Batman #128

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Leonardo Romero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 56
9.0Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Failsafe has taken his family, his allies, and now his city...Broken and beaten, Batman retreats to the last place on Earth he can hide...but nothing can truly hide from Failsafe!
In the backup...Batman has prepared his mind for anything, or so he thought. We go back to his early days and a chilling case that led to...Failsafe!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Sep 27, 2022

    Batman #128 is a win-win. You can't go wrong; even if you hate Batman, the stories within are too good to miss if you love comics. Throw on your costume and go get this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 4, 2022

    Batman is in excellent hands with this creative team, who continue to surpass expectations with each installment. This title is clearly operating on a can't miss status and that doesn't look to change anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 8, 2022

    Great character moments and an escalating threat that gets bigger and more exciting than I realized all make for a truly amazing Batman comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Oct 5, 2022

    It's tight visual storytelling and it's spot on. This is start to stop a fantastic issue and another chapter in a truly excellent run. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Oct 4, 2022

    If you're interested in a Batman story that's jumpin' right from page one, Batman #128 is it! From its special guests to its emotional moments, this high-octane rollercoaster doesn't stop until the end. Additionally, the action is top-notch and the play-by-play narration from Batman, while Superman is taking on Failsafe, was some incredibly impressive writing. Combine all of the above with some wildly powerful illustrations from this creative crew and fans will find one of the most entertaining issues in the past 128. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Oct 4, 2022

    Batman #128 pits Failsafe against the entire Justice League for an updated (possibly better) version of Tower of Babel for a knockdown, drag-out fight that truly puts the JL on the defensive. The writing is clean, rapid-fire, and impactful, and Jimenez's art packs a punch. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 4, 2022

    Jimenez delivers some beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The action is perfectly executed and I love the fast, frenetic style of the imagery.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 4, 2022

    If you're looking for high stakes, action, and a sense that Batman's goose is cooked, there's nothing else like Batman #128. The creators have thoroughly put him in a corner, and it's exciting to know you can still feel surprised by yourself, after countless times, Batman has had no chance of escape, to honestly believe there's no way he can escape death. Zdarsky and Jimenez's Batman is a magic trick you'll be on the edge of your seat reading every page of the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 4, 2022

    It doesn't quite have the emotional punch of the previous few issues, but when it hits on all cylinders, it's as good as the best of the run. But I'm a bit surprised by the sudden dovetail into event-style storytelling at the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Oct 4, 2022

    Batman #128 is an incredible, thrilling issue firing on all cylinders, perfectly balancing an intense momentum with deep moments of heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Oct 4, 2022

    Batman #128 is a great bridge between highlighting what Failsafe can do to all enemies and how it has set the stage for a new world order in Gotham. Expertly paced and thoroughly entertaining, this is great stuff indeed! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 5, 2022

    FINAL THOUGHTSBatman #128 is an excellent read. Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez have paced this storyline to natural escalate with every issue. The fight between Failsafe and the Justice League and the end result create great concern as we don't know how things will turn out in the end. The back-up story does a great job modernizing the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh origin story with fantastic artwork by Leonardo Romero. This is really a can't miss reading experience for Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Oct 4, 2022

    While boasting excellent execution and beautiful visuals, Failsafe continues to feel a bit like a Batmans Greatest Hits style story and Im a little ambivalent about that. That said, it does mix things up with a different focus and approach than similar plots, and the potential exists for the story to establish an identity of its own. Recommended to those returning to Batman after a while away, fans of Chip Zdarsky, or people who don't mind the familiarity of the premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Zach Bissett Oct 6, 2022

    Despite all the fun and tension of Batman #128, Zdarsky's story might be becoming too big for its own good, unless the writer is under a 12 issue contract or something similarly short. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Oct 7, 2022

    The run takes a turn with this issue, pointing towards a fascinating future for this run for the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Oct 4, 2022

    I'm not very impressed with this issue. The story doesn't really work for me; Failsafe is so overpowered that it's getting ridiculous; the JLA and the Bat Family are written like mindless brawlers; and the time skip takes away all of the tension because it presents a scenario that we've already seen over and over again. I had fun reading the previous Batman issues, but I was bored reading this one. As for a recommendation, why not check out Ram V's Detective Comics instead? Read Full Review

  • 10
    thecimmerian Oct 29, 2022

    Haven't been this excited for the regular batman title in YEARS!

  • 9.5
    Hex Oct 4, 2022

    "Waaah! Sputnik scared me when I was a kid so sci-fi robots are bad!" -Some boomer named Bats probably. Great issue though. Art was a lot better than I was expecting, I was originally dreading Jimenez not being on art. If stories from the 50s are more you cup of tea and this isn't, just stick to those. This definitely isn't for everyone at least if you were born before 1980. If you were, you're probably cool and think that this issue like the rest of the run so far has been stellar.

  • 9.5
    SONOFBATMANN Oct 4, 2022

    Why have I never heard of Leonardo Romero before?

  • 9.0
    TheObserver Oct 6, 2022

    Excellent number. Really gripping. Chip Zdarsky has a real talent for giving a sense of urgency to the story. It's fast paced, no time out, action and more action. It feels good! His Failsafe is devious (normal) and puts the Justice League to the test. My small drawback and my feeling of "déjà vu". A technology developed by Batman and that exceeds him ... The taking of Gotham also appeals to me. It's not clear. Are the Failsafe only looking for Batman by tracking down his allies or are they preventing crimes, have they replaced the authorities, are they preventing the city from functioning and Mayor Nakano in all this? In which case, it would look an awful lot like the recent stories (or even the old ones with the OMACS). But hey, it's we more

  • 9.0
    Afre Oct 4, 2022

    Oh, I've missed being excited for Batman and not disappointed after reading it.

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Oct 4, 2022

    Holy cow chip zdarsky is killing this arc. While we don't get bombastic arr compared to previous 2 issues it is still great. I am gonna get this tpb immediately. Fight is good and I am interested in seeing how batman beats failsafe in thr final issue of this arc

  • 9.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Oct 4, 2022

    Future State?

  • 8.0
    Crimson Knight Oct 29, 2022

    This issue wasn't as good as the last but y'know what...this was still damn cool!

  • 8.0
    KittyNone Oct 10, 2022

    My big takeaway is that Leonardo Romero is great. I loved his work on Hawkeye and Shuri, and hadn't seen him around in a minute

  • 8.0
    fzanca Oct 8, 2022

    My problem with this is that it doesn't feel like a Batman book. The further this goes, the more it feels like a JLA story. Superman is smarter than to just charge something holding Kryptonite and Batman says as much and yet Superman does it anyway. I'm ready for this to be over already. I think this story has already run its course. And we already saw this with the OMAC's.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 14, 2022

    The whole losing and coming back some time later to a conquered Gotham thing has become a trope in Batman. I'm actually more interested in the bonus story, I'm not totally clear what's going on but I'm intrigued.

  • 7.0
    Fist of Khonshu Oct 15, 2022

    This score is reflective of #125-128.

    There is just... something about this book that's not clicking with me for some reason, despite the talent involved in this run. I don't know. Maybe it's because I don't find Failsafe that engaging of a book? Maybe it's because it feels too much for my liking, especially for a first arc? Again, I don't know. But what I do know is that there's not a lot of excitement from me month-to-month. I'll be dropping this but will continue via trades. I won't give up on this run yet.

  • 7.0
    Brannon.44 Oct 5, 2022

    Not as gripping as the previous issues but still solid.

  • 7.0
    Bats20832 Oct 4, 2022

    It certainly would be good to read a Batman story fighting criminals again - instead of all the sci-fi robots or horror demons. But not here. Considering the anti-hero age we live in, this an OK issue. And of course Batman will win eventually.

    We see reviews of it as a 10 and as a 5. Both are extreme positions.
    I don't like the absurd super-powered Failsafe story line, and I definitely don't like the recreation of Zur-En-Arrh origin. But I do like seeing Bruce in the Zur-En-Arrh costume.

    I agree that Failsafe controlling Gotham is pretty out there, and something we have seen 100 times before. But we have seen crazier storylines. But if I want those type of stories, there are tons of 1950s stories which are WAY mo more

  • 4.5

    Is it just me or have Batman books becoming monotonously repetetive over these last few years? Once more the villain has taken over the city declaring martial law and ran Batman off. And of course we can't have a story unless the justice League joins in as well because NO DC hero has enough balls to stand up to any challenge on their own anymore. It's gotten to where every time they get involved in another hero's battles (Which these days is ALL THE TIME) all I feel they're doing is butting in, not helping.
    This story started out good enough, but this issue was a major 180 degree turn for it. Now I just want it to end, but odds are Zdarsky will just give us a 19 part follow-up, as is the modern tradition. And this entire Zur-ren-arrh o more

  • 3.0
    superstan52 Oct 12, 2022

    This story makes zero sense. Batman designs a machine that can beat him if he turns bad, so he creates a machine that can kill the entire Justice League? Because Batman "always has a plan" so he knows that they will come to save him. And not only does the machine almost kill the rest of the League, but then it goes rogue, gets a mind of its own, and takes over all of Gotham City. in the ensuing two weeks, where is the Justice League? They just thought, "Ah, Batman's not in danger anymore. Screw Gotham?" And by the way, where Is Batman?" Well, they don't know, but we know that a critically injured Batman was able to zoom through the air from a great altitude at tremendous speed to land underrwater, at precisely in the vast ocean where Aquama more

  • 2.5
    RedKryptoSuperman Oct 11, 2022

    More Edgelord story telling garbage.

  • 1.5
    myconius Oct 7, 2022

    OH FOR F@$% SAKE!!!!

    didn't i predict at the end of the last issue, that Failsafe would be equipped with Kryptonite for Superman??

    this story is So F@$%ing Stupid!! this seriously feels like it had been written by a 14 year old that had just finished watching BvS then read Tower of Babel, Batman RIP, and decided to do their own little mash-up story.

    this is not a story that will be remembered years from now. this is just a poor imitation of Batman stories that had come before, mixed with some Zack Snyder for good measure.

    Not a good way to start a Batman run.

  • 1.0
    Quinn Oct 4, 2022

    This issue is just dumb. It never advances character, and just writes Bats and crew as stupid. Robot has krypton its, so what he do? He doesn’t keep his distance and throw a Boulder at bot. The JLA doesn’t use their powers to advantage. They just get close and get put down. Again, no strategy, just they act stupid so plot can move forward.

    If Bats has this tech why does he bother putting himself and his loved ones in mortal danger. Lex Luther couldn’t do what this robot does. And he really wants to kill the JLA.

    AND ONCE AGAIN, DC HAD SHOWN BATMAN TO BE WORSE THAN HIS VILLAINS. Is this really the message they want to send?

    So repetitive plot, stupid characters and Gotham once again under siege thanks t more

  • DVE Oct 4, 2022

    Isn't this the fourth time in four years that Gotham has fallen to a warlord in a personal war with Batman? Bane, Joker, Scarecrow, and now Failsafe.

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