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: 57
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User 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

  • 7.0
    Nihilist Mar 4, 2020

    I'm not gonna lie, the arc is growing on me so far. From a mediocre beginning, it evolves and grows, unraveling the bigger backstory underneath. While sure, this issue may have not pushed the main plot forward very much, it expands the concept of what it means to be a villain in Gotham City. I genuinely like how Tynion explains the evolution of the characters throughout the decades, how the idyllic Silver Age ended, replaced with something darker, more dangerous and realistic. And as far as you ask me, that's today's comic generation's general theme - connecting the legacy Ages, embracing them all together, creating a unified entirety out of different artistic periods, or movements. This comic, alongside many more out there on the shelves, more

  • 6.0
    myconius Mar 4, 2020

    i really love the art. A LOT, actually!
    but i just do not care where the story is headed. it doesn't grab me at all.

    i'm mostly checked out of this all by now.
    seeing this through out of morbid curiosity more than anything.

  • 5.5
    Darkseid24 Mar 4, 2020

    Better than last issue, but Catwoman feels so forced into this story. The Designer is calling Gothams biggest Villains together& he rather thinks of Catwoman than of Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc or Black Mask? Doesnt make any sense.
    Joker is also annoying in this. Why does it always have to be Joker? Wish there was no Joker war coming up. Im already bored.
    What is funny, that Catwoman wanted to steal Bruce‘s Fortune, so almost marrying him worked out for her after all I guess. Still hope these 2 finally break up. It’s so annoying & lame.

    The art is great though.

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  • 6.0
    YourGreenMuse Mar 4, 2020

    This is a fine, very safe, very by-the-numbers issue. Sometimes that can work, if the characters are written very well, but here it doesn't really become anything better. I have almost nothing to say about this one. At least Tom King's run was rife with things to talk about. This comic, right here, exists and that's it. If you like Batman existing, you'll be pretty much okay with this.

  • 6.0
    Linkush Mar 4, 2020

    So we finally got some answers to our questions and... it was pretty underwhelming. Very simple and safe way to keep the story going. I don't think this is bad, just not anything to be excited about. There's really not much to talk about here, I honestly expected more.

    The twist at the end was pretty neat though.

  • 4.0
    Quinn Mar 4, 2020

    Great art. But I don't think the writer realized how his grand plot really makes Batman's traditional enemies look like chumps.

    Apparently the DESIGNER is some super criminal who fought a previous "World's Greatest Detective" and realized that he had to change. (Think Prof. Moriarity vs. Sherlock kind of vibe) and evolved the way he fought his enemy and offered early Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin plans that would allow them to pull off their ultimate heists.

    Joker apparently killed the guy and thus started his dark descent into total depravity. Catwoman's plan was to steal the ultimate forture, which DUN, DUN, DUN, turns out to be the Wayne Fortune(tm).

    Also, the corpse in the grave was the Designer's more

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Mar 5, 2020

    " I remenber, as Riddler and penguin started the fires, watching Joker. He was just starting off across the water, at Gotham City. And at the signal hanging in the clouds above it. Something in him changed that night...His eyes...They were différent than they had ever been before. It was my first time seeing what kind of evil he was going to become. "

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 26, 2020

    I actually didn’t have a bad time reading this one. But the Designer’s look is so weird and dumb you guys.

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    LunaMoody Mar 4, 2020

    This issue was pretty good. I'm enjoying this writers run so far. Of course there are a few things I don't like.

    Don't like.....

    1. If the Designer really is this brilliant. scary major villain, then why hasn’t Batman heard of him? Batman and the Justice League supposedly watch over crime all over the world. Wouldn't they have at least a brief knowledge of him? And what is with that ridiculous costume of his? He doesn't look threatening he just looks nuts.

    2. I don't like that this is looking like it may break up Bat and Cat. I’m hoping this doesn’t destroy their relationship. He seemed to have accepted that she has changed and shouldn't blame her for mistakes made in the past.

    Love.... more

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Mar 6, 2020

    Well, I'm slightly late this week but let's check out Batman #90.

    The Good:
    I love Jimenez's art.

    Love the Designer and his whole shtick.

    Good background on the Designer.

    The Bad:
    Still don't like that design.

    It's the simple issue design of explaining Designer's background. It worked quite well for me actually.

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Mar 7, 2020

    A fantastic flash-back issue to "Their Dark Designs"!

    WOW is Jorge Jimenez a great artist! My favorite of the run so far and I can't wait to see his talent in the upcoming "Joker War" storyline!

    The Designer is already a very interesting character and one I'm looking forward to seeing more of in this arc.

    Batman's about to get hit hard if Selina's secret ends up becoming a reality...

    Forget the hype about Punchline. This run has been fantastic so far and you're doing yourself a disservice by not reading this book if you're only picking up as speculation.

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Mar 5, 2020

    No Puncline but Designers origin

  • 8.5
    Copygram14 Mar 5, 2020

    There is a lot to like in this issue, especially seeing Catwoman in that classic costume. I'm not sold on the big villain yet, but am prepared to give it time. It was fun spotting all the nods to the past, and was that a direct reference to the recent Joker movie? Yes, there's quite a lot of exposition in the conversation between Bruce and Selina but at least they look fantastic! Overall, a little choppy but a lot of fun.

    And yes, I also think it should be monthly with a regular artist.

  • 8.0
    Another Nerd Mar 4, 2020

    Please schedule this title back to a monthly and have Jimenez as the regular artist.

    Fuck! The hype over Punchline has gotten everybody batshit crazy. Wednesday and shops are sold out already. Thankfully I have this in my pull but Jesus people, you think you never read a Batman comic before...

    And Tynion might be the world’s biggest asshole if the twist at the end is true. This will invalidate Selina and Bruce’s relationship which was a big keystone of King’s run.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 6, 2020

    I like the idea of it. I hope it follows through with a good set up. Best issue I have read of batman in a while.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Mar 8, 2020

    "Don't shake the Joker's hand"

    A good story with even better artwork.

    In this issue, we jump into the past, when Batman's Rogues gallery dressed better, as Catwoman talks about her fateful meeting with the Designer. I'm not gonna lie, I like the Designer. From his... well, design to his whole calm demeanor of the smartest guy in the room. And I can't shake the feeling that the detective he was talking about was none other than Sherlock Holmes. It's also nice to know that Batman and Catwoman know each other's actual names. It's the little things.

    The artwork is fantastic. There is so much dynamic in the panels. With Catwoman running on rooftops and Slade riding his motorcycle, you can almost feel the movement more

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Mar 9, 2020

    This issue has finally picked up the story line for me. The past 5 issues could have been combined into one and this feels like the second issue in Tynion's run. Loved the retell from Selina, but I still don't care about the Designer villain. The main thing I loved about this book is the art, obviously, Jorge Jimenez is one of the few bright spots in DC's artists roster for me right now, and I loved seeing the detail in every character and background. Hopefully this is gonna be how this run goes on in the future.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jul 11, 2020

    The Designer is interesting, somewhat of an anti-batman which could be said about many of Batman's rogues' gallery.

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