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Batman #130

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 22 critic ratings.

The final chapter in the Failsafe arc reaches its brutal and stunning conclusion!

Batman has one desperate, final option… will he walk away from it? The answer will shock you!

The early days of the Dark Knight and his relationship with Zur-En-Arrh continues!

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

    But Why Tho?

    Batman #130 is a dual hit finale to two supernova stories. If you want one that features a tour de force of script, characterization, art, coloring, inks, and lettering, rush back to your comic shop. Purchase Batman #125-130. Just binge-read the whole thing. I've rarely seen a better-written Batman, Tim Drake, and Failsafe, though it gets less and less to say near the end, is chilling in behavior from the jump. I never thought we'd see Zur-En-Arrh again, but considering how he was handled twice brought richness to the Batman mythos. No wrong done here. A crossover-level event, but done in-house.
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

    + Unexpected, cliffhanger finale + More exploration of thee bat-god trope + Cinematic, action packed artwork
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Batman #130 brings Zdarksy's first arc to a close with spectacular action and a tantalising cliffhanger. Both writer and artist are bringing their A-game in an issue which both starts and ends big.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95


    Batman #130 is edge-of-your-seat action with a message about compassion and what sets Batman apart from the greatest detective and the most dangerous man alive. Zdarsky and Jiménez have done the impossible and made Batman an even more exciting and addictive read.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The first part of this issue is brilliantly tense, a wordless action segment reminiscent of the Oscar-nominated thriller Gravity.” The second half teams Batman, Superman, and Tim Drake as they make a desperate last stand against Failsafe, trying to take advantage of a rare weakness that might allow them to reprogram the killer android. Along the way, we get a great look at why Tim Drake is the best Robin, plus some surprising grit from Clark—or maybe not surprising, given his actions on Warworld. But at a certain point, Bruce is forced to ask if his death is the only way to protect what he values most—and that leads to a stunning last few pages that set us up for a confusing and very different status quo. Zdarsky never fails to surprise. The backup wraps up the Zur-En-Arrh story with art by Leonardo Romero, as Batman and his new alter ego reckon with some of the thornier issues of his war on crime. We’ve all heard the debate that the ethical thing is for Batman to kill the Joker, and Batman articulates the opposition against his more feral alter ego. Romero’s art style is what really sells this, contrasting the classic noir of Gotham with the technicolor surrealism of the new addition. On its own, the backup is odd, but it works very nicely with the main story.
  • 93

    Comic Watch

    Fantastic issue. I feel like Zdarsky hit his stride in the past two issues – or rather, all the setup he’d been preparing paid off, and the vision of Batman he has been working off of (and toward) has become clearer. There’s nothing strictly new under the sun, but by merging the dark psychological and the heroic ideal takes on Batman, Zdarsky has brought nuance and flexibility to the character while reconciling some conflicts of characterization without actually changing anything, and that is some impressive work.
  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Filled with great tension and action, Zdarsky brings this part of the arc to an entertaining and interesting conclusion. I really enjoyed the progression of the story and how intense so many of the moments are within it. I loved seeing the dynamic between Bruce and Tim and how he differentiates Tim from the others who wore the mantle of Robin. The Art: Jimenez perfectly captures the tone, mood and action of the story with art filled with beautiful detail as well as great emotion and thrills.
  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #130 is an excellent ending to both the Failsafe storyline and the "I Am A Gun back-up story that featured the origin story of Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. From beginning to end Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, and company did so much great character work for Batman, Robin, Superman, and Failsafe. The ending leaves you looking forward to what 2023 will look like for the entire Batman franchise.
  • 82

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #130 slyly addresses a key component of the character, his compassion. Ultimately, Zdarsky views Batman as a hard-nosed, super-intelligent, tactical genius that’s an elite combatant and capable of stopping any hero on the planet given enough time. Yet, what readers will witness is that Zdarsky deems the one characteristic that not only holds the Dark Knight together but also separates him from a maniacal psychopath, which is Batman’s compassion. And that’s something Failsafe doesn’t have. So, when the last-ditch effort to infuse Failsafe with compassion… failed, it very well could be the plot thread that saved this issue and struck gold. Sure, the overly comic book science-esque narration and play-by-play weighed down the issue making it almost silly at times. However, the suspense and high-level thrills will keep readers locked in just long enough to overcome the beginning ridiculousness that kicks off Batman #130.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #130 lets the curtain fall on the Failsafe arc, but it masterfully asks more questions than it answers. With the fate of certain characters left in the balance, the next issue is going to be highly anticipated. 2023 is going to be starting strong in Gotham City, as sure as night follows day!
  • 80


    The insanity of this comic gets even more extreme — perhaps even too extreme — but the story, characters and art continue to make for a fun read.
  • 80

    Batman on Film

    Overall, “Failsafe” may not have been my favorite Batman story, but it kept my attention. This conclusion will have ramifications in the coming months, and I’m interested to see how those play out. Add in great art and a terrific backup, I say check it out.
  • 80

    First Comics News

    This issue delivers the finale to “Failsafe” and while I was expecting a thrilling conclusion to this arc, somehow it just fell flat towards the end (**NO SPOILERS**); Even thought we got some cool moments such as Batman devising a plan to get back to earth after being stranded in space to Superman donning a battle armor to battle Failsafe, it felt like Chip Zdarsky had everything in order to at least continue the arc for another few issues but while I take solace in the fact that the past few issues were great, everything fell apart with the conclusion but let’s hope that something good will come out of the next issue.
  • 78

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #130 has a full appearance of the Batgod and if that's not your thing, get ready to roll your eyes a lot. I think a lot of what we're seeing in Chip Zdarsky having fun in a Grant Morrison way, but he may have taken it all a bit too far. The issue looks fantastic thanks to Jimnez's art and this is the book to get some good Tim Drake.
  • 76
  • 70

    In the end, the "Failsafe" arc concludes almost predictably and while the quality of Batman #130 isn't quite to the high standards set by Batman #125, it's still an interesting issue that positions the story to progress in intriguing directions. Yet it's an unfortunately bloated and somewhat rushed conclusion that doesn't quite land and leaves the reader wanting more because they're just as tired as Batman is by the end.
  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    I’m curious where Zdarsky takes the series next, but the ending of his first major arc ultimately fails to move the needle.
  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #130 tops the impossible cliffhanger from issue #129 with a rescue/survival resolution that's patently ridiculous to the point of infuriating. In a series brimming with clever writing and cool action, this finale to the first part of the Failsafe arc is a massive disappointment.
  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #130 sees the finale of the Failsafe arc, and whether or not it’s a solid ending is entirely dependent on how much readers love rollercoasters.
  • 60

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #130 may have taken the ridiculous nature of Batman to an entirely new level. This issue has Batman surviving re-entry through the Earth’s atmosphere in just his Batman costume. Re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere brings the heat up to 3,000 degrees. Evidently, that is no problem for Batman’s costume, which looks more like pajamas than the space shuttle’s armored hide.
  • 45


    While the main story has a somewhat interesting cliffhanger that actually surprises me, and there are some cool moments with Tim and Bruce, the creative team wastes too much time in the first half. As a result, I don’t enjoy the main story. The backup, on the other hand, was a lot of fun. I’d almost recommend this issue for the backup alone, but then I remember the price tag. Instead, I’m just going to recommend Ram V’s Detective Comics. It’s been excellent and totally worth your time and hard-earned money.

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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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