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Batman: The Drowned #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 18, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 46
7.5Critic Rating
7.7User 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
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 18, 2017

    Philip Tan and Tyler Kirkham work masterfully to realize Abnett's vision. An almost fairy tale like haze is cast over this amazing story. The narration is almost all of the story, helping to create an intimate and introspective look at our villain. Dan Abnett gives Bryce Wayne her own story, identity and tragic beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Oct 18, 2017

    Overall, Batman: The Drowned #1 is one hell of a start, and the beginning of a perfect October read. Look forward to this and other miniseries from this "Metal" event as we see the nightmares of what Bruce Wayne could have been, and what happens when those nightmares, sick of their lot in the multiverse, attack. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Psychodad Oct 28, 2017

    These one-shots keep getting better and better. Philip Tan and Dan Abnett have crafted a story that fits into the Metal mythos perfectly, scaring the crap out of you, and washing away all hope in a dead tsunami. The Drowned may be my favorite of the Batmen from the Dark Multiverse and this story surprised me considering that Ive never cared too much about Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 18, 2017

    Dark Nights feels like it's getting better and better the more it goes on and these one-shots have helped make that the case by adding depth to each of these new villains. They're stories that can't fit in the main series but need to be told. Abnett and Tan deliver an issue that gives us everything we need packed into one comic. It's a prime example that you don't need to drag things out over multiple issues and spin-offs. This is how a comic should be and why Dark Nights: Metal is shaping up to be one of the best events in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Oct 18, 2017

    Batman: The Drowned succeeds in what it sets out to do: give a backstory and personality to a female Batman who has the powers of Aquaman and Mera. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Oct 19, 2017

    Batman: The Drowned #1 is certainly the darkest tie-in yet, and that is saying a lot. Weve seen Batman lose so many family members and friends through these chapters that anything more gruesome is bound to be something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 18, 2017

    The Drowned is easily one of my favourite of the one-shots thus far. Abnett is on fire while writing the sea, the pencilers pull their weight and the colourists make the visuals soar in this rock solid one shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Reed Strong Oct 18, 2017

    Badass. This book adds another dark reflection of the regular 52 Multiverse to the list of what weve seen so far, with earth negative eleven reflecting regular earth elevens gender swapped earth. The Drowned gets a shocking amount of depth for the 22-pages this book has, no pun intended, and really feels like for lack of a better word, a Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 18, 2017

    Bryce Wayne is a total badass, and as far as I am concerned, in Batman: The Drowned #1 readers find one of the darkest and, perhaps, most powerful Dark Multiverse iterations of Batman that we've seen so far. If you're up-to-date with all things METAL, don't miss out on this great issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 18, 2017

    Formulaic at worst, this book is a great advert for seeing more of Philip Tan's work. Collectors of these one-shots may well discover that this book, at least artistically, is a treasure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 18, 2017

    A really well done tragic tale that would have been better if some of the more tragic moments were depicted for the viewer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Oct 18, 2017

    This story presents a fearsome Dark Knight, one that seems so much more detached from the others the Drowned has nothing left to lose in her battle against the light, and the weird thing is you kinda get where shes coming from. This book is tremendous in hooking the reader with her journey, from the opening mystery of why she is a woman, to the last battle with Aquaman and Mera. I really enjoyed this book, and I felt this team did a great job of hitting the right notes. Really solid edition to the Dark Nights one-shots. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 21, 2017

    The Metal tie-ins continue to be quality one-off reads, doing a good job of getting the readers psyched for the continuation of the main story in a way which few tie-ins accomplish. Batman: The Drowned gets a recommendation too. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Oct 20, 2017

    Batman The Drowned #1 is a pretty good tie-in issue to DC's ongoing Metal event. This dark multi-verse Batman definitely has some problems going on with her and Dan Abnett brings out her darkness onto the page. The art team does a good job of blending together and bringing this story to life. If you want to follow this storyline you will have to pick up Batman The Merciless when it comes out. While I am not sure how pertinent it is to read this to the ongoing event or if it will really matter if you read all of these tie-ins or not, but it is pretty cool to get another backstory to these dark-universe Batman's and really come on how can you not laugh that this Batman's love was named “Sylvester” that is just classic right there! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Nov 2, 2017

    The art isnt as stylized as some comics, rather it is a hybrid between an abstract and hyper real style. And it looks great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Oct 19, 2017

    I suspect that The Drowned is going to inspire some very talented cosplayers to bring her to life. But as a character within her own book, a strong visual isn't enough to make her compelling. Fortunately, the art keeps this one-shot from sinking into the sea. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 18, 2017

    While this isnt quite at the level of other one-offs, this is a solid evil Batman with Justice League powers story that further fleshes out the overall Dark Nights Metal story. — Jeffrey Lyles Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 18, 2017

    I like what Abnett did with this character; I felt more of a connection to her than I did with other Dark Knights, probably because of her perspective being the focus of this issue. Tan and Kirkham's artwork impressed me, particularly Kirkham's. Despite my enjoyment of the issue, I wouldn't rank it high on the list of these one-shots. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 18, 2017

    The Dread Pirate Batwoman has her spiteful retribution on Earth-0, and it is very...wet. A great character design and perfectly atmospheric art go a long way to propel a story that is otherwise scant. Fans of Abnett's Aquaman will get a little service, but probably not enough to warrant the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose Oct 18, 2017

    Batman: The Drowned continues to show the quality of storytelling for this event, but flaws in the colors are what hold it back from going above and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Oct 19, 2017

    Batman: The Drowned has a more complicated task of turning Batman into an evil version of another League member than some of the others. In Batman: The Dawnbreaker, it just required him getting the Green Lantern ring while here Batman needs to be genetically altered. If they spent more time developing that aspect of the story over battle sequences, then maybe this issue would've been better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 20, 2017

    Dan Abnett's script is strong enough and The Drowned is easily the most unique and unsettling of The Dark Knights to date. Unfortunately, the formula for most of the Dark Knights solo-stories (Dark Knight shows up, Justice League counterpart shows up, they fight, Dr. Fate shows up to save the counterpart) is starting to get stale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Oct 21, 2017

    This has been the toughest Metal related book to read. The issues I had with Batman: The Red Death were related to pacing issues and not understanding Batman's motivations. My issues with Batman: The Drowned are related to the story itself. Very little felt new in this book. While the writing wasn't bad and touched on interesting themes, it was repetitive and exposition heavy. It felt like a wasted opportunity to explore Bryce Wayne as a character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Oct 18, 2017

    This is another Elseworld-like exploration burrito featuring a Bat-iteration that combines the ethos of Batman with the world of Aquaman and wraps it all up in an overwrought gothic overwrought tortilla. It's satisfying in its artwork, but the narrative just feels like a cheesy greaseball that's going to sit in the pit of your stomach. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Oct 23, 2017

    For those invested in this DC Comics event, then, by all means, pick it up, but just know that doesn't hit all the right chords. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Oct 18, 2017

    Anyway, another tie-in that really just doesn't add much. At this point, just stick with the main Metal book, and I'll let you know if these ever become a necessity"right now "signs point to no". Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Oct 18, 2017

    With stronger art than story, Batman: The Drowned leaves the reader wishing for a deeper look at the roots of the character. Read Full Review

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