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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League: Batman #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost… until now. To power his weapons of war, Pariah has captured each member of the Justice League and trapped them on worlds suited to their every dream and desire… while the planets themselves slowly eat away at their respective inhabitants. Batman is stuck in a loop wherein the greatest detective must solve the mystery of his own existence!

Plus, unravel the secrets of Zatanna’s world in this final epic chapter of the WORLDS WITHOUT A JUSTICE LEAGUE saga!

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
36 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    The cover refers to him as the “Last Knight Standing,” and it’s an appropriate choice of words! The Night is the final dark hero in this Batman-ish world, and it’s a great psychological exploration of the hero and his two different sides. I enjoyed seeing Si Spurrier, who often writes for Marvel heroes like the X-Men and the Black Knight, taking a shot at Batman! Hope it isn’t the last time I get to see that!

    The Zatanna team are the ideal way to end up this part of the “Death of the Justice League.” It’s magical, it’s superheroic, and it’s a great way to conclude this portion of what’s going on so we can return to the main event in future books! However, even if you hadn’t read any of the previous entries in the “Worlds Without a Justice League,” you’d still enjoy these stories, I do believe! Worth the price of admission!

  • 85


    A deep dive into Batman amid some creative circumstances reveals huge truths and demonstrates the hero’s value across the board.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    Every one of these comics has depicted an ideal world for its hero—some more straight-forward than others. So what does an ideal world look like for the most unstable DC hero, Batman? This is a man who is never fully happy, always defined by his trauma. So it’s not a surprise that his world is a little more complicated than the rest. Simon Spurrier has always been a fan of creating complex new worlds in his creator-owned work, and this issue introduces us to a strange futuristic world of Gotham. This walled clockwork city is run by the kind, masked Mr. Wax and is a utopia during the day—but during the night it’s something very different. During the night it’s run by the murderous vigilante known only as the Night.

  • 80

    Even in the midst of an event I have little taste for, there are undeniable bright spots and Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Batman is one of the brightest. Writer Simon Spurrier and artist Ryan Sook take the opportunity presented by Pariah “killing” the Justice League to portray a meta-narrative about the nature of Batman. They depict a dystopian future in which only one city remains in a world overcome by madness, and two protectors stand guard over it: Mr. Wax and The Night. With only 20 pages available, there’s no hiding what these characters represent, but that lack of subtlety ensures the story arrives right at its point. Threads from Morrison’s titanic run resurface in questioning the nature and purpose of DC Comics’ most popular character, and Spurrier and Sook both provide their own spin on this familiar take of impossible, never-ending conflict. They present readers with a world that will always need Batman, and it’s a frightening spectacle.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    An interesting one-shot that could easily fit outside of the event it branches from is sadly held back somewhat by a slightly more disjointed backup tale.

  • 50

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

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