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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

It’s Harley Quinn vs. Punchline in this Batman #93 Preview

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.”

Batman #93

It’s Punchline vs. Harley Quinn in Francesco Mattina’s Batman Variant Covers

Ahead of “Joker War” launching in Batman #95 on May 20, tensions are rising in Gotham City! To give readers a hint at the epic showdown in the pages of Batman #93 and 94, fan-favorite cover artist Francesco Mattina’s variant covers featuring Harley Quinn (on Batman #93) and Punchline (on Batman #94) have been revealed!

The final two chapters of “Their Dark Designs” by James Tynion IV and Guillem MarchTomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles will arrive in shops Apr 15 and May 6, and will feature a cutthroat confrontation between the Clown Princess of Crime and the Joker’s new Second-in-Command, who has already propelled sellouts and social media buzz!

Meanwhile, Batman faces off with the Designer without Alfred (R.I.P.) or Bat-Family to lean on. In these thrilling issues putting a spotlight on the chaos in the Dark Knight’s life, he stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary!

“Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same!

Francesco Mattina Batman #93 variant cover
Francesco Mattina Batman #94 variant cover

Batman #90 Gets A Second Printing, Ahead of March its 4 On-Sale!

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.

Batman #90

DC Reveals Its Punchline

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:

 Batman #89

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:

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3

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!

Batman #90

Finally, a sneak peek at Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant cover for Batman #94, on shelves May 6!

Batman #94

A First Look at Batman #89. Batman must stop assassins from killing Lucius Fox!!

Batman #89

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Cover art by Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batman must stop assassins from killing Lucius Fox!! If his five main suspects—Deathstroke, Merlyn, Cheshire, Gunsmith, and Mr. Teeth—were all hired for the same purpose, then what sinister figure lurking in the shadows is pulling all the strings? Can the World’s Greatest Detective figure out who ordered the hit?

Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

Batman #89 by James Tynion IV, Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki and Tomeu Morey hits shelves February 19th! Will this issue be where we see the debut of new character Punchline? And what brings Harley Quinn back to Gotham City??

Batman #89

Preview: Batman #90

Batman #90

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!

Batman #90

Review: Batman #88

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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Celebrate Your Favorite Robin with Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Decade Variant Covers!

On March 11th, 2020, DC celebrates the legacy of Batman’s crimefighting partner in the Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, a special Prestige Format one-shot with top creators paying tribute to the teen hero originally dubbed the Boy Wonder. Today, DC reveals seven of the eight open-order decade variant covers spotlighting the various eras of Robin!

Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclar’s 1940s variant cover will be released at a later date, as well as the color version of Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey’s 1990s variant cover. 

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940’s variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair
  • 1950’s variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
  • 1960’s variant cover by Dustin Nguyen
  • 1970’s variant cover by Kaare Andrews
  • 1980’s variant cover by Frank Miller
  • 1990’s variant cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
  • 2000’s variant cover by Derrick Chew
  • 2010’s variant cover by Yasmine Putri

From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Stephanie Brown and the rebelliousness of Carrie Kelley, the mantle of Robin has been worn by many, but always represents one thing: a hero.

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1with a main cover by Lee Weeks, includes contributions by writers Marv Wolfman, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Judd Winick, James Tynion IV, Amy Wolfram, Robbie Thompson, Adam Glass, and Peter J. Tomasi, and artists Tom Grummett, Scott McDaniel, Mikel Janin, Kenneth Rocafort, Freddie Williams II, Javi Fernandez, Nicola Scott, Dustin Nguyen, Andy Kubert, and Frank Miller.

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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