It has arrived. The truly shocking finale to ‘Batman: Three Jokers‘ that alters the relationship between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. DC Comics released it under their ‘Black Label.’ As before, it is written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson.
One down, two to go. The Criminal and the Comedian versions are left after Jason Todd shot the Clown. As Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood are searching for the final two, the Jokers continue experimenting in creating a new version to add to their triad. With tensions, high, the Batman Family is unsure what to do next, but the Jokers make their move kidnapping Joe Chill, the criminal who murdered Bruce Wayne’s parents. To what end, Batman is confused, but as the search continues, Barbara and Jason have to open up about their emotions or they will never heal.
As usual, the artwork was fantastic. I do think they should have done a better job differentiating the Jokers, but outside of that, it was spot on. The way the action flows, the character designs, and the sheer emotions show how much care went into this series.
Now to the story. All I can say is, “bravo!” Geoff Johns brought Batman out of the sad-sack tone that has plagued the title since Tom King’s tenure. Sure, they are dealing with raw emotions, but Johns does not play it up as some form of manipulation. Yes, Batman has kept secrets, but this time, it is for the good of Gotham City, not for pride or mistrust. I cannot tell if this story will be canon, especially since it Black Label. Whatever the case may be, it reminded me of why the Joker is Batman’s greatest adversary and I applaud it.
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