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Batman # 125 Review | Batman News

Batman # 125 Review |  Batman News

I have not eaten Batman a while. King’s race was fine for me, but I feel like Tynion ran the whole thing down the hill with all the trouble. Williamson’s short run was not bad, although there was nothing to write home about either. But now Zdarsky has signed to write this series, and here it is to be hoped that he can post high quality and recover Batman to its former splendor. Will he succeed? Let us see.

This is a good problem. I do not think it is the home drive I was hoping for, but it is still quite fun reading. This release is action packed, it has Batman in an active hero role, Batman and Tim are a real dynamic duo, and Tim also has a good heroic moment. This problem feels like one Batman cartoon, which is more than I could say about Tynion’s race, for example. That said, at times the creative team plays it so confident that I almost wish they would have taken a slightly different approach. There is nothing here that we have not seen before. Batman is accused of murder; there are some mandatory references to A death in the family, a book that I really dislike and that is still referenced far too often; and Penguin has another creepy scheme that will put many people in danger. I certainly do not mind a more meat-and-potato approach, but a little more originality in the main plot would have been nice.

That said, the villainous revelation at the very end of the issue is a bit of a surprise to me. It remains to be seen to what extent this whole villain’s concept will really be original, because we really only see this character in one panel, but if Zdarsky and Jiminez play their cards right, maybe this new character can be the fresh, new element that will distinguish this story from others. Another thing I find interesting is that Zdarsky announced that the villain in this story will be linked to Bruce’s past. I’m tired of new characters related to our hero’s past, but when it comes to this particular character, I think it makes sense!

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Although this is a solid, entertaining case, I still question certain narrative choices. For example, we see Bruce infiltrating a gala using his playboy personality. I was excited to see it at first, but he pretty much immediately puts on a cover and puts on his belt and starts Batman-ing. At this point, I wonder why the creative team is trying to show Bruce at the gala, instead of letting him just sneak in as Batman, wondering in the shadows while Tim’s role in this scene remains exactly the same. This would not change history at all. As it stands, I do not think Bruce’s appearance at the gala adds anything to the story, and therefore I think it should have been cut.

I also have mixed feelings about the inner monologue and some of the dialogue. Most are pretty hard boiled. Although it works very well at times, and makes the comic “sound” more cruel, it also works against the story when I’m not sure if I should take certain lines seriously or not. There’s a fine line between writing strong, hard-boiled dialogue and parody, and once it’s difficult to take the story seriously, I’m sort of taken out of it.

Another point I want to address is a character named Colin Fitzroy. I do not remember seeing this character in older times Batman comics and the creative team do not show exactly this character in action either. Instead, they let Bruce and Tim talk about how amazing Colin was and how painful it was that he died. Later, they let Penguin trash-talk Colin in an attempt to make Bruce doubt who his old friend really was. This can be a strong plot point if Colin is developed as a character and we actually get to see the relationship he had with Bruce. Right now it’s so obvious that this is the author explaining something to the reader about a character we actually never see and being killed off the panel, and it’s simply not good to write in my opinion. Of course, Zdarsky has only so many sides, but a scene where Colin and Bruce’s friendship is established would definitely help to concretize this plot point. Now I just look at this whole thing and think, ‘Okay. Secure. Anyway, I guess. “

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When it comes to art, Jiminez and Morey are burning. The colors are rich and varied, and there is so much energy to the pencils. The action scenes flow incredibly well; the emotions on the characters’ faces match the scenes and context; and the setups – although not always simple – are easy to follow and enjoy. The art of Batman has not been a problem for many years, and it certainly is not now. If you are a fan of Jiminez and / or Morey, or if you are in the mood for a high energy action cartoon, you should definitely choose this.

The backup, also written by Zdarsky, follows Catwoman. The writing is much more optimistic and light-hearted compared to the much darker main story, and so is the art of Ortega and Guerrero. The story itself is mainly set up for what is to come, but I am not convinced that this will be a backup that I will continue to read. It is solid in terms of execution, but right now it is a bit dull. Selina’s main job is to find people on Cobblepot’s list, and that’s really the whole point of this backup. There is nothing here that makes me excited about the story or that makes me recommend it, but there is also nothing here that makes me want to tell others to stay away from it. That’s all right. Nothing more, nothing less.

Recommended if…

  • You are a fan of Zdarsky and want to check out the first edition of his race
  • You are interested in action comics, especially when they are drawn by Jiminez
  • Hard-boiled story is your favorite
  • Tim Drake is your Robin

All in all

I enjoyed reading this issue from cover to cover, but I do not think it is a masterpiece. The art is great, but the writing is a bit mixed. While the main plot is well laid out and both Batman and Tim are real heroes, the monologue and dialogue are at times so hard-boiled that I have a hard time taking it seriously. There are also plot elements that are underdeveloped or underutilized, some of which should have been cut. I still recommend this issue if you are curious about Zdarsky’s new race, but I would not blame you if you waited a while to see if this is really worth addressing. After all, comics are expensive.

Score: 6.5 / 10

Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a copy of this comic for the purposes of this review.

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