The War of Jokes & Riddles takes a brief interlude to look at one particular crook, caught up in the mess.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann, Danny Miki & John Livesay
Colourist: Gabe Eltaeb
I feel at this point Tom King could put out 24 blank pages and I’d still love it.
This like every other issue is fantastic. What makes it great is the fact a Tom King interlude is better than a lot of other writers’ event climax.
The issue really focusses in on one particular character, putting even Batman to the side. We see as this character’s life is slowly broke down by the War of Jokes and Riddles. Most of the issue the reader is left wondering why they should care about this character, but some of his lines give away the ending, which is one of the best. The revelation of who this man is, is worth reading the issue. Tom King is just a great writer that simple scenes like Batman walking into a bar to interrogate someone read like cinema.
The artwork is from three separate artists. That should be a bad thing but in honesty I didn’t really notice. The three artists’ styles are close enough together that I can’t say I was ever taken out of the issue by dramatic changes a la Dark Days. I’m still really digging the Joker design for the series. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.
Overall this is a great side issue that takes a break from the madness that is the War of Jokes and Riddles.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.