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Batman: Legends of Gotham #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

With Batman preoccupied, his deepest, darkest, most dangerous secrets are about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The guest list is strictly villains only, and the outlaw Red Hood fits the bill –putting him on a collision course with Batman’s deniable black-ops team, the Outsiders!

With Lazarus Island spawning wild-card superpowers across the globe, the stakes could not be higher.

Jason Todd, Black Lightning, and Katana will have to put aside their differences to save Batman’s legacy –and with it, the world.

That’s assuming they don’t kill each other first!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
44 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 93

    Comic Watch

    This is a well-paced one shot, packed with action, introspection, and a compelling plot. I hope that there’s much more to come.

  • 90


    Fans of Red Hood, Bane, or recent DC continuity can’t miss Batman: Legends of Gotham. Diggle has a great handle on the voice of these characters while the plot connects to recent stories and develops new ones in the process.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is a double-sized issue, and it packs a lot of story and some fun social satire into forty pages or so. But what’s surprising is that it does a great job with all its characters—Jason in particular. This is probably the most nuanced take on Red Hood I’ve seen in a while, with a brilliant flashback and a great twist concerning what’s going on with him and Killer Croc. This picks up on a lot of themes from the last few runs featuring these characters, while also having a lot of dangling plot threads that could easily be followed up on in the future. I’m hoping that this is just the start of Andy Diggle working with these characters again.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: Legends of Gotham #1 is a magnificent comic. It is action-packed and energetic and filled with a dark soul. It uses the stories that have been told before to try and wrap some of them up, an epilogue for Jason Todd’s recent adventures. Diggle’s script is fantastic and intelligent, brought to life by a tremendous art team that really generates fun.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    As a double-sized focus on some heroes in the Batman universe that don’t always get the spotlight, this was a fun standalone worth checking out for Red Hood, The Outsiders and wider Batman scope fans.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining and exciting story from Diggle with great characters and a twist that is fun and unexpected. Both Jason Todd and the Outsiders are used extremely well in this plot and their conflict with each other enhances the tension of the story as well as its stakes. I enjoyed the progression of the story and really liked the twist at the end and what it might mean going forward.

    The Art: Great visuals across every page and panel of this issue. Mostert not only creates great visual character moments, but also awesome action.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    Batman: Legends of Gotham is generally a fun comic that new readers can just pick up and enjoy. It explains what you need to know and if it left out the very end, it’d be so much better. But, it clearly leads into something in the future. I have no idea what as I haven’t been keeping up with things, which is a bit frustrating. Because, without that little segment, this would have been a far better one-shot.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    The first issue’s always the most difficult to both write and review I feel. Legends of Gotham #1 is a very well-written, and drawn piece. The creative team did a great job engaging the reader enough to keep them on their toes until the final page cliffhanger.

    All the characters in this book have a lot of promise, and it’s in safe hands with Diggle and the art team. I was impressed with what I read and look forward to any further installments.

  • 65


    Batman: Legends of Gotham #1 is an adventure where Red Hood infiltrates a criminal lair. It’s a fun premise that mostly works, but is brought down by long-winded dialog/exposition, some questionable narrative logic, and an unsatisfying ending that seems to be meant to tie into some other unnamed story. Pick it up if you want more Red Hood stories, but this doesn’t do much to set itself apart for a character in need of a clear direction.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    For a story about the Outsiders that is not written by Brandon Thomas, this is a surprisingly well-crafted and well-sequenced book.

  • 40

    Batman: Legends of Gotham #1 offers nothing new and is ultimately best skipped by all but the most dedicated of completionists.

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