Mikel Janin and Tom King team up to tell the epic tale of the war between The Riddler and The Joker. The DC Universe is about to be shook to its core.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colourist: June Chung
With eight issues this will be Tom King’s longest Batman arc yet. And if this issue is anything to judge by then it will be a very fulfilling arc.
The plot here is riveting. The reader is constantly kept on the edge of their seat trying to figure out what will happen next. It’s been a while since The Joker has felt truly unpredictable. Likewise, The Riddler feels like a real A-list villain as well. And he didn’t need to destroy Gotham for a year to do it.
King is a master of pacing. With two massive characters like The Riddler and The Joker, he knows exactly when to cut to who and also how Batman should narrate the story. The reader is pushed along at a break neck speed but at the same time the story is so interesting the reader wants to move faster.
Unsurprisingly Janin’s art is beautiful. Most of the time I’m uncertain if I like Janin’s art or not. It looks a bit video-gamey to me sometimes but here it works perfectly. His Joker is one of the best depictions I’ve seen. It’s very reminiscent of Bolland’s Joker. The colours by Chung help bring life (and death) to Janin’s artwork.
This arc has the amount of promise a Tom King arc usually has, if not more.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.