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Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham (Batman (2016) #1)

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A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the entire Justice League. But now, in the wake of DC Universe: Rebirth, Batman must face his most challenging foe ever: a hero who wants to save Gotham...from the Batman!

From one of the biggest breakout writers in years and former CIA analyst, Tom Kin
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Paperback, Trade, 192 pages
Published January 11th 2017 by DC Comics
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Alexander The writer of this run (Tom King) is quite good, but he's not for everyone. This series is the only one out of all the legacy characters (e.g. Wonder…moreThe writer of this run (Tom King) is quite good, but he's not for everyone. This series is the only one out of all the legacy characters (e.g. Wonder Woman, Superman) that has some experimental story writing going on. That can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. Bruce is shown as something more vulnerable for this run which is unusual for the character. There's also a direction with Batman that might not sit well with a lot of fans. Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that it's got something to do with Bruce being exhausted with being Batman. King likes to experiment with ideas of what it means to be human and what it means to be alive. It's a tad too intellectual for my taste personally, not because it's hard to follow, but because you really have to dive deep to truly appreciate what he's trying to say with the character.

Also, this is not a novel. It's an on-going series. It collects 7 issues and while it's not a conclusion to the character, there is a conclusion to the most immediate events going on. I recommend you try what many consider to be a far better (recent) batman run which is Scott Snyder's Batman. Vol 1 and 2 in particular are very good.(less)

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Anne
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hardcore Batfans
Evidently, I just don't like Batman anymore.
I'd been staring at the cover for I Am Gotham for over a week, and just pushing down bile every time I thought about picking it up. I mean, I'd read that stupid Rebirth #1 issue with Calendar Man a few times already, so I already knew that wasn't going to impress me. All I had left was the hope that everyone else was wrong, and this wasn't mediocre.

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So. Yeah, I'm going to have to say that they were wrong. I'm not sure if my friends are all just super-ni
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
SPEEDY TRIAL REVIEW (Special comic book version)

The Defense – “POW!”


- Tom King does a great job portraying Bruce Wayne’s human side, especially through his banter with Alfred.
(I approve of any dialogue where Alfred is portrayed as a complete wise-ass!)

- Duke Thomas is shaping up to be a very interesting and engaging protégé of Batman’s.

- Nice to see lesser-used villains like Hugo Strange and the Psycho Pirate in action.

- The character arc for new superheroes Gotham and Gotham Girl is rather pow
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Kemper
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, comics, superhero
Full confession: I have not been keeping up on Batman in a while. Part of it is due to simple fatigue of all the rebooting and retconning that both DC and Marvel are doing these days. A larger part was that Batman v. Superman managed to kill my bat-enthusiasm for the character. (A feat that even Batman & Robin didn’t manage to do. Nice work, Zack Snyder.) But I saw Lego Batman recently, and it pepped me back up enough to give this a go even though I had no idea what the recent Rebirth did to ...more
Jeff
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Three and a half stars.

DC Publishers, after what seemed like an eternity with The New 52, have finally done a re-boot of sorts for its comics, a “re-birth”, if you will. Whilst the wife was getting a haircut, I hung out in the bookstore across the street and read this for free. I did, however, buy an overpriced cup of coffee – black (like my soul) and three sugars.

The skinny: Unlike everybody’s favorite centenarian, Aunt May, Aunt Harriet still has “needs” and is in the market for a fella. Right
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Sam Quixote
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2017
As one dynamic duo, Tom King and David Finch, take over the main Batman title, another dynamic duo appears in town: Gotham and Gotham Girl, two Superman/Supergirl-types out to help Batman in his war against crime! But this fresh-faced pair are about to discover how dangerous the shadows in the city can be even with the Dark Knight at their side…

Under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Batman unfortunately wasn’t good for a while so I’m glad to say that with a new creative team on board, the relaunc
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Donovan
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok


Tom King writes a shitty Batman.

I don't know why I broke down and bought this. While it has moments of bombast and overwrought tragedy and darkness, it has problems and isn't terribly original.

It's a big deal that Tom King has taken over from Scott Snyder. There are hugely mixed feelings about this. Myself included. Because I'm a diehard Snyder fanboy. So I'm going into detail on this.

Plot. The plot is meh. It's underwhelming. Not anywhere near as inventive as some of Snyder's storylines. (He
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Sean Gibson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not a hardcore DC guy. Relative to the average person on the street, I suppose, I’m like Braniac when it comes to DC knowledge; relative to actual DC acolytes, however, I’m more like Solomon Grundy (appropriate, as I post this on a Monday). I’ve dabbled with DC in the manner of a dilettante for some 25 or 30 years now, so I’ve spent many an hour with Batman/Superman/Green Latern/et al. But, I haven’t followed DC in the same way I have Marvel (who, by contrast, I’ve basically given a colonosc ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
The latest Rebirth series for Batman starts with I Am Gotham where Gotham and Gotham Girl are introduced to our favorite hero. I thought that the graphics here were on par with those of Snyder's previous Batman New 52 cycle that started with Night of the Owls, but I appreciated the plot a bit less with its orgy of other DC heroes brought in (with little interest to the plot IMHO) and I found G and G Girl mostly uninteresting. Well, I am still on deck to try I Am Bane, perhaps it will be a bit be ...more
Roxanne
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
When the rebirth issue came out there was a lot of negative reviews and i did defend the issue saying give it a chance, why is everyone so quick to hate on it....however six issues later and you guys were totally right it's bad.

Now i did give this a chance, believe me i wanted to like it even knowing i'm not a fan of King's work but this is Batman and we all know by now i will read anything Batman related but this tested me. There's just so many little problems with this volume and they all add
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Char
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, this was fun! It's my first Superhero comic and I enjoyed it a lot!

I loved the darkness of the story-line, the much more developed character of Alfred, (as compared to movies I've seen in the past), and especially the graphics.

It's hard for me to opine about how this compares to other comics/graphic novels about Superheroes, since I haven't read any others. But as a friend so kindly just reminded me, I do know STORIES, and I know that I liked this one.

If a dark and stormy turn to your Ba
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Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am Gotham is a very disappointing start and I am not even comparing this to Snyder's New52 kick-off story, The Court of Owls.

Tom King fails to tell a cohesive story. When you think all goes well in its first three issues, everything went south thereafter. I am Gotham fails to tell a story and became so busy in setting up the next one. Building up for the next arc is a good thing really, it is a way to show readers that everything connects to a bigger picture, given that you are telling the cur
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Chad
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The good. The art. David Finch draws a fantastic Batman. There are elements of a good story here but they suffer from the missing plot.

The bad. King likes to end an issue on a cliffhanger and then next issue a shitload happened between issues that we don't get to see. (view spoiler)
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

What a poor, poor storyarc to start things off. If you didn’t have time to check out my review of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 where I explain the new beginning for DC Comics after New 52, you should definitely do so now. Batman (Volume 1) – I Am Gotham is the very first storyarc to kickstart the Rebirth run for Batman and includes issues 1 to 6. I can’t stress enough how disappointing this was, especially when you’ve got your hands on one of the big
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James DeSantis
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Hey, this wasn't bad. Well, I haven't loved a Batman story till Death of the Family so that's probably why.

So let's talk about what works. I love Alfred. This is the best he's been since the scene in Injustice Year One when he lays the motherfucking smackdown on Superman. I also enjoyed Gotham and Gotham Girl, both interesting characters (though I'll explain the bad side later). I also thought this had some of my favorite standout moments of Batman so far. The crashing of a plane, the Justice L
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Sesana
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Better than I'd been afraid it would be, but not as good as I had hoped. It seemed like every time I felt like King was getting into the swing of things with the story, something would happen that was jarring at best and just plain bad at worst. Hugo Strange and the Psycho Pirate are genuinely interesting, but there isn't nearly enough of them. The whole book is little more than a prologue for the next crossover event, and it feels like it. I sort of liked Gotham and Gotham Girl, but a lot of th ...more
Rory Wilding
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
It is always daunting when a new creative team takes over the main Batman title and certainly for us Bat-fans, we want to read stories that are different yet familiar, as well as seeing new spins on our favourite characters who have been around for over seventy-five years. Following the labyrinthine layering of Grant Morrison and the horror bombastic nature of Scott Snyder, Tom King, who has made a name for himself from The Sheriff of Babylon for Vertigo and The Vision for Marvel, provides a new ...more
Artemy
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, comics, best-of-2017
Well well, look at him. Just a week ago he was bitching about how he never will enjoy Batman comics again (my review of Tomasi's Batman and Robin, which, for the record, I still stand by — that comic sucked), and now he's giving a Batman book a positive review. And not just any book, mind you, but the one he used to almost hate! So, what happened? As is always the case, I really don't know. I just felt like I should give I Am Gotham another read and see if I like it better this time. Turns out, ...more
Blindzider
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3.5 Stars

Having just finished Snyder's run, I really liked this. Felt like going back to what a Batman story should be. I'm trying to temper my enthusiasm because for me it is such a contrast to the drudgery of Snyder's writing.

Batman/Bruce is certainly more "human" in King's version: He's clearly aware of the connections he has to the Bat family and genuinely cares about them. He also reciprocates the father/son relationship he has with Alfred. King actually has Bruce opening up and talking abo
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Amber
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
So, I think the number one issue with this one for me was that it didn't feel like a volume one. Now I realize that this might have something to do with the fact that I haven't read a lot of the other rebirth titles and Batman is a very established and well-known character that a lot of information was assumed. But unfortunately I missed the introduction of Duke, who I really liked. So, if anyone knows where his first introduction is I would be happy for a comment below.

My second issue with thi
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Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
Full review to come.

Updated Review, 02/20/2017

Um, so yeah. It's already been a week since I finished this one and I still have almost NOTHING to say about it in this "review." I honestly am not at all a fan of pretty much anything Batman from New 52 onwards (that I've read so far -- holding out hope still, haven't read it all yet either). I'm really hoping that I enjoy the Batfamily dynamics of Detective Comics a lot more, because I truly love the history of Batman and all his Robins/sidekicks
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Chelsea
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3 Stars

I really enjoyed the first 3 issues in this volume. I really like Duke as a character, both here and in Snyder's All-Star Batman. I even liked the Gotham/Gotham Girl plot when it was just starting out. However, once this started coming to a close and Gotham started to dissociate, I lost interest. I get why this plot exists but I was not a fan.

Anyway, this starts with Bruce taking on Duke as an apprentice. I'm not entirely sure where they met but I really like Duke as a character. I reall
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Logan
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good! So I see this series has not being doing that well in reviews, its come under a lot of fire it seems! Me I really liked it; is it perfect? No, defiantly not; but I think its good and doesn't deserve so much hate! So our story starts off with a plane losing control, and threatening to crash into a city, sounds familiar right? Superman 101, only this time its crashing into Gotham, and Batman has to stop it! Batman gets on the plane, and just when he thinks its all over, the plane is caught a ...more
Richard
This first volume of DC's new Batman Rebirth relaunch comes out the gate starting with a bad stumble, a one-shot hand-off issue where it seems like literally nothing happens. It's totally a throw-away story. What follows is a six-issue arc that sports an interesting concept but this story also falls a little flat. Two new heroes have risen in the city, Gotham and his sister Gotham Girl, who really look up to Batman and have Superman/Wonder Woman-like abilities. But they might not be ready to be ...more
Arturo
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-2016-batbooks
Well, looks like I put my money on the wrong pony. I was buying these issues as they were coming out but I kept hearing good things about Detective Comics. I thought this was a decent read at first, but now that I got around to reading the Detective Comics rebirth issues, I see this just doesn't compare to it when it comes to the writing.
I think David Finch's art is great if a little flawed. Most action sequences were a little over the top. I'm all for new heroes being introduced, but there was
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Anthony
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Really want to say I loved this. I see nothing but good things be said about Tom King and his other books. But I didn't love it. It has a lot to live up to after the Snyder and Capullo run, and it does tell a story they never. But something about it just didn't resonate the same with me. And it wasn't David Finch on art like I thought it would be because this is some of the better art I've seen from him in a while. Try it but keep your expectations...low?
Gavin Abdollahi
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, comics, funny, dc
Turns out quite a bit of the GR community disliked this.
I'll admit, it isn't as good as the previous run, but it's still good.

Mild spoilers up ahead.

So, to begin the tale, Batman gets ready for his own death.
The Justice League cannot help him, since they're too busy in outer space battling monsters. Batman has his last conversation with Alfred, gives Alfred his final instructions, drives a plane while standing on top of it (hey, it's Batman), saves a bunch of people, then... the moment of death
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Steve
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not a whole lot to this story, and it left me feeling sort of "meh". It does pave the way for the next story arc with Hugo Strange, Bane, and the Suicide Squad. Sounds like it has potential going forward.

One complaint I do have is the poor quality of this scan. Not sure if it was from Netgalley or DC Comics, but with the exception of the first and last issues of this volume, the entire book was blurry, out of focus, and nearly imp
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Paul
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
a friend defended the brilliance of this story when I told him i was reading it calling it creative. I call it a conceit and hot mess there were some interesting elements but over all left me wanting.
Jesse A
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually dug this quite a bit. Brought back some old villians, while battling new ones. The art was good. It wasn't great great but it was pretty damned good.
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't get where all the hate is coming from. Not a bad way to start a new series.

Full review to come.

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EDIT - Full review originally posted at The Genre Fiend here. Be warned, it's lengthy.

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I usually try to pitch my reviews to a broad audience. I know I’ve got veterans who’ll occasionally throw an eyeball to my ramblings, and I know plenty of newbies who are looking for recommendations and entry points. Besides, limiting your audience spread on a site like this is akin to deciding you’re on
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