Batman #122

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 6, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 31
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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Ra's al Ghul is dead, and Talia is out for revenge! Batman is on the case to find Deathstroke before Talia's elite killers do! But Batman starts to piece together that not everything is what it seems in Ra's's death...and knows whom he must interrogate to get answers...Talia herself! Can the two former lovers ever work togeth-er again? Plus, a backup tale showing the secret first fight between Batman and Deathstroke!

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Apr 5, 2022

    A blockbuster story which is steadily rocking the DC Universe. Top level writing from Williamson partners with the artistic talents of Porter and Hairsine to create a masterpiece. I'm looking forward to what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Apr 5, 2022

    Experience tells me its a bad idea to get my hopes up, but this could be the event Ive been wanting to see for nearly 20 years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 5, 2022

    Josh Williamson is writing almost the entirety of Shadow War, so this is less of a crossover than an epic-sized story to wrap up this current era of his titles. And based on the first two issues, we're in for a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Apr 5, 2022

    Batman #122 is a great issue in terms of moving the story along. Less chaotic than its predecessor, it moves the characters into intriguing new places. Bruce and Talia are seemingly on the same page (and romantically reunited?), Slade's on the run, Damian's on the hunt, and the faux Deathstroke has yet to be revealed. Events are coming to the boil very nicely indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil May 3, 2022

    Shadow War is shaping up to be an engaging mystery. I am really looking forward to seeing where Williamson's story is leading. And also seeing what the status of the Batman and Robin partnership will be as Chip Zdarsky begins his run on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Apr 6, 2022

    This is a great issue and one that doesn't just feel like a cog in a larger story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 5, 2022

    Batman #122 doesn't suffer from the second issue story arc slump, delivering action, intrigue, and mysteries galore. We also get to see some cool bat-tech that has to be inspired by the video games and a big mystery in how the shooter showed up. This issue may as well feature Porter and Williamson screaming, "are you not entertained?!" Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 5, 2022

    Two issues down, Shadow War remains compelling and seems like a legit status altering event for the Batman titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 5, 2022

    Porter delivers some really good art in the issue. The style is filled with detail and energy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 5, 2022

    I'm still interested in this SHADOW WAR. I really am but I was expecting a bit more to iron out the story. Maybe a bigger clue as to which direction the story is heading and why? Sure, I don't expect all the answers immediately but all Williamson did on this issue was explain how the DEATHSTROKE impersonator got in and who definitely didn't do it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 6, 2022

    There's nothing inherently bad or wrong about Batman #122 that makes it a “read”. The comic is part of a mini-event that spans different series, so unless you're really invested in the story, it's an issue whose value really comes from that. There's some interesting aspects to Batman's actions but overall, unless you're into “Shadow War”, this is an issue you can probably skip. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 12, 2022

    A murder mystery with an unexpected victim and a case of mistaken identity makes for a well-crafted, engaging story, especially when Batman and Deathstroke's children get involved. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 5, 2022

    Batman #122 sets up some surprising team-ups, but not much else.  After the explosive Alpa issue, I expected Williamson would keep the momentum going, but that is not the case.  I am not saying this was a bad issue because it is not.  It's just not as good as I hoped. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Apr 5, 2022

    While it falls below expectations when it comes to dialogue, Batman #122 is still a solid read in large part to how well Howard Porter draws the action. If readers are able to ignore the cliches, this is a solid second chapter to Shadow War. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 6, 2022

    Batman #122 was a good follow-up to the assassination of Ra's Al Ghul that kicked off The Shadow War crossover. Every major character that is going to play a role in this crossover is given time in the spotlight. By doing this Joshua Williamson is able to provide you with a good idea of what the scope of this event will have. Which is all you can ask for from a second chapter of a story and sells you on buying the other comics involved in the crossover even if they weren't on your pull list before. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Apr 5, 2022

    This comic has very entertaining fight scenes and strong art, but the writing feels rushed and unpolished. The heavy reliance on exposition keeps taking me out of the story, and the lack of plot almost makes me feel like nothing important happened in this issue. I think you can safely skip this chapter if you're not too concerned with collecting every single Shadow War tie-in. Besides, there are much more interesting books on stands this week, anyway. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Apr 7, 2022

    Batman #122 is a nonsensical and sloppy "part two to the Shadow War event that serves mostly as a way to force Talia al Ghul and Batman to kiss and make up. Literally. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    UxasIs Apr 7, 2022

    Batman - 10/10, this is Williamson's finest work if you ask me

    Batman vs Deathstroke - 8.5/10, a bit unnecessary and covering familiar ground but great for a backup nonetheless

  • 9.0
    Maud Benjamin Apr 5, 2022

    For Brutalia.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean May 2, 2022

    This issue continues the trend of the Alpha issue. This is a solid event. There's not a ton to talk about regarding it, but it is an entertaining read. The backup is fine, and it beats the typical backups DC puts out.

  • 8.0

    Not a bad second chapter. I'm not really surprised Deathstroke was framed. I suspect it may have been part of some plan Ra's had all along. It's better than believing that jellyfish in Alpha was what he's genuinely been reduced to.
    Batman is really just wasting time going after Talia. I remember a time when he'd never be able to suspect her of having her own father killed. But that just proves how she's changed. I also remember when Batman would turn away from such a bloodthirsty woman as she's become with disgust. He's become a lot weaker at resisting his own lust over the years. When will he wake up and learn there's no hope for her? Not anymore anyway.
    This is only the second chapter, so there's still a bit to go. And frankly I more

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Apr 5, 2022

    Really enjouing this event. Fantastic art from howard porter and an interesting story

  • 7.5
    The Rumble May 16, 2022

    I’m likin this event.

  • 7.5
    Hydro-Man Apr 6, 2022

    I generally like Williamson and I enjoyed the first part of this storyline last week. This was just ok. Plot didn’t move much. Sort of reminded me of the train scene from The Hunted. So many ninjas…

  • 7.0
    Loafy Trophy May 16, 2022

    There really isn't anything groundbreaking here but it's been a fun read with a decent little mystery through the first two issues. Porter put together some fun 'Batman vs. Ninjas' sequences that had just the right amount of stylization to create something neat that otherwise would have felt rote.

  • 7.0
    Nox Crawler Apr 5, 2022

    Nothing much really happened. nothing of importance that is. that page with the hint of Fake deathstoke's Identity was probably the best part in this issue. not a fan of Talia and bruce. the art can be confusing sometimes specially when in the flight scenes.

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 5, 2022

    Magnificent art by Howard Porter, but this is definitely a breather issue after the explosive status quo shake-up from last issue. I'm convinced that the fake Deathstroke is Geo-Force now due to his vendetta against Slade bc of Terra, the tunnel carved through underground, and the Markovian setting. He would also have beef with Talia & the Al Ghuls after the Leviathan incidents.

    I could care less about who Batman is playing tongue hockey with this week.

  • 7.0
    SnakeWilson Apr 5, 2022

    Ok, so I have problems with this. Characters like Deadline are seriously nerfed here.(Deadline's characterization feels off too) Batman investigating was good tho, specialty when he goes to talk with Talia. That was the best part of this issue and the second best part of this whole crossover so far. But the art... I like Howard Porter's art but here, it feels so confusing and rushed. Some characters are just somewhat hard to recognize, like Respawn. The backup story feels unnecessary, and Slade's characterization feels weird. "but it's the joker gas!" I know, still, not a fan. Why retcon, again, the first time Batman and Slade fought? Not a bad issue, but again, I see some problems.

  • 6.5
    KFuqua Apr 6, 2022

    An okay story with some really poor art from Howard Porter on the lead story. I'm usually a fan, but didn't think the art was good here.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Apr 5, 2022

    Don’t care about this issue. Part of some huge plot that I am not following. The art was nice, but the story ends with Bats kissing Talia.

    Caution old man rant coming. You kids stay off my lawn.

    My. Problem is that Talia is a terrible character. Terrible in both senses evil and poorly written. At first she. Hangs around her dad and calls Bats beloved and helps Bags escape death traps. She is pretty but immoral. She “loves” Bats but only opposes. Her father’s plans because of her high school rush. She does not oppose them because they are genocidal. I have never seen her protest all the thousands of people she sees Ra’s kill in front of her. It’s Beverly Hills 90210 reasons.

    Then decades later she more

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