Batman #146 Review: He’s Not Trapped In Here With You…

Batman #146 review

Read our review of Batman #146 from DC Comics, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Jorge Jiménez and Michele Bandini.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Batman #146 Review:

In the issue, Batman is still trapped in prison by the Batman of Zur en Arrh, who is inside the robot body of Failsafe. Meanwhile, The Joker is revealing how he’s been connected to everything in Batman’s life. And Batman’s allies believe he might be dead, and became an extreme crime robot.

There is so much danger for Batman,” host Alex Zalben said complementarily. And why he was “iffy” about retconning the Joker to being behind every major twist in Batman’s life, “I enjoyed this so much at the same time, it kind of doesn’t matter.”

“I’m having a blast with this,” added Pete LePage. He also noted that seeing Batman “start to win a little bit… Feels so good.”

Zalben agreed, calling out a scene where Batman faces down dozens of prisoners, and smiles a bit, realizing he can take them “is great… It’s just great to be jazzed about a Batman book. Fun stuff.”

The duo also discussed the interesting emotional subtext of everyone from Superman to Damian Wayne being unsure whether Batman would upload himself into a robot body or not.

“When you’re reading the pages, it hurts that Damian is so into it,” Zalben said.

Batman #146 Official Synopsis:

ZUR’S PLANS REVEALED, “DARK PRISONS” BY CHIP ZDARSKY AND JORGE JIMÉNEZ CONTINUES! The explosive “Dark Prisons” continues as Batman learns from an old mentor what Zur’s plans are for Gotham City… and the world! Can the Dark Knight escape from a prison designed by the ultimate version of himself? And what nefarious role does The Joker play in all of this?

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