BATMAN ’89 #1 Review

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!”

Go back to Burton‘s Gotham you say??? Heck yeah I’m in! Sam Hamm pens a script post Returns where we see people soaked in crazy. They survived the Joker, Catwoman and Penguin so naturally Harvey Dent wants to bring sanity back to the people… by taking down their caped crusader. It’s a great place to start and to be honest he does a really good job of taking this iteration of the icon to task for the world he thrived in.

Visually speaking Joe Quinones draws a love letter to my childhood. His take in the pages of Batman ’89 looks and feels like the version I knew as a kid which believe me is a HUGE compliment. Solid line work gives a lot of expression in a very static medium. There’s just so much to dig within these panels. Highlights include: every single shot of our lead in costume, Harvey visiting his neighborhood and a stellar guest at the end!

One issue in and this feels oh so right!!! I enjoyed Forever and Tommy Lee Jones sure but it never sat right with me. We skipped over who should have been back in round three and thanks to DC we get to see Billy Dee Williams as the antagonist he honestly was always meant to be.

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