Comic Review: Batman #126 (DC Comics)

Batman has often come out on top of any situation and any and every foe, but he could not account for the kind of trouble that one awaits for him […]

Batman has often come out on top of any situation and any and every foe, but he could not account for the kind of trouble that one awaits for him to face. Who is Failsafe? What does he want with Batman and what is his connection to the Dark Knight?

Zdarsky is no slouch as a writer, especially after a tenure on Daredevil, and his own creator-owned works. As Zdarsky navigates further into the mystery of Failsafe and what their connection is to Batman, Zdarsky does a fantastic job at writing the interpersonal relationships between characters. He understands the relationship between Batman and Tim Drake (Robin), and how things have taken a toll on him given his recent experiences since the loss of Alfred. Yet despite all that allows for characters to have autonomy to really breathe and feel complete as characters and instead of being a supporting cast of cardboard cutouts. Failsafe actually feels convincing as a mysterious antagonist that wastes no time in putting the hurt on the World’s Greatest Detective, which creates the right kind of tension that keeps a reader coming back for more to see how the mystery unfolds, especially as it takes a turn that none would suspect.

I have to confess, every time I read a new project that happens to contain Jorge Jimenez’s artwork, I tend to claim that it might be the best work of his career. And while I would be disappointed in being so repetitive in saying such things to the point of redundancy, I’m not ashamed to say that Jorge Jimenez is delivering some of the best work of his career. There, I said it. Jimenez seems to work more in tone to Zdarsky’s writing, which creates a different approach to Jimenez’s linework making for a more kinetic, sharp, and more focused set of pages that is tonally perfect to the story that’s unfolding in this run. The linework along with Tomeu Morey’s lusciously cinematic colors and Clayton Cowles lettering shows why this title is worth picking up again, not just as a Batman book, but as a comic focusing on an established mainstream character.

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