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Batman, Vol. 1: Their Dark Designs

(Batman (2016) #14)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!

It's a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Go
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by DC Comics
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Sean Gibson
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tynion picks up where Tom King left off with a story that’s dense, intricate, and over-the-top. And I loved it. The art continues to be top-notch on this book, and while I can see some people not loving this approach to Batman, I’m digging it like the 4,000 squirrels burying nuts in my backyard right now (and no, for once, that’s not a double entendre or metaphor for something dirty).
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
Batman gets wrung through another gauntlet as 5 assassins arrive in Gotham including Deathstroke. They run Batman ragged as he tries to figure out what's really going on. I liked what Tynion did with Catwoman. I'm not a fan of returning the Penguin to using goofy gadget umbrella weapons. I also don't think Lucius Fox sitting in for Alfred on comms makes any sense. However, there is a lot more good than bad going on here. The art is great, even with the crazy number of artists on the book.
James DeSantis
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest I was unsure about this run. A couple of reasons.

1) It came right off Tom King's run, which is either loved or hated by many (I loved 75-80% of it). And King was SUPPOSED to have 100 issues but they cut him short at 85.

2) James Tynion IV is a very solid writer but he's also big into the indie scene now and worried he would get stretched to thin here.

3) James Was only supposed to be on till Issue 100. of course things changed, and the wildly successful Joker's War and Punchline
this ain’t it chief ❤️
jorge’s art was very pretty though
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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With the heads of DC Comics having cut short writer Tom King’s Batman (2016) run to 85 issues instead of the promised 100, Batman: City of Bane Part II rushed to its conclusion and epitomized former Batman writer’s rocky run as he passed on the torch to writer James Tynion IV, known mostly for his implication in indie projects (The Backstagers, The Woods, Something is Killing the Children) as well a couple of DC Comics projects (Detective Comics
Billy Jepma
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, comics
Man, I wanted to love this.

I like Tynion's work a lot (his run on Detective Comics was consistently good, and his creator-owned stuff just keeps getting better), but this just didn't hit for me. Maybe it's because I loved what Tom King did with the character (don't @ me, but he did things with Batman that no one else has ever done before and I loved it), but this whole story was all flash and no substance. Where King tore at Batman's facade and delivered an introspective look at the man undernea
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m so excited to see what’s next , as the hyped built by JT4.
I enjoy Punchline as a new character so far ! Can’t wait to see the new Anti-Harley Quinn !
I like the writing because it’s poetic .
The artwork is so fine .

3.8 stars
John Funderburg
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Better than I thought it was going to be, honestly. I've been pretty vocal in the past about how much I dislike Tynion, but there was some decent stuff here. We'll see if Punchline has legs as a character! Looking forward to see what he does with Joker War next month...
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to keep pulling Batman for long after Tom King left the series (was probably going to stick around until #100), but James Tynion's run starts with a bang with the "Their Dark Designs" storyline. In fact it's probably the best this book has been since the controversy around the Bat/Cat wedding. The story is twisty and turny so I won't reveal much, but it involves the unification of Gotham's underground and the appearance of a new villain called The Designer who seems to be one ...more
Lukas Holmes
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know. I mean it's interesting but how many of these "Batman enemy has plans laid for 20 years without Batman knowing" storylines can we have?
Leo Falcão
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's hard to write well for long-running comics. It's Batman, you know, every story's been done, multiple times, in 50 alternate universes. That's why it's so exciting to see a writer actually pulling it off. Trying to go easy on the spoilers - this arc wears its themes on its sleeve (which helps it feel tight and consistent throughout), the premise for the villain is clever and feels new (not gonna say "is" 'cause I haven't read all of batman), Bruce is treated as an actual human being with emo ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I’ve really enjoyed Tynion’s runs on Detective Comics and Justice League Dark (plus his creator-owned work that I’ve read) so this is a real disappointment. There’s still time for him to settle in and improve this series, but my expectations and interest for his next volume are considerably lowered.

Batman’s wealth and how it could be better used is the potentially interesting topic at the core of this, but Tynion instead spends the majority of this way overlong 9-issue arc erratically j
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Lo primero que hay que decir sobre estos comics es que están dibujados maravillosamente, donde destaca sobre todo Jorge Jímenez, quien está espectacular. Por otro lado, la historia no es demasiado atractiva. Parte de la premisa, ya usada anteriormente por otros autores, de que hay en Gotham un plan secreto que se viene gestando desde hace años, y del cual Batman no sabía. Más aún ese plan está a cargo de un super villano (el Designer) admirado por el Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, etc. del cual Batm ...more
Ben Truong
Batman: Their Dark Designs picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next nine issues (Batman #86–94) of the 2016 on-going series. It collects one storyline of "Their Dark Designs".

"Their Dark Designs" is a nine-issue story (Batman #86–94) that introduces a new villain in The Designer, a mysterious masked criminal mastermind during the 20th Century who became a legend in the criminal underworld for his minutely thought-out plans. His infamy led him to Gotham City, and, in a rou
Adam Graham
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Batman is grieving the death of Alfred but that's interrupted by a major shake-up. Gotham is under siege as are many of its supervillains, as the plans of the Designer begin to come to fruition.

In the interest of full disclosure, I picked up this after having dropped Tom King's run on Batman after the volume after the "wedding," so was aware of the events of City of Bane mainly through coverage.

As a jumping on point, this book does fairly well. There are still some gaps unexplained. But if you
Norman Cook
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This arc starts a bit slowly, but builds to a nice conclusion, although it's pretty much all in service to set up the upcoming Joker War. Nevertheless, there are some nice twists and turns, with a lot of characters doing things out of character but still true to their natures. Joker's ultimate goal is to rob Batman of his superpower, which he seems to accomplish by the end. How will a "new" Batman handle the setback? That's what Joker War will tell. The new villain, Punchline, doesn't get a lot ...more
Jonathan Roberts
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Not sure I liked this. It had some twists and then it was also predictable but idk it may go somewhere in a future volume. The last two issues in this trade were kinda a waste didn’t further the story at all and were kind of a let down after the building up in the first bit.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Continuing from where King's run ended, this book acts pretty much as a very long prelude to the upcoming Joker War. It's not bad, although seems quite generic at points and the art was very hit or miss, bar the Jimenez issues, which were incredible.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, I don’t know if it’s because I’m looking at it in comparison to Tom King’s Batman or if it actually is genuinely great. Either way this was a lot of fun and extremely well illustrated!
Chris Grosvenor
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tynion knows how to write a Batman book.
Andres Pasten
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lo leí porque me gustaron los crossovers con las TMNT de Tynion IV y su reciente historia en BOOM. Pero esto es igual de malo que Hush. Lo que sigue no creo que valga la pena.
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
A new arc of Batman with one of his oldest villains, The Joker
Scott Waldie
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous artwork and a fun plot, Tynion IV takes the helm with confidence in this new Batman run.
Jon Huff
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Fantastic art. The set up was interesting but maybe feels a bit too much like the last arc with King.
Joshua Lawson
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Huge fan of Tynion’s Detective Comics run and his time on Justice League Dark and I would argue that it’s to his credit that this book doesn’t feel like it’s built on the same bones as those. I suspect for folks who weren’t sold on Snyder of King’s Batman runs this might be a welcomed change of pace. It feels like a very different Batman book. A little lighter, a little quicker, a little younger. It reads, to my mind, like a Spider-Man book. Whatever that means.

On paper I like the idea of this s
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Prior to his first professional work, Tynion was a student of Scott Snyder's at Sarah Lawrence College. A few years later, he worked as for Vertigo as Fables editor Shelly Bond's intern. In late 2011, with DC deciding to give Batman (written by Snyder) a back up feature, Tynion was brought in by request of Snyder to script the back ups he had plotted. Tynion would later do the same with the Batman ...more

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