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As Batman attempts to recover from the devastating loss of his friend and ally Alfred, Two-Face returns--can Batman cure Harvey Dent once and for all, as The Joker begins his ultimate attack on Gotham? Alfred Pennyworth was Batman's oldest friend and most trusted ally--and the greatest casualty of Bane's assault on Gotham City. Now, as Batman attempts to move past this trage As Batman attempts to recover from the devastating loss of his friend and ally Alfred, Two-Face returns--can Batman cure Harvey Dent once and for all, as The Joker begins his ultimate attack on Gotham? Alfred Pennyworth was Batman's oldest friend and most trusted ally--and the greatest casualty of Bane's assault on Gotham City. Now, as Batman attempts to move past this tragedy and continue his war on crime, Two-Face returns, looking for a power play in the wake of "City of Bane." But is redemption possible for Bruce Wayne's old friend Harvey Dent? And what role has The Joker been playing behind the scenes this whole time? As "The Joker War" begins, Batman's nemesis launches an attack on Wayne Enterprises--using Bruce Wayne's own technology! Batwoman joins the fight, but the threats keep escalating, as Joker toxin has been pumped into Gotham's tunnels--luring out Killer Croc! This collection also includes the Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. one-shot, featuring an ensemble of all-star creators paying tribute to Alfred, with each story told from the perspective of a different member of the Bat-Family. This volume collects Batman: Pennyworth RIP, Detective Comics #1020-1026, an 8-page story from Detective Comics #1027 and Detective Comics Annual #3.


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As Batman attempts to recover from the devastating loss of his friend and ally Alfred, Two-Face returns--can Batman cure Harvey Dent once and for all, as The Joker begins his ultimate attack on Gotham? Alfred Pennyworth was Batman's oldest friend and most trusted ally--and the greatest casualty of Bane's assault on Gotham City. Now, as Batman attempts to move past this trage As Batman attempts to recover from the devastating loss of his friend and ally Alfred, Two-Face returns--can Batman cure Harvey Dent once and for all, as The Joker begins his ultimate attack on Gotham? Alfred Pennyworth was Batman's oldest friend and most trusted ally--and the greatest casualty of Bane's assault on Gotham City. Now, as Batman attempts to move past this tragedy and continue his war on crime, Two-Face returns, looking for a power play in the wake of "City of Bane." But is redemption possible for Bruce Wayne's old friend Harvey Dent? And what role has The Joker been playing behind the scenes this whole time? As "The Joker War" begins, Batman's nemesis launches an attack on Wayne Enterprises--using Bruce Wayne's own technology! Batwoman joins the fight, but the threats keep escalating, as Joker toxin has been pumped into Gotham's tunnels--luring out Killer Croc! This collection also includes the Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. one-shot, featuring an ensemble of all-star creators paying tribute to Alfred, with each story told from the perspective of a different member of the Bat-Family. This volume collects Batman: Pennyworth RIP, Detective Comics #1020-1026, an 8-page story from Detective Comics #1027 and Detective Comics Annual #3.

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: The Joker War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Peter J. Tomasi closes out his dismal run on Detective Comics with a (thankfully) final dismal volume, tying into the wretched Joker War storyline. The main storyline is Two-Face (or is it…?) randomly starting his own Two-Face religion where his followers are called Vice or Versa. I know, it’s pitiful. It makes little sense and is even less entertaining. It features some New 52 callbacks for no reason like the Court of Owls and the Mecha-Batsuit Gordon wore for a spell. Why do the Court of Owls Peter J. Tomasi closes out his dismal run on Detective Comics with a (thankfully) final dismal volume, tying into the wretched Joker War storyline. The main storyline is Two-Face (or is it…?) randomly starting his own Two-Face religion where his followers are called Vice or Versa. I know, it’s pitiful. It makes little sense and is even less entertaining. It features some New 52 callbacks for no reason like the Court of Owls and the Mecha-Batsuit Gordon wore for a spell. Why do the Court of Owls keep dangerous insubordinate Talons like Lincoln March around instead of just killing them off entirely? How does Two-Face get the Mecha-Batsuit? Because Tomasi is a nananananana-hack-man! The Pennyworth RIP issue is also included here. It’s just the Bat-fam, sans masks/capes, sitting in a gloomy pub swapping boring Alfred stories - snore. Another snoozeworthy tale sees Batman going to Eastern Europe to fight some nobody that had something to do with Alfred when he was “Agent Pennyworth”, and the Joker War tie-in issue is also here where Batman and Batwoman fight Joker goons in a graveyard. Closing out this pointless and consistently boring book is a story where Killer Croc encounters some muties in the sewers (ie. a crummier TMNT-type origin story) and Mariko Tamaki writes some drivel about a cop who loses his partner in the Joker War - I expect we’ll see more of him in her run. Can’t wai… zzz… I’m not a fan of Tamaki’s comics but I can safely say she can’t do worse than Tomasi has during his recent tenure on Detective Comics. Volume 5: The Joker War is bad and easily missable as most of the preceding books were - don’t bother, anyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Writer Peter J. Tomasi has been continuously dishing out some of the most forgettable Batman stories yet ever since he’s been put on the Detective Comics series following writer James Tynion IV’s departure from this comic book run. With the past story arcs, he has shown very little promise for the future of this series and his material continues to be marked by a resolute absence of interest and passion for the Dark Knight’s adventures. This tim You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Writer Peter J. Tomasi has been continuously dishing out some of the most forgettable Batman stories yet ever since he’s been put on the Detective Comics series following writer James Tynion IV’s departure from this comic book run. With the past story arcs, he has shown very little promise for the future of this series and his material continues to be marked by a resolute absence of interest and passion for the Dark Knight’s adventures. This time around, forced once again by ongoing DC events, he presents fans with a story arc set prior to the canonical Batman run’s Joker War story arc. Drawing upon the excitement revolving around that event, he offers us an inconsequential tale that features elements from the New 52 run while placing an old-friend-turned-evil at the center of his story. What is Batman: Detective Comics: The Joker War about? Set after the tragic events that took Alfred Pennyworth from Bruce Wayne’s life, the story explores the sudden return of Two-Face who now looks to gain leverage on his competitors and take back the reins on Gotham City following the wake of “City of Bane”. Bound by duality within his personality, Harvey Dent continues to show a lack of control that forces Batman to take extreme measures to try and steer him back on the right path. Unfortunately, there is more to Two-Face’s plans than the gruesome crimes he’s been committing as the Joker seems to have had a hand in Harvey Dent’s recent uprising. This volume collects Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P., Detective Comics #1020-1026, an 8-page story from Detective Comics #1027, and Detective Comics Annual #3. When will this madness end? Luckily for this volume, it contained an 8-page story from Detective Comics #1027 that led me to read the entire epic-size issue that celebrated the 1000-issue anniversary of the Dark Knight, containing various stories by countless famous writers and artists that showcased the best of Batman’s character and adventures. If I hadn’t had that mouthwash, I would’ve had a tough time being positive about the main story at the heart of this volume. In fact, what writer Peter J. Tomasi offers fans turns out as unmemorable as stories could get, especially when the desperation to come up with something original rests upon the use of content from the New 52 Batman and Detective Comics run. It also doesn’t help when the story gets quite ridiculous with Two-Face’s cult and derivative split-personality issues. Even when the story shoehorns Joker’s involvement, building up the Joker War event, the story resorts to bombastic action sequences to try and save its own hide. Although the whole volume does feel like a filler, showcasing the writer’s disinterest to try and go above and beyond what is expected of Batman’s adventures, some positive thoughts can be squeezed out of penciler Brad Walker’s artwork. Responsible for most of the story arc’s art, he presents fans with a very impactful and vivid take on the Caped Crusader’s adventure through imposing character designs and huge panels. Many pages utilize a zoomed-in approach to accentuate the tension and drama, sometimes overly, to capture the sense of danger and the shortness of time that comes with this forgettable narrative. The colouring is also without reproach, managing to remain loyal to fans’ conception of Batman’s universe. Unfortunately, most of the appreciation derives from the non-central story arcs collected in this volume that capture a grimmer and much more emotional take on the Dark Knight’s current state prior to the Joker War event. Writer Peter J. Tomasi really needs to find his groove soon. Batman: Detective Comics: The Joker War is an uninspiring tale bringing to light Two Face’s conflicted nature and Joker’s involvement in the grand scheme of things, mostly saved by the adjacent issues collected in this volume. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I really like Tomasi's work usually but this isn't doing it for me at all. While first few issues deal with the fallout of Alfred's death and works well, the rest is kind of typical Batman adventure stopping two face and the Joker. Neither storyline is really interesting and nothing new happens. I feel like Tomasi maybe was just putting in work to get paid at this point with the exception of the first two issues (One partially written by James). A 2.5 out of 5. I really like Tomasi's work usually but this isn't doing it for me at all. While first few issues deal with the fallout of Alfred's death and works well, the rest is kind of typical Batman adventure stopping two face and the Joker. Neither storyline is really interesting and nothing new happens. I feel like Tomasi maybe was just putting in work to get paid at this point with the exception of the first two issues (One partially written by James). A 2.5 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was quite fun. It starts off with the formation of the Church of the two and as Harvey's multiple personalities clash and Batman finds out why, he has to help his friend but evade the attack of two face and his cult and he investigates and finds that Joker is behind it and with the Joker war beginning he has to dodge it all but before that he and Harvey must find Owl-Man aka Lincoln and then there is a story with Kate and Bats teaming up and Batman vs Killer croc as the monster has founded h This was quite fun. It starts off with the formation of the Church of the two and as Harvey's multiple personalities clash and Batman finds out why, he has to help his friend but evade the attack of two face and his cult and he investigates and finds that Joker is behind it and with the Joker war beginning he has to dodge it all but before that he and Harvey must find Owl-Man aka Lincoln and then there is a story with Kate and Bats teaming up and Batman vs Killer croc as the monster has founded his own town. And finally a look back into Alfred and who he was and how he was so instrumental in Bruce's early years as Bats and Bats teaming with Alfred's former love Marigold Sinclair as they hunt down one of his former enemies. Also the NKVDemon. Good volume and has such great stories from the redemption and cure of two face to looking back at the man Alfred was and the difference he made to the life of Bruce. I like how this volume has Bruce realize the people he is close to and their profound impact on his life like Alfred and Kate and him finally helping Harvey and sending him on a new path. This seems like a redemption of most of these characters and allows Batman to be the guy who helps others and shows him in a different light. Also Joker by Tomasi is a bit strange but overall is okay and the art is decent throughout and ties nicely with the Joker war.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Four or five storylines crammed together in a volume makes for an uneven read, and there are more notated callbacks to prior issues in this one volume than I've seen in the last few years of collected volumes, which means there's either a new editorial policy to remind fans where to find things (good, but unlikely) or the storys are so poorly written that they are unintelligible without tons of prior knowledge (bad, and also most likely). Four or five storylines crammed together in a volume makes for an uneven read, and there are more notated callbacks to prior issues in this one volume than I've seen in the last few years of collected volumes, which means there's either a new editorial policy to remind fans where to find things (good, but unlikely) or the storys are so poorly written that they are unintelligible without tons of prior knowledge (bad, and also most likely).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: The Joker War picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seventh issues (Detective Comics #1020–1026) of the 2016 on-going series, a story from Detective Comics #1027, Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P., and Detective Comics Annual #3 and covers seven stories. "Ugly Heart" is a three-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1020–1022) that has Bruce Wayne as Batman confronting Harvey Dent as Two-Face. Two-Face has turned cult leader now, and it seems tied to the end of Detective Comics: The Joker War picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next seventh issues (Detective Comics #1020–1026) of the 2016 on-going series, a story from Detective Comics #1027, Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P., and Detective Comics Annual #3 and covers seven stories. "Ugly Heart" is a three-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1020–1022) that has Bruce Wayne as Batman confronting Harvey Dent as Two-Face. Two-Face has turned cult leader now, and it seems tied to the end of Big Burn where he'd shot himself in the head. Apparently, The Joker fitted him with a controlling device (via Hugo Strange and Mad Hatter), and has been forcing Harvey to build up his cult. It is an interesting story as the Harvey persona teamed with Batman against Two-Face. "Prelude to Joker War" is a two-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1023–1024), "Tales from the Joker War" and "Monster Men" are a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1025 and 1026 respectively) that collects the many tie-in stories of the Joker War with villains in Hugo Strange, Lincoln March and the Talons, Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and of course the Joker and it is up to Batman and his compatriots to take them on. "Blowback" is a short story from Detective Comics #1027, which has Bruce Wayne in a death trap, which would be release only if he dies. As Batman lays submerged, he ponders his past and figured a way out. "Who Dares Wins" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics Annual #3), who has Bruce Wayne as Batman going after an unmemorable villain, but shows his life after Alfred Pennyworth's death. Finally, "Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P." is a one-issue special that has Bruce Wayne, an amnesiac Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne to come together and remember their faithful and fallen ally. Peter Tomasi penned the entire trade paperback with some help from Brad Walker (Detective Comics #1024) and James Tynion IV (Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P.). For the most part it was written moderately well. In truth, individual the stories works well on their own, however combined in one trade paperback it give an overall mediocre feeling as it lacked focus and felt the storyline and the reader into too many directions. Furthermore, it doesn't help that tie-in are notoriously bad when separated in trade paperback form. Brad Walker (Detective Comics #1020–1023), Kenneth Rocafort (Detective Comics #1025–1026), Sumit Kumar (Detective Comics Annual #3 and Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P.), Norm Rapmund (Detective Comics #1024), Brad Walker (Detective Comics #1027), Eddy Barrows, Diogenes Neves, Marcio Takara, Chris Burnham, Eber Ferreira, and David Lafuente (Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P.) penciled the trade paperback. For the most part the pencilers have distinct penciling styles and suffer from too many cooks in the kitchen, as some pencillers are better than others, and it is up to the individual taste, the artistic flow suffers greatly. All in all, Detective Comics: The Joker War is a mediocre continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Detective Comics Vol 5. Joker War collect issues 1020-1027, Detective Comics Annual 3, and Batman: Pennyworth RIP. The main series collects issues involving Two-Face and a story set during the Joker War. The Annual involves Batman teaming up with a former British secret agent who used to work alongside Fred. Pennyworth RIP is set after Alfred's funeral with the Batfamily gathering to reminesce and tell stories. This collection is titled Joker War and only contains one actual story set during the Detective Comics Vol 5. Joker War collect issues 1020-1027, Detective Comics Annual 3, and Batman: Pennyworth RIP. The main series collects issues involving Two-Face and a story set during the Joker War. The Annual involves Batman teaming up with a former British secret agent who used to work alongside Fred. Pennyworth RIP is set after Alfred's funeral with the Batfamily gathering to reminesce and tell stories. This collection is titled Joker War and only contains one actual story set during the event. Most of the series involves Two-Face who is leaning more and more into the Two-Face split personality and less and less of Harvey Dent. This arc delved a lot into New 52 time period that Timasi previously worked on and included appearances of Talons as well as New 52 Joker. I really enjoyed the annual with the secret service agent and it worked well with helping Bruce come to terms with Alfred's death. I didn't really care about the RIP issue as the Batfamily all came across as petty assholes. Over all this was just an okay collection. I though Timasi was really getting into a groove and the Joker War just kind of stalled that. Hope he gets back on track.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Since Tomasi too this over I really have found it difficult to love. Previous run was great

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    3.5, rounded up. The loss of Alfred during Bane's conquering of Gotham hits the Bat Family hard in two over-sized stories, and then the Joker War strikes, and no one is safe! This volume's a bit of a combination of aftermath (from City Of Bane) and tie-in stuff (for Joker War), so it's kind of pulled in two directions. On the one hand, I'm glad the Annual and the Pennyworth RIP issues are collected, since they'll likely have been forgotten otherwise, but they do stick out as more sombre than the 3.5, rounded up. The loss of Alfred during Bane's conquering of Gotham hits the Bat Family hard in two over-sized stories, and then the Joker War strikes, and no one is safe! This volume's a bit of a combination of aftermath (from City Of Bane) and tie-in stuff (for Joker War), so it's kind of pulled in two directions. On the one hand, I'm glad the Annual and the Pennyworth RIP issues are collected, since they'll likely have been forgotten otherwise, but they do stick out as more sombre than the rest of the book. They're very good - the RIP issue which focuses on each Bat Family member individually (except Dick I believe, since he was busy having brain damage at the time), especially shows why Tomasi and Tynion IV are the current Bat writers; they just get these characters. The Joker War tie-ins are kind of a mess though. The first three issues are supposed to be a Two Face story (which Tomasi has historically not had much luck with, and this one's no exception since it involves a weird Two Face cult for some reason) before it dovetails into the Joker War and we get the return of Lincoln March and the Joker. Once the Joker actually shows up, the story improves a lot, but it does feel like Two-Face's story just gets thrown aside as a result, like it changed gear midway through and forgot what it was supposed to be doing. There's also two one-and-dones, one featuring Batwoman and the other featuring Killer Croc which are solid, although I feel like the Croc story has been told many times before. The art's not to be sniffed at however; Brad Walker handles five of the seven Detective Comics issues, while Kenneth Rocafort takes the remaining two at the end. Sumit Kumar shows up for a rare DC appears on the annual, alongside superstar Eduardo Risso, while the RIP issue is split between (deep breath) Chris Burnham, David Lafuente, Diogenes Neves, Eddy Barrows, Marcio Takara, and Kumar as well (exhales). Of all the Joker War tie-in books, Detective is probably the most uneven since it does two other things as well as tying into the Joker War. It's solid Batman stuff despite the Two-Face hiccup, but I expect people showing up specifically for the Joker War stuff will be surprised to find so much other stuff in here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    Solid volume with plenty of extras aside from the main Joker War lead up. Tomasi writes the classic Batman you expect perfectly, reading his Batman is akin to putting on a favorite coat that never goes out of style. As well as a platter of talented artists and inkers that make this a solid volume of Detective comics. A good Two face story that plays with all sorts of elements from the New 52 era, two tie in Joker stories that are a blast and self contained, a tribute to Alfred that's as good as it Solid volume with plenty of extras aside from the main Joker War lead up. Tomasi writes the classic Batman you expect perfectly, reading his Batman is akin to putting on a favorite coat that never goes out of style. As well as a platter of talented artists and inkers that make this a solid volume of Detective comics. A good Two face story that plays with all sorts of elements from the New 52 era, two tie in Joker stories that are a blast and self contained, a tribute to Alfred that's as good as it can be without a proper Dick Grayson, a really solid annual tale, and a charming one shot showing just how good the rogues gallery is. For anyone looking for Batman comfort food among the constant main title shakeups this is it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    Bruce Wayne is very unlikeable from the Alfred story . Which makes me not to want to continue more .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    3.5 Stars. This tie-in Volume with The Joker War has a lot less to do with the Joker than most of the other tie-in Volumes. Mostly focusing on Two-Face, this Volume is still action packed, and actually functions better with less of the Clown Prince and his minions. Highlights - Beginning on a more somber note, we have the issue called "Pennyworth RIP", which shows the dedication of the new Alfred J Pennyworth Children's Hospital, and the Bat-Family getting together to remember him. Quite a lot of s 3.5 Stars. This tie-in Volume with The Joker War has a lot less to do with the Joker than most of the other tie-in Volumes. Mostly focusing on Two-Face, this Volume is still action packed, and actually functions better with less of the Clown Prince and his minions. Highlights - Beginning on a more somber note, we have the issue called "Pennyworth RIP", which shows the dedication of the new Alfred J Pennyworth Children's Hospital, and the Bat-Family getting together to remember him. Quite a lot of stress built up towards Bruce (but this is mostly resolved by the end of the Joker War in the main Batman title) - Two-Face, under mental control from the Joker (surgical implant), ramps up everything! Gathering tons of new followers, he establishes the "Church of the Two" and flips a coin daily to determine whether they will help the city or plunge it further into chaos. But.... the implant is causing the Harvey side of him to want to be out more, and when that happens, he seeks out Batman for help. - After switching back, Two-Face tries to scar Batman like he is. It doesn't work, but we get a very cool acid bath action sequence. - Seeing that Harvey is compromised, Joker wakes up Talon (Lincoln March) and puts him to work, as well as causing an issue with Killer Croc when he poisons the sewer waters. Just more work for Batman.... Overall, these stories were pretty good, but I look forward to getting past the whole Joker War storyline. Recommend. PS: Both "Joker War" and "War of Jokes and Riddles" hold no candle to the threat level Joker caused in "Death of the Family".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    Unfortunately, I read this after the finale to the Joker War, so be sure to read this first. The first issue is all about Alfred and his effect on the team. It's pretty good, showing how each loved Alfred for different reasons, and it also gives each a chance to yell at Bruce. It's probably the strongest issue of the book. Following that is an Annual detailing an adventure from Alfred's early days as an agent, which ties into something in modern times. It doesn't feed into the current storyline, Unfortunately, I read this after the finale to the Joker War, so be sure to read this first. The first issue is all about Alfred and his effect on the team. It's pretty good, showing how each loved Alfred for different reasons, and it also gives each a chance to yell at Bruce. It's probably the strongest issue of the book. Following that is an Annual detailing an adventure from Alfred's early days as an agent, which ties into something in modern times. It doesn't feed into the current storyline, but gives some background to Alfred. The next 4-5 issues are about Two-Face and what's he's been up to during the Joker War. It has some interesting ideas, trying to change and update his whole mantra and place in the Bat universe. I can't decide if I like Walker's artwork or not. There are times when it looks really good, and other panels where I have trouble figuring out what's happening. It reminds me a little like Bart Sears' work, but not quite to that extreme. This volume wraps it up with what seems like back-up stories taking place during the Joker War. Nothing memorable here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Stupid book making me feel stupid emotions. Peter J. Tomasi is an excellent writer, especially when it comes to writing families. And no one else could have so perfectly written the fall-out from Alfred's death. I knew this would be a tough one to read... And yeah, it was an emotional punch to the gut. I didn't actually get tears, but those first few pages... at the dedication of the children's hospital in Alfred's name... yeah, that was rough. I hope to see Bruce step up with the family; I know Stupid book making me feel stupid emotions. Peter J. Tomasi is an excellent writer, especially when it comes to writing families. And no one else could have so perfectly written the fall-out from Alfred's death. I knew this would be a tough one to read... And yeah, it was an emotional punch to the gut. I didn't actually get tears, but those first few pages... at the dedication of the children's hospital in Alfred's name... yeah, that was rough. I hope to see Bruce step up with the family; I know he's tried (and failed) with Damian--he needed to work through his feelings with Damian, rather than working on his first, and then seeking out Damian--but that's the thing with feelings, isn't it? They're not logical. All of that said, I loved getting all these special little "Alfred moments" between him and the Bat-kids. I need more of those moments--if they must be through memory, then so be it. All of that, plus a pretty engaging Two-Face story and some great set-up/tie-ins to the lager Joker War. I'm eager to see what is in store next for the Bat Family... and I'm hoping that they come together just like Alfred would have wanted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emanuel Lopes

    As primeiras edições focadas no arco do Duas-Caras são maravilhosas e aprofundam de uma forma muito boa a relação dele com o Batman (fora que toda a trama do culto dele é bem interessante). As edições focadas na Guerra do Coringa são razoáveis e até que básicas, embora aquela focada no Crocodilo tenha sido espetacular de se ler.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: Batman deals with Alfred's death, stops a Two Face cult, and deals with the beginnings of the Joker War. There are some emotional gut punches in here and some eyebrow-raising weirdness. Frankly, it's just a lot in one volume. The art is solid, though, and the stories flow well. Basic plot: Batman deals with Alfred's death, stops a Two Face cult, and deals with the beginnings of the Joker War. There are some emotional gut punches in here and some eyebrow-raising weirdness. Frankly, it's just a lot in one volume. The art is solid, though, and the stories flow well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jamieson

    Taking place seemingly between Batman Volume 1: Their Dark Designs and Batman Volume 2: The Joker War, this collection features three stories. The first sees the bat Family gather to remember Alfred who (view spoiler)[ died during Bane's takeover of Gotham (hide spoiler)] . The second story sees Batman facing off against Two-face who is leading his own cult (view spoiler)[ and is a pawn of the Joker (hide spoiler)] . The third sees Batwoman fighting in the Joker War. The stories are decent and t Taking place seemingly between Batman Volume 1: Their Dark Designs and Batman Volume 2: The Joker War, this collection features three stories. The first sees the bat Family gather to remember Alfred who (view spoiler)[ died during Bane's takeover of Gotham (hide spoiler)] . The second story sees Batman facing off against Two-face who is leading his own cult (view spoiler)[ and is a pawn of the Joker (hide spoiler)] . The third sees Batwoman fighting in the Joker War. The stories are decent and the art is good. This just didn't grab me as much as Their Dark Designs.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects a one-shot Pennyworth RIP which has some good stories in it, but has an unpleasant feel as at this wake for Alfred, everyone shows up pays tribute to Alfred, rips Bruce Wayne, and walks off. Batgirl comes off as increasingly catty in a way that really has harmed some of her more recent appearances. The Detective Comics Annual #3 focusing on Pennyworth was actually good and did a good job balancing a decent story with sentiment as an agent from Alfred's past tries to deal with This book collects a one-shot Pennyworth RIP which has some good stories in it, but has an unpleasant feel as at this wake for Alfred, everyone shows up pays tribute to Alfred, rips Bruce Wayne, and walks off. Batgirl comes off as increasingly catty in a way that really has harmed some of her more recent appearances. The Detective Comics Annual #3 focusing on Pennyworth was actually good and did a good job balancing a decent story with sentiment as an agent from Alfred's past tries to deal with a traitor. The main storyline involving Two Face is good as it explores that relationship and also leads right into the Joke War. The Joker War issue featuring Batwoman is pretty good as well. The others from Detective Comics #1027 are a bit more forgettable. Overall, this is decent. I think the Joker War material has generally been all over the place in terms of quality, but this is some of the best of it with Tomasi turning in another winning volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Landsaw

  21. 4 out of 5

    M

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Clarkson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  24. 5 out of 5

    Freddie

  25. 4 out of 5

    emil

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dan Tylka

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaiulani

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve Quinn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shane Charles

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