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"Batman #92" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Guillem March
Colored by Tomeu Morey
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 9th, 2020


Batman has been busy. He had already handled the group of assassins that invaded Gotham that proved to be a distraction. The real threat is coming from the Designer, a mysterious new villain who has been pulling the strings for some time. That includes the Riddler, who has turned the city into a giant crossword puzzle. That sounds far goofier than it is.

This is Batman at his peak performance. Sure, he's still reeling from Alfred's death and he's been pushed to the breaking point by all the obstacles standing in his way, but he is firing on all cylinders here. He is simultaneously solving the Riddler's puzzles, bringing in Deathstroke, and tracking down the Designer, all while Catwoman and Harley Quinn and searching for answers deep below the city. To say that Batman #92 is full of action would be an understatement. Writer James Tynion IV has crafted something special with this book.

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Now, you might be thinking that all this doesn't necessarily sound like a horror comic. It sounds like typical super hero fare, especially for the Dark Knight. The big reason this still falls into the horror bucket comes with Guillem March's artwork, particularly with his depiction of the Riddler. Edward Nigma has been cooped up inside, staring at dozens of screens monitoring activity across Gotham. Who knows when he last left this room?

His appearance is sickly and unsettling. March highlights the emaciated look of the villain in a twisted fashion. He's essentially a twisted skeleton. Colorist Tomeu Morey makes this even more unsettling as the Riddler is lit from the hazy glow of all those monitors. This makes him look jaundiced and even more disturbing.

That's not all! Catwoman and Harley are dealing with some zombies in the sewers, although they're not quite undead. These pour souls fell victim to the Designer and now serve as his army of mindless drones. They may move like something resembling human beings, but they're little more than puppets.

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The detail work in March's pencils is superb. There were several panels where I just sat there, mouth agape, taking it all in. This is next-level stuff. A favorite sequence comes when Batman takes a seat in his Bat-Train (Yes, he has a train.) and continues answering Riddler's questions. The panels get closer and closer on his face as he takes a rare moment to enjoy this.

Letterer Clayton Cowles has the Riddler's words popping up in these small TV-like boxes. This is fitting, as he's broadcasting through screens around the city. It also adds to the annoyance of this invasion and the slightly ridiculous nature of this attack. After completing all of his puzzles in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, I'm so glad to see him treated this way.

Batman has been a non-stop thrill ride since this arc began. It has continued to grow in size and scope. We're in the middle of the crazy roller coaster ride now, hurtling down steep drops and plunging into the unknown and I could not be more excited. The horror elements are blending perfectly with the super hero aspects to make a real powerhouse comic. This is awesome.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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