Saturday, January 24, 2015

Batman Annual #3 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

The cover says that this issue is an "Endgame" tie-in, and it's not joking.  Whoa.  Tynion summons the same sense that the Joker is an almost demonic figure that Snyder has been striking in the regular issues.  His ability to seep within the cracks of a brash reporter's life is awesome (in the awe-inspiring sense), and Tynion uses it to remind us why someone could confuse him as a supernatural force.  In fact, the reporter comes to the Joker's attention because of his impudence for even questioning that power -- "What is so scary about a clown?" -- and it makes his eventual breaking all the more awful.  It reminds me of the "Batman:  The Animated Series" episode, "Joker's Favor," where the Joker similarly spends years tormenting his prey for a perceived slight.  It was scary then, and it's scary now.

**** (four of five stars)

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