Batman Day has come and gone and DC Comics treated their readers to a free comic book marking the day. The issue was made up of previews of the “Batman: Endgame” Special Edition Graphic Novel and a special 8-page look at Batman & Robin Eternal. Anyone who keeps up with the Dark Knight’s self-titled main monthly title won’t be surprised by what they see in Batman Day #1. However, the first issue of Batman & Robin Eternal doesn’t hit shelves until October 7th.
For years, The Joker has regarded Batman with a sick, twisted love. But now, the Clown Prince of Crime is done playing. He’s going to kill Batman. And he’s going to do it using those whom Batman loves the most: the Justice League. The Joker returns to Gotham City with a deadlier agenda than ever before, using every tool at his disposal to finally kill the Dark Knight. That includes turning his allies against him in the bloodiest brawl that he’s ever had to survive in “Batman Volume 7: Endgame.”
The cover Batman Day #1 was drawn by Greg Capullo and perfectly sums up the 22-page preview of “Batman Volume 7: Endgame.” The Dark Knight is thrown into an epic battle against his fellow Justice League members as Gotham City comes unhinged around him. It won’t take the Caped Crusader long to figure out who’s behind the brainwashing of his partners-in-crimefighting. Nonstop action unfolds at the gifted hands of Writer Scott Snyder and Artist Greg Capullo.
Five years ago, Batman and Robin worked the most disturbing case of their crimefighting careers—bringing down the organization of the ultimate human trafficker, the mysterious woman known only as Mother. At the time, Dick Grayson never quite understood the scope of that case, but now its darkest secrets are coming back to haunt him and everyone else who ever worked with Batman! With Bruce Wayne now lost to them, Dick and all his allies are out in the cold! Who can they trust? Is someone among them not who they say they are? And who is the deadly, silent young woman in black who’s come to Gotham City looking for Batman? You'll find out all the answers in Batman & Robin Eternal.
Batman & Robin Eternal has a lot to live up to with the stellar talent bringing it to fans weekly. With a story written by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder and artwork provided by the illustrious Tony S. Daniel, expectations for this series is at a fever pitch. The 8-page sneak preview we’re given within the pages of Batman Day #1 will definitely encourage readers to pick up the first issue.
The comic is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Some younger readers might be disturbed by seeing their favorite super heroes fighting each other.
Batman Day #1 is a perfect sampling of what’s available in graphic novel form and in the pages of the upcoming Batman & Robin Eternal book. However, it fails to shed any light on what folks will see opening up the latest copies of Batman or Detective Comics. James Gordon is Batcop and there’ not much focus on Bruce Wayne. I’m sure that will all change, but readers need to know what to expect if they crack open an issue right now.
Your local comic book shop would be the best place to look for a copy of Batman Day #1. You should get it as soon as possible while supplies last!