Batman: Dark Age #1 Review: The Marvelous Mr. Batman

Batman Dark Age #1 review

Read our review of Batman: Dark Age #1 from DC Comics, written by Mark Russell with art by Mike Allred, a sequel to Superman: Space Age.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Batman: Dark Age #1 Review:

In this sequel/sidequel to Superman: Space Age from the same team, we’re jumping back to observe a younger Batman as he builds his reputation in a darker Gotham City.

“I was really looking forward to this because I love this team,” said host Alex Zalben. “I love the writer. I love the artist. I love Superman: Space Age. And this does not disappoint. It is darker, per the title. But I really thought it worked.”

“This is a tripped out Batman,” said Pete LePage, commenting specifically on Mike Allred’s art. “We’ve seen the Batman origin story who knows how many times, but I still had fun with this.”

And Justin Tyler agreed, noting, “I also really enjoyed this. This adds a tone of humor to Batman that wwe rarely get, I appreciate that… A very like James Dean energy, like the Marvelous Mr. Batman… The Allred art is fantastic. And it’s a nice alternate history that makes me want to see this tone brought through into the main continuity. So definitely going to be reading this.”

Batman: Dark Age #1 Official Synopsis:

THE EISNER-NOMINATED SUPERMAN: SPACE AGE TEAM, MARK RUSSELL AND MIKE ALLRED, TAKE ON THE DARK KNIGHT! Meet Bruce Wayne, Gotham’s favorite delinquent son. In an origin story like no other, witness the boy become a dark knight shaped by a city in turmoil as it marches towards its prophesied doom. Set against the backdrop of actual historical events, Gotham comes alive, filled with the iconic characters who’ve loved and hated Batman over the years like you’ve never seen them before. Spinning out of the Eisner-nominated Superman: Space Age, Mark Russell and Mike Allred return to give audiences a look at Batman as a figure in American history fighting for justice in a world gone mad.

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