The Inner Assassins (Batman #89 Comic Review)

Writer James Tynion IV

Artists Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, & Danny Miki

Colors Tomeu Morey

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover Tony S. Daniel & Tomeu Morey

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Last Issue

While Selina practices her grave digging while calling an old colleague. Bruce apprehends Cheshire from his newly debuted batluge. Needing transport to transport his prisoner. Luscious shows him the Echo, the device communicates with the Wayne Tech I the vehicle to bypass speed governors in its internal computer. With a hologram interface to mask what the car looks like on the outside, Bruce now has a batmobile in any car he attaches his gadget to.

Meanwhile, Selina keeps pressing her old friend Mr. Nygma. At this point, Ed has her twisted up in all sorts of emotional ways. Just as she exhumes the body of the Joker. Riddler in the background, asking her how long it took for Bruce to stop looking at her like a criminal. Just when the phone call ends. The Designer starts gurgling a message from the clown desiccated remains, Selina has crossed a line. The question is, which one?

This Issue

While Bruce lost Cheshire at knifepoint to Deathstroke. Harley shows up just in time to save the love of his life. After Slade slit Cobblepot’s throat, Bruce is forced to let the again full force of assassins escape in order to save Oswald. Leaving his old adversary at the nearest hospital. Batman chased down the assassin Gunsmith. A wannabe soldier, a real Schrodinger’s patriot, pretty good with guns. However, our man Bruce has fought the best of the best. So as soon as he gets his hands on Gunsmith, it’s a wrap.

Meanwhile, Harley and Selina do some much needed catching up. Learning that this clown body is definitely not Mr. J but someone the two used to work with. Selina working to save her man, and Harley looking to kill her ex. Just when the plot begins to thicken. Merlin and Cheshire arrive on the scene to take Selina off of the game board.

Thoughts

Tynion is bringing the heat to this story, Gotham is bearing witness to all kinds of progress. Smack dab in the middle of it is a conspiracy to draw Batman out. The Designer has a plan, and Gotham’s rogues even admit they made have invited a greater evil to their stomping ground. The storytelling is great and heavily punctuated by the artwork of three greats behind it. The illustrations make you feel you’re watching a movie, which for me is always the secret to comics for me. When I can reach total emersion. That’s a perfect waltz of a comic creation team in the pages.

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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
This series is turning out really well since the handoff in writers. Tynion knows Gotham well and cares about it so much that he's taking it exactly where the avid readers knew it could be the whole time. As a Gotham fanboy, this book is turning amazing in a time where people are getting tired of the cowl and I really hope it brings the love back in some way.
Good
  • Great Reveal
  • Great Buildup
  • Character Deveolpment
  • Great Shoutouts To Gotham
Bad
  • Still Learning Of The Big Bad
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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