Comic Review: Batman #89 (DC Comics)

As Catwoman and Harley Quinn fight for their lives at the Gotham Cemetery, Batman seeks out The Riddler’s whereabouts across Gotham. If anyone has the answers for who the Designer […]

As Catwoman and Harley Quinn fight for their lives at the Gotham Cemetery, Batman seeks out The Riddler’s whereabouts across Gotham.

If anyone has the answers for who the Designer is, and what he has in store for Gotham, it would be him, but he has gone missing in light of the attacks on Batman and the rogues. What happened to the Riddler? What is Catwoman hiding from Batman? And who has their fingers on Gotham?

This was an amazing issue that accomplishes drumming as much mystery as it does action. Tynion continues to deliver a really interesting, and compelling Batman tale that continues to explore the past of Gotham’s Rogues while also showcasing what is to come from Batman’s latest foe, the Designer. What I really enjoy about this issue is how much action is happening between Catwoman’s camp and Batman’s camp, yet even with all of the villain’s on the field, The Designer’s presence is felt, but is rarely ever seen. That’s something I hope continues to be a trend, because in recent years, anytime a new villain rears their head, and gains popularity by majority, they end up wearing out their welcome to a point that you’d want to see less of them. What is great is that it has been a few issues into this run and yet Tynion has made the Designer into a terrifying adversary without ever showing face.

The art department for this issue consists of a trio of pencilers, who all deliver in making the compelling mystery look as deadly as it is exciting to read. Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, and Miki all create amazing layouts that look even more fantastic with Tomeu Morey’s colors and Clayton Cowel’s lettering. The entire team on this title continues to deliver mystery, and action, which is a good formula for a good Batman book. I definitely recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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