Batman #90

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 4, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 68
7.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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The mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City's greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 4, 2020

    Tynion's first story as the writer of Batman is shaping up to be a quintessential Batman story, with his most recognizable foes, an intriguing mystery, and a threat to Batman's vision for Gotham City's future. Not to mention the threat to the fortune that funds his crimefighting career. Batman #90 provides another great chapter in this exciting story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 15, 2020

    I was already all in on this latest iteration of Batman, but this issue just knocked my socks off. It works on so many levels, properly introducing us to the Designer, filling in some gaps in the timeline, making The Joker look just as terrifying as ever, and setting up the story in the present day, all wrapped in some of the best artwork you'll see on the stands today. This comic is awesome and I cannot wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 4, 2020

    The Tynion run on Batman has already been superb, but with Jimenez on board its going to a new level of cant miss storytelling. Dont miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 4, 2020

    This entire run has been great, but this issue builds the tension up to an almost unbearable level at times. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Mar 5, 2020

    Tynion is bringing the heat in these five issues. Between the growth, Wayne Ent is bringing to Gotham and this well-orchestrated plot that followed. The idea of Joke's favorite crime is an amazing disconnect from the cooky aspect he seems to take all the time when he's not front and center. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 4, 2020

    Jorge Jimenez brings some beautiful, stylish visuals to this issue. The characters and backgrounds are brilliantly detailed and there are some amazing panels throughout this issue including one with Joker that is truly disturbing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Mar 4, 2020

    Batman #90feels like a return to form for Batman. Tynion does a great job of establishing the Designer and just how powerful he truly is. Additionally, Jimenez's art coupled with Morey's once again excellent coloring makes every panel a delight to look at.I am finally excited about this Batman run as this issue picks up the pacing, finally moving the story forward in a concrete direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 6, 2020

    Batman #90(Tynion, Jimenez) takes a look into the origins of The Designer and their link to the current crimes occuring in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 7, 2020

    Secrets are revealed and they are rather interesting and exciting! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn 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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 11, 2020

    It's an engaging story of the early days of Catwoman that fills in blanks on The Designer and does it all with aplomb and strong art. Well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Mar 4, 2020

    Whilst this clearly isnt best issue to jump in on, if you can source a few issues back from your friendly bricks and mortar comic store (or you know, digitally if you are technologically minded), then youll be in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Mar 4, 2020

    Batman has just been so much fun to read as well as review and I'm so excited to be a part of what might be the greatest Batman story in a long time. I can't speak to the future, but I know the path Tynion has payed out so far really points to something amazing in the works and the fact that issues are selling out before they even hit stands just proves what I've been saying from the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 5, 2020

    Batman #90 is a breath of fresh air for a run that feels like it's been dawdling to this point, formulaically biding its time while holding back on the meat of the story. And maybe that's by design (no pun intended) to ensure that we get multiple issues of Jimenez in a row. But you could just as well skip the issues leading to this point and have no problem jumping in Tynion still hasn't tapped into the heart that I think is the signature of his work but he's managed to remind us that he's no slouch when it comes to the design of a story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 6, 2020

    Batman #90 is a notable jump in quality for "Their Dark Designs." Tying The Designer's origin story to the early years of Batman's career, particularly during the original Dynamic Duo era, made him a much more intriguing character. How Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and Riddler factored into The Designer's plot added to that intrigue as Tynion explored how everyone has evolved over the years. With all this set-up out of the way Tynion can hopefully tap further into the potential of this story about the future of Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Mar 4, 2020

    Graced with the art of Jorge Jimenez, this book executes despite average panel layouts. Moreso, it is interesting linework that he offers, yet still maintains an odd quirk signaling of the comic book industry (One that my previous reviews have exhaustively focused on). Truth be told, this was the issue that gave faith in Tynion's run. Not because of Bruce Wayne, but because of Selina Kyle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 4, 2020

    While Tynion's storyline is coming together with a promising hook, the main “twist” of the issue was a little pedestrian. Still, combined with amazing art, Batman#90 is a step in a more interesting direction for the title. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Hunter Sandlin Mar 13, 2020

    This issue gives us what we've been waiting for from Tynion's Batman run. It's a solid read with nice art; not groundbreaking but still exciting. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 4, 2020

    The issue proceeds to reveal the origin of The Designer in an interesting, albeit dense read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 4, 2020

    Batman #90 gives readers what they've been waiting for: the Designer's grand design, the big plan, the "what is the Designer up to" of it all by revealing Catwoman's big secret and, to be blunt, it's kind of a let down. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Mar 4, 2020

    We finally get some answers to the questeions that we've been having but the answers are so simple that most of us have had them figured out for the past few issues. It's not the worst thing in the world but it was a very safe way to keep this story going. That being said there is a great twist near the end that gives us the most interesting plot point of the entire arc up to this point. So once again, Batman falls somewhere in the upper-middle, quality-wise. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Mar 4, 2020

    I had high hopes for Tynion's Batman, but it's turning out to be a bust for me. And it's not that it's bad, it's just that the book is average in every sense of the word. The stakes feel forced. The emotions feel forced. Tynion is trying way too hard to build this up as something bigger than it actually is, and the Designer was, unfortunately, over-hyped and under-delivered. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 6, 2020

    Well, the art is nice. Jiminez is an excellent artist. The writing is all over the place, however. Tynion apparently is disregarding Tom King's run on Batman. He has no idea how to write the relationship between Selina and Bruce. This is another dull chapter of this new direction. Read Full Review

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