Batman: Secret Files: Secret Files #1

Writer: Tom King, Jodie Bellaire, Ram V, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Tom Taylor Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 31, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 26
8.1Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Delve into Batman's case histories and discover brand-new stories by some of comics' most exciting talents. The BATMAN team of Tom King and Mikel Janin provides a framing sequence, setting up our hand-picked teams of creators to take a look at Bat-mysteries past and present. Featuring a bevy of Batman villains, including a look at how the Scarecrow's fear toxin affects the common man, and a special story written by Tom Taylor with art by Brad Walker that  teams the Dark Knight Detective with Detective Chimp.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Nov 4, 2018

    A great collection of stories that has flaws just like the central character. I recommend any Batman fan read this to get some great perspectives of the character in five great stories. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - David Howard Oct 31, 2018

    Each of these stories combine to form a wonderful book . The art in each story is drastically different but each vision is fully conceptualized and realized. I was engrossed by each of these small windows into the life of Batman and I think this is a fantastic start to a new series. I can not recommend it highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Oct 31, 2018

    The five separate stories were very refreshing in comparison to the sort of dragged out long-winded over arcs in the main stories. This was a very nice distraction from wondering what's going on with Bane and why he's hanging out with Psycho Pirate since Batman #50. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Leijah Petelka Oct 31, 2018

    If you're new to the BATMAN series, or just want to dive a little deeper into Bruce's world, this is a story I'd recommend! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Oct 31, 2018

    To reiterate, the reason we keep getting Batman stories is because there never seems to be enough of them. They go in so many different directions and speak to something unabashedly human that we as the reader connect to as we follow along on the panels and pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Oct 30, 2018

    Looking at the entire issue as a whole: I really like the idea, and everything was well executed. Some stories were superior to others, but it was an all-around fun read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 31, 2018

    Jordie Bellaire, Jill Thompson, Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Elena Casagrande contribute to the other two stories that involve Wayne Tech in a gang dominated area of Gotham and a hunt for Man-Bat. There's no bad story in the bunch and is a supplemental Batman book that's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 31, 2018

    Overall, Batman Secret Files comes out a winner, combining a new tale by regular writer Tom King with four stories by up-and-coming and new-to-DC writers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Nov 2, 2018

    Its not like one is going to learn any new secrets about Batman from these files, but they do make for a decent read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Chris Egan Nov 5, 2018

    A very good side-step to the Batman canon, allowing for even more material than books like "Detective Comics" can offer in one shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Nov 1, 2018

    Short stories around one character in a wider universe have a lot of freedom. You can say a lot without really risking anything, because they're not part of a wider narrative. The many talents that contributed to this issue were able to ask brave questions and I respect that effort in this collection. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 31, 2018

    An interesting look at the dynamic between these two detectives and how they work together. It also gives Detective Chimp some fun, character building moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Oct 31, 2018

    With an incredible amount of heart in just a few short pages, I found myself relating with Detective Chimp more than I'd ever thought. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 2, 2018

    Kudos to DC for putting this selection together and choosing a bunch of creators who put together a good showing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Nov 2, 2018

    Batman Secret Files #1 is a highly entertaining comic that features five fun stories. There are some real gems in this anthology, and while it's true that some of these gems overshadow somewhat weaker stories, I think that every one is worth reading, even if it's just for the artwork, which is of high quality throughout the book. If you're a Batman fan, and particularly enjoy detective stories, then you'll likely love this anthology. Enthusiastically recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 2, 2018

    Overall, this is a mixed bag, with a tad more good than bad. They should have cut out the second and third stories and expanded on the others. But this is a enjoyable read overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 31, 2018

    Batman Secret Files (2018) #1 feels like an experiment more than it does a cohesive collection of stories; however, Tom Taylor teams the Dark Knight with Detective Chimp in a tale worthy of its own mini-series. There's not necessarily something here for everyone,but Bat-fans may enjoy a story or two. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Nov 5, 2018

    It's a fun and interesting book, and DC should definitely consider doing an ongoing anthology series. And hey, why do just Batman? I would love to see similar books with other characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Oct 31, 2018

    BATMAN: SECRET FILES #1 is a great collection of shorts for longtime Bat-fans, or anyone looking for a more deconstructive take on the character and superhero tropes. I recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Oct 31, 2018

    BATMAN SECRET FILES #1 may not give away any real secrets, but it provides a series of solid stories and introduces readers to creators they will not have normally had a chance to experience. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Nov 7, 2018

    Batman Secret Files #1 is a primarily an exploration into the internal struggles of Bruce Wayne as Batman. It is a collection of stories that each delve into personal aspects such as fear and retribution that help to define the character of Batman and his relentless quest for justice. Though the artistic quality fluctuates, it's well worth reading for any fan of the Worlds Greatest Detective. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Oct 31, 2018

    Batman Secret Files #1 works well enough for what it is at its very nature: a collection of work. The quality varies greatly from poor to excellent. Two of the stories fail to hit their mark, two stories are solid outings, and one is highly successful. Despite the various quality of work, the issue is worth a read, serving as a litmus test of creative combinations that could be commissioned for future Batman outings. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 31, 2018

    This is one of those issues that may not be essential reading but has some things to like. Tom Taylor's Detective Chimp story steals the show and made it all worthwhile. If you are looking for something to buy on this Annuals week, you might want to check this out...just don't go in expecting too much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Oct 31, 2018

    I would have preferred that if they were going to make this a Secret Files book, I think there should have been more connective tissue between the individual stories. Batman Secret Files #1 stands with the other recent anthology books that DC has published, and while I dont think that every single story was a home run, theres enough value to make this book worth the time to read it. Read Full Review

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