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Review: Batman #94

Batman #94

With the previous arc over, Batman #94 acts as a bridge to the highly anticipated “Joker War” storyline. It’s an interesting issue that’s a bit cliche. The story really emphasizes how much the previous arc was really a setup of what’s to come. Written by James Tynion IV, Batman #94 feels like Tynion’s attempt to give us his own iconic moment. We don’t get Batman realizing he must strike terror in the heart of villains. Instead, we get a take that falls a bit flat.

Tynion takes us to the past as Bruce Wayne seeks out a teacher to help him become a greater detective. It’s an interesting beginning as it ties in a bit with the concept of the Designer whose arc just ended. Baker is another mentor for the character, one who’s “the world’s greatest detective.” With the name Baker, it’s not hard to figure out the inspiration for the character. It’s an interesting concept. The concept plays nicely into the previous arc and whose purpose is about the present and future.

Tynion is laying the seeds for his vision of Batman. In this case his statement is the character has been too cerebral and in doing so has missed things like the Joker’s latest move. It’s a line in the sand that is emphasized at the end that what we’ll see going forward is an evolution of Batman. This is a character who has relied on others like Alfred and Lucious Fox. With all of that failing, we’re going to get something that’s different in the months to come. This is a character who is both alone and also surrounded by friends and allies. Exactly what that is should be interesting but this issue lays out the vulnerabilities and faults of Batman as is.

It’s also that cliche of the hero confronting the villain over the phone. It’s a parlay of words that points us to the clash ahead and unfortunately feels like a waste of concept in this bridge to “Joker War.”

The art by Guillem March and Rafael Albuquerque is pretty good. There’s a clear difference in the styles that’s noticeable and does stand out. It’s not quite enough to derail the visuals but it’s a small bump in what has been a visually intriguing run. The color by David Baron and lettering by Clayton Cowles helps tie things together. The big letdown in the visuals is we never quite get the full picture of just how beaten and bruised Batman is. The man is clearly hurting and we’re told so multiple times but visually the character never really feels more than “bruised” while we’re to believe he could collapse or worse any minute. The physical toll is never sold visually.

The issue is an ok one and a step back in what has been a good run so far. The issue feels like it’s full of cliches and tropes that never quite standout. Add in plotlines it feels like we’ve seen before. There’s also groan-worthy moments that just feel like shallow attempts to recreate previous magic. Add in a lack of exciting visuals, the comic is a forgettable bridge to “Joke War.” Batman #94 isn’t a bad read at all but it also lacks the excitement or interesting ideas that Tynion has entertained us with so far.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March, Rafael Albuquerque
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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This week’s DC Digital First includes Titans, Scooby-Doo!, Ghosts, From Beyond the Unknown, DCeased, Harley Quinn, and more!

DC’s Digital Firsts continues with new content every day! New series Titans: Titans Together, From Beyond the Unknown, Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. and Ghosts all continue with their second issues, giving fans even more choices. And watch DC’s digital space next week for new chapters of DCeased: Hope at World’s End on Tuesday, June 30, Batman: The Adventures Continue on Thursday, July 2, and Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 3!

Monday June 29

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #9

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What Lives Inside” by Jeff Parker, Sam Lofti, John Rauch, and Clayton Cowles

Superman and Lois respond to an emergency call at the mines outside of Metropolis. Can Superman save the miners from a horde of mysterious rock creatures? And where did these creatures come from?

Invasive Species” by Jeff Parker, Mike McKone, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Clayton Cowles

Brainiac unleashes a monstrous creature on the Portland airport. Can Superman stop it before it spawns and overwhelms the planet!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #9

Tuesday June 30

Batman: Gotham Nights #11

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Reunion” by Steve Orlando, Priscilla Petraites, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Ryan Christy

A face from Red Hood’s past needs his help when he’s targeted by Codename: Assassin—he just doesn’t know it yet!

One Minute After Midnight” by Marc Guggenheim, Robert Gill, Luis Guerrero, and Marshall Dillon

The clock counts down as a prisoner on death row awaits his sentence…but Nightwing and Red Hood believe there’s more to his case than meets the eye, and now they have one night to prove it!

Batman: Gotham Nights #11

Wednesday July 1

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #8

Awakening” by Louise Simonson, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Adriano Lucas, and Janice Chiang
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While on an archeological dig in Peru, Diana Prince uncovers the burial chamber of the Ayar Cachi, the Incan god of Earthquakes. Her dig is interrupted by the arrival of Cheetah who wants the power of Ayar Cachi for herself!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #8

Thursday July 2

Titans: Titans Together #2

The Bride of Blood” by Phil Hester, Scott Koblish, John Kalisz, and Marshall Dillon
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Master mercenary Deathstroke needs the Titans’ help. His daughter, Ravager, was infiltrating the demonic Church of Blood when she succumbed to the hypnotic power of its leader, Brother Blood. Red Hood believes that the plea is real…but is Deathstroke telling them the whole story?

Titans: Titans Together #2

Friday July 3

From Beyond the Unknown #2

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The Butler” by Tom Sniegoski, Eric Gapstur, Marissa Lousie, and Ferran Delgado

On Earth-A.D. (After Disaster), the world is a very different place—a postapocalyptic wasteland, full of talking animals and other strange sights. While exploring his dystopian home, Kamandi, the last living human, stumbles upon a robot butler patiently awaiting the return of his human masters, who disappeared years before. Kamandi takes pity on the loyal butler and tries to reunite him with his long-lost family…however unusual that reunion might be.

Stealth Mode” by Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Hi-Fi, and Ryan Christy

In the far future of the 31st century, the super-powered teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes protect all the citizens of the United Planets. But when Legionnaires Sun Boy and Wildfire are kidnapped, their teammates must infiltrate a mysterious ice planet to try to save their friends…and the planet!

From Beyond the Unknown #2

Saturday July 4

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #2

Now You See Them…” by Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
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One by one, the members of the Scooby gang are disappearing! Can Scooby solve the mystery alone?

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #2

Sunday July 5

Ghosts #2

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The Ghost Inside” by John Layman, Andy Clarke, David Baron, and Travis Lanham

John Constantine discovers that nothing is ever what it seems, especially inside a haunted house…

Child of the Night” by Keith Giffen, Priscilla Petraites, John Rauch, and Travis Lanham

A young girl on the run finds more than she bargained for when she takes cover in a house occupied by none other than Gentleman Ghost!

Ghosts #2

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Ghosts #2

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The Ghost Inside” by John Layman, Andy Clarke, David Baron, and Travis Lanham

John Constantine discovers that nothing is ever what it seems, especially inside a haunted house…

Child of the Night” by Keith Giffen, Priscilla Petraites, John Rauch, and Travis Lanham

A young girl on the run finds more than she bargained for when she takes cover in a house occupied by none other than Gentleman Ghost!

Ghosts #2

Review: Batman #93

Batman #93

Their Dark Designs” wraps up in Batman #93, the opening arc of writer James Tynion IV‘s run on the iconic character. While the issue is action-packed and full of excitement it’s also at times predictable, especially its ending.

The cover really says it all. Batman #93, and the arc as a whole, is just a “journey to Joker War,” the next big story. It’s a setup of what’s coming giving Tynion time to establish his take on Batman. It’s a transition arc of sorts introducing new characters while acting as a post-mortem for the previous run.

The issue has Batman squaring off with The Designer, the character who has been the focus of this arc. Like a magician revealing his tricks, we see everything that was planned and hinted at previously. The Designer’s various projects with Gotham’s villains is gone over one by one before the inevitable physical showdown. It’s also revealed why The Designer’s overall plan would have failed. There was an x-factor, an agent of chaos, whose goals didn’t align with the master planner. And that’s when we go down the rabbit hole learning who The Designer really is and where things go from there.

It’s an interesting moment in the comic as it becomes clear, this is all a setup for “Joker War.” Where the comic ends has been telegraphed for some time and isn’t surprising at all. Where Tynion takes it will be the interesting thing. There’s been some willingness to explore Bruce Wayne’s soft diplomacy. We were finally seeing that being wielded. Now, the question is, where does that go from here? What does this all mean for Bruce and Gotham?

The art by Guillem March and Javier Fernandez is fantastic. They’re joined by Tomeu Morey and David Baron on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering. The art has been a highlight of this run and this issue is no exception. There’s something that really pops with the art style and color choices. There’s also some fun with the eventual physical fight playing it off with a swashbuckling flair. I’s all very pleasing to the eye and overall there isn’t quite the use of splash pages you might expect. It also helps key moments as opposed to dramatic entrances, even if that key moment is told in a panel on a page with numerous other panels. Others may have dedicated a larger footprint for the moment or even an entire spread.

“Their Dark Designs” is an interesting arc. It’s an entertaining read but the landing doesn’t quite stick as it is revealed it directly ties into “Joker War” as opposed to being two stories running side by side. It takes what was an interesting new villain for Batman and turns him into a puppet, deflating the balloon. It’s not bad and does the job of transition from the last run to the current but by issue’s end, something felt a bit off. It no longer was the self-contained storyarc, it’s just the beginning of something much longer.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March, Javier Fernandez
Color: Tomeu Morey, David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read


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ComiXology Delivers Seven New Digital Comics Including DC’s HBO MAX Comics for Free

ComiXology has seven new comics for you to check out today including three free tie-in comics by DC for HBO MAX. They’re free, might as well check them out!

Here’s all of the comics in one handy spot or check out each of them below!

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #1

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Scot Eaton
Inks Wayne Faucher
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair
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To the Max: Hector – When a schoolteacher finds a mysterious device, it sends him flying into an incredible outer-space rescue mission.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #1

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #2

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Hendry Prasetya
Inks Mark Morales
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez
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To the Max: Brian – A scuba instructor is transformed into a superhero who must save innocent people from a deadly storm in Singapore.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #2

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #3

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Laura Braga
Inks Laura Braga
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
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To the Max: Olivia – A down-on-her-luck standup comic is all that stands between her audience and gun-toting criminals who plan to rob a Las Vegas casino.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #3

Infinity 8 Vol. 7: All for Nothing

Written by Boulet, Lewis Trondheim
Art by Boulet
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Part Seven in the eight-part pulp sci-fi epic INFINITY 8, this new arc introduces us to Douglas, an average alien with modest dreams and regular problems who has been visited by a strange robot for most of his life, constantly offering him an odd talisman without explanation. Now, years later, that talisman is about to be the key to deciphering the origin of the massive galactic graveyard surrounding the stranded cruise-ship, Infinity 8! Answers unfold at last! Includes bonus production art not featured in the single issues.

Infinity 8 Vol. 7: All for Nothing

Orphans Vol. 3 #8: War Pigs

Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
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As crowd control and martial law become a priority task, team leader Jonas is forced to make a tough decision for his squad, one that could lead to the end of them all…

Orphans Vol. 3 #8: War Pigs

Streamliner #4: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Written by Fane
Art by Fane
Cover by Fane
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Race day looms near, and the qualifiers weed out the weak and slow. Billy Joe has his hands full enough just keeping the huge crowd of participants in line, but that’s before national broadcast television shows up to make this the biggest spectacle since the Superbowl…

Streamliner #4: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

Written by Dave Wielgosz
Pencils Miguel Mendonca, Yasmine Putri
Inks Miguel Mendonca, Yasmine Putri
Colored by David Baron, Yasmine Putri
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Story 1 – Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good. Story 2 – Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance? 

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Preview: Batman: Gotham Nights #9

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

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A Flip of the Coin” by Frank Tieri, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Hi-Fi, and Troy Peteri

Locked up in Arkham Asylum, Two-Face dreams of a better life—one with a white picket fence far away from Gotham City and Batman. He’s got the perfect plan, and it’s all within his grasp…as long as his coin flip turns up heads.

Joker’s Wild” aka “Wha’cha Got in the Trunk?” by Mark Russell, Christopher Mooneyham, David Baron, and Ferran Delgado

There’s a story that’s made its way around Gotham City’s comedy scene for years, the legend of a struggling young comic who finally snapped under the pressure of making it big. But who can say what really happened? No one knows for sure…

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

Preview: Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Viral” by Dave Wielgosz, Yasmine Putri, Tom Derenick, and Clayton Cowles

Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good.

The Wrath of Wioska” by Dave Wielgosz, Miguel Mendonça, David Baron and Clayton Cowles

Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7

Check Out this Week’s New DC Digital Firsts! Superman and Wonder Woman Return!

Superman and Wonder Woman return in this week’s DC Digital First comics. Check out below for all of the new releases you’ll find this week!

Monday June 15

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Viral” by Dave Wielgosz, Yasmine Putri, Tom Derenick, and Clayton Cowles

Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good.

The Wrath of Wioska” by Dave Wielgosz, Miguel Mendonça, David Baron and Clayton Cowles

Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7

Tuesday June 16

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

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A Flip of the Coin” by Frank Tieri, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Hi-Fi, and Troy Peteri

Locked up in Arkham Asylum, Two-Face dreams of a better life—one with a white picket fence far away from Gotham City and Batman. He’s got the perfect plan, and it’s all within his grasp…as long as his coin flip turns up heads.

Joker’s Wild” aka “Wha’cha Got in the Trunk?” by Mark Russell, Christopher Mooneyham, David Baron, and Ferran Delgado

There’s a story that’s made its way around Gotham City’s comedy scene for years, the legend of a struggling young comic who finally snapped under the pressure of making it big. But who can say what really happened? No one knows for sure…

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

Wednesday June 17

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

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Gundra the Great” by Jeff Parker, Aneke, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham

Wonder  Woman  responds  to  a  distress  call  in  a  tiny  village  and  discovers a displaced Valkyrie from Asgard, but is she friend…or foe?!

Wolf Cubs” by Steve Pugh, Marguerite Sauvage, and Travis Lanham

It’s the Eighties, and greed is good for those that already have it all. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor hunt down the reckless mastermind who makes the ultimate power move…the theft of Diana’s golden lasso!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

Thursday June 18

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

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Screaming Sea” by Tom Taylor, Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus, and Wes Abbott

Aquaman and Mera must stop Lex Luthor’s plans to drill into the ocean floor.

Girls’ Night Out” by Andrea Shea, Isaac Goodhart, Cris Peter, and Ryan Christy

Tula agrees to a Girls Night with Mera, but she quickly discovers that she and Mera have completely different ideas of what a Girls Night should be.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Friday June 19

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

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Just a Reflection” by Michael Moreci, Sam Lotfi, John Rauch, and Rob Leigh

The Flash is going to be late for a date with Iris if he can’t beat Mirror Master quickly. Can the Flash stop Mirror Master after he gives Flash’s darkest fears physical for?

Ghosts of the Speed Force” by Jay Baruchel, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Rob Leigh

Barry’s been having nightmares lately where a voice from Speed Force calls out to him. After a speedster dies, they become one with the Speed Force, but is it possible for them to come back out?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

Saturday June 20

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Spam I Am” by Sholly Fisch, Philip Murphy, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Tom Napolitano
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When a delicious icy treat extinguishes Cyborg’s internal firewall, he’s taken over by offers for spray-on hair, Scandinavian princes, and not-at-all fake Latvian jewelry! To save him, the Titans learn the only way to fight spam is with SPAM!

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Sunday June 21

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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Kind” by Andrew Constant, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi and Jimmy B.

Deep in the bayou,  Swamp Thing continues to follow the fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit’s ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.

The Bayou Bluebird War” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Come one, come all, and watch as the terrifying Swamp Thing attempts to rescue a young boy from the spellbinding snare of a cursed circus!

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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It’s Punchline vs. Harley Quinn, Round One in Batman #93

Batman #93 goes on sale June 23 but we’ve got an early look at the eagerly anticipated issue. The Designer finally crosses swords (literally) with Batman as he reveals his grand plan for Gotham’s worst criminals to finally take control of the city! And if that’s not enough, this must-have issue features the showdown that every comic book fan has been waiting for, as Punchline squares off against Harley Quinn!

Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” nears its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. Amid all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. “The Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same!

Batman #93, “Their Dark Designs,” Part 8, is by writer James Tynion IV, artists Guillem March and Javier Fernandez, and colors by Tomeu Morey and David Baron. It features a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey and a “Harley Quinn variant” by Francesco Mattina.

Check out these interior pages featuring awesome art by Guillem March and Javi Fernandez, and don’t miss this issue when it hits comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 23!

Batman #93

Preview: The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

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Perfect World
by Jeff Parker, Miguel Mendonça, Mike Spicer, and Rob Leigh

Gorilla  Grodd  takes  control  of  the  Senate  and  declares  war  on  Canada! Only the Flash is fast enough to stop him—but will he be enthralled by Grodd and his desire to create the perfect world instead?

Rational Thought
by Jeff Parker, Ramon Villalobos, David Baron, and Rob Leigh

Barry  Allen’s  world  is  turned  upside  down  when  he  learns  that  everything he knows is wrong—the Earth is flat, animals can talk, and the moon landings were a hoax! Can the Scarlet Speedster prove that science is still true—or have the conspiracy theorists been right all along?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6
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