“WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BLACK BAT?” (Batman #25 Comic Review)

  • Batman #25: War of Jokes and Riddles: Part one

Extra-Sized Anniversary Issue!

Writer: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Cover by: Mikel Janin

Tom King and Mike Janin continue to give their best work with Batman. Now with a new story arc, Bruce must face his own demons from the past and relive one of his most remembered failures from Year One. The War of Jokes and Riddles Part One will show the team taking Batman to his darkest days.

What you need to know: In this issue Bruce Wayne narrates one of his greatest failures, one that will haunt Gotham City for years to come, and keep Bruce Wayne up at night.

What you’ll find out:  The story is broken in two parts. One of a shadowy figure in a building called The Joke factory and of another man sitting inside of a prison. Bruce’s narration will guide you the reader through the story as this new tale unfolds. Both stories will collide with a CRASH, a BANG and many QUESTIONS with Batman in the middle of this upcoming dilemma.

What just happened? The story starts off with a man on stage trying to tell a joke while a shadowy figure watches him. Nerves to tell his jokes about a trip to Scotland, the shadowy figure stands and shoots him calling out “Next. Please!” Another man appears and is told to clean the stage, which then pulls the dead body and drops him with others who have failed in their jokes.

Switching the story to the second tale in an interrogation room a man is laughing as he looks at a map. A police officer asks him to help them find The Joker. Stating that The Bat can figure out where the Joker is hiding. Tired of the man looking at the map tells him they will not help him if he doesn’t help them. Upset on what the police officer said he asks a question “Why the end of the world never comes?” and launches himself across the table attacking the officer. “Because its round.”

In front of the Joke Factory, Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD wait to go in; as they are ready to walk into The Joke Factory it explodes. The shadowy figure that was listening to the dead beat comedians walks out and shoots a police officer. “A man walks into a bullet. Ouch. Isn’t it funny?” He says as his purple glove tries to put a smile on the officers’ face. Unhappy he says “NO, NO, NO!” and begins to shoot at surrounding civilians.

At the prison GCPD officers covered with heavy armor get ready to attack the man that was looking at the map. Edward Nigma. He smiles and starts calling out names, names that individual GCPD officers have heard before. In a panic knowing the names that the mad man is calling out they let him go free.

The shadowy figure now in back of a car tells a joke to the driver, which he laughs but the man in the back did not like.  Shooting the driver, the car runs wild and crashes. The shadowy figure walks out of the car and it is revealed to be The Joker. Walking away into a nearby building, a figure across the street wearing green pants watches and follows him.

Both men now facing at each other, The Riddler begins to speak, telling The Joker that he’s seen his puzzle pieces that he has laid out and escaped prison only in means to speak with him. Unmoved by what he has been told; pulls his gun out and aims it at The Riddler. “That’s not funny.” Walking away leaving The Riddler on the floor, Batman crashes through the window; Batman checks on The Riddler who tells him about the maniacal act The Joker has committed. In hearing this, Batman races to catch up with The Joker who he loses on the street, later to find out that he loses to catch The Riddler as well.

Rating:  7/10

Final Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the take on two different stories that lead into one story narrated by Bruce Wayne. The story was kind of slow for being one of Batman’s greatest failures and also being an “Extra-Sized Anniversary Issue!” Also, this buffed up Edward Nigma is a no go for me.  I’ll definitely keep reading to see what will happen next, Batman tends to pick up rather quickly and this feud between The Joker and The Riddler looks like it will be one hell of a ride. Who will have the last laugh?

 

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