Published: February 19, 2020
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, and Danny Miki
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey
Publisher’s Summary: Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he must figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren’t ’fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grâce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!
“We’ve let some billionaire tear up half the city to build something sight unseen. We’re all going to be breathing with respirators from the smoke and dust in the air. We should all have respirators already after years of Joker Toxins, and acid and smoke bombs.”
As Batman tracks down and defeats Deathstoke’s hired cronies, Penguin enters the ER with a near-fatal wound, demanding attention; Harley Quinn and Catwoman fight off a slew of mysterious attackers; and Riddler has a run-in with a threatening figure whom, Batman believes, is behind the chaos that’s broken out in Gotham City. It’s just a matter of time before all this game’s players are introduced…
James Tynion continues his winning streak, raising the stakes, gaining momentum, and, ultimately, writing the Batman story that Bat-fans have been waiting to read. With that said, I especially appreciate how Tynion is using all the tools made available to him (Bat’s tech, villains, etc.) in order to produce this story. As this story continues to expand, and readers are immersed further in this diabolical plot, the story becomes much darker, as our hero is in serious peril. Yet again, I am eager to see what happens next.
Visually, Batman (2016-) #89 is impressive. There are several two-page spreads included in the issue; be sure to spend extra time admiring the detail of the back-to-back spreads featuring Catwoman and Harley Quinn. Also, I don’t typically comment on cover artwork, but I especially like this one, as it features most of Batman’s most well-known villains.
James Tynion continues his winning streak, producing another action-packed issue that’s dense with drama and excitement; Batman #89 is a must-read.