Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Batman #95 kicked off the highly anticipated Joker War and it did so with a bang! Following the events of Their Dark Designs, The Joker has masterminded his way into stealing all of Bruce Wayne’s fortune. The Clown Prince of Crime now owns Wayne Manor, Wayne Enterprises and has a multi-billionaire.
With Batman’s gadgets all created and funded by Wayne Enterprises, The Joker now also has control over all of Batman’s weapons and vehicles, leaving The Dark Knight with a hell of an uphill battle as he faces off with his nemesis.
This first issue mostly laid the groundwork for what’s set to be a game changing event. The Joker’s decision to buy the theater the Wayne family attended the night Thomas and Martha were murdered is a smart one and shows just how devious he can be.
With Catwoman currently off the grid recovering in the Penguin’s lair and Lucius Fox under The Joker’s influence, Batman is well and truly alone in his battle against Joker’s army and will face the ultimate test trying to save Gotham.
The art throughout the book was beautiful and Jimenez did a wonderful job. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series will look like.
This first issue laid the perfect tone for the rest of the book and has set up what should be one of the most interesting Batman tales in recent years. With The Joker’s set to headline a number of Batman tales this year, Tynion IV has made sure that Joker War is set to be one of the most captivating.
Punchline continues to be portrayed in a formidable way and is so far proving to be a strong introduction into the DC universe. The fact she got the better of Batman in their stand off during this issue is a testament to how Tynion IV views the character and hopefully will ensure the character’s inclusion for quite some time.
The reveal of the brand new Batsuit was an exciting one as well and the suit itself looks fantastic and hopefully we get to see more of it in the future.
Once again, while Joker War’s first issue wasn’t the most explosive, it’s done the perfect job setting the book up for a much stronger future.