Comic Review: Batman #88 (DC Comics)

Who is the Designer? And why is Bruce Wayne his desired target? What does the Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman have to do with The Designers sinister plan? And What […]

Who is the Designer? And why is Bruce Wayne his desired target? What does the Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman have to do with The Designers sinister plan? And What dark secrets lie in wake for Batman?

Just when you think that there couldn’t be anything new added to Batman’s mythos, Tynion curves and subverts expectations that are fresh and welcomed additions to the world of Batman. It’s one thing that Batman has a new arsenal, but he also has new gadgets! Tynion incorporates new concepts and ideas, such as the Echo tool that is able to convert vehicles into Batmobiles, which is a genius new feature to the dark knights ever growing arsenal. In some ways, I’m surprised that no one else has thought about incorporating an idea such as that before. It’s enjoyable to see Batman being a capable fighter, and detective but what’s even more enjoyable is the plot. The stakes feel intense and impactful in ways that haven’t been felt in a title such as this for quite some time. I was surprised at the new kind of dangers that Batman and Catwoman are facing. Tynion does a good job at writing the relationships of Batman and his rogues gallery, while also alluding to a threat without showing the threat. It’s exciting when a writer is able to introduce a sinister character with only mentions but never showing them at any point, letting their actions speak for themselves. There are a ton of surprises in this book that make the story engrossing and a must to read.

Gulliem March continues to knock it out of the park with his layouts and character renderings. Anytime he illustrates Catwoman, he is able to display the reflective texture of her costume that exudes Michelle Pfeiffer energy. But it’s his clever panel layouts and his ability to display scenes through panels in a dynamic fashion that is not limited to traditional paneling that makes the book even more appealing. March’s linework accompanied by Tomeu Morey’ atmospheric colors and Clayton Cowels lettering makes this book a packaged deal that is worth buying for new comic book day. It’s another fine installment that is living up to what a Batman title should be.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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