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Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1

Writer: Rafael Grampa Artist: Rafael Grampa Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 13, 2023 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 17
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EISNER AWARD-WINNING STORYTELLER RAFAEL GRAMPA'S TWISTED VISION OF THE DARK KNIGHT! When you chase your own leads you into the abyss. In a Gotham City where every day feels darker and more irredeemable than the last, Batman makes a definitive choice--to kill off the Bruce Wayne identity for good and embrace the cowl full-time. But though he knows the streets of Gotham, Batman will soon come to find that he hardly knows himself. A serial killer is on the loose, and while the murder victims seem random at first, every clue draws Batman closer to the terrifying truth--that they are all connected, not just to each other...but to him.. more

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Sep 16, 2023

    An outstanding debut issue. Rafael Gramp has presented a truly gritty, psychological new gothic take on The Dark Knight that is worthy of a Batman Day launch. This series has Eisner Award-winner written all over it from the outset. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Seth A. Romo Sep 12, 2023

    Batman fans, crime fans, or anyone looking for a gritty comic on the shelves, be sure to check out this series. Grampas story may not be for the faint of heart, but it certainly is worth exploring for the bloody and gritty experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 12, 2023

    Grampa's art is always astonishing, of coursecheck out the noir edition, in black and white, to see the full detailand the story is intriguing, even if it might have a few too many subplots for a very busy first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Sep 13, 2023

    Wherever this gothic murder mystery is heading, readers may rest assured knowing that they will experience a viscerally tense saga of vengeance and obsession only possible in the comics medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 12, 2023

    Grampa delivers some beautifully gritty and visually engaging art throughout the issue. I love the visual style and how it works perfectly with Gotham and the story being told within it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Sep 12, 2023

    Overall, it is a blast to read, even if it's over the top. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Piper Whitaker Sep 12, 2023

    Rafael Grampa and Matheus Lopes bring readers a strong but shaky introduction to their interpretation of everyone's favorite Caped Crusader, and despite their errors deliver an entertaining comic with a lot of discussion to be had about Batman as a myth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 13, 2023

    The issue is also available in the “DC Noir” format, in black & white. This version highlights Grampa's unique, quirky art style. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Sep 12, 2023

    I went into Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 excited for a new Batman story but left extremely underwhelmed with the story while simultaneously being a bit overwhelmed with the illustrations. The design was a mixture of cartoony meets gory in an effort to shock and amaze. However, I found the style took me out of the story on multiple occasions as well as the subtle story beats that were uncharacteristic of Batman and just didn't jive well with the character. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 13, 2023

    Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 is a convoluted start to a story with some cool concepts, but it needs tightening up going forward.  Whether you like this book or not is going to hinge mainly on if you like Rafael Grampa's art, and personally, nothing in this first issue wowed me.  Hopefully, things improve in the next three issues, but this #1 was a big disappointment for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Sep 16, 2023

    this reminds me of Matt Reeves Batman, but I absolutely love the art in this book. Very dynamic and anime. Good story and pacing as well. I'll probably read it entirely when its done.

  • 8.0
    2birdsstoned815 Sep 13, 2023

    Review at (1:55) in link

  • 7.5
    Aklo Sep 26, 2023

    This is an interesting book. The art and coloring are fantastic, the villain is good, and the comic is chocked full of well-designed panels and great action moments. Where the book falls short is in the writing department. Sometimes the dialogue feels wooden and inorganic, and Batman's inner monologue is a repetitive snorefest. Every other panel featuring the caped crusader basically just have Batman being as brooding and "dark knighty" as humanly possible, to the point where it just becomes a chore to read through. The book would've benefited dramatically if writer-artist Rafael Grampa toned down the inner dialogue and allowed the action on the page to shine. With that said, Batman's conversations with Alfred shined via an innate chemistry more

  • 7.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Sep 24, 2023

    Grampa should have hired a writer. But it's funny.

  • 5.0
    derbycomics Sep 12, 2023


    The first thing that stands out in Gargoyle of Gotham #1 is Rafael Grampá’s unique style of dark and twisted illustrations. From the opening panel to the closing “to be continued” box, the visual tone of this book is unabashedly Grampá. As a Dark Knight story about a serial killer, the art is gratuitous and Grampá doesn’t hold back with plenty of blood spilled. On one page, Batman pokes the eyes out of a henchman in gory fashion.

    The killer Batman is hunting has an unhealthy obsession with an older cartoon with a dark past and one of the more interesting visual representations in this first issue is a scene involving said killer watching old reels of the cartoon as he waits for Batman to find him. Gr more

  • 4.0
    Dc Fan of Sorts Sep 13, 2023

    If you are a fan of Grampa's art, you may like it more, but the story is Dark Knight Returns Lite!

  • 2.5
    thecimmerian Sep 16, 2023

    This was bad. Bad, bad, bad. The art is a matter of personal taste but I for one really thought it was bad. The inner monologue of Bats is bad and makes little sense. It drones on and on with little to add to the action....because it's bad. Frank Miller this guy ain't. A bad take on the dark knight. A bad waste of time and money. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad....BAD!

  • 10
    Texas VII Sep 16, 2023

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    YBWonder Sep 13, 2023

  • 10
    Opposite_Hedgehog_75 Sep 12, 2023

  • 9.5
    Lock Sep 13, 2023

  • 9.0
    Batmanchuria Sep 18, 2023

  • 9.0
    KiryuMajima28t Sep 12, 2023

  • 8.5
    Fraidy Cat Sep 19, 2023

  • 8.5
    retcon_D Sep 17, 2023

  • 8.0

  • 7.5
    richiemmolina Oct 3, 2023

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