Review: Batman #89
"Their Dark Designs" - Part FourReview by Max Byrne
Upping the bang for your buck quotient even more this time is the debut of two exciting new characters to the Bat-canon. Or at least, new in terms of the guises we the readers get to see them in, The alleged mastermind behind the influx of assassins into Gotham finally graces the page with an appearance. Yes, The Designer is here. Clearly somebody with a lot of stroke and with evil on his mind, I get the feeling this is going to be a classic villain in the making. With a costume that is a quasi-hybrid of Kraven The Hunter and Onomatopoeia, one certainly gets the impression that it could be a familiar face beneath the visage. But who? Whatever his dark design is, it involves the classic Batman rogues gallery, Their deal with this particular devil is one that is going to cost them all greatly, I can't wait to see how this is going to play out.
The much hyped debut of Punchline also takes place here, albeit during the one page epilogue. With a panel that reveals just the lower half of her face, her true ghoulish appearance is being reserved for a later date. Her faux Harley look should keep her beau happy, as will his imminent plan of destruction involving the Bat-family. Readers of Nightwing #69 will know that a collision course is inevitable. It could be something on a par with the events of Snyder and Capullo's Death of The Family epic. Whatever it is that the Clown Prince of Crime has up his sleeve, it 's clear that hard times are just around the corner for the Wayne boys.
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