Writer: James Tynion IV // Artist: Jorge Jiminez // DC
With Batman closing in on its 100th issue, it’s a pleasure to see all of the many respective Batman-universe stories and characters tie-in with each other for once.
In Batman #99, we get call-backs to events in pretty much every Batman title that’s currently running because the stakes are just that high. Joker has successfully taken over Gotham City and sent it into pure chaos. Batman is forced to call in the Bat-family as reinforcements.
Not to mention, Dick Grayson finally got his memories back and is done with that weird “Ric Grayson” phase that fans are likely to chastise for years to come.
On top of having some stunning splash pages in the middle of the book, Jiminez excels in this issue. Every page is filled with so much detail that you can likely spend 5 minutes studying the background of each and finding new parts of the story to tell.
As far as the writing is concerned, this issue does a great job balancing the continuation of the story while raising the stakes for the ultimate finale of the arc in issue #100 next month.
We get shining character moments, both from the characters’ dialogue and from their actions, and learn how they’ve all changed some since we first came to meet them.
On a semi-related note, it does my heart good to see Signal getting the respect he deserves by getting the call to help save the city. I remember when his character was first introduced and developed under Snyder and, while I still wish he could get more attention, I appreciate what he’s gotten in this moment.
Issue #100 is surely going to be a huge one, especially with how this issue ends. So check back next month for that review.
9.5 out of 10