Batman: The Knight #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 19, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 44
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The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what of the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin? Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) and acclaimed artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (The Flash) will take Bruce Wayne on a fraught journey, making allies and enemies, on his training to become Batman in this definitive new series!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Jan 25, 2022

    If this is the bar set by the first issue I can only imagine where the following nine issues is going to take us. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 18, 2022

    This first issue covers a lot of ground for the beginning of a twelve-part issue, and it's impressively ambitious. It has the potential to be one of the defining works on Bruce Wayne's character if the next eleven issues are as strong as this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Jan 19, 2022

    If this first installment is any indication, the ten-issue adventure of Batman: The Knight is one that is definitely worth taking. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Jan 19, 2022

    I was very sceptical going into this mini-series, we've almost every minute of Batman's origin and all that was left was the toilet breaks it seemed. Zdarsky though takes a bit of a fresh look at the rich, broody kid and finally starts to answer some of Batman's harshest criticisms. How can a spoilt rich man exact justice on many whose only reasons for crimes are survival? This teenage Bruce make mistakes and acts petty sometimes and the steady, realistic tutelage by Alfred will take time to develop a more human Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Jan 19, 2022

    Book good. Buy book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 18, 2022

    However, this is the first real-time in recent months that Ive felt like that aspect of the character has been decoupled from the gritty, crime-fighting vigilante weve been missing for quite some time. BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #1 was real, raw, and opens up the table for some new adventures at a key moment in Bruces life thats ultimately been skimmed over. Carmine Di Giandomenico and Ivan Plascencia do a respectable job keeping this reviewer locked into the issue. However, there were certain character designs and shadowing that seemed a bit too sharp and wild at times that made it feel less like a BATMAN book and more like a horror comic, which its certainly not. Nevertheless, Im genuinely excited to see where this goes and I think BATMAN fans will definitely want to check this series out! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 18, 2022

    Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some great art on every page of the issue. There are great character moments throughout and you get a beautiful visual sense of both the character and the conflicts. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 18, 2022

    Batman the Knight #1 does feel vital because it goes beyond just seeing a young Bruce Wayne train to be Batman and deals with how he continues to cope with the death of his parents.  Thanks to Carmine Di Giandomenico's art, it also looks great and is an easy book to recommend, especially if you are a Chip Zdarsky fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jan 23, 2022

    Maybe a lot" the art, the cover art, the script is very solid. And personally, I love it when Batman, even at this young age, sticks it to Dr. Hugo Strange! Invest in any and all Batman #1 issues, but have specific lenses on when you read it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - C.V.R. The Bard Jan 19, 2022

    With 9 issues to go , "The Knight" is shaping up to be a cut above the rest of the many prequels contained in the Bat-mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Harrison Stewart Jan 18, 2022

    Despite some familiar territory, Batman: The Knight #1 offers an intriguing opportunity to redefine the Dark Knights origins with a more sinister focus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 18, 2022

    Batman: The Knight #1 takes a different angle to Bruce Wayne's early days, showing how the persona of Batman was built over time. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Hopefully, Batman fans or those growing tired of Batman will also enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Jan 19, 2022

    The first issue of Batman: The Knight is an insightful and explorative look at the life of young Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 19, 2022

    Batman: The Knight #1 isn't a bad start but it also doesn't excite. It's an interesting comic that doesn't quite yet make the case as to why it exists and also doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense character wise leaving out what has lead up to the current state. Zdarsky has show he can play the long game and pays off after a while, we just might need to wait a little bit more until we get to that moment.s Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Ryan Fitzmartin Jan 24, 2022

    An intriguing revision of the rise of Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 20, 2022

    With 9 issues to go, I'm more than willing to give this series a chance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Ben Morin Jan 18, 2022

    This is just the first issue, but Batman: The Knight has yet to solidify why this origin redux is necessary or what it will contribute to the character. Unfortunately, there's too little new here for Bat-fans and not enough promise to recommend to new readers over other time-tested origins. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Jan 23, 2022

    When I heard chip zdarsky was writing a batman book I thought with the way he is writing daredevil I'll bet this is going to be a great Batman story. I was right this is a tremendous start to what is sure to be a great miniseries

  • 10
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 18, 2022

    I have gotten super sick of Batman titles at DC. It seems like they constantly put out more and more and more. But this one is actually fucking good and worth the money. Chip Zdarsky is a great writer and he manages to make one of the most played out things in comics interesting. I hope the rest of the series lives up to this stellar start.

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Jan 19, 2022

    You know those times you read an issue and just know you're in for a great series? This was one of those times.

    I was unsure if I was going to follow this. We've seen this concept before. Bridging the gap from young Bruce to Bat Bruce. Introducing various OCs and occasionally younger versions of people we all know already. The TV show Gotham comes to mind(which I absolutely hated and didn't bother watching much).

    This is a lot more like what Gotham should have been. Its focused more on telling a story focused around Bruce, but a exploring his mind rather than his actions. You'll see him do stuff too of course, but this tale is a lot more cerebral of an examination of now hor Bruce became built like a knight but h more

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  • 9.0
    Julhin Apr 8, 2022

    This was awesome, can't believe i took so long to start this one after i had seen so many good things being said about it. Zdarsky again proves why he's one of the best in the business, he delivers sharp dialogue and great character interactions while telling a "origin story" about Batman in a fresh, interesting and new perspective, all of that illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico with some really stunning artwork, this left me excited not just for the rest of the series but for Zdarsky's and Jimenez run on Batman in July. I stopped reading Batman after the end of Tom Kings run(a run with a lot of ups and downs but that i mostly enjoyed) and nothing from Tynion's run(Joker War, Fear State) made me excited to read it, and i didn't wanna re more

  • 9.0
    The Brave and the Bald Jan 18, 2022

    An excellent start for a very promising series. The premise isn't the most original, but Zdarsky makes it work with sharp dialogue and strong character interactions. It's definitely one to keep an eye on, especially if you're not offended by Gotham Police being portrayed as corrupt (as was the case in Batman: Year One). People get outraged over the silliest things these days.

  • 8.5
    Jawsh Feb 7, 2022

    I wasn't going to read this because I couldn't bare another psych take on Batman's origins. At this point I'm getting PTSD watching his parents get shot over and over and over and over again.
    Chip Zdarsky finds new, interesting angels to tackle Bruce at his youth. And the art of Giandomenico is fantastic. Let's see where this road goes.

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  • 8.5
    Skywolf Jan 23, 2022

    The origin story of Batman never gets outdated. Interesting for the beginning of a 10-issue story.

  • 8.5
    Hydro-Man Jan 22, 2022

    My favorite book of the week. Derivative of Batman Begins? Obviously. Enjoyable? Absolutely.

    Bruce Wayne participates in Battle of the Tough Guys.

  • 8.5
    Crimson Knight Jan 19, 2022

    I was enthralled by the quiet rage of Bruce Wayne. The story emphasis a period in Bruce's life we don't often see and Zdarsky's writing is SO good. I've love Di Giandomenico's art since Spider-man Noir and especially his tenure on The Flash but The Knight is easily his sharpest art yet. Definitely recommend!

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  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Jan 18, 2022

    this series seems to take some inspiration from Matt Reeves Batman becoming Vengenance and honestly I'm pretty excited for this series.

  • 8.5
    Stormwrath Jan 18, 2022

    Super solid story, at the same time this is not new, it feels fresh and interesting. I liked Zdarsky's voice for this book and Carmine's art fits well

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  • 8.0
    Afre Jan 18, 2022

    It's just fine. There is nothing wrong with this, but it's not entirely new concept, so it gave a little "been there done that" -feeling after reading this. Sure, there are new elements here, but Batman's origins have touched upon so many times, it's hard to make it interesting and compelling read.

    Thankfully the art is good and script solid. It's just not as good as I wanted it to be, but I never was that interested in this series to begin with. I hope this series can find a reason to exist and do something entirely new with the concept.

  • 7.5
    Merlyn Jan 18, 2022

    I loved it up until the half of it when Zdarsky started to put his usual rants about cops and rich people, I don't get why one would insist on beating us over the head with the same ideas over and over and over. At this point he should know his audience and stop with it, not continue propagandizing. Other than that, this was decent for a first issue if you get over Chip's usual problems.

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  • 2.5
    myconius May 12, 2022

    There were some bits in here that worked, but a LOT that just didn’t.

    Bruce being so closely tied to Hugo strange way before he’d even became Batman? Way too orchestrated!

    Bruce having the ability to torment a bully without getting caught as a child is just poor writing. It undermines all the years that Bruce Wayne had to train to be Batman, because Zdarsky would like you to think that Bruce was inherently Batman already. Plus the overused “darkness”. Bruce is such a dark and brooding kid. Ooooh he’s out for vengeance, and he’s taking it to the bullies. Gee! Would anyone really not think that this kid would NOT grow up to be Batman??? Especially now giving Bruce Wayne a history of being caught in undergrou more

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