Comic Book Review: Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Title: Batman: The Dawnbreaker (2017-) #1
Publisher: DC
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Colors: Jason Wright
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Publication Date: October 4th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?”

I’m not sure if I have said this before—and by now, it’s probably obvious—but my favorite superheroes are Batman and Green Lantern. Thus, Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is, for me at least, as close to perfect as a comic book story can be. I mean, come on, what’s better than a young Bruce Wayne being gifted a Green Lantern’s power ring on the night that his parents are killed? A young Bruce Wayne that, after being gifted a power ring, pushes his newly found powers to the limit, creates a “Blackout” and constructs horrifying monsters to kill his enemies.

Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is an intriguing tale that, even despite my more-than-obvious bias, is one that shouldn’t be missed.


Every time that I pick up a book written by Sam Humphries, I read through it, and I’m left feeling impressed.  Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is one hell of a comic book; Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is an amazing piece of alternative Batman/Green Lantern lore.

Humphries’ pacing is slower than normal in this issue, but thanks to an excellent concept, I was more than pleased spending some extra time with the Dawnbreaker.

Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is a prime example of Sam Humphries’ talent and a true testament to his expertise as a master comic book writer.


Artist Ethan Van Sciver’s work is miles ahead of the competition. His style is tight, highly-detailed, and intense. Panels exude emotion, and his layout work is second to none. In Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1, be sure to pay special attention to the bat-beasts that Van Sciver creates—they’re downright amazing.

The Bottom Line:

I am loving the Dark Knights/Metal event, and Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 is, hands down, one of the best comic books to come out of this event. Both the writing and artwork is spot-on. Do not pass on the opportunity to get this book.