Momentum keeps building as Batman heads to “The Joker War,” and “Their Dark Designs” hits its penultimate chapter with April’s Batman #93, featuring major revelations on the Designer’s plan!
Batman #93, featuring the shocking end to the initial encounter between Punchline and Harley Quinn, is from the creative team of writer James Tynion IV and artists Guillem March, Javier Fernandez, Tomeu Morey, and David Baron. And that fight is truly shocking! DC has a first look at just how exacting Punchline can be with her blades.
And it’s more than Punchline punching and Harley Quinn pounding back! Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” reaches 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. In the midst of 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, on-sale April 15, has a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and an open-order variant cover by Francesco Mattina. DC has also added a Batman #93 variant cover spotlighting Jorge Jimenez‘s art of the Designer, the central antagonist of “Their Dark Designs.”
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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(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez In Shops: Mar 18, 2020 SRP: $3.99
To save Gotham City, Catwoman will have to commit the greatest heist in the city’s history! But hot on her trail are the Penguin, the Riddler, a horde of assassins, and the master criminal called the Designer! And the most dangerous person standing in her way is the man she’s trying to save: Batman. And what complications will his arise from his new sidekick, Harley Quinn?
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
The mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City’s greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything.
Batman #90 has sold out ahead of its March 4 on-sale date and is rushing back to press for a second printing! This marks the second straight pre-on sale sellout for the series, following Punchline’s debut in Batman #89.
Batman #90 Second Printing reprints part five of “Their Dark Designs,” written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Jorge Jimenez and Tomeu Morey. This issue is a special flashback to the early days of the Designer’s plan and will arrive in stores with a recolored version of its original cover by Jimenez.
Batman #90 shows how the Designer started pulling the strings of Gotham City’s greatest criminal minds: The Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Penguin. Along with Jimenez’s take on the classic versions of those villains, the issue also includes the artist’s depictions of modern-day Batman and Catwoman, plus Harley Quinn.
DC is ready to introduce a brand-new villain set to play a major role in Batman‘s life. Who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline!
The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:
One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3; art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:
For a closer look, check out character designs by Jorge Jiménez! You’ll find his artwork in Batman #90 on March 4 ahead of the launch of “Joker War” in May!
Finally, a sneak peek at Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant cover for Batman #94, on shelves May 6!
Written by James Tynion IV Art and cover by Jorge Jiménez and Tomeu Morey In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Welcome to Gotham, Jorge Jiménez!
Jorge Jiménez (Super Sons, Justice League) joins James Tynion IV and Tomeu Morey with Batman #90, delivering his signature style to DC’s bestselling comic book series!
In the latest chapter of “Their Dark Designs,” the mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City’s greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything!
Check out Jiménez’ interior inks for Batman #90—featuring Harley Quinn, Catwoman, the Designer, the Joker, Riddler, and Penguin—next to Morey’s colors, to see what’s coming up soon for Batman!
(W) Scott Snyder (A) Jorge Jimenez (CA) Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Jan 29, 2020 SRP: $3.99
In the wake of the Justice/Doom War, the Justice League finds themselves stranded at the far end of the universe and facing a challenge they’ve never faced before. But what will they find on their journey? Has their battle with Perpetua had consequences reaching farther across the cosmos than they ever imagined? Superstar scribe Scott Snyder says farewell to the Justice League with a special story that both winds down all the things he started in issue #1-and nods toward everything that comes next in the DC Universe.
Written by Scott Snyder Interiors by Jorge Jiménez Colors by Alejandro Sánchez Cover by Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
Fan-favorite writer Scott Snyder has taken the Justice League on a cosmos-spanning roller coaster ride, spawning the “Year of the Villain” and a winner-take-all showdown against the villainous Perpetua. His incredible run with the World’s Greatest Super Heroes comes to an end this January with Justice League #39, featuring art by Jorge Jiménez and Alex Sánchez!
In the wake of the Justice/Doom War, the Justice League finds themselves stranded at the far end of the universe and facing a challenge they’ve never faced before. But what will they find on their journey? Has their battle with Perpetua had consequences reaching farther across the cosmos than they ever imagined?
(W) Scott Snyder (A) Jorge Jimenez, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran (CA) Francis Manapul In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“Justice/Doom War” finale! Lex Luthor is triumphant. Perpetua is back to full power and ready to take on the Multiverse, to bend and twist the whole of existence to suit Doom. Has the Justice League finally come up against a foe they can’t defeat? Perpetua is the mother of their universe after all, the original creator. In war, there can only be one winner, and it just may be Doom’s turn to collect the spoils. This issue leads directly into Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1!