I Am Batman #0

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Travel Foreman Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 11, 2021 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 32
8.1Critic Rating
4.8User Rating

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Future State gave readers a preview of things to come with Jace Fox as the new Batman...but his debut in the core line arrives with a bang! Picking up immediately from the events of The Next Batman: Second Son, Jace thrusts himself into action when the Magistrate’s crackdown on Alleytown begins, using armor he’s found in the abandoned Hibernaculum. The age of a new Dark Knight starts now!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 14, 2021

    I am in for the long haul. I can ping pong back and forth from Bruce's brooding to Jace's optimism. The great thing is that DC has provided an African-American hero with a vision of hope! I like that and I hope you will too! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Aug 10, 2021

    Foreman's focus on character expression is highlighted by the surrounding minimalist drawings. The cool color tones capture the mood of the story. And the action oriented sequences are intense and emotional. Overall, this is a good looking issue that is very engaging and transportive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Derek McNeil Aug 14, 2021

    With I Am Batman #0, John Ridley has gotten off to a great start. This feels like it could be a ground-breaking new series. Although, I'm sure the title will have some detractors, I hope that the series, and Jace Fox”s career as the Batman, will be long and successful. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Aug 10, 2021

    I Am Batman is a strong entry point for this new-but-old character as he makes his way into the mainstream Batman line. Jace is a great character with a unique motivation among bat characters that makes him stand out. It'll be exciting to see where he goes in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 11, 2021

    I Am Batman #0 is a nice bridge from the previous series and this one. We get to see Jace's initial steps as Batman after his discovery in the previous series. We get more of his thoughts, motivation, and his view as to what he needs to do next to succeed. It gives us a flawed individual who we can see grow and while we might not always agree with what he does, we can understand his viewpoint. It gives us a well-rounded character that could very well be the future of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 10, 2021

    It looks great thanks to Travel Foreman's gritty arc, and the story sets up an intriguing conflict that puts Jace in the middle of two groups both out for his blood. Does Gotham need another Batman in present continuity? I guess we'll see, but this is a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Aug 10, 2021

    I AM BATMAN is real, its raw and comes dangerously close to sinking the battleship of the world at large. Yet as authentic as I AM BATMAN and THE NEXT BATMAN: SECOND SON are, I find them in many ways inspiring and encouraging throughout these rather rocky and opinionated waters. I hope that BATMAN fans of all ages give this book, and frankly this character, a chance. There is just so much potential that anyone taking a look should naturally be drawn towards further installments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Aug 10, 2021

    I Am Batman #0returns to the world ofThe Next Batman, showcasing the early days of Tim Fox's journey to becoming the Dark Knight. With the origin story currently underway, I'm genuinely curious to see how the series continues to set up the world of Future State and if Tim will battle any other Batman foes in addition to the Magistrate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Aug 12, 2021

    What Next Batman & Second Son began, this series continues and grows upon as the time of Jace Fox becoming Batman is no longer the far off future but is the very real now of the DC Universe. There are a number of interesting themes explored as the book fleshes out Jace and his world a bit more. The pervious series art team delivers another great issue ahead of the big art changes to come with the new number one issue on the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Aug 11, 2021

    A lot of the events in the comics feel very relevant to the modern day and provide a more "for the people" style origin story for Fox. In some ways, this direction for Batman reminds me of Superman's reboot during the New 52, bringing him in line with his activist roots. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 10, 2021

    While this is a great continuation of Second Son...... and just actually feels like the rest of those chapters are thrown together for an issue, it's not a very good jumping-on-point for new readers who want to learn what's up with Jace Fox, The Next Batman. The art was so-so in my mind but not something that was too bad but like the story, the art just felt like the Digital First title too... I'm just thankful I liked what we had before and I liked what we have going on here....... a terrible first issue though. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Aug 11, 2021

    If you're not a fan of Jace Fox, this book isn't going to show you anything overly badass that'll convince you that he's suddenly the best character of all time. What it will show you, though, is something a little more subtle: a man who's slowly working to better himself, claiming the title of Batman to help do that. Whether that's the right thing for him to do seems to be a question that the book poses going forward, and withFear State on the horizon, we're on the precipice of finding out just what this new Batman is really made of. Hopefully, it takes what we've started with here and does something great with it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2021

    The first issue might feel more comprehensive than this issue. On the plus side, Ridley has made Jace entertaining enough to give him time to work out some of the other plotting kinks. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    Merlyn Aug 10, 2021

    I guess the short review for this should be "No, you're NOT Batman". Anyway, I really, really hope that DC doesn't plan to give this guy the Batman book now that Tynion is finally leaving it. Because this was bad, as was Future State The Next Batman and the digital series. Honestly, no one in their right mind wants to read about pRiViLeGe and trolls online in a Batman book, Ridley is focusing on all the wrong things.

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    WinterSoldier Aug 11, 2021

    No dude, you are not Batman, you are just a thief in a mask. Quite a boring book to tell us how useless this guy is.

  • 7.5
    Fracadactyl Aug 11, 2021

    As someone who follows John Ridley's work since the American Way, I'm recognizing the same tropes he uses from his Wildstorm days. For example, access to power and the means to change systemic problems but none of the insight to do it well. I actually see a lot of similarities between Jace and Jason Todd, but to a lower degree.

    Jace believes in justice and using the systems people gain power from against them. But it also goes into how psychologically difficult it is to support such a crusade. Only problem is, Jace can't live for others for his mistakes because his parents took his ability to take personal responsibility away from him. No amount of therapy, let alone family ones will be able to fix anything. It's a pretty nasty f more

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Aug 16, 2021

    I think this would've worked a lot better if the art was more competent, which we'll definitely be getting since I believe Olivier Coipel is working on the series proper. I don't like how John Ridley uses "Trolls." This is a nitpick, for sure, but it seems out of touch and childish to me, for someone who is usually a bit more on point with their social commentary. I would try to push back on the other reviews here, but they literally either just say it's bad without explanation, or they complain about the politics. If you're mad about the politics... I don't know, go bury your head in the sand. it's safe there, children. But if it's not about the politics, I welcome any of the people here who gave this a bad review to comment on mine and ex more

  • 3.0
    Dc Fan of Sorts Aug 13, 2021

    I know most are just yelling, “Bruce is Batman”, but that’s not my problem here. My problems are this is obviously just a couple of chapters of Second Son shoved together to make a #0 issue for a new print book. The art is obviously Digital First quality (same artist as digital second son book) and the storyline just continues from Second Son without barely a mention. So many people will be so confused thinking they can just jump into this book without prior knowledge. My other problem is that the story is not very good and continues the trend of John Ridley struggling to write anything that isn’t boring overall. I don’t mind someone other than Bruce being Batman (loved Dick Grayson as Batman and am a fan of batman beyond) bu more

  • 1.0
    Jurooo Aug 12, 2021

    No YOU are not Batman and you never will be.

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    cAPTIN Aug 12, 2021

    Worst Batman comic of all time.
    Only Batman is Bruce Wayne.

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  • 1.0
    myconius Aug 12, 2021

    oh my god, was this ever BAD!!!!!
    this is not anything even close to a good representation of Batman. i don't know what this is supposed to be? but it's not Batman. more like a really bad Iron-man knock off. and the character Tim is just not interesting at all, nor are any of the supporting characters.

    as for the art, YIKES!!! this just doe not look good at all. very amateurish looking, and YUCK!! DC has a LOT of nerve selling this for five bucks, those bunch of &%$#ng a-holes!!!!!

    a score of "1" is TOO HIGH!!! there should be a zero score for crap like this.

    i should have just went with my gut instinct and read Batman '89 first. gonna wait till the headache i got from reading this poor excuse for a bat more

  • 1.0
    Spoiler Aug 16, 2021

    Bravo DC in creating a batman with ton of political correctness.
    Say no to DC mean say no to political correctness.

  • 6.0
    daspidaboy Aug 10, 2021

    It's not bad, I like Jace Fox. Just wish the art was actually better

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Sep 15, 2021

    Jace Fox's "Batman" and an innocent protester:"Please Batman, don't kill me."

    "My whole life is built on deceptions." And so is this comic book series.

    It is about a hit and run killer who tries to rationalize his murder and lack of punishment by wearing someone else's Batman costume and beating up other people, over his unending shame and disgust about himself.

    But he "can't be an instrument of violence." And DC Comics and Ridley simply don't care about the level of hypocrisy that they put on paper.

    Notice how the real victims, the Acevedo family, are never mentioned?

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