Batman #91

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 18, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 50
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To save Gotham City, Catwoman will have to commit the greatest heist in the city's history! But hot on her trail are the Penguin, the Riddler, a horde of assassins, and the master criminal called the Designer! And the most dangerous person standing in her way is the man she's trying to save: Batman. And what complications will his arise from his new sidekick, Harley Quinn?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 18, 2020

    Tynion's run on Batman is proving to be an action-packed, fast-paced story that is the kind of Batman story that I love reading. He is especially making great use of Batman's classic rogues gallery. I have no doubt that “Their Dark Designs” will be acclaimed as a classic Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Mar 23, 2020

    I'm pretty hyped to see how further this develops, this arc is in uncharted territory for the landscape of Gotham as a whole. Bruce is still super sensitive after Alfred and now people won't let him build the place up. He's made to many lifelong enemies. With a trio of great artist all with their hands in this and a great mind like Tynion IV, I'm very much excited for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 18, 2020

    Considering Tynion has The Joker Wars lined up after this arc and its safe to say Batman is going to have an amazing 2020 and maybe one of the best years of this era. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 18, 2020

    All of the artists bring their unique styles to the art in this issue. While some of the panels showcase beautiful backgrounds and details, some focus on energy and movement as the action picks up. Each page brings something great to this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 18, 2020

    Batman (2016-) #91 hits hard and moves at an impressive, breakneck speed that cements this current story arc as one of the most exciting Batman stories to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Mar 22, 2020

    Whenever Batman faces a villain team-up, it's a high-stakes confrontation. I always enjoy those, and Mr. Tynion is doing a terrific job with them now that he's the regular writer on this series. He's learned at the feet of the master"Scott Snyder"so I can't wait to see what he's got coming for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn 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! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 18, 2020

    Like any story involving a villain who somehow knows every step, there is certainly some convenient plotting going on. This is Batman though, and a fun action-adventure title at that, so it's hard to dismiss it for something so conventional in a series like this. Overall this is a fun sixth chapter in the story arc that should keep our minds off the real world as it's as entertaining as any Batman story you'll read this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 18, 2020

    Joker War is getting all the hype, but Tynion is coming out of the gate on this title as strong as Snyder did. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Mar 20, 2020

    By balancing several elements that make the caped crusader such a seminal comic character, Tynion and the creative team seem to be building up to something truly special on Batman's mythology. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 18, 2020

    Batman #91 is the best issue so far of this opening storyline. It delivers so much packed into one issue from interesting discussions to great action. While it's not the best starting point, it is one hell of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 18, 2020

    Batman #91(Tynion, Albuquerque, Pagulayan, Jimenez) inches us closer to "The Joker War" as the team pivots The Joker towards a deeper darkness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 19, 2020

    "Their Dark Designs" is a story that has gotten better with each passing chapter. The Designer now being a fully realized villain has helped tremendously in the improvement of "Their Dark Designs." Because of that James Tynion begins paying off the character development for everyone involved in this story, making Batman #91 the best chapter of this storyline thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Mar 18, 2020

    Tynion's first story is ramping things up to it's conclusion and there are plenty of hanging threads still around that an occasional reveal is a welcome sight. There is a ton of action in this book and the writing just has a lot of heart in it. The art team has quite a few artists in it this time around but you can tell that they all really put a ton of effort into this book as it has some of the best art in the comic book industry today. Can't recommend this issue enough. Hopefully the rest of the story will continue to have things at such a high quality. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 21, 2020

    All the characters and plots continue to work very well as the story continues to ramp up excitedly. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 18, 2020

    The story finally moves forward, but buckles under the weight of its multiple artists. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Mar 19, 2020

    Yes, I did just spend my one chance reviewing the mainline Batman comic to be negative " but I promise my intentions are constructive! I like this book " genuinely like it " and want to see it keep momentum, and to see it improve as it continues. While Tynion's Justice League could get a bit exhausting from the constant high stakes, I'm hoping he can take the lessons he learned from that book and apply them here: if it pays off, we might have something special on our hands. Thanks so much for paying attention to me for a little while " back to Josh! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Mar 18, 2020

    Overall, I like Batman #91'sstory. I do not like its art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 19, 2020

    Batman#91 is weakened by having the Designer be the main villain. He is broadly written and his motivations and methods are still vague. Unless Tynion is planning on paying off plots next issue, it seems like “Their Dark Designs” will be regulated as forgettable in a few years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 18, 2020

    The real star of the issue is both the art and sense of subtle vulnerability that Tynion gives Batman"an unexpected treat in a fairly average issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 18, 2020

    It looks like the pair is going up against the Riddler by the end of the issue. It doesn't end strong and I felt left with a feeling of detachment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Mar 17, 2020

    Batman #91 was a weak entry in the Their Dark Design story line. I don't see the need to rush it and it might be worth going monthly to allow the artists to relax and not rush to meet deadlines. Sadly this issue falls flat and hopefully with the hype of upcoming books they don't suffer the same fate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Mar 18, 2020

    Tynion's run is gaining momentum every month. Contrary to Tom King, he wants to tell an actual story, and does exactly that, one issue at a time. And what did he serve us this time? Plenty of action from two different points of view - Batman's as well as Catwoman's. I like it, as well as how Deathstroke and Harley are used as sort of contrasting figures for each of the two protagonists, allowing them to expose some plot in more natural way. I like it, and I hope high hopes for what's to come, because I'm familiar with Tynion's team building style he used in Detective Comics and Jutice League Dark. He knows how to execute his ideas and make them surprising, out of the box.
    Definitely recommend this issue - if you dropped Batman comics d more

  • 5.0
    myconius Mar 18, 2020

    i've been having a hard time investing in this story.

    the shift in artists is also a bit distracting.

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  • 9.0
    Linkush Mar 18, 2020

    After a pretty bland issue, we get an issue full of action and excitement.

    The issue starts with The Joker explaining to a bartender what happened in the last issue, like a recap, except that this time it was from his point of view and it was written like it was a joke, it was pretty great. Tynion really knows how to write The Joker.

    The rest of the issue is split-up into two parts: Batman fighting with Deathstroke and Catwoman escaping from The Riddler's hideout with Harley Quinn.

    The fight between Batman and Deathstroke was, just as you'd expect, awesome. I think Tynion nailed Batman's dialogue in this issue (including the inner monologue). Also, the way it ended was exciting. I mean, Batman teaming-up wi more

  • 6.0
    Darkseid24 Mar 18, 2020

    This issue wasn’t bad, but I am not really hyped for this story either. It’s nice to see the plot being built up& the villains actually playing a part in this& not just being reduced to canon fodder. However Harley was pointless in this issue, so she is apparently just there, because she gets forced into anything these days. Batman fighting Deathstroke was the best part here.
    So you don’t miss much, if you skip this, but it’s ok to read.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Mar 18, 2020

    Apparently, people liked this issue more than I did. The art, again, is great. And I appreciate the fact that Selina hatches a plan on her own, and is affiliated with Batman, but not a mere soldier.

    Basically, Harley is helping Selina penetrate Riddler's lair. They talk. In this latest version of the DC universe, Harley doesn't know who Selina is and associates her kitten with a whip act with "naughty" librarians. OK.

    Batman fights Deathstroke and pleads with him to give up his contract because Batman MUST save Gotham's nine million souls. (Boy, the vanity and ego of that statement bothers me. I know it's supposed to show Bruce's state of mental well being, but it's not a nice look and I want my Batman sane. But that's more

  • 9.0
    Swanktub Mar 18, 2020

    What a great issue! This is what I've been wanting from the Tynion run from the beginning. Action, great characterisation for several characters and just great work all around. Tynion is getting a better grip on Bruce's individual voice and Selena's. His Joker is terrifying in the best way, and Catwoman acted far more like Catwoman. The art was great too, Jiminez and Albuquerque did excellent work.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book University Mar 18, 2020

    If I simply wrote, "Batman versus Deathstroke happens in this issue" that should be enough for you to run to the comic book store and grab this book. Fortunately, there's more. We had Catwoman explain what happened in the room with The Designer between her, Penguin, and the Riddler, but Joker went in after them, so we didn't get his story. Until now. Check out my full review on YouTube at Comic Book University.

  • 8.5
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Mar 18, 2020

    Tynion continues to fire on all cylinders in Chapter 6 of Batman: Their Dark Designs!

    Once again, Jorge Jimenez provides stunning artwork showcasing the beauty that will become "Joker War" in May. Although there were three artists in this issue, Tomeu Morey did all the colors to provide consistency of some sort.

    Yay! More Designer!

    The cover is misleading. You do not see Batman and Harley team up to fight a Jokerized GCPD.

    As always, I'm excited for the next issue!

  • 7.5
    egon244 Mar 18, 2020

    "There's a kind of... music to it"

    Another good Bat-issue from Tynion. He may not be breaking any new grounds, but he definitely makes a well crafted, entertaining story.

    A story that gets told with the help of three talented artists in this issue. Jimenez gives a very creepy and disturbing rendition of the Joker, one panel in particular. Albuquerque delivers some nice action and I like his Deathstroke's ninja-esque look. And Pagulayan draws a really pretty Harley Quinn.

    As for the writing. Tynion is a good writer, even if he tends to get a bit wordy at times. He writes a very entertaining Joker, a part mobster and a part psychotic killer. He writes a smart Deathstroke that uses Dark Knight's predictability more

  • 7.5
    Daigo309 Mar 18, 2020

    Good issue, the history is involving more and more but i miss the good dialogues that had in the others issues.

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Mar 18, 2020

    sstep down from the last issue mainly because of the shifting art, i found myself distracted many times because the art changed between like 3 or 4 artists. Jorge Jimenez said he is gonna draw all of Joker War, but that seems a little unlikely if he couldn't get this issue out on time. Otherwise, just more of the same really, a little more revelations but nothing game changing yet

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine May 5, 2020

    Someone please make the Designer at least get a cooler mask. I can’t look at him like this it’s too stupid.

  • 9.0
    jordy Mar 19, 2020

    Absolutely Love This chapter of Batman.. Story is woven to perfection by TVNION .. Art work is hours of hard labored love and it shows! You guys produce top tier books :)

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Jun 9, 2020

    I've been loving Tynion's Batman and as we head towards Joker War, let's see how the series goes.

    The Good:
    I rather like Joker's opening monologue.

    Jimenez's art. Man it's just so great.

    Bruce's reaching out to Slade was really well done and a great insight into his mind.

    The Bad:

    While there is a lot of things I don't have a strong opinion about, this is still a great issue.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Mar 21, 2020

    " And jester said to him... I want to be the devil. And then he killed him. "

  • 8.5

    This story is washing out the bad taste in my mouth left by "City of Bane." The mystery of the Designer extends beyond "Who is he?" It also makes us wonder what his plans were for 4 of Batman's oldest foes and what really happened in his meeting with the Joker. It's good to see Tynion do a story with him. I felt deprived of that when he left Detective Comics. And while we are all saddened by the death of Alfred and anticipate the next "Big event" that will bring him back, as long as we're getting good stories with as little of Damian as possible (I Loathe that brat) I think the Bat-books will be continue doing fine.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Mar 21, 2020

    I liked this one. This run is definitely turbulent right now. But this is one of the better issues.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 22, 2020

    I enjoyed it. Im interested to see where it goes and I hope the payoff with the new villain is enjoyable but its way better than Tom King.

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Jul 11, 2020

    It's kind of like a Family Guy-style chicken fight.

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