“WHAT DO MAY FLOWERS BRING?” (Batman #26 Comic Review)

atman #26: The War of Jokes and Riddles: Part Two

Writer: Tom King

Art: Mikel Janin

Cover: Mikel Janin

Colored by: June Chung

The War for Gotham has begun! The Joker and The Riddler continue their fight across Gotham, leaving bodies and laughter throughout the city. The villains of Gotham city must choose which side they will be on as the city is divided. Will the citizens of Gotham survive this horrid war?

What you need to know:  Bruce continues his narration of his biggest failure. The War for Gotham! Last issue we saw The Riddler and The Joker confront each other for the first time. It did not go well. This time lines have been drawn and The Joker and The Riddler begin to choose their soldiers.

What you’ll find out: Chaos vs Order! The Joker seeks to kill The Riddler. The Riddler seeks to kill The Joker. Whose side will you choose?

What just happen? A taxi pulls up to a house owned by the Templeton’s who have three children. The Joker walks out of the taxi and walks into their home. Five shots are heard.

On top of Gotham City building, Batman over hears police chatter on the radio as they speak about a victim that started laughing for no reason.

Sitting on a reclining chair The Riddler asks for a mirror.  Nervous, the doctor tells him “You see what I have to work with here?!” Seeing the scar still on his stomach from the shot, he begins to carve his chest with a scalpel creating a question mark.

Batman and Commissioner Gordon now at the death scene of Doctor who tried to help The Riddler, looking upon his body as The Riddler left question marks of blood all over the room. Gordon explains that the Doctor lost his license by selling samples and now wonders how he got mixed up with The Riddler.

Standing at a mirror, The Joker looks at his self and tries to make a smile while someone is over heard speaking on the TV. The person is heard saying that The Riddler left a message, not a riddle but a straight forward message. “I’m going to kill you Joker. HA. HA. HA.”

The Joker calls Carmine Falcone telling him he wants him to kill The Riddler and he has one hour to do it. Confused and thinking someone has the wrong number; Carmine tells the person on the other line that when he finds him he’s to going kill him for playing around. The phone hangs up. Not waiting to see if it was really a fake phone call Carmine tells his men to go and kill The Riddler.

Walking through the park, The Riddler tells Poison Ivy of a “Scorch Earth” The Joker will leave if he is not handled. At that moment, Carmine’s men appear and tell Poison Ivy to move out of their way. Poison Ivy looks at The Riddler stating “A Scorched Earth?” and orders her vines to do the rest as they walk out of the park.

“What do May flowers bring?”

Batman racing to find The Riddler finds Carmine’s men, he chops them down. No one survived.

The Joker, now waiting at Carmine’s house surprises Carmine and his men as he is sitting down not amused. He begins to tell them that the hour is up and The Riddler is not dead. Unhappy, he puts teeth on the table and makes them into a smile. The Joker says, “So here are your mother’s teeth.” Pulling out his gun he kills Carmine’s men and only shooting Carmine on his arm. A fat man standing at the door looks on nervously as The Joker tells him he will become his new assistant. Enter The Penguin to the game.

Batman now in an alleyway stands over the dead body of Carmen Marie Falcone, realizing he is late again.

Rating: 8/10

Final Thoughts: As I said in the last review, “Batman tends to pick up rather quickly.” I was not lying. Tom King’s Joker and Riddler feud is a story made in heaven. Chaos vs Order, who doesn’t want to read this!? We see Batman racing to stop crimes before they happen only to fail, finding out that whatever is happening to the city will tear it apart. There is a great nod to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film, as a big Batman fan it brought a smile to my face. (Pun intended) That final panel is amazing! The War of Jokes and Riddles has me wanting the next issue. “It took a few more weeks before the city saw what is was.”

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