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Subj: Re: Batman 99 review
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 at 08:31:05 am EDT (Viewed 96 times)
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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 at 03:38:27 pm EDT (Viewed 128 times)
Quote:Harley actually makes a very compelling argument that the Joker should die. I like Batman's no kill rule, but authors keep wanting to have the definitive Joker story, so they keep upping the body count, so four or five times a year, the Joker kills dozens and dozens of people. That makes the stories boring and repetitive with no sense of style or wit. And it makes Batman and the authorities look SO LAME. Put the Joker on the shelf and keep him there until someone actually does come up with a definitive Joker story (and it's not the Three Jokers).
I read this issue last night. The writers have really backed themselves into a corner with the Joker, and unfortunately it's been that way for a long time. Seeing what the Joker has done repeatedly has made a mockery of Batman's "no killing" policy, and it makes Batman look (at best) like a fool and (at worst) an enabler to the Joker.
This won't be a popular opinion but I think it's time to make the Joker into an almost harmless criminal like the Cesar Romero Joker. A laughing clown whose worst crime is stealing diamonds or interrupting surfing competitions. At least then you could understand Batman sparing his life constantly.
OR, they should just step a little further outside of reality and make the Joker immortal, so that nobody can kill him, even if they try.
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