Writer Tim Seely
Artist Sami Basri
Colors Jessica Kholinne
Epilogue Otto Schmidt
Letters Dave Sharpe
Cover Rafael Alberquerque
Jason Todd was faced with his existential crisis before Bruce’s big day as he faced Anarky, who had rallied Gotham’s extremists together in an effort to cause a mass panic. Revealing to Jason that the two people aren’t very different. Just they chose father figures on the opposite ends of the spectrum, and like the other villains we’ve seen in the Prelude to the Wedding the Joker is the one who sent him. Jason breaking the mold of the arc, completely rejects the notion of the two being remotely the same. seemingly opening the door for a shift in tone as the series highlighting the bat family before the wedding gears us up to see Joker and Harley coming together again for some cathartic nostalgia.
Whether you agree or not Harley and Joker are just as much in the bat family as anyone else in it. Starting us off in the type of fifth gear insanity that clown couple is known for when Joker his hit by a car driven by Harley. Captured, Joker tries to reason, lie, and eventually open up his emotions in an attempt to escape her deathtrap. Who else is more equipped than her to finally subdue the Joker than the one person who knows ALL of his tricks? This issue aims to tell us how close these two jesters really are while showing us how the recent events have been affecting them.
This was an amazing conclusion to this prelude and the way it connects directly to the canon we’ve been reading its fantastic. The art style is reminiscent of Max Mad meets Borderlands vibe and certainly makes the dark message of the issue that much more exciting to take in. I was a little disappointed in the last issue for lack of growth, but this one they have redeemed themselves and i couldn’t be more excited for this wedding.