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Batman #150

71
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 18 critic ratings.

A milestone issue featuring art by the legendary Denys Cowan (The Question) and series regular Jorge Jiménez!

When a two-bit crook uncovers Batman’s true identity, he becomes the most dangerous man in Gotham City! Can Batman stop him before it’s too late? Does he even want to?

Plus, an Absolute Power backup story by Chip Zdarsky and Mike Hawthorne teaming Batman and Catwoman on the heist of their lives against Amanda Waller!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
44 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0D6JCQ4HH

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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Batman isn’t in this story all that much, but his presence is deeply felt – and Bruce Wayne plays a key role in the emotional finale. Zdarzky let this plotline simmer for a while, but he made the outcome count in a big way, and this is and the last issue are the perfect breathers we needed before things hit high-octane again.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Batman #150 celebrates Batman’s ability to save the day in a unique way, playing the long game and paying attention. Plus, the backup feels like a healthy tie-in without taking over the whole issue.

  • 90

    Caped Joel

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    Knowledge is power, but at what cost? That is the question posed with this anniversary issue. Zdarsky presents a lost soul’s quest for relevancy with excellent writing. Cowan, Jiménez and the art team walk readers through the seedy world of Gotham with strong visuals. This leads to a fitting end that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the audience.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Batman #150 is a consistent, interesting attempt to bridge the gap between ongoing story and event tie-in with two separate stories. The standalone story is the strength of the duo thanks to the combined art of Cowan and Jiménez as the team focuses on Gotham’s common folk and the myth of Batman. The second story sets up the next team-up mission for Batman and Catwoman while establishing a key detail about Waller’s plans in Absolute Power. The art from Hawthorne in that issue is stiffer and does less to inspire but remains consistent with previous work. This issue is worth picking up for fans and continued readers of Zdarsky’s larger run but isn’t required reading for Absolute Power.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Zdarsky crafts an entertaining story in this issue. It shows another interesting side to the character and works beautifully within its world by focusing on a character connected to Batman as well as showing his influence throughout the city and with the darkest elements among it. Having the story told through the point of view of a low level thug is a great idea and has a rare and engaging positive ending.

    Cowan and Jimenez deliver fantastic art throughout this issue. Both visual styles complement each other well in both the character moments and the action.

  • 84

    Batman on Film

    Overall, this was a great issue that I recommend Batman fans check out. You don’t need to know anything that’s happened before in this title and will get what you want out of it (or at least two-thirds of it).

  • 82

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, Batman #150 is a landmark issue that delivers action, emotion, and a glimpse into the future of Batman. Pick it up! Whether you’re a die-hard Bat-fan or simply interested in a compelling superhero story, this issue has something to offer.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #150 is a beautifully drawn, colored, and written story that encompasses the more compassionate side of Batman. It’s refreshing, though a bit undermined by a backup solely included to promote Absolute Power #1.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    A surprising and honest portrait of the Dark Knight in two very different points in his life. One which reminds us of everything he stands for. Another which shows us everything he’s lost thanks to the choices he has made.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #150 works very well as a one shot issue and does serve to tie up a loose thread from months ago. The timing of it feels every so slightly unusual as we are now in the midst of the Absolute Power era, but judged on its own merits, it is still a good read. The jump forward into the events of Absolute Power dramatically increases the stakes and we are in for an incredible ride from this point on. Get ready!

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    It almost feels like the Absolute Power tie-in was the more important story than the main one. Both stories were better than recent issues, a trend that hopefully will continue through the Absolute Power crossover.

  • 70

    First Comics News

    Even though it’s a milestone issue that’s still basking in the celebrating of what’s old is new again from issue # 149, Batman # 150 is surprisingly a dud with the main story focusing on a local criminal running around Gotham with the knowledge that he knows Batman’s secret identity (No doubt a plot threat that was left hanging from Gotham War: Scorched Earth); The story comes off as more of a low-budget crime movie with the drama but more exaggerated cliches that go to show readers that this was once again not Chip Zdarsky’s finest moment. The art, provided briefly by Jorge Jimenez with comics legend Denys Cowan (whose art graced such series as The Question and Hardware as well as the cover to the 1995 hip-hop classic Liquid Swords by GZA) handled the lion’s share that I feel is the bright spot for this issue. Still, with Zdarksy’s handling of this story, he could have punched it up a bit to play on Cowan’s strengths but the latter came through with flying colors. Another welcoming factor is the backup feature that leads to Absolute Power which comes off as more intriguing than the main feature so let’s hope that Absolute Power can bring back Zdarksy’s mojo instead of him coasting through his scripting because he can produce such great stories, all he is now is motivation.

  • 50

    Batman-News

    Batman #150 is a smaller scale story that focuses on a single, low level crook who gets caught up in all the events that have happened over the past couple years. The emotional impact of that narrative is hit or miss, as is its attempts to showcase all the various events from other Gotham-based titles. If nothing else, it acts as a breather as Batman transitions from one blockbuster-style storyline to another.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    The art for the main story is also surprisingly weak and gets weaker as the issue continues. The only real strength overall is that the backup story does more directly tie to Absolute Power and while the Failsafe of it all continues to be exhausting—and the “gun” metaphor feels really cheap—it’s vastly more interesting.

  • 35

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #150 is a time-filling one-shot about a henchmen looking to cash in on Batman’s real identity. Zdarsky’s attempt at filling the publishing calendar has been done before (and better), and Denys Cowan’s art is surprisingly weak. However, the backup ties into Absolute Power with a tidbit of useful information and confirmation that putting Amanda Waller at the heart of the event was a mistake.

  • 30

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman #150 is exactly what happens to momentum for an ongoing series that is forced to tie into a bigger event. All the momentum that was created by the end of the Dark Prisons storyline is completely taken away from this series. Even for how much work Chip Zdarsky makes this side story involving a random character is just that: Random. If the decision has been made that because of Batman’s big role in Absolute Power not much character progress can be made in the tie-in’s involving the Dark Knight a different character choice should’ve been made. Dedicating this issue to have characters like Duke Thomas or Harper Row take the lead would’ve given much more weight to this story. Because it feels like what we do get with the random character and brief Absolute Powers tie-in was time and money wasted.

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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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