Published: January 22, 2020
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publisher’s Summary: The Riddler has been lying low since his humiliating defeat as part of Bane’s army- but as costumed assassins start to make their way into Gotham City, Edward Nygma may have the answers he’s been looking for. Or at least, the answer to why Deathstroke is trying to kill him! Is it possible that Batman’s tussle with Slade Wilson was all just a ruse to get the killer closer to his true target?
Although it seemed as though Batman had a handle of Gotham’s latest threat, it soon becomes clear that there is much more going on than initially thought, as Riddler and Penguin are introduced into the equation.
Thus far, James Tynion has done an excellent job in grabbing readers by their collars and dragging them into the story. Tynion has also excelled at retaining, and adding to, the momentum gained first from the final pages of Tom King’s run. The stakes are incredibly high and tensions continue to rise.
Guillem March’s illustrations of an emaciated Riddler and blood-thirsty Penguin are highly-detailed and over-the-top. March’s Gotham is a surreal landscape that’s teeming with strange and dangerous occupants; this nightmarish Gotham is one that I want to spend more time in.
Something dark is brewing in the shadows of Gotham City; I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Dark, intense, and highly-entertaining, Batman (2016-) #87 is a must-read issue that’s sure to please Bat-fans; with every turn of the page, I find myself more and more interested and invested in Tynion’s Batman.