Batman – One Bad Day: Bane #1 Micro-Review – Doing Your Homework

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Batman One Bad Day Bane 1, cover, January 2023, Howard Porter, Tomeu MoreyTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: Bane #1
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This story follows up on a classic Denny O’Neil story from the ’90s called “Venom.” I’ve had my issues with Williamson in recent months over Dark Crisis. But I’ve got to hand it to him on this one. He did his homework, and it paid off.

I was confused by something, though. There’s a villain in here called Grudge, and the story acts like we should know who he is. To the best of my recollection, I’ve never seen him before…

Somebody in this issue says, “No amount of venom can ever fix stupid.”

Words to live by, perhaps?

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A Batman #131 Micro-Review – The Tim Drake Renaissance

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Batman, 131, cover, January 2023, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #131
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Mike Hawthorne, Miguel Mendonca, Ariano Di Benedetto (Inker), Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Roman Stevens (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Jimenez.
RELEASED: 
January 3, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky’s “The Bat-Man of Gotham” storyline isn’t going much for me thus far. But I eventually came around on his previous story, “Failsafe.” So I’m hopeful that will change.

I’m partial to this issue’s back-up, which sees Tim Drake commence his hunt for the missing Batman. Granted, it treads some ground we already covered more than a decade ago. But still, between the revelation about his sexuality, his new ongoing series, and him getting this spotlight in Batman, I’m digging this Tim Drake renaissance we’re having.

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A Batman #130 Micro-Review – When Batman Fell to Earth

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Batman 130, cover, December 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #130
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue kicks off with one of the more dramatic examples of comic book science I’ve seen in recent memory: Batman falling to Earth from the moon. As in, he survives a fast and fiery entry into Earth’s atmosphere wearing nothing but the Batsuit and a breathmask. Offensive? Not necessarily. But enough to take me out of the issue.

On the other hand, Zdarsky’s “I Am a Gun” back-up ends on a fantastic note. Now that is how you stick a landing, folks.

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A Batman #129 Micro-Review – Man Against Machine

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Batman 129, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #129
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist) Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was a little more into Chip Zdarsky’s “Failsafe” story this month. I think that’s because we’ve gotten to the point in the story where it’s just Batman against this killer robot. All the various sidekicks, apprentices, and Justice Leaguers are neutralized.  It’s strictly man against machine now.

But the “I Am a Gun” back-up feature continues to outshine the main story as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a huge fan of how the Joker is drawn on these pages. But other than that, it’s gotten very interesting very quickly.

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A Batman #128 Micro-Review – Zur-En-Arrh: Year One?

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Batman 128, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #128
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Since he took the wheel on Batman, Chip Zdarsky’s back-up stories have been particularly strong. So much so that I’ve actually enjoyed them more than the main features. For the last few months we had a tale centered around Catwoman. This month begins “I Am a Gun,” which takes us back to the origin of the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.

Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire’s art is what really make it stand out for me. It reminds me quite a bit of what Robin: Year One and Batgirl: Year One looked like. That’s to say, it’s great work.

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A Batman #127 Micro-Review – “He’s My Son!”

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TITLE: Batman #127
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The early portion of this issue directly references both JLA: Tower of Babel and Batman: R.I.P. Fanboy cred points to Zdarsky for that.

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is in this issue. On the subject of R.I.P., I remember how confused I was when that story showed me this version of Batman. Thankfully, Zdarsky does a pretty good job of explaining the concept to new readers.

There’s a nice moment in here where Bruce Wayne loudly asserts that Tim Drake isn’t just his soldier, he’s his son.

Incidentally, Jimenez draws a damn good Superman.

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A Batman #126 Micro-Review – More Robots

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TITLE: Batman #126
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTIST:
Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman fights a new robotic villain called Failsafe in this issue, and gets a lot of help from his extended “family.” The combination of those two elements, plus the fact that Jimenez and Morey are still on Batman, made this issue feel like an extension of James Tynion IV’s “Fear State.” After all that, I’d kind of had my fill of Batman fighting robots for awhile. So hopefully we don’t spend an immense amount of time doing that again.

On the flip side I find the Executor, a robotic character we meet in Zdarsky’s Catwoman back-up, utterly charming.

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A Batman #125 Micro-Review – Business Casual Batman

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Batman 125, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #125
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky and Jimenez bring us an action sequence where Batman is wearing his mask and utility belt with a white dress shirt and slacks. I think I get what they’re going for. But it looked pretty ridiculous to me. What’s that look called? Business casual Batman?

The Penguin gets a good amount of shine in this issue. Jimenez gives him a very Danny-Devito-esque look. I’m always impressed when a creative team can make Penguin look like formidable opponent for Batman. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, despite his status as an iconic Batman foe.

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A Batman #123 Micro-Review – An Easy Transition

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Batman 123, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Batman #123
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Rain Beredo (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Willie Schubert (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was able to follow this issue fairly easily, despite not having read the two “Shadow War” issues that came after Batman #122. That kind of thing is always appreciated.

Still, for my money the back-up story by Williamson and Trevor Hairsine stole the issue. Taking place in the past, it sees Batman mix it up with Deathstroke and the Joker, as a bounty looms over Robin’s head. Hairsine renders the classic Robin costume very well, albeit briefly.

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A Batman #117 Micro-Review – The End of a Run

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TITLE: Batman #117
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS: Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Sarah Stern (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer) Becca Carey (Letterer). Variant cover by Jorge Molina.
RELEASED: November 16, 2021

With this being Tynion’s last issue on Batman, I feel pretty confident saying he had a good run. Although, he didn’t end on the strongest note. “Fear State” ran a couple issues too long. But he had a lot of cool ideas, and really did right by Scarecrow. He turned in something to be proud of.

It speaks volumes that the best part of these last few issues of Batman, one of DC’s biggest and most lucrative books, has been the preview content for Batgirls. I’ve got high hopes for that series.

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