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Batman - Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.


The four-part crossover event of a generation begins when a not-so-jolly St. Nick hits Gotham City to investigate a brutal crime in the days leading up to Christmas…

What manner of man or beast could have committed such atrocities?!

With the help of his former student, Batman, Santa will team up with the heroes of the DC Universe to right this wrong-or the world wakes up to coal in their stockings!

A brutal, two-fisted holiday tale of hope, wonder, and monster hunting is the perfect treat to ring in the holidays-it’s Claus in canon!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
27 pages
Amazon ASIN

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 is surprisingly evergreen. Whilst the main character is literally the symbol of Christmas and thick snow covers the Gotham ground, turning it into a monster-hunting horror comic gives the adventure the ability to be read any time of the year. Santa himself is a Viking warrior and an unbelievably awesome one of that. The festive features have been adapted and altered so much that an ongoing series featuring this character and his battles could last well until next Christmas.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    I look forward to watching Santa team up with the Gotham gang as he tries to keep the world safe. What can go wrong with Batman getting trained by Santa Claus, an ancient Viking who slays beings who go bump in the night? The short answer is easier to explain. Batman and Santa Claus #1 gives us a gift that keeps giving.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    I’ll admit, I came into Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 not expecting much but boy I was wrong as far as that. The story is fun, entertaining, full of action, some laughs, good action, and perfect for the holiday season. Don’t be naughty and sleep on this, it’s what comics are supposed to be, fun entertainment. Just one issue in and I’m hoping this becomes a yearly tradition.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    There’s a serious threat that takes Batman out of his comfort zone, and Santa is another warrior from a different sector of heroism to partner with. It takes the absurdity of the concept for granted and instead gives us an action-packed winter thrill ride that fits perfectly in the DCU.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    The Dark Knight joining forces with Father Christmas makes for an exciting beginning to what will only be a legendary story. Parker’s exciting writing blends perfectly with Bandini and Sinclair’s energetic art to give readers a tale that they won’t be able to wait to Christmas Day to read!

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    This was a delightful holiday surprise, blending the gritty world of Gotham City with the whimsical magic of Christmas in an immensely fun miniseries debut. Jeff Parker and Michele Bandini create a campy, captivating story that is both thrilling and festive.

    Parker’s writing is witty and sharp. He expertly balances the dark and dire elements of the Batman-style plot with the lightheartedness and wonder of Christmas lore. The dialogue is full of humorous exchanges, especially once Santa enters the picture, providing plenty of laughs while also setting up the story for the long haul. Parker’s introduction of Santa to the larger DC Universe makes it seem like this was planned for decades and didn’t feel forced at all (which it could have VERY easily been). OF COURSE Santa is a secret superhero! I found myself smiling throughout the majority of the issue because it was just so fun.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining, fun and often thrilling adventure from Parker. The story has some great action throughout as well as an awesome entrance for Santa. The character himself is interesting in how he is portrayed and both his relationship with Batman but also the reaction from Robin and the others. I like how this story doesn’t shy away from what it is, a Christmas adventure, and I look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Bandini delivers not only some thrilling action visually, but the character designs are fantastic.

  • 85


    Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 is a delightfully charming first issue. Like a holiday episode of your favorite show, Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 is a fun read wrapped in great artwork. With an issue each week leading to Christmas, it’s a series that will surely put you in the holiday spirit.

  • 85

    Comic Watch

    Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 is a fun introduction to DCs Santa Claus that firmly ingrains him within mainstream continuity. This all creates a fun, new adventure that promises to be the hit Christmas comic of the year.

  • 80


    I’m excited to see the rest of this series play out over the rest of the month. This is a great way to get into the spirit for the season, and have some superhero fun doing it.

  • 80

    Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 offers exactly what its title suggests, and the end result is weird and whimsical where it counts. As the beginning of an unlikely collaboration between DC’s Dark Knight and Father Christmas, the issue lays some meaningful groundwork while still having fun with the larger-than-life qualities of its protagonists. While only time will tell if Batman/Santa Claus: Silent Knight sticks its landing, it’s already a fun, festive crossover that deserves your attention this holiday season.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Whether or not you care for the holiday, ‘Silent Knight’ seems worth checking out for a fun winter tale.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    I did not expect to love Batman – Santa Claus: Silent Knight #1 quite as much as I did. It’s a super fun story which features a heady mix of action, mythology and mystery. Jeff Parker’s zippy writing fits perfectly with the dynamic style of artists Michele Bandini and Alex Sinclair.

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