Review: ‘Batman’ #89 Drives The Dark Knight Into The Heart Of Conspiracy

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Tony Daniel & Tomeu Morey

The plot against Gotham City has gradually grown and escalated the last few months. Now Batman #89 kicks it in high gear, just as another threat rears its head.

James Tynion IV, Guillem March, Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles draw together Batman’s greatest threats for an explosive conflict.

While Batman pursues the assassins set loose on the city, Catwoman and Harley Quinn confront the zombified henchmen sent after them. While the Designer has set his plans in motion, so has the Joker. The two plots are about to collide and they may burn Gotham to the ground just as the city is beginning to recover from Bane…

Tynion escalates the stakes quickly in this issue, and he packs it full of story. It’s fast paced and exciting, with both plotlines driving the story forward with some very well-written and fun action. He also ensures that the story has emotional stakes as well, with the connection and Bruce and Selina driving the core of the plot. However, it does push at times towards there being too much story, which is definitely to the story’s detriment.

March, Pagulayan and Miki work extremely well together. March and Pagulayan’s styles compliment each other well, without looking like direct knockoffs. They each have great takes on the action, but they’re also very different in things like point of view and layouts. It’s a strong issue artistically.

Batman’s life is getting increasingly dangerous and complicated. It continues to be one hell of a ride.

Batman #89 is available now from DC Comics.

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