Monday, January 21, 2013

Batman #16 Review

Here we are at the penultimate issue of the "Death of the Family" storyline. Here we get to see how Joker has twisted Arkham Asylum in a "Bat Castle," full of torture and death. We get a fantastic fight scene where Batman single handily takes out an army of inmates armed in knight gear. We also get a pretty neat scene where Batman punches a knighted horse and mounts it to travel across the asylum until he has to battle his "subjects" in the form of his worst enemies. Which begs the question of how Batman was able to defeat Mr. Freeze, Clayface and Scarecrow in succession with only one move on each. The scene where he finally meets Joker in his "throne room" is something you have to see to believe so I won't spoil it here.

This issue was really good, however my biggest complaint was when Joker revealed he had taken down the entire Bat-family, not because it was bad, but because it made no sense. If you had read the previous issue you will have seen the entire Bat-family safe and sound, that means that all the tie in books, (excluding Catwoman, Suicide Squad and Detective Comics) all happened in ONE NIGHT. I checked on this, after Batman regrouped with the Bat-family, he immediately set off to get the Joker, with the textbox indicating that he was planning to take Joker out that very night. This is the biggest stretch of our suspension of disbelief. The story itself claimed that the entire crossover event was taking place within a time span of less than a week and we are expected to believe that he somehow in that short amount of time he took over Arkham and turned it into a Bat Castle,  killed high ranking members of the Penguin's rival crime organization to blackmail him, attacked both Catwoman and Harley Quinn, kidnapped Alfred, killed Jimmy from the circus, freed Raya from prison and turned her into a zombie clown, and finally he set up all these convoluted traps and set ups to subdue every member of the Bat-family and defeats them all in one night. It wasn't even one full night seeing how Joker was able to take them all down and get back to Arkham in time to greet Batman.

So this was a great issue in a good crossover comic even if its timeline is questionable.

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