Comic Review: Batman #90 (DC Comics)

As the Designer’s plans unfold, a secret from Catwoman’s past threatens everything that Batman holds dear for Gotham. What is Catwoman’s secret? What does the Designer have in store for […]

As the Designer’s plans unfold, a secret from Catwoman’s past threatens everything that Batman holds dear for Gotham.

What is Catwoman’s secret? What does the Designer have in store for Catwoman and Batman? Can Batman outsmart the Designer or will Gotham fall into the clutches of the Designer forever?

It is amazing that Tynion is able to create such a mythos that stems from the dirty past of Gotham City, yet within this very issue, Tynion crafts a story that feels organic to the early years of Batman’s days as a crime fighter. Readers get a glimpse of what caused this entire caper and how it is intrinsically tied to Batman and his rogues gallery, and just how dangerous the Designer truly is. In regards to how Tynion handles the story, it is a story that is full of blockbuster action and mystery that keeps the readers engaged to see things unfold and intertwine. What makes the issue really shine is how Tynion handles the wide array of characters, remaining true to their character while also adding new layers to characters such as Batman and Catwoman. Batman and Catwoman’s relationship under Tynion makes me wish
that he stays on the title for a little while longer. I’m not sure if he’ll continue writing this title, but if he stays on the title, I’m sure many readers will remain with it.

In regards to the art department, Jorge Jimenez makes his explosive debut as an illustrator on the main Batman title, and given his work on Superman and Justice League, his debut is nothing short of bombastic. Gotham City has never looked as grand in scale in quite some time, and with Jimenez’s pencil work, Gotham feels as lively as the characters that roam in it. Jimenez’s art style in addition to his zestful layouts combined with Morey’s vibrant colors and Cowles lettering, the art team effectively stick the landing, brewing a melting pot of stimulating visuals and energy that make it perfect for this installment and title. This is a worthwhile issue to pick up, it has all of the suspense, action, and character that a Batman title such as this should have. I recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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