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Batman #14

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Batman #14

Credits

  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Greg Capullo
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapion
  • Colors: FCO Plascencia
  • Story Title: Death of the Family: Funny Bones
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2012

The Joker makes it personal in this sick second installment of “Death of the Family.”

After narrowly escaping a chemical bath that would have surely killed Batman, the Dark Knight returns to Wayne Manor to find that the Joker has abducted Alfred, and his next target is James Gordon. But Gotham City’s police commissioner proves only a ruse to the Joker’s master scheme –– the extermination of the entire Bat-Family, one by one. But first, the Joker meets Batman at the site of their very first meeting, and the Clown Prince of Crime reveals a disconcerting secret, something Batman has kept close to his heart, seemingly protected under layers of Kevlar and years. Until now!

“Funny Bones” launches a full-scale assault on our senses and keeps us in suspense for 21 pages before leaving behind the Joker’s teeth gnawing a dark chill up our spines. Batman #14 has everything a great comic book should have –– intense action at its beginning, a classic Batman/Nightwing argument (all talk, no fists), and some words shared between hero and villain –– Dark Knight and darker nemesis –– that conjures up a queasy feeling in the pit of the stomach through Scott Snyder’s dialogue. And no matter how many times we get to see the Joker’s new “face” in this issue, it retains its nausea-inducing shudder each time, a testament to the evocative artwork of Greg Capullo. Add to that Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betanourt’s lettering, which suggests the Joker’s blood-soaked scrawl from Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum, and we have another spectacular issue like no other in Batman #14.

A second story, “Men of Worship,” by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV, with art by Jock, further ups the ante and delves deeper into the sick machinery of a mind beneath the stitches and staples that stretch and hold together his face and tapping a little more into the insanity we’re all itching to see manifest throughout “Death of the Family.”

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