Review: Batman #91

Batman #91

Action has been the name of the game for James Tynion IV‘s run on Batman. Batman #91 is a prime example of that as the various pieces of the game Tynion has created make their moves on the board.

The Designer is on the attack on multiple fronts but the comic itself opens from the Joker’s perspective. The Joker explains why he seemingly killed the Designer the last issue and from his point of view… it’s actually logical. Tynion has done the impossible in making the Joker seem like the sane one out of the bunch.

What Tynion also does is squarely plant the flag as to where his version of Batman’s head is at. There’s an amazing exchange between Batman and Deathstroke that answers so many questions and gives us a vision. We get where this Batman/Bruce is coming from and what he’s going to do about it. It also puts squarely in the center a very glaring issue with the character up to this point. Batman has spent millions on his toys but how much has Bruce spent on fixing Gotham? That’s the theme Tynion is going with and the question he is answering. He’s able to do that with some amazing action sequences.

Those sequences are delivered with a large number of artists. Rafael Albuquerque, Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, and Danny Miki are all credited. There’s also Tomeu Morey on colors and letterer Clayton Cowles. Even with so many artists involved, the art is consistent and solid. It wasn’t until Albuquerque’s contribution did I even notice a shift in art, and even then it’s a love of his style that had me notice. The comic is fantastic to look at with some amazing sequences where you can almost feel the motion going on.

Batman #91 is the best issue so far of this opening storyline. It delivers so much packed into one issue from interesting discussions to great action. While it’s not the best starting point, it is one hell of a comic.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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