Batman: One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Matteo Scalera Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 16, 2022 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 37
8.3Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Going back to the Dark Knight's early days in Gotham City: Batman and Robin, Dick Grayson, face down the coldest winter Gotham City has ever seen. A winter so cold that Mr. Freeze, Victor Fries, no longer needs his containment suit to survive; he is in an element where he can thrive. Robin empathizes with Mr. Freeze, all Freeze wants to do is save his wife, Nora--but Batman warns Robin not to give his empathy to Victor Fries. He's a man who decided his own fate a long time ago and he deserves none of our warmth. And this winter... he will show his true wickedness and power. The powerhouse creative team of bestselling writer GERRY DUGGAN (X-Me more

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer Nov 16, 2022

    Ultimately, this is a fun story that highlights a younger Batman and Robin and their differing approaches to fighting crime, along with a Freeze who is evil, but still retains a brief hope of redemption. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 15, 2022

    Additionally, Duggans take on the relationship between Dick and Bruce was outstanding. This Dick is fun-loving, smart, a wicked fighter who could stand toe-to-toe with a Bat Villain single-handedly, and provides Bruce with a grounding spark that adds so much more depth to who Batman is as a character. I mentioned it above and Ill say it again, Duggan needs to get on a Batman title that has Dick Grayson as a young Robin witnessing their adventures right in the thick of their ongoings. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 15, 2022

    If you ever wanted a good blend of superhero action and compelling character work for a classic Batman rogue, this is it and then some. Timed perfectly for the winter season, Batman: One Bad Day Mr. Freeze #1 is a near-perfect one-shot and a near-perfect take on Mr. Freeze, recontextualizing him while adding humanity and frailty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Nov 15, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day - Mr Freeze #1 is a brilliant extension of one of the greatest comic book stories ever. Tapping into an idyllic love story that becomes a tragedy threatens to tarnish this issue. But, instead, it creates a one-shot filled with emotion and conflict, coming at the story from a completely different. Batman and Robin are fantastic as well, brought together in an art style that perfectly fits the mood. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 15, 2022

    The stakes in this issue are much lower than the others. There's no sadistic game of murder, or battle for control, or slow-burn master plan. Instead, there is only a lonely and desperate man being exposed for what he is, and a battle that feels as much like catharsis as anything else. And oddly, it's a Christmas story as well! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 15, 2022

    Scalera brings a beautifully stylized tone to the art in the issue. Having the story take place during winter allows for a new look at the environment and Scalera delivers visuals that give the reader the feeling of being in the cold and dark of a city in winter. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Nov 15, 2022

    This is a peculiar issue. It is well written, but its depiction of Mr. Freeze is not particularly interesting. This is due in large part to Duggans choice to spend relatively little time with him outside fight scenesand hardly any time telling the story from his point of view. Meanwhile the Robin arc is very well done and has the show dont tell quality that I expected for the titular character. In the end it is an issue with exceptional art but a mixed bag narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Nov 16, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze is a great story, but it did leave me cold (not sorry). All I wanted to do after was watch Batman the animated series episode, “Heart of Ice”. This could have been great, but just missed the mark. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Nov 15, 2022

    I hope the rest of this gaggle can keep the momentum going. I really enjoyed this story. Also writers, set more stories in this era. It's a lot of fun, and there's so much you can do. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 15, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day - Mr. Freeze #1 is a unique Holiday-themed one-shot that gives one of Batman's greatest villains a shot at redemption. The writing execution is rock solid, and Scalera's art is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the "One Bad Day" concept is missing, and Duggan retcons a piece of Freeze's history in a way that potentially "breaks" the character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Nov 15, 2022

    If you can stomach the characterization of Victor Fries in Batman: One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1, this truly is an eye-catching and beautiful book. Read Full Review

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