Putting Down The Rabid (Batman #90 Comic Review)

Writer James Tynion IV

Artist Jorge Jimenez

Colors Tomeu Morey

Letterer Clayton Cowles

Cover Jimenez & Morey

Last Issue

Bruce apprehends Gunsmith, a far-right gun enthusiast turned C-list assassin. A true Schroedinger’s patriot. Batman has taken on and beaten real soldiers. Needless to say, this shell of a threat was going to be a breeze. After a full night of fun, Bruce needs a new suit to continue the evening festivities.

Meanwhile, Harley and Selina have a quick heart to heart in the grave Selina has just exhumed. Just when the details start to get fun, they are attacked by Harley and Cheshire. Elsewhere, Bruce gets the drop on another one of the assassins in town. The Tooth Eater, who would remove his victims’ teeth and implant them into their stomachs.

This Issue

After Harley and Selina subdue and bring in Merlin and Cheshire. Bruce now has 4 out of the five assassins sent to Gotham to distract him. Leaving Deathstroke on the run. Harley, with her new access to Bat toys, is piloting the drones that according to her are chock full nonlethal rubber bullets compliments of WayneTech.

In the Gotham skyline. Selina and Bruce meet up to discuss the nature of this Designer and to figure out what exactly he is doing here. Having taken interest in the criminals of Gotham, he calls to the biggest four there. Relating to them, as a grand villain of an earlier era, he knew their exact struggle. The first step to helping them, feeding their ambitions. Asking Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, and The Joker what they hope to accomplish as the greatest feats of their careers.

Thoughts

I’m pretty blown away by this issue. I say that because this opens very many doors in Gotham that certainly haven’t been explored explicitly. The Joker’s greatest achievement goal as a villain is honestly the grimmest and most intriguing thing I have thought about in a very long time. It has this intensely appealing, impending doom about it. That knowing how absolutely genocidal he is on the surface and trying to fathom what someone like him considers to be a life goal. The artwork helping with this feeling and bringing this horrific light to the Clown Prince of Crime and really highlighting who is truly the one to be feared among Batman’s rogues.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
Tynion is bringing the heat in these five issues. Between the growth, Wayne Ent is bringing to Gotham and this well-orchestrated plot that followed. The idea of Joke's favorite crime is an amazing disconnect from the cooky aspect he seems to take all the time when he's not front and center.
Good
  • Character Development
  • Serious Callbacks To Old Gotham
  • Progress and Background Come Up Together
  • Exciting Art
9.5
Amazing
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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