Year of the Villain The Joker #1
Written by John Carpenter and Anthony Burch
Art by Philip Tan
Inks by Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion and Philip Tan
Colors by Jay David Ramos
Letters by Gabriela Downie
The Rundown: Joker’s latest escape from Arkham will include a new sidekick who will question everything about his own sanity.
Joker has escaped from Arkham and finds that life in the City of Bane is not as fun as he would like. Joker decides to find a new kind of fun in the city and he will use his new sidekick to have it. After taking out his old crew for failing to bust him out, Joker and his new friend will take to the streets with the Clown Prince of Crime deciding that the city of Bane needs a new Batman and Robin.
After donning some gas station Batman and Robin costumes, Joker and friend proceed to dispense their brand of justice throughout the city. Unfortunately, the new “boy wonder” is starting to question whether following the Joker was a good idea and his own sanity slowly starts to return as he witnesses Joker’s idea of justice.
The Story: John Carpenter and Anthony Burch craft a disturbing and engaging portrait of a man fighting both for and against his own sanity as he’s dragged deeper into the world of his own mental illness by the worst person imaginable. The story is interesting and thought provoking. The dialogue is great and the story takes some unexpected twists and turns that draw in the reader. Also, the character of Jeremy is interesting as well. Telling the story from his perspective is a bold move that pays off with the tragic and bittersweet ending.
The Art: Philip Tan’s art is amazing. Tan manages to visually convey the agent of chaos and terror the Joker is. Joker is scary to witness in this issue and his menace is palpable throughout the story.