Batman #130

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Leonardo Romero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 66
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The final chapter in the Failsafe arc reaches its brutal and stunning conclusion! Batman has one desperate, final option...will he walk away from it? The answer will shock you! The early days of the Dark Knight and his relationship with Zur-En-Arrh continues!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Nov 30, 2022

    Batman #130 is a dual hit finale to two supernova stories. If you want one that features a tour de force of script, characterization, art, coloring, inks, and lettering, rush back to your comic shop. Purchase Batman #125-130. Just binge-read the whole thing. I've rarely seen a better-written Batman, Tim Drake, and Failsafe, though it gets less and less to say near the end, is chilling in behavior from the jump. I never thought we'd see Zur-En-Arrh again, but considering how he was handled twice brought richness to the Batman mythos. No wrong done here. A crossover-level event, but done in-house Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Dec 7, 2022

    Batman #130 brings Zdarksy's first arc to a close with spectacular action and a tantalising cliffhanger. Both writer and artist are bringing their A-game in an issue which both starts and ends big. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 6, 2022

    Batman #130 is edge-of-your-seat action with a message about compassion and what sets Batman apart from the greatest detective and the most dangerous man alive. Zdarsky and Jimnez have done the impossible and made Batman an even more exciting and addictive read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 6, 2022

    The first part of this issue is brilliantly tense, a wordless action segment reminiscent of the Oscar-nominated thriller Gravity. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Dec 6, 2022

    Fantastic issue. I feel like Zdarsky hit his stride in the past two issues or rather, all the setup hed been preparing paid off, and the vision of Batman he has been working off of (and toward) has become clearer. Theres nothing strictly new under the sun, but by merging the dark psychological and the heroic ideal takes on Batman, Zdarsky has brought nuance and flexibility to the character while reconciling some conflicts of characterization without actually changing anything, and that is some impressive work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 6, 2022

    Batman #130 is an excellent ending to both the Failsafe storyline and the "I Am A Gun back-up story that featured the origin story of Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. From beginning to end Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, and company did so much great character work for Batman, Robin, Superman, and Failsafe. The ending leaves you looking forward to what 2023 will look like for the entire Batman franchise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 6, 2022

    Jimenez perfectly captures the tone, mood and action of the story with art filled with beautiful detail as well as great emotion and thrills. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 6, 2022

    Sure, the overly comic book science-esque narration and play-by-play weighed down the issue making it almost silly at times. However, the suspense and high-level thrills will keep readers locked in just long enough to overcome the beginning ridiculousness that kicks off Batman #130. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Dec 5, 2022

    Batman #130 lets the curtain fall on the Failsafe arc, but it masterfully asks more questions than it answers. With the fate of certain characters left in the balance, the next issue is going to be highly anticipated. 2023 is going to be starting strong in Gotham City, as sure as night follows day! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 10, 2022

    The insanity of this comic gets even more extreme perhaps even too extreme but the story, characters and art continue to make for a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 6, 2022

    Batman #130 has a full appearance of the Batgod and if that's not your thing, get ready to roll your eyes a lot.  I think a lot of what we're seeing in Chip Zdarsky having fun in a Grant Morrison way, but he may have taken it all a bit too far.  The issue looks fantastic thanks to Jimnez's art and this is the book to get some good Tim Drake. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 6, 2022

    I'm curious where Zdarsky takes the series next, but the ending of his first major arc ultimately fails to move the needle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 7, 2022

    In the end, the "Failsafe" arc concludes almost predictably and while the quality of Batman #130 isn't quite to the high standards set by Batman #125, it's still an interesting issue that positions the story to progress in intriguing directions. Yet it's an unfortunately bloated and somewhat rushed conclusion that doesn't quite land and leaves the reader wanting more because they're just as tired as Batman is by the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Dec 6, 2022

    Batman #130 tops the impossible cliffhanger from issue #129 with a rescue/survival resolution that's patently ridiculous to the point of infuriating. In a series brimming with clever writing and cool action, this finale to the first part of the Failsafe arc is a massive disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 6, 2022

    Batman #130 sees the finale of the Failsafe arc, and whether or not it's a solid ending is entirely dependent on how much readers love rollercoasters. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 6, 2022

    While the main story has a somewhat interesting cliffhanger that actually surprises me, and there are some cool moments with Tim and Bruce, the creative team wastes too much time in the first half. As a result, I don't enjoy the main story. The backup, on the other hand, was a lot of fun. I'd almost recommend this issue for the backup alone, but then I remember the price tag. Instead, I'm just going to recommend Ram V's Detective Comics. It's been excellent and totally worth your time and hard-earned money. Here's a link to Matina's review of the annual that came out last week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hex Dec 28, 2022

    You know a writer is doing a great job when all of the old fogies are complaining about Batman doing unrealistic things just because it's cool when back in the day he did way dumber shit and it wasn't even interesting. This is just fucking awesome. Dumb and HIGHLY improbable to impossible? Absolutely. But it still rocks. On top of that, Zdarsky knows how to write these characters and even through these giant set pieces he manages to write gripping, heartfelt dialogue that just speaks to each and every one of the characters that have appeared in this arc, none more so than Tim. His and Bruce's relationship in the past 10+ years has been... spotty? Questionable? I'm not sure how to describe it but they are a very Dynamic Duo here and in this more

  • 10
    cincyfan Dec 10, 2022

    OK I have to say while I love chip zdarsky I surprisingly haven't been into his batman run so far but this is why I say have patience I know you need to let the story playout before totally judging it. So story one.. the fall to earth was written so brilliantly! The artwork was stunning! I absolutely loved his planning and problem solving as he was falling. I loved how he blacked out and then came to and the way the inner dialog was written. Then the battle with superman was epic. Finally the ending was unbelievable! I loved Tim drake's emotion I loved the plan to add compassion realizing it was a tool he need to utilize. I love his last line to Tim drake. I'm beyond curious where he ended up at the end and what superman's state is. I did n more

  • 10
    Forever_Knight82 Dec 10, 2022

    Really injoyed this finale of Chips first Ark in Batman. A very emotional ending between Tim and Bruce almost brought me to tears. Looking forward to see where we go In the next arc.

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  • 9.0
    srypher Dec 7, 2022

    Solid first arc by Zdarsky

  • 9.0
    Afre Dec 6, 2022

    Zdarsky sold me in the first arc. I'm interested to see more.

  • 8.5
    DariusTREE Dec 30, 2022

    While I understand some of the complains with this issue (I myself was baffled at the treatment of Superman, for example, felt completely unnecessary), I had a blast.

    Batman falling from orbit is the kind of thing that looks and sounds ridiculpus on paper, but the way it was written felt strangely in-character, and it pivoted back into awesomeness.

  • 8.5
    Fraidy Cat Dec 9, 2022

    I was gonna stop at #130 at the end of arc. But wow, the ending makes me eager for #131.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Dec 6, 2022

    god damn this was a good comic book. This first arc is just as good as Chip Zdarsky's first arc in Daredevil. Great story that had a plot twist but it was executed well.

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  • 8.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Dec 27, 2022

    I can hold the suspension of disbelief for a bit, but Batman re entering space with just his suit is crazy, still liked it, but was the ending an “it was all a dream” cop out?

  • 8.0
    Loafy Trophy Dec 9, 2022

    Zdarsky has achieved Peak Bat-god. The people who are stark raving mad about this clearly hate fun. Another killer backup too, that really frames the entire arc nicely. Can't wait to see where we go from here.

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  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Dec 6, 2022

    Batman falling from space and somehow surviving the heat and pressure of the Earth's atmosphere is crazy: crazier than a guy dressing up in a bat costume and hanging around a farmboy alien who gets nigh-invincibility from the Sun? You tell me...

    I honestly think the back-up carried the hell out of this. Leonardo Romero's art is fantastic and Chip's prose was absolutely on point, especially in those final panels with the yellow around the symbol, genius!

  • 7.0
    Mout Feb 2, 2023

    errr weird resolution but a very nice first arc overall

  • 7.0
    Stormwrath Dec 6, 2022

    Not a huge fan of how Batman survived, its good, but not amazing as the past few issues

  • 6.5
    the green death Jan 3, 2023

    Man I love Zdarsky on Daredevil and I look forward to the next time I get a month of Marvel Comics Unlimited so I can catch up. His Batman first arc feels just so much less engaging than his Daredevil work though. Heck even his Red Hood run in Urban Legends hit harder than this. This just comes across as a relatively generic action thriller movie and the book is saved by the cool back-ups and the strong art (made great through the colouring). Maybe the next arc will sell me on his Batman run, hope so as I imagine he’s here for years.

  • 5.5

    This story got off to a good start, but quickly became just another of those ones that went on for too long and I'm just glad that it's finally over. I understand why some readers disliked the descent through the atmosphere, as it is kind of corny like something from the '60s TV series. But I'd say it was the best thing about the whole book. I did like seeing Tim back as Robin and helping him out as well, though it's still not too reminiscent of old times. I would like to see more stories with just Batman and Robin again. Particularly this Robin.
    Otherwise this is pretty much another one of those downhill in quality stories I've become so accustomed to in Batman over the last 4 or so years. Legacy Issue #900 is just around the corner. more

  • 5.5
    Atomichound Dec 6, 2022

    Ok; let’s go!
    Hold my Bat beer chum while I make the most absurd self rescue in the history of adventure. B. Wayne 2022

    If you think Silver Age Batman was goofy, grab some ayahuasca or other suitable hallucinogen and settle in for a trippy, er, well, trip to the farthest reaches of your imagination.

    I’m torn between the challenging traps that are laid and the ridiculous means of escape. Is Zdarsky brilliant or a Marvel mole? Stay tuned to same Bat Time, same Bat Channel to decide.

  • 5.0

    I for one am not as worked up by the whole return from space thing as some people were, to me it shows that Batman has a plan for EVERY contingency, no matter how unlikely or absurd. The thing that bothers me about this whole story arc is that he created a killer super robot that is capable of wiping out the entire Justice League but inexplicably he never thought to use this technology to stop and deter crime. Why was he more prepared to punish his friends than stop his enemies? But I suppose in a way this is reflective of the leftist mindset in general.

  • 5.0
    Brannon.44 Dec 11, 2022

    The worst issue of the arc by far. When it goes for the more intimate character moments it's amazing. When it goes for the bombastic moments it fails. This issue was almost entirely bombastic. Hopefully the next arc is much more grounded because that's where Zdarsky has excelled. The back up was 10/10.

  • 5.0
    hasanturkoglu Dec 8, 2022

    We read most absurd self rescue in the history of the Batman! What're you doing Zdarsky? Stop writing absurd!

  • 5.0
    justonemore Dec 7, 2022

    I'm sorry to say this, but this final issue was dissapointed. Batman falling fro m the space? I can tollerate a lot of things in comics, but this is ridiculous. And the final resolution, it just happens, it could have happened at any time, it makes the rest of the things that happened seem like filler. I expected much more.

  • 4.5
    fzanca Dec 11, 2022

    Chip wrote himself into a corner. I agree with what everyone is saying. There's no way he would have survived in space, re-entry, or landing -- especially right where he wanted to. He landed right in front of Robin for chrissake. Give me a break. Then Superman still couldn't beat the robot. Somehow he turned his heat vision back on Superman and he didn't shut it off. Completely stupid. I'm not sure why Superman can't just rip its arms off. Then Batman loads it with compassion? Really? If you were to write a synopsis of this issue it would sound ludicrous. I hope it gets better from here, but I don't see how when Batman is once again in another dimension.

  • 2.0
    RedKryptoSuperman Dec 10, 2022

    Meh...Zadarsky painted himself into a corner with this story arc and as a result had to have a stupid ending.

  • 2.0
    superstan52 Dec 8, 2022

    "Batman and Robin" is widely considered the worst Batman movie. in which tthe duo are launched into space and somehow glide back to Earth. So why not reprise it hete? Ridiculous. And aside from the ridiculous reentry, Batman calculates where the Fortress of Solitude is while the Earth is rotating. Asinine. More: Superman has a pressure point? A weapon pierced the otherwise invulnerable Failsafe to make a little hole? Failsafe, who anticipates all of Bats moves, never considers Batman and Robin? Oy-yi-yi.

  • 2.0
    Quinn Dec 6, 2022

    This issue is just silly. And I don’t mean in the fun Scooby Doo way. I mean in the makes no sense in terms of creating a fictional reality where there are rules that define what is possible and not possible.

    Batman in space? No problem, his suit can handle re-entry heat and hitting the ground at great speeds. It took me 1 minute to find this info on “How Stuff Works.” “ Meteoroids enter the atmosphere at extremely high speeds -- 7 to 45 miles per second (11 to 72 kilometers per second). They can travel at this rate very easily in the vacuum of space because there's nothing to stop them. Earth's atmosphere, on the other hand, is full of matter, which creates a great deal of friction on a traveling object. This friction ge more

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  • 1.0
    myconius Dec 19, 2022

    It's hard to care about current comics, when the writers obviously do not.

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Dec 6, 2022

    Ridiculous fantasy story pretending to be sci-fi, with another cray-cray ending. And "I fell from the moon." Do you remember the days when "sci-fi" was not simply another name for "fantasy," but actually had at least SOME elements of "science" in with the "fiction"? What Zdarsky left out were alien unicorns flying from an asteroid to guide The Batman back to Earth. That is the type of Batman that this Marvel Comics writer is giving us now. Surely Thor the God of Thunder could come to rescue Batman, right?

    As to the ending, I knew what to expect. You know there will be some crazy sci-fi/fantasy follow-up. If not, DC Comics should make it the LAST issue of Batman. Oh wait, DC, you want too much $$$$$$$? See, and there is the probl more

  • kidnamedfinger Dec 11, 2022

    It’s no masterpiece, but this arc was basically a giant action scene illustrated by a really good artist. Can’t complain.

  • Kreniigh Dec 10, 2022

    As an idea, "Batman builds a robot that can defeat anybody" would be a good fit for the goofy late '50s Batman comic. I don't think it does the character or the story any favors to treat it seriously.

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