Batman #25

by Batmanaruto on June 21, 2017

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colourist: June Chung
Publisher: DC Comics

For me overall Tom King has been writing a pretty strong run on Batman, but I won’t say that there are no downs in his run. After I am Bane and The Button, so far, we are really on a high. I hope that it just continues to get stronger even after the War of Jokes and Riddles.
It is a shame that this story is a flashback since it actually really feels like the next step in the character of Batman and his villains. The essential crux and theme of this issue is the fact that both Joker and Riddler are fed-up with their usual gimmicks. Joker isn’t finding things funny anymore and Riddler cannot seem to stump Batman.
The Riddler side is the fact that he is getting bored of knowing all the answers to riddles, but still cannot figure out Batman, so it is really interesting at the end of the issue as he finally is able to stump Batman, by telling him that Joker has a bomb, and faking that he was dying.
The Joker side is that everything is getting repetitive. Joker always seems to lose to Batman, and him just killing people is no longer anything new or different, it is just more of the same, which is true and interesting as it is a point of comics with villains that have been around for a long time, that they become stale. How many times can Batman fight the Joker before people become bored?
David Finch has really been doing good work so far in Batman, but Mikel Janin's art in this is phenomenal. It is revealed at the end that Batman did something terrible, that he had to do, to survive the War of Jokes and Riddles. So far the story has been really interesting and with this and Dark Days/Metal it is a great time to be a Batman fan, and hopefully both books would have a great story.

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