Batman's Grave #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 39
8.3Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

The World's Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask.

  • 10
    GWW - Dusty Good Oct 9, 2019

    I must also include one last note here in closing. The ending of this issue is so creepy, and so twisted that it will sit with you long after the book is closed. Don't be afraid to admit that you were upset by this reveal. It is how this book was designed. I might even suggest not reading this comic in a lonely room or an empty house…the creaks in the floorboards may terrify. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 9, 2019

    Bryan Hitch has some awesome art in this issue. The characters look great and all of the details in the panels are eye-catching. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Oct 10, 2019

    The Batman's Grave #1(Ellis, Hitch, Nowland, Sinclair) is a perfect Batman story in an era that desperately needed one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 9, 2019

    The Batman's Grave #1 is a master class in writing and storytelling. Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch deliver a subtle, well-thought and executed debut that builds a solid foundation with a book that has endless potential. If you find yourself reminiscing about what Batman used to be and represent; if you're not really connecting with current incarnations of Batman, then this is definitely the book for you. It may not seem like it at first, but there's a lot to unpack here, and you'll be happy you let yourself experience it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 9, 2019

    Armed with a mystery ripped right out of his Image Comics works and an unexpectedly heartfelt and clear-eyed take on the Alfred and Bruce Wayne dynamic, The Batman's Grave #1 is a big statement of Warren Ellis' intentions for Gotham City. It also doesn't hurt that he's standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a truly activative art team that is moving in lock-step with his take and aiming to make it look as good as they possibly can. Cinematic, well-thought out, and pointedly written, The Batman's Grave #1 is a stellar debut for the reunited creators behind The Authority. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Oct 9, 2019

    Overall, The Batman's Grave #1is a solid start to the series and is a Batman story that has a lot of classic elements while playing with uncomfortable and existential themes. Alfred's fears are palpable on the page and Batman's sure death may come sooner than Bruce expects. Either way, I look forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Oct 9, 2019

    ConclusionOne of the best debut issues in recent memory, The Batman's Grave #1 is a vital and thought provoking book that bodes very well for the next 11 issues. With a creative team that is firing on all cylinders, this could end up being a contender come the next awards season. This comic helps prove that the Batman character is evergreen and without doubt the standard bearer for DC Comics. We're are all going to be in for a great ride with this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Oct 10, 2019

    For Batman fans who miss the detective element to the Dark Knight Detective and prefer a more "street-level" approach to Gotham's hero, Warren Ellis delivers a captivating mystery story in The Batman's Grave #1 that longtime fans will not want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Oct 24, 2019

    Go into this book spoiler-free as possible. The art set up is cinematic in nature and the ending will stick with you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Oct 9, 2019

    This is a very good introduction to what Ellis has in store for us Batman fans. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. Even if it means the death of my favorite comic character. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Oct 9, 2019

    The Batman's Grave #1 is a fantastic Batman detective story and character study for both super fans and those who have only kept up with the Caped Crusader via other media or the occasional trade paperback. Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, and Alex Sinclair's are the right blend of epic and psychologically searing while Warren Ellis' script is sharp and momentum filled. I love the humanity that he brings to Alfred and the murder victim, Vince and kind of pity Batman after reading this one. His car is still cool though. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Oct 11, 2019

    The Batsuit looks good on this creative team, of that we can be certain. And while Ellis and Hitch seem content for now to play along with expectations and hit the beats we all expect, it's clear that they've filled every pouch on the utility belt with their favorite tricks. They, along with Nowlan, Sinclair and Starkings, have claimed the Bat as their own. By the time this tale is done, I imagine the suit itself with be fully stripped away, and what's left will be a brutal and unique take on the character from comics' all-time greats. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 9, 2019

    For those comparing this book to Hitch's other recent DC work in Hawkman, you'll find Hitch is showing off some very different strengths here. There's much less bombastic action, instead, many more subtle character moments and detailed crime scenes. It also seems to be very much about the relationship between Batman and Alfred " making it an odd choice timeline-wise, unless it's intended as a tribute to the butler. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Evan Valentine Oct 9, 2019

    If you're looking for a stand alone Batman story that combines one of the greatest dynamic duo's in comics' history, give The Batman's Grave a read. We're certainly looking forward to reading the twelve issue series all in one go. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Oct 11, 2019

    This was an intriguing blend of classic Batman elements, like Wayne Manor and the Batcave, with new tech and gadgets, such as Alfred on comms and the VR crime scene analysis. It blended together perfectly, and the smart darknight detective slant was refreshingly done. A great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 9, 2019

    This is a stripped-down, street level Batman detective tale with a genuinely disturbing denouement, but it doesnt quite feel like the first issue of a series just yet. Whatever direction this is going, Ellis is clearly keeping his cards close to his chest so far, although the solicitation info suggests that the aforementioned denouement is likely to have a profound effect on the psyche of the Dark Knight moving forwards and rightfully so. So at the end of the day, youre even remotely a fan of Batman the detective, this is definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 10, 2019

    Final Verdict: 7.9 " “The Batman's Grave” #1 establishes a strong tone and murder case with an inspired visual direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Oct 9, 2019

    Despite some storytelling hiccups, THE BATMAN'S GRAVE #1 is an engaging opening chapter. I, for one, am at least curious to see where the premise takes us. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 9, 2019

    The Batman's Grave manages to find fresh new material with the most familiar hero in comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Oct 9, 2019

    This issue is a solid start to the series with a lot of potential directions to go. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Oct 9, 2019

    Overall, Batman's Grave is off to a mysterious start that doesn't provide the reader much detail yet but comes packed to the brim with some great looking art to keep your attention for now.  The Alfred and Bruce/Batman relationship gets some spotlight here as well, however other than these overall snapshot observations, I'm not entirely sure of the start to this series at the moment, and how hooked readers of this will be going forward. In all honesty, in searching for comparison to this, it has a bit of a feel of the True Detective TV show to it at the moment, being so shrouded in mystery. Good, but definitely not great ... yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Oct 10, 2019

    The Batman's Grave #1 doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it's still more than worth the read for the execution. Warren Ellis' writing is restrained and tight, while Hitch and Sinclair's art effectively builds dread and drives its ideas home. I don't quite know what this book is yet, but I very much look forward to finding out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Oct 9, 2019

    This felt short, but still promising. I love that we get to see detective work pretty much off the bat, and Ellis' thoughtfulness in the psychology of his narrative use of Alfred has me excited for this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 11, 2019

    The first installment of this Ellis/Hitch collaboration is a tale of two cities. The first half fired on all cylinders and established the beginning of an engaging psychological narrative. The second half, however, bogs down the story quite hard with a perplexing script that left me guessing for all the wrong reasons. The first half and the creative cache of the creative team are what will bring me back for next month's second chapter. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    RedKSuperman Oct 13, 2019

    The art is the only thing that this book has going for it. IF you like thinly veiled pro-liberalism/left leaning politics mixed in with your Batman story then this is the book for you I guess. Warren Ellis isn't subtle with his virtue signalling in this book and it makes the book very "cringe" worthy. Bottom line, save your money as I don't think the next 11 issues will be much better.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Oct 15, 2019

    What kind of assholes bring their baby to a movie? It is rude and also bad for their hearing! Don’t bring your babies to regular showings of things! But like yeah otherwise this was pretty good.

  • 8.0
    allenquanobi Oct 9, 2019

    Cool start. Great detective mystery with great art as well. Only confused about if this story is in canon or not. I hope Ellis can deliver with more mystery, and not get disinterested in the book

  • 8.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Oct 10, 2019

    This was good. Some of the dialogue could be a little rough, though. The ending, though, is straight out of Warren Ellis' Moon Knight run. I'm a big fan of that run, so if we can all agree to further emulate it, I'm fine with that.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Oct 11, 2019

    Strong art and a lot of intriguing moments, but the ending was abrupt and Ellis's take on Alfred seems a bit off. But Warren definitely gets Batman.

  • 7.0
    K2019 Oct 10, 2019

    Has potential to be good, but wasn’t in love with this issue. Looking forward to issue 2.

  • 4.5
    CaptnAmerca Oct 14, 2019

    Big miss on the characterization. I'm not buying Alfred's sudden turn into hippie logic. And the detective work was all flash, no substance. Bruce just figured everything out spontaneously. Like he was being fed insights from a script, rather than coming to any logical conclusions. 12 issues? No thanks.

  • 9.5
    ohhaimark Nov 1, 2019


    -Little late to the party on this one, but I really, really liked this debut.

    -Great to see these guys working together again. The Authority is one of my all-time favorite comics.

    -That opening was just cool. It's a weird idea, but the execution really sells it.

    -I mean Hitch's art has always been fantastic. I'm just glad he's so consistent and has never stopped putting effort into his comics, despite his popularity.

    -This is a compelling mystery.

    -Alfred's dialogue with Bruce was fantastic.

    -I really like the idea of Bruce getting into the mindset of the victim. It leads to a great investigation sequence.

    -The detective stuff just always more

  • 8.5
    Valiant Son Oct 14, 2019

    A good opening that is let down a little by the depiction of how Bruce works out what happened; I like the narrative conceit, but the execution is slightly off, so it isn't completely clear how much is guesswork and how much is coming from the journal.

  • 8.0
    Batman Jones Oct 13, 2019

    Strong start. Hoping and expecting it to get better as it goes according to a great creative team.

  • 8.0

    I like the almost theatrical way Batman does his detective work in here, that is like my ideal Batman.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Oct 17, 2019

    Off to a very good start. Loving the overall detective atmosphere to this book, and Hitch's cinematic artwork really shines here.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 12, 2019

    Good start. Sets an appropriate mood, though I had to reread some lines of dialogue because they weren't clear the first time.

  • 7.5
    Pablo Ochoa Oct 29, 2019

    Not a very good start for this first of twelve issues from the writer Warren Ellis.

    Yes, we all know that Alfred deep down knows that Bruce, eventually, will die before him. So Ellis in the first pages trys to conect us with that feeling. Ok! fair enough! but the next sequence?
    What's the point of showing a couple walking through an alley and getting robbed by some random burglars and Batman interfiring to save the moment? Just bringing more background that it's not really neccesary. The tempo of the story it's fine I guess, it takes us to the crime scene for a very quiclky interrogation and it show us the inside of the victim's appartment (this with the purpose of showing this "cool" gadget that can reconstruct a room and more

  • 7.5
    I Review Comics Jun 15, 2020

    I think part of the reason for the declining sales of Comic Books is that fans are starting to realize that many of the books being released don't really matter or are simply being shipped to support the additive nature of comic book readers. Even worse, it seems that the books are designed to exploit local comic shops. The true goal is to compile these series as trades and sell in book stores and eventually large chains like Walmart and Amazon.

    I support the idea of moving beyond the direct market but I hate to see retailers being exploited in the interim. Many of the Mini-Maxi series produced by DC seem totally out of alignment with traditional comic storytelling. The entire Hill House line of comics comes off as books that sh more

  • 7.0
    KittyNone Oct 17, 2019

    The Batman's Grave is a frustrating read. The entire first half is ominous and terrible, placing Batman so firmly in the tradition of Warren Ellis's doomed detectives that it's strange that this is his first major project with the character. But after a dozen flawless pages, the story sinks under the weight of an incoherently-narrated investigation. I haven't got a clue what's supposed to be happening at the issue's end, and it's not because Hitch's art is anything less than clear and expressive.

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