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In the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever—the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Then, in order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s great In the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever—the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Then, in order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here! Collects BATMAN: REBIRTH #1, BATMAN #1-15.


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In the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever—the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Then, in order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s great In the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever—the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Then, in order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here! Collects BATMAN: REBIRTH #1, BATMAN #1-15.

30 review for Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    At the urging of friends, I finally picked up Batman's Rebirth again. And I have to say, I'm happy I did! Now, I still didn't care for Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham, Gotham Boy and Gotham Girl were still stupid. But. It wasn't as annoying this time around. The second half of this, though? It was surprisingly good. The whole Catwoman storyline was absolutely inspired. I not only loved this version of her, I loved this version of him. It made a huge difference! I was honestly so tired of this Batman At the urging of friends, I finally picked up Batman's Rebirth again. And I have to say, I'm happy I did! Now, I still didn't care for Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham, Gotham Boy and Gotham Girl were still stupid. But. It wasn't as annoying this time around. The second half of this, though? It was surprisingly good. The whole Catwoman storyline was absolutely inspired. I not only loved this version of her, I loved this version of him. It made a huge difference! I was honestly so tired of this Batman the Lone Douchebag routine that I've not been a fan of the character in a looooong time. My husband bought me a Batman mug and it hurt a little bit because I thought, Do you not know me at all?, and then I realized that I should just be happy that he got me a damn coffee mug. Plus, it's one of those that changes color - the Gotham skyline changes - which is pretty fucking cool. Anyway. The point is, Batman needed to come back down to Earth a bit and wander around with us mere mortals. Make some fucking mistakes or something, you know? And the second half of this volume has this refreshingly human Batman. I'd heard that King's run was good, but after a disappointing 1st volume, I just didn't actually believe them. Plus, as I've mentioned before, I was kind of sick of the whole Darkest-Darkety-Dark Knight shtick. I loved it. Thanks to all the Shallows who made me read this thing. Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I have my issues with this start of this run. Calendar Man and Batman riding a plane to the ground like Ben Hur were ridiculous. The Monster Men were preposterous and made only worse by only including the Batman issues of the crossover. I don't know why DC likes to dick over its fans so much when they collect crossovers into trades. Tom King's writing does shine through though, especially in I Am Suicide and the sublime two-parter with Catwoman on her last night before she heads to jail. Now tha I have my issues with this start of this run. Calendar Man and Batman riding a plane to the ground like Ben Hur were ridiculous. The Monster Men were preposterous and made only worse by only including the Batman issues of the crossover. I don't know why DC likes to dick over its fans so much when they collect crossovers into trades. Tom King's writing does shine through though, especially in I Am Suicide and the sublime two-parter with Catwoman on her last night before she heads to jail. Now that I've read further down the road, I see that King has a plan for most of what he does. Mitch Gerads, David Finch, and Mikel Janin are all at the top of their game and make this book sparkle.

  3. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    I hear some saying it’s the best Batman comic they ever read and others saying it’s dumb... It’s not my favorite but it’s fun. What it about? I can’t say much without spoilers but this book contains multiple stories that make up the first few arcs of the Rebirth run of Batman. Pros: The stories in here are fun and interesting. It’s what fans would most likely want from a Batman story except with more obscure villains which I really like because it requires more creativity than “hey look, the Joker I hear some saying it’s the best Batman comic they ever read and others saying it’s dumb... It’s not my favorite but it’s fun. What it about? I can’t say much without spoilers but this book contains multiple stories that make up the first few arcs of the Rebirth run of Batman. Pros: The stories in here are fun and interesting. It’s what fans would most likely want from a Batman story except with more obscure villains which I really like because it requires more creativity than “hey look, the Joker is trying to fuck with Batman for the billionth time” so awesome job there, King! The art is mostly really good. It’s interesting, well drawn and fits the tone of the story. The characters are pretty cool. King’s Batman is one that I think should work for almost every fan of the character. He’s not written in a super gritty way but he’s not written in a too bright and colorful Batman ‘66 sorta way so somewhere in between, I really like that. I already went over why I like the use of more obscure villains, there are some well known villains in this book and King writes them well. Gordon is great in this. There are some other superhero characters that are pretty awesome. Catwoman is in the last half or so of this, she’s really cool, true to the character but with more depth than I had seen in her before (and the creative team makes sure to do the sexy but bad-ass thing well). (Now I understand why Batman jumps off rooftops considering the loveliness that waits for him) The action scenes are frequent and intense throughout. The creative team makes sure to give Batman fans the gritty, intense action that readers will most likely want. This comic is not too predictable. I like how in the first story it was one of those stories that I thought was predictable at first but then became unpredictable, I really like that. Some solid comic relief. Especially some of the stuff with Batman and Gordon, that was great. I had already heard about this but the relationship between (view spoiler)[ Batman and Catwoman (hide spoiler)] is actually pretty good. I really enjoyed it, I think they make a great couple and it surprises me that I actually like it. Cons: I mostly (not entirely) blame DC on this more than the creative team but the Monster Men bit... while not a bad story, I was annoyed by how it’s apparently one of those obnoxious “you need to read every fucking tie-in in order to understand it” things. I like the idea of these events but when just trying to enjoy the part from this series there’s parts of the story I missed making this confusing and without a conclusion in this book. Either have these events make sense without every fucking tie-in (ya know, like Valiant does) or don’t do it! We get enough of this from Marvel. Punch and Jewelee are annoying as shit. I mean, yeah they’re meant to be kinda annoying but still... would it be too much to ask for a special appearance from Deathstroke just to chop their heads off (I wouldn’t even care if he did anything else)? Mixed thoughts: The dialogue. Sometimes it’s well written and perfect for the characters, other times it’s cheesier than a bowl of Kraft. The art in the last 2 chapters... sometimes it looks beautiful other times it looks like this. Overall: This is mostly a good book. Sure I had a few nit-picks and one bigger problem that is more a problem that DC caused, not the creative team, but other than that it’s an action packed story with cool art, a fun mix of characters, some suspense and a bit of comic relief. It basically has the things a Batman fan would probably want making this a solid read. Recommended! 4/5 (AFTER REVIEW SONG PARODY) (Read this in the tune of Old Town Road by Lil Nas X) Mmm-hmm Na na na na na na Mmm-hmm Na na na Yeah, I'm gonna go patrol on the Gotham roads I'm gonna fight 'til I can't no more I gotta go patrol on the Gotham roads I'm gonna fight 'til I can't no more I got a dark and gritty past PTSD attached Cape is darkest black And I’m dressed up as a bat Fighting with real force, ha Saving lives of course I been in the alleys So it’s safe to leave your home, now I’ll be fighting super villains I fight super villains I’ll be fighting super villains I fight super villains No need for a ladder Fire pole is faster Just beat Poison Ivy Don’t you go and kiss her My life is in movies Comic books and TV Actors do portay me Least favorite George Clooney I’ll be fighting super villains I fight super villains I’ll be fighting super villains I fight super villains I'm gonna go patrol on the Gotham roads I'm gonna fight 'til I can't no more I gotta go patrol on the Gotham roads I'm gonna fight 'til I can't no more I gotta...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paz R.M.

    Yeeees. Now that I've finally started reading King's run from the beginning, and in order (look at me I'm finally done with spoiling myself), I'm so freaking excited. I loved this. Well, maybe not all of it. I liked the I am Gotham arc, let's skip the couple of issues of Night of the Monster Men, I loved I am Suicide and I freeeeaking loved Rooftops. Bless your face, Tom King. Bless. Your. Face. Now, gotta be honest, I looked the reviews and it miiight be because I read this super late in the gam Yeeees. Now that I've finally started reading King's run from the beginning, and in order (look at me I'm finally done with spoiling myself), I'm so freaking excited. I loved this. Well, maybe not all of it. I liked the I am Gotham arc, let's skip the couple of issues of Night of the Monster Men, I loved I am Suicide and I freeeeaking loved Rooftops. Bless your face, Tom King. Bless. Your. Face. Now, gotta be honest, I looked the reviews and it miiight be because I read this super late in the game, having spoiled myself with lots of things from this run, that I just... I can't see it, sorry my GR friends, y'all tripping. I'm suddenly distrusting everyone's opinion. If you at the very least didn't find those 'I am Suicide' issues to be okay, we can't be friends. That's the way it is. I don't make the rules, it's just how I feel. Okay, but seriously, I loved the writing, I loved this Alfred, maybe since Injustice I haven't loved an Alfred this much. The artwork? We all know Mikel Janín is on a superior level, the coloring, the lettering, everything looks wonderful. I loved the little emotional moments in here, not gonna lie I kinda teared up more than a few times, I loved the BatCat letters, and the way the story is structured, and I especially loved the set up: 'Remember that this is where it started. The origin of Gotham Girl... The death of Batman.' 'Tis gonna be a fun catch-up! I Am Gotham (issues 1-6): 3.5 stars Night of the Monster Men (issues 7-8): 2 stars I Am Suicide (issues 9-13) : 4.5 stars Rooftops (issues 14-15): 5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Dalton

    kind of a mixed bag in this huge collection. I was not crazy about the Monster Men, story veered off into another title NOT in this collection. The Batman's Suicide Squad story was okay and all the attention on Catwoman was the icing on the cake. Read this Deluxe Edition via my digital library. Hope they get more titles in this line. kind of a mixed bag in this huge collection. I was not crazy about the Monster Men, story veered off into another title NOT in this collection. The Batman's Suicide Squad story was okay and all the attention on Catwoman was the icing on the cake. Read this Deluxe Edition via my digital library. Hope they get more titles in this line.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Quann

    I'm a big fan of both Tom King's previous work and Batman, so I'm glad to finally be able to read this run in these deluxe collections. Snyder and Capullo's seminal run on Batman was easily my favourite thing of the New 52, and it is heartening to see King veer off in his own direction with the series. Overall, this is a decent collection (issues 1-15 of the run), but it lacks the fire of the other King content I've read. My biggest gripe is with this collection is the horrendously cliche and tr I'm a big fan of both Tom King's previous work and Batman, so I'm glad to finally be able to read this run in these deluxe collections. Snyder and Capullo's seminal run on Batman was easily my favourite thing of the New 52, and it is heartening to see King veer off in his own direction with the series. Overall, this is a decent collection (issues 1-15 of the run), but it lacks the fire of the other King content I've read. My biggest gripe is with this collection is the horrendously cliche and truncated issues of The Monster Men crossover included here. You get part 1 and part 4 and a suggestion that you pick up a separate collection if you want the whole story. Riley Rosomo's art is nice to look at, but I was genuinely pissed off by the decision to include only the Batman main series issues in this collection. As for the rest: well, it's good too! This is a bit different from the maxiseries of King's that I'd read in the past in that he is obviously laying the groundwork for a long run. I enjoyed his look at Bruce Wayne's psyche in this collection and am excited to see where he takes the series in the next collection. Michael Janin steals the show from an art perspective with some really unique layouts and kinetic splash pages. David Finch's art on the opening arc made the comic feel...old? I think having come from Capullo's expressive, cartoony art to Finch's more workman-like lines changes the vibe between creators in a very visual sense, but I'm just not a huge fan of Finch. So, good but not the greatness I expected from King. Hoping the next volume picks up!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Almost worth it, at times: I remember a stand-up comedian once explain the difference between Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Watching Jeopardy, you feel stupid because the questions (answers? Let's not get distracted) are so hard. Watching Wheel of Fortune, you feel stupid because, well, you're watching. Likewise, Grant Morrison's Batman can make you feel stupid because the author seems to be making allusions to his own universe, only glimpses of which he cares to show in any given issue. Tom King' Almost worth it, at times: I remember a stand-up comedian once explain the difference between Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Watching Jeopardy, you feel stupid because the questions (answers? Let's not get distracted) are so hard. Watching Wheel of Fortune, you feel stupid because, well, you're watching. Likewise, Grant Morrison's Batman can make you feel stupid because the author seems to be making allusions to his own universe, only glimpses of which he cares to show in any given issue. Tom King's Batman can make you feel stupid because, well, you're reading it: The formula seems to be, write like Frank Miller All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1, only remove anything "laddish" and replace it with Matt Fraction-y arch unfunny soyboy humor. Never mind that there were elements here of a good story (or two), if Tom King could get over his affectations. And given the praise he generally receives, I don't see that happening anytime soon. The art was good, except for the last two issues.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    There's a moment in Batman Rebirth: Vol 1 Deluxe Edition that kind of blew me away. In it, Bruce writes a letter to Selina Kyle during her imprisonment in Gotham's infamous Arkham Asylum. Despite being arch-nemeses (don't worry, that's a real word), they have developed an attraction to one another. They're not all that different, really. They've just chosen to deal with their pain in different ways. Bruce, as you might recall, watched his parents die after they were shot in an alley when he was ju There's a moment in Batman Rebirth: Vol 1 Deluxe Edition that kind of blew me away. In it, Bruce writes a letter to Selina Kyle during her imprisonment in Gotham's infamous Arkham Asylum. Despite being arch-nemeses (don't worry, that's a real word), they have developed an attraction to one another. They're not all that different, really. They've just chosen to deal with their pain in different ways. Bruce, as you might recall, watched his parents die after they were shot in an alley when he was just seven years old. As a response to that trauma, he deals out vigilante justice dressed a man bat. Which is stupid. It's why I've never been able to get behind Batman. To me, he's always been one of the most ridiculous super heroes (in a genre that is ridiculous by nature) because he takes the thing so seriously. He's this dark, brooding, bad-ass character and yet he dresses in cosplay, does karate, uses words like batarang, and drives a"Batmobile". It's insane. But nobody talks about it. But with Bruce's letter in issue #12 of the Rebirth relaunch, writer Tom King did two things. He addressed how such a serious person can do something so silly, and he added a dimension to the caped crusader that was sorely needed: pathos. It's one of the best issues of a comic I've ever read. -->Read my full review on AnotherBook.blog<--

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    There was a LOT of Bat-content in this Deluxe Edition, some of which I found tedious to the extreme, but mostly that was all confined to the opening two arcs introducing the new costumed crusaders in Gotham named (sigh) "Gotham" and "Gotham Girl" as well as the preposterous "Monster Men." Yeah, they were not in any way interesting. The "Suicide Squad"-esque caper with Super-Nude Bane, though, was much more entertaining. I guess his power set now includes mastery over conveniently-placed shadows and There was a LOT of Bat-content in this Deluxe Edition, some of which I found tedious to the extreme, but mostly that was all confined to the opening two arcs introducing the new costumed crusaders in Gotham named (sigh) "Gotham" and "Gotham Girl" as well as the preposterous "Monster Men." Yeah, they were not in any way interesting. The "Suicide Squad"-esque caper with Super-Nude Bane, though, was much more entertaining. I guess his power set now includes mastery over conveniently-placed shadows and objects? and the building relationship with Selina "Cat" Kyle was well-handled, and sneaky sexy (for a mainstream DC book!) I'm in for the next Deluxe Edition, anyway!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brian Dickerson

    I love the way Tom King writes! “I am Gotham” and “I am Suicide” are very good arcs, but in the middle of this deluxe edition I remember what has driven me somewhat away from DC and Marvel - event tie-ins... Really, 2 disjointed issues of Night of the Monster Men as a ploy to buy another title? I love Riley Rossmo art, but Batman even has a different voice due to the script writer addition. The Catwoman issues at the end - a little meh, but the pacing and panel design was great. I look forward to I love the way Tom King writes! “I am Gotham” and “I am Suicide” are very good arcs, but in the middle of this deluxe edition I remember what has driven me somewhat away from DC and Marvel - event tie-ins... Really, 2 disjointed issues of Night of the Monster Men as a ploy to buy another title? I love Riley Rossmo art, but Batman even has a different voice due to the script writer addition. The Catwoman issues at the end - a little meh, but the pacing and panel design was great. I look forward to the next collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Gave up on this is singles. I just couldn't get into it. But after seeing a lot of positive stuff surrounding it I decided to give it another shot in the deluxe edition, and I'm glad I did. The first volume is good, but average. It's in the second volume I Am Suicide were it starts to pick up, and the two parter between Batman and Catwoman that ends the book is enough to justify the admission fee alone. It's a good Batman book. The art throughout is great. I've seen online some of the stuff Tom Gave up on this is singles. I just couldn't get into it. But after seeing a lot of positive stuff surrounding it I decided to give it another shot in the deluxe edition, and I'm glad I did. The first volume is good, but average. It's in the second volume I Am Suicide were it starts to pick up, and the two parter between Batman and Catwoman that ends the book is enough to justify the admission fee alone. It's a good Batman book. The art throughout is great. I've seen online some of the stuff Tom King does with Batman/Catwoman and he starts it here and I'm excited to see where it's heading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shari (colourmeread)

    I officially stan Bruce Wayne

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Bruce: She stole it!!! Alfred: ....... what did she steal? Bruce: the nIGHT. we stan a dramatic dad!!! /\ ^._.^ /\

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    The first Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition continues the uneven start shown by the initial Flash Deluxe volume. Tom King's opening arc, much like Joshua Williamson's in The FLash is a treat to read with new and old characters pushing the storyline in exciting directions. King has an excellent grasp of Batman, his mythos and the city of Gotham. The design and concept of new superheroes Gotham and Gotham Girl is a really intriguing development. Unfortunately the potential of those characters is under The first Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition continues the uneven start shown by the initial Flash Deluxe volume. Tom King's opening arc, much like Joshua Williamson's in The FLash is a treat to read with new and old characters pushing the storyline in exciting directions. King has an excellent grasp of Batman, his mythos and the city of Gotham. The design and concept of new superheroes Gotham and Gotham Girl is a really intriguing development. Unfortunately the potential of those characters is under utilized with both becoming more plot devices than characters worthy of investment. The potential of the opening arc is lost with a couple crossover issues that lack a conclusion. A poor choice on behalf of DC. The crossover either should have been represented in its entirely or removed from the collection. As a result it is a jarring removal from King's narrative with little value to the overall story. Subsequent story arcs deal with Bane and Batman's relationship with Catwoman. Having never been a fan of the Bane character I find this storyline to be relatively uninteresting. Batman creates his own 'Suicide Squad' largely made up of obscure characters that lack an engaging comic history. The dialogue from Batman during this arc is particularly weak, with his motivation appearing not only overly dramatic but misguided. The volume concludes with issues focusing on Batman and Catwoman's relationship. Given my lack of familiarity with their romantic past these volumes were nicely illustrated but I was not nearly as invested. Despite this I am interested in seeing where King goes with his narrative. This volume plants some exciting seeds but overall it would have been strengthened by a greater focus on Gotham and Gotham Girl, their experience as new heroes in the city and their relationship to Batman.

  15. 5 out of 5

    TheMoonDog

    What can i say? It's the first two Volumes of Tom King's Batman, also including Batman: Rebirth #1, and i thoroughly enjoyed both issues. With great art, storytelling and characterisation, i recommend this book to all Batman fans. Plus, the book is super-reasonably priced and will lookgreat on your shelf. What can i say? It's the first two Volumes of Tom King's Batman, also including Batman: Rebirth #1, and i thoroughly enjoyed both issues. With great art, storytelling and characterisation, i recommend this book to all Batman fans. Plus, the book is super-reasonably priced and will lookgreat on your shelf.

  16. 5 out of 5

    gracie

    "She stole it." "I'm sorry, Master Bruce. I do not quite understand. I obviously conducted a detailed inventory after Ms. Kyle left us. Everything appeared, surprisingly, to be in order. What then did she steal, Sir?" "The night, Alfred. She stole the night." THEY OWN ME IN EVERY VERSION, THOSE ARE THE FACTS. "She stole it." "I'm sorry, Master Bruce. I do not quite understand. I obviously conducted a detailed inventory after Ms. Kyle left us. Everything appeared, surprisingly, to be in order. What then did she steal, Sir?" "The night, Alfred. She stole the night." THEY OWN ME IN EVERY VERSION, THOSE ARE THE FACTS.

  17. 4 out of 5

    André Habet

    A fun sexy cool Batman comic to end a long day. Love the humanity and self awareness of the caped crusader here. Catwoman is COOOOOOOLLLLLL.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alek Hill

    So I finally started tackling Tom King's Batman and I must admit that I was a little quick to judge at the start of DC's Rebirth. I got into comics with the New 52 and Scott Snyder's Batman, and his version of the Dark Knight has been my template for the character. Snyder wrote Batman like he should be in my opinion. Where Bruce is the mask and Batman is the person. Snyder's stories gave us a Batman that was human; with emotion and a personality that wasn't the brooding silent type. All this stu So I finally started tackling Tom King's Batman and I must admit that I was a little quick to judge at the start of DC's Rebirth. I got into comics with the New 52 and Scott Snyder's Batman, and his version of the Dark Knight has been my template for the character. Snyder wrote Batman like he should be in my opinion. Where Bruce is the mask and Batman is the person. Snyder's stories gave us a Batman that was human; with emotion and a personality that wasn't the brooding silent type. All this stuff is really why I was reluctant to give Tom King a chance. King writes Batman different. His version of the character gives us a Batman that is Bruce, a man with a very dangerous coping strategy for loss. And at first I didn't like that. I didn't like a Batman that was a mask, it just wasn't my Batman. But after finally finishing the first edition I have adjusted. It's kind of interesting to see Bruce as more than just a suit jacket Batman throws on. It actually makes Batman feel more human. Snyder tried making Bat's human by giving him a personality that enjoyed being what he was; King is making him human by keeping Bruce alive. So once I adjusted to that I was able to enjoy the book. The "I Am Gotham" story is a bit rough, and I had already read it before hand. I don't like the character names Gotham and Gotham Girl that just reads stupid, and it still does. And really the premise of Batman trusting meta-humans to save his city is weird. But it still has beautiful art and a fun moments to get you through it. "Night of the Monster Men" was a waste of time in this book really. It is only two parts of the whole thing and it doesn't really give much information to explain what Hugo Strange's goal was. Skip it if you want. The "I Am Suicide" story however is were I started to take a seat on the Tom King band wagon. This is were King's version of Bruce being Batman makes sense and had me wanting more. I still don't care for Batman and Catwoman calling each other Bat and Cat, but the character development between them feels believable. I liked how this one ends and can tell that Bane is going to be a spectacular villain in King's run.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hamad Al-Hamad

    My first real introduction into the DC rebirth saga and I did really like it. My favorite story was the I AM SUICIDE story arc. (view spoiler)[I love the plot in which Batman tricks Bane into inadvertantly giving up Psycho Pirate. (hide spoiler)] Excellent execution. I also did like the Rooftops arc, exploring a bit of Batman and Catwoman's relationship. The art was the main attraction in my opinion, David Finch and Mikel Janin did some outstanding work. I was not a fan of Gotham and Gotham Girl My first real introduction into the DC rebirth saga and I did really like it. My favorite story was the I AM SUICIDE story arc. (view spoiler)[I love the plot in which Batman tricks Bane into inadvertantly giving up Psycho Pirate. (hide spoiler)] Excellent execution. I also did like the Rooftops arc, exploring a bit of Batman and Catwoman's relationship. The art was the main attraction in my opinion, David Finch and Mikel Janin did some outstanding work. I was not a fan of Gotham and Gotham Girl. I thought that they were very flat characters that weren't very exciting. (view spoiler)[I thought that they should've shown exactly what what Psycho Pirate did to them. (hide spoiler)] Furthermore, like other readers posted, I disliked that they cut out parts 2 and 3 of Monster Men from the edition. Why bother including the arc if you're going to cut out the entire core of the story. Overall, I really loved this edition depite my issues with it as noted above. I look forward to completing the Batman series, as well as the rest of the DC rebirth series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt Smith

    Review Feb 2021 I'm trying to read this entire run by Tom King by the end of the year. It probably won't 100% happen (his denouement called Batman & Catwoman is estimated to be finished in Nov, so we'll see how that goes), but I'm terribly excited to read it all. Honestly, I'm glad I'm reading this here and not month-to-month as it was released. I feel like the first arc would have just been "okay" (and to be fair, it's the second weakest arc in this, dragged down only by the entirely unnecess Review Feb 2021 I'm trying to read this entire run by Tom King by the end of the year. It probably won't 100% happen (his denouement called Batman & Catwoman is estimated to be finished in Nov, so we'll see how that goes), but I'm terribly excited to read it all. Honestly, I'm glad I'm reading this here and not month-to-month as it was released. I feel like the first arc would have just been "okay" (and to be fair, it's the second weakest arc in this, dragged down only by the entirely unnecessary "Batman and the Monster Men" arc) and I would have enjoyed the followup arcs with Batman on a Suicide Squad and exploring his relationship with Catwoman as they try to capture Psycho Pirate from an allyship with Bane. Knowing a bit more about the end of Tom King's run, knowing a bit about what he's focusing on, the Suicide Squad arc is where this sings. There's an entire issue of Batman just WRECKING a fortress in complete silence while the captions read a letter Bats wrote to Catwoman while she was in prison, talking about what she means to him and him wrestling with being Batman and such. It's not that this is necessarily new territory. Batman has broken Bane before. He's done this sort of globe-trotting adventure during the Denny O'Neill run in the late 70s(?). He's had a relationship with Batman. But I've not seen it done quite this way or quite so engagingly. Knowing that Batman and Catwoman are going to be rocketing to a wedding around the halfway mark of this run makes this stand out as something special. Knowing that Bane is about to bounce back in the next arc (somehow? I only know it's called I Am Bane) and that the climax of King's run on the main title is a big 12ish issue arc called City of Bane helps put Bane's appearance her into a larger context that makes me even more excited for this run than I was after an initial read. King's run wasn't for everyone. It was controversial. Beloved and reviled. Satisfying and irritating. All at the same time. But that makes me think I'm going to love this run, not just because I love King, but because there's a lot of promise in these building blocks. Cannot wait to see what he does with the rest of the real estate. Review Nov 2019 Best Batman comic I've read in years. Review eventually.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I don't read many Batman comics, in part because I think writers fetishize him; he becomes super-human in his intelligence, physical abilities, and strategic and tactical abilities. But I'd read a lot of good things about Tom King's work on the title, so I decided to check it out. I don't think King is free from fetishizing Batman; that's most apparent in I Am Suicide arc, in which Batman creates an overly-complicated plan that, of course, goes off without a hitch (even if it seems to have a lot I don't read many Batman comics, in part because I think writers fetishize him; he becomes super-human in his intelligence, physical abilities, and strategic and tactical abilities. But I'd read a lot of good things about Tom King's work on the title, so I decided to check it out. I don't think King is free from fetishizing Batman; that's most apparent in I Am Suicide arc, in which Batman creates an overly-complicated plan that, of course, goes off without a hitch (even if it seems to have a lot of hitches along the way, and even if Batman is repeatedly beaten to within an inch of his life). Still, it's a clever use of many characters. Where I think King excels in his exploration of the costs of heroism. The I Am Gotham story is tragic, if somewhat unsatisfying in how and why the tragedy occurs (that basically happens off-page). It's hard to fully sympathize with Gotham and Gotham Girl's plight when we only see the results of what happened to them. I Am Suicide gives a bleaker explanation for Batman's existence, which is an interesting take on the character. I can see how it works to explain Batman, but I'm not sure I'm convinced. I learned of the twist before reading the arc, so I don't know if I would have found it more or less convincing had it been a surprise. I've never been a big fan of Catwoman, but I liked her here. She's got the appropriate horrific back story, but she comes off as a very good partner for Batman.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    Kind of a mess. Morrison and Snyder both brought something different to writing Batman and they did something really different with the story while doing it. Morrison added a biological son and explored what kind of an impact that would have on Batman along with focusing on Batman as the man who is prepared for everything. Snyder added a new villainous organization early on but seemed to lose of his focus into his run. King... is trying to do too much without fully developing what he is doing. T Kind of a mess. Morrison and Snyder both brought something different to writing Batman and they did something really different with the story while doing it. Morrison added a biological son and explored what kind of an impact that would have on Batman along with focusing on Batman as the man who is prepared for everything. Snyder added a new villainous organization early on but seemed to lose of his focus into his run. King... is trying to do too much without fully developing what he is doing. The two new characters of Gotham and Gotham Girl with near superman family type powers were a very interesting addition to the Gotham family of bat characters. But, they become more plot device than people. I'm not sure I want to buy in to the idea of the I am Suicide story arc - that Bruce Wayne's Batman efforts are really an elaborate suicide effort to assuage the survivor's guilt from his parents death.

  23. 5 out of 5

    J.J Flores

    This book will be rated per arc. I am Gotham,| 5/5 |: This is a great arc, it introduces some new heroes at Gotham, Gotham and Gotham girl, they were "cretated" after Hank and his parents were assaulted, and Batman saved them, he grew up with the idea of being a super hero and so his sister, the arc has a tragic end for Gotham Girl. Night of the Monsters men| 3.5/5 ¦: *This arc is not complete, if you wanna go the whole run, get the comic "Night of the monsters men", after this being said, it won' This book will be rated per arc. I am Gotham,| 5/5 |: This is a great arc, it introduces some new heroes at Gotham, Gotham and Gotham girl, they were "cretated" after Hank and his parents were assaulted, and Batman saved them, he grew up with the idea of being a super hero and so his sister, the arc has a tragic end for Gotham Girl. Night of the Monsters men| 3.5/5 ¦: *This arc is not complete, if you wanna go the whole run, get the comic "Night of the monsters men", after this being said, it won't be rated until I fully read it. I am suicide, | 4/5 |: In this arc, Batman wants to save Gotham Girl from the "charm" that the Psycho Pirate put on her, the thing is that he is with Bane at Santa Prisca's, Batman needs some help so he goes to Arkham and free Selina Kyle, and some others. Rooftops, | 3/5 |: This is the epilogue to the previous arc, in here we can see the love between Batman and Catwoman, it is a brief arc.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I've heard a lot of great things about Tom King's Batman run, so I decided to check this one out despite my general distaste toward most DC stuff these days. I was pretty positive going in because I loved King's Vision book for Marvel and his novel A Once Crowded Sky, and I am very excited to check out his Mr. Miracle run once it hits trade. Sadly, this book didn't do a lot for me aside from the art, which is pretty consistently gorgeous. I found the stories collected here incredibly tedious, es I've heard a lot of great things about Tom King's Batman run, so I decided to check this one out despite my general distaste toward most DC stuff these days. I was pretty positive going in because I loved King's Vision book for Marvel and his novel A Once Crowded Sky, and I am very excited to check out his Mr. Miracle run once it hits trade. Sadly, this book didn't do a lot for me aside from the art, which is pretty consistently gorgeous. I found the stories collected here incredibly tedious, especially the stuff with Bane (I nearly checked out at that point). Even the Batman/Catwoman romance proved underwhelming. Of course, I think a lot of the problems I had with this book could just stem from the fact that I am totally bored with the character and therefore not really invested in any stories involving him. I think that ultimately I'm not saying that this is a bad book, it's just not for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matthew D'Souza

    Heartfelt empathy for the tireless Caped Crusader. Writer Tom King shines his brightest whenever he is trying to relate to Batman’s endless war on crime and how much it must drain Bruce Wayne the man beneath the cowl. King’s words feel earnest and throughout in desperately finding the cold heart of a man who has sworn to fight criminals directly during Gotham’s bleak nights of violence. Tom King’s writing is really romantic and sympathetic during his gentle passages describing Batman and Catwoman Heartfelt empathy for the tireless Caped Crusader. Writer Tom King shines his brightest whenever he is trying to relate to Batman’s endless war on crime and how much it must drain Bruce Wayne the man beneath the cowl. King’s words feel earnest and throughout in desperately finding the cold heart of a man who has sworn to fight criminals directly during Gotham’s bleak nights of violence. Tom King’s writing is really romantic and sympathetic during his gentle passages describing Batman and Catwoman’s affinity for one another in the last chapters of Batman: The Rebirth. Certainly, The Catwoman, Bane, and Gotham arcs are the most intriguing issues collected in this sleek hardcover trade comic book. It’s nice to see a real attempt a genuinely romantic moment with Catwoman, Bane’s brutality coupled with a crazy Suicide Squad comedic adventure, and the psychological toll of heroics in the clue finding detective Gotham and Gotham Girl stories. Tom King has talent as a writer and I’m intrigued as to where Batman: The Rebirth will go in Book 2. DC have done so many comic books with Batman that we’ve seen versions of many of these stories before, whether in Jeph Loeb’s The Long Halloween wherein Batman’s villains gallery escapes to wreak havoc, Doug Moench’s Knightfall wherein Bane trying to break Batman’s back, or Judd Winick’s Catwoman wherein Batman must struggle to arrest the anti-heroine Catwoman, whom he loves. However, I was disappointed that the Hugo Strange arc didn’t delve deeper into the mystery of Strange’s actions, but rather went all action as Batman combats grotesque horror Monster Men. The Calendar Man story starts with horror aspects and detective mystery, then resolves with the dumb action sequence of Batman flying the plane in the water in a self sacrifice, only to introduce Gotham and Gotham Girl. I liked their story very much as a parallel to Batman’s own martyr narrative. But then, Tom King introduces Psycho-Pirate as this emotional villain being used. His name is so ridiculous that you cannot take his serious abilities very seriously. His use in the Bane story we’ve all heard before is done in an interesting new way, but King’s volumes of text made it confusing for a bit whether Bane or Catwoman was talking at one point that I had to reread that chapter. Overall, King’s writing is creative, but he should really focus on his stronger character moments and mystery instead of shocking or action elements. David Finch and Mikel Janin’s pencillings are beautifully drawn with a slick new modern look for everyone. I think their designs are strong with grit, but could vary things up a bit as a few characters look too similar to one another. The Monster Men look really ugly, but do bear horrific aspects that work to unnerve you. Bane’s redesign is creepy and Catwoman looks pretty with an older classic look instead of Guillem March’s gorgeous redesigns for Selina Kyle from Judd Winick’s infamous Catwoman, which I did love. Furthermore, Matt Banning and Danny Miki’s thick black inking looks stellar with that crisp contemporary comic finish. June Chung and Jordie Bellaire’s coloring is amazing with some of the brightest and most saturated color choices in any Batman comic yet. The blues and pinks pop! I’m always appreciative of great lettering in comic books with unique text choices, so that the reader can differentiate who is speaking easily. Letterers Deron Bennett, John Workman, and Clayton Cowles use grey word bubbles with black words for when Batman is speaking, black bubbles with white words for Catwoman’s sultry teasing or earnest pleas to Batman. These simple aesthetic choices make all the difference while you are reading. In all, Tom King starts off pretty strong with a few misfires in his choice of Batman villains. He clearly knows what he’s doing, making Calendar Man creepy and Clock King a quick joke. I’m eager to see what he does with Batman going forward.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikh

    Ah....... Batman! Background Info: I'm a huge comic fan but as everyone must have went through, I was a student! The thing is in India, you couldn't get DC/Marvel individual comics and collections cost a huge amount (1000 rupees and onwards) which is a huge deal to spend for "comics". So I had to live a pirate life and live of the online comics for my guilty reading pleasure... But now I started working and as a step towards being a responsible adult and coming into the light, I started buying " Ah....... Batman! Background Info: I'm a huge comic fan but as everyone must have went through, I was a student! The thing is in India, you couldn't get DC/Marvel individual comics and collections cost a huge amount (1000 rupees and onwards) which is a huge deal to spend for "comics". So I had to live a pirate life and live of the online comics for my guilty reading pleasure... But now I started working and as a step towards being a responsible adult and coming into the light, I started buying "graphic novels" as a redemption for my past misdeeds... A brief useless monologue later... Batman Rebirth Deluxe edition was my self-New Year gift which I got at 31st Dec '17 (shrugs...). I'm going in at high expectations because duh Batman and my rumors about Tom King being a wizard at storytelling got me at a sky-high! (And its new year of course!) And so I started it... The actual review! Rebirth #0.1 or Batman:Rebirth #1 or something was confusing for me. It must have been because I'm still far behind on Batman new 52 (I'm at Zero Year). The concept of Calender-Man in this book was intriguing but the premise was confusing. I am Gotham introduces two characters: Gotham Guy/Girl?!? Based on that chapter, they did not make such a great impact to me... Also BATMAN SPEAKS TOO MUCH! It's like he is spelling out loud whatever thought that comes to him... The entire arc felt like a slow drag-on just to introduce Gotham Girl's supposedly vengeance to wreak havoc on Batman in the later years? Oh well... And Alfred as Batman... Oh man... Shoe-horned Monster Men , I can't review this... It's part of a bigger arc that I obviously need to buy another edition for... So Nooooooo.... I am Suicide is a Bat's suicide squad story. The plot felt more interesting than I am Gotham for me... (My opinion). Again Batman's speech felt too lengthy but it did not put me off as much as I am Gotham did. The plot itself felt pretty straight-forward but oh well... The night with Cat was nice. Batman's limited dialogues also helped and you could feel for Catwoman. ......And it was only two issues long.... Uhh...... More points The art was phenomenal! The shots of Gotham city in lights or when Bats and Cat kisses in the nightsky was brilliant! Coming to the Deluxe edition itself, the cover was sturdy and the pages are of great quality! And the actual hardcover behind the cover was nice as well! I would definitely be buying more Deluxe editions for this alone (looks at Wonder Woman next)... Final thoughts: For all the hype around Tom King, I did not get it in these issues... The human vulnerable side of Batman was visible to me only in the later stages at the end of I am Suicide and the Catwoman story. So maybe we was just getting comfortable I guess? Perhaps I should try his visionary Vision series perhaps? TLDR: 1) Story is ok 2) Art is PHENOMENAL 3) DC Deluxe edition: A nice package

  27. 5 out of 5

    James De León

    Batman Rebirth by Tom King - Book One Book One contains I am Gotham, Night of the Monster Men, I am Suicide, and Rooftops. I am Gotham - Batman sees the potential of having two new heroes (Gotham and Gotham Girl) assist him in his war on crime. For a moment there, he has hope that he may have a normal life. Batman sort of takes them under his wing. I like Gotham Girl (even if her costume and name are derivative…). Night of the Monster Men - Hugo Strange is obsessed with Batman. He set a plan in m Batman Rebirth by Tom King - Book One Book One contains I am Gotham, Night of the Monster Men, I am Suicide, and Rooftops. I am Gotham - Batman sees the potential of having two new heroes (Gotham and Gotham Girl) assist him in his war on crime. For a moment there, he has hope that he may have a normal life. Batman sort of takes them under his wing. I like Gotham Girl (even if her costume and name are derivative…). Night of the Monster Men - Hugo Strange is obsessed with Batman. He set a plan in motion during the previous arc where he gets Bane’s venom™ and Bane gets the Psycho Pirate (more on this later). This a good ‘ole crossover and we see Nightwing, the team from Detective Comics, and even Duke. Remember Duke? Yeah. He’s in this. I actually ended up liking this one a lot - even with the (VERY) inconsistent art. I Am Suicide - In the first arc (I am Gotham), the Psycho Pirate messed with Gotham and Gotham Girl’s brain. Batman decides he needs to retrieve the Psycho Pirate from Bane to help her. Bane is hooked on some good ole’ validation from the Psycho Pirate, so Batman forms his own suicide team (get it? that’s one of the reasons for the name of the arc!) to infiltrate Bane’s prison home. Bruce admits that he attempted suicide when he was younger. Since he couldn’t go through with it, he uses Batman as his suicide (this is the other reason for the name of the arc). Inconsistent, but not too bad. Rooftops - a back and forth between Selina and Bruce. It explores their relationship. The Bat and Cat intensifies and Bruce proposes. Overall, it seems like King’s Batman craves death…The art is good. The panels in ‘I Am Suicide’ were particularly cool. It’s not always ‘dynamic’, but I like it 8/10. For the story, a collective 7/10.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Sigh* Ok I have a lot I want to cover here. I want to open with this. I found this story Interesting, Interesting does not always mean enjoyable. I did enjoy lots of aspects of this story but I deeply feel that it did not do justice to it's female characters. The characters that were established titans of DC were not mischaracterized but they were underwhelming in support roles when they could truly shine as equals to the dark knight. As for new players brought to the heroic table I found the wo Sigh* Ok I have a lot I want to cover here. I want to open with this. I found this story Interesting, Interesting does not always mean enjoyable. I did enjoy lots of aspects of this story but I deeply feel that it did not do justice to it's female characters. The characters that were established titans of DC were not mischaracterized but they were underwhelming in support roles when they could truly shine as equals to the dark knight. As for new players brought to the heroic table I found the women to be deeply under characterized. It really felt as if they took a barbie doll with no feelings of her own and slapped the stereotypical tragic backstory on her and called her a superhero. Part of the dynamic that made batman such a hero to me is how his friends regardless of race or gender benefited batman and made him a better person. I feel like it is an injustice to batman as a comic book title to ignore the sheer humanity of the character, and to neglect so many characters who could really stand to make batman titles into the diverse and truly wonderful canvas that the comics could be. That being said I found the story entertaining despite the fact that I felt cheated when it came to my demographic. Duke Thomas is a hero you can pry from my cold dead hands ok, He is AMAZING as a character and I love him and his story. I guess I am sick of the batman stereotype of slightly crazy girls with tragic backstories who are willing to follow batman's lead everywhere without question or real input. I just feel like the women are really robotic and I am getting tired of seeing robots instead of human faces.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jordi

    It’s strange how sometimes one stops reading certain things, and picks up different reads for no apparent reason. In this case, I think I read Batman comics for almost 8 years in a row and suddenly stopped 5 years ago now, for no good reason. I think the last thing I read was Tomasi and Gleason’s run for Batman and Robin, and then somehow I lost track. Then suddenly it’s like I remembered about it, and decided to jump back to Tom King’s run on the character. And here we are. This volume covers t It’s strange how sometimes one stops reading certain things, and picks up different reads for no apparent reason. In this case, I think I read Batman comics for almost 8 years in a row and suddenly stopped 5 years ago now, for no good reason. I think the last thing I read was Tomasi and Gleason’s run for Batman and Robin, and then somehow I lost track. Then suddenly it’s like I remembered about it, and decided to jump back to Tom King’s run on the character. And here we are. This volume covers two long arcs (“I am Gotham” and “I am Suicide”) followed by a couple of interludes (“Night of the Monster Men” and “Rooftops”). The first arc, drawn by David Finch, has its moments, but it’s nothing remarkable really. I couldn’t get the characters of Gotham and Gotham girl, and the script was somehow sketchy. Things get worse with “Night of the Monster Men”, which is a more mediocre work, a fill in. But then you get “I am Suicide” and things get interesting. Tom King and Mikel Janin send Batman on a sort of “impossible rescue” mission from Santa Prisca, supported by a group of Arkham’s residents set free for the occasion. The story is both a thrilling adventure with unexpected twists, and a thorough character work diving into the warped psychology of Batman. Through this arc and the brief interlude that follows (“Rooftops”), you can see Batman getting more and more human, fallible, you see him more as the broken kid he still is. A great read - at the very least, it got me excited again into reading Batman, and going back into DC comics.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim Champlin

    This is the second time I have read these stories and my appreciation increased with the second go round. In general, I greatly appreciate the way Batman was characterized in here. Depending on the writer, Batman tends to be written either one of two ways. The first is a borderline psychotic individual whom wants to exact violence and vengeance on anyone who resembles a criminal. The second, and the way Bats seems to be portrayed here, is a vulnerable person who is fighting his demons, trying to This is the second time I have read these stories and my appreciation increased with the second go round. In general, I greatly appreciate the way Batman was characterized in here. Depending on the writer, Batman tends to be written either one of two ways. The first is a borderline psychotic individual whom wants to exact violence and vengeance on anyone who resembles a criminal. The second, and the way Bats seems to be portrayed here, is a vulnerable person who is fighting his demons, trying to heal from trauma, and genuinely wants to help others. I love the second portrayal significantly more. That’s my Batman. The first arc “I Am Gotham” is fun. Not my most favorite storyline but certainly has a lot more hits than misses. At the very least, it sure is satisfying watch Bats crash his Batplane into a super being. The second arc “I Am Suicide” will likely become one of my favorite Batman arcs. Batman stories usually take place within Gotham City so it was refreshing for Bats to leave Gotham and the U.S to participate in a 007/Mission Impossible like special ops mission. And the way the art was with this arc blew me away! Seeing Batman scale huge building structures or fight through boards of henchmen in the fluid way it was illustrated seriously impressed me. More of this please. And last but not least, the Batman: Rebirth issue. Bruce Wayne doing pull ups on the side of the building? A cameo of the Dark Knight tumbler in the Batcave? Yes please.

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