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Batman #127

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 22 critic ratings.

With brutal efficiency Failsafe hunts the Dark Knight.

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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

  • 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

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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