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Batman #128

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Universal acclaim

Based on 21 critic ratings.

The blockbuster arc continues!

Failsafe has taken his family, his allies, and now his city… Broken and beaten, Batman retreats to the last place on Earth he can hide… but nothing can truly hide from Failsafe!

In the backup… Batman has prepared his mind for anything, or so he thought.

We go back to his early days and a chilling case that led to… Failsafe!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
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21 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman #128 is a win-win. You can’t go wrong; even if you hate Batman, the stories within are too good to miss if you love comics. Throw on your costume and go get this issue.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Batman is in excellent hands with this creative team, who continue to surpass expectations with each installment. This title is clearly operating on a can’t miss status and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.

  • 100


    Great character moments and an escalating threat that gets bigger and more exciting than I realized all make for a truly amazing Batman comic book.

  • 100

    Chip Zdarsky continues to prove that he is absolutely the best writer for Batman right now, period and Batman #128 is another knock-it-out-of-the-park moment. What makes this issue work so well is that the story simultaneously understands exactly who and what Batman is while also letting those elements lead to catastrophic failure with horrific consequences for everyone in his orbit. It’s that orbit aspect of things that is especially successful when dealing with the other characters who come to Batman’s aid. Zdarsky writes them with a sharp understanding of who they are even though their appearance is limited. On top of that, the art and color in this issue is just fantastic, continuing to drive home the action elements in a way that feels explosive in scale while also deeply personal. It’s tight visual storytelling and it’s spot on. This is start to stop a fantastic issue and another chapter in a truly excellent run.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    If you’re interested in a Batman story that’s jumpin’ right from page one, Batman #128 is it! From its special guests to its emotional moments, this high-octane rollercoaster doesn’t stop until the end. Additionally, the action is top-notch and the play-by-play narration from Batman, while Superman is taking on Failsafe, was some incredibly impressive writing. Combine all of the above with some wildly powerful illustrations from this creative crew and fans will find one of the most entertaining issues in the past 128.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #128 pits Failsafe against the entire Justice League for an updated (possibly better) version of Tower of Babel for a knockdown, drag-out fight that truly puts the JL on the defensive. The writing is clean, rapid-fire, and impactful, and Jimenez’s art packs a punch.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky delivers an action packed, thrilling adventure in this issue. The story is filled with tension and awesome surprises that engaged me as a reader. I loved all of the action in the issue and how Failsafe utilizes Gotham as a trap for the Justice League. A move that perfectly illustrates the darkness within Batman. A great story that ends on a brilliantly executed cliffhanger that makes me excited to see what comes next.

    The Art: Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The action is perfectly executed and I love the fast, frenetic style of the imagery.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #128 is a great bridge between highlighting what Failsafe can do to all enemies and how it has set the stage for a new world order in Gotham. Expertly paced and thoroughly entertaining, this is great stuff indeed!

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #128 is an excellent read. Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez have paced this storyline to natural escalate with every issue. The fight between Failsafe and the Justice League and the end result create great concern as we don’t know how things will turn out in the end. The back-up story does a great job modernizing the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh origin story with fantastic artwork by Leonardo Romero. This is really a can’t miss reading experience for Batman fans.

  • 90

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #128 is an incredible, thrilling issue firing on all cylinders, perfectly balancing an intense momentum with deep moments of heart.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    It doesn’t quite have the emotional punch of the previous few issues, but when it hits on all cylinders, it’s as good as the best of the run. But I’m a bit surprised by the sudden dovetail into event-style storytelling at the end.

  • 90


    If you’re looking for high stakes, action, and a sense that Batman’s goose is cooked, there’s nothing else like Batman #128. The creators have thoroughly put him in a corner, and it’s exciting to know you can still feel surprised by yourself, after countless times, Batman has had no chance of escape, to honestly believe there’s no way he can escape death. Zdarsky and Jimenez’s Batman is a magic trick you’ll be on the edge of your seat reading every page of the way.

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    While boasting excellent execution and beautiful visuals, Failsafe continues to feel a bit like a Batmans Greatest Hits style story and Im a little ambivalent about that. That said, it does mix things up with a different focus and approach than similar plots, and the potential exists for the story to establish an identity of its own. Recommended to those returning to Batman after a while away, fans of Chip Zdarsky, or people who don’t mind the familiarity of the premise.

  • 85

    Sequential Planet

    Despite all the fun and tension of Batman #128, Zdarsky’s story might be becoming too big for its own good, unless the writer is under a 12 issue contract or something similarly short.

  • 85


  • 80


    The run takes a turn with this issue, pointing towards a fascinating future for this run for the Dark Knight.

  • 80

    Batman on Film

  • 50


    I’m not very impressed with this issue. The story doesn’t really work for me; Failsafe is so overpowered that it’s getting ridiculous; the JLA and the Bat Family are written like mindless brawlers; and the time skip takes away all of the tension because it presents a scenario that we’ve already seen over and over again. I had fun reading the previous Batman issues, but I was bored reading this one. As for a recommendation, why not check out Ram V’s Detective Comics instead?

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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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