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BATMAN #146 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles (backup story by Michele Bandini and Alex Sinclair) – DC COMICS

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay points! It’s the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast.

For this entry, there is a new vigilante in Gotham City. Since emerging as the “new” Batman, Failsafe has been on a rampage against crime. Its’ methods have been extreme. The Bat-family has been proceeding with caution. All the while, fans keep wondering about Bruce Wayne.

Locked away with a broken Joker as a cellmate, Batman needs to find a way to reverse his fortunes. If not, losing Gotham City will be the worst of his problems.

BATMAN #146 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles (backup story by Michele Bandini and Alex Sinclair) shows the Caped Crusader planning his counter attack, but is it too late?

Let’s take a closer look and see where things stand.


The main story begin with a body being thrown out a window. The airborne figure is Killer Croc. Standing in the broken window frame is the duo of Failsafe and Robin (Damian Wayne). Croc is just another criminal defeated by the extreme measures of Failsafe.

BATMAN #146 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles (backup story by Michele Bandini and Alex Sinclair) – DC COMICS – Cover: Jim Lee

Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) crashes the scene. She tries pleading with Damian about how wrong the new directive is. Damian brushes the pleas off. Failsafe ignores the wishes as well. The cold conversation proves there is dwindling hope that the Batman they know lies inside the robotic body.

Meanwhile, Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon are having a conference call with other DC heroes. The topic is how to handle this new version of Bruce Wayne.


That’s also the topic of discussion from a Blackgate prison cell. Bruce Wayne is plotting an escape from his cell and cellmate: The Joker. Batman will need some luck to pull this.

To escape, he needs a distraction. As luck would have it, he gets that intervention as Punchline is the next prisoner brought in

How does this all play out? Readers watch as Batman makes a last-ditch effort to run. The pace speeds with time not on Bat’s side.

Factor in the Joker and Punchline looming in the background and there is no easy way out. Plus, Failsafe keeps progressing forward! Just wait for the final pages to play out as the parting image solidifies this is anything but over.

BATMAN #146 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles (backup story by Michele Bandini and Alex Sinclair) – DC COMICS – Cover: Dan Panosian

Zdarksy pens Failsafe making a bold public statement right off the bat. The effortless handling of Killer Croc sends shockwaves. This begins a merciless run with some of DC’s more noteworthy personalities.

None more greater than the last encounter for this chapter. Failsafe’s dialogue is cold and unapologetic in response to this moment. Considering the parties involved, readers will have a vested focus on the pair’s next encounter.


Bruce Wayne is showcased at a very low point. Knowing his enemy is a more ruthless version of himself, the challenge is even greater. The pacing reflects the frantic attempt of freedom. Its’ fallout sets more in motion. This all builds for a great close to a very engaging tale.

Jiménez and Morey kick things off with a loud debut of Croc being thrown through a high-rise office window. Cowles’ lettering is the needed piece to exemplify this starting point.

The escape from Failsafe prison is given a strong split panel page. With one half featuring the trouble, the other shows Bruce Wayne ready to take the first step to victory.

Failsafe has big interactions spin out of the Croc arrest Fans will be locked in as the Robotic Crusader crashes and apprehends a big name in the DCU. This pleads into the final encounter with a flagship DCU hero. The body language displayed shows readers that this is not the pair of old friends. This moment is two strangers staking their claims to what is unfolding next. The closing images raise the bar for what is coming next, which is another great chapter for fans.


With a new dynamic duo running loose in Gotham, Batman struggles to find a way to right this wrong. Zdarsky give readers a tale of two Batman with excellent writing. Jiménez, Morey and Cowles let the new Caped Crusader run wild with dynamic imagery. The new era of justice continues on with a chapter fans won’t want to miss.

Hit me up on ODPHpod social media and let me know your thoughts on Batman #146. Thanks for reading!


Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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