Batman #148 Review: We Are Family

Batman #148 review

Read our review of Batman #148 from DC Comics, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Jorge Jimenéz as Batman fights Failsafe.

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 #148 Review:

In the issue, with Batman finally purged of the Zur en Arrh personality, he’s able to trust his family once again. And that gives him the advantage over Failsafe, his evil robot double.

Speaking of finally seeing Batman smile and reconnect with his family, host Justin Tyler said, “I really enjoyed that and shouts to Chip Zdarsky for being like, ‘I’m gonna make Batman fun through hard continuity choices.'”

Tyler also thought this was a “cool Jason Todd story,” and enjoyed Tim Drake’s new look, as well.

While Pete LePage seemed less sold on the big changes, he did call them “baby steps for Batman… I hope that moving forward we’re going to see a more open Batman who leans on his family and talks to them, and keeps them in the loop.”

Alex Zalben was intrigued by the finality of this issue, which ends on a “very hopeful note” with the whole family together — when comic fans know that thanks to the Absolute Power event, as well as the fact that Vandal Savage is the commissioner of Gotham City, that bad things will happen pretty much immediately. But hey, that’s comics, baby!

Batman #148 Official Synopsis:

IT’S BATMAN VS. BATMAN IN THE “DARK PRISONS” FINALE! It all comes down to this: Batman versus Batman! With Damian’s life — and the future of Gotham — hanging in the balance, nothing can prepare either version of the Dark Knight for what’s about to happen!

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