The War of Jokes and Riddles story continues as the bodies pile up during the battle of Snipers.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colourist: June Chung
Another stellar issue delivered by the fantastic team of Tom King and Mikel Janin.
Even though the goofiness of the Joker and Riddler going to war with each other is very noticeable, this arc continues to be thoroughly entertaining. King personalises the story this week by highlighting the death toll. One of the major positives of this story is King’s ability to take what sounds like a fan fiction story and craft it into a serious Batman tale that will likely be remembered for years.
The art is at its most beautiful with multiple double page spreads emphasises the damage done during these conflicts. Janin omits regular panels in favour of a more ‘epic painting’ style of comic that helps bring together all the different fights. Bonus points for the Long Halloween Catwoman costume.
This week the helplessness of Jim Gordon is used to show just how ineffective Batman has been. Gordon represents the everyman of Gotham yet at the same time he’s the commissioner, so you have this character who’s in a position of authority completely powerless emphasising just how alone the people of Gotham are during this war.
This is then taken further by the death toll Batman recounts to Catwoman. Rather than have Batman simply get beat up every issue, King has Batman’s failures shown through the other characters, which I think is genius.
Again Tom King scripts a fantastic Batman story that is only made better by the artwork of Mikel Janin and colours of June Chung.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.