Batman: Reptilian #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Liam Sharp Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 23, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 36
8.3Critic Rating
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What strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize Gotham? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man stalks the shadows-and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters? Pick up this dark and bone-chilling tale by comics legends Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp to find out!

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jun 30, 2021

    Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp deliver a menacing Batman not afraid to get down and dirty in the grim of Gotham City in this beautifully brutal new series from DC Black Label. Great, gruesome American gothic! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jun 23, 2021

    Overall, Batman Reptilian #1 checks all the boxes I could ask for in a Batman comic and adds it's own boxes I never could have imagined needing. A dark and mature story that Ennis opens up with right away to give readers a taste of what to expect in upcoming issues, and art that resembles that of a true nightmare that you don't want to wake up from. I could easily see this series being one of the best Batman comics if this year for mature comic lovers as well as Batman fans in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jun 22, 2021

    Liam Sharp does a masterful job visually creating the world of Gotham City. Hyper-detailed drawings are highlighted by extraordinarily realistic color work. As a result, each panel feels like a stylized painting. This beautiful issue is a must have collectible. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 23, 2021

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  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jun 22, 2021

    Batman: Reptilian #1 is my favorite Batman comic I've read in a while. Garth Ennis is a master of balancing dark subject matter with a sense of humor and his take on Batman is highly entertaining. Liam Sharp's intricate art style pairs well with the stripped down narrative that follows Batman as he interrogates a couple of goons in a refreshingly to the point manner. While it likely won't hold mass appeal, those who are on the same wavelength as Ennis and Sharp will find themselves wanting the next issue as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Shamus Clancy Jun 22, 2021

    Batman: Reptilian #1 brings a psychedelic horror vibe that presents a welcomed addition to the DC Comics line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Jun 23, 2021

    Ennis sets the dark tones for this adults-only book early on with the confrontation with the boxer and the book ramps the tension as each panel and page unfolds, balanced with Sharp's amazing artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jun 22, 2021

    Story-lite but gorgeously illustrated,Batman: Reptilian #1 is a jaw-dropping showcase for Liam Sharp but an otherwise desultory affair otherwise. Unless you're a die-hard fan of either creator, it might be best to wait for the trade on this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 22, 2021

    Liam Sharp is a brilliant artist, and I'm looking forward to what disturbing scenes he'll unveil as this story continues, but the story feels like it's barely even a batman story and portrays a version of Bruce Wayne who is both casually cruel and reckless. This reminds me of early books in the Marvel MAX line before it was given a touch of maturity by...Ennis. Ironic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Gonzalo M Jun 22, 2021

    Batman: Reptilian #1 puts a psychological thriller spin on a classic DC character that feels both brand new and hauntingly familiar, in the sense that it is a story we have all been asking for! This is only the tip of the iceberg, and this issue has also raised a set of questions that will keep readers -and this reviewer hooked for issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Marsha Reilly Jun 22, 2021

    For Steve Dillon – a big brother to many of us. The script to this book was meant for him, and I would rather have him here by far than be drawing it myself. I'm doing my best to make him proud, but that said, I can feelhim over my shoulder, chuckling a little, saying "No mate! You do you! Shame to waste it!" Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Jun 23, 2021

    Overall, Batman: Reptilian # 1 is a mixed bag in every sense of the word"but one that I'm somewhat intrigued to see through to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    AsgersWeb Jun 22, 2021

    Batman: Reptilian #1 is trash.

    The only saving grace is the fantastic art

    Batman is horribly mischaracterised, he is exactly what you'd imagine Ennis' Batman to be.

    Ennis uses this book as a way to deconstruct Batman even though he doesn't understand the character so it just comes off as flat. Instead of a deconstruction of a masked vigilante's psyche he deconstructs him being a billionaire and tries to spin that into him being selfish, even though Bruce Wayne has always went to great lengths in insuring the disenfranchised of Gotham. If Ennis actually cared to research the character he'd learn that Bruce isn't a selfish billionaire, he donates countless amounts of money to charities, he's in charge of vari more

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  • 6.0
    Merlyn Jun 22, 2021

    I rate it this high solely for Sharp's art, the story is pretty bad, this version of Batman is a parody, Ennis disrespects the character here.

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  • 8.5
    Psycamorean Jun 29, 2021

    I don't understand the hate for this one at all. This is a more cynical take on Batman, but what do you expect from Garth Ennis? And I don't even think it's really out of character. Batman uses his bat gimp gear to strike fear into the hearts of criminals. And here, he does just that. Whereas in the main bat-titles they don't really want to linger on just how fucked up that can be, this title is perfectly willing to linger, because it's a moody, grimdark, horror comic. Batman is terrifying, because that's the tone. I don't think this comic has billionaire bashing like I've seen mentioned in some reviews. In fact, I honestly think that's just people putting their politics and their biases into what they're reading and coming to a false concl more

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  • 8.0
    Wally West Jun 22, 2021

    Pretty interesting first issue. Batman is written exactly how you would imagine he'd write Batman, Liam Sharp's art is incredible and definitely the highlight. Very reminiscent of Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on A Serious Earth.

  • 9.0
    Batman Jones Jun 25, 2021

    The guy that wrote Preacher takes on Batman with Liam Sharp channeling Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean and I almost trade waited this one? What was I thinking? Great creators, not great characters, make great comic books and this was no exception. It was the best thing I read this week and one of my favorite takes on Batman in forever. Not in spite of Bruce seeming different but because he did. DKR couldn’t be more different than Batman ‘66 but they are both unquestionably Batman. This issue’s Batman is too. But thank goodness he’s also being portrayed in a way he hasn’t been in the past. That’s a thing writers, especially of such established characters, should aspire to, not shy away from.

    To those that feel Batman more

  • 8.0
    Criminology. Jun 29, 2021

    Well I liked this one. It's a different take on Batman, but truthfully not that radical IMO and I totally support that, it's not like it's going to change the character you love all of a sudden. Plus i really liked that both Ennis and Sharp are trying to focus on the effect batman has on criminals and the are doing really interesting stuff with that. And that was pretty much the main thing, that made an impression, beside the art in general I mean, which deserves all the praise. Still the start of this series is kind of slow and not fully griping at least for me, but maybe that's by design. We will see.

    A kinda not important side-note: the cover really reminds me of the Spider-Man Super Special Featuring Scarlet Spider Part 2. more

  • 7.0
    Obi-wan the 3rd Jun 23, 2021

    First issue, like many, starts off kind of vague but gives you enough to want more. The art is stunning and deserves all the praise it is getting. The writing is good, Ennis's take on Batman is more blunt, brooding, familiar characteristics we are use to but still feels fresh and new. However, Batman talking in the third person is odd and I was not a fan of that. The story is vague also but I'm sure moving forward things will get cleared up. I'm interested to see where this story goes and hopefully it isn't all just hype.

  • 6.0
    daspidaboy Jun 22, 2021

    It's not bad. Batman sure acts weird in this story, hte only tood thing is that this isnt canon technically.

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  • 10
    UxasIs Jul 10, 2021

    Dunno where to begin...

  • 8.5
    DoorMan Jun 22, 2021

    Enjoyed the writing and absolutely loved the art!

  • 8.0
    WorthyYeti Jul 11, 2021

    I don't get why people think batman is mischaracterized. Is he moody, darker, and maybe a tad looney, sure, but nothing out of the ordinary. This is just a more realistic take I think. The art is pretty awesome, but sometimes it is so dark that it is hard to make out anything, and so you just have a dark page. Interesting start, but nothing incredible. Interested to see the next issue

  • 7.5
    Kennyties Jun 30, 2021

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Batman but this was different. The first thing that stood out to me is how Batman spoke, he came off as regal but edgy. As far as the overall story goes it was very dark and leaves you wanting more. Finally the art style was different but refreshing.

  • 7.5

    Pretty good for a start. I've seen tons of Batman stories where he has to take on someone or something going to lengths against criminals beyond anything he'd cross, so it's no new concept to me. Still, it's a promising start. I haven't read a lot of Black Label books but most I have seen are pretty good. Particularly last years three Jokers Mini. That's why I have high expectations for this. It's also nice to see Alfred in an old time story before King and Tynion turned Gotham to the insane miserable place it is today.

  • 7.0
    Fracadactyl Jun 23, 2021

    Admittedly, the artist admits the writer was supposed to be someone else. But the artwork and presentation is very powerful, especially in how it makes Batman feel fearsome. Makes me wonder what he'll be up against.

  • 4.0
    KFuqua Jun 23, 2021

    Really disappointed in this one. The story was garbage and I didn't really like the art either. I feel like I've seen MUCH better are from Liam Sharp in the past.

  • 4.0
    RedRonin Jun 25, 2021

    The controversial Black Label always giving issues to talk about, can greatly exploit this label since it is focused on the mature public. But in my opinion this installment fails to please, you cannot give an adult audience a mediocre narrative full of blood or senseless violence.
    The art is of high quality, a bad story, a narrative that leaves much to be desired, there is not much explanation and it does not even catch the reader.

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