The Waiting Is Over But The Joke’s On Batman #13 On The Wednesday Run – October 10, 2012

A year in the making.

That’s how long it’s been that the fanboys and fangirls of DC’s “New 52” have been waiting for the return of Batman’s arch villain, the Joker.

Oh, yeah, you remember: the final scene in the pages of last September’s Detective Comics #1 – the scene where Joker really goes off the deep end and, as part of some sick, twisted scheme, has his outer epidermis savagely sheared from his face and left behind, pinned to a wall as a trophy – no – as a warning, for Gotham’s finest?

A “rebirth”, Joker called it.

We haven’t seen him since that issue. And now it’s October. 2012. And Joker’s back. You don’t get a better Halloween treat than that, do you? Yes you do!

There’s a trick to go with that treat!


Batman #13
Written by: Scott Snyder
Illustrated by: Greg Capullo
Published by: DC Comics

So, what’s the first thing Joker does on his return to the prevailing mindset of Gotham City’s Dark Knight Detective? Rob a bank? Kill a man? Poison a reservoir? Nope. None of these horrid things.

Just in time for the horrifying side of Halloween, the Joker does what is arguably the sickest, most decrepit, most despicable thing he has ever done: he shockingly steals back his own loose and leathery face (left behind in the previously mentioned Detective Comics #1), and affixing it to what could only be his scarred and rotted, muscled visage!

I say “could only be” because we, as readers, haven’t actually seen that face yet. It’s only been alluded to in promo images and posters. But, you know, it’s gotta be a mess! And we, like a car crash at the side of a road, just gotta look at it.

It’s been a year of waiting, after all!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is, I believe, acclaimed writer Scott Snyder’s first turn at the Clown Prince of Crime. And things are different in this post “New 52” world. Anything goes, here, now. The writers, artists and editors at DC Comics are, for the most part, unencumbered by history in the writing of these characters.  Some of them, like Snyder, have quite a lot of latitude when it comes to storylines and character development.

Snyder’s Batman run, coupled with the absolutely amazing kinetic artwork of Greg Capullo, has been one of the best “New 52” publications from DC Comics. It’s a title that’s made this particular column on more than one occasion over the last twelve months. And now, Snyder and Capullo have got their Joker up to something diabolically no good: a Halloween trick of devilishly evil intent! And, after waiting a full year, you must make the run to your local shop to pick up the first part of this fiendish story!

With the homicidal clown at his most insane and with the Dark Knight at his most desperate, Batman #13 promises to be the beginning of a Batman/Joker tale for the ages.

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

3 Replies to “The Waiting Is Over But The Joke’s On Batman #13 On The Wednesday Run – October 10, 2012”

  1. 2 weeks ago I went to a comics convention. While I was doing the line at the DC stand, I saw Before Watchmen: The Minutemen # 1 on the shelf near to the cash desk, so I picked it up and gave it a look. I was so lucky to bump into it: it had an old fashioned style that immediately talked to my heart.
    At that stand I also bought the TP of Snyder’s Swamp Thing, because I had read only good things about it. Last week I read it: it’s so wonderful, I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it before. Yes, I had read a lot of enthusiastic reviews, but they never persuaded me to buy it before, because I was thinking “It’s a fantasy comic book, it’s set in a marshland, how could I enjoy something like this? That’s not my cup of tea, it would be a waste of money.” How stupid I was. It’s true, I don’t usually read things like this, but Swamp Thing is a real gem.
    Also, I was lucky to read it as a TP. Each issue is so strictly linked to each other that you have to read them in a single session, to understand the plot properly.
    I always like when a superhero faces mobsters instead of freaks, because those clashes are less predictable.
    When a superhero meets a freak, he seizes him by the scruff of his neck, he gives him some punches, and then he takes him to Arkham Asylum, or a similar place.
    When a superhero meets a mobster, things are not so simple. The hero is forced to use his mind instead of his brute force,if he wants to beat the villain. Also, the hero must have hugely developed detective skills to make him go to prison, because mobsters perfectly know how to cover their tracks.
    What I wrote about mobsters and freaks doesn’t count when Joker is on the stage. He’s a freak, that’s true, but when he appears he provokes a “bull in a china shop” effect that delights me every single time. And now it looks like Snyder is making the“bull in a china shop” effect stronger than ever.

  2. Hey wwayne! Yeah, this Snyder run on Batman feels like something pretty special, doesn’t it? Like it’s one for the ages, you know? Each issue gets more riveting as the Joker’s crazed plan starts to reveal itself.

    If you’re looking to read more Snyder work with the Batman character, I’d suggest his fairly recent run in Detective Comics starring Dick Grayson under the cowl in Batman’s absence. (This is pre-52 story, with Grayson trying to find his own voice and raison d’être while carrying the Batman torch.) If you haven’t read it, you can find it in a collection called “The Black Mirror” with amazing art by brit artist, Jock. I gotta say, it might very well be the best “Batman” story (without even starring the real Batman) of the modern era!

    High praise, i know, but it’s a true classic!

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