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Batman #125

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 28 critic ratings.

Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky joins legendary artist Jorge Jimenez to define a new era in Batman! Bruce Wayne is at a turning point, haunted by dreams of a dark future, while Gotham City billionaires are being gruesomely murdered. With the discovery of an archenemy’s involvement and a tragedy unfolding, the Dark Knight’s nightmares are just beginning. “Failsafe” starts here. And in the backup, there’s chaos in Gotham as the underworld fights over one of its crown jewels…and Selina Kyle is caught in the middle. Can she stop the bloodshed and maybe even make a little money in the process?

Publication Date
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Print Lenght
44 pages
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28 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    While first issues of new runs are usually pretty promising, Batman #125 comes out of the gate operating at such high levels that it genuinely feels like the only direction is to keep going up. Between the incredible art and a rich understanding and appreciation for DC's most iconic character, this comic book, this issue specifically, is exactly what Batman is meant to be; it's about damn time.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    They hit the ground running at cheetah speed and delivered bloody, dark, bleak tales of good old vampiric Gotham City while keeping in the superhero fluff and never skipping a beat. Every panel is breathtaking, the words are sharp, emotional, and sometimes even mean. But it's all core Batman. To heck with a five. This is worth ten pale, maddened stars of justice.
  • 100


    This is an incredibly strong and incredibly fun issue, kicking off the highly anticipated run by Chip Zdarsky. This comic is Batman to its very soul, while adding some fun, new layers to make it stand out. And bringing back the Dynamic Duo feel is *chef's kiss*.
  • 100

    The Newest Rant

    Should you be a fan of Batman you'll find the main and back-up story both great at scratching your fandom-itch and if you're a new/newer reader to the character you can follow along quite easily too. I'd say this is a fantastic...
  • 100

    First Comics News

    Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez have already set the stage for an excellent run that will make for another wonderful entry in Batman’s world.
  • 96

    Batman on Film

    I’m not sure how long this team will be on the BATMAN title, but this is a welcome start. There’s a clear entry point into the setting, the story is full of surprises, and we’re teased at the end.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    A new era begins with Chip Zdarsky jumping on board DC’s flagship book at the same time he’s writing Daredevil at Marvel—and it looks like he’s going to go two-for-two in terms of having the best Superhero books at each company. (...) It’s just a huge win all around as a debut issue.
  • 95

    Multiversity Comics

    “Batman” #125 is an excellent new start for Bruce Wayne. It’s not that this is an issue that takes some revolutionary steps but that this new creative team clearly gets what makes Batman comics compelling. This issue revisits out all the classics; there’s a gala crashed by villains, someone killing rich Gothamites, a Robin being put in mortal danger, and Batman being framed for murder. There’s a clear love for this character on every page. You can also feel Zdarsky starting to interrogate the character. With every new development, history echos. (...) A thoughtful, exciting, promising new start for the Caped Crusader
  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

    + Interesting take on Batman's Mission + Zdarsky's Daredevil roots shine through + Fantastic, gritty & rich artwork
  • 93

    Comic Watch

    As the first issue of a new run, Batman 125 effectively establishes the status quo for the Batman title as well as setting up for what’s to come. There are shocks and twists but nothing that seems out of nowhere. Overall, a strong start that leaves me hungry for more.
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky crafts an entertaining and thrilling story in this issue. It does a great job of addressing the previous arcs for the character while forging a new story and mystery. There are definitely some moments I wasn’t expecting and I really enjoyed how the story adds a new level of drama and stakes to Batman’s mission. The Art: Jorge Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed and evocative art. The use of shadow is amazing and I love the character designs and kinetic nature of the action. A beautiful looking issue.
  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez's run on the Caped Crusader starts off with a bang in an issue full of massive twists, contemplative mystery, and absolutely stunning visuals.
  • 90


    The latest era of the Dark Knight kicks off with a gorgeous issue featuring great character development and a ton of potential for the the future.
  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    What a fantastic start for Zdarsky’s run! The dialogue between characters, as well as the monologuing, was spot on BATMAN. The characters chosen to be a part of BATMAN #125 were a perfect fit, the tie-ins to the current BATMAN landscape were well balanced, and the suspense drove the tone of the issue masterfully. Readers get a classic BATMAN who can fight, not a BATMAN that’s always backed into a corner, loses battles, and needs to magically dig his way out by some off-panel plan that was there the entire time when really it wasn’t. The plot is strong, the potential is ripe for the taking, and the direction is up for debate, which provides great water cooler talk for BATMAN fans. I simply hope the cliffhanger isn’t a focal point for multiple issues and turns into a rock-solid story beat I didn’t see coming. If Zdarsky’s DAREDEVIL run is any indication, I think we are in good hands. Fans don’t need more robots, or fail-safe story beats. We need a good old fashion BATMAN story that takes us back to what we love the most about the character. And, I think Zdarsky can do just that.
  • 90


    Batman #125 is a good start that's stable in its approach to Bruce Wayne while also feeling a bit different. Under Zdarsky and the incredible talents of Jimnez, Batman is in great hands and is moving in a direction that feels different while honoring the past. It should satisfy fans of the last decade in Batman comics while tantalizing them with new characterizations and a Batman that's darker in mind.
  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    It's an issue full of fabulous art and really strong dramatic moments well worth your attention.Looks like I'm gonna be reading Batman for a while.
  • 90

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #125 is a compelling launchpoint into a new mystery. It's quite the page-turner, put together by a top-notch creative team intent on surprising readers at every turn.
  • 85

    Zona Negativa

  • 81
  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Batman #125 is a decent start to the new creative team's take. It lays it out that things aren't "normal in Batman's world and something is "off. But, what? It embraces what has happened to Bruce/Batman and focuses on a person who has been beaten down. At the same time, there's been a major shakeup involving a villain that points to some major revelations and changes. It all comes together for a rather intriguing start and a solid beginning for new and longtime readers.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #125 starts a new Bat-era in winning fashion. It sets out its stall for so much intrigue and action to come, making the upcoming issue must have additions to any comic reader's pull list. The future is extremely bright for the Zdarsky era based on this first instalment and as a result, gets a big thumbs up from me.
  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #125 is a strong start to a new era for the franchise as Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez take over the series. The work by recent Batman creative teams is well respected and utilized to tell a story that will certainly grab fans' attention with the multiple aspects of Bruce Wayne's life that are addressed to push the character forward in intriguing ways. This also works as a good starting point for readers who are interested in jumping into reading a Batman comic book.
  • 80


  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #125 is a strange tale that portends the beginning of the end for the Caped Crusader. The strangest aspect of all is a wildly uncharacteristic take on Penguin that paints him as a having a school shooter mentality rather than a ruthless and opportunistic gangster. The pacing, dialog, and art are fantastic, so the technical execution is masterful, even if the character depictions are uncharacteristic.
  • 75

    Lyles Movie Files

    This wasnt a groundbreaking start to the next great Batman run. Zdarsky is a skilled enough writer to make even the familiar more than tolerable. Hopefully upcoming issues appropriately raise the stakes and the challenge for Bruce Wayne.
  • 65


    I enjoyed reading this issue from cover to cover, but I don't think it's a masterpiece. The art is great, but the writing is a bit of a mixed bag. While the main plot is being set up well and both Batman and Tim are real heroes, the monologue and dialogue is so hard-boiled at times that I'm having a hard time taking it seriously. There are also plot elements that are underdeveloped or underutilized, some of which should have been cut. I still recommend this issue if you're curious about Zdarsky's new run, though, but I wouldn't blame you if you waited a while to see if this is really worth picking up. Comics are expensive, after all.
  • 50


    Setting aside Broke Batman, which remains one of the dumbest plotlines in the character's history, the first issue of “Failsafe” sets Batman on a series of events that will lead to him being more isolated. Selina Kyle (who is given her own back-up story in a failed attempt to justify the cover price) has moved on. Robin is shot during the gala. And the gloating Penguin frames Batman for his murder (despite, you know, the physical evidence of him killing himself with poison that you'd think would be easy for a hospital to find). While I enjoyed the look of the issue, I have little interest in yet another team trying to make Batman even more gritty.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

Steve Murray (born December 21, 1975), known by the pen-name Chip Zdarsky, is a Canadian comic book artist and writer, journalist, illustrator and designer. He has also used the pseudonym Todd Diamonte. He worked for National Post for over a decade, until 2014, as an illustrator and humorist (as Steve Murray) and wrote and illustrated a column called “Extremely Bad Advice” for the paper as well as The Ampersand, the newspaper’s pop culture section’s online edition.

He uses the Zdarsky pseudonym for comics-related work, using it to create Prison Funnies and Monster Cops and as artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction. Comics attributed to him include Howard the Duck, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Daredevil and Spider-Man: Life Story for Marvel Comics, Batman for DC Comics and Jughead for Archie Comics.

Early life

Steve Murray was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Barrie, Ontario.


Murray has illustrated for such clients as The Globe and Mail, New York magazine, CBC and Canadian Business.

In 2000, Murray created Chip Zdarsky as a pseudonym and alter ego for his persona as a comic book writer and illustrator, developing his own independent projects, such as Prison Funnies and Monster Cops (which can be read online or in print) as well as collaborating on a variety of projects, including Dark Horse Comics titles Fierce and Rumble Royale. About his alter ego, Murray said “I wanted to have a sad-sack cartoonist persona that lives in his mom’s basement, paints figurines for money, has restraining orders against him. And that became a character.” He describes the character as “an idiot who doesn’t know what I’m doing. I’ve had no success in my life. No matter what, I’m going to mess things up.” Murray initially attempted to keep the identities separate and secret.

From 2008 to 2014, Murray penned and illustrated a weekly advice column for the National Post called “Extremely Bad Advice”. He also wrote another column in that paper, Tear Jerk, in which he reviewed films to see if they could actually make him “weep like a baby”.

Along with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon, and Cameron Stewart, he is a co-founder of the studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.

In 2010, he also launched a mock campaign for mayor of Toronto. He was not an officially registered candidate, launching his satirical “campaign” through social networking platforms after the deadline had passed to register as a candidate in the real campaign.

Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
In June 2013, Image Comics announced that Chip Zdarsky had teamed up with Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator-owned series titled Sex Criminals. The first issue was released on September 23, 2013. Sex Criminals was declared number 1 on Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels” of 2013.

In 2014, Murray won a Will Eisner Award for Best New Series for Sex Criminals.

Zdarsky wrote the first series arc of the relaunched Jughead comic for the 2015 New Riverdale relaunch.

On February 15, 2017, it was announced that beginning that June, Zdarsky would be writing a brand new “back-to-basics” Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man that would run alongside writer Dan Slott‘s run on The Amazing Spider-Man. Zdarsky later wrote the two Spider-Man miniseries Spider-Man: Life Story and Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow.

In November 2018, it was announced that Zdarsky would serve as the writer on Daredevil, with Marco Checchetto serving as artist. The series began publication in February 2019 and lasted until November 2021 with issue 36. This leads into the event Devil’s Reign, also by Zdarsky and Checchetto. A new Daredevil #1 will launch in June 2022, with Zdarsky and Checchetto returning from the previous volume. The series will explore the fallout of Devil’s Reign and the effect it had on both Matt and Elektra, as both are operating as Daredevil.

In 2020, DC Comics announced that Zdarsky would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

In February 2022, it was announced that Zdarsky will serve as the new writer for the mainline Batman book, starting with issue 125 on July 5, with Jorge Jiménez serving as the artist.

[Latest Update: May 26, 2022]

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