Review: Batman #86

Batman #86

Writer Tom King’s epic run on Batman has come to a close and a new creative team is on board. Batman #86 plants a flag for a new direction and new perspective on the iconic character. In doing so, it provides an intriguing start with a lot of potential.

James Tynion IV takes over writing duties on the DC Comics flagship title. His Batman is one that’s still reeling from recent events and his war with Bane. This a reflective Batman who finally wants to do more than just don a costume. It hints at a question that lingers the character, if he can do more as Bruce Wayne than as Batman? Tynion seems to be exploring this concept and hinting at more economic strength than just physical for the duality.

There’s also new dynamics hinted at. Lucious Fox is front and center taking over the gap left by the death of Alfred. Selina too slides into a role as Bruce and Batman’s surrogate.

We also get hints as to the big bad. With feints and zigs and zags Tynion is building out an intriguing battle ahead that feels like it’ll test Batman and Bruce Wayne alike.

Guillem March‘s art is fantastic with some jawdropping spreads and panels. With color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the art is wonderful to look at. There’s a different tone presented as well with a slight optimism in a way. Details hint at the turn that Batman/Bruce want to take for the city and it moves beyond the imposing depressing city that has been present for years. There’s interesting tones in the story and the art captures them perfectly matching the new direction and vision for the series and character.

Batman #86 is a new beginning and the next steps for the character. Long-time readers should be interested at what’s hinted and winked at to come. New readers can slide into the comic without a need to catch up with what they’ve missed. The issue is a fresh start in many ways and hints at the next evolution of the character.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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