Batman #95

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 52
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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It was always going to come to this. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. He has decided that one way or another, this will be the final chapter to their story. “Joker War” begins here!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 21, 2020

    So far none of Tynion's run has failed to live up to the hype. If anything he's exceeded it and with Jimenez and colorist Tomeu Morey, The Joker War looks to be a potentially career-defining work for all involved. Let the war begin. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 21, 2020

    Tynion has done a masterful job of setting up the ultimate showdown between Batman and the Joker. Batman is backed into a corner with no help and no resources, while the Joker has possession of his wealth, his tech, and his secrets. The next few months are going to be a wild and crazy ride for Batman readers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Hayden Mears Jul 21, 2020

    These guys were born to tell Batman stories, and the love and care they show this character and his journey are testaments to just how qualified they are to bring the Batman/Joker conflict to a "close." Regardless of whether or not the ramifications of this story last, there are going to be some significant consequences for every character involved. We'll be keeping up every step of the way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 27, 2020

    Given my distaste of the over use of the Joker, this book and it's preceding set-up arc have been a massive improvement on King's run and is eminently more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jul 27, 2020

    I never expected DC to go where this storyline is heading"the Joker holding all the cards, so to speak, and Batman having only to rely on his wits and not his arsenal. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jul 21, 2020

    A great issue and exciting start to "Joker War". This sets the stakes and drama high and puts Batman in a situation that will be tough to get out of. Plus, it has us readers questioning how much The Joker really knows. Fantastic art makes this issue even more dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 21, 2020

    This is an explosive kickoff with a great cliffhanger. We'll see how the tie-ins do, but Tynion has done an excellent job of making this feel like an event. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 21, 2020

    Batman #95(Tynion, Jimenez, Morey, Cowles) begins the "Joker War" and with new art and a new twist on classic tropes, the series gets a much needed shot in the arm just in time! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 21, 2020

    Jorge Jimenez delivers some amazing art throughout this issue. The characters look awesome and the action is both visceral and full of energy. There are some disturbing visuals to be found and they perfectly capture the dark tension of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 22, 2020

    James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez kick off "The Joker War" in spectacular fashion with Batman #95. The story speeds out of the gate and never slows down as Joker and Punchline push Batman to his absolute limit. Given how things begin with "The Joker War," there are plenty of things for fans to be excited for as this story has all the makings of a great big event that will impact the entire Batman Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jul 21, 2020

    Batman #95 falls a little short of the hype that was built up around it but the creators were still successful in delivering something worthy of getting fans excited about and delivering some joy. The story digs deep and really explores more of an emotional side rather than a exciting side and the art team fires on all cylinders delivering one of the best looking Batman issues we have gotten so far in this series. This issue also gives us hope that bigger and more exciting things are to come and I know personally it did a good job of hooking me and getting me on board for the rest of the arc. Batman #95 is available now at your local comic shop as well as via digital download if you prefer to read them digitally. Make sure you guys let me know what you thought of the issue and whether it lived up to what you expected of it by leaving your comment below in the comment section. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 22, 2020

    This is a bit better than this title has been over the past few months. Punchline, however, is still annoying as always. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Jul 21, 2020

    Batman #95is a return to form for the series. Joker stories are hard to make interesting because there are just so many within Batman's lore. However, so far, The Joker War is off to a great start because it takes the time to examine the Joker's intellect and how that directly related to Batman and Joker's relationship. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jul 21, 2020

    Joker War starts off with plenty of exposition and quite the FAQ page full of answers to sell this idea, but boy is this issue absolutely gorgeous! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jul 21, 2020

    Batman #95 is a slam-bang, fun action comic. The concept is simple and the action is explosive. There's also enough emotion to make it engaging. The plot falls apart if you think about it too hard, but it makes for a solid brainless adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 21, 2020

    Batman #95 isn't an explosive start but it delivers an interesting start. There's a lot of fascinating choices, the police standing up for Batman as an example, that will hopefully pay off nicely down the road. This feels like the opening of an epic film, a slow opening but one that does a fine job of setting things up. If you're interested in "The Joker War." Batman #95 is worth checking out. But, if you're new to Batman and want to see what this story is about, you may walk away wondering what the buzz was about. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Sequential Planet - Hunter Sandlin Jul 23, 2020

    This issue feels big, it feels exciting, and it feels important. Strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to start reading Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 21, 2020

    In a lot of ways, the beginning of 'The Joker War' feels like the beginning of the Tynion's first arc " it checks all the boxes for what you might be looking for in a Batman story. But the big difference here is that this already feels like the story that the writer really wants to tell rather than the necessary set-up for that story. Jimenez is a strong artistic collaborator for Tynion and should complement his work even more moving forward as they learn each other's quirks. Tynion is clearly interested in telling a really memorable story here, as the nods to Batman and Joker's history feel especially deliberate. While the title feels like one they just had lying around the DC offices, Tynion has proven himself to have some tricks up his sleeves in the past and he's laid out a compelling enough pledge here for fans to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 21, 2020

    After spending an entire arc building to "Joker War," it's a little disappointing that not much actually happens in this issue. And while James Tynion does improve some of his character work, he also continues to fall into opportunities that are ever-present in his work. There's a quality issue here concerning his craft, and it is something that hinders the execution of the story as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 25, 2020

    This was a disappointingly small start to Joker War. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jul 21, 2020

    Tynion and the crew give us a snorefest of a first issue. We spent nearly ten issues getting here in the previous story so why do we have to keep setting the same thing up? We know what's happening in Gotham, we want to know what happens NEXT. Move the story along. Stop delaying us to fill out your trades. There's some good art but boy this felt like a waste of time. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jul 22, 2020

    Ultimately, the issue feels like a half-hearted mashup of the weaker parts of Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises with a bit more Joker and yet another random shiny thing"this time literally with that new Batsuit"to distract from what is becoming painfully apparent: fun ideas don't always make for a good story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Aug 1, 2020

    Wow I don’t think I could’ve loved that more! 10/10 story, dialogue and art! The variant cover is insanely awesome too! I am so into the joker war James Tynion is such a brilliant writer I think it’s going to be great

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Jul 29, 2020

    The art was so good. The story was pretty good.

  • 10
    EdNothIng Jul 21, 2020

    I em REALLY enjoying It. I mean, i’ve read the Immortal Men series a week ago and it was TERRIBLE. But i like this Batman... a lot

  • 9.0
    axdn Jul 21, 2020

    This was fantastic! I am really thrilled !

  • 9.0
    USAVenom Jul 22, 2020

    I'm curious to see what the Jokers end goal is, especially with the Theatre, but this Issue just feel like a mashup of a bunch of stories I’ve read before, but it’s alright.

    Jiménez did an excellent job on the art this issue, and the colors by Morey are insanely good as always.

  • 9.0

    One chapter of "Joker war" is already better than all 11 of "City of Bane." But I really hope after this is over there won't be another Villains-take-over-the-city story for a long time. Still, it is an interesting concept, The Joker stealing everything at Batman's disposal and using it against him. Meanwhile none of his allies are able to help, and Catwoman is only able to watch from Penguin's place with a ton of others just waiting for the right time to take advantage of the situation. Odds are wherever he is, Ra's Al Ghul is also watching with interest, knowing the Detective will triumph, but waiting to see how.
    So far "The Joker war" is off to a good start. All I ask of Tynion is not to try and make a name for himself by making Bat more

  • 8.5
    YourGreenMuse Jul 21, 2020

    This was actually really good. I was really dreading this arc, but I'm tentatively on board now. I don't think Jorge Jiminez is going to draw the whole thing, which is a shame since the other artists on this book are not nearly as good.

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Aug 3, 2020

    Very nice, very strong tone and good plotting. Jimenez art is phenomenal as expected. This is gonna be a wild ride.

  • 8.0
    TheHyruleElf Jul 21, 2020

    Probably the strongest chapter in Tynion's whole run, which shocked me consider how much I was dreading reading Joker War. I didn't find Punchline to be as insufferable in this issue, although the Joker scene made me cringe sooooo hard. Tynion attempts to address the criticism of having ANOTHER Joker story and the average ratings of "Their Dark Designs."

    Theatre owner: "But haven't people already seen this? Folks don't wanna something they've seen a hundred times before..."

    Joker: "People say that, but they don't meant that." Ugh.

    Yeah, a blind man could see the freaking meta commentary there, and it was very cringe. Despite that, the art was absolutely incredible, Jorge does an amazing job as always (his more

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jul 21, 2020

    Great stuff by Tynion and Jimenez. If they wanted to do a blue bat-suit just go back to the 70's silver age suit.

    The Monarch purchase plot point was already used by Morrison back in Leviathan when Talia blew it up with the Incorporated team inside. Hope Tynion does something cool with this Zorro aspect.

    Also just RIP Alfred.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jul 23, 2020

    It was enjoyable. I was hoping for a little more but overall it had some really good moments and set the stage for Joker War.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jul 28, 2020

    " HAHAHAHAH ! And you call us crazy. But you don't get your beautiful city of the future, you don't get your new toys, and you don't get your new duds. We took it all and now we're going to kill you with it."
    - PUNCHLINE

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Jul 21, 2020

    After nine issues of prelude, we are finally in for Joker War.

    As someone who didn't like Punchline's origin and thinks that she is overhyped, I gotta say Tynion really let her shine in this opening chapter.

    Jorge Jimenez on art is the main draw for this arc for me. But...

    I did find this issue boring at times. I was expecting a bit more flair for this opening chapter.

    Overall, it still left me curious about what happens next but Tynion really needs to make this story worth spending nine issues of prelude for. Jimenez is at the top of his game here, as per usual, but I think this arc is gonna reaallly leave a positive mark in his career.

  • 7.0
    Silver Rocket Jul 22, 2020

    Much to my surprise, I quite enjoyed the character of Punchline.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jul 26, 2020

    Not a bad start. I get the impression that Batman's first encounter with the Joker and that Alfred will play an important role in one way or another.

  • 6.5
    Liem Duong Jul 21, 2020

    That was a slow burner, definitely not what I expected going into Joker War. Probably I am on that Death Metal hype, but I was just expecting more going into Joker War for a 1st issue, something big, explosive, bombastic given the slow build up we had for the past few issues. But instead we just get more build up. Even so, its still very well done.

    Tynion has definitely improved on his dialogue work. He can be very verbose and exposition heavy, and there are hints of that in here, but for the most part he has smoothed out his craft and delivered a good issue carried in part by his writing. So great job on that. Jorge Jimenez's art. Man, DC really do have some great artists, and Jorge Jimenez is carrying that mantle from Greg Capu more

  • 6.0
    Batfan Jul 25, 2020

    I liked the chatty old man having a conversation with Joker. His part was written well. I liked Joker’s reference to the mark of zorro. I also liked seeing Bullock and liked his dialogue.

    The rest.. I think Jimenez’s and Morey’s work was what mostly kept my attention rather than the actual story. I hated how the reference to the man who laughs was done with Batman supposedly knowing Joker was going to be part of his life, anyone who’s read the book knows there was no long term, deep connection between the 2 recognised by him or Joker that Tynion says there was. Just bad. Punchline for once isn’t the better fighter and her personality seems better but not quite there. The issue feels like a mini prelude even though it’ more

  • 3.0
    Quinn Jul 21, 2020

    The plot is basically the same as The Dark Knight Rises movie. Enemy claims all of Bruce/Batman's resources and captures Batman. He must now fight back without resources.

    The Worf effect (TV Tropes) is in full effect. Punchline is so badass, she takes down Batman.

    We see the Joker buy the theater that the Waynes left to be killed. It's also filled with bodies or corpses or people trapped via joker gas. Don't know, don't care.

    I truly feel that the Joker is played out. He's used so often that no one's done anything new with him for a long time. Keep him on the shelf until someone comes up with a plot like the Laughing Fish (which only lasted two issues and we're still talking about it more than 40 years later more

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