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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Batman – White Knight | Comics

The maniacal Clown Prince of Crime is finally cured of his insanity and tries to right his wrongs by saving Gotham City from Batman!

On the gates of Arkham Asylum, a Batmobile stops by and a person comes out of it to meet a patient, Batman. The guards escort him inside and as they update the man named Jack Napier about The Dark Knight, he simply asks the imprisoned vigilante to help him.

Flashback to a year prior, The Joker was on the run as Batman was chasing him in his Batmobile throughout the city with Batgirl at his side. During the pursuit, the clown makes him endanger public life by making him recklessly go through construction sites and rooftops. Nightwing saves a worker on the go and even one security guard was knocked off by the Bat when he was fanatically chasing the clown.

Following a brief taunting, these two arch-enemies start a fight in an empty building of the industrial district where the clown argues about the duality of their relationship and how his sanity is kept in check by fighting crime. At one point he pushes Batman too far pointing out the tragedy of his life and the young sidekicks only to be beaten more viciously.

The Joker takes out some pills he believes will cure him and the Caped Crusader shoved the whole package down his throat in front of GCPD, Jim Gordon, Det. Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, effectively leaving him chocked while a woman filmed the scene.

The city breaks out in two fractions; some arguing over condemning Batman after the Hail Mary chase he put throughout Gotham and some still believing in him after the video of their fight was leaked and gone viral. Even Gordon and Bullock argues on whether they are on the right side before Batgirl arrives to check on the condition of the clown.

Bruce is confronted by Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon in Wayne Manor about his recent display of near-psychotic fits of rage, because his behavior doesn't seem alright. He then opens a secret door to passage downstairs where they see a dying Alfred Pennyworth lying on a bed and Bruce has enlisted the help of Victor Fries AKA Mister Freeze.

While he is deeply upset about his father-figure lying in a dying state, he goes back to check on Joker and then leaves abruptly. Jim Gordon meets the mayor in City Hall and Doctor Leslie Thompkins gives her report on the patient, Jack Napier has recovered and fully sane now. Although Gordon suspects that he is faking it, Leslie confirms him it to be otherwise.

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Batman – White Knight | Comics

With his newfound sanity, he is also working full-time on his legal case to file charges against Batman and GCPD. In a meeting with the cops, he gets out of his handcuffs and calmly explains how he can pin charges against them if he wants by going to trial, which he will win and claims that he is going to save Gotham from Batman as its White Knight.

In his trial, Jack Napier opens up about his recovery and how he was always a criminal who started with a bank robbery but was accused of committing murder or at least, the police never could show any evidence and been labeled as a super-criminal anyway.

He accuses the gatekeepers of Gotham to use his unstable mental condition as an excuse to scare the taxpaying Gothamites and used him as a source of revenue. With that, he walks free from trial due to lack of evidence and vows to eradicate vigilantism from the city.

He then goes back to Harley Quinn and although joyous to see him, she is almost immediately disgusted to see him not a psycho in makeup anymore. Napier apologizes to her for his years of abuse and negligence before proposing to marry her to make things right. She gut-punched him to the floor, only get kicked off by Harleen Quinzel.

It seems Harley left long ago and now came back to take him back with Bud and Lou. They catch up on their old days that are full of excitement but she was always blindsided by his obsession with The Dark Knight. Things went too far when Harley found him torturing Robin down in their basement and contacted Batman to get help without delay.

He beats down the maniac with an inch of his life before sending him to Arkham but they never found Jason Todd, ever. Even Napier couldn't remember what he really did to the Boy Wonder as The Joker. He wants to move on asks her help to rebuild Gotham together.

He calls for a meeting of his former colleagues including Baby Doll, Bane, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Roxy Rocket, Scarecrow, Scarface/Ventriloquist, The Riddler and Two Face only to trick them into becoming his mind-controlled puppets with hat of Mad Hatter, by using Clayface as a signal conduit for a grand scheme to frame the Caped Crusader.

As planned, he unleashed an army of super-villains on the streets and police gave them chase before the Bat-Family arrived on scene. Wrecking havoc throughout the city, they are lured to the planned site of a library for Backport and it collapsed onto Batman. He came out badly injured and his life was saved at a great cost of a loved one.

Refusing to let go of the chance for Jack Napier to embrace The Joker persona once again, the Harley pretender suits up in an all-new avatar to get her lover back and finds out about the scheme Jack is playing and with help from Hatter, she managed to turn the tables.

Apparently, the pretender was a depressed banker named Marian Drews, who met The Joker during a bank robbery and became a part of his life. Now that he is gone, she intends to get him back and debuts as Neo Joker. She unleashes a crisis on Gotham that even Jack Napier sees no other way to save the city without the help of his archenemy.

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Jack Napier Leads The Show

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Batman – White Knight

To take the role of writer and artist, DC Comics hired Sean Murphy (Hellblazer – City of Demons, Year One – Batman/Scarecrow) for the eight-issue limited series title "White Knight" that started back in 2017 and ended in 2018, which is primarily focused on one of Batman's worst villains and instead of portraying him as a maniac, it reflects on a side no one saw before as he ascends to sanity.

The long-running debate regarding the vigilante methods of Batman has crossed a few lines and it helped The Joker/Jack Napier to portray as a villain. Harleen Quinzel also played an important role to the overall plot and a huge ensemble of villains from Gotham showed up for a major clash with the Bat-Family and members of GCPD.

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Unexpected Peace Offering

A fine nod to the poorly received Batman and Robin movie from 1997 and "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel are probably there regarding the fate of the trusted Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Pivotal elements from another popular storyline, "A Death in the Family" subtly played an influence for the ongoing Batman/Joker antagonism over the undisclosed fate of Jason Todd and unveiled new twist.

It appears that, Murphy took great inspiration from the popular TV show of 90's, Batman: The Animated Series and some classic characters like Baby Doll, Roxy Rocket and Veronica Vreeland appeared in the story, reimagined with almost same appearance resembling to the series. The sleek and edgy drawing style of Murphy was an overall refresher and was very well suited match to the dark tone of the story.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles | Comics

In a war between The Joker and Riddler, The Dark Knight tries his best to save Gotham City from burning down.

Following Batman's debut as a vigilante on Gotham City, he successfully decreased the increasing crime rate of the city by putting many super criminals behind bars. During the second year of his crime-fighting, one of his archenemy named Red Hood One came back and became known as The Joker.

He went on a senseless killing spree of comedians who was unable to make him laugh and no one could figure out why. Commissioner Gordon tried to apprehend the madman but more civilian died as well as his own men during his attempts.

Stuck inside of GCPD, master strategist and evil genius Riddler had became a means to solve crimes for them. Thinking he has solved the riddle of Joker's massive killings, he decides to escape and he did so by threatening the confronting group of guards of knowing about their loved ones.

He finds Joker and suggests that they team up to beat Batman together as the clown has lost the ability to laugh because of always being halted by him. The Joker shot him in the stomach after dismissing the idea and left him for dead.

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Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles | Comics

Batman came in slightly late to stop this and chased Joker knowing Riddler will survive the gunshot wound. It was from that moment when Edward Nygma started amassing super-villains to fight by his side against the maniacal clown.

Evil that inherited Gotham has parted into two and started ripping each other. Joker tells Carmine Falcone over phone to kill Riddler but when his men failed to do so because of the intervention of Poison Ivy, the clown took out all his men and operation as well before killing his mother Carmen.

A common criminal and former associate of The Joker named Charles Brown is approached by Batman to be a mole in his former boss's gang and set up a meeting. That plan flipped when Riddler figured it out and had him abducted by Clayface to confront about it and he also told this to Batman.

The meeting was a mess and Joker sends him to Batman wired with fake explosives while Riddler poisoned his son. With that tragedy becoming a motivation, Charlie eventually become the Kite-Man and thus, a new villain is born.

By then only Catwoman haven't joined any sides and as Gordon approached the villains for a truce, all they wanted was Batman. Deadshot and Deathstroke were sent to kill the Bat but they got busy trying to kill each other with the causality of 62 civilians in five days.

Batman finally managed to stop them and got Floyd Lawton hospitalized in a fit of rage. He then plans to do something that even the Riddler never saw coming and the endgame of his decision would made him what he is today.

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Monsters Choosing Sides

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Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles

Coming from the best-selling creative team of Tom King (Batman – I Am Bane, Batman – I Am Gotham) and Mikel Janín (Justice League Dark, Superman – The Final Days of Superman) from DC Rebirth, "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is an eight-part epic saga from Batman's past in the Prime Earth continuity.

It all begin in issue #24 of the third ongoing volume of Batman, where The Dark Knight finally proposes Catwoman to marry him and before she can answer, he decides to let her know of an event that no one else knows about. Writer King took a unique approach in exploring Batman's early years with two of his arch-nemesis on his tail.

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Joker Vs. Riddler

The storyline collects issues #25-32 from the third Batman monthly series from DC Comics and features appearances of the villains including Clayface, Cluemaster, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Firefly, Killer Croc, Kite-Man, Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Mister Freeze, Mister Zsasz, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Two-Face and Ventriloquist, aside from the two main antagonists.

Even though the story is told in the DC Rebirth era, the events of the book actually took place not long after the infamous "Zero Year". Coincidentally, that is also the rising point of both The Joker and Riddler in the Prime Earth continuity.
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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Following her mad ambitions, Amanda Waller made Kryptonian tyrant General Zod a member of her Task Force X.

Amanda Waller pays a sudden visit to Lex Luthor on a government business and before she can start he offers her a small gift that she refuses. Lex reveals that he knows about her unethical super-secret project involving super-criminals and how she operates it, which surprises Waller.

Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad breaks into LexCorp building with a mission to acquire certain object from the vault. As Enchantress teleports Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Rick Flag into the building, Digger Harkness loses an arm.

The witch takes out the security system of the building and they are attacked by security personnel. On top floor, Lex was trying to make Waller honest about her true purpose of coming here and he mentions about her recent encounter with The People and their Annihilation Brigade, which shocks her.

At downstairs, the Suicide Squad is attacked by a Bizarro army that wrecks havoc and Luthor now sees what is going on under his nose. He quickly changes into his warsuit and engages Task Force X right on.

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Both parties agree to cut the crap and as Waller was about to ask for what she came here for, Luthor again hands her the gift; Kryptonite. With that alien meteorite at her disposal Amanda Waller authorizes her men at Belle Reve to operate and insert a Kryptonite Neural Bomb inside the head of General Zod.

After sending Boomerang for another secret solo mission aside from his team, Waller sends the Suicide Squad to Zimbabwe along with Zod to confront the Annihilation Brigade once again and this time, she only expects victory.

The Kryptonian despot unleashes his mad rage onto them and inside they find hundreds of meta-humans locked up in an attempt to create an International Suicide Squad by The People. General Zod damaged the containment suit of Tunguska.

As he was about to explode, Rick order Enchantress to teleport them all out and grabs Harley at the last moment, saving her. Digger Harkness also carried out Waller's plan of taking out the mole of The People within their ranks as well.

Being hurt in his pride, General Zod decides to remove the Kryptonite Bomb from his brain and eventually does so by using his heat-vision, leaving his skull wide open. He then went on a berserker rampage inside Belle Reve Penitentiary and unleashes an army of Kryptonian wraiths after trapping the prison inside The Black Vault.

As he was tearing the place apart and giving Task Force X one of the toughest times of their lives, Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator arrives out of nowhere to recruit him for their Superman Revenge Squad.

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Zod Breaks Free

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire

"Earthlings on Fire" is the fourth storyline from the Suicide Squad fifth monthly ongoing volume set in the DC Rebirth era of DC Comics. The story collects issues #16-20 from the series written by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House, Suicide Squad – Going Sane).

Artists Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, Justice League – New 52), Neil Edwards, Sandu Florea, Stjepan Sejic and Le Beau L. Underwood have assisted by collaborating. Aside from these fine pencillers, Otto Schmidt (Green Arrow – Emerald Outlaw, Green Arrow – Island of Scars) and Whilce Portacio (Spawn, Star Wars) provided a few variant covers for the story arc.

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Devastation and Enslavement

Following the previous events that took place with the members of Task Force X, this plotline has taken things with the Squad a bit up with the involvement of General Zod and tying into "The New World" story from Action Comics series by bringing Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator into the mix.

The weird part of the whole storyline seemed like the time when Harley Quinn and Rick Flag got hooked up for no apparent reason. Finally, one of the Squad members is going to bite the dust and another will take the place.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws – Who Is Artemis | Comics

Though Red Hood and Bizarro knows very little about Amazon warrior Artemis, they all stands together when her past comes to strike back.

In absence of Gotham City crime-lord Black Mask, Red Hood decides to step up and scare the goons of the former mob-boss away but faced with hostility from them. When they came at him, Bizarro shows up all of a sudden and starts trashing the mobs.

As the flawed Superman clone and ex-Robin was doing the clean-up, Killer Croc of Suicide Squad throws Jason Todd up out of nowhere. Feeling extremely protective about Red Hood, Bizarro freezes his head and punched it off, only to reveal it was a synthezoid.

Jason shares his concern about Bizarro to Artemis, who shows him classified videos at LexCorp that all the Bizarro clones were meant to be destroyed because their unstable nature poses a threat to everyone. For the safe of every other living being, Jason makes up his mind to take care of the matter and visits the Batcave to acquire the means to do that.

To put him out of his misery, Jason takes Bizarro on a trip to a riverside where the latter explains how he sees him and Artemis as his only friends and eventually, his positive perspective convinced Jason of keeping up instead of killing him.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Who Is Artemis | Comics

Next up, Red Hood and Artemis walks into a bar looking for a man named Stirk, which created a stir among the patrons and the femme fatale trashed the whole place within moments. She momentarily stunned seeing a glimpse of her old friend Akila but Jason reveals it to be Stirk by knocking him over.

Jason asks her about Akila and Artemis starts telling about her time in the fallen town of Bana-Mighdall, training with her best friend to be the champion of her people. Ages before, one of the Amazon foremothers had a clash with Queen Hippolyta and then they departed from Themyscira as a new pantheon of gods took them in.

Akila was a champion of the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall and never wanted to become Shim'tar. One day she vanished without a trace and was found by Artemis, who was sure that her friend has been summoned by the gods. When invaders from Qurac attacked, she picked up the Bow of Ra and in an attempt to save her people, Akila doomed them all.

Artemis reached at the scene too late and found Wonder Woman there to take the threat down. Although she attacked Diana at first but soon they teamed-up to defeat Akila possessed by Ra, killing her and Bow of Ra was lost.

Today, Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro go to K'kyesh, Qurac seeing news of chaos by unidentified weapon of mass destruction back there. After their plane is shot out off sky, Bizarro got stranded, Jason is captured by the men of Qurac's General Ahmed Heinle and Artemis faces a ghost from the past.

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Problem Like Bizarro

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Who Is Artemis

The second monthly ongoing volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws brings the storyline, "Who Is Artemis" from DC Comics in 2017. It all begins from the previous story arc "Dark Trinity" at the dawn of DC Rebirth, where Artemis stumbled onto Jason Todd as she was looking for the missing Bow of Ra and now concluding the plot in "Who Is Artemis".

Collecting issues #07-11, the storyline is composed by veteran comic-book writer Scott Lobdell (Alpha Flight, Generation X), who was aided by artists Dexter Soy (Batman – Arkham Knight – Genesis, DC Universe Vs. Masters of the Universe), Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage, Velocity) and Mirko Colak.

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Outlaws at War

While characters like Batman, The Joker and Lex Luthor appears throughout the story in holograms or visions, Alfred Pennyworth and Wonder Woman made actual cameo appearance. Since Artemis is now a part of Red Hood's Outlaws, Jason took it upon himself and Bizarro to aid her and thus, the bond of the Outlaws became greater than ever.

The first Bizarro was actually a creature dubbed as Subject B-0 that died saving Luthor from the assault of Crime Syndicate during the events of "Forever Evil". The one that is hanging out with Artemis and Jason is Bizarro II from one of Lex's latter experiments.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House | Comics

In the aftermath of the confrontation between Justice League and Suicide Squad, Rustam from the original formation of the team escaped custody and Amanda Waller is not in charge of the program anymore.

Task Force X goes to Tibet, looking for the Annihilation Brigade to confront but takes out a small army instead and Rick Flag reports this to their current boss Emilia Harcourt, also expressing his doubt that they have a mole among them.

Captain BoomerangDeadshotEnchantressHarley QuinnKatanaKiller Croc and Flag gets a night off from their duty, while Rustam causes a prison outbreak in Belle Reve and Blackgate Penitentiary.

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Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House  | Comics

The Squad is brought back to face him but Rustam and his team Burning World took both Katana and Flag captive. Waller flies to New Orleans where she got shot in an alley by a mysterious shadowy figure.

Harcourt interrogates the entire Squad about that night of Waller's death to judge their motives. Upon looking at Waller's autopsy report, Hack confirms Harley about it was actually and not a decoy, who is killed with a perfect shot.

This leads the point of Harley's suspicion to one person, the deadliest assassin on the planet; Deadshot. In his secret base, Rustam reveals to Katana and Rick Flag about how Waller manipulated them to join Suicide Squad and offers them to join his cause.

Meanwhile at Belle Reve, Harley angrily confronts Floyd Lawton about Waller's death and Croc got involved in the fight too. Djinn breaks into the facility and disables the brain-bombs implanted to Squad members.

Deadshot then shoots Boomerang and walks toward his freedom, betraying the Squad to join Rustam's Burning World. This sudden betrayal of Floyd Lawton may be end of the Squad.

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Harley goes AWOL

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Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House

As the spectacular crossover event of "Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad" came to an end, the Suicide Squad has come to face another crisis that threatened the team from within. The entire storyline collects issues #11-15 from the fifth monthly ongoing volume of Suicide Squad and writer Rob Williams (Martian Manhunter – New 52, Martian Manhunter – The Epiphany) forms a new alliance with master artist John Romita, Jr. (Superman – Before Truth, Superman – The Men of Tomorrow) in this spy-thriller adventure of Task Force X from DC Comics in 2017.

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Assault on Belle Reve

The entire climax of this plot eventually comes to an end after a lot of action, blood-spilling and then finally leads to the next arc of the series "Earthlings on Fire", where the Squad first team-up with and then faces an angry General Zod, backed up by the newly reformed Superman Revenge Squad on Belle Reve.
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