Batman #99

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 16, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 51
7.3Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

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“The Joker War” part five of six! Things have changed, as Batman realizes he can’t fight this war alone. He’s going to need help. Before he faces down The Joker, he must call up his trusty partner Dick Grayson! But can Dick reclaim his lost memories in time to join the battle?

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 15, 2020

    The Joker War wraps up next issue and Tynion ends this issue with a killer cliffhanger that was legitimately shocking as to the depths Joker will go to gain the psychological advantage over Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 15, 2020

    Batman #99 is the best issue of Tynion's run yet. With a set up like this, I'm really looking forward to reading issue #100. Kudos to Tynion and Jimenez on an amazing penultimate chapter of “The Joker War”. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Sep 18, 2020

    Issue #100 is surely going to be a huge one, especially with how this issue ends. So check back next month for that review.  Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 15, 2020

    Taking full advantage of stunning artwork, Batman #99 builds on powerful characterizations with emotionally charged developments in the Joker War to set the stage for an exciting finale next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 15, 2020

    Jorge Jimenez delivers some beautiful visuals throughout this issue. The destruction everywhere as well as the smaller details create some gorgeous panels. Everything visually builds to the disturbing final panels and a final page that left me reeling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Sep 15, 2020

    Will this be the end of the Joker story, as Harley plans for it to be? Will Joker be apprehended and put away yet again, only to take his war against Batman one notch higher the next time they meet? Or is there a third option Tynion has planned for the 100th issue that wraps up "The Joker War?" We don't have long to wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Sep 15, 2020

    This is a slow burn of an issue as we get a speech from the Joker as the Bat family regroups so they can divide and conquer. The best stuff comes at the end, which really makes the wait for the conclusion next issue that much more difficult. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 15, 2020

    The upcoming Batman #100 is an oversized conclusion, and it'll need it"there is a lot built up here for an explosive conclusion to one of the best Joker stories in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Sep 17, 2020

    We then get an amazing version of the Joker mashed up as the Batman. It has been tried before but not with the amazing artistic styling of Jorge Jimenez. This sets up an epic setup for what should be a wild ride in next months big finale. This is an issue bursting with solid characterization and quality art. It is not entirely original, but it is a well done, classictale. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 16, 2020

    In terms of bringing all of the sub-plots in this series and tie-in comics together Batman #99 gets the job done. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez bring everything together to provide a strong set-up for the final chapter of "Joker War." Unfortunately by bringing together so many different sub-plots together does show that "Joker War" may have had way to many things going on for its own good. Hopefully Batman #100's increased page count will help in fixing these story problems and wrap up "Joker War" in a satisfying way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Sep 20, 2020

    Joker War's penultimate issue is all setup for the climatic finale in Batman #100. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Sep 17, 2020

    Batman #99 may look pretty, but it's mostly padding in preparation for issue 100. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 15, 2020

    Batman #99 is in all ways a setup issue. While its moments are delivered well, not a lot really happens. With the exception of the above mentioned moral debate, pieces are put into place and the board is set for what comes next. The only other spot that really feels like it is supposed to hit home is when Batman is giving his get hype speech to his recently returned comrades. Unfortunately, this moment rings hollow for me. And while this is of no fault of Tynion, as his writing is well-executed, it is instead due to the overwhelming sense of dj vu I was distracted by. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Sep 15, 2020

    Like the previous “Joker War” instalments, Batman #99 is a middle-of-the-road superhero adventure. It rarely exploits its premise or gets into character head-space enough for me to feel an emotional connection, but it's just interesting enough to keep readers coming back. While this issue adds some much-needed character moments, they may not be enough to keep my interest in this arc afloat. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Sep 17, 2020

    "Batman" #99 is a solid issue of Batman with the promise of something greater on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 19, 2020

    We're at the penultimate issue of Joker War and still this event doesn't have much meat on its bones. Familiar tropes and rehashed arguments try to give the story meaning. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 16, 2020

    Oh, well. This is the penultimate, semi-bland chapter of a semi-bland storyline. It is okay at best. I wish it had more heart in it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 15, 2020

    There's always the chance that the end of this arc pulls the rest of the arc into focus - Tynion is a good enough writer to do it. But maybe the problem is really the audience and the times we're living in. Superhero universes are never going to accurately reflect our world. But they can teach us lessons - many that stick with us our entire lives. But when we learn that good prevails over evil and fail to even a scrap of that in our everyday lives, what's the point of one more story about good versus evil? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Sep 15, 2020

    More than half of what should be rising action leading into Joker Wars finale is devoted to Joker and Batman delivering speeches. The art is beautiful, but theres no tension to compel us forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Sep 15, 2020

    This book is not good, and it's shameful to pretend that it is. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Sep 14, 2020

    Batman continues to rob audiences of what they actually want. I can only assume that they decided that the ending should happen on issue 100 and thus, they are stalling for time. This is a disappointing title and I really want this Joker War to come to an end and hopefully, it won't haunt the book for too long. Great art, but this story is crap. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Sep 16, 2020

    It's well past time for this story to come to an end that, if the lead up is any indication, is going to be nothing more than smoke, mirrors, and marketing hype. Just like the whole arc has been. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Bat-ears99 Sep 15, 2020

    James Tynion doesn't understand the character of the Joker one bit. On the previous issue, when he recalled C.J. Henderson, I got my hopes up a little and I thought maybe it would make a decent Joker story in the end, but in this issue, Tynion disappointed me sharply (once again). His Joker is grim and no fun at all. He's using the army of the living dead against Batman, where's the humor in that? Tynion stripped the character of all its charm and quirkiness and made it into the embodiment of all evil (God, I miss the Joker from the 70/80s so much... Give us that cackling, mischievous fiend back, DC!). The Joker isn't even a good villain for this story at all, in the first place. They might as well have given this whole scheme to someone el more

  • 4.5
    FinanceGuy15 Sep 15, 2020

    This entire arc up until now could've been done in 2 issues.
    What's even more disappointing is the fact that the previous arc also led up to this.
    Will be dropping this book after #100

  • 1.5
    Batfan Sep 15, 2020

    From the start of this run I’ve been waiting for a Wow moment to happen. still waiting. This whole arc for me has been a mix of existing stories done worse(city of bane, endgame, a little batman R.I.P with
    hallucinations)and attempts to make Wow moments but not delivering

    Why does joker suddenly care so much about Gotham? Why is their rivalry based on who owns the city? That’s not what comic Joker is about, that’s Heath. You can’t change a character to fit your story without saying why they’re different and showing how they changed. The prelude before this run didn’t say why either

    This arc has been a let down, funny moments didn’t land, Harley foreshadowing Joker’s death wasn’t deep. Joker wea more

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  • 1.0
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Sep 15, 2020

    It is so very clear from this issue that Tynion has been stalling throughout this arc just so all the fireworks go off in #100. And considering how the first arc of this run was just a prelude to this arc, that just makes it even more meandering.

    The last issue was fantastic, but this entire arc (#95-100) is only worth reading for the wonderful art of Jorge Jimenez and the colors by Tomeu Morey. #100 will for sure be the last issue I pick up from this run and I will not be going back to it. And I'll only be skimming the issue.

  • 3.0
    fenixalasnegras Sep 15, 2020

    Sorry I'm not going to give a good grade to a filler number, please Batman just monologue, bored with so much me, me and he, he. Please marry the Joker.
    A number where nothing happens more than an insipid meeting with zero apologies, zero action.
    Another nefarious thing, Tim became a child again? Since the horrible Nightwing 74 apparently they insist on drawing like that, he is a young man of about 17 or 18 years? We don't even know what his alias is, Robin, Red Robin or Drake. Really?? please make up your mind.
    Batman as always hypocritical, when it suits him he is happy to see them, when it suits him then it is our city. Gentlemen the man sucks as a human being, but that's the charm of Batman.
    I'm not sorry, I'm no more

  • 1.0
    fanredhood Sep 15, 2020

    I feel that this number fell short of the expectations of many. Tynion promised too much and has given too little.
    He did not know how to characterize the Joker, there is no dramatic meeting of the Batclan, it is cold, tasteless. Batman seems to be on a couch covering couples therapy, only the couple did not arrive and the beginning without her, talks all the time about his relationship with the Joker. 👩🏻‍🏭
    Nothing lands, there is no action, I get the impression that they wanted to leave the meeting in Nightwing 74 please that was a disaster. A terrible number.
    I don't know what DC is doing but Joker War has not given me the excitement that I expected, I would call it boring, even though they had all the elements t more

  • 3.0
    Quinn Sep 15, 2020

    Another issue where nothing happens. Batman gathers the Bat Family together and says I will take down the Joker. Harley says she'll kill him and chaos still reigns. We see the Joker take a ride in his Joker limo and go to Ace chemicals and kill all his henchmen.

    What little happens is of the tell, not show variety. That's bad writing. We see the villains go to the hq of the Planner or the Designer or whatever his name is. There's no clever plan, no strategy.

    So let me get this straight? Catwoman's plan steals all of Bruce's money despite the fact that there are a thousand laws and regulations in place to stop that kind of thing. That money is used to buy an army of goons despite the fact that there would be a paper tra more

  • 6.0
    Afre Sep 15, 2020

    I liked it. The art especially was great and it felt like the story was finally actually moving forward.

    However, it just feels that it is being marketed as a bigger event than it actually is. It doesn't feel that big in scope, just another mediocre Joker storyline. I said it this in my last review, but especially after "Three Jokers", this feels empty and kinda mediocre.

    It is hard to recommend this storyline, I just want this to end. While I like it, I just cannot recommend it due to it feeling so inconsequential.

  • 5.5
    Liem Duong Sep 15, 2020

    Sigh, why keep stalling. It has been over 6 issues of just dragging this out. It has great art and colors. Top-notch panels. It has stellar writing. Momentous character moments and damn addicting cliff-hangers. From a technical aspect, the last two Batman issues have been some of the best I have read from Tynion. But still nothing has happened with Batman in fighting the Joker. I tried to be patient and wait this out because I love Batman, but this is getting ridiculous. 20 pages of crap not happening. Tynion takes WAY TOO LONG to piece together his story, and if that was the case, this arc needed to be 10 issues long like the last one.

    I am expecting the worst. 5 of the 6 issues have been fillers, quite entertaining and well do more

  • 4.0
    Canada_Comic_Guy Sep 15, 2020


    Wasted potential !!

    I don't know. Were my expectations too high?!

  • 4.0
    Darrow Sep 15, 2020

    Khak to Saret:)

    this was a real garbage and nothing happened in this issue. Last issue was better than this. we saw real batman in that issue but in this we just see everything we already knew it.

    Art is good at least.

  • 3.0
    Artemisa Sep 15, 2020

    stagnant, that's how I would define it

  • 2.0
    雨人点雪 Sep 15, 2020

    James Tynion IV,你是失忆了吗?上一期布鲁斯和阿尔弗雷德在幻觉中的对话不应该是这个冗长烂俗的幻觉故事的结束吗?为什么又出现了断脖子的阿尔弗雷德?你是不是短期记忆缺失?为什么同样的无聊的东西会在每一期漫画中一遍一遍又一遍地出现?!甚至在代表这一部分结束的一期之后又再一次出现?你真的是在进行某种实验吗?

    James Tynion IV, have you lost your memory? ?
    Shouldn't the dialogue between Bruce and Alfred in the last issue be the end of this distracting illusion story? Why did Alfred with a broken neck appear again?
    Are you in the trouble of short-term memory loss?
    Why do the same boring more

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Sep 21, 2020

    " It's good to have you back."
    - BATMAN

  • 8.5
    BlueAndEvil Sep 21, 2020

    Duckboy?!

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Sep 15, 2020

    I liked this issue a lot more than the last one, and I think it comes down to pacing. This issue makes giant leaps forward in the story. There's a semblance of payoff with all the Harley stuff. The Batfam, even if the majority of their tie-ins suck, are finally playing a role, however minor-- despite what the cover would have you believe. I feel like there's a direction here. In the build up to get to this issue, we had two or three moments of Batman getting his shit together only for it to be another false start. But now he's actually done it and the story has become better for it.

  • 7.0
    Watchtower022 Sep 19, 2020

    I expected more from the penultimate issue. Nothing really happened here. Jimenez is fantastic. Seriously one of my favorites.

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Sep 22, 2020

    It was interesting. It had some good parts and the next issue should be a good read. On a side note it does seem outlandish. Like the whole taking iver Gotham every big event for Batman. Its just to the point where I always question why anyone would ever live there. Also the joker suit is just plain ridiculous and why does the joker put ha ha ha on everything.

  • 6.0
    Halodystroyer44 Sep 15, 2020

    It's fine

  • 6.0
    allenquanobi Sep 16, 2020

    Bored. Love jorge jimenez art though

  • 5.0
    Prodigalson16 Sep 16, 2020

    Little more than a cheap version of Endgame.

  • 4.5
    Hellblazer Sep 16, 2020

    A huge regression from the previous issue. The story has stalled and with no real character development(except Batman realising the importance of the Bat family once again [how original ...]). I really feel we are gonna have a stale and lame ending.

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