Batman: One Bad Day: Ra's Al Ghul #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 22, 2023 Cover Price: $6.4 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 54
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8.7User Rating

WHY WON’T BATMAN SAVE THE WORLD?! For centuries Ra’s al Ghul has wanted to save the Earth from the worst of humankind, and for centuries he has failed. Recently his greatest obstacle has been the Dark Knight Detective, Batman. Ra’s offered Batman a chance to be a part of his new world order, but Batman refused. For years their cold war has raged, but Ra’s will have no more. Ra’s will remove Batman from the equation and save the world, re-creating it in his image and bringing the peace and prosperity all the good-hearted souls of this Earth deserve. Don’t miss this epic tragedy from the all-star creative team of Tom Taylor (Nightwi more

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Mar 21, 2023

    This comic is Wonderful! Truly storytelling at its finest. On the whole, I've loved this series. It's had highs, and it has had lows, but what a way to finish! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kelly Gaines Mar 29, 2023

    Between emotionally poignant artwork and a story that feels straight from the mind of Ursula K. Le Guin, Batman: One Bad Day: Ra's Al Ghul #1 is a stand out Batman book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 21, 2023

    The story takes several unexpected turns, and while it's clearly out of continuity, it doesn't feel like it's distant from the versions of the characters we know. Its take on Ra's is incredibly ruthless and terrifying in places, but never completely lacking in his moral core. Ivan Reis was the perfect choice to illustrate this issue, capturing both natural beauty and bloody violence. It's a fitting close to a fascinating experiment. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 21, 2023

    Ivan Reis delivers some beautifully detailed and visually immersive art throughout the issue. The imagery is both beautiful and brutal at times and I loved the expressive moments with characters as well as the blistering action. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day Ras Al Ghul #1 is a fantastic exploration of a man who has lived for centuries. Its a brilliant script depicting a man with his own sense of honor, displaying that he has a reason for everything he does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 27, 2023

    Artwork, colors, and writing work together expertly to tell a fascinating, heartwrenching tale about one of Batman's primary villains. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 22, 2023

    Penciler Ivan Reis, inker Danny Miki, and colorist Brad Anderson light this spectacle of ecoterrorists battling against caped vigilantes for the planet's future in a familiar style appropriate for a grand event in the DC Comics tradition. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Mar 22, 2023

    In a series of character examination one-shots, Ras al Ghuls should stand out. He has watched centuries pass. His goals, as he sees them, are noble. His ambitions are on a scale far beyond anything Batmans other main antagonists are capable of. And his relationship to Batman is frequently conflicted. Unfortunately none of that rich tapestry is put to use in this issue. Aside from the ending, which is only made possible because these one-shots dont strictly fit in continuity, Batman One Bad Day Ras Al Ghul #1 offers little more than what might be found in a story arc in one of Batmans ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - batfan1992 Mar 24, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day Ra's al Ghul #1 presents a fascinating look at one of Batmans most formidable foes. It showcases both his ruthlessness and empathy, believing himself to ultimately be doing the right thing. Yet, this is also a story about Batman too, and how his compassion is juxtaposed to Ras Al Ghul. Damian recognizes the difference between how both his father and grandfather operate, and chooses to side with the former. In his own way, Ras is also committed to preserving life, even though he uses unethical methods. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Lukas Shayo Mar 21, 2023

    While Batman: One Bad Day Ra's al Ghulprovides an interesting look into the goals of one of Batman's greatest villains, it doesn't go far enough. More space to tell the story would have done wonders for the issue. The opportunity to explore his new world could have made a somewhat forgettable comic into the masterpiece it had the potential to be. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day: Ra's al Ghul #1 is a gorgeous issue bogged down by a one-note story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Mar 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day: Ra's al Ghul #1focuses less on exploring the character of Ra's al Ghul, and more on using him as a soapbox to oversimplify important global issues. Doing so requires that Ra's' character and motivations be altered, and the world itself bend over backwards to fit that rhetorical goal. It's a comic that wants you to come away thinking “wow, maybe Ra's was correct” but can only accomplish that by creating the perfect scenario where he would be, regardless of whether it makes sense. Read Full Review

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