Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Batman #127 Review



Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Jorge Jimenez
Colors by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: September 6, 2022

Batman #127 pits Zur-En-Arrh Batman against Failsafe to be the last fighter standing among the burning ruins of old Wayne Manor. Meanwhile, Catwoman pays a visit to a small shop now that her quest to find the heirs of Cobblepot is done.

Is It Good?

Say what you will about the return of Zur-En-Arrh (ZEA) from Morrison's wacky Gotham R.I.P. story; this issue ramps up the action, tension, and stakes more than the former series did in all its issues combined.

First, Jimenez and Morey turn in some darn fine art in this issue as the all-out battle to survive continues from the previous issue with the same level of hyper-kinetic pacing and energy.

ZEA Batman dispels all the mystery about Failsafe's origins and shows Tim a thing or two about a few hidden corners of the Batcave for good measure. If you, as the greatest comic fan in the world that you are, were to be asked how Batman could protect the world if he ever went bad, this story is as good as it gets - an android that knows how Batman thinks, knows all his contingency plans, and knows how to beat him at every turn.

The art is great, and the writing by Zdarsky is as good, if not better. Every move ZEA Batman makes is countered and countered again in the ultimate game of "cat and mouse." In fairness, this issue doesn't make much forward progress on the plot as it's mostly flashbacks and exposition, but the action and tension are so high that you don't notice.

This issue contains the backup story centered on Catwoman's quest to find the heirs of the deceased Penguin. Now that her quest is done, you'd think there's nothing more to tell, but you'd be wrong. Catwoman pays a very special visit to somebody that could be seen as a unique twist for this title or a bit of a downer due to its implications. No spoilers here, but this is one of the rare situations where the backup is just as critical to the main story as the main issue itself.

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About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Batman #127 keeps up the rock-em-sock-em action from the previous issue as Zur-En-Arrh Batman tags into the fight with Failsafe with mixed results. Zdarsky's pacing and rise-and-fall in the action make for an engrossing read, while a ton of exposition and flashbacks fill readers in on how Failsafe came to be. The art is gritty and kinetic, and the backup story drops a tidbit with big implications for the main story.


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