Set Up (Batman #96 Review)

Writer James Tynion IV

Artist Jorge Jimenez

Colors Tomeu Morey

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover Jimenez & Morey

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Last Issue

With his entire fortune gone, Bruce finds himself in a very high stakes fox hunt. This time, he is the fox. Trying to navigate a city where the one thing he could always rely on is gone. His wealth. Joker perusing around he city shopping with his new gilded wallet as his newly equipped goons and lawyers go to the plate for him on multiple fronts. On the streets, and in the courts.

Meanwhile, Punchline has Lucious full of needles in his face. Full of toxin and cooperating. Using Bruce’s new Hibernaculum to track the Batmobile as Bruce attempts to escape Gotham. Observing all of the new gear and toys in there while her Joker goons chase Bruce down with shiny new anti-tank rockets.

This Issue

The Gotham Bruce was trying to build up to was one of Metropolitan wonder and awe. Daytime has finally reached the place. The Batsignal has been streamlined into a signal sent to local cell devices to notify them of nearby danger. Best of all, Bruce has a shiny suit and has only needed to wear it one time in that month after busting Mr. Freeze and his “kids.” Planning trips to Tokyo with his wife Selina, with Alfred still alive.

Snapping back reality, Bruce wakes up in Harley’s apartment. According to her, he had been under for 3 days on Joker’s new toxin. Turns out, Punchline is also a chemist and while she runs the show. Joker is buying up a ton of property while he arms the city streets to the teeth solely for mayhem. With an array of lawyers in the courts keeping the city at a legal standstill. Forcing the police to do nothing to stop it.

Thoughts

I’m liking the way this has been building up to this point. Sadly that is really all this feels like, build up. I’m still waiting for the action to rise further than where it has been this whole time. So far this has felt like 5 issues straight of false payoff/ twists and honestly it becoming a little monotonous. Yes, I’m excited about Joker War, but I didn’t want my first 3 days of it being in a dream.

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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.
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Summary
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.
Good
  • New territoy for Bruce
  • Joker War is a brutal concept
  • Needed change of pace for Gotham
Bad
  • Joker War execution thus far drags
  • Too much build up
  • 5 issues of build
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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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