Batman: The Devastator #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 1, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 26
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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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 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!
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  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2017

    Theres tie-in issues and then theres that rare tie-in issue that does something really special with an amazing concept. Batman: Devastator is one of those. Make sure to get this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Nov 1, 2017

    Batman: The Devastator really takes its name to heart. You wont leave this comic feeling the warm fuzzies, which is just evidence that this team did their job. At their heart, I think most cape comics are about hope, and sometimes to get there things have to get sufficiently and appropriately dark. Between Devastator and the rest of the tie-ins, the stakes have been raised in a manner which I think is really cool, though this entry in particular is incredibly strong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 2, 2017

    Not only is Batman: The Devastator one of the best Metal one-shots to date, but it's an essential part of the overarching story, making it a highly worthwhile addition to your collection. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Nov 1, 2017

    Overall Batman: Devastator is the perfect Halloween book even if it didn't make it to the party on time. Tieri and Tynion may not leave you with a happy ending but you will certainly be happy you read this one, all treats and no tricks. It is a hard task to remove hope from a super hero comic and harder still to do it and leave it intentionally unresolved, but that is exactly what this amazing creative team has done to brilliant effect and in so doing they have crafted perhaps the strongest chapter in the Metal event. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 3, 2017

    Tony Daniel and Danny Miki's artwork is as fine as ever making this book a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good alternate universe story as well as those reading all the Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Nov 4, 2017

    Batman: The Devastator #1 will be one of these Metal one-shots that live on. Tieri has become masterful at keeping the story paced while giving clear motivation for why a nightmare Batman is truly evil. Frank Tieri is easily becoming one of my favorite writers. There's nothing to dislike in this book, from top to bottom, it's a wonderful story with Daniel providing excellent artwork to go along with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 1, 2017

    While these Dark Knight one-shots have been up and down, the Devastator feels like it matters to the overall Metal story and that's one of the reasons I liked it so much.  That and the cool story and awesome art!  If you haven't been picking these up, you still might want to give this one a closer look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Nov 1, 2017

    The evil and malice brought down on the world is rendered beautifully by DC regular Tony S. Daniel. For over a decade he has been one of the most successful artists in the industry, and with good reason. His work takes a while but it's because of it's exquisite detail and intense action. Considering the massive size of the protagonist and villains within its pages, Batman: The Devastator #1 couldn't have found anyone better for the job. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 1, 2017

    As some of you may know I have not been the biggest fan of either the main book or some of the one shots and don't even get me started on the tie-ins. DC have thrown some of their top talent at the series and in the case of the Devastator it works within its own logic, even going as far as to hinting how this whole storyline may come to an end just in time for The Doomsday Clock. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Nov 1, 2017

    A massive leap in storytelling from the last issue, Batman the Devastator reminds us of the destructive and dark origins of the Dark Knights. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Nov 5, 2017

    Panels from the comic books are stunning. Some single page, some full pages of the Devastator unleashing himself upon Earth 1's Superman are heart-stoppers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 31, 2017

    A fun read that hits you in the emotional gut for everyone involved, including the villain at the heart of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 2, 2017

    While its conceit leaves a lot to be desired, Batman: TheDevastator pulls through with a genuinely compelling spin on Batman and a great story in the present. Its up there with Murder Machine, Red Death, and Dawnbreaker in quality and earns a strong recommendation. Check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Will Morin Nov 7, 2017

    There isnt much reason to knock BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR #1. This event has offered two things: non-stop action and chaos, since its launch and this issue keeps that momentum going. Its definitely worth checking out, even if you havent been following the Metal event, and is definitely the most brutal incarnation of Batman weve seen so far in these stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Reed Strong Nov 1, 2017

    As the plot of Metal continues to build and add more points to its structure, the more some of the Dark Nights tie-ins have to carry some of that crossover. The Devastator tells another tale of a dark Bruce Wayne, but the main focus of the issue ties in directly to the fate of Superman in the last issue of Metal. This gives us the oft-asked question of who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman, but in a different way. It's not about the blows the two traded back and forth, but about how much obsession can really take over someone's mind when something they've long feared comes truth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bad Manta - Josh West Nov 1, 2017

    Batman: The Devastator #1 works on a lot of different levels, but the driving force behind this book is the emotionally charged story Tieri and Tynion crafted to shed light on the motives of this Batman/Doomsday hybrid. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Nov 1, 2017

    Another great tie-in to the Dark Nights: Metal event and another great story by Tieri and Tynion IV. If you have been enjoying the Metal titles so far, then you will definitely want to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Nov 1, 2017

    Like the best that these tie-ins have had to offer, this issue delivers its horror with an equal helping of melancholy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Nov 1, 2017

    This issue has a few superhero cameos trying to stop the Devastator but is filled with way more superhero death. As each of these tie-in issues drops, we get more and more nightmarish Batmen giving our heroes the 2 piece combo with biscuits and greens. And we're here for all of it! Superb writing and phenomenal art make this another proper take on Batman turned villain. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Nov 2, 2017

    Even with the slightly weaker premise in terms of an alternate Batman, the rise of the Devastator shines nonetheless thanks to fantastic artwork and a terrifying present day story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Nov 1, 2017

    Batman: The Devastator has some really great art and some good writing that is held back by overuse of captions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Nov 1, 2017

    DC Metal has been a wild, wild mess of mostly bad storytelling with the occasional high spot. I dont think Batman: The Devastator #1 is a high spot, but its not a low one either. Its fine. The artwork is strong, there are some good moments with the two characters that matter, and the evil Batman is at least kind of fun. Also, theres plenty of action. If youve purchased the first few issues in this event, youve already done worse, so you know, theres that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 1, 2017

    If you've been buying these one-shots, this review probably won't stop you. If you're interested in checking them out, I recommend skipping this one and waiting for the next and final one-shot in the series, which focuses on the Batman Who Laughs. This issue was light of a tight story but the art was simply gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 1, 2017

    The issue is the weakest of the one-shots that have been released so far. There's an odd lack of connection with the character and his backstory and while all the rest have something that makes them standout, this one feels like something we'd see in the normal DC Universe. With some slight changes the comic might have held up, but as is it just fills in the background of the least interesting Dark Knight of them all. The comic is generally forgettable and really should only be read to fill in the background and origin of Doomsday Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Nov 3, 2017

    Its worth a read (to get the complete story), but dont get your hopes up. Batman: the Devastator is by far the weakest of the Metal one-shots. The art is amazing, but it doesnt fit the subject matter and the story itself jumps around too much, preventing itself from really reaching that fever pitch the other books have managed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Nov 1, 2017

    Though suffering a bit from tie-in syndrome, Batman: The Devastator provides an enjoyably dark look at a Batman who destroyed Superman. Read Full Review

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