Batman #106 Review

Batman #106 Synopsis: Following the tragic events of Infinite Frontier #1, Batman and his new ally, Ghost-Maker, must reckon with a new gang operating in Gotham City—but are they connected to the reemergence of the Scarecrow? Meanwhile, shadowy billionaire Simon Saint pitches an advanced law-enforcement system to the new mayor! The creative team behind the epic “The Joker War” returns with a thrill-packed, dangerous new storyline called “The Cowardly Lot.”

Plus, the backup story “Demon or Detective” begins as Damian Wayne is on the run! After everything Damian has gone through, can he escape Gotham and find his way back to where his journey started—to his mother, Talia al Ghul? This two-part tale concludes this month in Detective Comics #1034!

written by JAMES TYNION IV

art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ

backup story written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

backup story art by GLEB MELNIKOV

wraparound variant cover by JORGE JIMENEZ

1:25 card stock variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI

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$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC

During the two-month break for Future State, I often wondered if it would matter. Even a little bit. The answer is yes! Let’s see what’s in store for Batman and Gotham City!

While this issue is just set for both the Batman and the Robin books it takes a whole issue because James Tynion sets up a whole lot! That’s not a criticism at all, it’s a compliment!

With all the locations and characters and new characters, Tynion does a great job of making Gotham feel like an actual city. Albeit one in a fairly sad state.

Barbara Gordon (Oracle) is also prominently featured in this book. I love that Tynion is including some of the vast cast of characters in his run.

While the setup works well, and our villain for the foreseeable future is presented with a crazy cool new design, the real star of the issue is Jorge Jimenez!! His art and the coloring by Tomeu Morey are top-notch in the industry right now in my opinion!

And based on the variant cover below, I hope we’ll be seeing a whole lot of the Bat-Family in the issues to come!

As far as the Robin story goes I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not the biggest Damian fan because he always seems to revert to the punky, arrogant, violent son. Not much, if any character growth. Hopefully, that’ll change with this upcoming solo series! I like how the Robin story ties in with Detective Comics #134. Cohesion between Bat books hasn’t been a thing for quite a while!

Final Thoughts:

James Tynion keeps churning out quality comic after quality comic. He’s taken over after King’s run, made it past issue 100, written an event, and bided his time during Future State, and come out swinging for the fences! Let’s hope that this Batman run as well as Tynion’s upcoming Joker book means there are great things to come for Bat-fans everywhere!

8.8/10

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