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Batman: Dark Age #1 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Meet Bruce Wayne, Gotham’s favorite delinquent son.

In an origin story like no other, witness the boy become a dark knight shaped by a city in turmoil as it marches towards its prophesied doom.

Set against the backdrop of actual historical events, Gotham comes alive, filled with the iconic characters who’ve loved and hated Batman over the years like you’ve never seen them before.

Spinning out of the Eisner-nominated Superman: Space Age, Mark Russell and Mike Allred return to give audiences a look at Batman as a figure in American history fighting for justice in a world gone mad.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
46 pages
Amazon ASIN

14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Batman: Dark Age #1 perfectly sets up the next endeavor by Russell and the Allreds, hitting all the right notes that made Superman: The Space Age such an unforgettable story for a flagship character of the DCU. The only disappointing thing that could be said is that is half the length (page count) of the Superman installment, but if anyone can pull of a story in fewer pages, Russell is more than up to the challenge.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Batman: Dark Ages #1 is a bold and imaginative take on the Dark Knight’s origin. Changes to the classic storyline are a tantalising glimpse in to a possible future for Bruce Wayne in a Gotham rife with a different kind of corruption.

  • 100


    We know how this Batman’s story ends, in a rest home as he struggles against dementia to write his history before he forgets it. However, there is no indication of what the journey before that point holds. That in itself makes Batman: Dark Age #1 worth reading.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This is a fascinating look into a story where Batman’s creation went sideways, with a last-page reveal that makes everything about this story a lot clearer. It’s not quite as immediately captivating as the Superman mini, but it’s well on its way to becoming another huge win for the creative team.

  • 95

    Derby Comics

    This was a bold & audacious reinvention of the Batman origin story. It’s a dark, suspenseful tale that will leave you eager to see where this alternate history takes us next & how this version of Bruce ends up becoming the Caped Crusader.

  • 90


    A new take on an old favourite as we visit an alternative universe Dark Knight in ‘Batman: Dark Age’ #1 as a young Bruce Wayne in the ’60s takes his first tentative steps to becoming the caped crusader.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    I enjoyed this blast from the past take on Batman. The team was able to give us an intriguing take on the Caped Crusader that feels different and new. This is a comic worth picking up monthly and following along.

  • 85


    In Batman: Dark Age, the creative team delivers an intriguing reinterpretation of the Caped Crusader’s beginnings, setting the stage for an interesting narrative. Mark Russell’s bold choices, coupled with Mike Allred’s evocative artwork, breathe new life into the familiar mythos. By exploring Bruce Wayne’s formative years, the series offers a fresh perspective on the iconic character’s journey. Russell’s decision to narrate the story through an older Bruce Wayne adds depth to the portrayal of the troubled adolescent, while Allred’s retro-styled visuals capture the essence of Gotham’s contrasting worlds. As the narrative unfolds, the tension builds, promising an interesting next issue. Batman: Dark Age emerges as a compelling addition to the Batman mythos, inviting readers to delve deeper into the complexities of the Dark Knight’s origins and the challenges that lie ahead.

  • 85


    Batman: Dark Age starts on a strong note and does a decent bit of world-building as we get to see the circumstances that will lead to this version of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. While there are a few changes that might rub some fans the wrong way, I remain cautiously optimistic about where the story will take us. Add in some of the best artwork that stands out amongst its peers and you have one of the more interesting #1s out there.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Russell offers an interesting take on the origin of the Dark Knight in this first issue. The story takes some intriguing twists and turns with Bruce’s origin story including his relationship to both the city and Alfred. There are some unique interactions throughout the story that have the potential to create a new and engaging Batman story.

    The Art: Allred delivers some beautiful art in the story. I enjoy the unique visual style and how it interprets both the characters and their world.

  • 80

    Batman: Dark Age is a fun comic that tinkers with Batman’s origin story, but doesn’t break it. It’s interesting to see a much more adrift Bruce Wayne (similar to the one that appeared in Batman Origins) and one changed not by the death of his parents but rather by the assumption that he’s next. The series seems amusing and inventive, although it’s too early to tell if it can truly stand out among countless other Batman origin stories that have appeared in media over the decades.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Michael Allred’s style is sharp, thick, and distinctive, making for a kind of old-time feel that helps this story fit in marvelously with the earlier period it harkens back toward. The style seems focused more on setting scenes, rather than intensity of facial expressions. By keeping that broad lens for the most part, Allred is able to allow readers to focus in on the overall events happening, much like how the narrative is primarily one of an aging Bruce Wayne looking back on his long life.

    Laura Allred’s colors work very well with this wider lens. They never quite “pop,” but instead they help to inform the story itself. The brighter colors of the daytime give an impression of possible hope for the future, and one character’s relatively garish palette sets him distinctly apart from the rest. On the other hand, the deeper shadows in the night make it more similar to a classic Batman story, settling into familiar ground so that the writing can trip readers up with new twists.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    Mark Russell and Mike Allred reunite for a series that remixes Batman’s origin and livelihood from the 1960s and beyond. Told from the perspective of an elderly Bruce Wayne, his upbringing feels more like a moody kid struggling after the death of his parents (which he wasn’t present for) with most of the more traditional aspects of this life being changed just for the heck of it; Fascinating story, but Russell probably took so many Batman troupes then mashed them together and put them in his script hoping that it would gel but it feels very out of sync. At the same time, the father/son dynamic between Bruce and Alfred has some realism but seems weird. Still, it’s a great read although it can’t hold a candle to some of the other innovative retellings of Batman’s earlier days that have come out throughout the years, it keeps you invested.

  • 50

    Dark Knight News

    No spoilers, as you should judge Batman: Dark Age #1 for yourself, but Bruce is in a pickle. We get a new character to work with in this incarnation of Batman’s origin, which should have been left alone. This reboot’s enough to make me turn off my computer and wait ten minutes to turn it back on to see if Superman lands in North Carolina this time instead of Kansas, or if Batman’s parents live and he turns out to be a real playboy! One ripple affects everything….sigh!

    I liked the fish!

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