Showing posts with label The Joker. Show all posts
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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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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, June 12, 2018

Dark Nights – Metal | Comics

Mysteries of the Dark Multiverse is being uncovered and they threatened destroy the very fabric of the Universe!

On Bermuda Triangle, Batman breaks into a secret Wayne Enterprises site to rescue researchers with help from Aquaman. He then meets Mister Terrific at Lunar Batcave on the moon for the data he gathered from Earth-Two and they both agrees to release Plastic Man from a stasis.

Bruce then shows up at Superman's Fortress of Solitude to access a secret room Clark has given him but the latter points out that nothing could open it. He came prepared along with Mister Miracle to open it for him and Scott Free leaves telling him to turn back immediately as he looks at the cosmic tuning fork of Anti-Monitor.

Hal Jordan of Green Lantern Corps is pulled out of active duty by Ganthet of the Guardians for a secret mission. He sends GL to a coordinate, which led him to Wayne Manor and he ended up inside the Batcave, only to be welcomed by Duke Thomas AKA The Signal.

Though Jordan was caught off guard, he quickly detained the boy and despite his warnings, Hal proceeds as they hear a mysterious voice. Its starts spilling many secrets regarding whatever Batman collects and gathers here. These two eventually stopped at a giant door, behind which they've found The Joker captive behind an energy shield.

The Dark Knight goes to Athens looking for Hephaestus, where Wonder Woman informs him that all Greek Gods have abandoned Earth. She then gives him a weapon of Apollo called the Sunblade before leaving.

Bruce then came across a dying Dubbilex of Project Cadmus looking for an otherworldly Metal before he met with his former lover Talia al Ghul, with whom he traded the Sunblade for Eighth Metal. Back in Batcave, Joker managed to get out of captivity by provoking Duke and starts wrecking havoc until Batman arrived.

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Dark Nights – Metal | Comics

Once he was the Prince of Egypt named Khufu who came in contact with a Thanagarian ship build of Nth Metal. He and his lover Chay-Ara died at the hands of a priest and his servant Hath-Set only to be reborn again. He was reborn as archaeologist Carter Hall, who was trying to uncover the mystery of the Metal and its bond to his reincarnation cycle.

In his quest, he uncovers that a nightmarish future waits for the universe that is from dawn of time to threaten the existence of Multiverse and is connected to the Caped Crusader.

Mongul has taken the Justice League captive on his second War World and forcing them to fight in a gladiatorial arena against killer-robots built by Toyman. During the fight, Batman notices a something and suggests his teammates to follow his actions, which they does and are all consumed by the robots to merge into a giant one to force the alien tyrant to flee.

As they were heading back to Earth, Alfred called in to inform that the mountain headquarters of the superhero team Challengers of the Unknown has showed up in Gotham from nowhere after energy storm of dark lightning.

Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman followed The Dark Knight inside to discover a cryo pod and an inactive Red Tornado. Lady Blackhawk arrives with company and introduces her as Kendra Saunders, also known as Hawkgirl. She explains of a Dark Multiverse and warns them all of an invasion by The Bat Behind The Bat named Barbatos, who has a connection with Wayne family.

When he was shot back in time by Darkseid, the Bat-God decided to use him as a portal to enter this reality. Bruce stole the Nth Metal sample from Blackhawk Island to realize upon analyzing that all of it was true after all and is visited by the known as Dream of the Endless, The Sandman.

Superman and the Justice League wet looking for Batman throughout the world only to led by a band of decoy into Parliament of Trees for an angry Swamp Thing to attack them. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, John Constantine and Zatanna only took the quest further to no result. Finally, he is discovered attempting to go back time and stop Barbatos from ever entering this reality.

All of them realize way too late that they walked into a trap set by The Judas Tribe and they infected Bruce with Batmanium, the fifth Metal to open a portal from which, The True Father of Batman walks in with seven Dark Knights to destroy all.

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Dark Corners of Reality

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A major crossover event that has been in the works ever since "Court of the Owls" at the dawn of The New 52 and even connects back to post-Flashpoint event "Final Crisis", "Dark Nights – Metal" is a masterpiece story created by writer Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman – Ends of the Earth, Flashpoint – Project Superman) and artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn).

These two have worked up the core six-issue limited series that have a number of related tie-in issues that comes in "The Road to Metal", "Dark Knights Rising" and "The Resistance" books to fill the necessary gaps to make things matter by a few other.

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The Bat Behind The Bat

Writers James Tynion IV (Detective Comics – Rise of the Batmen, Detective Comics – The Victim Syndicate) and Tim Seeley (Batman – Night of the Monster Men, Nightwing – Better Than Batman) along with various other creators have contributed to the plot.

Artists Andy Kubert (Origin, Ultimate Iron Man), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash – Rebirth, Green Lantern – Rebirth), Jim Lee (Batman – Hush, Superman – For Tomorrow), John Romita Jr. (Superman – Before Truth, Superman – The Men of Tomorrow) and Tyler Kirkham (The Darkness, Tomb Raider) have also take part in illustrating the arc for readers.

Ever since DC Rebirth, DC Comics has never done a crossover this big and it was actually a scheme to re-introduce many new characters and teams into play. References of classic sagas were mentioned and elements were used to build a new tomorrow. Some of the noteworthy appearances were made by Black Adam, Black Manta, Clayface, Deathstroke, Doctor Fate, Nightwing, Robin, Steel, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans and Vandal Savage.

A link to "Death of The Family" and "Endgame" arc was drawn to detailing the origin of Metal and how it is related to Batman. We are treated with an epic team-up during climax that was most unexpected and it even rivals the awesomeness of the World's Finest duo.
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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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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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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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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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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Batman – Endgame | Comics

While still dealing with an exposure to Fear Toxin from Scarecrow recently in form of vivid nightmares, Bruce Wayne was slowly catching up to his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth and his daughter Julia Pennyworth in one of his Bat-bases. When these three were catching up, Wonder Woman suddenly comes crushing out of nowhere, pushing Bruce against the wall and then taking him to the Robinson Park while stating her and the League’s intent to kill him. It led him to instruct Alfred for proceeding with his plan "Fenrir".

A cloud of gas is released throughout Gotham covering almost ten square blocks and people were panicked for an evacuation. Upon clearing the area, Bruce gets into a brawl with Diana in his Justice Buster suit and pummeling her hard as she does not hold back. She is taken down by a relic and before he catches a break, it quickly turned into a street fight with the arrival of Aquaman and Flash. He was prepared for Cyborg or Green lantern to show up after defeating this two but the worst has yet to come. He was hoping for Superman not to show up but the Man of Steel made his grand entry eventually.

From Gotham Royal Theater, this super-human brawl between Batman and Superman broke in and got out of hands soon. His extended grin followed by a maniacal laugh revealed that it has all been orchestrated by The Joker, who’s behind all these mess and has returned once again. In spite of his efforts, Big-Blue couldn't shake off and The Dark Knight goes all in before finishing it off with a Kryptonite gum just to restrain his overpowered opponent. Batman barely got out alive from at the end of the fight with a rogue Superman using numerous feats at his disposal but left devastated in the end.

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After taking care of his friends in Justice League, he goes back to Batcave suggesting Alfred and Julia to go into hiding but they both decided to stay and help. Looking for clues, Bruce visits the ruins of Arkham Asylum and came across Eric Border, who starts catching up of the old times. He traps Batman into Joker's cell and slowly reveals himself to be the Clown Prince of Crime, who's been hiding in plain sight all along. Locking him up there Joker released an airborne "Joker Toxin" to infect the whole city with his insanity.

The Clown assures to a Caped Crusader in his paralysis from the gas that he won't stop at nothing this time. Back in Batcave, it took all of his will to shake off the effects on him only to learn a city-wide spread of madness by the gas and Alfred was unable to come up with an antidote as Joker is using something unique this time. So, looking for patient zero to find a solution, Batman quickly heads to look for him in Gotham Presbyterian Hospital and informs Jim Gordon about it asking if he knows anything about it.

As The Dark Knight gets busy with infected horde, Gordon starts going through old records for history of tragedies it had in past, where he finds Joker's face in the background in many photos of incidents. The then maniac attacked Jim Gordon at his home but got shot at heart only to come back shortly when Gordon was making a call and stabbed him with an axe before addressing Batman on phone by his real name. Then he intrudes the Batcave and had an encounter with Alfred that would surely leave a mark on one of them.

Back at the hospital, Batman finds out his parents' killer Joe Chill is patient zero to his surprise and he finds himself in a mock-up situation of that night in Crime Alley, where a boy named Duke Thomas takes his place. Batgirl, Bluebird, Red Hood and Red Robin as well as super-villains like Bane, Clayface, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Mister Freeze and Scarecrow comes forward to make a last stand for Gotham. After saving Duke, The Dark Knight goes to seek out and face the Clown for one last time.

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The Joker Strikes Again

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Since the beginning of The New 52 from DC Comics, the duo of writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Superman Unchained) and artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn) has been proving themselves not only as one of the finest collaborators in the comic-book industry but they also are one of the best creative team for a Batman monthly ongoing series ever. Following the massive build-up of The Dark Knight’s Prime Earth mythology, Batman’s greatest enemy, The Joker is back for business and not fooling around. Derived mostly from the second publication of Batman series from issue #35-40, "Endgame" storyline also contains some tie-in issues to be added for the reading.

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The Pale Man Triumphant

Major stories like Court of the Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year are also hinted in certain points of the plot and many fan-favorite heroes and villains made their appearance in this tale! The part Nightwing plays in Batman's plan against the maniac was also twist even he didn't expect. Showing up in all the old press photo background to indicate he has been out there for a while and probably even immortal, The Joker really played a dark prank on many good-guys. Following this arc, the maniacal clown does not return until the ushering of "DC Rebirth" and his origin got revised a bit.
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