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Batman #125

Comicscore Index
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
Kindle Edition
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

  • 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

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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