Joke’s On Bruce (Batman #94 Comic Review)
Writer James Tynion IV
Artists Guillem March & Rafael Albuquerque
Colors David Baron
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Tony S. Daniel & Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
Showdown, Bruce finally encounters the Designer in a face to face. After a share of wit and some timely banter, the battle was to begin. While Bruce and his new adversary duke it out, Harley and Punchline have a go at each other. Meanwhile, Selina is in the next room trying to rob Bruce of his wealth to prevent Punchline from getting to it first. Unfortunately, this was all a part of the plan. The Designer turning out to be a literal puppet of the Joker and Punchline slashing Harley’s throat. Allowing her to barge in the room Selina is holed up in and take all of Bruce’s wealth for her new boyfriend, Mr. J.
While bleeding out, Bruce reminisces over a time where he tracked down Cassander Wycliffe Baker the World’s Greatest Detective before Bruce. There he explained to Bruce everything Bruce had done to get to where he was at that moment. Bruce looking for his next mentor asks him for his help. Baker obliges, but not in the way Bruce expected at all. Bruce now has to grapple with the harsh reality of the existence of Batman and his own hand in the state of the current situation.
The payoff to this twist from the last issue is unraveling slower than I thought it would. Which is pretty cool, I enjoy that this is going to be more thought out than what I initially thought. In my honest opinion, it has been too long since Bruce took a real L. City of Bane felt like an extension of the things Bane had already done and honestly was bland in flavor when I thin about it. This despair, being without fortune, allies, and most importantly Alfred.
Summary This is coming out slowly, but I'm very curious to see how this whole thing plays out. Joker having all of Bruce's wealth really changes the whole dynamic of Gotham t large.