Scott Waldyn's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Batman Universe Reviews: 74
6.9Avg. Review Rating

2
Batgirl (2016) #42

Jan 2, 2020

Writer Cecil Castellucci gets lost in a plot point of her own design as this arc wraps up with a messy and bewildering conclusion.

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Batman (2016) #86

Jan 8, 2020

James Tynion IV and Tony Daniel set a very high bar in an issue thats action-packed, exhilarating, and a well-choreographed dance between dramatic, emotional weight and fun.

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Batman (2016) #87

Jan 22, 2020

This second issue from James Tynion and Guillem March is decent, and well see where this creative team aims to take us in the coming weeks.

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8
Batman (2016) #88

Feb 5, 2020

This issue is a fast-paced, action-adventure romp thats gorgeous, fun, and exciting to read. It breathes renewed life into Batman in a way we havent seen in awhile, echoing a Dennis ONeil/Norm Breyfogle style in story and art that feels oddly refreshing.

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Batman (2016) #89

Feb 19, 2020

If youve been following James Tynion and Guillem Marchs run of Batman thus far, this issue continues the Jason Bourne-style action adventure. Newcomers, however, might be lost in a frenzy of interweaving narratives that mainly serve to ultimately bring characters together at specific locations.

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Batman (2016) #90

Mar 4, 2020

Upon first glance, we get terrific art and a serviceable introduction to the Designer. Scratch deeper, and youll find theres a whole lot more going on in this issue.

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Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

Oh what a magnificent web this creative team is weaving! Batman #91 delivers a multi-layered storyline in a way that very few manage to pull off. Bravo!

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8
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 9, 2020

If youve been enjoying James Tynions run on Batman thus far, this is a refreshing return to the hyperactive fun hes been consistently delivering since taking on the title.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 23, 2020

This issue represents the turning point to James Tynions Batman run thus far, and it appears to be our final barrier before we cross the bridge into Joker War.

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8
Batman (2016) #94

Jul 7, 2020

Albeit much slower pace than weve come to expect from this title as of late, Batman #94 wraps up the Dark Designs arc with a nice, thematic bow before we head into Joker War.

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Batman (2016) #95

Jul 21, 2020

Joker War starts off with plenty of exposition and quite the FAQ page full of answers to sell this idea, but boy is this issue absolutely gorgeous!

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Batman (2016) #96

Aug 4, 2020

Part Two of Joker War proves that you CAN pull too many toys out of the Batman toy box. One hopes that this arc picks up soon, or it is curtains for Joker.

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Batman (2016) #97

Aug 18, 2020

Were seeing some momentum with Joker War, as our creative team sets up important pieces on the board for the next act in what is one show-stopping (and vibrant) display of art from Jorge Jimenez and Tomeu Morey.

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Batman (2016) #98

Sep 1, 2020

The creative team behind this Batman run is setting the final pieces in place to bring back an inspiring Batman that weve sorely missed in these last few years, and thats reason enough to celebrate.

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Batman (2016) #99

Sep 15, 2020

More than half of what should be rising action leading into Joker Wars finale is devoted to Joker and Batman delivering speeches. The art is beautiful, but theres no tension to compel us forward.

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Batman (2016) #100

Oct 6, 2020

The Joker War delivers on a grand finale that sees the return of the Bat-Family, Oracle, Nightwing (in costume), and an intense battle between Batman and the Joker. Its the finale we were promised, and it sets up so much more.

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Batman (2016) #101

Oct 20, 2020

Readers are treated to a much quieter issue this week as writer James Tynion IV and artist Guillem March exposit the new status quo for Batman and Gotham City. This issue is serviceable, albeit unexciting.

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Batman (2016) #103

Nov 17, 2020

The spar between Batman and Ghost-Maker isnt just physical in Batman #103. It has welcome layers as writer James Tynion and team further bring Batman back to the hero we love.

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Batman (2016) #104

Dec 1, 2020

Batman #104 is a solid issue that serves to both define Ghost-Maker as Batmans foil and obscure the path forward with multiple characters racing against the clock.

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Batman (2016) #105

Dec 15, 2020

Batman #105 is an expertly crafted call-to-action that challenges us to look beyond the use of force and focus on the compassionate ways in which we can make the world a better place. And it accomplishes this with a genuine love for what the world can be.

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Batman (2016) #106

Mar 2, 2021

Batman #106 picks up right where it left off two months ago, bringing readers into a rich, vibrant world brimming with multiple subplots, new characters, and much more. Gotham feels alive, and that's a credit to the creative team.

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Batman (2016) #107

Apr 6, 2021

Batman #107 is heavy with exposition - that's almost the entirety of what this issue is - but boy is it gorgeous! Jorge Jimenez delivers a phenomenal Scarecrow, and we can be hopeful that all of this sometimes unnecessary worldbuilding from writer James Tynion will have an amazing payoff down the line.

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Batman (2016) #108

May 4, 2021

Batman #108 is part tired retread of how the Magistrate came to be in DC's Future State event and part essay about why we should care about the Unsanity Collective, but boy is it pretty to look at! In short, it's a bit of a snooze, albeit a colorful snooze.

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7
Batman (2016) #109

Jun 1, 2021

Batman #109 finally turns this plot from a simmer to a boil with an explosive turn of events. What was an intriguing plot has now become all the more thrilling.

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Batman (2016) #110

Jul 6, 2021

Batman #110 is the exciting, fast-paced, tense showdown between Batman and Peacekeeper-01 we've been waiting for, and it doesn't disappoint.

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7
Batman (2016) #111

Aug 3, 2021

Batman #111 ends as one would expect, laying the groundwork for the upcoming Fear State event. It's fun, albeit predictable.

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Batman (2016) #112

Sep 7, 2021

Batman #112 is a retread of Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1. However, whereas Alpha was a bit of a snooze, this issue brings a stylish and visually engaging tone that makes it much more exciting.

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5
Batman (2016) #113

Sep 21, 2021

Batman #113 is an exhaustive exercise in repetition with incredible art. Your eyes will love the visuals, but the lack of story and repeat exposition will make you weary.

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Batman (2016) #114

Oct 5, 2021

Batman #114 is an explosion of color as Peacekeeper-X and Peacekeeper-01 duke it out. There's a sense of heart running through this arc in the scenes between Miracle Molly and Poison Ivy, which makes this issue an improvement on earlier Fear State issues.

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5
Batman (2016) #115

Oct 19, 2021

Batman #115 further expands upon the Scarecrow plot at the heart of Fear State, and it feels far smaller than the grandiose promises of an event book. It's not necessarily bad, but it's far from what this event was advertised as.

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Batman (2016) #116

Nov 2, 2021

Batman #116 finally sees most of the players of this Fear State arc actually doing something, and the results are more in line with the exciting and bombastic event book readers were originally promised.

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Batman (2016) #117

Nov 16, 2021

Batman #117 delivers a clunky finish to a convoluted story, but there's a strong sense of heart in the final moments that almost makes up for such a lackluster story.

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Batman (2016) Annual: 2021

Nov 30, 2021

Batman 2021 Annual #1 is the finale to those Ghost-Maker backup stories found in Batman #107-111, and it's the origin story we should have gotten all along.

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Batman (2016) Annual #5

Dec 29, 2020

Batman Annual #5, though sometimes brutal in its artwork, is a call-to-arms about finding a path forward beyond violence in a way that's both sincere and heartfelt.

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5
Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Aug 31, 2021

Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1 is one long, arduous read that painstakingly sets up everything we can expect from Fear State. It's not the most gripping read, but it shows promise for the upcoming event.

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Batman (2016): Fear State Omega #1

Nov 30, 2021

Batman: Fear State: Omega #1 is more shuffling of characters on the Gotham chessboard and less of anything note-worthy or interesting for the Batman title. It's essentially a bland, lifeless advertisement for what's to come.

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Batman (2016): Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Feb 11, 2020

This issue does more to set up the status quo of Batman comics in 2020 than it does to celebrate the life of Alfred Pennyworth. Thats not the worst thing in the world, but it certainly doesnt deliver the touching one-shot we were expecting.

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5
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 1, 2020

Batman/Catwoman #1 is too clever for its own good. The story juxtaposes sexuality and death, offering up a bewildering story that leans on two entirely different Batman canons.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #2

Jan 19, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #2 delivers some of the most incredible, intimate, and unsettling art in any Batman book currently on the shelves, despite it coming up short with thin plotting.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #3 finally starts tethering plot points together to create a compelling exploration of Catwoman's dual life as both a vigilante and a criminal. The pull Joker and Batman had on her is similar to the pull her daughter, Batwoman, has on her in the future, which proves to be quite the intense melodrama.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 30, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #4 is a beautiful issue that builds upon the emotions of the last three entries, despite not really carrying the plot forward. Its momentum lies in how it provokes the emotions of readers who are fully invested in the Bat/Cat relationship dynamic.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #5

Jun 1, 2021

Batman Catwoman #5 is yet another beautiful issue where not a lot happens. We dive deeper into who Catwoman is as this story reaches Hamlet levels of psychoanalyzing.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #7

Sep 7, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #7 feels like it's finally going somewhere, though as to where, we're still in the dark. Liam Sharp takes over for art, and his style works well with Tom King's more serious Bat-yarn.

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Batman/Catwoman (2020) #8

Oct 19, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #8 explores Batman and Catwoman's relationship on a level deeper than we've seen in many Bat/Cat depictions. It's the heart of this storyline, finally, and we can only hope King and Sharp take this dynamic to new heights.

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Batman: Black & White (2020) #4

Mar 23, 2021

Batman: Black and White #4 is a terrific curation of Batman stories that take readers through tales of hubris, obsession, horror, and grief. Batman is both student and mentor,

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Batman: Black & White (2020) #5

Apr 27, 2021

Batman: Black And White #5 is an interesting collection of stories that aims to give us themes or social issues to consider, as well as a unique "game" of sorts with an inspirational finish. It's both challenging and fun, adult and gleeful. This depiction sounds like the issue is all over the place tonally, but it mostly works in delivering a solid assortment of Batman tales.

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Batman: Secret Files (2018): Secret Files #3

Jun 10, 2020

This collection of secret files is a mixed bag. Other than the Deathstroke story at the end, theres not much new to be gleaned here that will have any lasting impact on the core Batman books.

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Batman: Secret Files (2021): Peacekeeper-01 #1

Oct 19, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper-01 #1 is a mostly successful backstory for Peacekeeper-01 that turns said villain into something of a tragic character.

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Batman: Secret Files (2021): Miracle Molly #1

Sep 21, 2021

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1 is the origin story for Miracle Molly that we didn't know we needed, and it hits deep.

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Batman: The Long Halloween: Special #1

Oct 27, 2021

Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1 is a follow-up that serves more as a reminder as to why The Long Halloween was great than anything fresh or necessary. It's a beautiful walk down memory lane, but it's definitely not a must-read.

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Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Sep 29, 2020

Thus far, Batman: Three Jokers has been a well-crafted, moody, Noir-ish crime thriller that continues to deliver in its second issue. We have high hopes that it can wrap everything together and solidify itself as an important Batman story.

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Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Oct 27, 2020

Batman: Three Jokers concludes well enough. Some of the story threads are lost, but the important one sticks a tender and heartfelt landing that makes it a meaningful read. Jason Faboks art continues to be the best part of this miniseries.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1014

Oct 23, 2019

The new dynamic of Mr. and Mrs. Freeze as a supervillain power couple is the status quo shift Detective Comics needs in order to regain importance. Lets hope the beauty of their reunion in this issue leads to greater stories between the two.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1015

Nov 13, 2019

Mahnke's art continues to carry this title. While Tomasi is an impactful writer when he wants/is allowed to be, this issue is mostly paint-by-numbers plotting that serves only to rush us toward an unfulfilling conclusion. Its yet another low-stakes, tension-less Batman story in a title that has been treading water since James Tynion IV left almost two years ago.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1016

Nov 27, 2019

The Cold, Dark World storyline has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs from issue to issue, but it manages to stick a moderate landing and leave enough of a story thread to get us excited for what may come down the road.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1017

Dec 11, 2019

Its been a while since Ive read an issue that reminds me of all of the reasons why I am fascinated with Batman, but this issue is the near-perfect reflection on what it means to be a hero, and more importantly, its a meditation on what Batman means to his fans. I would expect nothing less from Tom Taylor and Fernando Blanco.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #1 sets up a delightfully moody, techno nightmare that feels heavily inspired by 80s cyberpunk. It excels in creating a world that ensnares and overwhelms the senses. The Grifter backup story? Not so much.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #2

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #2 builds on the atmosphere and Gotham City futurescape that grabbed our attention last issue. The main story is definitely intriguing, and the art is absolutely gorgeous!

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #3 rushes towards a final showdown just as Bruce Wayne begins making headway into unraveling the Magistrate. The noir atmosphere is top-notch, but the story comes across as sparse and trite, as if we're missing a middle section somewhere.

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Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #4 rushes to a bewildering conclusion that opts for a cliffhanger rather than a satisfying ending, which is a shame, considering that the art in this four-issue miniseries has been stellar.

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Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant (2021) #1

Dec 1, 2021

Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 is a very mixed bag with half of the bag being made up of tie-ins to other titles or upcoming events/books. There are a few gems in here, but it's far from a must-read.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #1

Sep 5, 2019

This is a decent, fun, and colorful start to a miniseries that aims to tether itself to the greater DC canon. It has potential, and we'll have to wait and see where Houser and Melo's ambitions ultimately land this miniseries.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #2

Oct 10, 2019

It's unclear if this miniseries intends to have a story with legs, or if it's just a best friends road trip filled with forced appearances from characters we remember from better books. Time will tell.

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Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1

Oct 18, 2019

There is a great idea at work here, but unfortunately its buried beneath a convoluted plot with no characters and uninteresting art.

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The Joker (2021) #1

Mar 10, 2021

The Joker #1 has, arguably, one of the most poetic and thoughtful introductory issues of any of the relaunched series in Infinite Frontier. It bears with it depth, meaning, and a sense of importance, which makes it way better than it ever needed to be.

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The Joker (2021) #2

Apr 13, 2021

The Joker #2 takes the concept of what this story is from last issue and defines the rules of the game, dropping a bombshell or two along the way. The art is great. The tone is consistently moody, and this story is setting itself up to be quite the amazing international game of cat and mouse.

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The Joker (2021) #3

May 11, 2021

Just when Jim Gordon, and ourselves, think we know where The Joker #3 is taking us, the creative team pulls the rug out from under us! This issue continues with the excellent noir-style detective narrative and rewards readers by keeping them on their toes. The Punchline backup story proves exciting, too.

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The Joker (2021) #4

Jun 8, 2021

The Joker continues to build upon itself and take readers on a globe-spanning journey that promises to show readers exotic locations, as well as dive even deeper and deeper into the psyche of Jim Gordon. While it's fun to chase the Joker, Gordon is truly the star in this series.

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The Joker (2021) #5

Jul 13, 2021

While nowhere near as pulse-pounding as the previous four issues, The Joker #5 delivers an interesting backstory to Jim Gordon and Joker's relationship, one that potentially includes future clues as to who gassed Arkham Asylum.

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The Joker (2021) #6

Aug 11, 2021

The Joker #6 returns to form after last issue's flashback story. Guillem March returns to deliver a macabre, noir tone that helps set this series apart as one of DC's best right now.

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The Joker (2021) #7

Sep 14, 2021

The Joker #7 adds new players, a bit of romance, and more layers to the globe-spanning conspiracy that Jim Gordon (and team) must solve, and it does it in a way that's thrilling, smart, and subtle.

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The Joker (2021) #8

Oct 12, 2021

The Joker #8 finally tells us what the deal is with Vengeance, Bane's replacement, and why she's chasing Joker. The street-level cop narrative disappears this issue in lieu of an action thrill-ride, but Tynion and March show readers that they're more than capable of delivering an adventure as fun as the noir-style story they've been delivering thus far.

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The Joker (2021) #9

Nov 9, 2021

The Joker #9 pulls us deeper into a conspiracy that has been going on throughout Batman's career, and we're absolutely here for it! It's haunting, ghoulish, and full of tension.

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The Joker (2021) Annual: 2021

Dec 1, 2021

The Joker 2021 Annual #1 is a thoughtful exploration into Gordon's career, specifically in his early years as commissioner and one fateful misstep he would make that would prove dangerous for Gotham City.

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