Comic Review: Batman #86 (DC Comics)

It’s a new day and a new era for Batman as he pursues his mission to rebuild Gotham into a better city. Still reeling from the events that took place […]

It’s a new day and a new era for Batman as he pursues his mission to rebuild Gotham into a better city.

Still reeling from the events that took place in the city of Bane arc, Batman focuses his sights on a group of assassins plotting to shift the very foundations that Gotham stands on. Who are these assassins? What do they want with Gotham, and what do they want with Batman?

It’s interesting to see how much Tynion has written about Batman in other titles such as Detective Comics, Batman/TMNT, and other titles related to Batman. He’s written Batman in various books but has never had a run on the solo Batman title up until now. After Tom King wrapped up his tenure on Batman, I was curious to see how Tynion would tackle the aftermath that Batman was left to deal with after the City of Bane arc. Thankfully, Tynion is able to come into his own while making the most of the status quo that the Dark Knight is currently in. The story is well-paced as Tynion establishes the state of Batman and Catwoman’s relationship, while also introducing some classic characters that haven’t been seen for some time that pose a threat for the caped crusader.

Some of the best moments within this book that Tynion tackles is Batman’s relationship with Lucius Fox now that a certain presence is no longer around to help him with his war against crime. It’s interesting to see how Tynion is able to really dig deep with how Batman feels about his current environment as he struggles to stay focused on the present while dwelling on the tragedy of yesterday. Tynion provides an interesting direction for Batman that will leave readers eager to see what he’ll do next within this title.

In regards to the art department, Tony Daniel brings his A-game to this issue, providing fantastic scenery with each panel and page. His art style is striking and will immediately catch the eyes of readers as they travel through the pages. Daniel demonstrates that he is still fantastic at displaying mundane scenes such as people chatting at a gala in a way that doesn’t come off boring while also delivering awesome action to match. Daniel’s artwork coupled with Miki’s inks, Morey’s colors and Coweles lettering, the art department successfully set the tone for this new run as the pages are filled with energy, atmosphere, and power that will leave readers wanting more from this book. It’s safe to say that this is a solid issue within this title that promises many things to come for Batman and readers alike. I absolutely recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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