Batman #131

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Leonardo Romero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 4, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 45
7.8Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

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Gotham City has never been darker or deadlier. And after Failsafe, there is no Batman to save it. Can the fractured ghost that roams the streets survive? Whatever happened to the man known as...Bruce Wayne?

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jan 5, 2023

    Batman #131 very smartly pivots direction from the high-stakes bombast of the previous issue (and arc). Character-driven and far more personal in scale (despite being a "trapped in the multiverse" story), Chip Zdarsky is proving he has what it takes to move the needle on what makes Batman Batman and redefine that for the next generation of readers in a way that honors the past yet yet recontextualizes it in bold new ways. Bravo. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 3, 2023

    Batman #131 changes gears dramatically, throwing Bruce Wayne into the deep end of an entirely different universe. We're privy to some excellent fight choreography as we try to unpack how Gotham is different, driving your interest in the larger mystery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 3, 2023

    Zdarsky did an amazing job of emphasizing just how well Bruce and Tim work as partners, and this story is the ideal evolution of that dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 4, 2023

    Both artists deliver beautiful visuals throughout the issue. Hawthorne crafts a beautifully dark and bleak Gotham. Mendonca creates some great visual thrills with the action in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 3, 2023

    Now, this wasnt Zdarksys Failsafe run thats been humming on all cylinders since he took over the book. Yet, I still found myself entertained by the unique cast of characters and the multiversal mayhem that awaits on the horizon. So for now, Im in hopes that we dont get huge gaps of time between this new story and whats happening back in the Prime Earths Gotham with Failsafe. I would love the full attention here on this new story and not split between the two places. In order to really hook the readers on this new development, I think Zdarsky will need every page to do just that. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 7, 2023

    The next chapter of Chip Zdarsky's Batman kicks off with a nice issue of set-up and character exploration. And he continues to do great things with Robin, so I'm happy with that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Jan 3, 2023

    Batman #131 is a great start to a new era for Batman in a new world. It's opened up new potential for interesting storylines and character interactions. Whilst this new setting won't last forever, there's a lot of story to be mined and we should be in for some exciting months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Jan 3, 2023

    A well structured and intriguing first chapter for a brand new arc. Both stories perfectly compliment each other to create an overall narrative that picks up right where Failsafe left off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jan 4, 2023

    Batman #131 is available now, so pick up a copy from your local comic shop or via digital format from your preferred digital retailer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 3, 2023

    Batman #131 sees the launch of an exciting and refreshing Batman adventure that gives off serious Grant Morrison Batman vibes (in a good way). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jan 10, 2023

    An interesting start to an alternate Earth tale. The art's great, but the story is a little scattered. It seems to be headed in the right direction though. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 5, 2023

    Batman faces a whole new Gotham while his protegees deal with his absence, but it feels like we're breaking new Bat-ground for the first time in a while. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 4, 2023

    While it's a move that might feel like it operates counter to the idea of balance Zdarsky created up to now, the result is an intriguing detour from what Batman fans might expect even if this first installment is a little slow to get off the ground. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 3, 2023

    Batman's 2023 direction starts in a way that is reminiscent to the characters direction throughout 2022 with Shadows of the Batman and Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths. Because of that it does take a lot more work for Chip Zdarksy and Mike Hawthorne to build momentum for this new story where Bruce Wayne finding himself trapped in an Elseworld universe somewhere in the Multiverse. Now with Batman #131 getting the set-up out of the way the next issue will be key in getting a full buy in for this new storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jan 3, 2023

    Batman #131 takes a big step backward in the creativity department by transporting Batman to an alternate Earth where everything is slightly off. The technical execution is fine, but the story concept is so played out, it's become a boring clich. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 3, 2023

    I had quite a bit of fun reading this issue because the fights are so entertaining, but in terms of plotin both the main story and the backupit remains to be seen how strong this stuff will be. It definitely doesn't help Zdarsky that he's drawing so heavily from the Morrison era, but with this being but the first chapter of the new arc, it's still possible for the creative team to course correct and deliver something awesome. That said, this is a direct follow-up to the "Failsafe arc and while there's a little bit of exposition to explain that stuff for new readers, I don't think this is a great jumping-on point. If you don't know what happened previously, you might be a little lost when you first pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Zaid Jan 3, 2023

    Great issue, liked the art even though it wasn't as good as Jimenez.

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  • 9.5
    Afre Jan 3, 2023

    New year, same old Zdarsky.

    I had no idea where this would go after Failsafe. I still don't, but I am very interested.

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  • 9.0
    Hex Jan 3, 2023

    The premise isn't highly original but it's still pretty cool and the execution is what really matters. It's fun. It's beautiful to look at. The characters are written well. Zdarsky has always had a handle on characters so to say anything else is complaining for the sake it. There are a lot of real stinkers in Batman's catalogue. This isn't one of them. Shut up and have fun reading. Comics are inherently for turning your brain off, sitting down, ignoring the world around you for 10 minutes or so and just enjoying the ride. Any piece of media that isn't trying to really elevate itself does this. Not to say that comics haven't been thought provoking or make commentary about the world but their initial intention is to just have fun. To poke and more

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    darkknight of steel Jan 3, 2023

    Well it was a great setup i have much more hopes for this arc than failself had pretty decent dialoges i give it 9 because i dont know where it goes but it could even be 10

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    daspidaboy Jan 3, 2023

    A really strong issue to start off 2023. I am interested to see where this takes us.

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  • 7.5

    In truth this story's not off to a bad start, though it's mostly just stuff we've seen before. Not to mention I'm not very fond of the Multiverse, so I'm not very thrilled that Batman has somehow been knocked into it. But this is really just reminiscent of R.I.P. and all the hodgepodge that followed. This time he's just been sent to another reality rather than through time.
    As for Tim in the backup story you'd think he's seen this happen enough, especially over the last few years that he'd have that feeling that Batman will be back. After all he's died or vanished yet returned to save everyone's ass at the last minute how many times over the last 15 or so years now? It's a monotonous loop anyone would notice, even if it were really ha more

  • 7.5
    Batmanaholic Jan 4, 2023

    This series has not exactly been what I expected from a zdarsky Batman book. But it's always a good solid read. This was a fun issue, I like the skeleton Jim Gordon. Excited to see where this series goes. It's paying homage to older stories while doing its own thing at the same time. Let's see where this all goes!

  • 7.5
    justonemore Jan 3, 2023

    Well, it's just an elseworld after all, with the typical changes and all the stuff, it's not bad, I'm interested in see how this goe.

  • 7.0
    Loafy Trophy Jan 6, 2023

    Zdarsky seems to be speed-running through some of the bigger Batman premises with his first two arcs as he brings us his take on the classic "What is Gotham without the Batman?" I really enjoy his internal monologue for Bruce, as it really sells the whole "smartest, most prepared man in the room" schtick that Batman is known for. Hawthorne's art was fun throughout and I particularly liked the placement of skeleton Jim throughout the story. Really added a nice touch of levity.

  • 6.5
    fzanca Jan 6, 2023

    This is a mixed bag. It is delving into a whole new dimension with skeletal Jim Gordon which I assume only exists in Bruce's head, but it's never explained why. Even Bruce doesn't question his appearance. Then we have a dystopian future type of story. Tim is going nuts in Gothan looking for Bruce and is driven to find him, while Dick is like, "Don't worry he'll show back up. Let's just do our jobs." I do like the contrast between them and how Tim feels like one of his limbs is going with Bruce missing. We will see where this goes, but it feels like we have completely changed tracks from the previous issue. It doesn't even feel like the same writer and, of course, the artist has changed.

  • 6.5
    WakizashiGray Jan 5, 2023

    To be honest, this was a bit of a disappointment for me. The tone of the main story felt off, like it was unsure of what it wanted to be. A zany comedy or a more serious look into a multiversal Gotham City with no sign of a Batman. The art was disappointing after Jiminez's issues, despite some well realized fighting scenes. This issue was saved by the back-up story which is definitely worth reading, especially for fans of Tim Drake’s Robin.

  • 6.5
    SomeRandomSmartA55 Jan 3, 2023

    Normally I don’t like multiverse stories, I think they are overdone and O feel the multiverse needs to come to an end, but damn Chip you got me hooked!

    I know this is blasphemy to say….but I like Hawthorne’s artwork more than Jorge’s ( starts dodging tomatoes ) Sorry, not sorry. Just something about it feels more Batman-y to me, I don’t know how else to put it.

    I cannot wait to see where Chip is gonna take it from here. Also sassy skeleton Jim Gordon, is my new favorite character. I finally found the character that resonates with me the most. I need an on-going spin-off stat!

    Now onto the Tim story:

    THANK GOD!!! Someone who actually knows how to write my boy!! Chip has his character down more

  • 5.0
    superstan52 Jan 3, 2023

    So, Bruce is in a city, not to mention a universe he's never been, and in 5 minutes he decides that this Gotham needs a Batman. Why? Is Batman's Gotham such a paradise? A few days ago, because of Failsafe, ergo Bruce, Gotham was an occupied fortress. It's been destroyed and subject to supervillain takeovers more times than you can count. And that's a Gotham WITH a Batman. Not to mention, Batman's whole reason for being is that his parents were killed in HIS world. He has no business being the Caped Crusader in a world where he doesn't belong.

  • 5.0
    Fraidy Cat Jan 3, 2023

    Not another Multiverse.

  • 3.0
    Quinn Jan 3, 2023

    So the Batbot sent Bruce to a world without Batman. This Gotham is basically the world of Judge Dredd. Harvey Dent isn’t Two-Face, but he is a venom-roided up enforcer of the law. Commissioner Gordon is a skeleton who walks, talks and has a mustache. Selina is some sort of thief with her own crew. Apparently, sending Bruce to a Batless Gotham is the machine’s idea of mercy.

    Bruce fights the law, who is Dent, and Selina sees him on tv and recognizes Bruce.

    Bruce now, to quote the Green Goblin, has a new world to conquer.

    What I liked. Hard to say because I reject the premise of the story. This story takes the main Batman book and reduces it to a elseworlds story. Given that DC prints about 1332 Batman els more

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  • 2.5
    humgruffin Jan 4, 2023

    Is it really time to have yet another redefining of what Batman is? With the Failsafe story and now this, it looks like it. Until the next time. This is the second dull storyline in a row and with the yawn fest that is Detective Comics, I’m sorely in need of a Batman story I don’t have to stop and count how many pages I have left to read before I can get to something more exciting.

  • 2.5
    myconius Jan 3, 2023

    It feels like we've already done this.

    This issue felt like some half-assed mashup of Batman R.I.P./Final Crisis/Return of Bruce Wayne and JLA: Earth 2. But instead of Bruce getting sent back in time by Darkseid, he gets sent to some twisted alternate earth waking up all trashed in a dirty alleyway. As far as i can tell, Jim Gordon in this story is acting as the knockoff version of (Batman RIP's) Bat-Mite. It seems that "Jimbo" is just a figment of Bruce's imagination following him in this journey. This story also kind of smacks of the "Future State" Detective story we'd just gotten about a year ago by Mariko Tamaki. So far Zdarsky's Batman just feels like a mish-mosh of ideas we've seen from other writers. Just not done nearly a more

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