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Review: Batman #101

Batman #101

With the first two story arcs of the new direction over, Batman #101 wraps things up reiterating writer James Tynion IV‘s vision for the character and charting a new direction. While “Joker War” had its ups and downs what it clearly laid out is that Batman has failed in his mission. Gotham is really no better off and his tactics haven’t worked to have the city progress from its crime-infested corrupt roots. Batman #101 lays that all out with an exclamation point and begins to lay the groundwork as to where Gotham, and Batman, goes from here.

Tynion reiterates his vision for where he’s taking Batman. Gone will be the fancy toys that solved all his problems. In is a grittier, back to his roots take. There’s no more Alfred to fix things. There’s no more Wayne Enterprises to funnel projects through. The spotlight is on Bruce Wayne and his finances forcing him to think differently and change his operation. With Lucius Fox now in control of the Wayne fortune, Bruce and Batman need to make decisions in their future.

That goes beyond Batman, it extends to his relationships as well. Catwoman is center stage for the issue as the Bat and Cat discuss their future after the marriage that didn’t happen. There’s a lot of reflection from Bruce on multiple fronts that’ll have some interesting ramifications for the future. And there’s downright hints as what’s to come as the classic WildC.A.T.s character Grifter is introduced as Fox’s new security. What’s said and what happens will have readers excited.

The art by Guillem March is solid. Featuring color from Tomeu Morey and lettering from Clayton Cowles, there’s a lack of the destruction we’ve seen through previous arcs. Instead, there’s a dirty calm about everything. Things haven’t recovered and you can see the scars remain in the art. That’s everything from the status of the city to how Lucius looks. The art tells you the damage is still there and it’s a city recovering. Tynion sets the internal thoughts but the art team sets how Gotham and the characters are in every other way.

Batman #101 sets the stage for the next direction of Batman and Gotham. It also feels like the start of a commentary on the state of our world. Corruption is underpinning society. Those who have, or have supported, heinous acts are hiding their masks from their neighbors. It’s something we’ll likely see happen depending on who wins the November election and starting to see now. There’s a new status-quo in Gotham and Batman #101 begins our journey into that world.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman #101

Batman #101

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Guillem March

A new day dawns in Gotham and the horrors of “The Joker War” are just being realized. A bold new direction for Batman begins as Bruce Wayne’s circumstances are forever changed. How did the Joker’s rampage affected the citizens of the city? And why does Cole Cash-a.k.a.-Grifter, now work for Lucius Fox?!

Batman #101

Review: Batman #100

Batman #100

Joker War” ends here with the monumental Batman #100 that has Batman taking on the Joker for Gotham. Much like the issues leading up to this finale, the issue feels like a statement as to where Batman is going in the continued shift from the previous writer Tom King’s epic run. “Joker War,” much like the previous arc, is more of a statement as to the vision of the character and a transition as to the direction for the new creative team.

Written by James Tynion IV, Batman #100 is broken down into various segments each with an important role to play. The main of course is Batman and his allies taking on the Joker and his. Each character feels like they have their moment and there’s a lot of “hell yeah” for so many of them. Barbara Gordon is front and center as she steps back into her role as Oracle, something that will make numerous fans of the character happy. Her banter with characters like Nightwing feels like fanservice that re-centers the relationship between the two and reestablishing their playful flirting. Nightwing two steps back in with Dick Grayson in his classic black and blue and tasked with taking on Punchline. After months of the character’s journey, that should also make fans happy.

But, the main focus is really Batman taking on the Joker within a chemical plant as the two do their usual dance. What’s interesting out of it is a couple of things. The Joker is obsessed with his role not as just the Clown Prince of Crime but the connection he has with Batman. With Harley Quinn’s inclusions, the entire part of the comic is a look at the abusive relationship the Joker has with the two characters. It also stresses that maybe Batman and Harley aren’t so different and might have a lot in common. It’s a scene of empowerment as Batman stands up against the Joker.

But, the Joker takes it in another direction focused on how Batman hasn’t been good for Gotham. The city and system is broken as is and what the Joker has done and accomplished is evidence of that. Batman is disconnected from the reality of his city as he has been disconnected from so much of his family. And that’s been part of the point of “Joker War”. It recenters Bruce and Batman and gives them a new direction and outlook at it all.

What Harley does and Batman’s reaction is most interesting signaling where the series might be going and a slightly different take on Batman. But, we’ll all see as much is teased about what’s to come including a new nemesis to focus on.

All of the above is beautifully drawn by Jorge Jimenez with color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is amazing with so much packed in and energy that pops from the page. Each fight is brutal and you can feel the daggers being dug into Batman by the Joker. Joker has rarely looked better and just each segment pops with excitement. Batman has had some fantastic art in years but this is some of the best artwork that has graced the series.

And there’s so much more packed in…

Tynion continues his focus on Clownhunter where we learn his motivation and his name in the appropriately named story “Intervention.” With art by Carlo Pagulayan, the story has Batman confronting the new character-revealing everything we need to know about him and teasing a possible direction. It’s an interesting back and forth and there’s a lot of potential here for the character. Clownhunter is a failure of the system Batman has created. He’s a product of Batman’s inability and unwillingness to truly deal with evil and injustice. It’s everything that the Joker talks about in his battle with Batman personified. With the right direction and creative team, we potentially have an exploration of Batman’s failures in an intriguing character.

Wrapping up the issue is “Dead Ringer” which is an epilogue to the event and story. We get a bit more about Punchline and what happens to her, it sets up more that I’d rather not spoilt. Guillem March handles the art from the story by Tynion and both make a discussion in a diner and recorded video being watched interesting. It too has some potential with exploring the ideas and themes that the Joker goes on about in his battle.

Batman #100 is what I’ve wanted from “Joker War” since the beginning. Yes, it does feel a bit like a transition to what’s next, it’s also a statement as to Batman’s failures. This issue lays out the Joker’s motivations and viewpoints and forces us to question Batman’s effectiveness in multiple ways. We see how Batman’s inaction has impacted a citizen of Gotham and perpetuated the violence. We also see that failure of definitive action being explored again perpetuating the cycle. This is the highlight of an uneven event and finally delivers meat on the bones.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman #100

Batman #100

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Guillem March, Carlo Pagulayan

“The Joker War” comes to a city-shattering conclusion as Batman battles The Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won’t just change Batman’s life-it will change Gotham City for years to come! Plus, catch the first glimpse of the new villain known as Ghost-Maker! And after the senses-shattering conclusion of “The Joker War” come a pair of short stories that will chart what’s to come in Gotham City and Batman. Don’t miss the first showdown between Batman and Clownhunter!

Batman #100

Review: Batman: The Joker Warzone #1

Batman: The Joker Warzone #1

DC’s “Joker War” has been a bit of a mixed bag for me as an event. Some of it feels like we’ve seen it before. While it has some good moments, it also feels like it never quite commits to the chaos. What bothers me the most is that the story feels like it’s just a bridge to what comes next. It’s not a story I feel like I can pick up on its own to enjoy. Through the issues of Batman, it never quite feels like a story that is a stand-alone adventure to enjoy. That might be even more pronounced in Batman: The Joker Warzone #1. It’s a tie-in comic filled with creative talent, solid stories, art, and a few “continued in 2021”. It’s also very good.

A Serious House” opens the comic. Written by James Tynion IV with art by Guillem March, color by Tomeu Morey, and lettering by Clayton Cowles it focuses on a confrontation between the Joker and Bane. The story is fantastic with a fascinating back and forth as Joker goes over his issues with Bane and contemplates ending his life. There’s a “play” like quality about the segment and with amazing art it’s the highlight of the issue. It sets up something for 2021 which feels a bit frustrating in that it telegraphs more to come instead of surprising and hints that the Joker survives “Joker War” for that to happen.

Family Ties” features writer John Ridley, art by Olivier Coipel, color by Matt Hollingsworth, and lettering by Deron Bennett. Focused on the Fox family, the story focuses on their receiving information to unlock Bruce Wayne’s fortune. But, Ridley takes that concept and adds so much to it giving us a mini-debate about what good Bruce, and thus Batman, are doing with all of this money. Could they use the money in a better way to help people? Should it go back to Bruce. With an ending that feels ripped from the headlines, Ridley shows why he’s one of the best storytellers in any medium today.

The Symbol” is by writer Joshua Williamson, art by David LaFuente, color by Hi-Fi, and lettering by Gabriela Downie. Orphan and Spoiler are on a mission to get a Bat-symbol where they wind up fighting Hench Master. Hench Master feels like a new character whose job it is to “train” henchmen for various villains. It’s a fun story that feels like it’d fit in any Batman anthology and an entertaining fun distraction that’s a bit cheerier with some good action sequences.

Ashes of Eden” is by writer Sam Johns, art by Laura Braga, color by Antonio Fabela, and lettering by Tom Napolitano. Ivy is dealing with the destruction of Eden. The entire segment is a declaration from Ivy about where her head is at and what’s to come. It’s also another story arc that we’ll see in 2021. What’s interesting, and possibly the most controversial, is Ivy seems to reject all humans and that might include Harley. Whether I’m reading too much into it, I have no idea but the Ivy/Harley stans may get a bit angry about what’s to come for these two.

Wrapping up the comic is “Clown Hunt” by writer James Tynion IV, art by James Stokoe, and lettering by Clayton Cowles. This is our first real story about Clownhunter who has stalked the Joker’s henchman and delivered brutal justice. We don’t know much about the character but we get our first good look at Clownhunter without the mask and better sense of what the citizens of Gotham thinks about him. There’s a lot of potential for a long-term interesting addition to the world of Batman and where this one goes is exciting.

Overall, Batman: The Joker Warzone #1 is a solid one-shot. It adds some stories within “Joker War” without making them vital. There’s a bit too much left to be experienced in 2021 which emphasizes my issues with “Joker War” overall. It doesn’t feel self-contained enough. If you took those segments and left out the “too be continued,” these would be really solid on their own. Even if you’re not reading “Joker War,” there’s enough here to enjoy and worth checking out. It’s the rare event one-shot where you can ignore the actual event.

Story: James Tynion IV, John Ridley, Joshua Williamson, Sam Johns
Art: Guillem March, Olivier Coipel, David LaFuente, Laura Braga, James Stokoe
Color: Tomeu Morey, Matt Hollingsworth, Hi-Fi, Antonio Fabela
Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Deron Bennett, Gabriela Downie, Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman: The Joker War Zone #1

Batman: The Joker War Zone #1

Written by: Sam Johns, Joshua Williamson, John Ridley
Art by: Guillem March, Ashley A. Woods, Olivier Coipel, James Stokoe, Darko Lafuente

Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the “war zone” with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they’re fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

Batman: The Joker War Zone #1

Get a Look at Batman: The Joker War Zone #1

BATMAN: THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1

Written by JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN RIDLEY, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, and others
Art by GUILLEM MARCH, DAVID LAFUENTE, JAMES STOKOE, and others
Cover by BEN OLIVER
Card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
ONE-SHOT | ON SALE 09/29/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | NO ADS | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $6.99 US

Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the “war zone” with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they’re fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

BATMAN: THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1

Preview: Batman #98

Batman #98

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez (CA) Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“The Joker War” part four of six! Batman is at his most vulnerable following a massive dose of an experimental new Joker toxin. With the Dark Knight haunted by demons and visions, it’s up to Harley Quinn to protect him while he recovers-because Punchline is on her way!

Batman #98

Get an Early Look at Batman #97, Joker War Part Three, Out August 18

Batman #97

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Guillem March
Card stock variant cover by Francesco Mattina
1:25 Harley Quinn card stock variant cover by Jorge Jimenez
On Sale Tuesday, August 18, 2020
$3.99 (main cover)
$4.99 (card stock variant cover)

The war for the fate of Gotham City continues between the Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight and his allies! Here’s a look at some incredible pages from Batman #97 (The Joker War, Part Three), by Jorge Jimenez and Tomeu Morey!

The Joker’s army is growing hour by hour, with weapons beyond anything the Clown Prince of Crime has ever used before. Batman must hold his mind together so he can strike the final blow and take back his city – but how can he heal the rifts he’s created in his life to get the help he needs? And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage that Joker has unleashed, and Catwoman assembles and army of her own!

Batman #97

Get an Early Look at Batman #96, Joker War Part Two

BATMAN #96

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Guillem March
Card stock variant cover by Francesco Mattina
1:25 Clownhunter card stock variant cover by Jorge Jimenez
On Sale Tuesday, August 4, 2020
$3.99 US/32 Pages
Card stock variant cover $4.99 US

The Joker War, Part Two

With apologies to The Grateful Dead, The Dark Knight goes on his own “Long Strange Trip” and the mysterious Clownhunter is revealed in the pages of Batman #96, part two of “The Joker War,” by James Tynion IV, with art by Jorge Jimenez. Here’s your first look!

Reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt is past and present! As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save him from the brink of true madness is… Harley Quinn?

Plus, who is the mysterious figure known as Clownhunter?

BATMAN #96
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