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: 20
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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

  • 10
    Hydro-Man Sep 16, 2022

    Wonderfully written and illustrated. Hope the return of Alfred is not a bait and switch. I loved everything about this comic! Dripping in nostalgia but moving things forward. Only DC book I bought this week and only one I needed.

    Dear DC, put Waid and Johns in charge of the linewide direction but give them a few books to write. Keep Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Adams, Chip Z’Darsky and Ram V. Also keep PKJ and Toms King and Taylor but keep them on a short, short leash. Take the rest of the trash to the curb.

  • 8.5
    fzanca Sep 15, 2022

    I was worried that this would be like the cartoon. Thankfully, it wasn't. Robin is being controlled in some way. I like that Damien is not in charge of his facilities. It wouldn't make much sense otherwise. I do love that Alfred is back, though we don't know how yet, but I really don't care. I just like that he's back. It was pretty touching and probably my favorite part of the book. Obviously, Waid is connecting this to World's Finest in some way.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Sep 14, 2022

    Liked it. Pretty interesting story, just waiting for it to be revealed Alfred is not alive or something. Wish art was better.

  • 8.5
    Armo Sep 13, 2022

    It’s pretty good. Visuals are crisp and the style is interesting. I don’t know about Damian’s dialogue, but I am giving this the benefit of the doubt, considering he’s pretty transparently being controlled.

    Batman is written excellently here. Alfred’s portrayal is perfectly executed.

    Nezha is girthy and I love it. The dude’s thicker than a truck!

    I can’t wait to see where this goes.

  • 8.0
    Hex Sep 27, 2022

    I didn't read Shadow War but am a little disappointed in the direction Damian has taken again. And again and again. But I have faith that Waid actually has a plan here. I don't really need to see more Talia or "evil" Damian just to get Alfred back. It was a mistake to kill him in the first place and now we have an awkward conflict that we've seen before at least in the hands of a skilled writer. The continuation from World's Finest issue 6 makes this feel stronger. I like that it actually has some ground laid for it before hand. We'll see where this goes. I'm looking forward to it.
    "OG" Batman/DC readers need to get back in their hole and read their funnies. Time has marched forward without you. "Waaah I'm OLD! I know more than you do more

  • 8.0
    Loafy Trophy Sep 22, 2022

    Some really exciting mysteries at play here. Everything relating to Alfred was perfect. Waid has the ability to weave continuity and warm characterization together in such a harmonious manner and these pages are a great example.

    While I'm a little over the constant reversion of Damian back into more of a villain, I trust that Waid knows what he's doing and will deliver on the why in the rest of the story, especially with Nezha and his corrupting influence involved.

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  • 7.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Sep 27, 2022

    This is really well written, and it's just a shame that Damian is regressing all over again. I just can't get past it.

  • 7.0
    Bats20832 Sep 13, 2022

    You want to buy this for Alfred. Period. No other reason. I hate evil magic, and I hate evil Robins. Pretty much avoid the Al-Ghul family stories (ugh). But Alfred Pennyworth returns, and it is worth reading simply for THAT. And no, they don't re-kill Alfred in the first issue (which is why I held off thinking about buying it). This "Devil" Nezha and Mother Soul (Al-Ghul, ugh) stuff is a mess, but unfortunately that is the cost to read Batman and Alfred together.

    Some readers will get this to see the corrupted (?) Damian Al-Ghul/Wayne and some other younger characters (Jakeem Thunder, Tim Hunter) use magic to attack Batman. What a shock. As OG Batman readers will tell you, DC Editorial would have killed off Batman Bruce Wayne dec more

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