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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: The Joker War Hardcover – March 23, 2021
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The Joker is waging a war on Batman, and he’s going to use every ghost from the Dark Knight’s past to win! As the Bat- Family reels from the recent loss of Alfred Pennyworth, no one has taken this death harder than Bruce Wayne. Alfred wasn’t just a friend and partner to Gotham’s favorite son; he was a father figure and a mentor to Bruce…and the loss has left the dark detective wounded.
The Joker knows that now is the time to strike—and strike hard.
The Clown Prince of Crime has unleashed a wave of friends, foes, and failures to attack Gotham’s protector from the inside out. First up is Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face, whose violent impulses have been amplified to deadly new heights by the Joker—unleashing a cadre of zealots known as the Church of the Two on Gotham City! But that’s not all—Lincoln March, Lucius Fox, Killer Croc, and countless more have been moved around the Joker’s diabolical chessboard to bury the Bat once and for all. Will the Dark Knight rise? Or be drowned in laughter?
This intensely personal volume of the Joker War collects Detective Comics #1020-1026, Detective Comics Annual #3, Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P., and a special Joker War tale from Detective Comics #1027. Seminal Batman scribe PETER J. TOMASI (Batman and Robin, Super Sons) is joined by Eisner Award winning writer MARIKO TAMAKI (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and the Joker War architect JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Detective Comics) as well as artists BRAD WALKER (Aquaman), KENNETH ROCAFORT (Red Hood and the Outlaws), EDDY BARROWS (Detective Comics), EDUARDO RISSO (100 Bullets), and more!
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- Publisher : DC Comics (March 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1779509227
- ISBN-13 : 978-1779509222
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #388,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Detective Comics Annual #3 focusing on Pennyworth was actually good and did a good job balancing a decent story with sentiment as an agent from Alfred's past tries to deal with a traitor.
The main storyline involving Two Face is good as it explores that relationship and also leads right into the Joke War.
The Joker War issue featuring Batwoman is pretty good as well. The others from Detective Comics #1027 are a bit more forgettable.
Overall, this is decent. I think the Joker War material has generally been all over the place in terms of quality, but this is some of the best of it with Tomasi turning in another winning volume.
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Another decent volume from Tomasi which started off strong with the Alfred tribute issues This clearly takes place after city of bane with the bat family struggling to come to terms with the loss of Alfred, especially Bruce.
It then moves on to an encounter with two-face taking place with the ongoing joker war. This was a good story also, with the alter egos of Harvey dent and two-face clashing more than ever, but ultimately the story lacked flair and had a predictable rhythm that has been evident with detective comics under tomasi. We then see joker reincarnate Lincoln March and see Harvey dent join forces with Batman to take him down
Finally, we see the detective comics issues of joker war which I think are abysmal. The first features Batwoman and the second killer croc but they both add nothing to the ongoing crisis in Gotham and are the most uninspiring fillers I have read in a long time. This for me brings the rating down from 4 to 3 stars.
Overall, another decent volume to add to the detective comics collection but the whole book lacked flair. It was not a bore or difficult to read but there was nothing stopping me putting this one down, the same could be said about the previous 4 volumes of detective comics. Ok, but I expect better from tomasi.