Batman #13


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Batman #13


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Greg Capullo
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapion
  • Colors: FCO Plascencia
  • Story Title: Death of the Family: Knock Knock
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Oct 10, 2012

At last –– the macabre return of one of the most infamous “faces” in the DCU! Re-enter the Joker!

Commissioner Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock start off Batman #13 with talk of bad omens that have laid siege to Gotham City. Things take a harrowing twist when the Joker turns up in the Commissioner’s own precinct, wanders the halls in pitch blackness, and terrorizes the force, one by one. But when the Joker threatens to murder Gotham’s mayor, the Dark Knight swiftly flies into action only to discover that his arch-nemesis has changed during the year of his absence, that it wasn’t only his face that was taken from him.

As probably the most infamous villain in the history of comic books, the Joker has gone through many incarnations, from Jerry Robinson’s “Clown Prince of Crime” to Heath Ledger’s groundbreaking reinvention of the character in The Dark Knight. But Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have resurrected an even darker, more terrifying Joker, not only keeping with the traditional methods to his madness, but also imbuing the character with a deeper level of ferocity; if the Joker ever had a tipping point, he’s just dropped himself into a whole new kind of chemical bath that will stretch the limits of just what this diabolic Pagliacci is capable of doing to Gotham City and the New DCU.

Batman #13 is an intense read, made more so by Snyder’s foreshadowing the horrors to come in the opening dialogue between Gordon and Bullock, as well as in Capullo’s artwork, some of his best work to date. And while we only see the Joker in his “new clothes” on the final page, throughout the issue we’re given glimpses of him lurking in the shadows; there’s even a panel reminiscent of a scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, which shot a bit of a chill up my spine. Add to this a few nostalgic tributes to The Killing Joke and this premiere issue of the long-awaited story arc will be sure to leave a lasting impression and keep you leaving your night solar-powered nightlight on until the next installment of “Death of the Family.”

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