The Joker is one of the most evil characters in the history of comics, captivating fans with his nihilistic approach to life. His chaotic personality continually clashes with Batman’s desire for order, making him the perfect villain. The Joker’s characterisation has typically been split between a playful trickster and psychotic monster who revels in burning everything around him. Over the years, there have been many versions of the Clown Prince of Crime, some more disturbed than others. The Comic Vault is listing the five most twisted interpretations of The Joker.
DC’s latest event, Dark Nights: Metal, involves warped versions of Batman coming to the main DC reality to take over. There’s been a series of one-shots that have focused on the origin of each evil Caped Crusader, and with The Batman Who Laughs #1, we’re given a glimpse of the worst of them. Written by James Tynion IV, the comic is one of the most gruesome Batman stories of all time and not every reader may be able to handle the subject matter.
Batman #28, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin and June Chung, sees the continuation of the epic War of Jokes & Riddles arc. The story takes place early on in Batman’s career and it features a brutal gang war between The Riddler and Joker. Here are my thoughts on what turns out to be another powerful issue.
The identity of a comic character can be transient, something that gets passed along to someone else. This has happened in the Batman family, and I’ve talked previously about why I believe Cassandra Cain is the greatest Batgirl, even if she isn’t the original. That title belongs to Barbara Gordon. From her earliest appearance, Babs was shown to be a resourceful and capable woman who earned Batman’s respect. But, in my opinion, it wasn’t until she became Oracle that she evolved into a timeless character.
I’m introducing a new segment called Comic Cover Corner. It’s dedicated to my favourite comic cover art in the industry. A cover can set the tone for the rest of the story, and I feel some are very underrated. The first one I’ll be reviewing is the cover of Detective Comics #880, drawn by Jock. It features one of the most terrifying images of The Joker in recent memory.
“You’re bigger than your feelings. Bigger than your body. Your heart, your eyes…You’re Batman. And you’re going to stop him. Just like you always do. You’re going to stop it all.” – Batman
Over the years, there’s been many great Batman stories. But in my opinion, I’d be hard pressed to think of a more consistent duo than Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. For nearly a decade they’ve pushed The Dark Knight to new limits and redefined his mythology. It all had to lead somewhere, and that’s where Batman: Endgame comes in. The graphic novels sees The Joker return for a final confrontation with Batman after the Death of the Family arc. Here is my review.
“A bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you. No…you know what he is. Tell yourself the truth. He’s just a man who fell into a vat of chemical waste. He’s just a man like you, made of bone and flesh and blood.” – Batman
Batman: Death Of The Family, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, is one of the most visceral Batman stories of all time. It involves the return of The Joker, who’s been away for a year and has set his sights on destroying the people closest to The Dark Knight. Previously, Joker had cut off his face and disappeared, claiming he would be reborn. The relationship between Batman and Joker is given new depth, and the Clown Prince of Crime is at his most deranged and unpredictable.