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- From your local comic shop!
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- Sean Murphy – Script, Art, Covers
- Matt Hollingsworth – Colors & Cover Colors
— Only Murphy and Hollingsworth are credited in this issue. I think it’s safe to say from the credits in issue #1 that the following contributors still apply:
- Todd Klein – Letters
- Maggie Howell – Assistant Editor
- Mark Doyle – Editor
- Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
My gripes continue with this comic book series. I do enjoy the concept, but one would have to allow for a heavy suspension of disbelief for certain aspects. Yes: Seeing the Joker and Batman switch sides in the eyes of the media and public is an interesting concept. Yes: Coming up with an idea or set of events to cause that to happen would be difficult, if not impossible. The Joker has been a murderous bastard for so long. I guess I should give the writers of this comic book some slack. I just don’t want to! This is Batman and Joker. To get an iconic rivalry so right and yet so wrong at the same time doesn’t fly.
I would absolutely recommend this book, despite my gripes. It’s next in the series and thus an important book to read if you’re plowing through it all. But the art is awesome and the story is decent if flawed. I honestly couldn’t have done it better myself.
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Hey everyone! Before we get started, I wanted you to be aware that this review will have spoilers from previous comic books. If you haven’t started the series yet, please go check out my review for issue #1 before reading this review.
The art is great. The story isn’t that bad. There are just some aspects that make it hard to suspend disbelief. For instance: take the beginning. Joker or “Jack Napier” is in a televised hearing, explaining that his doctors have declared his criminal insanity to be cured. He is pleading to be released from prison in front of the entire public. Not only is he released, but it happens because the majority of the public and media protested and rallied to make it happen. I can imagine the hype surrounding a public figure throwing everything out of whack. But imagine if we let the Night Stalker out of prison before he died. That would be an act of insanity.
The book gets much better when “Napier” gets home. He’s greeted by “Harley Quinn”, who happens to be a newer version of Harley Quinn, and not the original woman at all. He proposes to her, and she takes this as a joke. She starts assaulting him in an effort to get The Joker back, but he is saved by the ‘real’ Harley Quinn. Later at Quinn’s, Napier explains to her his intention to vilify Batman. He wants to expose his vigilantism as crime that has been allowed by GCPD and taken advantage of by the wealthy elite. The exclamation mark for this is when Bruce is at a ritzy party. A rich guy explains to him how he takes advantage of Batman’s aggression. Areas where Batman has been active are tagged as “Batman-Affected Zones”. This causes prices to drive down. He buys it up and flips it once the value goes up to astronomical levels.
Jack Napier isn’t all that he want the world to see him as. His evil ways haven’t exactly stopped in their tracks. As such, he calls a meeting with Gotham’s worst. He asks them to join him in his efforts to save Gotham, using their criminal enterprises as backing. They don’t have a choice as he has already been able to mind-control them all, and does. How he does this I will leave to be a mystery so that you can learn by reading the book itself. I don’t want to give away big twists and key plot points that affect the way you see the series as a whole. The way he mind-controls them makes one ask: How evil is Jack Napier? And if Jack Napier is evil, what does that make The Joker?
I didn’t mention Mr. Freeze in the last comic book review because I thought it was one of those things you should see for yourself. It’s a side-story that will probably tie-in with everything else down the road. This time we get to see him and Bruce working together, conducting experiments.