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!
ComicBook.comChip 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.
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.
Lyles Movie FilesBatman 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.
Henchman-4-HireGreat character moments and an escalating threat that gets bigger and more exciting than I realized all make for a truly amazing Batman comic book.
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The Comicbook DispatchIf 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.
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Weird Science DC ComicsBatman #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.
The Super Powered FancastThe 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.
AIPTIf 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.
Geek DadIt 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.
Dark Knight NewsBatman #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!
The Batman UniverseBatman #128 is an incredible, thrilling issue firing on all cylinders, perfectly balancing an intense momentum with deep moments of heart.
Comic Book RevolutionBatman #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.
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Comic WatchWhile 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.
Sequential PlanetDespite 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.
COMICONThe run takes a turn with this issue, pointing towards a fascinating future for this run for the Dark Knight.
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Batman-NewsI'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?