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Batman #140

73
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

It’s Batman versus The Joker in their most brutal fight of all time.

But wait… Batman is also battling a legion of himself!

What has Zur done?

And who will walk away?

The brutal “Mindbomb” continues!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
36 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CMK5J91D

12%
12%
47%
29%
17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Reverberations sit at the core of Batman #140, striking the right chords of past and present. Zdarskys scripting highlights key elements of the writers tenure on various Bat-books, building on the smaller beats to deliver compelling declarations of story mechanics. Synching with the evocation of the Batman artists of before by Jimnez, the issue delivers stunning layouts and metatextual clashes of Batmans psyche. Layering in equally different color shades for the endless variations of Zur by Morey makes every figure feel unique, even in the large crowd scenes. With this issue, Mindbomb continues as the best arc of this run yet, building on and improving every element seen in the previous stories.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This all concludes in a battle where Bruce literally reshapes his mindscape (with some odd commentary about his father along the way). Joker gets away, but the battle isn’t over yet—the cliffhanger reveals what Zur-En-Arrh’s next move is, and Zdarsky’s run is really hitting full-circle.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    The explosive mid-way point of “Mind Bomb” will absolutely blow readers away. Zdarsky exemplifies the power of the mind through his excellent writing. Jiménez and Morey leave nothing on the table as their superb imagery brings the violent rage of a vigilante up close and personal before throwing another dynamic in the mix on the parting image. This story is an absolute must-read.

  • 93

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #140 is just wild! It’s jam-packed with action from start to finish. But not in the way you’d expect nor with the people you’d anticipate. Furthermore, the issue also had some interesting moments that involved some mental gymnastics but also some clever twists that will certainly keep readers on their toes. Plus, to the fans who loved Zdarsky’s Batman: The Knight run, you’ll also get a ton of cameo moments that will definitely pay off.

    Overall, there is very little to be disappointed about within this issue AND it’s only the second installment in the arc. This puppy could go in any direction at any time and I have no doubt readers will be pleased. I’d pick this bad boy up ASAP and snag the Batman: The Knight trade while you’re at it especially with it being Christmas and all! You can thank me later!

  • 85

    AIPT

    The craziness of the multiverse continues to send Batman into a spiral in Batman #140. This is an exciting chapter, as the creators are having much fun putting Batman through the paces while throwing him into a battle where his mind is his greatest asset. This is a great survival thriller by way of the multiverse that only Batman could resolve.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Batman on Film

    Overall, I’m still hesitant about this story, as its main plot isn’t something I truly enjoy (and the final panel certainly isn’t either). But there’s still enough cool stuff here that I can continue reading “Mind Bomb” with an open mind and judge it as a whole when it concludes.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    With two encouraging issues in a row, signs are looking up for Batman. A cliffhanger on the main story could send Zdarsky back into fly me to the moon territory of outlandish plot resolutions. For now, Batman is ending 2023 on an optimistic note than some of the shaky storylines from this year can be left behind.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #140 is a multi-sensory explosion that never fails to grab the reader’s attention. Larger than life yet still containing moments of introspection and discussions about what it truly means to be Batman, this issue sets the table for some high drama to come.

  • 80

    Henchman-4-Hire

    Parts of this issue are so gosh darn silly, in all the best ways. Couple that with some badass action and fan-pleasing artwork, and this is one bonkers fun story.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Turning Joker into a plot device to push the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh to its next phase was the best decision made for this “Mind Bomb story arc. There are certainly some questionable story choices but there is no doubt with how Batman #140 ends we are left in a spot where we can be excited by all the possibilities for Bruce Wayne’s future in 2024.

  • 70

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The story is filled with great action and thrills. Unfortunately, Joker is so wasted in this issue that his presence feels completely unnecessary. The Zur-En-Arrh storyline has some interesting moments, but it constantly meanders in ways that make me wonder if any part of it is needed. Zdarsky has some entertaining and provocative takes on Batman and his mission, but this part of the storyline doesn’t really hit any of those.

    The Art: Jimenez delivers beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The variants of Zur-En-Arrh look fantastic and I love the different visual styles from the 1989 Batman version to the animated series version of the character.

  • 68

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #140 is the little acorn that could become the mighty oak if Zdarsky can keep the story going in the direction it’s headed. The action is fierce, and several plot developments are introduced that have big potential for Batman and Joker, so it’s on Zdarsky to pay off the setup.

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Chip Zdarsky’s story tries to dive deep into the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne but the end result is a fractured story that never really knows what it wants to be. There are a lot of interesting elements sprinkled throughout the issue, but together they feel like multiple “previously on” segments taped together with the loosest of plots. We don’t really learn anything new and The Joker’s role comes off more as a plot device than a meaningful development. Even Jorge Jimenez’s usual stellar art felt off here, but Tomeu Morey’s colors were definitely the standout. The cliffhanger gives me pause on where this is going and if we’re just getting Failsafe 2.0.

  • 54

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #140 wants to tie Batman losing his mind to his hardline, no-kill rule with the Joker so bad. It wants to be edgy, emotional, and referential all at the same time. What it winds up being is… dumb.

  • 40

    Batman-News

    Batman #140 goes all in on the concept of Batman media references, rivaled only by the big milestone issue earlier this year. What was originally just indulgent fanservice now weighs down an already trite premise of whether Batman needs his family. Aside from those call backs, there’s hardly any narrative meat here as it speeds through an arc we’ve seen plenty of times before. At the very least, Jimnez makes the nostalgia trip a visual treat.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    Batman #140, like much of Zdarsky’s current Batman story, is a case of potential squandered. There’s a lot of things here that could be developed into an interesting story, but instead, there’s no real sense of direction with the storytelling which results in continuous loop of Batman chasing his own tail (in this case, a will he/won’t he dance of losing his mind against Zur-En-Arrh) and now we’ve looped our way back to a Failsafe redux it seems. On top of that, Batman #140 seems determined to be more of a patchwork of random Batman references and callbacks rather than a coherent story. Is it a cool nostalgia trip? Absolutely. But there’s a fine line between something being neat and fun in terms of nostalgia and using it as a crutch to cover a lackluster story that’s simply trying too hard and this issue is sadly a case of the latter. The only real plus is that Jimenez’ art makes things at least fun to look at.

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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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