Batman #89

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 19, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 61
7.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he has to figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren't 'fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grâce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 19, 2020

    If youre not reading Batman now youre missing one of DCs strongest titles thats completely regained its momentum. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Feb 19, 2020

    With so much still to come in this issue such as the amazing Jorge Jimenez coming on board to lend his amazing art and the announcement of Joker War, I know we are all in for one hell of a ride! Batman #89 is available today so head to your Local Conic Shop or download the digital copy now direct from DC! Do not wait on this issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 23, 2020

    I am quite enjoying the current storyline. As a longtime Batman fan, it's great to see a story incorporating the four core Batman villains that make up the United Underworld from the 1966 movie. I love when a writer brings a classic element from DC's past and uses it in a modern context. If these first few issues are any indication, Tynion's run on Batman will prove to be a classic Batman saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 19, 2020

    All of the artists bring beautiful visuals to this issue. Everything from the action to the interpersonal moments are rendered beautifully and I was drawn in with every page and panel. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Mar 13, 2020

    This series is turning out really well since the handoff in writers. Tynion knows Gotham well and cares about it so much that he's taking it exactly where the avid readers knew it could be the whole time. As a Gotham fanboy, this book is turning amazing in a time where people are getting tired of the cowl and I really hope it brings the love back in some way. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 19, 2020

    James Tynion continues his winning streak, producing another action-packed issue that's dense with drama and excitement; Batman #89 is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 19, 2020

    Batman #89(Tynion IV, Pagulayan, March, Miki, Morey, Cowles) sees the arc trajectory start to round into form as the series is given an artistic booster shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 19, 2020

    Under the surface, this Batman is more unwell than he has been in a long time, and I suspect that's going to come out in a bad way soon. But until then, we're being treated to one hell of an entertaining run. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Feb 20, 2020

    A great issue, action packed from the start with the occasional pause to catch your breath. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Apr 26, 2020

    I would say this was half way between the Warren Ellis Batman and the 1960s TV show in terms of style as the villains still wear colourful costumes but it is also dark and gritty which is more the style these days. I did enjoy the art style in this and the characters are drawn well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 22, 2020

    It's the small things that add up to a lot in another entertaining, ongoing Batman comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Feb 20, 2020

    The current run of Batman may be pretty and action-packed, but the pace leaves much to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 24, 2020

    The story leads up to a big Joker moment at the end. But it is so trite that I just didn't care. Like I said, the art is pretty decent but this whole thing doesn't add up to much. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Feb 19, 2020

    Batman #89 is not a bad issue and the story it tells is interesting but there are a lot of things that could have been done better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 20, 2020

    James Tynion is quickly finding his footing the more issues of Batman he writes. Batman #89 is a good example of that as he is able to properly develop several storylines at the same time. Every character from Batman to Catwoman to the Designer to Joker get time to shine during this issue. It all helped build greater interest in how things will turn out in "Their Dark Designs" and how it leads into "Joker War." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 19, 2020

    For me Batman #89 reads like a mediocre, middle-of-the-road superhero piece. While there ‘s nothing egregious about it, it also fails to make a huge impression. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn 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. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 19, 2020

    There are a number of things that James Tynion is doing right with Batman, but in his attempts to provide fan service, characters, and some fun nods, he's failing to deliver on his core story. Is the book bad? No. Definitely not. Could it be better? Absolutely. A little more focus and an approach of show versus tell could lift this book from decent to great. Thankfully, we get incredible work from Pagulayan, March, and Morey, and that really helps elevate the book to solid standards. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Feb 19, 2020

    Despite some small reveals and story progression in an issue filled with amazing art and well constructed fight scenes, this issue ultimately doesn't give the reader a whole lot. We still have most of the questions that we started with and there wasn't enough meat in this issue to really sink our teeth into. I'm willing to be patient with this book for the time being but I expect the creative team to really bring it in the coming issues if they want to continue to keep the reader's interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Feb 19, 2020

    The big threat in Gotham is starting to take a more distinctive shape in Batman #89 and thanks to a bit more time spent on Catwoman's part the story it's more interesting than ever. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Feb 18, 2020

    It genuinely feels like a rushed product done by DC, and it shows. There is a remarkable talent in this book, but not giving them proper time to have foresight into their creative output truly damages their work. While it is a detriment, this book does offer some fun for those who want to stick with it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 19, 2020

    The hallmarks of a great James Tynion book just aren't there, as the writer seems to be forcing himself to write an answer to fans' expectation of what a Batman book should be, rather than deliver a title that feels uniquely his. Read Full Review

  • 10
    LunaMoody Feb 21, 2020

    I'm liking this run so far. The story has been interesting and has a lot of energy to it with all the action going on.


    1. I do have some issues with the writers choices when it comes to what we are allowed to see and what we are not. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing that we could've gotten to see Catwoman vs Merlin and Harley vs Cheshire rather then them fighting the robo zombies.

    2. The Designer is an utterly ridiculous looking character. I don't see him being a villain that sticks around after this. Looks alone scream one shot character. Hopefully there is more to the character over all.

    3. Gunsmith is also probably a one shot character. While so far better then the Desig more

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Feb 21, 2020

    " HM. She doesn't look so tough... "

  • 8.5
    M1sf1r3 Feb 19, 2020

    So far I've been loving Tynion's Batman. Let's see how he fares in this issue.

    The Good:
    I did find Gunsmith and Mr. Teeth to be cool one-shot villains.

    I enjoyed the Selina/Harley team up.

    March's art is great.

    The Bad:
    Man, Designer's costume is so stupid.

    Not sure on how I feel about Joker War yet.

    It's a very good issue, just that there are some creative choices that fall a bit flat or just trip completely.

  • 8.0
    DarePool53 Jan 11, 2021

    Slow-moving but a solid and intriguing issue overall.

    Harley Quinn is at last not a cloying jabber mouth, in contrast to how she is usually portrayed these days, which was most refreshing.

    The art was fantastic throughout.

    Bring on the next issue!

  • 8.0
    Tinman Mar 6, 2020

    Worth it for the last panel alone.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Feb 21, 2020

    Things clicked a little for me here. This issue, Harley aside, just worked better than the previous three.

  • 8.0
    myconius Feb 19, 2020

    It's a hell of a lot better than Tom King's trash run.

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  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Feb 22, 2020

    Pretty solid read. No major complaints but feels like its missing something. I do like the idea of the new villain.

  • 7.5
    egonnn244 Feb 21, 2020

    "She doesn't look so tough"

    I am liking this story. It's getting more and more interesting with each new issue. After months of depressing and sad Dark Knight, Batman is fun to read again.

    We get a lot from this issue. We get a little backstory on the new assassins that were introduced, they're pretty good. Tynion shows that he writes a good Harley Quinn, little crazy and ditzy but not stupid. We finally get to see this Designer guy for a moment and we get a short glimpse of Joker's new henchwoman. Of course with the internet and the publisher who can't keep his mouth shut we already know her name and how she looks like...

    The art is good. Carlo Pagulayan's panels being the standout. His Batman looks more

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Feb 19, 2020

    Okay, I gotta admit, this story arc finally captured my attention. After a tiny, tiny bit underwhelming beginning, finally side arcs begin to connect and create a bigger picture. The issue didn't answer any questions, in fact only introduced more, but i wasn't its point. The point was to connect few dots, without progressing the plot much further. Build the tension, make the mystery feel deeper and more complex, which I for once welcome. It's not the kind of pointless filler Tom King's Batman has become infamous for, nor Bendis' slug-paced heavily overthought bore. It feels like omething that shouldn't be told quickly, and with this particular issue, it works.

    The art for the most part is beautiful, detailed, vibrant and dynamic. more

  • 7.5
    Linkush Feb 19, 2020

    I really don't have much to say about this issue because not a lot happened but it was still entertaining.

    Harley and Selina team up as Batman continues to search for answers and The Riddler is missing. Meanwhile, Joker is getting ready to execute his own plan with the help of Punchline.

    So yeah, not a lot in terms of story progression but we still got some fun action scenes and the few new information bits we got are just enough to keep me interested in what's going on. Also, the art this time around was better than usual, so that's another plus.

    Overall, it was enjoyable but I hope the pace will pick-up from now on because, so far, this is my biggest problem with this arc.

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 21, 2020

    I actually didn’t dislike Harley as much as I usually do, so that was a nice change of pace. I’m only a little more interested in the plot than I was before, but the trend is certainly upwards!

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Jul 11, 2020

    Jumping back into Batman after taking a break for a couple years. Wtf is up with Catwoman's costume? Maybe the exposed armpits serve to keep her suit from getting all sweaty and stunk up?

  • 5.0
    OracleJack Feb 20, 2020

    It's still underwhelming. The book seems to be dragging a lot. And I get the feeling that this was initially something like a mini that got adapted into a maxi series that once more got adapted into Batman. Or that this is the outtakes of a story that was split in two. Will wait for a couple of issues more but frankly this is still not working.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Feb 19, 2020

    Great art, rushed story.

    We see Harley save Catwoman in the graveyard and Batman track down the various assassins. (He sends a fleet of drones to get Deathstroke).

    Batman reaches Riddler's lair and there is video with no sound showing DESIGN or whatever his name is confronting Riddler. (Penguin is wounded in this episode and threatening hospital workers).

    The action is being watched by a "mysterious" woman and Joker has a murder board with Batman's sidekicks showing hero names and real names.

    Finally Harley and Catwoman catch up with Batman and Catwoman says she's sorry and that we'll have to wait for the next issue to find out the conspiracy.

    A lot of plot happens but too much of it is more

  • 4.5
    Darkseid24 Feb 19, 2020

    I start to dislike the story. Overall it reminds me of Dead Reckoning just with other villains & nowhere as good as this story.

    So Gotham‘s biggest bads made a deal with the designer & villains like Scarecrow aren’t even mentioned? Oh the disrespect. Instead Catwoman made this deal, who never even was one of Gotham‘s biggest bads? Same goes for Harley, who was just Joker‘s sidekick.

    I also hate the idea of Joker knowing the identity of the entire batfamily. Snyder did this or hinted it, but in majority of stories Joker doesn’t know& also couldn’t find out with good reasons. I find it very hard to believe, that Joker wouldn’t use this information about Batman and play fair instead of murdering the batfami more

  • 3.5
    Rascal4Hire Feb 19, 2020

    5G is coming and apparently there's not a lot of interest in good stories. Apart from one last page detail it's pretty standard bread and butter DC stuff. Nothing exciting. I originally thought about giving it a 5 but this comes right after an entire run of slow pacing. Tynion needs to ramp it up very fast. Everything feels slow and unexciting.

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