Welcome, Bat-fans! But what’s this, “world of what-now?” That’s right, in celebration of his newly relased solo film (you might have heard of it, though it’s been pretty quiet, it’s been doing pretty well at the box office), THE JOKER has taken over the Book Club for the month of October!
Specifically, with this month I plan on bringing not only more obscure or less well-known stories, and specifically books where Joker himself is more of the focus, with as little Batman involvement as possible – this week’s selection is probably going to be the most we’ll see of the Dark Knight this month!
And what is this week’s selection, you may ask? We’re going to be reading Batman Confidential #7-12, the arc called Lovers & Madmen, written by acclaimed screenwriter Michael Green and famed artist Denys Cowan!
One is a detective, who’s strength and reason has created such a dent in crime that he borders on the overconfident. The other is a master criminal who is so skilled at the craft that he starting to become bored and restless. When the two finally clash, it will cause a chain of events that will irrecoverably change both men’s lives forever.
The Joker as a character tends to be known for his air of mystery about him – we rarely see who he was before the acid bath, and when we do, it’s often contradictory. What do you think of this possible backstory for the character? Does it add anything to the Clown Prince of Crime?
Batman in this story makes a decision that we rarely see him do, with a heavy cost. Do you think he was justified to do what he did, or did you consider it out of character?
In terms of “Batman vs. The Joker for the first time” stories, where would you rank this in those that you have read?
Of course, any other thoughts, questions, and bad knock knock jokes are welcome, if not encouraged!
First issue of this arc can be found here: DC Universe
And if, after you’re finished with this week’s selection, you still feel in a…happy mood, let’s offer a little EXTRA CREDIT.
For this I will offer The Brave & The Bold (2007) #31, written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Chad Hardin and Justiniano! When The Joker is found to have a fatal brain condition, only one man is capable of administering a possible cure to save the madman’s life…Ray Palmer, aka The Atom! Will Ray save the life of the mass murdering clown, and will he come out of The Joker’s brain the same?
Link to the issue can be found here: DC Universe
Looking forward to talking about these books with my fellow clowns! Happy reading!