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Batman/Dylan Dog #1 (of 3)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

See how the fates of Batman and Dylan Dog intertwined in the past through their lethal nemeses: The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime of Gotham City, and Professor Xabaras, a mad genius with a taste for bringing the dead back to life!

Joker is in London to seal a hellish pact with Dylan Dog’s nemesis, the Mephistophelian Xabaras!

The doorbell of Craven Road No. 7 screams, and beyond the doorway Bruce Wayne appears.

For the Nightmare Investigator, an incredible adventure begins side by side with the Dark Knight.

They’ll have to forge an uneasy alliance, putting aside their differences in order to successfully confront and defeat an evil that comes from the past…

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86 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96


    Roberto Recchioni has penned a fun crossover here in which Batman and Dylan Dog get to reluctantly work together. It’s an interesting pairing as Batman uses logic and deductive reasoning whereas Dylan Dog seems to have a more instinctive approach. I liked the first meeting between Dylan Dog and Bruce Wayne as the two men pretty much opened up with the line, “I don’t like you. But I need your help.” This is always a great way to break the ice.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    Batman/Dylan Dog #1 is a hell of a start. The comic delivers two characters in Dylan Dog and Batman/Bruce Wayne that are so perfect together in a story that makes sense and doesn’t feel forced. It has a look and flair that is a throwback to pulp adventures and Batman team-ups of the 90s. It’s a fun comic that even readers unfamiliar with Dylan Dog can enjoy. A solid debut that has us already wanting more of this new dynamic duo.

  • 90

    What Batman/Dylan Dog #1 seems to understand from its very first page is that nothing is required to improve either of its titular concepts; their longstanding popularity attests to the quality of both heroes as icons of action comics. Instead, Recchioni emphasizes how their distinct personalities, supporting casts, and genres can enhance one another. That classic concept of two great flavors combining to make something every bit as good is achieved in every page from Cavenago and Dell’edera. A sewer battle with Killer Croc is made to look entirely new in their pencils and inks and Xabaras’ zombies are creepier than ever with wide, toothy smiles. The only truly new element in the issue is the combination of these two characters’ narratives, but the execution is so good that readers will be reminded why both names are considered icons.

  • 80


    Ultimately, Batman/Dylan Dog #1 is a sometimes messy but always intriguing introduction into a crossover featuring two beloved detectives in comic book history. I can’t wait to see how far this journey goes.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    If this dynamic sounds familiar, there’s a reason for this and it’s impossible to avoid—Dylan Dog is a LOT like John Constantine, in almost every way except hair color. He has the same smug, chaotic energy that drives Batman nuts, except he prefers to use a gun rather than magic. He has a relatively small supporting cast—his reluctant police ally Inspector Bloch, and his assistant Groucho (who looks and acts exactly like Groucho Marx). The cast is filled out with Catwoman, who has a past relationship with Dog, and Killer Croc, who is working with Joker. This story is around 80 pages for a first chapter, which is a bit of a surprise, and it lets us get a good vibe for the characters and their dynamic right away. It doesn’t break any new ground, but this issue has some interesting twists and creepy visuals that make it worth picking up as more than just a curiosity of an international crossover comic.

  • 80


    Batman/Dylan Dog #1 is a perfect introduction to one of Italy’s most popular comics. While this sort of crossover is an acquired taste, Batman and Dylan Dog are highly complementary characters. I believe this book will satisfy all but the most partisan of purists.

  • 70


    I am excited to see where this story goes. This issue sets up what could prove to be a fascinating series with two characters who I would never have assumed would get their own crossover.

  • 60

    Dark Knight News

    The premise, the art, and the colors in Batman/Dylan Dog #1 are fantastic, but the adventure itself is very formulaic. Future issues need to provide a bit more meat on the bone in terms of why the Joker is even in this particular fight, otherwise, all we have is a combination of Batman and the latest novelty that may be more akin to Austin Powers than John Constantine!

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