I Am Batman #1

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Olivier Coipel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 38
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In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?

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    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Sep 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

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 14, 2021

    I Am Batman #1is an extremely thought-provoking and exceptionally beautiful comic that should be on every reader's radar. From #DCComics #JohnRidley #OliverCoipel @sinccolor @troy_peteri Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Sep 14, 2021

    Ridley adds another entertaining and thought provoking chapter to the adventures of Jace Fox. I really appreciate how Ridley chooses to use Gotham City as a reflection of our current society. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Derek McNeil Sep 16, 2021

    With I Am Batman #1, John Ridley continues to build on the solid start from last issue. So far, this series is living up to all the hype. Jace Fox is a fascinating character and I look forward to seeing how he evolves, as Ridley tells his story. Read Full Review

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    COMICON - Scott Redmond Sep 21, 2021

    With 'Fear State' in full swing, the new Batman is put through a baptism of fire, making his presence known in a really tight and character/Gotham-focused first issue. Every Jace Fox putting so far has been brought to life by truly solid artistic teams and this issue is no different, as the team delivers a gorgeous depiction of Gotham city and the new Batman in action. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 14, 2021

    I Am Batman #1 is hard-hitting, offering a different kind of Batman that has the rogue DNA of Collateral or a John Woo action-adventure. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 14, 2021

    The catch to ensure a lengthy run will be establishing Jace on his own and rarely settling into familiar Batman tropes. With this first issue, Jaces journey seems in excellent hands. Read Full Review

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    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 15, 2021

    I Am Batman #1 is as solid as it's expected to be. The issue is a fantastic start to the series that plants a flag as to what this Batman is going to be like and how he'll be different. There's a tone and style to the narrative and visuals that makes the series stand out on its own as opposed to an extension of the rest of the Bat-titles. This is an issue to pick up and series to keep an eye on, especially if all of the issues are going to be this good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Sep 15, 2021

    This new Batman is a fantastic reframing of a protector of Gotham City, one that comes not from the ivory tower but rather the corners of the city that people would rather forget. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 14, 2021

    Overall, Ridley's main strength has always been character work, and that continues here. But this series has a lot to balance, taking place in the middle of Fear State and covering a lot of subplots. I'm not sure it has as clear a focus for Jace as the two previous minis yet. Read Full Review

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    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Sep 14, 2021

    I Am Batman #1 continues John Ridley's take on the Batman mythos introducing new challenges for Jace Fox's Dark Knight. With the next issue poised to introduce a new take on one of Batman's foes, it looks as though Ridley, Copiel, and Sinclair will be sticking around for a while in this new version of Gotham City. Read Full Review

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    GWW - Percy Waelchl Sep 14, 2021

    John Ridley's I Am Batman #1 is a strong first issue. Coipel and Sinclair's artwork propel Jace Fox and his version of Gotham. Readers that do not care or do not try to fit it into continuity will discover a satisfyingly new approach to this hero. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 21, 2021

    A new Batman in a new world makes for an interesting take, and Ridley's deeply nuanced script works well with the complex art of Coipel. Batman is dead. Long live Batman! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Sep 15, 2021

    I'm not sure there's ever been a higher volume of Batman content in comics than right now " probably hyperbolic, but it feels especially difficult when you're on a team that has to review it all. As such,I Am Batman needs to do a good job of convincing you to buythisbook over others. It does this by introducing a Batman who feels like he speaks for the people, more than he speaks for himself " and personally, I'm going to keep reading. But a story lives and dies by its art" so let's see if this holds true come next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 14, 2021

    While I would have liked Jace's first outing as his Batman to be a little more interesting, this is a decent first step in getting people on the Jace train and while I don't think that our Next Batman was really all that interesting with how he wanted to handle things here, the cliffhanger was definitely something that will bring me back, not to mention that I really enjoyed the art throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Sep 14, 2021

    If you like hard hitting action, neon lit gritty futurescapes, inner monologs with clear motivations, and gorgeous artwork to give life to it all, then there's very little not to like about this first issue.

    Batman is dead. Missing for years. The uniforms tasked with keeping the peace have become a hunting party out for vigilantes. Gotham remains as crime ridden as ever. So Jace Fox uses his tech, his skills and his motorcycle to take the fight to the streets.

    Like I said the art is flawless. Olivier Coipel is one of the best working right now and personally one of my favorites and hes in top form here. His understanding of what details to include and what to forgo and leave to the imagination is unmatched. Hos f more

  • 8.5
    UxasIs Sep 23, 2021

    Great start!

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Sep 27, 2021

    I would respond to the multitude of idiots who decided to review this book to masturbate over their totally-not-reactionary takes that show, like all conservatives and alt-righters, they suck at media analysis. But... I don't fucking feel like it. I have too much to do. This is a good book that could be better with some tweaks to the dialogue and a faster pace.

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    Stormwrath Sep 14, 2021

    Both the writing and the art is great, but Ridley struggles to bring excitement to the plot, after finishing his books im never excited to read the next issue, I hope this ll read better on trade

  • 7.5
    Screaming Enigma Aug 29, 2023

    I thought this was a pretty solid start to the series (if you don't count #0 as the start) and an improvement over Issue #0. Coipel's art is a huge step-up from Travel Foreman's art previously, which was one of my main issues with the #0. As for the writing, it's able to keep me interested in the story just enough to keep reading, even if this felt a little slow at times. All things considered, I still think this series has potential and I hope it's able to fully realize it sooner rather than later.

  • 7.5
    Fracadactyl Sep 15, 2021

    Serves as a more streamlined setup compared to the #0 issue.

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    Mout Sep 14, 2021

    Some of the lines are unbelievable... Coipel is carrying this

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  • 6.0
    egonnn244 Sep 27, 2021

    "I've appropriated a mask"

    This book has me torn.

    On one hand, it bags on Batman for not doing enough, just like Son of Kal-El with Superman (now let's just get that Nubia book to bag on Wonder Woman and we'll have the trifecta of "new generation of heroes" craping all over the old ones) and has its hero take, or rather appropriate, the name/legend/legacy of Batman for his own ends. Even the secret identity is the same.
    On the other hand, kinda ironically, it presents a Batman story I'd rather read, than whatever Tynion or Tamaki has Batman doing now.

    Hey, maybe that was the pitch: "Let's make Batman poor and ineffective so the new guy, using Batman's name/brand and all, can look better"?

    Ov more

  • 6.0
    cincyfan Sep 16, 2021

    This wasn't really for me. It was decent and the art looked great but it didn't really do much for me. That being said I think it's a great idea and it gives a different type of batman based in the future for people looking for that and if that sounds like something you may be interested in then give this a read

  • 5.0
    Silver Rocket Sep 14, 2021

    Not good, not bad, middle of the road.

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    Merlyn Sep 14, 2021

    Wow, this one was bad. I mean, I expected that but I thought since they brought Coipel, Ridley would try something better but nope. Let's just see some lines here.

    "He can't see behind my mask. Or that I've appropriated a mask he helped create" YES, Ridley, thank you. This coming just after talking about sincerity is incredibly ironic but I loved it. At least deep down he knows he's doing it, he finally he admits this guy is a usurper and he's appropriating the Batman role that isn't his. I loved this.
    "And I'm planning to be around for a while" This one was for all the people who think the real Batman will come back soon, he won't and Ridley is making fun of all the fans that love Bruce.
    "Batman's dead it's like he nev more

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    S.J Mar 21, 2022

    No, you aren't Batman !

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    Raging Rainbow Sep 22, 2021

    We're continuing the story of Jace Fox, the Not Batman of the Future State, as he takes on his actual suit and starts hitting the streets. In many different hilarious ways.


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    DarePool53 Sep 17, 2021

    No, you are not.

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    fearUhavemeisenough Sep 15, 2021

    This is the worst structured character in the comic industry, a vulgar murderer, a mediocre nonconformist who has been put in place to replace the most iconic character. Trash.

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    Bats20832 Sep 15, 2021

    "Who does the driver remind me of?"

    The "mask" that Jace Fox really wears has nothing to do with Batman. The "mask" that Jace Fox wears is one of pretending to be an honest and sincere person, who is an unpunished killer. A self-loathing hit-and-run killer wearing a Batman costume gets his own comic series as "I Am Batman." As he states in "I Am Batman," "If you can fake sincerity, you can win anyone over," and this is the point of Jace Fox's pretending to be Batman.

    But this "Batman" does not worry about law and justice, simply about whether "these folks cancel you for real" using their phones and social media.

    And regarding "sincerity" of this "Next Batman," the "disinformation" and "conspiracy theories" s more

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    SenpaifenixJäger Sep 15, 2021

    This character is still a bad impostor with a great bet to fail, no matter how much magic they want or skills that come out of nowhere, this is not a bat and much less Batman, just a crutch to satisfy a few who are not even aware of the publisher .

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