The story's only begun by the end of the issue, and I think it might have benefited from a double-sized start. But it's set up an excellent concept that I am very excited to see play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu May 24, 2022

    BATMAN: FORTRESS #1 by Gary Whitta takes a simplistic concept, molds it into something much larger, dangles multiple loose ends, and hovers speculation over the narrative. The story beats are interesting, the action was enough to keep readers engaged, and the pacing was spot on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray May 26, 2022

    This was a fairly solid first issue and getting to see Batman having to use his wits against an enemy capable of plunging the entire planet into darkness is intriguing. I'm a huge fan of seeing a new kind of Batman story which, in a day where almost every new mini-series released features the Dark Knight, is a rare occurrence indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 27, 2022

    There are some puzzling story moments in these pages, as well as a threat that has yet to come into focus, but the art is stellar. Based on that alone, I'll be back for at least one more issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Evan Valentine May 25, 2022

    Batman: Fortress doesn't break the wheel in terms of revealing new hidden truths about Bruce Wayne or unforeseen secrets about the history of Gotham City, but what it does do is tell an enjoyable story of the Dark Knight facing a problem that isn't usually in his wheelhouse and sometimes, that can be enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 25, 2022

    Batman: Fortress #1 is a fun and entertaining start but it's not necessarily a comic I left super excited about. It's good but overall fills like a filler arc in-between two major arcs in an ongoing series. Its direction should be interesting and I have my whole predictions about Superman but as far as a start, it's good. This is one for those that want the start of a summer blockbuster story featuring Batman or those that are a big fan of a character but overall, it might be one you want to wait for the collection. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi May 24, 2022

    BATMAN: FORTRESS #1 doesnt break any new ground but it has all of the pieces that make a fun Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bookcase - Harrison Stewart May 24, 2022

    Batman: Fortress #1 is a ponderous opening salvo with more style than substance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - William Martin May 24, 2022

    This is a marginal Batman story. I felt this review would best serve as an exploration of some of the context behind the series and what that could mean for it. Having also pointed out what I consider to be the potential deal breakers, I think the quality of this issue can be assessed. Going forward, we will see if the actual plot line can break out into something truly intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Ebonyc May 25, 2022

    Loved it

  • 10
    Bats20832 May 24, 2022

    The Batman as who and what he always has been - the symbol of Defiance against any forces of oppression. It is really sad how so many readers and so many writers have never understood that basic concept about why The Batman exists.

    One reviewer who is "one busy dude" (who has done a big total of THREE comics reviews in this month for website he is writing for) seems to forget that Gary Whitta has done comics before in the past for Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and DC Comics.

    Gary Whitta clearly seems to understand what stories need to sell. He has a story with suspense, characters, and plot line to grow and expand other characters, with The Batman as a leader, not as too many writers have used this classic DC Comics he more

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  • 8.5
    cincyfan May 28, 2022

    This felt like a classic batman story. I found the story itself very compelling and fun to read with a couple of funny jokes along the way. I love the amount of dialogue there is I'm a big fan of dialogue heavy books. I decided to pick this up at the last minute because I love Batman but wasn't sure about this one and after issue one I'm definitely adding issue 2 to my pull list

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy May 26, 2022

    pretty interesting issue if you ask me.

  • 5.5
    SenpaifenixJäger May 29, 2022

    Disappointing delivery, I did not like at all the way to destroy a hero. Batman being so indifferent under the pretext of going after the big shots who don't know where they are. Batman doesn't even seek to fix the root problem, Bruce Wayne's incredible tactics and logic are gone. Uff it's sad that I'm less and less interested in the new deliveries and the next numbers to come.

  • 4.5
    Batmanaholic May 27, 2022

    This book is tough to review, it gets a lot right about Batman but so much wrong at the same time it is impossible to rate this above a 4.5, Batman being ok with people looting his city, is the dumbest take on Batman literally in 80 years of the character.

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  • 4.0
    DiegoLDUganda May 29, 2022

    Why DC aproves this terribles batbooks?

  • 1.0
    myconius Jun 7, 2022

    There was so much wrong with this story, I don't even know where to begin!

    This story is very pedestrian. There is nothing especially enjoyable about it, that warrants yet another Batman book on the market. The art looks rushed. The characters of Batman and villains feel off. Gary Whitta did little to no research before slopping out this story. This version of Penguin is especially trash.

    This writer really does not get Batman at all, nor does he deserve to write him!


    It seems that this comic has attracted a very unstable reader with multiple accounts.
    This person is hounding me under their various CBRU profiles. Seeing people behave like this over a cartoon book is absolutely path more

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