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Batman: Off-World #1 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 19 critic ratings.

A routine night in Gotham City for a young Batman proves to be anything but routine when the crime-fighter is confronted with a sort of foe he’s never faced before-one from beyond the stars!

A universe of possible alien threats leads Batman to make a daring decision-to venture alone into the far reaches of the cosmos for the very first time, where the Dark Knight will face the fight of his life!

Superstar writer Jason Aaron delivers his first Batman story ever, partnered with blockbuster artist Doug Mahnke for a unique, brutal tale!

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28 pages
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19 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    Do you want a Batman story that’s out of the ordinary?! Well, this is the comic for you! Making his DC debut, Jason Aaron weaves a tale from Batman’s earlier days when he’s confronted by an alien who’s working for a mob boss that he’s pursuing; Suddenly, he finds on a mission on an experimental craft to battle aliens that ends in disaster when he’s taken captive. The concept is interesting but feels too much like Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s “Warworld” saga from Action Comics and any Sci-Fi movie from the early 2000s to feel original. it’s a fun read and takes a Silver Age premise to such great heights that it gives anyone the whole shock-and-awe factor and Doug Mahnke’s artwork- OUT OF THIS WORLD!! (No pun intended); This series still has time to show its whole potential so this is the perfect time to experience a Batman story. You’re in for quite the ride.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The thing that makes this comic work so well right out of the gate is that while it’s putting Batman in a very unusual situation for him, this is very much a Batman story. There’s a flashback that shows why he made the decision to go into space that is painfully in character. After all, there are two things Batman won’t tolerate—crimes like slavery, and outside agents coming into Gotham to cause trouble. You combine those two, and you get a Batman who is determined enough to put his neck literally on the line. This makes an interesting parallel to Superman’s Warworld Saga, which had a more mythic take on the concept. But that’s not Batman. Batman is here to get his hands dirty—and this first issue makes me very confident that Aaron’s time at DC will be spectacular.
  • 90


    Batman: Off-World #1 is the weirdest, wildest Batman book in a long while, and it’s worth the read. Jason Aaron’s DC debut is off to a good start, and judging from the final page Batman’s prepared to take on anything and everything – no matter what galaxy it comes from.
  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Batman Off-World isn't just an entertaining and atmospheric comic, it's one that clearly understands the necessity of pulpy science fiction in an age of where corporate art is becoming extremely homogenous. With the edge of Rocksteady's Arkham Batman and a ferocious commitment to its science fiction ideas, Jason Aaron and Doug Mahnke have crafted a comic well worth checking out.
  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman Off-World #1 is a cool, action-packed comic with some clever twists. Jason Aaron just might have gotten his groove back and Doug Mahnke’s art is fantastic. Recommended!
  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

  • 87

    Multiversity Comics

    A good start for a different kind of Batman story, with an excellent creative team bringing the world to life through the writing and art.
  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Aaron crafts an interesting and engaging story in this first issue. Taking a character like Batman out of the confines of Gotham and thrusting him into a world he isn’t prepared for is a bold choice and it makes me curious about the story and the direction Aaron is going to take it. I’m interested in seeing how Batman evolves in this story and how his tactics will have to evolve and change in this new environment. The Art: Mahnke delivers some beautifully detailed and visually impressive art throughout the issue. The visuals connected with me as a reader and I was drawn into every moment both with the action and the quieter moments.
  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Batman: Off-World #1 has moments. There’s good details within and when it focuses on how it stands out, it does that really well. But, the overall plot feels like something we’ve seen so many times before on Earth. There’s potential here and this is clearly a setup of more to come but as a first issue, it’s entertaining but doesn’t quite hook the reader with excitement.
  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Batman Off-World #1 is a chaotic cosmic adventure. Whilst Batman has been taken to territories where he doesn’t belong, the tone and the characters are representative of a world he is all too familiar with. The comic is violent and vicious, making the unruly expanse of space seem like the Wild West with how brutal it is. Aaron instils the steel and hardcore storytelling into every book he writes, no matter the frontier where the fighting happens. The art explores and exposes the fun and zany atmosphere that much of the comic contains, as Bruce Wayne is physically tested to an extent he has never been before.
  • 80
  • 76

    The Batman Universe

    Batman: Off-World #1 has an interesting concept. Chronicling the training of Batman to fight aliens, unfortunately it still shows Batman as being too formidable to be believable.
  • 72

    Zona Negativa

  • 70

    This is a very promising start to a story. While there are elements that feel at times too familiar—the similarities to Superman's Warworld story, the formulaic nature of Aaron's storytelling—and the lack of depth at times feels a bit like style over substance, the comic book is a fun read and certainly unlike anything occurring in contemporaneous Batman comics. It's entertaining and has obvious room to grow and, if nothing else, the art is out of this world – pun intended.
  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    While Aaron and Mahnke have given readers an amazing opening issue, with a clever conceit, Batman: Off-World #1 tends to prioritize style over substance. Perhaps it will evolve as the series continues, but for now, it is an entertaining detour from the mainstream Batman comics… and it is only the first issue.
  • 70

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Oh yea! Another Batman title. And yes that was sarcasm. Now, Jason Aaron’s story does provide a bit of diversity as Batman takes his training to a whole new level. But while Batman is getting the stuffing knocked out of him (on purpose), the real mystery fall on the reason behind it. Batman is training in alien battle techniques because the East End Irish Mob hired an interplanetary enforcer to kick his tail? Why? How? I mean we are not talking Brainiac or billionaire Lex Luthor here. How the heck did the East End Irish Mob get off planet muscle? The only good part is that the situation did manage to humble the Dark Knight. And then in classic obsessive compulsive Bruce Wayne mode, he bought a space shuttle and flew off into space to learn to fight better? Sigh! And is that supposed to be some version of Onimar Synn from the one of those Mystery in Space mini-series during the Rann-Thanagar War nonsense? If you like Batman being tricky and doing some Rocky training, this appears to be the title for you. And Doug Mahnke’s pencils covered in Jamie Mendoza’s inks does look good.
  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Overall, the book was fine. Nothing was terrible, but it didn't wow me. It was better than the debut of one of the other current Batman miniseries, Gargoyle of Gotham, but paled in comparison to yet one of the other current Batman miniseries, City of Madness.
  • 55


    I’m waiting to see what’s in store, but I really have to say… I’m disappointed.

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About the Author: Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973) is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors. In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics’s imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and Aaron regards it as the “second time” he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker’s Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre.” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron’s Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:
I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine.”

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]