Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Writer: Jock Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 22, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 35
8.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

From high above the sweltering summer streets of Gotham, Batman planned to escort the GCPD as the dangerous metahuman super-villain known as E.M.P. was transferred from a holding cell to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. E.M.P.’s electrical powers posed a threat, but the situation was in hand-until it wasn’t. Now every light in Gotham is out, the police are in disarray, and a broken, bleeding Batman must fight his way to Blackgate, block by block, dragging E.M.P. behind him. But the dark corners of Gotham hold many surprises…and E.M.P. has many more shocks to deliver before the night is through! One of the most iconic Batman art more

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Derbs Dec 21, 2021

    Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is pure pleasure to look at. Jock knows and loves everything Batman and it shows. It truly feels effortless, like hes been writing Batman books forever; Jock is fully fluent in BAT. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 21, 2021

    While even the most dedicated Bat-fans may feel burned out with all the Black Label offerings of late, Batman: One Dark Knight is a must-read. The writing and the artwork are top-notch and there's a variety of covers for the collectors to consider. You won't want to miss this! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 21, 2021

    Jock writes and draws a strong, concise, action-packed comic that grabs your attention and doesn't let go. This book is completely standalone and it's a great deal of fun, promising a story that's all about adventure and high tension. Forget about the regular Batman ongoings"this is where it's at, folks! Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 21, 2021

    Jock delivers art that perfectly captures the dark, gritty nature of the story itself. The visuals are gorgeously detailed and there are brilliant uses of shadow throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 21, 2021

    It's already obvious Batman: One Dark Knight is going to be an incredible reading experience once wrapped up. This first issue acts as a kind of first act setting readers up for an incredible street-level battle between Batman and all the scum of Gotham. Batman: One Dark Knight is edge-of-your-seat Batman comics with action, urgency, and street-level realism in a powder keg of a first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 21, 2021

    There's no grand mythology here, and aside from a few new characters it could take place in the main continuity. Instead, Jock"showing impressive chops for a first-time writer"simply wants to take us through one of the most insane nights of Batman's career blow by blow. Think the superhero equivalent of 24, but with less torture. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Emmet Davis Dec 21, 2021

    Throw away the skepticism towards another Batman book. Jock does all the work, all you have to do is enjoy a fast paced ride through Gotham City. The Dark Knight reigns supreme in DC Black Labels latest. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 22, 2021

    Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a solid start. The story is familiar but it executes it in such a way that it still stands out. It's quality at every level. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Dec 29, 2021

    WhileBatman: One Dark Knight #1served mostly as set up for the following issues, the way Jock introduces the story and its new characters never feels like it's a slow pace to get to the story's inciting moment. It builds nicely as the stakes become clear and Jock's take on the characters feel well within their typical characterizations while his art and colour work set the tone very well. The anticipation for what Jock will do next on Batman's journey across Gotham in this night is already high and exciting for his very first written issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Daniel Goldberg Dec 23, 2021

    You should read it, I loved it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Dec 22, 2021

    If you're a fan of Jock's artwork, Batman: One Dark Knight puts his strengths on impressive display as an artist, but on the other side of this coin, it highlights his weaknesses as a writer when it comes to dialogue and specific story beats. This miniseries debut is the definition of a mixed-bag, but I'm willing to see where it goes and see what tricks Jock still has up his sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Patadu94 Mar 30, 2022

    I loved this issue from the beginning to the end. It is my first time reading a work from JOCK my I am positively surprised by the great story and the artwork. I love this dark Gotham. The characterization of each character is great, I already hate Vasquez. I am really curious on how Batman could escort EMP to Blackgate.

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Dec 30, 2021

    This book was an absolute delight. Jock has always been one of the top Batman artists and he plays to his strengths perfectly with a fun, frenetic story. I'm almost shocked at how well paced the book was. It hit the gas right from the beginning and barely let up the entire time, leading to the blackout foreshadowed by the books title. This is also a frontrunner for the best depiction of Alfred since Morrison, as Jock's take is full of an equal amount of wit and compassion. I'll definitely be grabbing the next two issues

  • 8.5
    ManuelG Sep 20, 2022

    A cool batman story, well written and well drawn.

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Dec 29, 2021

    Little to dislike here. The aet is fantastic and unique as Jock is known for. The plot setup thrusts you right into the midst of an important transfer, and naturally things go wrong. Theres a bigger story going on here and I'm interested to see where it leads.

  • 8.0
    Batmanaholic Dec 23, 2021

    The art was awesome, the setup is cool, the fact the book has Alfred in it doing Alfred stuff got it a bonus point from a 7 to an 8.

    Dc .......... everyone loves Alfred, literally everyone loves that old British man. Now Toss his ass in a Lazarus pit, have the death been faked by clay face or lady clay face, or the broken neck scene have been a fear toxin sequence, and Alfred's been trapt in a secret prison this whole time.

    I don't care dc, use whatever stupid comic book logic you need too, but bring us back our beloved butler.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Dec 21, 2021

    A solid first issue that has good art and a simple premise

  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 3, 2022

    This is a fairly standard but fun story. I hope next issue delivers on the promise of the cliffhanger. The art will look great, I'm certain. I can't stress enough how simple this story is, and I'm surprised that anyone has become confused by the premise here.

  • 7.5
    Stormwrath Dec 23, 2021

    Fantastic art and cool story

  • 7.0
    iguanaman Feb 28, 2022

    7 Art
    7 Writing

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jan 5, 2022

    A fairly simple, self-contained story that Batman fans should enjoy as long as they aren't expecting anything mindblowing.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Dec 21, 2021

    I've been awaiting this book with some anticipation, given that lately Batman seems to have much better luck in Black Label books than in in-continuity books and that seems by design. On the other hand, I've never been a fan of artists trying their hand at writing, so I was a tiny bit skeptical all the same. Unfortunately, the latter instinct seemed more right. Sure, it's not bad and for a first issue you could say it's even good as an introduction but the story seemed all over the place to me and it makes even less sense in the grander scheme at DC right now. These days, DC seems to try and tell us that Arkham Asylum is useless and needs to be done with. What will it be replaced with, no one seems to know, just something a bit more soft fo more

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  • 6.5
    KFuqua Dec 23, 2021

    It was okay. Nothing great about the story and definitely nothing great about the art, but it was okay.

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