Man-Bat #1

Writer: Dave Wielgosz Artist: Sumit Kumar Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 3, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 18
8.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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 - 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

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Feb 3, 2021

    Although not quite shrieking with delight, or completely batty over it, for me this was a decent first issue for a decent concept series, enough to definitely get your teeth into. 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

  • 10
    Millennial Falcon Feb 18, 2021

    First review ever because I feel like this comic deserves some credit.

    A great first issue. The art in each panel is so fleshed out. The dialogue panels are well written and have excellently drawn facial expressions that makes the story feel serious. The action panels are simply Bad Ass. Again, the expressions and style just look great for this harsh story being told. There isn't a single boring panel.

    I've never read a Man-Bat story before other than seeing him in the Suicide Squad here and there, so I didn't (probably still don't) know much about him. The way this story is told makes Man-Bat feel lived in and makes complete sense why he makes the decisions he does.

    This has the potential to be one of the more

  • 9.0
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    I wasn’t planning on reading Man-Bat #1, but the pairing down of the DC Comics line during Future State, and my lack of enthusiasm for Future State in general, left me with a hole where my reading pile used to sit. I decided to give it a chance even though I was unfamiliar with the creative team and I’ve never been much of a fan of Kirk Langstrom.

    I’m glad I gave it a chance.

    Man-Bat #1 give us the story of a man who desperately wants to be a hero, but instead finds himself an addict of his own ego, unable to realize that he can no longer control himself or his alter-ego during his transformations. In fact, his transformed self has taken on a distinct personality and that personality is beginning to wrest control more

  • 8.0
    J. Rabbit Feb 24, 2021

    Story: Great
    Writing: Good
    Pencil/Ink: Good
    Layout: Good
    Color: Good
    Lettering: Good

  • 6.5
    RedKSuperman Feb 3, 2021

    A solid story that thankfully takes place before Garbage Metal and JLD. The art is solid and the story is there. It falls apart at the end when they want to do a Suicide Squad tie in though...

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine May 24, 2021

    I liked some aspects of this. The art is nice.

  • 5.5
    Psycamorean Feb 3, 2021

    Nothing special, but not bad.

  • 3.5
    SenpaifenixJäger Feb 2, 2021

    I don't feel like he's an attractive enough character to give him a series. From my point of view (which I may or may not be right) it will fail.

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