The event of the decade is here: Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo have reunited for Batman/Spawn!
Two dark heroes, cursed by tragedy, find their paths again crossing… but not by choice! What sinister foe is at work, pitting the Dark Knight against the Hellspawn?
From the shadows of Gotham City to New York City, this epic event is the blockbuster you’ve been waiting almost two decades for!
Get Your Comic OnI have been waiting for this since it was announced. My anticipation was at an all time high and I was very glad to see that the creative team have pulled it off, a must read to any comic reader, you won’t be disappointed
The Comicbook DispatchOverall, Batman/ Spawn #1 is a MUST-BUY to any Capullo fan, Snyder Batman fan, Spawn fan, and anyone looking for a dark, violent tale. Don’t wait to pick this up. Find time over your lunch break and go grab this issue as well as some of the outstanding variants.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: A thrilling, dark adventure with great stakes from McFarlane. There’s a fantastic tone to the story and I love the intensity within every element of the story. I love the immediacy of the story as well as the complicated relationship between Spawn and Batman. The tension between the two characters is intense and I cannot wait to see where this story goes next based on its awesome cliffhanger ending. The Art: Greg Capullo delivers beautifully detailed art on every page of the comic. The art brilliantly showcases the characters as well as shows blistering and visually engaging fights and action.
Comic WatchIm sure there are plenty of folks that will roll their eyes at this book and thats fine; to each their own. But as Ive said before in my reviews, comics are supposed to be fun; and thats what Batman/Spawn is. Its nostalgia, its filled with familiar faces and tropes, and its exactly what it needed to befun.
But Why Tho?Im sure there are plenty of folks that will roll their eyes at this book and thats fine; to each their own. But as Ive said before in my reviews, comics are supposed to be fun; and thats what Batman/Spawn is. Its nostalgia, its filled with familiar faces and tropes, and its exactly what it needed to befun.
Dark Knight NewsBatman/Spawn is an excellent package of dynamic storytelling and intricate, detailed art starring two of comics’ biggest characters. It’s a real shame that the creators can only do one issue, as opposed to a full mini-series, because the story could have benefited from letting the ending breath.
COMICONThis is like a fun 80’s action movie. Ths story has its flaws, but the art is just a blast.
Graphic PolicyBatman/Spawn #1 is very much a remnant of the 90s. It has some great ideas that are never fleshed out and what’s presented is a choppy narrative that never flows. The art is the driver and even that isn’t quite as good as we’d expect from this team. Overall, this is one for those who are hooked on nostalgia and not much more than that.
Geek DadBatman and Spawn are not natural allies, and the two nearly try to kill each other before eventually working together. It’s hard to figure out where this fits in continuity, with Joker appearing in a way that dates back almost ten years to a mostly-forgotten plot. The art is great, but this issue suffers from feeling much more like a Spawn issue guest-starring Batman than a DC comic—the writing style is very distinctly McFarlane and can be a little ponderous, and Batman’s dialogue sometimes feels distinctly off—being willing to sacrifice Spawn to the Court at one point, for instance. This works best as a fusion of Greg Capullo’s two most famous properties, and a brilliant showcase for his art.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatman / Spawn #1 is a surprisingly creative story about a plan by the Court of Owls to trick Batman and Spawn into killing one another. While creative, the plan takes a couple of read-thrus to figure out, so some readers may need help with it. That said, the art is simply stunning, so if you don't enjoy the story, you'll probably love the art.
Comics: The GatheringOverall, Batman Spawn falls short of the grandeur that has been built up around it, but it still delivers a unique story blending these comic giants worlds together with the art being the real hero of this comic, making it worth picking up for the visuals alone! While not hitting where I would have liked it to, as a lifelong Batman and Spawn fan, I felt satisfied with what this team has delivered and I would recommend it to other fans of these characters, either together or separate.
AIPTIf you're looking for a visually stunning book, with variant covers up the wazoo, then Batman/Spawn is the perfect book for you. Just try not to expect too much of the plot or think too hard about it.
ComicBook.comAs was the case with their previous collaborations, the only reason to read a Todd McFarlane-written and Greg Capullo-drawn comic book is for the artwork provided by the latter. (...) A master of drawing both these characters, Capullo is able to marry the visual qualities that make them both unique and fun to look. Were it not his ability to make this story compelling to look at, this would fail to live up to any kind of hype that preceded it. Luckily, Capullo is the man, he's just chained down by a bad script.
Graphic PolicyBatman/Spawn has smooth visuals and poster-worthy poses and spreads from artists Greg Capullo, Todd McFarlane, and Dave McCaig. But McFarlane’s plot is weak, the captions overwritten, and by the end, this is only a setup for a sequel featuring one of the two antihero’s clown villains.
The Batman UniverseBatman/Spawn #1 is an utterly beautiful, gorgeous, stunning book with no soul to it. The story’s dumb, but that’s probably not why readers came here, is it?
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Batman-NewsI didn't enjoy this but I am still planning to buy a copy, if only for the art and because I want to see more projects like this. I can't say I'm surprised at the outcome. McFarlane has never been a good writer. His strength lies in not only art but ideas. Spawn is conceptually brilliant. His development of the world in the early days was great as well. McFarlane just doesn't have the writing chops to execute it. To a certain extent, I feel the same way about this story. Lurking somewhere below the surface there is a good idea here.