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Batman #149 Review: Goodbye To The Old Me

Batman #149 review

Read our review of Batman #149 from DC Comics, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Michele Bandini and Steve Lieber.

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 #149 Review:

In this issue, Batman is spending time with a younger clone of himself created by an evil robot version of himself. Batman’s life is weird. But over the course of the issue, the clone grows older and dies, with Batman ultimately burying his old self.

“A lot of stuff happens in this issue, big seismic changes for Batman and the Bat-family,” said host Alex Zalben. “This is essentially a way of Batman, who is trying to be more open and working with his family… To literally and figuratively bury himself by the end of the issue… I thought that was very nice, taking the issue to focus on that.”

Pete LePage was into the “memorable emotional stuff. And to me the stuff that always gets me about Batman is when he finally lets his guard down and lets his family in, those moments where he leads with his heart… This is a very sweet issue where he’s building a home for his family, and all are welcome. And it’s actually very touching.”

There were some quibbles the hosts had, though… LePage felt that something looked off about Bruce Wayne in the issue, to which Zalben noted the two artists helped create — in his opinion — as sense of continuity for the character. As for Zalben, his quibble was the rather casual way Bruce’s clone chops off his hand, so that Batman can replace the robot hand he’s been wearing for multiple issues.

But at the same time, both agreed it was a “good issue” and a fitting close to this part of Chip Zdarsky’s Batman saga.

Batman #149 Official Synopsis:

When confronted with the totality of your life, and all the choices that led you to where you are, do you build on the ashes, or rise from them? The Batman who is left standing will have to answer this question quickly, as someone is already sifting through those ashes, with an eye toward saving the world!

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