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This is it: The Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head for the last time. And one way or another, this will be the final chapter of their age-long conflict. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now This is it: The Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head for the last time. And one way or another, this will be the final chapter of their age-long conflict. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. As The Joker's plan to assemble an army materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness is Harley Quinn. 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! Collects Batman #95-100.


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This is it: The Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head for the last time. And one way or another, this will be the final chapter of their age-long conflict. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now This is it: The Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head for the last time. And one way or another, this will be the final chapter of their age-long conflict. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. As The Joker's plan to assemble an army materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness is Harley Quinn. 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! Collects Batman #95-100.

30 review for Batman, Vol. 2: The Joker War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    Every bit as dark and violent as I was expecting. The Joker has torn up the old script of his war on Batman. Now he is taking his war to Bruce Wayne, with his own money and and assets. With Gotham City cought in the cross fire. Apart from being a huge story and the other thing I did like about thus is the it did give Batman a chance a bit of closure on something I think should have had a lit more time devoted to it in the city of Bane and its aftermath. The artwork is awesome and the story is epic Every bit as dark and violent as I was expecting. The Joker has torn up the old script of his war on Batman. Now he is taking his war to Bruce Wayne, with his own money and and assets. With Gotham City cought in the cross fire. Apart from being a huge story and the other thing I did like about thus is the it did give Batman a chance a bit of closure on something I think should have had a lit more time devoted to it in the city of Bane and its aftermath. The artwork is awesome and the story is epic. The Joke has made his move, but will be up for the counter? A great finale, that leads into the next chapter, nobody and nothing will be the same by the end of this book. Every issue/chapter starts with the issue cover in a full page format. The cover gallery contains the varient covers and some character designs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The Joker steals Bruce Wayne's money and uses it to wreak havoc on Gotham. This has got everything you want in a Batman story. Lots of action. Batman coming to terms with Alfred's death. Joker. Harley Quinn. (She's a beast in this. I love her as Batman's voice of reason.) Clown Hunter (He's a teenager murdering Joker's henchmen.) Patman's posse. Punchline (Another great addition to Batman's rogues gallery.) Jorge Jimenez's art is phenomenal. The dude can do it all, including drawing the entire ar The Joker steals Bruce Wayne's money and uses it to wreak havoc on Gotham. This has got everything you want in a Batman story. Lots of action. Batman coming to terms with Alfred's death. Joker. Harley Quinn. (She's a beast in this. I love her as Batman's voice of reason.) Clown Hunter (He's a teenager murdering Joker's henchmen.) Patman's posse. Punchline (Another great addition to Batman's rogues gallery.) Jorge Jimenez's art is phenomenal. The dude can do it all, including drawing the entire arc without help.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Gotham City has always been a dangerous terrain, burdened by a past brimming with corruption and criminality. Despite the heroic and visionary feats of past heroes, it always somehow manages to transform certain individuals into their worse nightmares. For some, Gotham will always have a dark core embellished by foolish ideals promoted by the rich and famous. For others, Gotham is a gentle soul terribly mistreated by ill-intentioned lunatics and You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Gotham City has always been a dangerous terrain, burdened by a past brimming with corruption and criminality. Despite the heroic and visionary feats of past heroes, it always somehow manages to transform certain individuals into their worse nightmares. For some, Gotham will always have a dark core embellished by foolish ideals promoted by the rich and famous. For others, Gotham is a gentle soul terribly mistreated by ill-intentioned lunatics and only desperately requiring someone to protect it from these wretched creatures. In his second story-arc as the lead writer of the ongoing Batman comic book series, James Tynion IV teams up with artist Jorge Jimenez to deliver a battle of visions centered around the World’s Greatest Detective and the Clown Prince of Crime. What is Batman: The Joker War? Picking up where things were left off in Their Dark Designs, the Joker begins his ultimate plan in the age-long conflict with the Dark Knight Detective. Having taken care of The Designer, the Joker now finds himself in a dominant and unparalleled position of power as he works with his newest sidekick Punchline to take control of key locations that will ultimately serve as Batman’s grave. Unfortunately for them, Harley Quinn isn’t out of the picture just yet as she turns into an undesired thorn in the grand scheme at play. In the midst of this chaos, new and old players join the war and unleash their own dose of justice while the Caped Crusader comes to terms with his past and works to find his footing to stop the Joker once and for all. Collecting issues #95 to #100, this epic Batman event had countless repercussions across the DC world, especially with the heroes within Gotham City. Writer James Tynion does a truly exciting job in building up the tension and suspense as he gives us tidbits of what the Joker has planned for Batman this time around. While the event is not an end in itself, it does allow him to focus on the two contrasting ideologies embodied by Batman and the Joker, the former believing that Gotham is his to protect and save, the latter believing that Gotham is being deprived of its rawest form, one that is dark, hungry, and deadly. On top of this discourse, writer James Tynion IV does a fantastic job in exploring the grief embraced by Batman as he now faces head-on with the loss he recently suffered and has yet to truly accept. Explored through a hallucinogenic subplot, it allowed Bruce Wayne to refocus his purpose in life and clarify the vision he has for the future, while also understanding what he needs to do going forward. Unfortunately, the grand spectacle is undermined by the short-length of this story-arc and by the heavy-hitting themes explored throughout this volume. This is mostly due to an imbalance in scope as the story mashes together a tale of love, loss, family, betrayal, society, and war in a bag too small to keep it all together. As the narrative is rushed to the finish line, the decisive moment is superficially glossed over instead of allowing the Batman and Joker battle to remain central to the plot. Joker’s motive to orchestrate this plan is thus diluted and consequently lost as writer James Tynion IV remembers by the end that this ultimate war needs to serve as a foundation for things to come, forcing the narrative to fizzle out as the epilogue desperately, and maybe even successfully, tries to spark things up. It would be a mistake not to mention the phenomenal artwork by Jorge Jimenez. Continuing his exposure to superhero comics, this time around he picks up the totality of the burden of this story-arc as he draws some of the most gorgeous characters and settings ever. Trust me when I tell you that it’s astonishing what he’s able to accomplish. Every panel is jammed with life and emotion, even the subtlest of expressions is captured through body language and gaze. Then you have his splash pages that will indubitably have you dragging your jaw across the floor. Respect must also be given to colourist Tomeu Morey who somehow knows how to meticulously inject the right colours in the right places, assuring readers that every page is a sight worth seeing and framing. At this point, I think anything that Jorge Jimenez draws would have me in ecstasy. Batman: The Joker War is a visually mind-blowing event pitting two icons against one another in a war to win dominion over the future of Gotham City. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    A fun Batman event story! So the story has Joker take over Wayne Enterprises and Bruce Waynes fortune and now he has an army of clowns that controls the city. I haven't really been keeping up with any in-continuity stuff, since Tom King and DC really did just ruin everthing Batman related for me. But this story has been turning a lot of heads so I'd thought I'd check it out. I only read the main batman title and didn't bother with any of the tie ins. For the most part, it's a fun Batman story wit A fun Batman event story! So the story has Joker take over Wayne Enterprises and Bruce Waynes fortune and now he has an army of clowns that controls the city. I haven't really been keeping up with any in-continuity stuff, since Tom King and DC really did just ruin everthing Batman related for me. But this story has been turning a lot of heads so I'd thought I'd check it out. I only read the main batman title and didn't bother with any of the tie ins. For the most part, it's a fun Batman story with some gorgeous art by Jorge Jimenez! Seriously some of the panels are just amazing! I read this on my phone and couldn't help but take screen shots of some of it. I also like how James Tynion plays around with Alfred being gone and how it's affecting Bruce, ironic since thats when I gave up on the main continuity. But even though Alfred won't be gone for long, at least we can get some good stories out of it. But overall, this was a fun event but nothing mind blowing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The Joker War brings a totally new and never before seen arc to Batman. It's about the Joker...bringing war...to Gotham. Okay jokes aside, and you probably saying "not another Joker story" This was pretty good. The storyline is simple enough and seen it done million times. But the fact James REALLY nails some of these character moments. Sure Joker's idea to take away Bruce's money and make him suffer personally is cool but it's the moments with Dick's return, Batman and Alfred, Harley Quinn bein The Joker War brings a totally new and never before seen arc to Batman. It's about the Joker...bringing war...to Gotham. Okay jokes aside, and you probably saying "not another Joker story" This was pretty good. The storyline is simple enough and seen it done million times. But the fact James REALLY nails some of these character moments. Sure Joker's idea to take away Bruce's money and make him suffer personally is cool but it's the moments with Dick's return, Batman and Alfred, Harley Quinn being a goddamn QUEEN, and so many more smaller moments worked real well. It also helps that the new characters are well done. Both Punchline and Clownhunter are awesome additions to the Batman Mythos. I also really loved the art. Just so damn good. The action flows so well and the sexiness of everyone from Batman to Harley Quinn to Punchline is SO good. I need more of that shit. The pacing was a bit off and parts felt stilted in terms of storyline. But when the character moments came up they shined so good. A 4 out of 5.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The Joker has stolen all of Bruce Wayne's money, and he's going to use it to take over Gotham once and for all. Worse still, he knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and he's not about to let this newfound knowledge go to waste as the Joker War sweeps the streets! Look, this story's dumb. I know that, you know that. But does that stop it being good? Absolutely not. It's Batman turned up to 11, with his archnemesis doing awful things (including a few surprises) and some fun stuff going on with both Ha The Joker has stolen all of Bruce Wayne's money, and he's going to use it to take over Gotham once and for all. Worse still, he knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and he's not about to let this newfound knowledge go to waste as the Joker War sweeps the streets! Look, this story's dumb. I know that, you know that. But does that stop it being good? Absolutely not. It's Batman turned up to 11, with his archnemesis doing awful things (including a few surprises) and some fun stuff going on with both Harley Quinn and Punchline. Tynion IV knows the kind of story he wants to tell, and damn, he's good at it. Is it daft? Yes. Is it enjoyable? Yes. It's like a Fast & The Furious movie, with Bat ears. I was a little disappointed that the ending didn't turn out the way I'd hoped, but Tynion IV zigging when he could have zagged right at the last minute wasn't enough to dampen my enjoyment. Plus it looks phenomenal, because Jorge Jimenez draws the hell out of everything. The dude draws all six issues including the extra-sized #100, and it looks amazing from top to bottom. Tynion IV's Batman run continues to impress. It's in a different vein to his other Bat stories thus far, but it's no less fun; comics are meant to be fun, after all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    It’s big. It’s fun. It’s going to sell new collectible action figures. It’s also.... just fine. This run has promise. And the art is as good as it gets. But it’s just so damn much that it ends up not being enough. For Batman to be at his best again, these stories need to be dialed down.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Batman Vol. 2 The Joker War collects issues 95-100 of the series written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez. The Joker has taken possession of the Wayne family fortune and is using the money to take over Gotham City. Bruce Wayne is battling to save the city he loves and to redeem his family while still dealing with the grief from Aflred's death. Overall, I think the story is slightly above average but it largely reuses previous stories of Joker taking over Gotham City. What I did like i Batman Vol. 2 The Joker War collects issues 95-100 of the series written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez. The Joker has taken possession of the Wayne family fortune and is using the money to take over Gotham City. Bruce Wayne is battling to save the city he loves and to redeem his family while still dealing with the grief from Aflred's death. Overall, I think the story is slightly above average but it largely reuses previous stories of Joker taking over Gotham City. What I did like is that the books introduced some new characters in Punchline and Clownhunter. I really enjoyed Clownhunter and I think he could open up some really interesting storylines down the road. I really want to see him interact with Damian Wayne. I think Punchline could be also be a character that could be used for years to come. I also really like when Batman and Harley have an uneasy alliance. Their different personalities really compliment each other. I'm excited and curious to see where Tynion takes the series from here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    I liked this a lot more than Tynion’s initial arc; it’s a much better executed version of his conception for the series as horror-tinged back-to-basics Batman stories with interesting new characters and gadgets for new readers and old fans alike. I do wish Tynion had been confident enough in his take on the series to avoid what feels like an overtly defensive monologue from the Joker about how people say they want something new, but really just want the same familiar things over and over except I liked this a lot more than Tynion’s initial arc; it’s a much better executed version of his conception for the series as horror-tinged back-to-basics Batman stories with interesting new characters and gadgets for new readers and old fans alike. I do wish Tynion had been confident enough in his take on the series to avoid what feels like an overtly defensive monologue from the Joker about how people say they want something new, but really just want the same familiar things over and over except with new layers to them revealed. One big positive change is there’s not so many new faces only making a brief appearance this time, which previously felt more like a marketing gimmick than an artistic choice. Instead, Clownhunter and Punchline are the only real newish faces and each gets plenty of pages to explore who they are beyond their striking appearances; each one feels like a promising twist on an existing Gotham archetype, too. Joker being the one with unlimited funds and access to cutting edge tech this time is an interesting new angle to his and Batman’s ongoing conflict, and I thought the eventual reveal of Joker’s deeper goal was promising in how it reflected contemporary real-world anxieties about hollowed-out institutions that we depend on. There’s a more specific reading there about how easily a villainous figure can gain control of institutional bureaucracy and pervert it towards their own evil intent, but I’m not sure if Tynion intends it or has much to say on that subject so far if so. Batman also gets another brief hallucinatory journey into his psyche that’s visually interesting and a decent critique of the mopey control-freak tendencies he’s been written with over the years, plus it offers more emotional resolution to the big loss from the end of Tom King’s recent run on the series. There’s also one of the most delightfully dad-joke named Bat gadgets ever, and I was glad to see art that’s more consistently to my taste than Tynion’s initial arc had. The epilogue suggests a promising next few issues too!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    I like a lot of the things in here. Not so hot on other elements. But as an event I think this is solid, exciting plot, consistent art, and as much of an ending as event comics can have. I do think though that the character beats are outstanding here. The work with Bruce and Alfred, Batman and Harley, and the reunion of family. It is when this comic is at its best. And how it handles the Batman and Joker eternal struggle problem is pretty good I think. And while I’m not in love with either of the I like a lot of the things in here. Not so hot on other elements. But as an event I think this is solid, exciting plot, consistent art, and as much of an ending as event comics can have. I do think though that the character beats are outstanding here. The work with Bruce and Alfred, Batman and Harley, and the reunion of family. It is when this comic is at its best. And how it handles the Batman and Joker eternal struggle problem is pretty good I think. And while I’m not in love with either of the new characters (ClownHunter and Punchline) I am interested to see how they’d progress in this title. Ultimately I had a fun time with this and am enjoying pulling this book every month. I think this wasn’t as good as the first volume but still worth reading for those character beats I mentioned and the look at the shifting mentality of justice in superhero comics.

  11. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    I’m not sure if this stands on its own because it’s such a direct continuation of the last volume, but it’s definitely just as good, if not better. This plot is a tad less convoluted than the Design plot, but you do have to suspend your disbelief to fully enjoy it. And I did! I loved this book. First of all, the art is absolutely stunning. It felt very epic, and yet personal. There was a Bruce/Alfred scene that really cemented this as a favorite of mine, as well as the incredible arc Harley is g I’m not sure if this stands on its own because it’s such a direct continuation of the last volume, but it’s definitely just as good, if not better. This plot is a tad less convoluted than the Design plot, but you do have to suspend your disbelief to fully enjoy it. And I did! I loved this book. First of all, the art is absolutely stunning. It felt very epic, and yet personal. There was a Bruce/Alfred scene that really cemented this as a favorite of mine, as well as the incredible arc Harley is given here. I loved seeing the entire Bat family utilized in the climax too. I know people are comparing this run to King’s, for obvious reasons, and I have to say... I’m enjoying this much, much more than King’s. I cannot wait to see where Tynion goes next with this book and these characters. 5/5 stars and a new favorite graphic novel!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This story pits the JOKER against Batman and he has every toy of batman and every money of his and has Punchline and his Joker gang who are destroying the city and like the cityhall and mayor are not doing anything because he has given them a lot of Money. Joker wants to kill people by showing them the mark of zorro movie and all and Batman is in a worse position than he has ever been. Will he win? This story is a fascinating read from the get go and breaks down Bruce so much and has amazing mom This story pits the JOKER against Batman and he has every toy of batman and every money of his and has Punchline and his Joker gang who are destroying the city and like the cityhall and mayor are not doing anything because he has given them a lot of Money. Joker wants to kill people by showing them the mark of zorro movie and all and Batman is in a worse position than he has ever been. Will he win? This story is a fascinating read from the get go and breaks down Bruce so much and has amazing moments like his talk with Alfred and letting him go and calling in the family and having that talk with Harley and finally a new dawn emerges! But new enemies also rising: Clownhunter, Ghost-maker and the Hench-master! And whatever is going on with Punchline after this?!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brandyn

    This just kinda sucks, especially in light of a superior Joker Story (Three Jokers) being published around the same time. Turns out all those hints of Joker knowing Batman's identity from Snyder's run were true, he really does know that Batman = Bruce Wayne, oh noooooo. What does Joker do with this knowledge? He...steals Bruce Wayne's money...somehow? That part happens in the previous arc, so I don't know how exactly that happened but I assume it's dumb. Joker then uses that money to fuel his br This just kinda sucks, especially in light of a superior Joker Story (Three Jokers) being published around the same time. Turns out all those hints of Joker knowing Batman's identity from Snyder's run were true, he really does know that Batman = Bruce Wayne, oh noooooo. What does Joker do with this knowledge? He...steals Bruce Wayne's money...somehow? That part happens in the previous arc, so I don't know how exactly that happened but I assume it's dumb. Joker then uses that money to fuel his brand of anarchy, alongside his new henchwoman Punchline, who I don't actually hate. I like the idea of her being someone who believes in Joker's "message", instead of somehow being smitten with his charm like Harley was (Seriously, Harley's origin has never made sense, except in Harleen) and her getting frustrated with how he handles his plans, seeing his obsession with Batman as a weakness. I am much less kind to Clownhunter, who is basically just...Red Hood again? "Oh man he's a vigilante who kills criminals instead of jailing them, oh my god, how are we gonna give Batman the Moral High ground this time?" is just such a tired fucking trope at this point. And that's really my main issue, for all the posturing about how things are different this time they're just NOT. Joker does some bullshit, Batman stops him, someone questions why he doesn't kill the Joker, he has no real answer but is given the high ground anyway, Joker escapes to do it all over again. I don't know when Comic writers are going to learn that superhero comics, for all their ability to be more than kiddie fair that some see them as, do have certain conventions that can't be broken and to constantly pick and prod at those unbreakable conventions without being able to give satisfactory answers as to why they still exist just makes readers question those conventions themselves and constantly think about how dumb they are. Either do something that actually changes those conventions, or stop pointing them out, the more writers try to lean on the fourth wall and address the complaints that people have about the genre without actually having a damn good answer just makes everything worse. Everything Tynion has done with Batman has just not only made me miss King, who actually changed things and had something to say about Batman, but has also just made me almost give up on Batman as a character, and is systematic of the problems with Superhero comics as a whole. Jiminez's art is amazing, like always, the only reason it gets 2 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Sharbrough

    What kind of sick, twisted thing is this? I love love love Joker!!!!! This is an eerie addition to the canon. The coloring is gorgeous, as expected; and the storyline is akin to a horror movie. This is not your usual Batman/Joker story. Check this one out, like now..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Will Brown

    Tynion tackles A LOT of stuff in this book. I just don't think he needed to make it a Joker story in order to do it all. Joker War deals with the fallout of Tynion's previous Batman story, Their Dark Designs, where Batman loses all of his wealth and belongings to The Joker, who goes on a huge shopping spree using every penny to kill Batman. Cool premise. That's *REALLY* not what this book is about though. The previous writer for Batman, Tom King, unceremoniously killed Batman's surrogate father/bu Tynion tackles A LOT of stuff in this book. I just don't think he needed to make it a Joker story in order to do it all. Joker War deals with the fallout of Tynion's previous Batman story, Their Dark Designs, where Batman loses all of his wealth and belongings to The Joker, who goes on a huge shopping spree using every penny to kill Batman. Cool premise. That's *REALLY* not what this book is about though. The previous writer for Batman, Tom King, unceremoniously killed Batman's surrogate father/butler, Alfred. And the bulk of this story is Bruce t̶r̶i̶p̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶d̶r̶u̶g̶s̶ processing the trauma of losing his closest confidant, grieving, and moving forward. Tynion puts Alfred's wit, loyalty, and faith in his surrogate son on display in all its glory and its one hell of a send-off. The other thing going on is the introduction of Joker's new groupie, Punchline. I didn't click with character (in this story anyway), but the existence of Punchline finally makes good on the promise DC made when they bleached Harley Quinn all those years ago in a tank full of skeletons: Joker is an abuser and a manipulator. Harley was not his first victim, and she would not be his last. By pitting Harley against Punchline we get to see just how far Harley has come as a character since she removed herself from The Joker's influence. I don't think we've ever actually seen that in the main Batman book (at least not front and center like it is here). It's a welcome addition, and fun to see her talk back and forth with Batman instead of throwing punches at him. We also get to see Harley's perspective on what should be done with The Joker once he's caught, as she knows better than anyone that just because Joker is locked up, doesn't mean he can't hurt people. It's a sobering bit of dialogue that ramps up the tension in the last act and makes me hope Harley stays as part of Batman's extended cast. When Tynion wrote her with a lot of maturity in this story and I hope its something he continues. So yeah, the story focuses more on everything else except the villain who has top billing. A bit disappointing. But I'd be lying if I said that this story wasn't good. There's a lot of good character work here with Harley and Alfred got the send off he deserved (all while cleaning up the mess Tom King left behind). Not a bad read, just know what you're buying.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Batman: The Joker War picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next six issues (Batman #95–100) of the 2016 on-going series. It collects one storyline of "The Joker War". "The Joker War" is a six-issue story (Batman #95–100) has the Joker wanting to switch roles with his long-time nemesis, by stealing the Wayne billions and become the protector of Gotham City and turning Bruce Wayne as Batman and his allies into the new Joker, after making the city lose faith in Bruce Wayne, Wa Batman: The Joker War picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next six issues (Batman #95–100) of the 2016 on-going series. It collects one storyline of "The Joker War". "The Joker War" is a six-issue story (Batman #95–100) has the Joker wanting to switch roles with his long-time nemesis, by stealing the Wayne billions and become the protector of Gotham City and turning Bruce Wayne as Batman and his allies into the new Joker, after making the city lose faith in Bruce Wayne, Wayne Industries, and all the good they do through their philanthropy. James Tynion IV penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it was written rather well. The narrative is exciting and thrilling and brings lots of the Bat family into play. Furthermore, the Joker’s new henchwoman Punchline and their chemistry is a delight. Joker and Batman have always had a love-hate relationship and Tynion understands and writes this rather well. They are opposites, but they need each other and as much as they fight would each of them ever finally put the other down or even want to. Jorge Jiménez penciled the entire trade paperback. Since he was the only penciler, the artistic flow of the trade paperback flowed exceptionally well. For the most part, Jiménez's penciling is wonderful and one of my favorite pencilers of all time. All in all, Batman: The Joker War is a good continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    After feeling very lukewarm about Tynion's first full volume on the main Batman series, I approached this with trepidation. Events are already not my favorite thing, and doing one with the Joker so soon after taking over the title seemed like something I wasn't going to be into. And I was almost right because the first couple of issues of this were fine but unremarkable. I like Tynion quite a bit, but I feel like he's overwriting a lot with the series so far. He has a habit of telling, not showin After feeling very lukewarm about Tynion's first full volume on the main Batman series, I approached this with trepidation. Events are already not my favorite thing, and doing one with the Joker so soon after taking over the title seemed like something I wasn't going to be into. And I was almost right because the first couple of issues of this were fine but unremarkable. I like Tynion quite a bit, but I feel like he's overwriting a lot with the series so far. He has a habit of telling, not showing, which gives his characters a melodrama I don't completely vibe with. The more "action movie" approach he's taking isn't quite what I'm looking for, either. I will admit to being biased, because I genuinely loved the vast majority of King's run on Batman. I found the cerebral, psychological way he analyzed and dismantled the character to be tremendously refreshing and exciting. So Tynion's run, so far, feels like a return to the status quo, which is less enticing for me (and I admit I may be in the minority here). But Joker War eventually came around and started to pick up after the first 2-3 issues. The event itself never felt as threatening as it wanted to, which inhibited my ability to get into it, and it doesn't always live up to the momentum it spent so long generating. But the finale thankfully succeeds in a big way. Getting to see Tynion write the Bat-family in action again (after his great run on Detective Comics) was a delight, and the final face-off between Joker and Batman worked for me. And that's saying something because it's far too easy for a Batman/Joker showdown to feel predictable. Tynion taps into some of his horror roots in a fun way and delivers some genuinely surprising twists in the final issue that I enjoyed the hell out of. I'm still waiting for Tynion to generate more pathos with his run, but Joker Run is a step in the right direction. If I was rating this solely on the story, it would be getting a 3-3.5 score. But that would be silly of me to do because Jimenez and March's artwork is arguably the biggest star of the show. Some of Jimenez's layouts are a bit too chaotic for their own good, but his eye for spectacle and iconography is unmatched. He draws with such a visceral, dynamic style that shines in action set pieces, and March's colors bring out all of Jimenez's best qualities, too. Together, they provide Gotham with a gritty, action movie color palette, which gives the event the scale the script doesn't entirely succeed in capturing. Even when I'm less-than-enthralled with the story beats, the artwork from these two all-stars makes this a series I can't afford to skip. Joker Run doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to accomplish, but it gets close. There are still characters and narrative threads that Tynion doesn't seem to know what to do with, which leads to some of this volume feeling a bit too aimless. But the artwork is consistently outstanding, and the finale leaves things on a very exciting note that I hope the series can maintain moving forward.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kier Scrivener

    I loved some elements but it definitely had its ups and downs throughout. I liked the last few issues that let the Batfamily shine with Dick taking back up the Nightwing mantle and Babs Oracle. I also liked the development of Punchline though I think she wasn't always written evenly, as for Harley, I like how focused she was but she leans into the interpretation that I am not a huge fan of. The more manic pixie part of her personality, when I prefer a little more grounded Harley. And her last st I loved some elements but it definitely had its ups and downs throughout. I liked the last few issues that let the Batfamily shine with Dick taking back up the Nightwing mantle and Babs Oracle. I also liked the development of Punchline though I think she wasn't always written evenly, as for Harley, I like how focused she was but she leans into the interpretation that I am not a huge fan of. The more manic pixie part of her personality, when I prefer a little more grounded Harley. And her last stand just seemed dumb, though I liked how it illustrated Joker but from her point of view I didn't buy it as viable. I loved seeing the villain lair where they all hang out and make bets on how things are going to turn out. and the set up for Clownkiller intrigues me so does Punchline's epilogue. I guess in the end I like Joker less of a city wide villain, the whole hungry city part just doesn't convince me the point, I think he works best as agent of chaos. Like the the whole 'you need to fail, the city will never be whole' it gets a shrug, who cares. Though 'do you want it to be Metropolis with less aliens' did make me laugh.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    This is full of slam-bang action, but at the end of the day, it's just ok. Maybe I'm just getting a little tired of Batman vs. Joker or perhaps the whole notion that these Batman stories have to involve dire threats to the entire city, but I'd like to see some more intimate stories where Batman can just be a badass detective fighting weird psychos. Don't get me wrong, there were some memorable moments in this arc, such as the introduction of Punchline and Clownhunter, and Batman coming (somewhat This is full of slam-bang action, but at the end of the day, it's just ok. Maybe I'm just getting a little tired of Batman vs. Joker or perhaps the whole notion that these Batman stories have to involve dire threats to the entire city, but I'd like to see some more intimate stories where Batman can just be a badass detective fighting weird psychos. Don't get me wrong, there were some memorable moments in this arc, such as the introduction of Punchline and Clownhunter, and Batman coming (somewhat) to grips with the loss of Alfred. But if you're going to have an epic story like this, it needs to be more like Batman: Hush, playing out over maybe a year or more; these six issues seemed to rush the story too much. This volume references some tie-ins from Nightwing and Batwoman, for example, so perhaps if these had been included here the story would have felt more complete.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bryson Grenfell

    This was neat. I’m very glad there was some distance between the hardback release of this and Three Jokers, because they’re quite similar in what they’re trying to do with the Batman + Joker dynamic (they even share two VERY similar set pieces) Tynion continues weaving his story of a Gotham critical of the Wayne fortune, and this run is clearly keen to remove some of the over the top wealth that Batman has been known for over the past two decades in particular. It’s very refreshing seeing Batman This was neat. I’m very glad there was some distance between the hardback release of this and Three Jokers, because they’re quite similar in what they’re trying to do with the Batman + Joker dynamic (they even share two VERY similar set pieces) Tynion continues weaving his story of a Gotham critical of the Wayne fortune, and this run is clearly keen to remove some of the over the top wealth that Batman has been known for over the past two decades in particular. It’s very refreshing seeing Batman on the back-foot and needing/wanting to rely on his numerous allies, to help get him through a crisis. The Joker is as vicious as ever, and frankly looks fabulous in Jorge Jimenez’s pencils. Jimenez is the perfect artist to accompany James Tynion IV’s scripts for Batman; lending a great sense of dynamism and larger than life scale to the chaos that erupts onto Gotham’s streets. I love hopeful Batman. This volume is better than the first, and helps establish some really neat roots for Tynion’s future on the title. I dig it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    So Joker War starts off decent, gets a little gloomy in the middle, and made me feel stupid for having read it by the end. There was a while there when I was thinking "this is sort of charming and I might even shell out the cash for that big honkin omnibus with all the side-stories and everything" but then the ending hit and I remembered that superhero comics are written for idiots. The advertising advertises that this is the real last Joker Batman story for real real, and even though this obvio So Joker War starts off decent, gets a little gloomy in the middle, and made me feel stupid for having read it by the end. There was a while there when I was thinking "this is sort of charming and I might even shell out the cash for that big honkin omnibus with all the side-stories and everything" but then the ending hit and I remembered that superhero comics are written for idiots. The advertising advertises that this is the real last Joker Batman story for real real, and even though this obviously isn't true it's also what is presented on the first page, so you gotta think that at least something is going to happen that will feel unique or special or whatever. But what is true is that this advertising is a lie and the book can't even keep up the lie for the whole book. By the end it's just, like, a lie or whatever and nothing really happens. Joker fights the Batman. The end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Batman run that started so strong with Tom King a few years ago kind of limps past the 100 issue checkpoint with an arc that feels more like a transition than a milestone. "The Joker War" is less about celebrating that milestone and more about making changes for Bruce Wayne, Batman and the city of Gotham. The Joker is burning things down so Batman can rise from them like a Phoenix, new, different, hopefully better than they've been since the controversial Catwoman arc from 50 issues ago. And The Batman run that started so strong with Tom King a few years ago kind of limps past the 100 issue checkpoint with an arc that feels more like a transition than a milestone. "The Joker War" is less about celebrating that milestone and more about making changes for Bruce Wayne, Batman and the city of Gotham. The Joker is burning things down so Batman can rise from them like a Phoenix, new, different, hopefully better than they've been since the controversial Catwoman arc from 50 issues ago. And that's kind of disappointing considering so much since then has felt like a transition. I do like the direction they tease in this and the subsequent issue 101, but I can't say that it was this was as exciting as a big blowout arc should have been.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SweetheartSeerBooks

    4.5 rounded up. Man oh man did Gotham get even darker...how is that possible? Alfred is dead and Harley is missing Ivy, and Joker has a new girlfriend Punchline. Oof! What a quick and amazingly drawn and told story. Batman being helped by Harley and their dynamics was amazing here. I love how healed Harley is now even though she is still so damaged. Ivy really did help her recover very well. Not sure yet what I think or how I feel about Punchline as a character. I liked seeing Batgirl taking on her O 4.5 rounded up. Man oh man did Gotham get even darker...how is that possible? Alfred is dead and Harley is missing Ivy, and Joker has a new girlfriend Punchline. Oof! What a quick and amazingly drawn and told story. Batman being helped by Harley and their dynamics was amazing here. I love how healed Harley is now even though she is still so damaged. Ivy really did help her recover very well. Not sure yet what I think or how I feel about Punchline as a character. I liked seeing Batgirl taking on her Oracle role again and the Batfamily. Seeing Selina as Catwoman and how Batman even in a drugged haze saw his future with her was beautiful. Definitely enjoyed this graphic novel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The Joker taking over the whole city might have worked a bit better if it weren't on the heels of Bane taking over the whole city, especially with Tynion just not being quite the writer that King is. Oh, this is OK. There's some excitement, particularly in the first few issues, and Tynion walks back some of the worst character assassination of the nu52 world (regarding Dick and Barbara). But it ultimately turns into long, pointless fight scenes. I don't even see why everyone loves Punchline so mu The Joker taking over the whole city might have worked a bit better if it weren't on the heels of Bane taking over the whole city, especially with Tynion just not being quite the writer that King is. Oh, this is OK. There's some excitement, particularly in the first few issues, and Tynion walks back some of the worst character assassination of the nu52 world (regarding Dick and Barbara). But it ultimately turns into long, pointless fight scenes. I don't even see why everyone loves Punchline so much. So: it's OK.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Batman issues #95-100 I happened to read Volume 1, "Their Dark Designs," and this Volume 2 over the course of one weekend, and they are a great combination read. The story builds really well, and this resolves what Tynion started in Issue #85, and sets things up well for the future. That status quo for the Batman/Joker relationship has changed, and I like the change. If I could change one thing, I'd have had more Catwoman and less Harley Quinn. Punchline continues to be a big force in th Collects Batman issues #95-100 I happened to read Volume 1, "Their Dark Designs," and this Volume 2 over the course of one weekend, and they are a great combination read. The story builds really well, and this resolves what Tynion started in Issue #85, and sets things up well for the future. That status quo for the Batman/Joker relationship has changed, and I like the change. If I could change one thing, I'd have had more Catwoman and less Harley Quinn. Punchline continues to be a big force in the story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    What. Was. That? This was just a mess. Literally used panels and scenes from previous books. Wrote nonsense flashbacks that were so hamfisted to fit the narrative they were laughable. Disrespecting the body of a beloved character like that at the end? This is a story by someone who barely ever read a Batman story and then, in my mind, hates Batman. And then to look down at readers by putting that 'people only like the stories the way they remember them' nonsense? Please. What. Was. That? This was just a mess. Literally used panels and scenes from previous books. Wrote nonsense flashbacks that were so hamfisted to fit the narrative they were laughable. Disrespecting the body of a beloved character like that at the end? This is a story by someone who barely ever read a Batman story and then, in my mind, hates Batman. And then to look down at readers by putting that 'people only like the stories the way they remember them' nonsense? Please.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    One of those stories that has the appearance of “very important” but when you get to the end, you realize it has nothing new to say. And the whole secret identity thing should feel like a huge deal but it doesn’t at all. It’s all competently written and blockbustery, but there’s not much behind this pretty face. Also, when’s the last time the Joker was funny? Am I crazy in thinking he should be funny?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kenny Lee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm enjoying a more action packed Tynion run so far. Punchline is a copy of Harley Quinn and didn't play a memorable role in the story. Her confrontation with Harley is one to watch with little words but more action. Batman loses all his wealth at the end of Joker War and Lucius Fox is the one inherited it. The aftermath of this war can be felt even beyond issue 100 as Batman has to think of ways to fight crime without his billions and Alfred. I'm enjoying a more action packed Tynion run so far. Punchline is a copy of Harley Quinn and didn't play a memorable role in the story. Her confrontation with Harley is one to watch with little words but more action. Batman loses all his wealth at the end of Joker War and Lucius Fox is the one inherited it. The aftermath of this war can be felt even beyond issue 100 as Batman has to think of ways to fight crime without his billions and Alfred.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ullmer

    Whoa...Batman has it pretty rough. Joker seeks to destroy Bruce Wayne in body, mind, and spirit. This is perhaps one of the more diabolical schemes, and intriguing stories of Joker I've read. Batman goes through a lot, and amidst the violence, gore, and brutality, his rise against the villainy of the Joker is fantastic, powerful, and ultimately satisfying. Beautiful art, twists at every turn and of course, the vicious genius of the Joker. This book doesn't disappoint. Whoa...Batman has it pretty rough. Joker seeks to destroy Bruce Wayne in body, mind, and spirit. This is perhaps one of the more diabolical schemes, and intriguing stories of Joker I've read. Batman goes through a lot, and amidst the violence, gore, and brutality, his rise against the villainy of the Joker is fantastic, powerful, and ultimately satisfying. Beautiful art, twists at every turn and of course, the vicious genius of the Joker. This book doesn't disappoint.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Absolutely tremendous stuff. Tynion & Jimenez have somehow managed to dig out a fresh angle on Batman & The Joker and dialled it up to epic proportions. Really well thought out and even using strands from King’s run and getting depth and emotion from it that previous run never managed. Superb use of Harley Quinn and the wider Gotham cast. Brilliant.

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