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Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 4, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 41
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 4, 2017

    I am loving the Dark Knights/Metal event, and Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is, hands down, one of the best comic books to come out of this event. Both the writing and artwork is spot-on. Do not pass on the opportunity to get this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 4, 2017

    These Batman Metal tie-ins arent required reading to get the full Metal story, but theyre so good youre going to want to read them anyway. Batman: The Dawn Breaker is another solid story with exceptional art making for any easy purchase. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Oct 4, 2017

    Wow! This issue was insane and writer Sam Humphries really brings this character to life in more ways than one. More particularly, his dialogue is very easy to read and I love the head space of this incarnation of Bruce Wayne who is corrupted by the power he wields. It was also a very gruesome issue and artist Ethan Van Sciver created some very spectacular and violent panels. Im really looking forward to see more of these Dark Knights rise and if youre looking for a great read for the week, you should check out BATMAN THE DAWN BREAKER #1! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Justin McCarty Oct 4, 2017

    Tonally, this has been the most fun tie-in for me. We've ended up with probably the least contrived of the tie-ins, also. It has that rock and roll feel I've really been looking for in these stories. It isn't overly dark. I'm excited to see the Metal event start to come together. There is a lot of stories left to tell. This book's team comes together to finally tell a story that has all the beats that Metal is supposed to have. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Oct 5, 2017

    This book needs a second read. You simply can't appreciate it after the first ass"I initially wasn't that thrilled with the issue; I appreciated the art, but it felt like a reworking of Batman's origin. After reading it for a second time, I noticed more and it flipped the issue completely for me. Yes, this version of Bruce chose to be evil, but I defy anyone in that situation to not take the power of a god exact your revenge. The Dawn Breaker Batman may the most relatable yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Oct 6, 2017

    While the motivations of this Batman may be shallow, and we don't know what happened in the intervening years from his parents' death to the current time of the story where he's an adult, Sam Humphries does a fantastic job of building the horror and showing just how ruthless and powerful this particular Batman is. Pulled to our Earth, his immediate confrontation with Hal Jordan makes that even more clear, calling for the emergency intervention of Dr. Fate (who's been pulling all the heroes' fat from the fire at the end of each of these one-shots). The pencil lines of Ethan Van Sciver are so tight their damn near hemmorhoidal (okay, that's really supposed to be a compliment) and when paired with Jason Wright's colors make this issue wall-to-wall eye candy. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 5, 2017

    Ive been very impressed with these one-shot Metal tie-ins so far. Each one plays with similar themes, but the outcomes are always very different and shocking. It takes a lot for me to become interested in Batman stories, and these books accomplish it against the odds. Give Dawnbreaker a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Oct 4, 2017

    BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1 is the exciting new tie-in to DARK NIGHTS: METAL. With exquisite art by Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright, and a powerful origin story written by Sam Humphries, DAWNBREAKER is an awesome addition to this DC event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Brian Clements Oct 4, 2017

    I am blown away by the extremes already taken in telling this Batman's story. Humphries has pulled no punches with Dawnbreaker and I shudder while I commend him for the work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Oct 4, 2017

    Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is not required reading for those who are following the “Metal” event but it does add some background to the event, plus it's a macabrely satisfying story that shows readers how Bruce Wayne's life could have been even more tragic than we already knew. With a strong script from Sam Humphries and even stronger art by Ethan Van Sciver I recommend it highly. Nine out of ten lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 4, 2017

    Sam Humphries and Ethan Van Sciver make magic together. There's is a beautiful and misshapen world where evil takes a toll. If only more time was spent on his backstory, on the pain of Batman's daily life. None of the friends he knows and loves make an appearance in this issue. A few minor issues inBatman: The Dawn Breaker #1 can cause a raised eyebrow, but the excitement is reason enough to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Oct 6, 2017

    This book, along with the two before it, comes recommended as a solid tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Oct 4, 2017

    Dawnbreaker was an enjoyable read even though I did have more than a few gripes about it. Even though you could consume this issue without reading Dark Knights Metal you'll get a bigger enjoyment out of this one shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Oct 6, 2017

    In the end, Humphries' script and Van Sciver's art unite to form an amazing comic focused on a truly detestable villain, through the complete destruction of the fundamentals of Batman's character. If Humphries, Van Sciver, and Wright have any say in the matter, the DC Universe is going to be a dark, horrific place from now on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 6, 2017

    Sam Humphries, Ethan van Sciver, and Jason Wright craft an excellent, disturbing take on a variation of "Batman: In Darkest Knight" gone horribly wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Oct 4, 2017

    While not emotionally driven, this is another great addition to the Dark Nights Event! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Tara Giovannini Oct 5, 2017

    All in all, this issue was a decent -- but not exceptional -- tie-in to Metal. So far, none of the tie-ins have felt necessary. But all of them have been fun, if a bit too unnecessarily dark, this one included. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 4, 2017

    To say I am not overly enthused about the Metal storyline would be a massive understatement. The formulaic approach to these tie-in books reminds me of the repetitiveness of the Convergence books that DC published as their moving offices stop gap. As I mentioned in my Batman Red Death review, in my head, Bruce doesn't need nor does he want to gainsuper powers. With that in mind, the crux of the story doesn't rest easy with me. Next up on the Metal tie-in is Batman: The Drowned #1. I wonder who that will feature……. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 3, 2017

    There are some haunting moments in the story that I wish could have been explored more. The emotional aspects of Bruce as a Lantern get stripped away for shock moments that fail to resonate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Oct 4, 2017

    Perhaps it was my own anticipation for this issue that caused me to have unrealistic expectations, but ultimately I feel as if the other tie-ins work better, particularly Batman: The Murder Machine. But despite the fact that this tie-in has a few minor, yet explainable, issues, it's still a great tie-in to Dark Nights: Metal. If you are enjoying the Metal event as a whole then I suggest you take a look at this issue as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 4, 2017

    This tie-in might be the grimmest of the Dark Knight origins so far, but it will definitely satisfy readers of the series, or even readers just invested in Hal Jordan/Bruce Wayne debates. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 7, 2017

    When it comes to your big crossover madness stories, the real question tends to be one of stakes, and this issue is completely successful on that level: Earth-32's Caped Crusader is terrifying and effective. I left this issue worried about the status of Coast City and a character that I actively loathe, which is impressive enough, but this issue also left me curious about Murder Machine and Red Death. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Oct 7, 2017

    If you are reading these tie-ins from DC's Metal series, the origins stories of multiverse Batman have turned for the worse and benefits BarBatos. So far we have not see this Dark universe Lord and Master, he does have a good right Batman for the job. A demonic Hellraiser form of Batman who keeps company with a chain of Strigoi Robin by his side. With Red Death and War Machine, and Dawnbreaker as part of BarBatos regime, there are more Multiverse Batman waiting in the wings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 4, 2017

    I've been enjoying the one-shot tie-ins, but I must recommend to skip this one despite how much I liked the art. The story just doesn't make much sense and I hope that the next few writers have a better grip on the characters than Humphries does. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    On Comics Ground - Reed Strong Oct 4, 2017

    The Dawnbreaker wasn't quite as exciting as the previous two journeys so far. Even the constructs Dawnbreaker uses, while horrific and fantastic, draw too many similarities to the powers of so many versions of Volthoom to really let this issue have that much identity. That all being said, it's still an enjoyable little romp of a knight who went dark, it just doesn't manage to have that surprise factor. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Oct 4, 2017

    It reads better the second time, but Batman: The Dawnbreaker still suffers from an unrecognizable hero and one-too-many ring-related contrivances. It's a shame, because it's a great-looking book that deserves a better implementation of the good idea at the root of it all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Oct 4, 2017

    The story is based on interesting key points, but fails to fully convey the Dawnbreaker's motivations, making him a one-dimensional character. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Oct 4, 2017

    Its a shame this one-shot had to follow the other two Dark Nights features; where the other books narratives made sense with their progression of a broken Batman, this book follows a kid with the supernatural ability to overpower the strongest weapon in the universeand who happens to be absolutely shredded with madness. This is an odd fit with the Metal series thus far, and I dont quite think Id recommend it to other readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 7, 2017

    But seriously, there are far better ways to spend your money than to give it to a racist, homophobic asshole. Yes, Van Scriver is very talented. Sure, it is probably wrong to dismiss a persons artistic work because of their beliefs. But with the US going whole hog into Nazism, even to the degree of supporting the death penalty for gays, and encouraging religious fanatics to discriminate against them, the time has come for everyone to stand up against these people. Van Scriver gets work because of his talent, I understand that. He has just been tapped to do the illustrations for a book by Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto professor who promotes hatred against trans people, and speaks at Neo-Nazi rallies. But if enough people boycott Van Scriver and his work, perhaps DC will shed the bigot from their roster. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 4, 2017

    While I've been liking the one-shots less and less as they've been coming out, the previous ones at least seemed like they were trying to make sense of their character, but this installment just throws concepts at us without really explaining them, which is a shame because as they are, they don't make any sense at all.  The art in this issue is great, but the Dawnbreaker just doesn't shine like I expected it to. Read Full Review

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