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- From your local comic shop!
- From my local comic shop!
- Sean Murphy – Script, Art, Covers
- Matt Hollingsworth – Colors & Cover Colors
- Todd Klein – Letters
- Maggie Howell – Assistant Editor
- Mark Doyle – Editor
- Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
The art in this comic book is exceptional to say the least. Seeing Joker without make-up feels so surreal. I definitely want to read more. I can’t decide on the series as a whole yet, but so far with issue #1, it was a fun read. Being left to want more is a good sign, but this comic book also leaves me just feeling weird. Maybe this is due to Batman not being Batman ‘just because’. Maybe it’s the way Joker can get into your head? There’s one thing that happens in the very beginning that blows my mind. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so when you get to reading it, if you’re wondering what I’m talking about: Vroom. That’s your only clue haha.
I definitely recommend reading this one! It’s an interesting take on an old classic.
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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.
Here we have an oddball story for a classic comic book universe. It’s not that Batman and Joker have traded sides, but rather there were heavy exchanges in the way the public sees them. Joker causes an incident, and he is clearly goading Bats on, but Bruce is letting it happen. People are endangered and injured, and the whole time Bruce’s focus was narrowed-in on Joker. In the end, Joker is left in a bad way, with no one to help him.
After a swift recovery, Joker stops being Joker, reverting to his real name: Jack Napier. “Jack” intends to use the legal system to his advantage, leveraging it against the GCPD, Gotham, and Batman himself. He says that he feels rejected by Batman. He will atone for his sins as The Joker by becoming Gotham’s White Knight. This is a way for him to continue as Batman’s nemesis.
Joker speaks with Batman from his cell at one point, telling him that hate and love are the same. In this way, he felt that he and Bats had an affinity for each other. When Bruce dealt with him in such a vicious way, his world exploded. It is implied that medication used by Batman (by force-feeding it to Joker) during the assault may have affected “Napier’s” mental status.
It’s intriguing. I wonder if this comic book is starting a narrative about mental health medicine. Or is this one of Joker’s insane tactics that just so happened to work this time? Is he putting on an act? Or does he really want to be a boon to society? Bruce is depicted as especially vicious in this DC Black Label version of Batman. He still runs with Batgirl and Nightwing, but not because they enjoy his company. Nightwing even tells Batgirl to leave Batman like he did.