Batman/The Maxx #1
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Batman/The Maxx #1

Writer: Sam Keith Artist: Sam Kieth Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: October 3, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
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Batman must face the strangest and most bizarre adventure of his career, as he meets comics' strangest and most bizarre hero... THE MAXX! IDW and DC Comics proudly present the most surreal, quirky, and wonderful crossover of all time!

A devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum is conducting unconventional experiments into the human psyche, and he kicks off a chain reaction of disaster when he experiments on Arkham's newest patient, The Maxx! The city of Gotham is starting to merge with The Maxx's psychedelic mental landscape, known as the Outback, blurring the line between real and unreal. It's up to Batman to save not just Gotham, but al more

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Oct 3, 2018

    What we have here is an ambitious pairing of two unique characters with more than their share of psychological and emotional baggage. It works in the sense that the level of unease is off the charts. That is the usual state for The Maxx, but quite the opposite for Batman. Remember, this is a nuanced and internal struggle, nothing will get solved by punching somebody in the face (as satisfying as that may well be). Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Oct 4, 2018

    Sam Kieth proves that he's still one of the industry's strangest with "Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams" #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana "Indy" Marlow Oct 3, 2018

    Beautifully done in so many ways. Go treat yourself to a read as soon as possible. Just maybe not right before bedtime, yeah? Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Outright Geekery - Jacob Robinson Oct 10, 2018

    If nothing else we get to see more of Sam Kieth's amazing line work in his art and as an artist myself, that is all I needed to know to make this a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Josh O'Farrell Oct 7, 2018

    Batman/The Maxx is a 90's comic made in the present day, the first issue setting up an interesting concept and possibly looking further into the madness of Gotham through the eyes of the bizarre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Oct 3, 2018

    Overall this issue is a fun trek through the surreal, though we're still waiting to get completely hooked. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Bob Moriarty Oct 3, 2018

    Returning to the Outback with The Maxx is a joy, but its a joy that Batman may not share when all is said and done. There is an opportunity here to go on a real journey with these characters and perhaps uncover something we didnt previously understand about them. Ultimately it will be on the creator to decide if this story gets by purely on aesthetic merits or if we go deeper inside the mind of one or more Dark Knights. I for one think there is a reason The Maxx is here with Batman and Im looking forward to seeing him and Sam Kieth try and light a torch in the cave that is Batmans mind. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Br'er Lapin Sep 27, 2018

    A good deal of this issue is spent explaining or referencing The Maxx and that is slightly disappointing, if not understanding. The little story we did get is very promising and I think Batman's universe lends itself to The Maxx more than I had expected.

    I'm just excited to have a new Maxx story. He is possibly my favourite comic book character of all-time.

  • 4.5
    Gizmo Oct 6, 2018

    I've never read a Maxx issue, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. I think I can safely say that it's not my thing. Most of the issue is literally Batman and the Maxx standing around discussing creatures that live in this Outback reality. I'm sure some of the imagery and symbolism will pay off, but I can't imagine it will be enough to make up for the lack of narrative.

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  • 5.0
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