Batman #129

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Leonardo Romero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 2, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 34
8.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Failsafe has countered every move Batman and the Justice League have attempted. Is the Dark Knight out of options on...Earth? The bestselling Failsafe arc continues! In the back-up, we travel back to the early years of the Dark Knight Detective, revisiting his most psychedelic/mind-breaking period and the dawn of his backup protection system...ZUR-EN-ARRH!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Nov 1, 2022

    Batman #129 is the continuation of one of the wildest Bat tales in some time, plus a new arc is one of its most disturbing that is making me appreciate Bruce Wayne...and make me more determined he needs to retire and live in peace. With Catwoman. Anyway, this is an amazing issue you should read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 2, 2022

    Chip Zdarsky is continuing to prove that not only is he the best writer on Batman in a long time, but he is carving out a spot as one of the all time greats. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Nov 3, 2022

    Batman #129 is another excellent issue in the opening arc of Zdarsky and Jimnezs run, rising to a stunning level of quality. There are places where the story falls into the familiar ground, mirroring beats seen in each of the bigger Batman storylines, but Zdarskys script bypasses too much comparison by providing excellent insight into the mind and motivations of Batman. That paired with Jimnezs distinct interpretation of Batman, the Batfamily, and the extended DC Universe gives this series an edge propelling it to memory. The creative could lead this book after the arc and this story could hold a similar weight as something like Tower of Babel, but the writing and art are clear that the team has plans for Bruce Wayne and Batman. If the run is focused on this character study of the dual roles the vigilante leads, then it's sure to be one to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 1, 2022

    Batman #129 begins Failsafe's chase anew with clever traps, hard-hitting action, and relentless pacing. The art's fantastic, and the cliffhanger is as perfectly impossible a situation as you can imagine. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2022

    Zdarsky has to be mindful of going too far with Failsafe, but it remains refreshing to see Batman actually work hard to defeat an opponent especially one of his own creation. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Nov 1, 2022

    It may be a little late, considering this storyline is reaching an end, but I have to say my interest has perked up not that I was disinterested before. As of Batman 129, Zdarsky is establishing his own direction and outlook, which is far more interesting than just another Batman vs. the Price of Safety story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 1, 2022

    Batman #129 continues to take the Dark Knight to all new places with intensity and fast-paced action that is sure to keep new and old readers thoroughly engaged. Zdarskys take does offer some interesting monologuing at times from Batman but the almost lack of confidence, questioning every step or action, coupled with his inconsistent demeanor makes Zdarskys Batman appear more human. Readers, I havent been this excited about the Batman series since Tom King began back in 2016. Its time to hop back on board. And, feel free to use this issue as the motivation. Moreover, Zdarsky does a fantastic job summarizing events to this point. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 1, 2022

    Jimenez brilliantly captures the tension, darkness and action on every page of this issue. The visuals are thrilling from start to finish and wonderfully complement the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 1, 2022

    FINAL THOUGHTSBatman #129 is fantastic from start to finish. Both the Failsafe main story and Batman of Zur-En-Arrh origin back-up are expertly crafted by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, and company. You are left on the edge of your seat with the desire to want to read what happens next right away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 1, 2022

    Taking place in several timelines, it's more of a mood piece than anything as it delves into the origins of Batman's no-killing rule, and it ends with a truly chilling moment as we're left hanging for the next part. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo Nov 7, 2022

    There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing Batman on the ropes trying to figure out if he'll win this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Nov 1, 2022

    Batman #129 is a thrilling read that perfectly tees up the next issue's conclusion to the Failsafe arc. It perfectly highlights the sheer unstoppable nature of the character and his almost invincible aura. Whether it proves to be the final curtain for the character remains to be seen, but I hope we get to see more further down the road. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 1, 2022

    Batman #129 continues to be an exciting race of action and tense moments. Zdarsky and Jimnez are putting Batman through the paces, and it's fun to see the hero fighting against his own creation. If no one can plan better than Batman, isn't his the ultimate foe himself? We continue to find out the answer might be yes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Zach Bissett Nov 5, 2022

    Batman #129 looks fantastic, but the narrative falls short. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 5, 2022

    Not as much happens as I would have liked in this otherwise excellent Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Nov 1, 2022

    There's a beautiful story buried beneath the weight of Batman #129's intensity. Though it's overshadowed by an over-the-top game of cat-and-mouse, it's lurking in the shadows, and it has the potential to make this a truly great Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Nov 1, 2022

    The main story feels rather pointless to me. Batman's destroying more than he's actually fixing this month, and he makes himself look like a bit of a fool in the process. I'm also losing interesting in Failsafe. The backup story is a lot more fun, though! I'd almost recommend this comic for the backup alone, but not at this price point. Aside from the backup, this issue isn't doing anything for me. Read Full Review

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