Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Christian Duce
Colorist Luis Guerrero
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Doug Mahnke & David Baron
Bruce is dragged to a carnival of contrived fun when Joker holds patrons hostage to stage what appears to be a date with Batman. Giving every person, even the children a leather boa that had an ejection system to throw Joker toxin into the face of anyone not having fun. Using that to make Batman play carnival games and ride the tunnel of love. Eventually finding the trigger device and subduing Joker with a swarm of bats.
We get a slice of life type of issue this time around, with Alfred asking if Bruce is coming home from patrol anytime soon. Upon return, we see the small bit of normalcy Bruce has in his life. Ace, Alfred and Wayne Enterprises. Attending an environmental meeting. Bruce greatly upsets his investors by making them pool into one jet and try to get other corporations to join his green initiative. Behind the scenes, someone has hired Floyd Lawton to take Bruce out. Being he found his way onto the plane. I’d say it an inside job.
This issue is definitely a filler issue, but its not a bad one. I enjoy the facade of a normal day for the behind the scenes being favored in this issue. The art definitely captures Lawton and his unique ways of geting things done. When I say unique, I mean his use a hammer for a scalpel’s job tact. There’s some fun internal struggles coming Bruce’s way and I’m excited to see them.