Batman: The Joker War by James Tynion IV

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Title: Batman.
Volume: 2.
Story Arc
: The Joker War.
Universe: Rebirth.
Writer(s): James Tynion IV.
Penciler(s): Jorge Jimenez, Carlo Pagulayan (Chapter: Intervention), Guillem March (Chapter: Dead Ringer).
Inker(s): Danny Miki (Chapter: Intervention).
Colourist(s): Tomeu Morey.
Letterer(s): Clayton Cowles.
PublisherDC Comics.

Format
: Single Issues.
Release Date: February 9th, 2021.
Pages: 176.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781779507907.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Previously in the Batman (2016) series:
Batman (Vol. 1): Their Dark Designs by James Tynion IV.

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24 comments

  • Jimenez’s art is amazing indeed. I’ll be eyeing Tynion IV’s run with a healthy dose of mistrust, after what you-know-who’s done with Bats, but for now it looks rather promising 😉

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    • His work on Snyder’s Justice League was also phenomenal. My expectations were high here and I still wasn’t disappointed! 😀

      That’s probably the best way to approach this latest run. I’m sure it’ll be better than King’s for you but I don’t think it’ll blow your mind like Snyder’s Batman, for example. Dip your toe cautiously into these dark waters! 😀

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  • It was a shame they couldn’t keep the same artist for every issue. There was a lot to like in this story arc, but I felt like it didn’t deliver. Similar to the previous ‘Designer’ story. I’ve given Tynion’s run a fair try but I will probably be dropping the comic. I was hoping for more because I did enjoy his runs on Detective Comics and Justice League Dark. 🙂

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    • I’ve always despised that with DC’s bi-monthly strategy. I just want stories to be led by the same creative team and that they aren’t cut short for the sake of selling trades that are max 6-7 issues long!

      His Batman stuff has yet to really take off but I’ll probably continue to remain optimistic hahah

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  • Basically, you are telling us that it should have been longer to give more room to these topics 😉 Great review lashaan!

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  • I’ve mentioned before how I never really followed Batman so don’t know much about his story or character. But one thing I’ve enjoyed about reading your reviews over the last year or so has been how I’m slowly learning more about the characters and their stories. Not that I’m ready to jump into them myself, but I can still appreciate some of their elements vicariously through your take on them. And I agree with you about the artwork, it looks fantastic!

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Todd! I appreciate it a lot. While I know that many of my followers don’t read comics, don’t follow superhero stories, or don’t care about Batman, I tell myself that maybe through my reviews they’ll at least know Batman and his stories. As a die-hard fan of the superhero, I doubt I’ll ever stop caring about the stories around him, and hopefully, through my reviews, some will be intrigued enough to check these out for themselves! 😀

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  • Great review my friend, I wholeheartedly agree with you about Jorge Jimenez – he’s totally the right man for the book and I was elated that he was able to draw the entire arc! I really enjoyed Joker War (in fact I’m picking up the hardcover), I didn’t have as much issue with the length myself, maybe another issue or two might have made it all the more sweeter but I’m just glad that although there are tie-in issues in the other Bat-family books the main story was kept within the main Batman series. Each part crossing over into other comics would have driven me insane and I don’t think the results would have been all that great.

    Did you hear that DC are launching an ongoing Joker series, also to be written by James Tynion? I’ve mixed feelings about that, a mini or maxi series would probably have been better, if any standalone Joker series at all!

    Oh and did you see the release date has been set for the Snyder Cut? Alas they haven’t announced plans for the U.K. yet, I’m getting a bit annoyed with this HBO Max situation – although apparently there’s an international roll out plan for the service, it doesn’t currently include the U.K. (man I want to watch Godzilla vs Kong haha!). Bummer!

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    • Thanks, my friend. It would’ve killed me if it had the same structure as Dark Nights: Metal… I’m not too excited about the idea of hunting down the parallel Joker War stories but I do hope they’re decent enough, especially when they all have different creative teams on them. I did wish that this one could’ve been a bit longer and a bit more fleshed out but for what it is, especially after how long I had to wait for a good Batman story since King’s downfall (at least in my books hahaha), this was refreshing! Thank god for Jimenez!!! 😀

      I actually didn’t hear about Tynion’s Joker! That sounds intriguing. I do know there’s a Punchline series going on though (she’s a pretty cool concept but she remains a character that will probably require more stories to really be established amidst Gotham’s rogues’ gallery.

      I am quite sad about how HBO Max has been handling their cinema/series marketing. I don’t think they made themselves any fans since the whole fiasco pre-WW84 too… Godzilla vs. Kong is going to be so epic though! I do hope they find a way to reach out to a larger target audience. Like you, I’m also going into the Snyder Cut very cautiously. The last thing I want is to be disappointed by the final result of this fan-desired movie (four-part series).

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      • Well. speaking of Tom King I’ve read the first two issues of Batman/Catwoman and impressed so far. I think ultimately he’s better suited to these self-contained 12 issue maxi-series.

        Still awaiting news of the international release for the Snyder Cut, although did you hear it’s now just one 4-hour film and not being split into parts (reason being they would have to pay the actors etc more if it was split into episodes)?

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        • Really glad to hear that Bat/Cat is doing good! I didn’t dare pick it up as single issues but I very much look forward to reading it once collected. More now than ever with your positive thoughts on it. 😀

          I haven’t! That’s interesting and not surprising since WB/HBO Max are pretty much screwing up their chances to make real money with these recent marketing decisions. Hopefully, the Snyder Cut will still feel like it’s in its original and final form rather than an experimental project that tried to meet the high expectations of fans! 😀

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