Batman #96

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 5, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 49
7.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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Reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt his past and present! As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness...is Harley Quinn?! Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?

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

    Batman #96 is a clear example of the great job Tynion has been doing on Batman. Not only am I looking forward to reading the rest of his “Joker War” storyline as well as afterwards. This may well turn out to be the definitive Batman vs. Joker story of the modern era. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 10, 2020

    "Joker War" is in full swing and chaos is reigning down upon Gotham City. This is a fantastic blend of action and horror that delivers on every front. Batman has been through some crazy battles before, but never like this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Aug 4, 2020

    Batman #96 blew me away. I havent been this taken with a Batman story in quite some time. If the creatives can keep this energy going for the rest of this storyline "The Joker War"could find itself a spot among the great stories in the Dark Knights history. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Aug 4, 2020

    This issue keeps the hype train running at full speed. I feel like I'm reading a part of the story much later in the arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 4, 2020

    Joker War hasn't disappointed so far and I'm already excited about where Tynion and Jimenez are going to take the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Cody White Aug 4, 2020

    Batman #96 injects a strong emotional core into "The Joker War" while possibly quietly introducing a new character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Aug 4, 2020

    Overall Batman #96 checks all the boxes that readers have been expecting in this Joker War story. The writing explores a more emotional and deep side of Batman as he struggles to only maintain his sanity but his mission to protect Gotham after having lost everything, a dark and vile Joker that you love to hate, and stunning artwork that immerses the reader into a deep and beautiful world taking us deep into the emotions of Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 4, 2020

    We're still in the opening act, but this storyline is exactly as intense and creepy as it should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 4, 2020

    Jorge Jimenez blew me away with the art in this issue. There are so many great visual moments from Bruce's utopian-esque Gotham to the finale with Batman at the Monarch Theater. The art conveys so much emotion throughout and really engages the reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 4, 2020

    Some readers might take issue with the fact that Tynion is a very deliberate writer. There's a lot going on here, but not a lot happens, if that makes sense. For an arc called 'Joker War,' there's not even really an abundance of the Clown Prince of Crime just yet " but it's tough to ignore the good work here. Readers already recognize that Joker is a threat, but he's been foiled so many times before. Tynion and Jimenez have to show how this time is different, and that's the fun of this part of the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 4, 2020

    Batman #96, and "Joker War" as a whole, has been an interesting event that has had some great concepts. But, much like a summer blockbuster film, those concepts never quite get the depth and focus they deserve. There's so many directions and levels this event could take place and we're getting the "action" version of it. It's not bad. It's actually quite entertaining. But, reading the two chapters so far, it's hard to not see the potential within and how many more interesting directions it could have gone. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Aug 4, 2020

    This chapter, despite the issues of pacing, does a fantastic job painting the picture of the Joker War as well as Batman's psyche. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 7, 2020

    Batman #96 is a tone setter for "Joker War." After the explosive reveals in the first part of this event James Tynion takes the time to develop the new state of Gotham City as it has fallen under Joker's new world order. Through that Tynion and Jorge Jimenez create a lot of questions for how "Joker War" will turn out. Which is exactly what you want to peak your interesting for the remaining chapters in an event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Sep 23, 2020

    So far after all of this Designer build-up and now the twist into Joker War. Bruce has had no breaks in the action. Which in itself has made the action itself rather droll, the exposition seems to be overlaying the entirety of Gotham right now. I really hope this next issue gets to popping off. The flash so far has stayed in the pan. Read Full Review

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

    Batman #96 is a perfectly serviceable issue. One gets the sense that Tynion is building to something bigger, but right now he's laying the groundwork. While many of the concepts aren't completely unique, it's still a lot of fun seeing Batman, and other characters, reacting to the Joker's takeover. Tynion doesn't give readers a lot of plot right now, but fun enough ideas and visuals to keep them coming back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 8, 2020

    The art is the strongest thing about Joker War so far. There isn't too much substance to the event, just a generally entertaining Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 5, 2020

    The art by Jorge Jimenez is top notch, however. He is really taking to this title well and the art is the best part for sure. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Aug 4, 2020

    I give this book a lot of credit this time around because I found myself enjoying it from almost start to finish. That being said, from a critical standpoint I have to look at this book and say that almost everything they did in it was of no consequence and pretty much left me exactly where I was when we started this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Aug 5, 2020

    Things aren't thrilling or groundbreaking, and there's still this nagging sense that the whole story is going nowhere, but the issue is an intriguing read if for nothing else than a glimpse at what Bruce's ideal world looks like. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Aug 4, 2020

    Part Two of Joker War proves that you CAN pull too many toys out of the Batman toy box. One hopes that this arc picks up soon, or it is curtains for Joker. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 5, 2020

    I've made it quite clear I'm not a fan of this run. I know many people are loving it, but, for me, this is not Batman. In so many ways, I feel as though Tynion is missing the mark. All "Joker War" is, is "shock value" and a desperate attempt to try and create something that will last long-term, but, unfortunately, misses the mark on the one thing it needs to be: a good, cohesive story. Read Full Review

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