BATMAN #94 Review

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SYNOPSIS: The Designer’s machinations have left Batman’s life in tatters! Gotham City’s ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary!

“I will become a better BAT.”

And the continuing storyline of writer James Tynion IV’s BATMAN is instantly better title due to issue #94’s total awesomeness!

I’ve been reading Tynion’s run from the get-go, and BATMAN #93 — which was billed as the “epic climax” of the “Their Dark Designs” storyline — was the first story/issue/comic I really didn’t like.  BUT…

He MORE than makes up for it with what is actually “Their Dark Designs Finale” with issue #94 and it’s one of the most badass Batman stories I’ve read in quite a while.

Yes, Batman — well, Bruce Wayne, actually — has finally got his shit together!

While this issue walks the line of being a retrospective of “Their Dark Designs” and setting up “Joker War,” overall, it comes off — and feels — very much like a singular Batman tale.  We get some resolution to Bat/Cat, the fate of Selina Kyle, and where most of Batman’s rogues are located — and maybe where they stand — as The Joker is fixin’ to wage war on ALL of Gotham.

If you were bummed out and felt a bit underwhelmed — like me — with the so-called conclusion of “Their Dark Designs” in #93, don’t jump off the boat now as “Joker War” commences.  Stick with BATMAN and Tynion and company for a bit longer.

If BATMAN #94 disappoints you, I promise that your subscription to BOF is on me for the remainder of your life.

“I will become a better JETT.”

Nah.  I like me the way I am! – Bill “Jett” Ramey

GRADE: A

 

 

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Lifelong Batman fan Bill "Jett" Ramey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Batman-On-Film.com. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football, Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the University of Texas Longhorns, and of course, Batman. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel") and his .5 Boston Terrier.