Batman #140

DC Comics

Written by Chip Zdarsky

Art by Jorge Jimenez

Colors by Tomeu Morey

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Batman battles an external threat as well as an internal one.

Batman confronts Joker in the burning home of one of Bruce’s former mentors. Unfortunately, both Joker and Lucie know it isn’t the real Bruce Wayne, but Zur-En-Arrh in control. What makes things even worse is that he has help from an army of multiverse variations of himself living within Bruce’s own mind.

With Zur-En-Arrh in control of Batman’s body and fighting to end the Joker for good, Bruce fights the variants in his own mind. A fight that will lead to a dangerous and dramatic separation.

The Story: The story is filled with great action and thrills. Unfortunately, Joker is so wasted in this issue that his presence feels completely unnecessary. The Zur-En-Arrh storyline has some interesting moments, but it constantly meanders in ways that make me wonder if any part of it is needed. Zdarsky has some entertaining and provocative takes on Batman and his mission, but this part of the storyline doesn’t really hit any of those.

The Art: Jimenez delivers beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. The variants of Zur-En-Arrh look fantastic and I love the different visual styles from the 1989 Batman version to the animated series version of the character.

Batman #140



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