After revealing to Batman that he knows his secret identity, as well as the identities of all the Bat Family, Joker escapes from the Caped Crusader’s grasp. Back at The Cave, Batman meets with his former and present sidekicks to reassure them that they are safe from Joker’s reach, and shares a secret he has kept since his first days dealing with him. Does Joker really know the Bat Family’s identities?
This issue mainly focuses on Bruce’s meeting with the rest of the Bat Family. Although this issue begins right where issue #14 left off, it quickly takes a back seat to the exposition heavy meeting. Although I love that Snyder opens up with Bruce internally doubting whether Joker is actually human or not before returning to the present, I feel that the meeting dragged on a little too much. It’s understandable that they’re afraid of what Joker may or may not know about them, and that Bruce wants to reassure them that he is bluffing, but he didn’t have to go into so much detail as to how Joker couldn’t have possibly uncovered their secrets.
The art of Batman never ceases to amaze. Greg Capullo’s pencils are consistently high in detail and quality. His rendition of Joker is especially detailed, and still manages to send a chill down my spine. Combined with Jonathan Glapion’s inking and Fco Plascencia’s colors, this series remains as one of the most visually pleasing to date.
Snyder, Talon writer James Tynion IV and artist Jock continue their peek behind Joker’s plotting in the backups with “Red Light, Green Light.” The focus of this backup is on The Riddler, who meets with Joker in Arkham Asylum. Joker speaks to Riddler as if he’s one of his oldest friends, and even lets him take a peek into what he’s planning. (Which even Riddler himself didn’t expect.)
Batman #13 was a great read. It definitely keeps the intensity rising, but it felt slower than previous issues. The art remains as strong and consistent as ever, and shows no signs of weakening.
[Written by contributor Marco Villalpando]
Plot by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo