Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Jorge Jimenez
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Jimenez & Morey
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
With a grievous wound in his leg, Bruce needed to act fast to protect ht he has left that the Joker can’t take with money. Starting with Selina, being the known love of his life. She was most certainly a loose end that needed to be tied up ASAP. With only a compression band on his leg to stop him from dying. Bruce risks his own life to save Selina from whatever this newly enriched clown would use her to get to Bruce. When he gets to the hospital she was in, all he finds is a bloodstained bed and a group of armed clowns ready to jump Bruce as soon as he arrived.
Elsewhere, Selina wakes up in the Cool Room. A panic room of sorts for Gotham’s underbelly. Where everyone else lay low while some of the bigger names take over the city in their attempts to rule. Bruce, having just jumped out of a hospital window, finds a new resolve to stop The Joker and be a better Batman.
The issue starts us off with a flashback of sorts, Bruce conversing with Alfred during what seemed to be his first Joker encounter. Taking notice that the way he behaves is vastly different from the normal mass murderers he is used to. This killer gets nothing from killing. Not pleasure nor pain. He sees people as meat to be slaughtered. Reasons be damned, whether it’s for releasing frustrations or to make Bruce dance like a monkey. Joker acted as if he and Bruce were the only living people on Earth, and that they must always play these games.
Back to the now, Joker is using his newfound wealth to buy every single theater in Gotham. Namely, the fated on in crime alley the Waynes once frequented. Elsewhere, Punchline is chemically coaxing Lucious Fox into spilling Bruce’s secrets within Wayne Ent.
This first issue of Joker War is a rather ominous one. I’m liking how the odds are constantly stacking against Bruce. With this artwork that wonderfully showcases both the posh and grime of Gotham so seamlessly. These next few issues are headed in a direction of pure suspense and turmoil for our beloved Gothamites.