Tom King partners with illustrator Mikel Janin for volume four of the DC Comics series Batman. This is a story from the early days of the Dark Knight when two of his most fearsome rogues battled for control of Gotham City.
According to its Amazon description,
Early in Batman’s career, the Joker and the Riddler would seemingly be natural allies. But each man determined that he and he alone must be the one to kill the Bat…and either would sooner burn down Gotham than be beaten to the punch line.
Untold until now, one of the darkest chapters in Batman’s history sees all of Gotham’s villains choosing sides in a battle of wits that soon turns into a full-blown war—complete with civilian casualties. In the War of Jokes and Riddles, only one side can claim victory…but the scars it leaves will shape Batman’s future as he makes the most important decision of his life.
This is one of the most brilliant story-arcs to come out of the DC Rebirth. It is exciting to see the Riddler and the Joker battle it out for control of Gotham City and for the honor of killing the Batman. King brilliantly crafts this story, showing how the two criminal masterminds clash with Batman trying to prevent the collateral damage from getting worse. Likewise, Mikel Janin’s artwork perfectly illustrates the plot as Batman uses every means to stop Gotham from being torn apart.
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