Batman Secret Files Clownhunter #1
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Rosi Kampe
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Simon Bowland
The Rundown: Clownhunter continues his mission to take down Joker’s minions and finds himself in over his head.
In the wake of the Joker War, the boy known as Clownhunter finds himself dealing with a new school and a new life where things are almost as bad as they were in Gotham. Relentlessly bullied at school, he continues his mission to bring down anyone connected with the man who murdered his parents, Joker.
After tracking down one of the Joker’s minions, Clownhunter attacks looking for information on others. When he discovers it was a trap, he has to fight for his life as Punchline directs him into an ambush. It will take an unexpected rescue to help the boy before he finds himself dead.
The Story: To be honest, I still consider Clownhunter to be a weak, one-note character. There is little to nothing interesting about him and everything he says or does is cliché. He’s supposed to embody the rage of the youth of Gotham who don’t see Batman’s methods as being effective, but he comes off as a petulant, whiny self-serving child. Brisson does manage to make the character less of an annoyance in this issue and puts him on the path to maybe becoming more. There are some good story beats in this issue, but the character himself is the biggest impediment.
The Art: Rosi Kampe does some great work with the art in the issue. There are some great action beats to be found and the art advances the story really well.