REVIEW: ‘Batman,’ Issue #91 – Their Dark Designs Part 6

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Batman #91

Batman #91 is published by DC Comics, written by James Tynion IV, art by Rafael Albuquerque, Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, and Danny Miki, with colors by Tomeu Morey, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Previously, Catwoman explained to Batman her history with the Designer and his plan to kill the Dark Knight. The previous issue gave readers background on the type of person the Designer is as well as how the Joker became the terrifying and chaotic villain he is.

Now, the Joker tells his side of the story while Batman and Catwoman attempt to stop him and the Designer. Joker’s tale of his meeting with the Designer is unsettling. It also gives even more context to how intelligent the Joker is as well as the Designer’s true intentions. Tynion writes a compelling Joker and while the character has never been my favorite, this version is enjoyable to see. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn is still working with Batman and Catwoman to stop Deathstroke and the other assassins. To save Gotham City, Catwoman knows she will have to commit the greatest heist in the city’s history. However, when the assassins escape with the help of the Designer, things get complicated and dangerous. Not to mention, Batman is bound to also stand in her way.

Batman #91 begins to unravel Deathstroke’s role in the Designer’s plan. The conversation and fight sequence between Deathstroke and Batman show just how alike the two are despite their history fighting each other. Batman knows he failed Gotham during Bane’s takeover of the city and he also knows Deathstroke’s actions are a direct result of his failure.

Batman #91

My biggest qualm with this issue is the art. Harley and Catwoman’s faces, at times, just look off. Albuquerque struggles with showing the range of emotion needed in close-ups of characters. Additionally, the panel designs, at times, can be disorienting. With the fight sequences also featuring a large amount of dialogue, the panels can come off cluttered. Cowles’ does what he can with the lettering despite the panel design. However, Morey’s colors continue to shine and be one of the strongest aspects of the book.

Despite that, Batman #91 has an interesting story and the Designer is such a fascinating villain that I definitely want to continue reading. Since the new creative team took over, I have been frustrated with a large amount of artists on and off of the book. The ever-changing art style from issue to issue is frustrating. Overall, I like Batman #91’s story. I do not like its art.

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TL;DR

Overall, I like Batman #91’s story. I do not like its art.