The Joker's trap however resulted in police officer Christopher Nakano losing his left eye and partner. September 11, 2020. But we got our first look at him at the end of Batman #100, and he sure is shiny. Clownhunter pointed out that in the aftermath those people have simply taken off their masks and disappeared into Gotham’s general population, unpunished. It follows the conclusion of Tom King's run and Tynion's Their Dark Designs storyline. Rushing to its location, he found that Punchline was being beaten by Duela Dent, but was ambushed by a masked Dick Grayson. Using the crystal the Court wanted to turn him to their side, he brainwashed him into believing that he had been taken in by the Joker after his alcoholic and abusive parents' death, consistently waging war on Batman after that. We’ll see what comes of that in future issues of Batman. Batgirl Vol 5 #50(December, 2020). Forcing Batman to choose who to save, she ran away, and Batman soon left him to die. Like many great comics, “The Joker War” is all about relationships. [2] Remnants of the Joker's gang however kept attacking people for a while even after the defeat of their boss, making the Bat-Family intervene. Gallery The Ghost-Maker, a former friend who had trained alongside Bruce in past, had watched how this whole war tore Gotham up. Young Justice, another team book featuring Spoiler and former Robin Tim Drake, and Teen Titans, featuring current Robin Damian Wayne, will close up shop in November. In a warped way, Batman gives him purpose. DC's Gotham City has been profoundly shaken up by the circumstances of the 'Joker War', an arc that has spanned multiple comic series and impacted a lot of characters in the process. This event or storyline is specifically related to Batman, or to members of the Batman Family. The Joker War The Joker War: Collateral Damage First Appearance: The Anatomy of A Joke. Well, the Joker had a good time dressing up in bat costumes, and his goons certainly appreciated access to all of Wayne Enterprises’ bat-themed technology. [15], Dick's girlfriend Bea Bennett called to Batgirl for help after she noticed him acting strange ever since his encounter with the Joker. [2], Harvey Dent, the criminal with the split-personality known as "Two Face", had started becoming more unstable due to the manipulation from the microchip Hugo Strange placed in his brain long ago. The Joker War is over, but it changed Gotham City, currently in a committed relationship with Batman, polar opposite of the modern Harley Quinn, the version of the Gotham City of the 1990s and early ’00s. At the climax of Batman #300, Harley Quinn (who is, to be fair, the queen of finally ending your relationship with the Joker) decided that she was going to try to force Batman finally stop his endless rivalry. Where Were You On The Night Batman Was Killed? It has been said that while The Clown Prince of Crime will test Batman to his limits but he doesn’t want the Dark Knight to die. 0 episodes. James Tynion IV This template will automatically categorize articles that include it into the Batman Storylines category. A major showdown is brewing between Batman and the Joker, and DC Comics has given it a name - Joker War. Batman Family Most prominent among the people rallying to the anti-vigilante cause was a group called the "Gargoyle Hunters", led by the Mirror. Punchline meanwhile manipulated public opinion, in order to avoid a harsh sentence and Batman went to Clownhunter's home, telling him to seek professional help from Leslie Thompkins or he'll stop his violent vigilantism himself. Covers and Variant Covers of all the Populair DC Comics! Punchline assaulted the two, but Batman recovered in time to knock her out, before deciding to call the Batman Family for support. Batgirl, as well as Batman and the Outsiders, a team book featuring Cassandra Cain/Orphan and Duke Thomas/Signal, are both coming to an end this month. [16], Catwoman convinced the Riddler and Penguin to help her steal Bruce's money back as well as that of every other criminal after recovering from her wounds, in exchange for receiving part of it. 10/06 – BATMAN #100 10/20 – CATWOMAN #26 10/20 – NIGHTWING #75 10/27 – BATGIRL #50. She surprised him with the reveal of a shiny idealistic Batsuit created by his dead father-figure Alfred Pennyworth and meant to be only given to him when he left his dark life behind, before pumping the cave with modified Joker Venom, incapacitating him. She escaped to Gotham City East End, in order to hide from Penguin and Riddler, whom she had betrayed and robbed as well. Harley Quinn, who had accompanied Catwoman to the Underbroker's lair, also had her throat cut by Punchline, but managed to save herself. He killed every Grinner there to send a message to Batman. Storyline Aliases Batman Vol 3 #95(September, 2020) That’s right, he’s known for years that Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person, but he just didn’t feel like acting on it until now. She however successfully escaped, while Punchline called Red Hood and Tim Drake, pretending to be her and claiming Joker's thugs were going to assault the children's hospital dedicated to Alfred. In this latest and greatest showdown between the … The two fought as bought time for Bat-Family to arrive, but Joker detonated explosives after being overpowered. Joker shot at the tanks as he tried saving Alfred from harm, and was drenched in the chemicals which made the Joker himself. Gotham City The Joker is one of Batman’s greatest enemies, featuring in numerous stories. Going to theater, he was confronted with the corpses Joker had stuffed them with and was forced to burn it down in order to escape the mass-assault. [12], Batman assembled his allies who dealt with Joker's thugs, while he went to Ace Chemicals to confront Joker himself, but soon came upon a zombified corpse of Alfred, which he was greatly startled by, as well as Joker wearing the shiny Batsuit Alfred had made for him. This week, after days of diplomatic work, delegates from around the globe put the final touches on an expansive treaty to put an end to the Joker War, DC’s big summer crossover in the Batman books. Cassandra Cain and Spoiler both got costume changes that bring them closer to the batfamily. The Joker had indeed survived and decided to leave Gotham City, killing a man in a bar and making him look like him in order to fool the police. Batman: The Joker Just Revealed the True Purpose of Joker War. He was however unable to found any proof that Joker had died and decided to rebury Alfred along with Bat-Family, as he had been killed in the explosion of the plant. The Joker War is over, but it changed Gotham City This week, after days of diplomatic work, delegates from around the globe put the final touches on … And one way or another, this explosive struggle will pave the way to the future of Gotham City! Joker War CATWOMAN #25 - 26 Lee Bermejo Cardstock Variant Covers (DC, 2020)! And sure, Joker still managed to escape, but now he knows that something has changed between the two nemeses. We know that Punchline’s trial is going to be an event of note in upcoming Batman issues, so she’s not going away any time soon. It was published as part of his Batman run. [9], Red Hood arrived in Gotham after hearing about the chaos there. Batman #100 also revealed the identity and origin of Clownhunter, a deadly vigilante who preys on Joker henchmen. Tynion kicks off Joker War by framing the battle between Batman and Joker in a way that is rather unique, which is saying something after so many … DC is weeks away from kicking off what promises to be one of its biggest comic book storylines of 2020, Joker War. You may have heard that part of the Joker’s big plan was to steal all of Bruce Wayne’s money. The Joker has never wanted to win before-he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end-but now his motivation has shifted. They soon started drowning in the toxic waste from Ace Chemical Processing Plant, dumped in the sewers after Joker's goons attacked the facility, but he rescued them. The main story of the event will take place in Batman #95-100. Not only has the Joker been defeated and his goons captured, Catwoman — currently in a committed relationship with Batman — stole it all back and gave it to the family of Lucius Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprises, who seem to have decided to keep the roughly $20 billion and use it for good. There, he found a bunch of criminals hiding from the war and planning on taking Gotham when it was over. Batwoman hasn’t had a solo series since 2018. The Joker was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson and first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940). He didn’t even try to save them both. Harvey successfully destroyed the Talons in Jim Gordon's Rookie armor, before it was immobilized by Batman, who dug out the microchip and bullet causing his split-personality. BATMAN #95. Titles While battling them, he heard noises of someone being beaten with a crowbar, which is how he was himself killed by the Joker in past before being revived. Batgirl however dug out her implant, before driving a rod through his back, though he survived and fled. The Clown Wars,[22] Joker War After a bit of consideration, Batman chose her, leaving the Joker to die in the explosion. [7], Kidnapping Lucius, Joker injected him with a modified Joker Venom, making him hand over codes to all of Batman's weapons and unleashing chaos on the city with his goons. Lucius Fox rescued him, but he soon uncovered that Catwoman had been taken out of action, while his money was stolen. But aside from the literal healing that needs to be done by Gothamites, there are also constant reminders of the Joker's rampage through the city, mostly in the form of graffiti reminding Gotham of the damage it suffered as a result of the Joker's planned "last battle" with Batman . DC COMICS # MAR200500 (W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez . Bea grabbed it after she dropped it during the fight with Dick and used it to restore his memory, making Joker flee. Batman discovered this, and also that the waste was slowly killing them, before defeating them all and bringing them in for treatment. Many aspects of that era wound up on the cutting room floor during 2011’s New 52 reboot, and it wouldn’t be off the mark to say that Tynion has spent his career in the Bat-books slowly massaging those details back in. Batgirl was rescued by her brother James Gordon, Jr.[8], Joker was now the owner of Wayne Enterprises and its new representative Underbroker claimed to the public that Bruce Wayne had been funding Batman, before demanding that he return it. 09/29 – BATMAN: THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1. For more on Joker war stay glued to DC Comics News and DC Comics It was always going to come to this. It follows the conclusion of Tom King's run … D&D Beyond The Joker War rages on in Gotham, and ahead of the release of Batman: The Joker War Zone, DC shared new information about the tie-in book’s … DC Database is a FANDOM Movies Community. Catwoman understood and gave him a year to figure it out, before they made permanent decisions about how they should be together. The Joker War DC's solicitation for Batman #93 gives us our first taste of what Joker War … Locations As he tried rescuing Alfred, he was repeatedly stabbed, but again managed to overpower him. in Comic Books > Modern Age (1992-Now) Prime Earth Growing concerned after learning what had happened, she tried to track him down, but Dick caught up to her instead and attacked her in concert with Punchline. The two soon knocked her out and forced her to fight him in a ring, for the entertainment of Joker's clowns. [19] The Ghost-Maker soon struck at Joker's loyalists called "Grinners", a gang of crazed psychopaths still active after the war, at their headquarters called the "Smile Bar". [12] Batman would soon liberate Lucius from the grip of Joker's thugs at Wayne Tower with the help of Batwoman. [1] He however didn't really want to kill his long-time nemesis, rather switch roles by becoming the protector of Gotham and turning him into the new Joker, after making the city lose faith in him. To see how long those changes stick, and how well they play out through upcoming Batman books, readers will have to stay tuned. Joker personally sent a hit squad of four men to eliminate him, but he succeeded in killing all of them and earned the support of the people of the Narrows. Heroes This week, after days of diplomatic work, delegates from around the globe put the final touches on an expansive treaty to put an end to the Joker War, DC’s big summer crossover in the Batman books. Publisher for this arc. This led to Batman chasing after him and a showdown between the two. Aside from the main Batman issues, "Joker War" will consist of a significant number of tie-in issues. Batman Vol 3, Batgirl Vol 5, Catwoman Vol 5, Detective Comics Vol 1, Nightwing Vol 4, Red Hood: Outlaw And what does it mean for the future of Gotham, and DC’s Gotham City books? Issue Began [3], Joker also secretly hired various assassins to create trouble for Batman and also crafts the narrative of the Designer being alive. It’s no secret that James Tynion is a fan of the version of the Gotham City of the 1990s and early ’00s. Publisher: DC Comics. But what did it cost him? “The Joker War” hits Nightwing, and Dick Grayson is back! Issue Ended He’s not a big fan of that, and intends to seek them out on a one-kid revenge mission. So it’ll certainly be interesting to see how long that wrinkle lasts. Tie-ins were also published, mostly as part of Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl and Catwoman titles. Joker War All users, both new and returning, are expected to follow THE CBR COMMUNITY STANDARDS & RULES . By Kevin Erdmann Jan 18, 2020 Batman seriously can't catch a break. It was published as part of his Batman run. Deeming him to be a massive failure whom their teachers would be ashamed of, he decided to head to Gotham to become Gotham's new protector and fight Batman. Also, the Joker still knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne, as well as the secret identities of all the members of the bat-family. Joker brought up all the cinemas in Gotham and started paying people to see The Mark of Zorro, in order to turn them into zombified versions of himself. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design while acknowledging Finger's writing contribution. And Joker knows he did. At its heart, it’s largely about his relationship with the Bat-Family, something that … DC Comics has offered a preview of the upcoming Batman #101, which explores Gotham's recovery in the aftermath of Joker War. The Joker pounced at him in order to turn him into a new Joker, but was shot through the eye by Harley, who strapped herself and him with explosives. As if things weren't already a struggle, The Joker is coming to … The Joker has been the puppet master behind the torment of Harvey but finally Dent will find a way to free himself but first, a major battle between Batman and Two Face will reach a shocking conclusion that will keep readers talking for years to come. Teenage orphan Bao Pham specifically blames Batman for not preventing the Joker from killing his parents, and generally for failing to prevent chaos in Gotham while making its citizens complacent enough to rely on him. Joker took control over the Wayne fortune and all of … Publisher. Joker War continues that trend, in a time when many of the books in DC’s Gotham umbrella that don’t feature Batman as a main character are in a state of flux. DC Previews Batman #96, Part Two of "The Joker War!" But now it’s all over. Kevin Phelan Dec 15, 2020. Next week, the next major event in the world of Batman kicks off with Joker War, a massive story that sees the Clown Prince of Crime bringing a specially designed battle directly to the Dark Knight. [2], Batman rescued Harley in time and took her to a hospital after she was hurt by the explosives. Harvey Bullock, Clownhunter, The Penguin, The Riddler, Underbroker The Joker bashed his head in for even thinking this, as this would mean he won't be able to torture and play his games with any longer. And in Batman #100 itself, Barbara Gordon sat out the fighting in order to coordinate the rest of Batman’s allies as her Post-Crisis identity of Oracle, world’s greatest hacker. RELEASE OCTOBER 2020. "The Joker War" is a Batman Family crossover storyline conceived by by James Tynion IV. The Joker War has ended and yet the aftermath is still being felt across Gotham as people try to recover in the post-war Gotham City. But reclaiming his memories won’t be easy, as Ric falls under the control of The Joker’s new henchperson, Punchline, and must battle the people he once loved most: Batgirl, the Robins, and...himself. The DC special Batman: Joker War Zone #1 anthology may be set in the middle of the ongoing 'Joker War' arc of the main Batman series and its … [11], The assault of Joker's thugs while the GCPD did next to nothing to help and the Batman Family was nowhere to be seen. Batman #95 - The Joker War Part One; Detective Comics #1025 - Tales From the Joker War: Attack On Wayne Enterprises! The breakout character of Tynion’s run on Batman so far has definitely been Punchline, the Joker’s new second in command and a sort of polar opposite of the modern Harley Quinn. BATMAN #95 JOKER WAR. (Image: Batman #95, DC Comics) It’s a bad sign that neither Lucius Fox nor Batman even know where this suit comes from. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. They were however turned into animal-like monsters and Croc decided to build his new Monstertown with the chemicals, by kidnapping people and turning them. The summer 2020 blockbuster “The Joker War” is collected in this new hardcover that includes the tie-in chapters starring Batgirl, Red Hood, Nightwing, Catwoman, and, of course, Harley Quinn! This is it: the Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head for the last time. As part of the Joker’s war, he encouraged average citizens of Gotham to put on joker masks and take advantage of the chaos for their own ends. A campus troll turned goth clown supervillain, Punchline was captured alongside the rest of the Joker’s forces, but the final moments of Batman #100 we see her using a video address to distance herself from any culpability in her various murders, tortures, and attempts to escape justice. Following Mayor Christopher Nakano’s mandate against masks - obviously with Batman and the rest of the Bat Family in mind - … Infiltrating Underbroker's business front, she however transferred all the money to Lucius Fox instead, hoping it'll be put to better use. And Joker knows Batman knows Joker knows — I’ll stop. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. He tried to convince Bao to get some therapy and stop killing people, but the kid doesn’t seem to have taken it very seriously. He also gained control of the city and went for Bruce's ally Batgirl, who was secretly Barbara Gordon. Making Joker's goons follow him to Ma Gunn's School for Boys, he rigged it to blow and take out as many of them as possible. The Joker War is over and the Clown Prince of Crime is going global in a brand new monthly series courtesy of James Tynion IV and Guillem March. As he turned on them, Batgirl stole the memory crystal from Joker. POPULAR POSTS. Just kidding, Batman and the Joker punched and kicked and stabbed each other a lot. [18], Realizing he needed to change his old ways which won't work any longer, Batman asked Catwoman to get used to his new reality and to grow accustomed of protecting Gotham in new ways. Joker War didn’t exactly set all all of these characters on the board for fresh moves, but it did make some tweaks. Batman can’t bring Bao in, because the work he’s done to protect the good people of his neighborhood means that none of them will corroborate his violence. Batman and The Joker may finally be heading for their final fight, as 'The Joker War' promises to reveal the supervillain's secret plan. Soon however, he realized this would actually be fun. There was no comics-style mind wipe at the end of Joker War.