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Batman #148

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 19 critic ratings.


It all comes down to this: Batman versus Batman! With Damian’s life—and the future of Gotham—hanging in the balance, nothing can prepare either version of the Dark Knight for what’s about to happen!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
40 pages
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19 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    A blockbuster fight for the ages between Batman and Failsafe. Chip Zdarsky pulls together all of the plot threads and neatly ties them in to a satisfying and arresting finale. Whilst Jorge Jimenez brings the action with an incredible series of enormous, high stakes set pieces.

  • 95

    Comic Book Revolution

    Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jiménez knocked it out of the park with how they concluded the “Dark Prisons” story arc. From beginning to end Batman #148 had everything to make all the build up to this final battle against Zur-En-Arrh worth the journey. From Bruce Wayne’s personal growth to the reunion of the Batman Family, this was a great ending that builds greater excitement for what Zdarsky has planned next.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This final issue has a lot to cover, so fortunately this is an over-sized main story. We know that Failsafe isn’t going to be fully defeated here, as he’s going to be one of the main threats in Absolute Power this summer, so in many ways this issue comes down to the threat of Daniel Capito, the behind-the-scenes manipulator who has been steering things since the early days of Bruce’s training. The action here is superb, and the plot kept me guessing throughout. This felt like a perfect wrap-up to Zdarsky’s main arc—so it’s a pleasant surprise that he’s not mic-dropping here. He still clearly has a lot left to say on the character, as he’s continuing to deliver an all-time great run just like he did on Daredevil.

  • 93

    Nerd Initiative

    The Fall and Rise of Bruce Wayne comes to a fever pitch with this strong finale. Zdarsky dives into a few themes that hit their marks with a bullseye. Jiménez, Morey and Cowles hold nothing back when it comes to the action and danger in a face-off fans won’t want to miss!

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #148 feels like the end of a chapter, and very much like the start of something new at the same time. When one foe’s bested, there are frequently more always waiting to take their place. The Bat Family’s seemingly back on the same page, but the rulebook is about to be torn up and some devastating new chapters will be added very soon.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #148 delivers a satisfying conclusion to the “Dark Prisons” arc. The immediate threat is neutralized, but the scars of this conflict remain. The issue ends with a sense of hope for the future, but also a reminder of the darkness that Batman carries within him. However, is Batman #148 worth reading? Absolutely! This issue is a must-read for any Batman fan. Zdarsky’s writing is sharp and suspenseful, delving deep into the psyche of the Dark Knight.

    Jorge Jiménez’s art is phenomenal, bringing the action and emotional moments to life. Overall, Batman #148 is a thrilling and thought-provoking conclusion that cements Chip Zdarsky’s place as a strong Batman writer. Pick it up if you’re a Batman fan who enjoys character-driven stories with high stakes. If you’re new to the current Batman run, you might want to start with issue #143 to get a better understanding of the “Dark Prisons” arc.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Zdarsky crafts some great action and thrills in this issue. The arc has been building to some interesting interactions with Batman and those around him and I like seeing how those interactions begin to unfold. The story culminates in some entertaining moments including the reveal of the new Robin as well as the final showdown with Zur which is handled in some delightfully clever ways.

    Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visuals capture awesome action and emotion throughout.

  • 80


    Big, bombastic and fun wrap-up to this chapter of Zdarsky’s Bat-saga. It’s got some creative ways to wrap things up, which I enjoyed.

  • 80


    As far as conclusions go, Batman #148 gets a lot done, albeit at a pace that’s too fast to really take in. It has plenty of action, and there are resolutions, but if this could slow down and explore more, it’d excel.

  • 75

    Caped Joel

  • 70

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 70

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 60

    Derby Comics

    Overall, Batman #148 feels like a missed opportunity to deliver a satisfying payoff to the Batman vs. Failsafe storyline. Instead, it reads like a rushed clearing of the decks for DC’s next big event.

  • 58

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #148 brings Chip Zdarsky’s first major villain arc to a close with big fights, family hugs, great art, and a slapdash sprint to warp it all up in time for Absolute Power. Never in the annals of comic history has a villain with so much potential been so utterly squandered.

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #148 is a long, tiring, drawn-out, emotionless ending. The hubris Bruce points out that led to the creation of Zur-En-Arrh is quickly backpedaled with a silly joke, and it feels like we’ve gained nothing since the start of this run.

  • 46

    Comic Watch

    Batman #148 is a fitting conclusion to an inconsistent arc, channeling both the good and bad of the series to wrap up the current plotline. Zdarsky demonstrates his technical prowess in writing even as the story fails to land or connect in a deeply meaningful way, leading to hollow echoes of emotional catharsis. That feeling compounds in Jiménez’s artwork, which is full of spectacle that is interesting to gaze at but lacks the compelling storytelling of previous pages. The artwork dips into its worst impulses as it trades substance for flash, peddling over-designed costumes instead of rich expressions and purposeful action. Only Morey’s coloring retains its full luster as his version of Gotham’s palettes retain their twisted beauty. The issue suffers in service of the larger story unfolding at DC (Absolute Power). Hopefully, as Zursafe is shuffled into the event, Zdarsky, Jiménez, and the company will be given more rein to return to more interesting and organic storytelling.

  • 40

    Batman #148 finally ends the Zur-En-Arrh/Failsafe arc and, in keeping with just about everything in this overall story, it too is overly drawn out and needless long only to end in with Bruce discovering that the power of teamwork and remembering that Batman doesn’t kill. It feels contrived, a little cheap, and despite how drawn out and repetitive it is, even at times feels rushed. The artwork has the same energy, feeling over stylized at various points, inconsistent in others, with only the coloring really standing out with any real polish. Ultimately, it doesn’t feel like any real narrative ground has been made, just Batman learning the same “lesson” he’s learned in dozens of recent stories, leaving one to wonder where this title goes next.

  • 40

    Batman on Film

    Thankfully, this arc is over (or is it?) and we can move on. I don’t think that gives me much optimism, however, because there are some elements with Zdarsky that I think are here to stay.

  • 25


    The climax to the whole Failsafe/Zur-En-Arrh plot acts only to highlight all of the problems that have accumulated thus far. The nonsensical foundation for its entire premise cracks under the weight of even more retcons, contrivances, and tenuous leaps of logic. Finally, Jiménez’s art is not sufficient to save an ultimate fight which relies on fake-outs that are both predictable and exasperating.

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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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