Writer James Tynion IV
Artist Jorge Jimenez
Colors Tomeu Morey
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Jimenez & Morey
Variant Cover Francesco Mattina
With his entire fortune gone, Bruce finds himself in a very high stakes fox hunt. This time, he is the fox. Trying to navigate a city where the one thing he could always rely on is gone. His wealth. Joker perusing around he city shopping with his new gilded wallet as his newly equipped goons and lawyers go to the plate for him on multiple fronts. On the streets, and in the courts.
Meanwhile, Punchline has Lucious full of needles in his face. Full of toxin and cooperating. Using Bruce’s new Hibernaculum to track the Batmobile as Bruce attempts to escape Gotham. Observing all of the new gear and toys in there while her Joker goons chase Bruce down with shiny new anti-tank rockets.
The Gotham Bruce was trying to build up to was one of Metropolitan wonder and awe. Daytime has finally reached the place. The Batsignal has been streamlined into a signal sent to local cell devices to notify them of nearby danger. Best of all, Bruce has a shiny suit and has only needed to wear it one time in that month after busting Mr. Freeze and his “kids.” Planning trips to Tokyo with his wife Selina, with Alfred still alive.
Snapping back reality, Bruce wakes up in Harley’s apartment. According to her, he had been under for 3 days on Joker’s new toxin. Turns out, Punchline is also a chemist and while she runs the show. Joker is buying up a ton of property while he arms the city streets to the teeth solely for mayhem. With an array of lawyers in the courts keeping the city at a legal standstill. Forcing the police to do nothing to stop it.
I’m liking the way this has been building up to this point. Sadly that is really all this feels like, build up. I’m still waiting for the action to rise further than where it has been this whole time. So far this has felt like 5 issues straight of false payoff/ twists and honestly it becoming a little monotonous. Yes, I’m excited about Joker War, but I didn’t want my first 3 days of it being in a dream.