Batman #121

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Jorge Molina Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 2, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 45
7.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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The deadly conclusion to the “Abyss” arc as Lex Luthor’s dangerous master plan for Batman Inc. is revealed. And an old ally returns to pull the lost Batman out of Abyss’s darkness and a new member of Batman Inc. rises! In the final chapter of “They Make Great Pets,” Maps finds the missing piece to the shocking and deadly mystery...with a little help from Batman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 21, 2022

    Batman #121 was a great issue that gave a solid and satisfying ending to both the main and backup storylines. I have especially enjoyed the backup with Maps. DC really needs to bring back Gotham Academy. I look forward to seeing what Williamson has planned for the Batman in the upcoming Shadow War crossover, especially considering that the story will reunite Bruce with his son Damian. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 1, 2022

    Williamson, Janin/Molina and Morey quickly established a strong rapport. While their Batman run ended sooner than I would have liked, hopefully they will reunite very soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 1, 2022

    With Mikel Janin and Jorge Molina sharing art duties, the art on the fight scenes is fantastic. Anyone who thought certain characters were acting out-of-character in this run" you're not wrong, and the reasons why will become clear. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Mar 1, 2022

    As a finale issue for both the lead and backup features, Batman #121 delivers satisfying resolution without closing the door on the return of these characters. Better than that, it situates the characters for future adventures, and Im excited to see them when they come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 2, 2022

    Batman #121 does a fantastic job closing out the two storylines that have been running in this series the last few months. Both Joshua Williamson and Karl Kerschl create such fantastic character moments that showcase what makes the Batman franchise special. If you didn't read this story arc make sure to pick up the collection of Batman: Abyss when it is released. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 1, 2022

    Jorge Molina and Mikel Janin deliver some exciting visuals in this issue. The fights were visually thrilling and the action was engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Mar 2, 2022

    Batman #121 brings a hugely satisfying end to the Badhnisia set storyline, wrapping events up nicely but with a few select lingering threads to be pulled at, further down the line. Taking Batman out of Gotham City has been a nice way to shake things up and provide a new backdrop for events to play out against. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 2, 2022

    This is a really solid issue that caps off a refreshing and solid Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 1, 2022

    Batman #121 wraps up the Abyss story arc with some growth for Batman and a cool concept that flips Abyss' strength on its head. It closes things off a little too conveniently, though, and spends crucial time setting up "Shadow War" when Abyss is let off the hook storytelling-wise. That said, the book looks incredibly unique under Molina and Morey's visual stylings putting a high sheen on an interesting new villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 5, 2022

    A solid, enjoyable wrap-up to Batman's international adventure, though there might be one too many triple crosses to be taken completely seriously. And the Maps Mizoguchi back-up feature is worth the price of admission alone for the entire comic, in my opinion. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 1, 2022

    I was finally digging BATMAN again only to find BATMAN #121 rapidly concluding with open-ended story beats and abrupt narrative flips to explain away plot threads that seemed substantial. Luckily, Jorge Molina and Mikel Jann continue their dynamic expertise making BATMAN #121 something to revere. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 2, 2022

    Batman #121 is an entertaining issue and finale to an entertaining arc. It dialed things back after what feels like a decade of ever increasing threats. It feels quaint and grounded in a way but also makes things bit boring because of that. It's driving 30 after going 100 for a while. But, it's exactly what's needed before the next big storyline, “Shadow War.” Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 1, 2022

    Batman #121 brings the caper of Lex Luthor's ownership of Batman Inc. to an abrupt end. This issue is bewildering and lackluster, though there is some heart to round out the rough edges. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 8, 2022

    In any case, the members of Batman, Inc. switch sides and stand with Batman against Abyss. The comic limps home to a finish with Batman tracking the escaping villain and by teasing the next big arc for Batman on his return home with a cameo by Deathstroke and the latest version of the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 1, 2022

    Batman #121 was one of the worst, most forced, and convoluted endings to a story I've read in a long time.  I am pretty sure that plans changed, and Williamson and Co. had to get out of this story fast, but it shouldn't have been so obvious.  This sort of thing should never happen, but having it happen with Batman is unbelievable!  Most of my score is for the Maps backup and the art because the main story was awful. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Mar 1, 2022

    It ultimately feels like a filler story before upcoming crossovers, which is a shame, because it could have stood on its own just fine. Now, I'd be surprised if I remember this arc a year from now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hydro-Man Mar 2, 2022

    I enjoyed this arc a lot. If you read the solicitations, you know where things are going… Williamson is gonna take Batman into Shadow War and then he’s gone. Making way for Chip Zdarsky… who I also like.

    Part of me feels like Williamson was the right writer at the wrong time. Yet I am still optimistic about Zdarsky.

  • 8.5
    Criminology. Mar 1, 2022

    Overall this was a good story, with great art and a nice message, which can even be interpreted as a commentary on Batman, that he should not be so broody and dark all the time, which considering the last runs comes at the right time.

    Williamson kinda overdid the whole darkness thing IMO, but at it's core it's about how batman should not fall pray to the darkness and to appreciate and enjoy the good things, when they come. He can't solely exist in the darkness, he needs also light to work and to function and that sometimes the light also needs batman. And that honestly is a great idea, where you can go quite deep and I think he knew that, so he was a bit overexcited about it, so that's why at times the themes seemed heavy handl more

  • 8.5
    Afre Mar 1, 2022

    It's not the best conclusion I hoped for, but good enough. Molina's art was phenomenal.

  • 8.0
    Gavan Mar 6, 2022

    Solid issue. Felt a bit rushed but still good nonetheless

  • 8.0
    UxasIs Mar 5, 2022

    Ending felt a bit rushed, but this was an interesting and enjoyable story nonetheless

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Mar 1, 2022

    solid issue with great art and an engaging story.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Mar 1, 2022

    This was a solid ending to a pretty engaging arc. Knowing that Zdarsky is taking over so soon kind of takes some of the wind out of this run's sails. But hopefully Shadow War is a fun crossover and not another Fear State. The art was great.

  • 8.0
    manhunter Mar 1, 2022

    Feels like they just wanted to Finish the arc before the shadow war maybe that's why it feels another issue is missing. i just hope shadow war is as good as they making it to be.

  • 7.5

    Not a bad conclusion to what was a pretty satisfactory story. I wish I could say I was anticipating the Shadow war story, but I don't expect it to be as good as this was. I have to get 2 titles I don't read to see it all. I'm not a real fan of that.
    But this issue finished the story on time before it grew stale. Usually 4 chapters is how long it goes before it begins to grow old. Since Abyss got away I have a feeling he'll pop up during the next story. The backup story was rather poor, but it did feature the Batman costume of old that I miss.
    If Zdarsky is coming to Batman it may be a good idea. But he's known to write extra long stories. that I'm not too thrilled for. But he still did good on Spectacular Spider-Man, so I'm sure more

  • 7.5
    Skywolf Mar 6, 2022

    Introduce a new villain and that's it?? No enough background story before Williamson leaves Batman's main series. Glad the artwork remains attractive.

  • 7.5
    redhood Mar 1, 2022

    I generally like Williamson's works, but nobody is not infallible, like everyone else. I did not do a bad job but I must admit that it was not so good.

  • 7.0
    Mout Mar 28, 2022

    ok storyline that jorge molina carried on his back

  • 7.0
    BDG Comics Mar 5, 2022

    It was decent but really lacked a punch when it came to ending the arc and setting up the future, it just kind of happened.

  • 7.0
    DaloneDuarte Mar 3, 2022

    Abyss was interesting enough to be discarded this time for a lame war saga with Deathstroke. But Molina's art is still great.

  • 6.0
    Batman Jones Mar 3, 2022

    Great art but for a fine-but-mediocre writer Williamson is spread too thin. I'd be totally cool with reading two monthlies from him and I'm sure I'd like them fine as I did his Flash but I'm also sure that, like his Flash, they wouldn't be anything special. I don't think he's bad, I just don't think he's particularly interesting.

    His enthusiasm for DC Comics and its characters goes a long way with me though and I'm genuinely looking forward to Dark Crisis. A lot. Even though I found his IF mini only okay and his JLIncarnate mini to be a slog.

    Just, not the main Batman title please. I know it's not a popular opinion *here* but I freaking loved King's Batman run. That it should be cut short for the aggressively dull Tyni more

  • 6.0
    Loafy Trophy Mar 3, 2022

    The ending fell pretty flat for me to be honest. Williamson left himself too much to wrap up and probably could have used another issue to do it, as everything here felt rushed and a bit overexplained. The setup pages at the end of the story felt really forced as well. On a more positive note, Molina's art was really sharp and the Maps story had a solid ending.

  • 6.0
    SONOFBATMANN Mar 1, 2022

    The art is good. That's pretty much it.

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Mar 3, 2022

    I had enjoyed this arc, but this ending just felt rushed and incomplete.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Mar 1, 2022

    Great art, but a story that is all this happens and then this happens. Unfortunately nothing happens organically.

    Batman wins because it is his book. We don’t see him develop his plan and we don’t get any clues. We are just told, not shown that Batman and his League of Ethnic stereotypes were on the ball and saw through Luthor’s plan. apparently they didn’t work with Batman but Bats and the league still managed to figure things out separately.

    Luthor’s plan was to create his own league of Batman. But I only read this I issue once, so many of the details may have escaped me. But what does Luthor’s plan get him? Control of bat groups around the world? So?

    And Luthor’s is told by the league that more

  • 4.0
    uktsr Mar 7, 2022

    Titular batman has been naff for ages now. This arc was very lame. The double cross and reveal. Nothing really transpired. Points for art

  • 3.0
    myconius Mar 5, 2022

    Wow! What a THUD!!!

    The use of Batman Incorporated was pointless. The characterizations of the Club of Heroes was cookie-cutter generic. Just an empty promise.

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