Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Batman #129 Review



Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Jorge Jimenez
Colors by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Jorge Jimenez
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: November 1, 2022

Batman #129 finds Batman out of time in his temporary refuge within Atlantis. Failsafe, now in control of Gotham City, picks up Batman's trail and lays waste to everything in its path, from the Earth to the Moon.

Is It Good?

Yes. Zdarsky's run on Batman is nothing short of one of the few excellent comics DC is putting out, and this issue continues the trend.


We catch up with Failsafe in total control of Gotham City and Oracle while Nightwing and the rest of the Bat Family remain its captives. Every JL member who tried to enter Gotham has lost, and Failsafe realizes the only JL member who hasn't attempted a rescue is Aquaman. So, the hunt begins again.

Zdarsky's pace is relentless. His plot demonstrates how much thought was put into covering every avenue of escape for Batman, leaving any forward progress to tiny opportunities that only last a few seconds. Failsafe is brutal in its efficiency, making the Terminator look like antiquated junk, and the cliffhanger does precisely what it's supposed to do - make a happy ending look impossible.

If you've read the backups, one potential flaw in this premise may give the ending of the arc away. DC's backups have typically amounted to little more than a cheap cash grab to justify a higher cover price with useless, additional pages. Still, every backup since Zdarsky has taken over has something to offer, so check out the backups for worthwhile reading.

Jimenez, Morey, and Cowles deliver stellar art with plenty of action, impressive wow moments, and hard-hitting drama. At this rate, this creative team can do no wrong.


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 #129 begins Failsafe's chase anew with clever traps, hard-hitting action, and relentless pacing. The art's fantastic, and the cliffhanger is as perfectly impossible a situation as you can imagine.


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