Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham #1
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Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham #1

Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Brian Level Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 29, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 21
7.1Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

With the blood dry at Gotham’s fourth gruesome murder scene in as many weeks, Batman is stumped. The same hallmarks haunt each investigation: brute-force entries, bodies ripped to shreds and stamped with enormous bite marks, and clumps of fur-wolf fur-scattered in the wreckage. The streets buzz with rumors of the “Werewolf of Gotham.” Determined to crack this case, Batman finds no leads and a mysterious, hairy, chain-smoking figure dogging his every move. The Dark Knight’s dangerously close to losing his cool when a series of bombings levels the city’s libraries in the days leading up to the 32nd annual Gotham Literary Festival. As more

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 28, 2021

    Brian Level delivers some impressive visuals. I like the style and how exaggerates the mannerisms and physicality of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 28, 2021

    Right now it seems like a straight-forward Bat-story with a Fable guest-star, but I don't think Willingham signed on for something that conventional. There are a lot of intriguing mysteries to be unraveled here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 29, 2021

    Batman vs. Bigby doesn't show you how fast it can go right out of the gate. Instead, it seems Willingham has the confidence to lay a good foundation and will let the narrative build on that. I look forward to seeing if he can provide us with a solid story instead of the usual flash over substance fare that crossovers tend to be. Brian Level's art was an unexpected treat. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    GWW - TaraLovesNoir Sep 29, 2021

    Each of the three days counted down to the ending of this issue in the present brings more of Batman's anger to a roiling boil, driven by the need to protect his loved ones, Gotham City included. And with the end panel teasing "Next: Blow your house down," this reader needs some payoff soon. Bring on the Big Bad! This blerd girl has had plenty of build-up and is ready for the main event" or at least a sneak peak at what Bigby(!) is truly bringing to Batman's front door. I may be a bit disappointed that only the artists hinted at this wolf, but I look forward to seeing more story development soon from this creative team. There are plenty of ways to go from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Sep 28, 2021

    While Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1 fell just short of my expectations, it's still a wonderful book to pick up. If not for the scenes with Batman and the Robins, or with Gordon and Grace, or even his fight with Bigby; for the beautiful art and page design. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 29, 2021

    Get yourself in that Fables space- and then pick up Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1. It might even help to read a story arc from Fables beforehand to get you there. While this issue starts off leaving the reader feeling a bit unsure, the potential is here. I have no doubt that "unadulterated brilliance" will be with us soon, but all stories have to start somewhere". Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Sep 29, 2021

    Batman vs Bigby: A Wolf in Gotham #1 features some impressive moments. The plot within the crossover is an ingenious method of fusing the two characters, placing them against each other in an authentic way. Whilst their first meeting may not be what is expected, it does suggest some fun and exciting exchanges of a violent and verbal manner between the two. The obstacle that stands in this comics way is the poor art, which may turn off readers before they wish to delve any deeper. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Sep 28, 2021

    Despite some foibles, Batman vs. Bigby #1 is a commendable opening chapter in what should be an entertaining miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Sep 29, 2021

    Interesting characters and a murder mystery plot should have made this a home run, but I'd say it's more a base hit. The sequential art is great, especially in the scenes that don't feature costumed heroes, and I've warmed up to the issue after sitting with it and giving it another read. It isn't perfect, and I hope that the series improves as it goes along, but Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham is off to a fairly promising start. Consider this my muted recommendation, with a few caveats attached. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnet Sep 29, 2021

    The mystery is interesting, but exists primarily as a mystery box lacking any clear stakes and both of the titular leads depend upon reader's outside knowledge for any definition. That may improve quickly in issue #2, but for now Batman vs. Bigby! is a well drawn return for fans still seeking a little more Fables material. Read Full Review

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