Published: February 5, 2020
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publisher’s Summary: The conspiracy that will rock Batman’s world continues to unfold as the Dark Knight travels to Arkham Asylum to get answers from the Penguin! What dark secret does he share with The Joker, the Riddler, and…Catwoman? Plus, the plague of assassins descending upon Gotham City in its weakest moments continues! Will this be the moment when Deathstroke finally takes down Batman?!
Like any good mystery story, this first Batman arc becomes more and more convoluted as new details are brought to the surface. Some time ago, Gotham’s villains, led by the Designer, forged a master plan to commit the perfect crime, and despite all his efforts, Batman remains one step behind his greatest enemies. As the minutes continue to tick away, Batman is becoming more entrenched in this game of life and death.
Seeing as though this series centers on the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman should keep readers thinking; thus far, James Tynion has done a superb job in maintaining tension and momentum all the while keeping readers shrouded in darkness, revealing just enough of the real danger that surrounds the Dark Knight. Tynion’s pacing and dramatic timing has been impeccable, leaving me, and other readers, I’m sure, rocking on seat’s edge, eager to see what happens next.
Guillem March’s illustrations continue to impress; every panel of every page, regardless of what action is or isn’t taking place, is rich with detail and emotion. All of the panels that feature Catwoman in this issue, are gorgeous—rain-soaked and utterly gorgeous.
It’s been some time since I have been this invested in a Batman story and, I’m sure, the best is still to come. Batman (2016-) #88 is another stunning, must-read issue.