Man-Bat #1

Writer: Dave Wielgosz Artist: Sumit Kumar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 3, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 14
8.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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For years Kirk Langstrom has struggled with his monstrous alter ego, Man-Bat, and the serum that transformed him. But he’s finally hit rock bottom following a devastating setback, and he’s going to take his anger out on every single citizen of Gotham City. Will the combined might of Batman and the GCPD be enough to stop Langstrom once and for all? Or will this just be the start of Man-Bat’s devastation?

  • 10
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Feb 5, 2021

    An excellent examination of both addiction and the titular character, Man-Bat #1 is a compelling introduction to the series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Feb 2, 2021

    Man-Bat #1 is an amazing first issue for a character that has long been neglected. Man-Bat is a character that is awesome from a visual and story point of view. But instead of him being a side character or a villain, this is his book. And the issue does feel like its split evenly between the man and the bat. The art and colors are jaw-dropping and look different from any other comics out there, giving it a visual edge. Two different characters in one body that you cant help but feel sorry for. It will be interesting to see how the story maintains this momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Feb 3, 2021

    I'm going to be honest, I wasn't expecting this book to be good. Fine? Yeah. Okay? Sure. But GOOD? I would have laughed in your face. I've never been happier to be wrong. This book is shaping up to be a fantastic arc for Kirk Langstrom, and manages to keep him compelling while still making you wary of the fact that he is half literal monster. I'm personally looking forward to the rest of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 2, 2021

    Each character has an obsession, an addiction, as they pursue their goals. Batman and Man-Bat are similar in many ways. As the comic highlights, one is going down a monster driven dark path. The other journeys down a dark path full of monsters. Man-Bat #1 is a solid debut with an interesting underlying aspect to it about drug addiction. There's a lot there and hopefully we get more of the thinly veiled story, it creates an interesting twist to the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Feb 3, 2021

    This is an entertaining issue, and I particularly liked the exploration of Kirk Langstrom as an addict in this story. The biggest gripe is the visual depiction of Batman. It's inconsistent, and in some instances, downright cartoony. But overall a solid start to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 13, 2021

    After seeing his calmer demeanor in Justice League Dark, I have to wonder what this mini-series will entail for Man-Bat as it takes place before he joins the likes of Wonder Woman and Detective Chimp on adventures of the magical and supernatural. Langstrom is portrayed as a tragic figure that you can't help but sympathize with. It shows how the line between good and evil can be very fine. One bad day can push you over the edge. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Feb 3, 2021

    Overall, Man-Bat #1 was worth the read, and worth taking the chance on. You would think that Man-Bat wouldn't be the most compelling character to produce a comic about, but it really does come down to having the right creative team on it, and this was the right team for the way that this story kicked off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Feb 3, 2021

    Man-Bat #1 is both a solid primer for the title character, and a splendid introduction to a great story. Though this team tries to cram more big name stars in to help carry the title, Man-Bat still stands out entirely on his own merits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 2, 2021

    I'm really looking forward to reading more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Feb 9, 2021

    Dave Wiuelgosz and Sumit Kumar work really well together to deliver a solid revisit to the origin of Man-Bat. One such frame of wingspan and capes over Gotham is worth the price of the issue! However, how this inserts into the current Future State or as a stand alone tale is a bit confusing. However, taken on its own, its a great reminder of Man-Bat and a hopeful piece of story telling that allows him to remain relevant on the DC landscape. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 2, 2021

    I was always going to be a hard sell on any horror-based take on Man-Bat, as I love the quirky scientist version from Justice League Dark. But Dave Weilgosz' take is a flashback to before that era, and it's a compelling if conventional take on a Kirk Langstrom gone off the deep end. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 8, 2021

    There is still a fair bit left to go, but with this debut, "Man-Bat" is a miniseries worth taking for a ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 3, 2021

    Neither really works for this. But they go for it, and don't look back. I couldn't stand this book but somehow, this feels like such a wrong take I can't wait to come back and read how much crazier it is going to get. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 2, 2021

    While I do enjoy the way the book looks, I was looking for a story that did something with our current iteration of Kirk Langstrom but instead got a book that's taking different aspects of Man-Bat's backstory since he debuted and repackaging them here with a new twist to keep this story going for five issues. Ultimately, this issue isn't bad it just isn't really all that new but I am interested to see if it does end up in new territory by the end. Read Full Review

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