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BATMAN #149 by Chip Zdarsky, Michele Bandini, Steve Lieber, Nick Filardi, and Clayton Cowles (DC COMICS) Cover: Jorge Jiménez

Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, the stat quo of Gotham City has changed. The battle of “Batmen” is over. Bruce Wayne has defeated his android version of himself. Now comes the hard part.

Since “Knight Terrors”, Batman’s actions have divided his family and the trust of the people. Bruce has a lot of healing and reflection in his future. Plus, there are a few leftover issues to deal with. One of which is a young clone of himself.

BATMAN #149 by Chip Zdarsky, Michele Bandini, Steve Lieber, Nick Filardi, and Clayton Cowles (DC COMICS) brings forth a challenge Bruce Wayne may not be ready to handle (even with prep time).

Let’s take a closer look at the fallout.


Coming off the heels of major events, Zdarsky walks readers through a reflective stage. With his greatest creation leaving behind a clone, the writing takes he audience into the re-emergence of Bruce Wayne. There is no ultimate vengeance machine. No great detective with an easy fix. In this story, a simple human trying to do the right thing against all odds. Welcome back Bruce.


Once the final thread is completed, Zdarsky sets up a new phase of the Bat-Family. The chapter almost feels like a final issue with how the closing act is written. Time has passed. Healing has begun. Most importantly, Zdarsky brings back Batman’s biggest strength. Batman gets back to basics as Gotham’s protector with a new mission at hand. It is one readers have been waiting for , even with dark times ahead.

The art teams close the “clone saga” off with displays of emotion from the Dark Knight. Seeing himself pass before his eyes haunts Wayne’s actions through the issue. There is a strong full page conclusion to that portion of the book. What follows next is a return to basics. A near full page splash of the Dark Knight back in action will excite readers.

A final visitor will leave an impression on the readers with the panels. The conversation is one that comes across genuine and honest considering the recent few sagas. With a simple panel image, the story ends with much inspiration that, at last, the long road to redemption has come to its destination.


With the life and times of Bruce Wayne being in flux with the Failsafe fallout, this issue gives readers a much needed reset. Zdarsky weaves endings for lingering themes with the writing. The art teams project the return of the Bruce Wayne with a fair share of drama and hope. As dark times are coming, the Caped Crusader is finally in a place to properly handle them.

Hit me up on ODPHpod social media and let me know your thoughts on Batman #149. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative.


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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