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Batman and Robin #1

Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 26 critic ratings.

Father and son. Bruce and Damian. Batman and Robin.

From Batman vs. Robin to Knight Terrors, a lot has happened to the Dynamic Duo, but now they are back together and ready to fight crime in Gotham-just in time for Batman’s most monstrous rogues to team up to turn the city into an urban jungle!

A new villain watches from the shadows, intent on revenge, with a plot to turn one of Batman’s greatest assets against him! Can Damian help his father solve the case before it’s too late?

A brand-new fun and exciting father-and-son adventure begins, from DC Comics architect Joshua Williamson and superstar artist Simone Di Meo!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
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26 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman and Robin #1 uses separation to bring a family closer together. With no outside help, Batman and Robin have to rely on each other and much less tech than they’ve ever had. It is a really interesting story about a father trying to reconnect with a son who may not want to. They work well as a crime-fighting duo, but that isn’t always conducive to existing as a family. Without Alfred there to help, Bruce’s difficulty is interesting and relatable. The personality of Batman is explored beautifully without resorting to pitch-black misery and darkness. His actions prove that he’s trying to do things differently with Damian this time, and the approach is certainly worth reading.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    The Dynamic Duo are back! The team of Joshua Williamson and Simone Di Meo has crafted an incredible opening to this new series bringing impressive visuals alongside a spectacular, high energy story.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    The new adventures of Bruce and Damian Wayne wastes no time locking readers in for what will only be an incredible story. Making family first, Wlliamson plays off the father/son bond with an exceptional script. Di Meo compliments the script & constructs a distinct feel of energetic visuals making it a 1-2 combo that can’t be missed.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Joshua Williamson and Simone Di Meo hit a grand slam with Batman & Robin #1. Utilizing the current status quo for the franchise they create a strong foundation for how Bruce Wayne and Damian Wayne will operate as the Dynamic Duo and as father-son out of the cape and cowl. If you are a Batman fan make sure to pick up this comic book.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Simone Di Meo is a great choice to illustrate these chaotic action scenes, and her Batman is excellent, although her Damian Wayne treads a little too close to Tim’s design thanks to his new haircut. There isn’t anything groundbreaking here—it’s a little too laid-back of an issue for that—but it’s a great new start to the next chapter of Williamson’s Damian Wayne saga.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    The tagline on the cover says “An Exciting New Chapter Begins” and Batman and Robin #1 is just that. Williamson and Di Meo’s new series strips away a lot of the baggage that Zdarksy’s Batman is currently carrying and focuses on what the title suggests: Batman and Robin and in turn, a father and his son.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman and Robin #1 is great fun and sets up this new series superbly. I’m already counting down the days until the next issue.

  • 90


    Batman and Robin rushes out of the starting blocks looking like they’ve been running for years. Terrific artwork, strong lettering, and an emotional core likely to resonate with readers makes this issue #1 a must read.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman and Robin #1 by Joshua Williamson and Simone Di Meo comes out swinging in the first issue. You get amazing art from Simone Di Meo who makes the action look amazing and dynamic, the characters look good especially the main heroes in and out of costume. The comic sets the stage for classic superhero crimefighting with some twists and turns in motion. If you’re looking for a solid Batman book not involved with the current Gotham War event, then Batman and Robin is the comic book to get.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    The Dynamic Duo is BACK!! Joshua Williamson and Simone Di Meo usher in a new era for the Caped Crusader and The Teen Wonder but what started out as a big deal felt like a slow burner given who the writer is. Joshua Williamson is without a doubt one of DC’s most prominent writers but the writing feels flat to where the readers want more. The father/son dynamic between Bruce and Damien is wholesome in its own unique way as they’re both trying their best to connect with each other ( I find it funny that Damien is going to start High School) after being at odds for so many years but the one thing that’s holding this issue from being stupendous is the over-reliance of references from the current “Gotham War” arc that really drags the story down but nothing ever clicks which is a shame. This is an issue that had plenty of promise but never got off the ground. Hopefully, things will get better next issue.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An exciting, entertaining and action packed debut issue from Williamson. I love that the series is staying with the current Gotham War storyline and doesn’t shy away from the conflict between Bruce and Damian. Williamson finds an interesting balance between the crime fighting partnership and the father/son conflict. A balance that makes the story more engaging and something I look forward to seeing explored throughout the series.

    The Art: Di Meo delivers some beautifully stylish and visually engaging art throughout the issue. The visual style is brilliant and is perfectly balanced with both the characters and the action.

  • 85

    Derby Comics

    While there was a decent amount of action to bookend this issue, the heaviest life was in Williamson exploring the the parent/child dynamics in Bruce and Damian’s relationship. There were glaring hints that their roles are on the verge of shifting much like any situation between a parent who is aging and a child coming into their own. It was also nice to see none of the usual Batman rogues suspects in this issue, with some minor names appearing as a distraction to the mysterious new nemesis. My biggest concern going forward is how this new villain is built up, but that won’t spoil how much I enjoyed this debut issue.

  • 84

    Graphic Policy

    Batman and Robin #1 is an entertaining start that has a voice of its own and stands out from other comics in the Bat-family. It delivers a start that does a solid job of reminding us about the rather odd family dynamic and teasing enough of Bruce and Damian’s personal life to let us know where they stand emotionally. This is one that’s well worth checking out and swinging in to.

  • 80

    Comics From The Multiverse

    The fun-loving, relaxed entertainment of Williamson’s script may not have been anywhere near as effective if not for Simone Di Meo’s stellar artwork. The figures seem to move so fluidly, the angles so smooth, that everything feels brighter and livelier. Bruce and Damian’s expressions are soft but stern, making them feel inviting but also serious. With the interesting choices of villains, the soft curves help to smooth out the brutality as well. Blurs of motion make things feel much faster, and the overall effect is a much more engaging Gotham than many other stories seem to have.

    The illustrations are one side of the art, but Di Meo also colors “Batman and Robin” #1. The smooth artwork is already in place, but the colors help to make it truly come to life. Warmth pervades the hues and tones, especially in the light of day, making the idea of the father and son having semi-mundane lives that others may consider “normal” almost plausible. Meanwhile, the dark of night is dangerous, but while the colors emphasize movement, they never make things seem so serious as to be impossible to see a way out or some rays of hope through the nocturnal fights.

  • 80


    This new series is off to a good start, and the dynamic between the two main characters is a lot of fun so far.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Joshua Williamson kicks off this new era of Batman and Robin with an action-filled story. But he also begins a narrative into Bruce and Damian’s relationship that I have been waiting to read again for a long time.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    This is a promising start to a new title and barring the next cataclysmic Batman upheaval event, this one will stick around for a while

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 75

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman And Robin #1 is a solid start to a series that solves a mysterious conspiracy while Bruce and Damian struggle to connect as father and son. The art is outstanding, and the quiet relationship moments are captivating, but the conspiracy is only teased enough to generate mild curiosity.

  • 70

    Batman on Film

    Despite a rocky start for me, I did get some enjoyment out of the book. I’m happy to see Batman & Robin together and feel that Bruce and Damian don’t get enough time as a pair. I’m perfectly content seeing Tim join up with Bruce in Batman and Damian getting his quality time here. The mystery is falling a little flat for me (not helped by DC announcing who it is), but the art makes up for any shortcomings narratively. With past volumes written by Morrison and Tomasi, Williamson has a high bar to live up to. Only time will tell if he can reach those heights.

  • 70


    I had a great time with this issue, though the quality of sequential storytelling and aesthetics sometimes made it a difficult read. Despite that, I’m interested enough that I’d pick up the second issue if I was buying monthly (If I enjoy a comic that I’m reviewing, I trade wait). The characters are well-written and treated with respect. The plot has me interested as well, but the second issue is the key. That’s where I know if I’m going to like a series going forward. So, we’ll see how I feel next month but for the moment, I recommend giving this a shot!

  • 70


    Overall, this is an extremely likable issue, with quite a bit to be engaged in long term. I’m on for the ride, despite its faults.

  • 70

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 60

    While some of the actual storytelling and art both leave something to be desired, Batman and Robin #1 shows a lot of promise. Bruce and Damian are trying to connect as father and son—and struggling—but there’s also a mysterious conspiracy that requires them to work together. Finally delving into the father/son relationship after back to back events that have put the pair at odds, this is very refreshing and it is honestly a solid hook. The issues lie in that the writing almost over-relies on references to the current Gotham War to the point of being distracting, thus taking away from focus of the story. Art wise, Di Meo is great, but sequentially there are things that just don’t click to the point it feels like there are things. missing. It’s not enough to derail the issue, but it takes what could be really good opening issue and just makes it reasonably good. It’s just okay, but has some promise.

  • 60


    he Dynamic Duo launch into a new era with Batman and Robin #1 featuring a more lighthearted pairing that had me confused for several pages as to just who was wearing Robin’s mask. Turns out it is Damian, just a far less grumpy and murderous one that fans are likely to recognize. Honestly, given the strong Dick Grayson vibes of the pair’s outing which opens the comic, I thought maybe this was a throwback to a Bruce and Dick adventure.

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