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Batman #129

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 21 critic ratings.

Failsafe countered every move Batman – and the Justice League-have attempted. Is the Dark Knight out of options on…Earth? The best-selling FAILSAFE arc continues!

In the back-up, we travel back to the early years of the Dark Knight Detective, revisiting his most psychadelic/mind breaking period. And the dawn of his back-up protection system… ZUR-EN-ARRH!

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34 pages
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21 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Chip Zdarsky is continuing to prove that not only is he the best writer on Batman in a long time, but he is carving out a spot as one of the all time greats. Batman #129 brings readers to a Gotham that is under Failsafe's brutal grasp, not because Failsafe is itself brutal—though make no mistake, you don't want to mess with Failsafe—but because the creation is letting the city eat itself alive all while preventing any hero from interfering. This while also chasing Batman to take the hero out and, try as Batman might, he can't manage to get enough steps far enough ahead of his own creation to defeat him or even stand much of a chance. There's something brilliant about this sort of weaponized helplessness with a character who is always playing chess in another dimension when it comes to everyone else and Zdarsky handles the vulnerability brilliantly. Jimenez's art with Morey's colors are absolutely perfect here as well. On top of that, Zdarsky's backup story (and its art by Leondardo Romero and colors by Jordie Bellaire) is so dramatically different, but no less brilliantly insightful and interesting. Every element on every page of this issue works.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman #129 is the continuation of one of the wildest Bat tales in some time, plus a new arc is one of its most disturbing that is making me appreciate Bruce Wayne...and make me more determined he needs to retire and live in peace. With Catwoman. Anyway, this is an amazing issue you should read.
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    First Comics News

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #129 is another excellent issue in the opening arc of Zdarsky and Jimnezs run, rising to a stunning level of quality. There are places where the story falls into the familiar ground, mirroring beats seen in each of the bigger Batman storylines, but Zdarskys script bypasses too much comparison by providing excellent insight into the mind and motivations of Batman. That paired with Jimnezs distinct interpretation of Batman, the Batfamily, and the extended DC Universe gives this series an edge propelling it to memory. The creative could lead this book after the arc and this story could hold a similar weight as something like Tower of Babel, but the writing and art are clear that the team has plans for Bruce Wayne and Batman. If the run is focused on this character study of the dual roles the vigilante leads, then it's sure to be one to follow.
  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    Zdarsky has to be mindful of going too far with Failsafe, but it remains refreshing to see Batman actually work hard to defeat an opponent especially one of his own creation.
  • 92

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #129 continues to take the Dark Knight to all new places with intensity and fast-paced action that is sure to keep new and old readers thoroughly engaged. Zdarskys take does offer some interesting monologuing at times from Batman but the almost lack of confidence, questioning every step or action, coupled with his inconsistent demeanor makes Zdarskys Batman appear more human. Readers, I havent been this excited about the Batman series since Tom King began back in 2016. Its time to hop back on board. And, feel free to use this issue as the motivation. Moreover, Zdarsky does a fantastic job summarizing events to this point.
  • 92

    Comic Watch

    It may be a little late, considering this storyline is reaching an end, but I have to say my interest has perked up not that I was disinterested before. As of Batman 129, Zdarsky is establishing his own direction and outlook, which is far more interesting than just another Batman vs. the Price of Safety story.
  • 91

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky delivers some awesome action throughout the issue. Not only is there great tension, but the story manages to beautifully ramp up tension throughout. Every moment Batman spent in Atlantis, I wondered when it was going to get attacked and was not disappointed in the revelation. I continue to be impressed with the precision and pacing of this arc and cannot wait for the next issue. The Art: Jimenez brilliantly captures the tension, darkness and action on every page of this issue. The visuals are thrilling from start to finish and wonderfully complement the story.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Taking place in several timelines, it's more of a mood piece than anything as it delves into the origins of Batman's no-killing rule, and it ends with a truly chilling moment as we're left hanging for the next part.
  • 90

    Multiversity Comics

    There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing Batman on the ropes trying to figure out if he'll win this one.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #129 is a thrilling read that perfectly tees up the next issue's conclusion to the Failsafe arc. It perfectly highlights the sheer unstoppable nature of the character and his almost invincible aura. Whether it proves to be the final curtain for the character remains to be seen, but I hope we get to see more further down the road.
  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #129 is fantastic from start to finish. Both the Failsafe main story and Batman of Zur-En-Arrh origin back-up are expertly crafted by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, and company. You are left on the edge of your seat with the desire to want to read what happens next right away.
  • 85


    Batman #129 continues to be an exciting race of action and tense moments. Zdarsky and Jimnez are putting Batman through the paces, and it's fun to see the hero fighting against his own creation. If no one can plan better than Batman, isn't his the ultimate foe himself? We continue to find out the answer might be yes.
  • 85
  • 80

    Batman on Film

  • 75

    Sequential Planet

    Batman #129 looks fantastic, but the narrative falls short.
  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    There's a beautiful story buried beneath the weight of Batman #129's intensity. Though it's overshadowed by an over-the-top game of cat-and-mouse, it's lurking in the shadows, and it has the potential to make this a truly great Batman story.
  • 70


    Not as much happens as I would have liked in this otherwise excellent Batman comic.
  • 45


    The main story feels rather pointless to me. Batman's destroying more than he's actually fixing this month, and he makes himself look like a bit of a fool in the process. I'm also losing interesting in Failsafe. The backup story is a lot more fun, though! I'd almost recommend this comic for the backup alone, but not at this price point. Aside from the backup, this issue isn't doing anything for me.

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