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Review: Batman #87

Batman #87

The second part of “Their Dark Designs” delivers an interesting chapter in Batman #87. While it builds upon the mystery of who is bankrolling this latest attack on Gotham, it’s the character interactions that stand out.

Written by James Tynion IV, the issue brings in new pieces of the puzzle, the Riddler and Penguin. Each are part of the game being played and both are also targets of the mysterious bad guy. Their interaction reveals who is and who isn’t behind the hiring of Deathstroke and his crew. And, it’s their interaction that sets the tone of the comic and focus.

Tynion continues to lay out the new status-quo for his vision of Batman. Without an Alfred to guide him, there’s a conscious effort to display what Bruce/Batman’s attitude is at this point. Whether it’s talking with Lucious, Catwoman, or Bullock, each scene gives us an idea of what we should expect and where Batman is at this point.

The issue also continues whatever the big picture plan is. Like a good heist story, the concept is already convoluted with being captured and needing to escape. There’s more to it but it’s best to not think about the details at this point. As more is revealed, hopefully the “why” of those details of this issue will make a bit more sense. For now, turn your brain off.

The art is where I’m most mixed on the issue. Guillem March both nails it and doesn’t. Details of characters feel lost at times lacking a crispness we’ve seen in other recent Batman artists. But, the layouts of the pages are inspired. There’s some very solid work delivering different perspectives that create an engaging flow of a read visually. Tomeu Morey‘s colors stand out as well, especially in the beginning. March delivers his vision for the Riddler and Penguin and each are more monstrous than we’ve seen recently. Morey’s color helps drive that home with a sickening palette for each. Riddler’s curved body mimicking a question mark is a nice touch and detail.

Batman #87 is a fine second chapter. There’s solid action and moments for characters but it feels like a chapter. The comic doesn’t have quite enough to stand on its own. It’s part of the puzzle and features too much of a mystery to totally praise. As part of the arc, it’ll be quite good but as a single issue, it lacks a little and doesn’t stand on its own.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Ray Fawkes & Jeremy Haun Present The Final Witness, A Crime-Noir Mystery

A terrifying serial killer wreaks havoc in The Final Witness #1 (of 5) this April!

Eisner-nominated writer Ray Fawkes and electrifying artist Jeremy Haun present a captivating crime-noir mystery! Can a powerful new hero, a detective, and an investigative journalist solve this chilling case as more and more bodies are found in San Francisco? 

The gripping crime-noir thriller begins in The Final Witness #1 (of 5) on April 29th, 2020, featuring colors by Nick Filardi, letters by Clayton Cowles, and covers by RahzzahMichael WalshCaspar Wijngaard, Jeremy Haun, and Travis Escarfullery.

Here’s a first look at the brand-new hero’s origin!

The Final Witness #1 (of 5)

Batman #86 and Doomsday Clock #12 Sell Out and Go Back to Press

DC Comics has announced that both Batman #86 and Doomsday Clock #12 have sold out and are going back for a second printing. Both will be available January 29.

With “City of Bane” over, Batman #86 kicks off a new direction from a new creative team.

Writer James Tynion IV, artist Tony S. Daniel, inker Danny Miki, colorist Tomeu Morey, and letterer Clayton Cowles take things over beginning “Their Dark Designs.”

Batman #86

Doomsday Clock is over and the finale has sold out. Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh deliver an epic showdown between Superman and Doctor Manhattan and this is your chance to check out how it all ends!

Doomsday Clock #12

Review: Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth

The War of the Realms is over and Loki has a new role as the king of the Frost Giants, but what will the trickster do about it?

Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth features issues #1-5 and material from War of the Realms: Omega.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art: Oscar Bazaldua, Andy MacDonald
Ink: Oscar Bazaldua, Andy MacDonald, Victor Olazaba
Color: David Curiel, Carlos Lopez
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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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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Review: Star #1

Spinning out of Captain Marvel, Ripley Ryan gets her own miniseries! She has the Reality Infinity Stone, but does she know how to use it?

Story: Kelly Thompson
Art: Javier Pina, Filipe Andrade
Color: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Star Wars #1

Find out what happened between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Marvel kicks off a new volume of Star Wars comics!

Story: Charles Soule
Art: Jesús Saiz
Color: Jesús Saiz, Arif Prianto
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Tarot #1

The Avengers and Defenders come together in this “retro” story from Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.

Story: Alan Davis
Art: Paul Renaud
Color: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Venom #21

Absolute Carnage is over! What’s next for Eddie Brock and Venom? Venom Island begins here!

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Andy Owens
Color: Frank Martin, Erick Arciniega
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Venom 2099 #1

Head to 2099 for this new take on Venom and enjoy it even more for those who have read Absolute Carnage and Venom!

Story: Jody Houser
Art: Francesco Mobili, Geraldo Borges
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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