“But Daddy… Are you a joke?” (Batman #30 Comic Review)

Batman #30: The War of Jokes and Riddles: Interlude Part 2!

Writer: Tom King

Pencils: Clay Mann

Ink: Seth Mann

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Cover: Mikel Janin

Kite Man is back and with his new life of crime; it’s not all that he thought it would be. Life is hard, even harder for a super-villain. With Batman now choosing a side, life has only gotten harder for Kite Man.

What you need to know: Last time we saw Charlie Brown, he became Kite Man after the death of his son; becoming a new super-villain in the War versus Jokes and Riddles. Now he’s back and life is much harder than ever and it hits hard, really hard. Continuing to stay known, Kite Man tries to fight off memories of his son when they had a conversation about his wife calling him a joke. Teaching his son that because one fails many times and people laugh at you doesn’t mean that you’re a joke.

What you’ll find out: Becoming a super-villain to avenge his son’s death, Kite Man tries to stay known with the likes of Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter, and even The Joker; only to find bad luck in every turn. With memories from his past coming back to haunt him of being called a joke, Kite Man keeps getting up with every hit. Hell Yeah!

What just happened? Batman has chosen! Batman has chosen a side! Finding out that Batman has chosen to side with The Riddler, The Jokers group begin to realize that the War of Jokes and Riddles is almost over. Many begin to question if they even have chosen the right side, while others like (Kite Man) try their all to do something. Is Kite Man a joke like everyone else thinks he is or can you understand what he is going through in this mad world? Teaming with other known villains in his group, Kite Man continues to make a name for his self in the criminal world; only to come out empty with every mission he takes.

Rating: 9/10

Final Thoughts: “I can be cracked. I can be made. I can be told. I can be played. What am I?” Dear lord, Tom King once again hits right in the heart. We all know Kite Man has been one of those Batman villains that no one ever cared for or even gave a second to even acknowledge that he’s even a real villain, but these Interludes staring Kite Man have put him in a different light. I just can’t help myself feeling sorry for Kite Man and wanting to root for him to succssed in every mission he takes. I don’t see Kite Man as a joke but as clay; ready to be formed into a great villain. That is what good writing is supposed to do, make you feel emotions and connect with the characters on the pages. The War of Jokes and Riddles is great, but when these Interludes come around, they just have a place in my heart above them all.

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