Batman #94

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Rafael Albuquerque, Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 8, 2020 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 51
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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The Designer’s machinations have left Batman’s life in tatters! Gotham City’s ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as  new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary! 

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 7, 2020

    If for whatever reason you're not hyped about Joker War after this issue you may need to just drop the Batman books. This was a tremendous arc and the next looks like it could be just as memorable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 7, 2020

    In Batman #94, Tynion, March, and Albuquerque have done a fine job in wrapping up the current storyline and leading into the Joker War event. With the Joker in possession of the Wayne fortune and the Batman's secrets, Bruce has the fight of his life ahead of him. If this issue is any indication, the Joker War is going to be the comic story of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jul 11, 2020

    The Joker has turned the tables on his enemy by arming himself with everything the Dark Knight might have used against him in the past. This means that Batman has no one to help him, as shown in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 8, 2020

    March and Albuquerque do an excellent job with the art. There are some panels that felt a little too exaggerated as far as facial expressions, but the art was well detailed throughout and fun in moments. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 13, 2020

    When the news came down the line that Tynion was replacing King on this book, I was hopeful. Tynion had written the in bat universe before, on the Eternal titles; on the flip, he has worked a lot with Snyder, would Tynion have the same flaws that I find in Snyder? Thankfully, my faith has been rewarded, with a tight story that suits the twice a month frequency of this book. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give; I am actually looking forward to a Joker story! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 18, 2020

    This arc in Batman was unsettling to say the least. It has shook the Dark Knight to his core and now it prepares to put him through a gauntlet like never before. It's not just a solid super hero book. It's one full of terror at every turn from one of the most heinous villains ever to appear on the comic book page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 7, 2020

    There's a real sense of dread all over the issue, and it's the perfect lead-in to what promises to be the biggest battle against Joker since Scott Snyder's Endgame. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jul 7, 2020

    Batman#94 is a mostly enjoyable issue. It makes for a better read in a vacuum, not having read the comics prior to Tynion's run. However, knowing the context of the comic, it makes it a little less special, and runs dangerously close to being redundant. It's still too early to tell how “Joker War” will shake out yet, but this start may run the risk of being a retread of “City of Bane”. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jul 7, 2020

    Albeit much slower pace than weve come to expect from this title as of late, Batman #94 wraps up the Dark Designs arc with a nice, thematic bow before we head into Joker War. Read Full Review

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

    This is coming out slowly, but I'm very curious to see how this whole thing plays out. Joker having all of Bruce's wealth really changes the whole dynamic of Gotham t large. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 11, 2020

    James Tynion, Guillem March, and Rafael Albuquerque saved the best for last as Batman #94 provided "Their Dark Designs" with the best issue of this entire story arc. This finale was more about positioning Batman, Joker, Catwoman, and other characters for where they will begin "Joker War" at. Which was fine given the reveal of who the Designer that Batman has been battling this entire story arc turned out to be. Now it is on to whatever surprises are to come with "Joker War." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 11, 2020

    The latest issue does a great job of setting up the stakes, the dangers and the eventual Batman awesomeness to come in Joker War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jul 7, 2020

    Tynion has done a remarkable job with spanning so much story and bringing it all together in the end to set up an emotional and exciting end as well as a beginning to the next chapter of his story and I know I couldn't be anymore excited to see what the ultimate payoff is going to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 7, 2020

    This is a good issue that leads right into "Joker War" very well. The final page had me getting major '90s vibes that take me back to when I was a kid. Batman is best when he's facing insurmountable odds, and boy oh boy Tynion is setting this up to make "Joker War" a summer must-read. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 9, 2020

    While a slower issue, Batman #94 sets up for Joker War while concluding Their Dark Designs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 7, 2020

    The issue is an ok one and a step back in what has been a good run so far. The issue feels like it's full of cliches and tropes that never quite standout. Add in plotlines it feels like we've seen before. There's also groan-worthy moments that just feel like shallow attempts to recreate previous magic. Add in a lack of exciting visuals, the comic is a forgettable bridge to “Joke War.” Batman #94 isn't a bad read at all but it also lacks the excitement or interesting ideas that Tynion has entertained us with so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 8, 2020

    "Their Dark Designs" comes to an ending of sorts with Batman #94 (Tynion IV, March, Albuquerque), paving the way for "The Joker War". Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge  Jul 7, 2020

    DC calls this issue the "thick of a Joker attack," but reading Batman #94 you would be hard pressed to feel that yourself. Though peppered with fun visual detailing and occasional moments of engaging world-building, Batman #94 finds the title just marking time until 'The Joker War' begins in earnest. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jul 7, 2020

    This issue of Batman is neither exciting nor does it really develop our story. We have some setup for the upcoming Joker War but other than that this issue doesn't really do much of anything. The art is great in this issue though, even though (at least for right now) nothing else in this issue really holds any weight. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 8, 2020

    As we move towards the next issue, I hope Tynion knows how to pay all this off. Otherwise, we have just moved back five steps. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Jul 7, 2020

    In theory, a Joker story written by Tynion should be thrilling considering his background in horror, but in Batman #94, it is hard to look past subpar designs and focus on the story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Nicole Drum Jul 8, 2020

    The book is one that in a sense serves to let readers catch their breath before things really pop off, but it generally just feels kind of messy, almost like Tynion didn't know really where he wanted to go. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 7, 2020

    Tynion goes full day-time soap opera with this issue, and it's not great. From the ludicrous plotting, to the miserable attempts to create a "moment," and the overuse of melodrama" There's not much that can save a book that's suffering terribly from poor writing and pure desperation. I wanted to like this run. I wanted Tynion to do well and prove me wrong" Unfortunately, he's only proving my case that he's not that good of a writer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jul 7, 2020

    Penguin said it best in this issue, "It's going to be a long, bloody summer."

    Pretty much your by the book calm before the storm issue. Stage is set, pieces are in play, now just to sit back and watch the show!

  • 10
    LunaMoody Jul 9, 2020

    I enjoyed reading this issue for many reasons. I did have a few minor issues with it but over all I liked it.


    1. The dialogue between Bat/Cat was emotional and beautiful. I loved it !!!

    2. I love that now the Joker has all of Batman's money, toys and even the cave. If written right this could make for a very fun and interesting story. I think it could be cool to have Batman stripped of everything for a while.

    3. I liked that the whole Gotham story was rooted back to his nightmares of a darker Gotham and that he let Alfred believe otherwise. That made far more sense then having Bruce drawing pictures of a better Gotham.


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  • 9.0
    AsgersWeb Jul 8, 2020

    My opinion might change when the entire story is out but I don't get why people are hating on this. This book was brilliant. The scene with Bruce and Selina on the phone was so emotional. The ending seemed rushed, I would've liked to se it later on in the run. But overall this is gearing up to be one epic arc, I would've liked them to have some more small scale stories after King's run and then get to this but overall I am really digging Tynion's run so far.

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  • 7.0
    Nihilist Jul 8, 2020

    The purpose of this issue is to set up what's to come, and that's the very axis of the plot. There's not much of substance happening here, just loose ends getting resolved, characters put where they need to be when The Joker War starts, and the message of dark designs nicely making a full circle to close this arc and its themes. It's a competent transition, similar in a way to Scott Snyder's Batman #7, simulataneously closing The Court of Owls and starting The City of Owls. And because of that structure and purpose, I guess it eventually will grow on people once the trade paperback edition hits the store shelves, and we can read the entire arc start to finish without having to wait two weeks for the next chapter. For now, though, I can full more

  • 4.0
    Quinn Jul 7, 2020

    Let's sum up the action - nothing happens. Selina was taken to a hospital and survived her gunshot wound and was later kidnapped by the Penguin, who has created a hide-out with all the free Gotham villains.

    We flasback to when Bruce met the original detective who swore to teach Bruce how to lose.

    We find out that Bruce is broke and wanted for embezzlement and is all alone - again.

    This plot device is overused. It was the plot of the Dark Knight Rises, Batman Eternity and a story going back to the 1980s. King used a variation of it for City of Bane, which was just a repeat of Knightfall.

    Yes, we get it. Break the Bat, the Bat comes back. The story ends with Batman jumping out of the window of the more

  • 8.5
    Afre Jul 8, 2020

    It is an epilogue and a set-up for things to come. So yes, it is slow and it is very skippable issue But I still liked it a lot. I just like how Tynion writes Bruce.

  • 8.0

    It seemed perfectly good to me.

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 12, 2020

    I really do not care for Punchline. However, I must say the idea that all the villains just hole up together in Penguin’s club every time Joker gets on some bullshit is truly pure to me, and I love that.

  • 7.0
    Gorr Jul 7, 2020

    This issue featured the conclusion to Tynion's "The Dark Designs" and while it was not a terrible issue, it was the weakest chapter of this storyline. The main purpose of this issue is to set up the joker war, which it does so effectively. However, there are sluggish moments which slow down the momentum that was being built in previous issues.

    For starters, the conversation between Catwoman and Batman felt it was misplaced. I understand Tynion is trying to show how vulnerable Batman is following the death of alfred, but at times he can be a bit verbose when discussing the matter in his issues, especially when Bats is climbing random parts of gotham introspecting, and the issue ends with pretty much that.

    There were st more

  • 6.0
    Liem Duong Jul 7, 2020

    Well, that concludes Dark Designs. Overall, this story arc was quite refreshing after King's run with City of Bane, and is by no means a slouch of a run. On the contrary, it is probably some of my favorite Batman story-telling coming from DC as of late. But this final issue is kind of rough, but also enlightening at the same time? So most people would say this is a melo-dramatic filler, which I can see. But it also ties this whole idea of " Dark Designs " together with some excellent dialogue technique.

    Like seriously, Tynion has become an excellent writer, and his dialogue shows. Especially when he is talking about Alfred, which Tynion in-cooperates so subtly but effectively. Really pay attention to the last pages. It might sou more

  • 10
    PowerKing Jul 8, 2020

    Excellent history by Tynion, the type of comic we're hoping to read after King's departure.

  • 10
    cincyfan Jul 27, 2020

    This is one of the best books out there right now in my opinion

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Jul 19, 2020

    It's the final issue of Their Dark Designs. As we head into Joker War, let's see how this arc finishes off.

    The Good:
    I love how all the stakes are against Bruce.

    Really enjoyed seeing more of Early Bruce.

    Catwoman is really well done here.

    Love the Cool Room.

    The Bad:
    Okay, now that is just a straight up misleading cover.

    Another great issue. Misleading cover asides, I'm loving this whole series and the tone Tynion is going for.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Aug 3, 2020


  • 8.5

    "Dark Designs" was pretty good. It started out as one case for Batman, but turned out to be nothing more than a distraction for something way worse. It was a good starting point for Tynion's new run.
    While there's controversy regarding the newest Joker groupie, Punchline, I'm sure we'd better just get used to her. They seem to be clinging on to the idea of the new Harley. Why else is she so annoying?
    the Joker War has already begun, and it looks like he's winning. Not good for Batman, but it should keep readers on the edge of their seats.

  • 8.0
    Tony Jul 7, 2020

    A set up for what's coming.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jul 14, 2020

    "Yes, Alfred... I will become a better bat."
    - BATMAN

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Jul 12, 2020

    Good. But could have been better. Overall a pretty good set up story. Hope Joker War takes everything to the next level. It has so much potential.

  • 7.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 9, 2020

    This was fine. It was all fine. I don't have much interest in where this is going. The pacing contributed to a story that didn't leave a desirable emotional impact on me. Things that should have been slower were rushed. The art is all over the place, and neither artist is great. Maybe James Tynion IV should be commended for writing a comic that is only fine, even with all the flaws it has. I'm not very excited for Joker War. Not at all. I'm not dreading it, either.

  • 6.5
    Gizmo Sep 5, 2020

    It's not bad, Batman's relationship with Catwoman is the most compelling part. The convoluted plot, not so much

  • 5.0
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Jul 7, 2020

    Joker War's gonna make-it/break it for me in regards to this run. I know Jimenez is gonna nail the art but how the story will go down? Questionable at best.

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