Joker War Announced!
Batman vs Joker: this time it’s war.
So says the banner on the advert for this epic tale by current Batman writer James Tynion and artist Jorge Jiminez.
In June, the arc will start in the pages of Batman #95, and the story seems set to continue all the way through to the 100th-anniversary isuue, probably a double-sized conclusion of sorts.
However, as this is a comic book event, there are at least 20 crossover titles, so here’s a checklist for fans out there eager to get back to collecting comics from comic book shops again.
Nightwing #70 – #75
Detective Comics #1022-#1026
Batgirl #41 – #50
Harley Quinn #75
Catwoman #25 and #26
Red Hood Outlaw #48
And there is also a mention of a new title, Batman: The Joker War Zone, that for now is a bit of a mystery, but reminds me of Punisher War Zone, but with The Joker. Although on second thoughts it’s probably nothing like it.
Story wise, this looks like a basic comic premise, with the Joker having knowledge of the true identities of the Bat family and using the information to bring about their downfall.
From the look of things, this may have been originally conceived as a final, final battle between the two characters that would set up the controversial 5G relaunch for Batman, but there has been no further news about the 5G revamp, leading me to think that it has been scrapped and this arc will now be used in the current continuity.
James Tynion had certainly made improvements to the Batman title since taking over on writing, and this looks set to be a thrilling and exciting arc that fans will be ready for.
For my two cents, if the comic industry would concentrate on providing titles that fans want to read, with characters they have invested in and followed for decades, then there would be no shortage of customers, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, spending their hard earned money on single issues. No gimmicks, variants, and speculation required, just well-crafted stories by people that understand the characters and the medium, supplying entertainment for everyone that is interested, nothing else is needed.
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