Batman vs. Robin #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 59
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Spinning out of the events of both Batman/Superman: World's Finest and Shadow War, father and son will do battle in one of the single most earth-shattering tales ever told!
Deep in the heart of Lazarus Island, the demonic legacy of the al Ghul family line has at last been freed, and the Devil Nezha is out for blood. To reclaim his total domination over planet Earth, Nezha has supercharged magic-anyone who dares use it is overcome by a demonic evil that supercharges their abilities to dangerous, unpredictable, and in some cases deadly levels! With Damian in Nezha's clutches and Bruce haunted by the return of an old friend, the Dark Knight more

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Sep 13, 2022

    Batman vs. Robin #1 is a worthy partner to Waid's run on World's Finest with plenty of drama, excitement, emotion, thrills, and magic. If the last issue finishes as well as the first issue starts, this will be an arc worth remembering. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 13, 2022

    Batman vs. Robin might not be the big conflict DC readers wanted to see play out in 2022, but under Waid and Asrar's hands, this is a brisk read that offers plenty of intriguing directions for the future of the Batman titles and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 13, 2022

    The end of the issue brings in some major elements from Vertigo lore, making this rather perfectly timed for release. But amid the fast-paced story, this has some of the best Batman characterization I've seen in a long time, and an absolutely perfect Alfred. Waid is a master of the DCU, same as he ever was, and I'm expecting this to be an event mini to remember. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Sep 13, 2022

    This is the DC event book to watch through the end of the year. It's eerie, action packed, and hits all the emotional beats. In other words, a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Sep 13, 2022

    Plus, this new villain is straight-up scary. Its like a low-key Trigon meets the Superman villain Doomsday. Readers, the story is creative, filled with action, and leaves so many dangling plot threads and intriguing questions that will keep fans excited for whats to come. Furthermore, it appears to be a different type of Batman story that now looks a bit different than what was anticipated. I highly recommend giving Batman vs. Robin #1 a shot. Its got action, suspense, and mystery with Batman at the epicenter. What more could you ask for? Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Sep 13, 2022

    BATMAN VS. ROBIN #1 is captivating from start to finish and will have readers eager for more. Is this the return of an old friend or is Batman in this fight against his son alone? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 13, 2022

    Asrar delivers some exciting visuals throughout the issue. The art is beautifully detailed, thrilling and filled with great visual touches that engage the reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Sep 13, 2022

    Batman VS. Robin #1finds the Dark Knight fighting to save his son, as Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar deliver a story laced with action and emotion. If you've been enjoying Waid's work onBatman/Superman: World's Finest, this comic is definitely for you, especially as it picks up from a plot point in that book. Despite its title, this series is less about the battle between the two title combatants and more of a story about family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steven Lee Sharpe Sep 13, 2022

    There's so much to enjoy in Batman Vs Robin #1, both in terms of style and content; from single moments (don't get me started on the reunion “acceptance” page!) to intriguing questions, and a high-stakes set-up that has already made this series feel like an event title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Sep 22, 2022

    This could have been a gimmick book, but it is in fact the best Batman book of the month. Engaging, beautiful visuals, and a genuine mystery to be solved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jenna Anderson Sep 14, 2022

    Batman vs. Robin #1 will leave you wanting more, in the best possible way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 13, 2022

    If you're looking for good action and triple-A artwork, look no further than Batman vs. Robin. The creators are throwing readers into the deep end with mega twists, surprising character choices, and the return of a Batman icon. If you can get past the lack of motivation for Robin, you're going to have a great time unpacking the mystery wrapped in the action frenzy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Sep 13, 2022

    Batman vs. Robin #1 is a quick, energetic read that earns the resurrection of a fan favorite character. While seeing heroes fight each other isn't always the most engaging storyline, the fast pace and high stakes set in this first issue overcome the inherent pitfalls of a "versus book. Mahmud Asrar's pencils maintain a sense of clarity despite the over abundance of magical attacks on display and Mark Waid's script delivers a healthy dose of humor to keep the entire endeavor from being a one note experience. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 15, 2022

    Despite some issues with understanding the underlying plot elements, this introduction is an interesting enough start to the battle between father and son. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Sep 13, 2022

    Batman vs Robin #1 is an interesting start that promises a globe-trotting adventure with Batman and Alfred on the run from Robin, Mother Soul, and Devil Nezha. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Sep 13, 2022

    Overall, Batman vs Robin is a fun read and sets the foundation for the series. If not for the few surprises, the story is pedestrian and almost a paint-by-number Batman event. We have the betrayal from someone he trusts, the people that could quickly fix it are incapacitated, and the main orchestrator is a potential reveal. The story is still a fun read but has the potential to be better, especially with Waid working with characters directly from the archive. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 13, 2022

    Timing is everything and Batman vs Robin #1 is an example of why that is. Mark Waid's decision to center the story around a one-note villain rather than diving into exploring the father-son relationship between Bruce Wayne and Damian Wayne was a big mistake. It is a decision that ends up reminding you that these characters futures in Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths instead of getting you invested in finding out how things will turn out by the end of Batman vs Robin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 26, 2022

    Very much a mixed bag, Batman vs. Robin #1 takes characters backwards in their developments instead of forwards. I'm also not too pleased with the gruesome depicted of the lynched Zatanna who Batman and Alfred come to find while searching for answers as to just what is going on. Alfred may be back, and Batman is certainly pleased with that, but what kind of death will a magically-fueled Robin bring to bear in what's to come? Read Full Review

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