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Batman #127

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 22 critic ratings.

With brutal efficiency Failsafe hunts the Dark Knight.

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Print Lenght
38 pages
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22 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Zdarsky and Belen Ortega both bring their A-games with the story and the art with the entire book feeling richly satisfying. Simply put, this isn't just a good issue; it's a great one.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman #127, all in all, this issue was fantastic dark fun that rolls out a blockbuster story. I highly recommend it. Grab it. Enjoy its grim modern energy lovingly mixed in a pot of Silver Age manic sunshine.
  • 100

    Comics: The Gathering

    Overall, Batman #127 delivers everything a reader looks for in a comic book. Emotion, action, intrigue, excitement, and a beautiful art aesthetic that takes a reader to a place they never want to leave, showing just how strong this new creative team is as they fire on all cylinders and raise the bar that they continue to set, issue after issue.
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Zdarsky and Jimenez's Batman run is cruising with a strong pair of issues that suggests the book is in the right hands. With this creative team locked in place, Batman's future looks bright regardless of the outfit he's wearing.
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #127 is an essential read. The expansion of the Batman mythology is engrossing, the action is first rate and the final panel is inspiring. I cannot recommend it enough, so I implore you, add this title to your pull lists as soon as you can.
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

    + Great ties to classic Batman centric stories + Dives into Bruce's Paranoia + Colorful, loud & well structured artwork
  • 100

    First Comics News

    The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, the backup personality of Bruce Wayne reemerges to take on Failsafe and I’m just blown away by the action and high-stakes mentality that Zdarsky has added to this issue as you can just feel the intensity that radiates throughout the story. The use of Zur-Eh-Arrh gave it a distinctive look that once again showcases another layer of Batman’s history (Zur-En-Arrh originally appeared during the Silver Age era) that we barely get to see so I like how there’s an element of fun amongst the havoc caused by Failsafe. If you’re not checking out Batman, then now’s a perfect time. The Catwoman backup feature comes to an end without little fanfare but let’s hope most of Selina’s stories stay within her own series.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This is a bigger, weirder, and wilder Batman story than we've seen in a while.
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky delivers an exciting, thrilling adventure in this issue. The story has some great action throughout and Zdarsky keeps the tension high while also brilliantly connecting the plot to one of the best storylines in DC Comics history. I love how it brings together some impressive elements and creates some engaging character moments. The Art: Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed and thrilling art throughout the issue. The action is fantastic and Jimenez beautifully nails the visual tone of the characters as well as the backgrounds.
  • 92

    Comic Watch

    Theres no getting around the fact that this is well-covered ground. Fortunately, it is also ground covered well, in this case. As an opening tale and presumably a way of establishing what Zdarskys approach to the title will be its a strong statement with beautiful artwork and a thoughtful and well-executed premise.
  • 90


    Batman #127 offers satisfying explanations, a new look at Zur-En-Arrh, and a conclusion to the backup story that gives readers a bit of closure. Throw in some excellent references to modern classic Batman tales, and you've got a comic honoring the past while barreling full steam ahead.
  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    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.
  • 90


    This comic is pure fun Batman and Robin goodness, the exact sort of thing I love to read. Zdarsky takes some classic ideas and adds some new twists on top of them, and it totally works for me here.
  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #127 is a great examination of how Bruce Wayne has built so many different contingency plans. Seeing how the idea that Batman is prepared for any scenario has made this entire Failsafe arc such a fascinating read. This is definitely a can't miss story for Batman fans.
  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #127 continues Zdarskys creative juxtaposition of a few classic Batman stories and uses them as the backdrop for a new tale that will help fans forget all about the past half-decade of the series. Its fun, exciting, clever, and filled with action. With only a few minor questions that dont completely ruin the narrative, Batman #127 continues to push this series back towards the top at DC Comics. Sure, the story is pretty wild but its the art team thats truly made Batman exciting and fun along with the Zur-En-Arrh persona. If youve been off Batman, you need to get back on right now. If these past couple of issues are any indication, Batman fans are in for a treat!
  • 85
  • 75

    Graphic Policy

    I've generally liked the new direction and creative team but the story feels like it's mining a bit too much in Batman's history as opposed to charting a new course.
  • 70


    This new run is finally starting to do some interesting things. It looks stunning and the story seems to be catching up with the art.
  • 70

    Batman on Film

    Overall, this issue is a mixed bag. There are some good highs, but convoluted lows that bring a lot of questions while reading. We are left with another tease for the next issue, which fills me with a lot of hope.
  • 65


    Some of the things that I enjoy in the main story are also things that I end up criticizing, hence I'm having mixed feelings. This issue is well-drawn and technically well-executed, but I think Zur-En-Arrh is introduced way too early and some of the inner monologue is overcooked. As for the backup, well, it just ain't it, chief. As such, I can only recommend this issue for the main story, because at least there's still fun to be had there.
  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #127 is a bit silly, but it serves well enough as a vehicle for asserting Bruce Wayne as the ultimate Batman while also making Superman the ultimate safeguard for Bruce's missteps.

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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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