By Design (Batman #91 Comic Review)

Writer James Tynion IV

Artists Rafael Albequerque, Jorge Jimenez & Carlo Pagulayan

Colorist Tomeu Morey

Letterer Clayton Cowles

Cover Jimenez & Morey

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Last Issue

Catwoman found herself in a panic when she realized she had to tell Bruce everything she told the Designer when he first came to Gotham. During this time, he had the Riddler, the Joker, Catwoman, and Penguin all come out to his boat in the Gotham ports. He’s a project manager, so to speak. The villain version of the guy who shows up into your office reviews your work and asks you what your goals and how well you’re doing there. One by one he asked each villain what their idea of the greatest crime they could commit would be. Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, and last but most certainly not least, The Joker, who can only have dreams of being a literal demon on Earth. Tormenting and killing those he wants to as he wants to. Naturally, the Designer decided it’s best to just kill the lot before it breeds another him. The Gotham rogues, however, are very used to attention like this and escape with their lives.

This Issue

Harley is still pursuing Slade with the non-lethal bat drones chasing him throughout the city. Slade fighting them off masterfully to the point of Bruce needing to recall the rest. Adapting to the scenario Bruce descends upon the mercenary with the Batwing and takes him for a ride. Elsewhere, Harley and Selina decide to leave since they can no longer control the Batdrones. Knowing they need one of them to stay there and watch the prisoners. Selina suggests Harley watches them when they both realize they are gone. Designer popping up in all the screens there, informing the two that the assassins are off the game board for now. Just as the message ends, GCPD SWAT zombies with Designers trademark green gas mouth leaks come around the corner to slow down any efforts to thwart him.

Thoughts

This is turning to be a great arc in my opinion. Each issue has something new to bring to the table in order to showcase exactly how much is going on in Gotham at once. With three separate artists on this project. The art comes out as stunning as any movie about this arc that you may see in the future. Revealing such an action-packed dynamic we are dealing with here in Gotham city. I want to know more about the Designer’s motives and goals throughout all of this. What does someone like him have to gain from doing this to Gotham? Is he a bored boomer ruining things just because he’s bored with more money than cents. I don’t know, but the more I read this arc the more I want to know about this.

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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
I'm pretty hyped to see how further this develops, this arc is in uncharted territory for the landscape of Gotham as a whole. Bruce is still super sensitive after Alfred and now people won't let him build the place up. He's made to many lifelong enemies. With a trio of great artist all with their hands in this and a great mind like Tynion IV, I'm very much excited for more.
Good
  • Bruce Having Feels
  • Deathstroke Betrayed By Employer!!!
  • Harley & Selina
  • Designer Enters The Chat
10
Perfect
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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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