Comic book artist Joe Quinones and Sam Hamm, the screenwriter for director Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, continue the DC Comics return to the dark deco world of Gotham City with issue 2 of ‘Batman 89.‘
Following issue one, Bruce Wayne feels guilty after an incident with Batman and the Gotham police goes awry and creating collateral damage. Harvey Dent takes the opportunity to invoke the residents of Burnside, earning him the ire of the police department. Annoying teen Drake continues to operate as a small-time vigilante, attacking Batman imitators. Meanwhile, a giant penny arrives at Wayne Manor.
Like I said previously, Joe Quinones’ is a talented comic book artist and he does a good job of replicating the style of Tim Burton’s dark cityscape from those two films mentioned above. He also does a good job with the character illustrations, though I doubt Michael Keaton let them use his likeness as Bruce Wayne just kind of resembles him.
As for the story, I still think it is underwhelming. The story is just throwing out shocks and awes to seem smart, but it seems to be a story that is more about Dent than Batman. It is also throwing in the same woke nonsense that is haunting DC Comics today. Every SJW trope is thrown into the mix, hey, even “code-switching” is tossed in. It is a disappointing and ridiculous direction to take this story that could have been so much better. It is early, but it is not looking good.
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