Batman #134

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Mike Hawthorne, Miguel Mendonca Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 5, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 47
7.8Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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It's all-out war as only Batman stands between Red Mask and a Gotham City full of bodies! How much is the Dark Knight willing to sacrifice to save this city?

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Apr 4, 2023

    Both of these stories really hit emotional high notes at their ends. I now believe in the first story all over again. I anxiously await the Batman and Robin reunion that will inevitably break me. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 4, 2023

    Batman had a few rough patches under this new regime, but that seems to be in the distant past as this Multiverse story has provided some unexpected drama and surprises while also giving Tim Drake a spotlight to shine. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 4, 2023

    Zdarsky's run on Batman has been one of the most ambitious since Snyder's, but with this issue it becomes clear he's aiming for something even crazier. This is a full-fledged multiversal saga, maybe the most ambitious Batman story in decades, and we're just scratching the surface. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Apr 4, 2023

    Batman #134 is a wild ride with a generous helping of shocks thrown into the mix. As this arc begins to reach the home straight, the stakes have never been higher. I wish the wait for issue #135 wasn't as long as a month, but all good things come to those who can (barely) wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 4, 2023

    Zdarksy simply gets storytelling. He has the delivery down, he executes his plot threads well, provides strong cliffhangers, thorough details, and all while connecting the classics that make Batman so dynamic. The Multiversal angle and parallel characters continue to add a vibrant spice that should continue to spark any Batman fans' interest. This wasnt the story I saw coming after Failsafe but its still a $&@ good story that I highly recommend. Batman needed new stories and flavor and Batman #134 is the perfect example of just that. Zdarsky has certainly delivered and continues to keep fans on their toes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 4, 2023

    As each issue comes out, it becomes more precise this is a great way to tell a Batman multiverse story. Sure, it's easy to feel burned out on multiverse adventures since it seems like every legacy character has been in one or is in one right now, but Zdarsky puts his spin on things in exciting ways. Add in a tremendous and heartfelt Tim Drake backup, and this is a nice buildup as the story closes in on the finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Apr 4, 2023

    This month both the lead and back-up stories stand on their own to feet as excellent character portraits. Despite the intricate nature of the story, both Bruce and Tim are given plenty of action and a strong dash of heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 4, 2023

    Chip Zdarsky and Mike Hawthorne elevated "The Bat-Man Of Gotham story to a new level by putting over Red Mask as the bad guy you love to hate. Learning about Red Mask's motivation and ties to Batman put the main story on another level. Then when you add the heartwarming developments in the Tim Drake back-up story by Zdarsky and Miguel Mendonca Batman #134 was a big win. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 5, 2023

    It is difficult to imagine the story continuing for much longer the way it is. It certainly seems to be reaching its climax. Bruce is likely to return home at some point in the next couple of months. The Earth he is on is not without its charm. It would take a longer walk in and amidst the darkness to truly find something worth exploring, though. There have been far too many brushes with dystopian mutations of familiar worlds in comic books over the years. Zdarsky would need to spend more time in this world for it to provide a greater depth of insight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Apr 4, 2023

    These elements are brought together with Moreys colors, which highlight the twisted mind of Red Mask after his accident. Batman #134 is a strong part of a larger story, and while executed with obvious craft and skill, doesnt offer the level of spectacle of the Failsafe arc. Instead, it builds on the emotional core of the Batman supporting cast, utilizing the framework of the parallel universe to strong effect. As Batman #900 looms, promising bombastic multiversal action to wrap up this storyline and set the course for the future of Batman under Zdarsky, this issue is a good place to remember the person on either side of the multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Apr 3, 2023

    Batman #134 continues the World Without A Batman story with several surprises. Some surprises are strangely unsurprising, and at least one surprise is shockingly big. The art is generally okay, albeit too bright for an underground adventure, and the ending will get people talking. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 4, 2023

    Hawthorne delivers some great art throughout the issue filled with detail and visual thrills. The fight between Batman and Ghost-Maker was great and led to a moment I didn't expect visually. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Apr 5, 2023

    Batman #134 is an issue of layers, both in the main story and the backup, and while not every layer holds it's still a solid issue and an interesting one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 5, 2023

    As a whole, Batman #134 isn't bad. The story arc isn't bad. It just doesn't feel fresh and interesting and feels like something we've seen a few times before. There's little that's surprising at all from a villain reveal that is exactly who you think it is to obstacles that surmount to character we know + venom. There was a lot of potential here to do something different, instead, it's played out as expected so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Apr 13, 2023

    This is absolutely a case of "it's good, but it could be better. I hope that we see some unpredictable elements enter the run soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Apr 4, 2023

    Batman #134 is an action-packed issue that has more big ideas than excitement, but there's much promise as to what lies ahead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 8, 2023

    This alternate reality story hasn't really done anything for me, and some of the character and story choices aren't helping matters. Cool fight scene, though. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Apr 4, 2023

    As you can probably tell, I do not like this issue. The main story is bad, and the backup isn't doing anything for me. As such, I don't recommend spending any money on this comic, and it's much too expensive anyway. Instead, you could check out Waid and Mora's World's Finestnot only is that an incredible book, but a new arc also started in March, and it's a great jumping-on point. But Batman? Well, this just ain't it. Read Full Review

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