Where to Buy:
- Sean Murphy – Script, Art, Covers
- Matt Hollingsworth – Colors and Cover Colors
- Todd Klein – Letters
- Maggie Howell – Asst. Editor
- Mark Doyle – Editor
- Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
I normally leave a little bit out for the sake of encouraging you to read the comic books I review. However this comic book is packed with so much content that it was easy to leave a lot of stuff out. There’s a lot of meat to the story in this issue. It’s a good comic book, but prepare to jump around a lot.
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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.
This comic book is a doozy. So much happens in this issue, to the point where it feels kind of cluttered. The new Harley Quinn hasn’t yet given up on the concept of The Joker as she picks herself up and heads-out with a purpose. The book cuts to Joker’s new mind-controlled minions (Bane, Scarecrow, etc.) wreaking havoc across Gotham City. Batgirl notes an interesting observation: When all of their foes stand together against them, they don’t stand a chance.
Batman decides to lead the Rogues Gallery over to Joker’s new library in Backport. Batgirl voices her concern over the possibility of losing the library but Batman makes it clear that he is the one giving orders. When they arrive, Bane and Killer Croc are already there, destroying the library. By the time Batman makes it inside, the building collapses on top of him! Batgirl and Nightwing attempt to help him, but he tells them to get away. He then commands the Batmobile to initiate medical protocol to pick him up and take him back to home base.
Jack Napier AKA The Joker continues to convince the public that Batman is the true menace of Gotham. Over at the bat cave, Batman wakes up in the medical ward. He finds that Alfred had given up his own bed to make sure Bruce is taken care of. But what of Alfred? I won’t spoil that for you. After the library incident, the Rogues Gallery is rounded up by the police. Commissioner Gordon refers to them as a bunch of “drooling zombies”. This is when Batman realizes that the Hatter’s mind-control device plays a part.
The comic book ends with Clayface disintegrating into just a brain. The Hatter somehow gets access to his own mind-control device despite being a prisoner of Napier. He and the “new” Harley Quinn meet and bring this issue to a very confusing conclusion.