(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy In Shops: Aug 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
As “The Joker War” rages on, the casualties are mounting, and the underground residents of Gotham City must deal with the devastating effects of the Joker toxin that’s been pumped into the old city’s tunnel system. Batman must risk everything to guide them to safety, but a familiar face has mobilized these forgotten souls to rise up in anger…and Killer Croc takes no prisoners!
(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Robbi Rodriguez (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli In Shops: Aug 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
“The Last Joke” part one! Spinning out of the catastrophic history of the Gordon family, Babs is forced to relive the most traumatic events of her life. James Gordon Jr. is back, and he’s on a mission to run the Gordons out of Gotham City-and as we all know, anything involving James Jr. is bad news for Babs and the commissioner. But is her brother capable of tormenting his family on his own? Or has he teamed up with a certain Clown Prince of Crime?
(W) Scott Lobdell (A/CA) Paolo Pantalena In Shops: Aug 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
In the aftermath of the war between Batman and The Joker, Jason Todd has a few decisions to make. Does Gotham City-or the world at large-really need the Red Hood? If Jason contemplates retiring the Red Hood mask altogether, what does that mean for Artemis and Bizarro? Can the Outlaws continue to exist without their leader? A very special member of the Bat-Family helps spell things out for Jason…in a way no one could have expected!
Written by JAMES TYNION IV Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ Ghost-Hunter card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW 1:25 card stock Nightwing variant cover by JORGE JIMENEZ On Sale 09/15/20 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
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“The Joker War” part five of six! Things have changed, as Batman realizes he can’t fight this war alone. He’s going to need help. Before he faces down The Joker, he must call up his trusty partner Dick Grayson! But can Dick reclaim his lost memories in time to join the battle?
Written by: Sam Humphries Art by: Ramon Villalobos, Nicola Scott, Sami Basri, Riley Rossmo, Emanuela Lupacchino, NgoziJoe Quinones
At last, it’s the star-studded roast of Harley Quinn! Nothing is off-limits, no topic is out of bounds, and no one-and we mean no one!-will escape unscathed. Harley may be the funniest person in the DC Universe, but how well can she take a joke? Plus, in a backup story illustrated by superstar artist Riley Rossmo tying into “The Joker War,” Harley Quinn faces off against Punchline!
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 Joker has unleashed-and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
“The Joker War” explodes with an assault on Wayne Enterprises! The Joker has taken control of Waynetech R&D-and with it, all the weapons hidden in its sublevels-plus Lucius Fox as a hostage! The Joker and his clown-masked henchmen are now using Wayne Enterprises as an armory, using sophisticated 3-D printers to produce weapons to rule Gotham City…but Batman and Batwoman might have something to say about that. It’s all-out action in this nonstop issue!
There’s a lot I want to like about Batman #96, the second part of “Joker War.” Having been dosed with a new Joker Toxin, Batman is beaten and bloodied and has no idea what’s going on. He also was in the middle of a major attack on Wayne Enterprises making him a target of Gotham as a city.
Writer James Tynion IV bounces around the issue with interesting concepts but not enough depth to really explore any of the concepts. Like an individual dazed after being beaten, the comic stumbles in a way much like its main character. Batman hallucinates horrors, the Joker plays psychological games, the Joker’s team uses public relations and money to turn opinion around on Batman. All of those concepts are great and interesting. Each could easily be an issue by themselves. But, in a 22-ish page comic, it doesn’t feel like enough time to really explore any of them.
While I’d like to see a greater exploration of any of these concepts, the mix of them works too. It enhances the chaos that is Gotham currently and how in the moment Batman is in dealing with the situation. It enhances that this is a hero who is off his game and is struggling in many ways. It’s still interesting but as opposed to a concept with a lot of depth, the ideas feel a little shallow.
But, part of what makes it all work is the art by Jorge Jimenez. Along with colors by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the art helps enhance the unease Batman is experiencing. There’s some fantastic visuals from the subtle horror of Bruce’s visions to the opening action. There’s an interesting mix in the visuals of the comic. They all work together and in many ways are a logical step from one to the other. The visuals when examined on the macro is a descent for Batman from an ideal world to the horror of his reality. You can see that in the visuals and the coloring and even the lettering that depicts the madness of the Joker.
Batman #96, and “Joker War” as a whole, has been an interesting event that has had some great concepts. But, much like a summer blockbuster film, those concepts never quite get the depth and focus they deserve. There’s so many directions and levels this event could take place and we’re getting the “action” version of it. It’s not bad. It’s actually quite entertaining. But, reading the two chapters so far, it’s hard to not see the potential within and how many more interesting directions it could have gone.
Story: James Tynion IV Art: Jorge Jimenez Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
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 his past and present! As the Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness…is Harley Quinn?! Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?
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!