Batman: The Merciless #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 25, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 28
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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 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 25, 2017

    Batman is a popular character these days. He's been comic's most successful superhero for a few years, and his numerous titles reflect that. He's been lucky enough to have the best names in comics write his adventures. As readers were just as lucky to have those stories. Another one comes in the form of Batman: The Merciless #1. It's a destructive deconstruction of one of the more corrupted Batmen of the Dark Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 26, 2017

    Francis Manapul delivers his usual stellar work on the issue's art. Manapul's pencils are eye-catching and the use of colors wonderfully varied, with different palettes being used for each setting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Oct 25, 2017

    The psychological torment we're put through adds a layer of greatness that could garner its own issue. The artwork is phenomenal. That end of the issue plot twist tho?! Maaaaannnn, when the last time you found this much joy in Batman beatin' the brakes off your favorite superhero? Not near never. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Oct 25, 2017

    BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 isn't the strongest of the Dark Batmen tie-ins to DARK NIGHTS: METAL. However, it is still a fantastic comic book, worthy of the god of war it depicts. With fantastic characterization and amazing work by Francis Manapul, this issue is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Manolo Oct 25, 2017

    Bottom line, if you are not reading the DC's Metal story line, you owe it to yourself to do so as soon as possible. While the premise of the narrative is outrageous by current comic standards, it is stories like these which stay with you as reader for the rest of your life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Oct 25, 2017

    Batman: The Merciless is a great example of how to build a villain; make him scary, humanize him, make us understand him, and then have him stab us in the heart. I really enjoyed this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Oct 29, 2017

    The only thing you will regret is that this issue doesn't have more pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 25, 2017

    This books works well in a number of ways, from seeing who strong a character Diana is, to possibly how weak Bruce is to let the power corrupt him, all the way to seeing how these books fit into the main story, which does give the impression thatwe are seeing at least some progress toward the end of these one shots. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Oct 25, 2017

    Batman the Merciless continues the tradition of really good tie-ins that really give us a perspective in the minds of these nightmare versions of Batman. They are slowly getting darker and darker until we finally get to the Batman who Laughs, who if all hints are pointing at, is going to be a wicked fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Blair Marnell Oct 26, 2017

    Batman: The Merciless follows the same path that the previous Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins used to introduce the various evil incarnations of Batman. But those books didn't have Francis Manapul as their artist, and that makes all of the difference here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Oct 25, 2017

    The tie-ins for "Dark Nights- Metal" have been superb, and Batman: The Merciless is no exception. Writer Peter J Tomasi and artist Francis Manapaul deliver a solid issue, and like the other tie-ins it's an experience that both thrills with the artistry on display even as the darkness of the tale provides a feeling of dread. Batman: The Merciless is another stellar and thoroughly enjoyable tie-in to what is shaping up to be an unconventional and original major DC event. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 25, 2017

    Batman: The Merciless #1 doesn't differ all that much from the other Bad-Bat Dark Multiverse origin stories; it gives readers a brief look into the life of one of the strongest and most sinister batmen yet, and while doing so, reminds readers of what's at stake in the main Dark Nights: Metal storyline, as well as just how bad the situation really is. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 25, 2017

    While this issue started out just like any other of the Metal one-shots, it didn't take long to see that this installment was a cut above the rest and quickly became my favorite.  Not only is the art fantastic, but Tomasi lays down an awesome backstory for The Merciless, gives insights to the rest of the event and even gives us a little twist in the story by the end.  Definitely a one-shot you should pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 24, 2017

    Well done tragic tale that makes this turn by Bruce all the more plausible when weighed against his war on crime. Would have liked to see more of the story between Bruce and Diana to give it more emotional resonance. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Psychodad Oct 31, 2017

    Its not as flashy as some of the other one-shots, but make no mistake. Batman the Merciless is here to stay as an epic story. Tomasi gives us what isnt just a horrible version of Batman, but a Batman who did horrible things that came from love. Love of a woman, love of power, love of being worshipped. Whereas the previous issues have been like a horror story with monsters, the Merciless is more of a psychological thriller. Its a great issue and one of my favorites. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bad Manta - Josh West Oct 25, 2017

    Tomasi and Manapul put together yet another great Dark Nights Metal tie-in.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Oct 25, 2017

    After a couple lackluster issues, Batman: The Merciless brings the tie-ins back on track with this exciting installment, which also has a memorable ending that most will not see coming. Great issue all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Oct 28, 2017

    Batman: The Merciless is one of the best laid out one-shots in the Dark Nights one-shots and tie-ins. The script is nearly flawless and the art keeps you in the Metal event. Despite all these positive things, the story doesn't feel like one that will be talked about forever. I'm not sure if it's because Batman is an amalgamation of himself and Ares instead of Wonder Woman, or if it's just that the Merciless didn't feel like the star of this issue, but Batman: The Merciless won't likely be one that helps define this comic book event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Oct 25, 2017

    I don't always read every single tie-in when these big events come around, particularly when they have become so frequent and the cover prices continue to rise as high as Bruce Wayne's IQ, however Metal has been the exception to some many of the usual event rules. The Merciless stands on its own merits as a solid piece of complex storytelling with tons of mind-blowing visuals to feast your peepers upon. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 25, 2017

    The issue is a good one and out of the four I'd place it third in quality. The twist at the end is what elevates it from mediocre. It wasn't until that moment that I really was interested in the issue and that's what makes it stand out. It's a detail that really changes how to perceive this character and makes him all that more scarier. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Oct 25, 2017

    Batman The Merciless #1 was a pretty good read; I was not as much into the story as in Batman The Drowned #1, but it was an okay set up for this dark Batman. I am still not sure how pertinent this is to the main Metal event going on and if you will have to read these for the main series to make more sense or not, but it is nice to have a backstory to all these new characters being introduced. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 25, 2017

    Batman: The Merciless is the least good of the Nightmare Batmen tie-ins to Metal so far. The slight repetition in the narratives doesnt help, but it also comes down to the fact that Merciless and Drowned just arent as compelling has the first three. Its by no means a bad book, and I still do recommend it. However, it doesnt quite stand up to its predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 25, 2017

    This was a decent issue, but there wasnt anything here that was so amazing or interesting to warrant picking up beyond the most devoted Metal and Nightmare Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 25, 2017

    This isn't the strongest issue of the series of one-shots, but it looks absolutely beautiful, save for the instances where Manapul had to draw boring scenes not involving the Merciless Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Oct 25, 2017

    While very beautiful to look at, this chapter of the Dark Nights Metal saga suffers from telling us of amazing feats instead of showing us. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Oct 25, 2017

    The Merciless delivers an intriguing character, but important pieces of his story are nowhere to be found. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Oct 25, 2017

    By no means is this a bad issue, but it's so painfully average that it's hard to even remotely enjoy the "cool idea bro" elements that are here. That and there's been one of these a week for over a month now. Maybe three a week would have been better, but at this point, we understand the formula because if you picked up any of the other titles, you got the gist instantly. It's the same here, world ending, Batman plus another hero, now they're upset and on earth 0. Yay" or something. Pick your favorite combo and check that out, but there's no reason to read all of these just to find some shallow character backstory that will likely be repeated over and over again every time they appear anywhere else. That and if I have to read the word "Barbatos" one more damn time in my head" fucking Barbatos, what is this The Simpsons? El Barbatos. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Oct 25, 2017

    While it benefits from a tighter origin story than some of its counterparts, The Merciless still feels like a book unworthy of its creators. Neither Tomasi nor Manapul seem on their game, and solid lettering from Napolitano doesn't make the glut of text more palatable. If you've got the extra scratch and want to make a set, pick it up. But you won't miss any vital Metal components by skipping, so there's very little incentive to do otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Frida Kernen Oct 30, 2017

    Nice art, but the writing is somewhat flawed in every aspect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Reed Strong Oct 25, 2017

    The summit of military forces was a fun little collection of who's who, but despite compelling art and another fun origin of darkness, this issue didn't hit the heights of Metal's insanity so far, but sets up more to come. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 25, 2017

    It's sneaky with it's big moments and though it has a clear intent of emotional impact, the attempts it makes are too artificial and convenient. It feels more like a comic book for readers to collect and read out of a sense of completionism than anything inherent to the book itself. Read Full Review

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