Review: Batman #88
The mystery of the Designer continues as Batman #88 continues the Batman adventure being spun by writer James Tynion IV. Catwoman has been dragged into the conspiracy of the perfect crime. What that is? We’ve yet to find out but the web being weaved is vast and intriguing.
Tynion’s take on Batman is one that isn’t uber-powerful and precision perfect. There’s a flaw there that we see a few times in the issue. That flaw is physical, mental, and emotional. There’s a half step mission from the usual finesse that we expect. Batman feels a bit more blunt instrument than usual as he smashes a car through a wall or punches his way through enemies, even if that means he might be hit and cut.
Much like the previous issue, this one is a piece of the overall puzzle though a bit more friendly as far as a starting point. It teases out a lot which will be explained later but relies less on events from previous issues. Yes, it continues them but the issue is plotted in a way that you don’t necessarily need to know the details.
The art by Guillem March with color by Tomeu Morey is pretty solid. There’s a great attention to detail for instance the folds of a costume. The issue also features various tones going from traditional superhero to horror in just a page. The art still delivers a cohesive feel. That’s helped by the colors which have a palette for each segment but overall connect. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering especially helps as the horror tone is enhanced by the lettering giving the issue shifts in tone that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Batman #88 is a solid piece of the puzzle. It teases out so much that spells drama’s coming but in the end it’ll be judged as to how this arc sticks the landing. As a single issue, it’s entertaining and can be a starting point for new readers which is impressive a few issues in. It has us wanting to see where this all goes which is a solid accomplishment. To get us to want to read more, then a comic has done its job in entertaining.
Story: James Tynion IV Story: Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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