Scott Waldyn's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Batman Universe Reviews: 24
6.5Avg. 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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8
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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6
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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7
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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8
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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9
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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8
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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5
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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8
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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7
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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5
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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5
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 (2016): 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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7
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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4
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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7
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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9
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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6
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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4
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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3
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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