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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

    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.

  2. 4 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James Landsaw

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Clarkson

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    emil

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaiulani

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alberto Robledo

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daniel K

  15. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Wirth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  19. 5 out of 5

    Niall Philyaw

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marco

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  22. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Coakley

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    Brian Garthoff

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

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    Greg

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    Tony

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    Babs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rory

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vangelis Kritikos

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