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Batman: Rebirth #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 19 critic ratings.

Longtime Batman and Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Snyder co-writes with rising-star writer Tom King!

EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calendar Man!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
26 pages

Cover Artist

19 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Big Comic Page

    Batman: Rebirth #1 feels like quintessential Batman, all the best elements of the character and his world utilized perfectly, while still feeling fresh. It never feels like a rehash, but it gets that Batman spirit just right. If you’re a comic fan, or you’re someone who’s looking to dive in, this is the perfect time to do so.

    If you found DC Universe: Rebirth to be a little too jam-packed and dense, fear not because the story here is very simple and contained. I know I’m geeking out quite a bit here, and I could be a bit biased since I’ve been a Batman geek since the first grade, but as a Batman geek who hasn’t read a Batman book in years, this is exactly the type of story that I’d want to suck me back in. And it’s safe to say that Batman: Rebirth #1 has done just that.

  • 100

    Comic Vine

    Seeing someone else write a Batman series can be a bit of a shock, since Snyder and Capullo had such a long, wonderful run on the book, but the series is easily in good hands with King and Janin. There’s a lot of set-up for the new series that is relatively accessible to new readers without alienating those who have enjoyed the run from the past few years. This is a great issue bridging the last volume to the new.

  • 96

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    So it’s a good thing, and a strong first issue. Let’s hope the Rebirth brings us more like this.

  • 90

    DC Comics News

    This launch title is beautifully articulated with its artwork, colour schemes, & story that leaves you wanting more. A brilliant start for the Batman story arc in the Rebirth series. The creation of the Batcave creatively felt like an immersive experience, naturally leading your eyes across the page to enjoy the traditional artefacts and overall structure. well done DC!

  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    Tom King is a writing force of nature and Batman: Rebirth #1 shows why. His blending of imagery, character work and darkness make for some of the most interesting writing in comics. Teaming him up with Scott Snyder only resulted in a fantastic way to set-up the new writer’s upcoming story and get everyone excited for where King will take Batman. Mikel Janin shows once again why he is one of the best artistic talents of the year in this brilliantly pencilled issue that greatly captures the essence of the writing. We’re looking at something special with Batman’s new series.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    This issue is doubly a must buy because it not only plants seeds for Tom King’s Batman, but also apparently does so for Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman, which launches in August. And there’s the fact that it’s a good comic book.

  • 90

    Doom Rocket

    Whatever lip-service is paid to the events that came before is all relatively minor. (Seems we’ve all worked past that time when Jim Gordon had a mohawk and a giant pet Bat-robot for a spell.) In the right hands, this debut one-shot could give the impression that an intimate knowledge of the Bat-mythos was anything but essential. And isn’t that the point? Batman feels fresh for the first time in years — if nothing else, it’s certainly the most assured Bat-debut since Snyder & Capullo’s Batman #1 nearly five years ago. Apparently, when it comes to first impressions, Batman: Rebirth is King. (That’ll be the last time I do that, I swear.)

  • 90


    Batman: Rebirth #1 is a fun read that sets the deck for the upcoming launch of the new volume. The issue acts as a transition between two volumes of the iconic series, which is often an awkward story to tell, but that isn’t the case here. If this issue is any indication, Batman is going to continue to be a damn good read and King and Janin are going to take readers on a fun ride. Bring it on.

  • 85

    Pastrami Nation

    I enjoyed Batman: Rebirth, and I think for many, this will lead them into following the new adventures of Batman moving forward.

  • 85


    The New 52 didn’t dramatically revamp the Batman franchise, and it doesn’t appear as though DC Rebirth will either. And why should it? Batman was a terrific comic under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and it’s shaping up to be a terrific comic under Tom Kinng, Mikel Janin and David Finch as well. This issue serves as a great showcase for the new team as well and offers a taste of the new flavor they’ll be bringing to Gotham City.

  • 82

    Graphic Policy

    Batman Rebirth #1 establishes both a new visual identity and character dynamic in the Batman title that is a little old (Alfred/Gordon) and a little new (Duke Thomas, more formidable Calendar Man) taking a cue from DC Rebirth, but while telling its own story and focusing on its own relationships. Mikel Janin also continues to be one of DC’s finest storytellers as he melds the epic photorealism of Jae Lee’s recent work with quick cut panels to avoid any stiffness with a side of beefcake that works in favor of Snyder and King’s open, optimistic characterization of Batman. The final page twist (if it is twist) could be delineated a little better, but demonstrates Janin and Chung’s skill to work with the dark chaos of Batman stories as well as his more charming side.

  • 80


    Seriously, this is a solid look at King’s upcoming Batman series, and I’m definitely on board. The characters are written well, we’ve got an interesting new mystery/villain to solve/defeat, and Janin’s pencils are as gorgeous as ever. This definitely feels like a fresh, reinvigorated take on the Dark Knight. I think Batman is in very good hands.

    But man, it bugs the heck out of me that they’re going to force Duke into some knock-off role. I’ve made this argument with Harper Row before: being ‘Robin’ has meaning, even beyond the comics. People know ‘Batman and Robin’. They’re iconic. They mean something. Batman and Robin will be around for a long, long time. But Bluebird? Or whatever this new, yellow mini-Batman is? They will be brushed aside and forgotten before too long.

    I want a female Robin. I want a black Robin. I want Robin to be anybody and everybody. It is long past time for Damian to move on from the moniker and become his own man, even if he’s only 13. DC is clearly ready to have someone else in the role, but apparently they’re too scared to actually go through with it.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    What struck me with the Rebirth special last week was the sense of optimism and hope about it. Batman’s been a darker character for a long, long, time and I really don’t expect that to change. But introducing some new elements and ways forward are welcome things and there’s a good sense of hope about it here. It’s not a sprawling dark piece of work, but it has its moments of intensity and drive that showcase what Bruce will do to save people while tying that back to his father with a couple of sharp lines from Lucius. I’m definitely curious to see where King will go with the book with its opening storyline and I like what he brings to the table here with Snyder and Janin. It’s not a knock out of the park like the main Rebirth special was for me, but it’s a solid re-conenction to the character for me after being away for several years.

  • 80

    Pop Culture Uncovered

    What you get for the $2.99 price is three creators giving top-level craft and a fun examination of a character as old as Batman, as well as introducing a recent addition like Duke Thomas to the table. While it is sad to see We Are Robin disappear along with Grayson, it’s gladdening that DC, Snyder, and King are willing to give the character a push similar to what Damian got during that character’s introduction. While Janin won’t be returning for awhile, this issue alone gives us a vision of a very different Batman from the one Snyder or Morrison defined during their respective runs, and it’s good to get in on the ground floor.

  • 73

    Comic Crusaders

    After the fantastic Rebirth #1 issue, I was hoping that the main books would continue to create the same level of excitement. It may be then, we have been a tad spoilt. For all the freshness that this book appears to hold, under further scrutiny its polish does indeed tarnish. Moving forward, this book may indeed be a solid starting point for both Duke and the Calendar Man, but in light of last weeks Rebirth revelations, this issue feels like a step backwards. In the past, Snyder has taken one issue characters and moved them front and centre at a later stage. This is may be the course that King is plotting, leading to this book having a greater impact then it seems at this first sight.

  • 70


    Entertaining, but not a “Wow” book. This is setting things in place for the monthly adventures, obviously, but if the visuals are this dark because of the colors I won’t be purchasing them.

  • 65

    Multiversity Comics

    Defeated and cynical, it’s like these comics have lost hope for themselves.

  • 60


    While DC Universe: Rebirth #1 was an explosive first issue that generated a lot of momentum for DC’s newest initiative, Batman: Rebirth #1 did not capitalize on that good will. While a perfectly acceptable issue, it’s still nothing more than mediocre with several obvious shortcomings. It also doesn’t help that two different writers contribute to the story, meaning, we won’t get a true sense of Tom King’s take on Batman till June 15th.

  • 60


    Batman Rebirth #1 sets up a new status quo for Batman that is both promising in many areas and concerning in others. But whatever becomes of this Gotham and its denizens, this Batman is, at least, still one that we can recognize.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on Batman to the introspective Mister Miracle, King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with The Vision, a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ Batman that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant Batman Annual #2, King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as Strange Adventures and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

[Latest Update: April 24, 2024]