Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Doug Mahnke
Inker Jaime Mendoza
Colorist Dave Baron
Letterer Rob Leigh
After being kidnapped and his partner killed. Jim Corrigan is strapped to a sacrificial table surrounded by fanatics who worship The Spectre. Meanwhile, Bruce and The Spectre are on his trail. Picking apart every crime scene with a precision one can describe as robotic. Quickly deducing Jim’s whereabouts, along the way the spirit of vengeance explaining to Bruce Jim’s significance. Soon after they bust into the cult’s hideout and freeing Jim of his imminent demise. Another case solved with the help of the Dark Knight.
This year of the villain DC has announced kicks us off with an invitation to a carnival. Not one I’d likely attend that’s for certain. The Joker has an entire carnival, the staff, and patrons held hostage with snazzy Joker necklaces, and we all know who the invitation is intended for. Joker’s one true love, Batman. Bruce, having no choice but to save who he can and attend this carnival of harlequin horrors.
This is a pretty good start to the year of the villain. I must admit that I love the Joker, but this carnival trope does not evoke excitement anymore when it comes down to it. The way it’s set up is wonderfully done. Having at properly portray a lot of the confused fear in the faces of Gotham’s citizens and carnival fun in tandem. I just really hope this next issue develops something a bit different in name of direction as far as Joker and his infamous carnivals are concerned. I tip my hat to Tomasi for making this trope interesting as a whole. So, for now, I will hold my judgments to see where this tunnel of love goes.