Future State: The Next Batman #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Paul Jenkins, Ken Kristensen, John Ridley, Brandon Thomas Artist: Nick Derington, Jack Herbert, Sumit Kumar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 53
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Gotham City has always been dangerous-but now, it’s downright deadly! Following the tragedy of “A-Day,” the mayor allowed the private law enforcement group known as the Magistrate to take over policing so-called mask crime-and that has given rise to a new Dark Knight! What is this mysterious crime fighter’s connection to former Batman weaponeer Lucius Fox? The fight for justice has never been this dangerous!
Then, in an new tale of the Outsiders, everything in Gotham City may be under the thumb of the Magistrate-but even members of that totalitarian force know that the outskirts of town are protected by the sword of Katana!
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #1 introduces a lot of intriguing ideas to the Batman mythos. Hopefully DC and Ridley will explore these ideas beyond the Future State event. But even if it doesn't return, it won't be quickly forgotten. However, I am certain that this historic miniseries will prove to be a hit with fans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 5, 2021

    With three strong stories, this is the biggest must-read Future State title this week and a strong indicator this event could have some legs beyond its two-month schedule. Read Full Review

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    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 7, 2021

    This is a bold book and it's masterfully done and a great launch into "Future State." Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 6, 2021

    John Ridley is a fantastic writer and he proves it again here. The story is thrilling and just plain awesome. The artwork is by one of my favorite artists, Nick Derington. He does a phenomenal job on this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Jan 5, 2021

    A fantastic start to the Batman corner of 2025, Future State: The Next Batman #1 wastes no time in establishing the dynamics of this new world and its characters. Each story addresses a different aspect of life in and around Gotham City, painting a fascinating picture of life in what amounts to a fascist city-state. An excellent opening to a series that I expect will feel too short by its closing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 5, 2021

    The art is perfect for each story. Derington gives a great, gritty noir feel to the art in his story. Kumar pairs great action with style with his Outsiders story. Herbert delivers great drama and beautiful details to the Arkham Knights story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #1 is a winner of a comic. I wanted to read more immediately and now I want an entire series exploring this world. There's some great concepts here and an interesting exploration of the line between justice and fascism. Where the line is drawn is a great concept to dive in to and this comic dances around it with some fantastic writing and characters. A lot is packed into the extended issue and it's such a welcome addition to the DC and Batman mythology. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jan 5, 2021

    The Next Batman provides not only a look into the Dark Knight's successor but the future of Gotham in three intriguing tales. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Jan 5, 2021

    Both stories are important to the world-building " not sure when, or even if, we'll see the new Batman meet either Future State groups. The two issues were good, but Arkham Knights really gets your attention with its wild combination of knowns and unknowns. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 5, 2021

    Overall, this look at a twisted future Gotham is pretty compelling, even if we need to learn a little more about the Magistrate's regime for me to fully judge how strong they are as a villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Jan 5, 2021

    Nick Derington on art. John Ridley on the script. Sixty-four pages of comics. What else could you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jan 7, 2021

    Future State makes me excited to read comic books again, and I wish it lasted longer " but for the time I have with it, I think I'm going to enjoy it (the good books, anyway). This is a great start, and I'm excited to see what issue two holds " and where this takes the comics I love going into the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jan 7, 2021

    With three intriguing stories, the only real downside to this new take on Batman, his supporting cast, and numerous villains is the fact that two of the stories won't continue for another two issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 6, 2021

    This is pretty much a slow burner, that gives a traditional vigilante story rather than the bombastic Batman story of recent months. It will be interesting to see how long this book continues to entertain, especially with the Detective Comics Future State featuring Bruce Wayne as Batman hits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 9, 2021

    Very enjoyable, very strong start to this new Batman story, even if I have a couple of quibbles. The back-up features don't really add much beyond page space and price. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jan 6, 2021

    Despite my feelings about Future State, I will say that The Next Batman #1 is a story worth looking forward to more from. We're traversing a different kind of Gotham where the dangers are different enough to shake-up the game. Not to mention we have a Batman who knows better how to look out for the little guy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #1 takes its time to build up its world, with its creative team presenting a genuinely unique take on a new Dark Knight. I look forward to what the rest of the story holds, and hopefully, this isn't the last we see of this future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 5, 2021

    All in all The Next Batman #1 was a decent first issue, and it did leave me interested in finding out more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jan 8, 2021

    It's a new day in Gotham City ... and somehow it's worse than ever before, but has new defenders and new hope. Take a look at the Gotham of tomorrow, like it or not.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 7, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #1 sets a solid foundation for this series to build on. John Ridley and Nick Derington worked together well to create world with many fascinating elements to build around the new Batman. The Outsiders back-up further elevated what was going on in Gotham City with how Duke Thomas, Katana, and Black Lightning factor into the greater story around the Magistrate. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 5, 2021

    Overall, I enjoyed Future State: The Next Batman #1. The main story by John Ridley has me intrigued, though I wish there were more pages of this instead of having two backups. However, the Katana backup was cool, especially for Batman and the Outsiders fans, I just didn't need an Astrid Arkham story to end everything on such a dull note. Even with that, I can recommend this to Batman fans, but I don't know why there wasn't more "Next Batman." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 6, 2021

    Though backed by some serious star power both in and out of comics community, Future State: The Next Batman #1 doesn't shine quite as brightly as one would expect. The potential is very much there, that said. The artwork is tremendous and Ridley has some good ideas here, scaffolded to a fun new flavor and voice for Batman. We can only hope that the next issue, with the foundation fully set, Future State: The Next Batman gets to the level we expected it to be at with the opening. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Harvey Moreno Jan 6, 2021

    Despite each story proving weaker than the last, Future State: The Next Batman #1 was an overall enjoyable read. There is enough interest here to push forward into issue two, a prerequisite for the success of Future State. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    fenixalasnegras Jan 5, 2021

    The beginning of the Next Batman is like the beginnings of Batman without the death of his parents mixed a bit with the problems of the mutants in X-Men, that is, it is an exciting but trite beginning, which is good because it fulfills the function of entertain, however personally there is nothing that tells me to stay and buy me, much less when it is a jumble of stories that follow or summarize, it is a presentation book about the numbers that will come regarding what concerns Gotham.
    Outsiders that was decent, nothing extraordinary.
    A suicide squad guy with an Arkham Knight who stole Captain America's armor with everything and a ridiculous shield with an A.
    In short, it fulfills its function of entertaining, there is nothin more

  • 1.0
    jAST Jan 6, 2021

    worst Batman ever.

  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Jan 5, 2021

    Eh? The Batman story by Ridley was semi-enjoyable but it doesn't bring anything really new to the table in my opinion. A lot of this comes from the fact I don't really care about Luke Fox. They should have just introduced a brand new character in my opinion, similar to Wonder Woman. Luke Fox carries a lot of baggage already, even though he is an unknown character. It also doesn't help that it feels very generic dystopia stuff, i.e. one state police vs crime fighter. Think V for Vendetta, Batman the Animated Series, Flash Gordon, Judge Dredd, etc. It feels very one note and generic in what was supposed to be a brand new start for DC. The only intrigue I got from it is how the world got this way, but even then I know it doesn't matter more

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  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Jan 6, 2021

    This book is a mess.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jan 7, 2021

    As expected this will see some backlash by people who have a "particular" issue about who's wearing the cowl this time around. The less said about that the better.

    As an actual Batman comic though this has a lot to offer. The initial story is setup/a quick and easy crime story but its good one. The scenario is a good one and I think we are going to see how about how things came to be this way over the next 3 issues. The art is very strong and the action is fun and cool. Nothing groundbreaking by any means but a solid story.

    The Outsiders story surprised me. A Katana showcase for the most part, it has some absolutely killer action sequences with fantastic art. The style reminds me heavily of Sean Gordon Murphy, i more

  • 7.0
    Nihilist Jan 5, 2021

    So, here it is, the Next Batman, one of the few actually hyped books from Future State. And along it, 2 other stories, one featuring what's left of the Outsiders, and the other featuring Gotham Knights. All of the stories shine some light on the fascist Gotham City controlled by totalitarian corporate interest and its army of mercenaries willing to do anything to preserve the status quo.

    The Next Batman itself, as a stand-alone comic, is definitely worth picking up. When I was reviewing The Other History of the DC Universe #1, I said I hope John Ridley improves in the future as a comic writer. Not that he was bad, on the contrary in fact, but there's always room for improvement no matter how promising your abilities may be at the more

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean Jan 5, 2021

    The Batman story was legitimately good. I want to see where John Ridley goes with that. Undeniably the best thing I've read from Future State so far. The Outsiders back up was pretty good. It flows well. The Arkham Knights back up is really, really boring. This was almost a solidly good collection of stories, if not for the last one.

  • 7.0
    Afre Jan 6, 2021

    The Next Batman storyline had me interested and it was good but it was too short. I didn't really care about those backup-stories, Detective Comics' Arkham Knight -storyline was not that interesting for me and I never really read Outsiders.

  • 6.0
    Onomatopoeia Jan 6, 2021

    So the Magistrate is essentially the fascist Batman from Alex Ross' Kingdom Come? Sure...

    The Outsiders was ok, but a bit confusing.

    Arkaham Knights... oh boy was that rough.

  • 5.0
    MainManDan Jan 7, 2021

    I have zero interest in Tim as Batman. He's already started off on the wrong foot by jumping the queue of more deserving characters to the Bat mantle.

    The Fox family dynamic isn't bad, but this has been done with the Gordons but better since I actually care about them.

    Art sucked. The backup stories w/Arkham Knight leading Batman's rogues gallery was cool. Outsiders didn't interest me.

    I honestly just wanna go back to Bruce and the Batfamily.

  • 5.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jan 9, 2021

    It exists. The art looked mostly nice, the stories somewhat intriguing. I don't get why this wasn't a natural plot development in the monthly Batman or Detective Comics series. As a set of miniseries in an elseworld limited high priced book? It's pointless. I would love to read a real Tim Fox as Batman story, set where it really has an impact on DC continuity. Or an evolution of the Outsiders story to go where this series does. The limited, inconsequential nature of these stories makes them impossible to be entertained by.

  • 2.5
    Emma Jan 8, 2021

    I won't waste my money on this.
    There is something that I do not understand, DC has been doing poor quality things for a long time and the new ideas do not seem to improve this, it looks as if it is desperate to sell or to bankrupt the company, I have not decided which of the two and I would hate that the company where my favorite comic book character is (not Batman, or Superman, or WW, or Nightwing) goes bankrupt, but I'm not going to buy something that I hate or dislike either, especially when they removed my favorite series from RH and a such a terrible way. This really makes us start flirting with the rival company who is doing a good job even though its price is higher and you really realize that it is worth it.
    I hope this c more

  • 1.5
    Joe Jan 8, 2021

    This is lazy writing no imagination.

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Jan 11, 2021

    Finally, some good f^@%ing Future State! The main story is excellent, having more room to breathe and give the characters depth and purpose than the other, shorter Future State titles, and it couldn't look anything less than incredible with Derrington on art and Bonvillain on colors.

    As to the backup stories, neither detracts anything from the main story since the comic is extra-sized, so I didn't include them in my rating. The Outsiders story had wonderful art and decent writing and was generally quite worthy. The Arkham Knights story was less interesting — I didn't recognize half the characters, and the script didn't bother to catch me up; the whole thing was by far the weakest part of an otherwise strong book.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jan 12, 2021

    " All that but still in Gotham City... The more things change... The more things stay the same."
    - BATMAN

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Jan 17, 2021

    Great first story, pretty good second one, but the third one I could not care less about. Great artwork in the first two stories as well.

  • 7.0
    Com' Cool N' Collected Jan 10, 2021

    I think this could be a good run. No issues with the man behind the mask. The art was a let down for me it didn't match the story and fell flat. I also do not like the multiple stories in these issues. Are the authors struggling to get a full story here? None of these Future State runs will be on my pull list. We will see what March brings. God I miss Tomasi's Superman run......

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Jan 11, 2021

    It was ok. I really liked the art in the main story and also the other stories looked good but it didnt really stick out as a must read. Particularly the main story. Nothing special. I did enjoy the other stories for what they were. Average stories to give some insight into the future state world.

  • 4.0
    allbeardnoteeth Jan 11, 2021

    If your going to reboot batman it needs to offer something new or at least something to grab the readers attention this is the epitome of bang average, the art is pretty good definately a Mazzucchelli year one vibe but the story is so cookie cutter its just dull. Ridley has made it clear in interview his only priority was making sure the new batman is black, the sooner DC go under the better.

  • 2.5
    Beyond_Batman Jan 9, 2021

    I just can't get past the fact that there is nothing Batman like about Tim Fox. He has no connection to Batman at all. Bruce traveled the world training in different ways and learning tactics. He pushed himself to be who he was. Yes the money helps of course,but he is supposed to be the best of the best and his training is what prepared him for it, not his money.
    What the hell has Tim Fox done that could have possibly prepared him to be Batman. And nobody better bring up him being in the military or something. No SF training is even close to being enough to be Batman. The only connection to Bruce Wayne is that DC decided to give all of Bruce Wayne's money to a more deserving black family. Why would he even want to be Batman? Why not b more

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