Scott Snyder has been killing it with Death of the Family, a bat family crossover with the Joker as the main villain. Today’s issue is no exception.
This comic is a showcase issue, for both Batman and the Joker. Batman fights his way through Arkham City, easily dispatching several of his usual super villains and at one point, charges forward while riding a horse. But as awesome as Batman is in this comic, the Joker is even more awesome.
The art is great too. The fighting is shown almost exclusively through the art, and it’s always easy to follow. The great use of the darkness and the shadows within the asylum perfectly match the horrific nature of the Joker’s plans. As for the joker himself, his rotting face perfectly characterizes his insanity, as does his jester costume.
There isn’t much to say about this comic without spoiling it. It’s one big fight scene intermixed with the Joker’s crazy rambling and a hardcore cliffhanger. We could probably guess what will be revealed in the next issue, but that doesn’t limit my excitement one bit. The backup story further highlights how complete the Joker’s plan is, while exploring some of the relationships between Batman’s most famous villains.
In case it hasn’t been made clear enough, anyone remotely interested in Batman should be buying Death of the Family, it’s that good.