Skip to content

Batman #145

Comicscore Index
Mixed or average ratings

Based on 21 critic ratings.

Following The Joker: Year One’s stunning reveals, Batman must engineer an escape from Zur’s prison… but what dark secret does Zur now hold that’s a game changer for the Dark Knight and the entire DC Universe?!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
34 pages
Amazon ASIN

21 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Zdarsky has created a fascinating connection between Joker and Batman in his run, having them both being trained by the same disturbed man, Daniel Capito—which gave them both the ability to create different parts of their mind and generate alter egos.

    […] We’re seeing the evolution of Joker from the confused criminal we saw in the last arc to the Batman-obsessed monster he became. I’m glad Zdarsky didn’t commit to a full origin for Joker, but this has been a fascinating lost chapter for the clown.

  • 90


    Batman #145 continues to make bold moves in a story that is clearly a long game for Zdarsky’s Batman run. It’s a Batman run that’s bold, visually stunning, and playing the long game.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #145 is a strong return to form for Chip Zdarsky’s run on this series. The latest developments by Batman of Zur-En-Arrh created ripple effects that make the entire franchise compelling. Artists Jorge Jiménez and Michelle Bandini enhance this story with excellent flow to how the story is frame from panel to panel, page to page. It all makes this a great start to the “Dark Prisons” story arc.

  • 90

    Caped Joel

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky continues to craft an interesting and engaging story in this issue. The arc continues to be intriguing in its execution and does a great job of setting up failsafe as a dangerous villain and threat to everything Batman stands for. I still bristle at the idea of forming Joker into a mirror for Batman because it takes away from the mystery of the character by giving him a motivation that links him directly to Batman. Other than that, I continue to be intrigued by the story.

    The Art: Jimenez delivers beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The thrilling action and character interactions are brought to life brilliantly on the page.

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    Failsafe stakes its’ claim as Gotham City’s protector with a strong outing. Zdarsky constructs this new era with excellent writing. Jimenez, Morey and Cowles’ engaging art gifts readers with a visual impression that hits its’ marks. The new stat quo of Batman has arrived, whether the DCU is ready or not.

  • 84

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #145 felt more like a catch-up issue mixed with a quick interlude to get fans back on track. It was entertaining enough but it felt rushed, almost like cliff notes. We get no depth with the story itself hanging out on the surface, which is fine I suppose. However, this wild ride from Zdarsky, as creative as it is, feels like it just hops from one insanity to the next. At what point do readers start to feel connected to the story? That’s what I feel is missing from this run and Batman #145 is the prime example of that. It’s entertaining, creative, informative, and even manages to sprinkle in some action. However, it lacks depth, and emotion, and rides on the surface for quick thrills. Hopefully, the character connection arrives soon because that’s all this book is missing.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #145 is a hugely engaging issue that has really raised the stakes for this era. Family ties, the sins of the past, and a harsh line on crime all combine into a very effective melting pot. Before The Dark Knight rises again, he’s going to have to work extremely hard.

  • 80


    Zdarsky has done a fine job of building everything up to this story. I don’t know if this is his grand finale, but the stage is set for something truly epic. Batman is at rock bottom, surrounded by the likes of the Joker, Vandal Savage and other criminals, and Gotham City is at the mercy of a deranged version of himself. It’s neat! The Bat-Family is at a loss, though Zdarsky thankfully finds ways to splinter them. I like the idea of Damian going with Zur, though he’s also clearly being duped. It raises the stakes.

    This is a successfully exciting Batman story, with some great artwork, as always. The villain is very interesting and has been properly built over the course of this story. Batman is up against some truly overwhelming odds. Everybody is in play in one way or another. It’s a complete and exciting package, and we’re only just getting started.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Batman #145 is a huge opening instalment in Chip Zdarsky’s latest arc for The Dark Knight. Not just in scale but also in scope and certainly in stakes. Everything is on the line and I have no idea where it’s going to go. Blockbuster storytelling teamed with sumptuous visuals.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #145 delivers great art, action, pacing, and cool plot developments for a present threat to Batman and a future threat to the world in the forthcoming Absolute Power event. That said, this issue almost immediately invalidates the Joker: Year One arc, which means DC Editorial is doing a very poor job by wasting everyone’s time and money.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Zdarsky hasn’t been able to weave much magic in Batman since the Batman/Catwoman War. This storyline feels like another act in the seemingly endless Failsafe novel. Hopefully the curtain is drawing to a close soon.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 65

    Derby Comics

    Overall, the story feels redundant to a lot of Chip Zdarsky’s recent work on the chaaracter, but the art makes up for things. It’s not bad writing, it’s just a bit boring. Unless there’s a major twist coming, you can kinda see how this is all going to play out.

  • 64

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #145 sets up quite a few pieces for its next showdown between Bruce Wayne, Joker, and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. While the art is terrific, yet another takeover of Gotham City feels tired and old hat.

  • 50


    Batman #145 sets up the next arc where Failsafe is in control of Gotham, ruling it as an authoritarian Batman pretender. It jumps from one character’s perspective to the next so that we can see how everyone responds to the crisis. Not much actually happens except laying the groundwork for this all too familiar status quo. The backup serves as an epilogue to Joker Year One, with all of the Joker-centric world building that entails.

  • 50

    Batman #145 is okay. With the confusing and derivative “Joker: Year One” arc over, we’re finally back to dealing more directly with Batman and the issue of Failsafe and this issue largely does the work of setting things up and laying groundwork. There’s a little action, a lot of talking, some bland inner monologuing, but it’s readable. The real issue here is if you’re looking to make any long term sense of things. Firstly, the issue almost immediately makes the “Joker: Year One” arc seemingly pointless and invalid which begs the question of where the editorial oversight is and, more than that perhaps is the fact that it frankly is growing ever more evident that the Failsafe/Batman of Zur-En-Arrh of it all has gone on way too long and is far too overcooked. There’s also the matter of things being written as if everyone outside of Bruce is stupid – so stupid that they can’t figure out that Failsafe is, well, Failsafe. We’re just treading murky water at this point.

  • 48

    Comic Watch

    Bland, boring storytelling is the basis for Batman #145, which refocuses on the present in a lackluster start for the new arc. Zdarsky undercuts all tension and pacing by speeding through reveals and complications while undercutting the work established across backup stories and seeded plotlines. That sloppy execution of craft extends to Jiménez, whose pencils lack the premium edge that has become an expectation. In their place is a serviceable yet sluggish facsimile of quality. Morey’s coloring tries to elevate the material but ultimately fails, crushed under the pressure of previous stories. It is a shame that Batman was unable to recapture the lightning of its pre-flashback momentum, as the book was skewing into one of the best modern storylines for the title.

  • 45

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 40

    Batman on Film

    Overall, BATMAN under Zdarsky is definitely running its course for me. Failsafe has overstayed his welcome, robot Batman is annoying, Bruce behind bars is boring, and a master manipulator has been responsible for conflicts.

More From Batman (2016)

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.

[Latest Update: April 8, 2024]