This week, after days of diplomatic work, delegates from across the globe put the ultimate touches on an expansive treaty to place an finish to the Joker Conflict, DC’s huge summer time crossover within the Batman books.
Simply kidding, Batman and the Joker punched and kicked and stabbed one another lots.
Within the outsized problem Batman #100, Batman persevered over the Joker in a metaphorical battle for Gotham’s soul. However what did it price him? And what does it imply for the way forward for Gotham, and DC’s Gotham Metropolis books?
Let’s check out what went down, and the way issues modified for Batman sooner or later.
Catwoman stole all of Batman’s cash, once more
You’ll have heard that a part of the Joker’s huge plan was to steal all of Bruce Wayne’s cash. That’s proper, he’s identified for years that Bruce Wayne and Batman are the identical particular person, however he simply didn’t really feel like appearing on it till now.
Effectively, the Joker had fun dressing up in bat costumes, and his goons definitely appreciated entry to all of Wayne Enterprises’ bat-themed know-how. However now it’s throughout.
Not solely has the Joker been defeated and his goons captured, Catwoman — at the moment in a dedicated relationship with Batman — stole all of it again and gave it to the household of Lucius Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprises, who appear to have determined to maintain the roughly $20 billion and use it for good. We’ll see what comes of that in future problems with Batman.
Punchline, Clownhunter; nonetheless round
The breakout character of Tynion’s run on Batman to this point has undoubtedly been Punchline, the Joker’s new second in command and a type of polar reverse of the fashionable Harley Quinn. A campus troll turned goth clown supervillain, Punchline was captured alongside the remainder of the Joker’s forces, however the ultimate moments of Batman #100 we see her utilizing a video handle to distance herself from any culpability in her varied murders, tortures, and makes an attempt to flee justice.
We all know that Punchline’s trial goes to be an occasion of notice in upcoming Batman points, so she’s not going away any time quickly.
Batman #100 additionally revealed the identification and origin of Clownhunter, a lethal vigilante who preys on Joker henchmen. Teenage orphan Bao Pham particularly blames Batman for not stopping the Joker from killing his mother and father, and customarily for failing to stop chaos in Gotham whereas making its residents complacent sufficient to depend on him.
Batman can’t deliver Bao in, as a result of the work he’s finished to guard the nice folks of his neighborhood implies that none of them will corroborate his violence. He tried to persuade Bao to get some remedy and cease killing folks, however the child doesn’t appear to have taken it very critically.
As a part of the Joker’s warfare, he inspired common residents of Gotham to placed on joker masks and benefit from the chaos for their very own ends. Clownhunter identified that within the aftermath these folks have merely taken off their masks and disappeared into Gotham’s common inhabitants, unpunished. He’s not a giant fan of that, and intends to hunt them out on a one-kid revenge mission.
There’s a brand new villain, Ghost-Maker
Official previews have already teased the brand new villain Ghost-Maker, a rival Bruce Wayne met when he was touring world wide and coaching to change into Batman. However we received our first take a look at him on the finish of Batman #100, and he positive is shiny.
Batman determined to let the Joker die
And Joker is aware of he did. And Batman is aware of Joker is aware of. And Joker is aware of Batman is aware of Joker is aware of — I’ll cease. On the climax of Batman #300, Harley Quinn (who’s, to be honest, the queen of lastly ending your relationship with the Joker) determined that she was going to attempt to drive Batman lastly cease his countless rivalry. She strapped bombs to each herself and the Joker and ran, pulling the outdated “you possibly can’t save each of us on the similar time” puzzle.
After a little bit of consideration, Batman selected her, leaving the Joker to die within the explosion. He didn’t even strive to save lots of them each. And positive, Joker nonetheless managed to flee, however now he is aware of that one thing has modified between the 2 nemeses.
Additionally, the Joker nonetheless is aware of that Batman is Bruce Wayne, in addition to the key identities of all of the members of the bat-family. There was no comics-style thoughts wipe on the finish of Joker Conflict. So it’ll definitely be fascinating to see how lengthy that wrinkle lasts.
Little modifications for a giant rewind
It’s no secret that James Tynion is a fan of the model of the Gotham Metropolis of the 1990s and early ’00s. It’s a Batman period that, amongst different issues, was categorized by a big and interconnected solid, which contained a variety of central feminine characters that was considerably forward of its time.
Many elements of that period wound up on the chopping room flooring throughout 2011’s New 52 reboot, and it wouldn’t be off the mark to say that Tynion has spent his profession within the Bat-books slowly massaging these particulars again in. Joker Conflict continues that development, in a time when most of the books in DC’s Gotham umbrella that don’t characteristic Batman as a essential character are in a state of flux.
Batwoman hasn’t had a solo collection since 2018. Batgirl, in addition to Batman and the Outsiders, a crew guide that includes Cassandra Cain/Orphan and Duke Thomas/Sign, are each coming to an finish this month. Younger Justice, one other crew guide that includes Spoiler and former Robin Tim Drake, and Teen Titans, that includes present Robin Damian Wayne, will shut up store in November.
Joker Conflict didn’t precisely set all all of those characters on the board for contemporary strikes, however it did make some tweaks. Cassandra Cain and Spoiler each received costume modifications that deliver them nearer to the batfamily. After what looks like eons of calling himself “Ric Grayson,” Nightwing lastly received his reminiscence again and is sporting his blue go well with once more. And in Batman #100 itself, Barbara Gordon sat out the preventing so as to coordinate the remainder of Batman’s allies as her Put up-Disaster identification of Oracle, world’s biggest hacker.
To see how lengthy these modifications stick, and the way effectively they play out by means of upcoming Batman books, readers should keep tuned.