Batman #87

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 54
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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The Riddler has been lying low since his humiliating defeat as part of Bane's army- but as costumed assassins start to make their way into Gotham City, Edward Nygma may have the answers he's been looking for. Or at least, the answer to why Deathstroke is trying to kill him! Is it possible that Batman's tussle with Slade Wilson was all just a ruse to get the killer closer to his true target?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 22, 2020

    Even with a new creative team at the helm, Batman remains as one of the best titles in DC's lineup. So far, Tynion and March's story is proving worthy of being featured in one of the company's flagship comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 24, 2020

    This is another fine issue of what promises to be a legendary run. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 22, 2020

    Dark, intense, and highly-entertaining,Batman (2016-) #87is a must-read issue that's sure to please Bat-fans; with every turn of the page, I find myself more and more interested and invested in Tynion'sBatman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 22, 2020

    Dark Designs already has some strong momentum two issues in with the three opposing forces colliding. The main player has yet to be introduced, but theres planets to be excited about with this arc so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 22, 2020

    It's a clear attempt to win back the crowd with a run that seems to take some of its DNA from Snyder and Dini but quickly becomes its own thrilling flavor. Let's hope Tynion gets to keep building this run for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 22, 2020

    Guillem March brings beauty and brutality to the art in this issue. From Penguin taking out his inner circle to the palpable fear captured on Riddler's face, there is tension throughout this issue brought to life with the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Jan 22, 2020

    Tynion's run seems to be based on this assessment of the duality of Batman. Tynion is constantly playing with the idea of two: The horror and the action. The Batman and the villains. The hero and the human. It's this great escalation of the people who have influenced this mythology. While I do find it problematic that there are images that feel like objectification of two female characters, the story appears to be striving to enrapture us within the basic absurdity of Batman. Despite this, we all have to bear witness to the designs of our Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Jan 22, 2020

    I found Batman #87 to be one of the most allegorical comic books I've ever read. The story has depth, layers, and above all else"sets an incredible pace. The direction that Tynion is taking Batman truly has me excited beyond my wildest dreams. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jan 27, 2020

    I like where this is going so far. My only issue is the overplayed genius villain. Seeing we just came off of the City of Bane. I'm a little tired of the masterminds Though I will wait to see how it's written to judge it, I am very skeptical about it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jan 22, 2020

    Tynion IV and March continue to take Batman in a new direction while the Caped Crusader juggles rebuilding Gotham and hunting down an unknown figure who wants to usurp the renovation from under his feet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 25, 2020

    Despite a few minor gripes, this remains an exciting, well-made Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jan 23, 2020

    Batman #87 (Tynion IV, March, Morey) continues to bring readers a familiar Bat-story and although the shift in art team is jarring, still manages to pull off a highly proficient issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 22, 2020

    Batman #87 is a fine second chapter. There's solid action and moments for characters but it feels like a chapter. The comic doesn't have quite enough to stand on its own. It's part of the puzzle and features too much of a mystery to totally praise. As part of the arc, it'll be quite good but as a single issue, it lacks a little and doesn't stand on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 22, 2020

    If DC was concerned that they had moved Batman too far away from his roots during Tom King's run, then a run like this one is necessary to ground the character in something familiar for fans who may have fallen off. I think that Tynion is too smart of a writer for this to be the story that he wants to tell with Batman, but it is definitely the one that will make his bosses and fans happy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 23, 2020

    Batman #87 was a solid continuation to how James Tynion kicked off his run on this series. There are a lot of great plot elements that Tynion develops around Batman's current plans for Gotham City and how villains like Deathstroke and Penguin are responding. Unfortunately there were a few slip ups when it comes to how the DC Universe's current continuity was applied that hurt Batman #87's momentum. Improving this aspect of the storytelling will be a major help in ensuring the "Their Dark Designs" arc establishing a strong foundation for the rest of Tynion's run on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 22, 2020

    Batman #87 is a step-up in visuals and scripting. However, I feel that Tynion still retreads past plots at the expense of different, more natural story developments. While the read is fun, the issue still feels dispensable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn 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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jan 22, 2020

    The biggest problem with Batman #87 is that it doesn't feel like a proper follow-up to Batman #86. Ultimately, this chapter is a jarring transition from a story that was so focused on featuring Batman without Alfred and what Bruce Wayne could do for Gotham, to a story about some ominous, mysterious character we've never heard of coming to wreck Gotham. The flow simply isn't there. Had Tynion led in by continuing Bruce's role in this chapter, then shifted the focus to the assassins and the Designer, then the story would've flowed much better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 28, 2020

    The issue does have some notable action, including a tussle between Batman and Cheshire, and the prison break which leaves the Dark Knight with more problems, along with highlighting the attempts of characters like Riddler and the Penguin to use the current state of the affairs to their advantage. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jan 22, 2020

    The latest issue of Batman, unfortunately, fails to follow up properly on the first issue of Tynion's new run. That being said, it is still filled with intriguing moments and some really beautiful art. We get a mountain of exposition and yet somehow, I still find myself very much in the dark about what is happening. Overall, this issue was a little above average and hopefully the book will return to the heights of Tynion's first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 22, 2020

    Batman #87 firmly establishes that we are in a new era for Batman, but it's an era fraught with issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 24, 2020

    The rest of the issue is just Batman visiting the captured villains, those villains getting free, and a really crazy last panel. Oh well, at least the art by March is good and reminded me of Norm Breyfogle's art. It helps the reader get through a story that is basically pretty dull. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Jan 22, 2020

    Just fine again. If the rumors are true and a new creative team is taking over after 100, I would welcome that instead. Tynion's first 2 issues just feel very by the basics run of the mill Batman, which is fine, especially after the divisiveness of King's 85 issue run. The art is also just fine, which is disappointing after the incredible run of artists during King's run (hate that run all you want, the art throughout was spectacular from Mann, Gerads, Weeks, etc).

    Edit: I'm seeing a lot of reviews saying not a lot happened and they're ok with that. Just out of curiousity, why are you ok when Tynion does decompression but not King? So far, I think these past two issues have been on par with King's writing so far

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  • 1.0
    CHolt Jan 22, 2020

    I miss King. This is so...pedestrian

  • 8.0
    Linkush Jan 22, 2020

    It was decent.

    Let me start with what I liked:
    The art was enjoyable.
    The action scene at the end was cool.
    The atmosphere.
    The story is still interesting.

    Now, my biggest problem with this issue is the pace. It was slow, maybe too slow. This issue had a lot of dialogue, yet we still don't know much about what's going on. So overall, in terms of story, we didn't get meaningful progress. Which is weird, because with that much dialogue you'd expect otherwise. I hope the next issue picks up the pace.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Jan 22, 2020

    Again, a five. I liked the art and I liked the fact that the colors were bright. King's Batman used muted colors, I guess to symbolize depression of the mind.

    The plot is that the five assasins are locked up in Bruce's supermax holding cells he built for the city. But the cells don't work and they escape. Jinx or Minx or Lynx or whatever her name is, gets hit by a semi-truck so bad that the front is caved in, but she lives. (Is she super, because otherwise she'd be a smear on the road.)

    Penguin and Riddler are talking via phone while Penguin does some light housekeeping that consists of a lot of bodies. Riddler is talking about how he and Penguin made a deal with someone called the Designer who will collect.

  • 8.0
    myconius Jan 22, 2020

    STUNNING art!!
    Guillem March is a BEAST!!!
    too bad the writing just doesn't mach up.

    Tynion just doesn't do anything for me.
    at least he's a vast improvement over the previous writer.
    but then again acute bronchitis is a vast improvement over the previous writer.

    this just isn't something i'm going to be in a rush to read again any time too soon.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Jan 24, 2020

    "The Bat-shot"

    This was very entertaining. Both ridiculous and awesome.

    Ridiculous:
    - the Bat-shot;
    - Cheshire surviving her meeting with the truck;
    - Penguin in full battle mode;

    Awesome:
    - the Bat-shot;
    - the story and the direction it's heading;
    - Batman;

    And although Guillem March's art is really good, it has some really creepy vibes to it (Riddler and Penguin), I think it's a step-down from the previous issue and Tony Daniel's work.

    Two good issues of Batman in a row? It has been a while.

  • 7.0
    Batman Jones Jan 22, 2020

    Nice art. Pedestrian writing.

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  • 7.0
    Nihilist Jan 22, 2020

    It's good to read a Batman comic which was written with a plan in mind, for once. Sure, the plot so far rings the familiar bell of Arkham Origins game, but I'm definitely interested in what's going to happen next, and what kind of role will Penguin, Riddler and Bullock all play.
    Well, wait, I take it back, I'm not really that interested in Riddler, to be honest, poor guy doesn't have luck with writers, who seem to find new ways to make him weird and boring. From King's awful take on the character, through Johns' Earth 2 few years back, to this skin and bones creep reminding me of Jim Carrey's atrocious role in already atrocious Batman Forever. But puting him aside, the comic is overall good. Nothing groundbreaking or astonishing, just more

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  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Jan 22, 2020

    This issue was better than last issue& I am definitely looking forward to the next. However the plot is moving slow, what doesn’t have to be bad. I am willing to give Tynion the time he needs to give us a good story.
    What I really liked in this issue are Riddler& Penguin. Penguin was in character & it’s nice to see him more in action. Him being part of this story is what keeps me interested so far. I liked the connection between this& Riddler‘s Year of the Villains. It’s not the first time he looses „his way“, so it’s interesting to see a different Riddler.
    Deathstroke & the other D villains were rather boring to me, so I hope Tynion focuses more on Riddler& Penguin.
    Batman was portrayed in character, but Catw more

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  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 8, 2020

    What, and I absolutely cannot stress this enough, the actual FUCK do these people have against the Riddler?

  • 10
    Mr.wayne Jan 23, 2020

    Man... It was a great issue.. The art man that was 🔥.and we got that classic batman ego. i loved it.

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Jan 22, 2020

    Prelude:
    Tynion had a great start on Batman last issue. Let's see if he can keep this up.

    The Good:
    I like how Tynion is building up the Designer.

    Bruce's designs for Gotham is absolutely great. Love it.

    The action is great in this issue.

    Always love the ten steps ahead villains and I love Penguin and Deathstroke in this issue.

    March's art is great this issue.

    The Bad:
    Not too happy with this Riddler especially considering YotV.

    Conclusion:
    My only problem with this issue is Riddler. The whole look and being back to Riddler despite promised change in YotV just doesn't work with my perception of the character. Otherwise a great issue.

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Jan 25, 2020

    Another great installment in James Tynion IV's Batman run!

    Guillem March's art is so good and totally adds to the action-horror vibe that Tynion has been describing his run.

    There's no epilogue as we've seen in the previous two issues but nonetheless we have a story that's really intriguing.

    Also could someone please give poor Edward a sandwich???

    Looking forward to the next issue!

    PS: Minor Spoilers:

    How tf did Cheshire survive THAT?!

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Jan 26, 2020

    " I told you, Batman. It's a good game. I'm exicted to watch you lose... "
    - DEATHSTROKE

  • 7.5

    Not digging it as much as I was Tom King's run, but it is alright. Is it just me or does it seem like Tynion IV is going for another big masterplan immediately after City of Bane? It almost feels like he is telling the same story we just heard, but minus the stylistic writing or depth that came with it. Overall it is an enjoyable but completely disposable Batman so far.

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  • 6.0
    Eren Esirci Sep 26, 2020

    86.sayıyı beğendiğimi söylemiştim. Tynion'ı da övmüştüm. Ama anlaşılan erken davranmışım. Tynion'ın her ne kadar iyi bir başlangıç yaptığını düşünmeye devam etsem de ne yazık ki devam ettirememiş. 86'nın diyaloglarını övdüm, bu sayı diyaloglar kötüydü. 86 beni içine çekmişti, bu sayının pek çektiği söylenemez. Cheshire ile Batman'ın arasında geçen bir düello sırasında bir diyalog geçiyor. Hikayenin saçma bir şekilde Clayface'e bağlanacağını düşündüm. Sonuç: Bağlanmadı ama keşke bağlansaymış çünkü daha da beter bir şey oldu. Spoiler olmasın diye bahsetmek istemiyorum. Designer'a biraz daha değinilseymiş daha iyi olurmuş. Sonraki sayılarda kesin değinirler, sonuç more

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 26, 2020

    Man, I cannot catch a break with the bat-titles this week. Has DC always been this boring? Riddler is stupid here. Just make him a smart guy with riddles. How hard is that? I don't care about this masterplan that's supposedly in play. Maybe I'm just used to masterplans being unnecessarily complicated and circuitous. Oh, and the new Bat-Shot is also really fucking dumb. This sucks.

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