Thursday, December 13, 2012

Batman #15

If the Joker is Batman's greatest villain, the question must be asked: why?

What makes that character the best opponent? Others are bigger, stronger, more powerful, and even smarter.

But as this issue points out, the Joker is the scariest. He's unpredictable, cunning, completely without remorse, able to assemble an army of both willing and unwilling underlings, and with seemingly limitless resources.

In other words, he's the one opponent Batman can't outwit or outthink.

The Joker's latest plan is, suitably, a big one, and it just gets bigger with every issue in the "Death of the Family" series. His goal is apparently to force that family to break up - and he plans to somehow force Batman into causing the rift.

It's a challenging, impressive series so far - and it shows no sign of letting up.

It's impressive that they've taken a character as established as the Joker and made him feel fresh and menacing - something only a few have managed.

Kudos to writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo for continuing to maintain the high standards on this title - one of (if not the) best of the "New 52."

Grade: A


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