Dave Galanter
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So we see the final fate of Joe Chill, and Bruce apparently has forgiven him, at least until the next big DC reboot that resets continuity given that Joe Chill was killed by the Reaper back in Year Two.

Jason apparently is going to change his life and abandon being the Red Hood, but we'll see how long that lasts. Also there is a slim chance of Jason and Barbara having a relationship, but I hope not.

So we are left with one Joker, the Comedian, or least one that we know of. Of course he knows Batman's ID, but he doesn't care. His plan overall was to get the other Jokers to get Joe Chill and make him into a newer and better more defined Joker. This caused Batman to step in, save Joe and forgive him thus healing his pain over losing his parents, so that Joker can now be Batman's one true pain and that Joker will keep on coming back again and again until they are both dead.

We also get a tie in to the Killing Joke in that Joker's wife was afraid for herself and her unborn kid and with the aid of the cops faked her death and left him, with the story being that she was accidentally electrocuted as told in the Killing Joke.

We also learn that for all these years Batman has known the Joker's true ID and also that he knows where Joker's former wife and son live. But that he also knows if Joker's true name were ever released that his wife and kid would be in danger. Just as Joker knows that if he ever tells anyone that Bruce is Batman it would be the end of Batman and that isn't how Joker wants things to end.

But we still have the question: is this Joker (the comedian) the original? He does leave the door open for the concept that he isn't the original, much like how in Killing Joke the Joker states he likes to remember his past in multiple choice.

Also Batman being in the theater and Joker playing the footage of Joe Chill was a nice nod to Batman Beyond Return of the Joker. Also this whole making of multiple Jokers seems to be a nod to Batman Beyond also.

So the questions now are:

1. Is this the original Joker?

2. How many of Batman's previous Joker encounters have been with copies of the Joker?

3. Are any other Joker's waiting to emerge? Probably.

I've felt for a number of years now that Geoff Johns' best writing is behind him, and this book lends to that feeling, alas.
It's not that the book is terrible - compared to Scott Snyder for example this is disciplined and economical storytelling that won't leave any reader feeling ostracised from the book, but at its heart The Three Jokers is intellectually bankrupt. It has nothing to add to the story of Batman and the Joker, it just takes away. Diluting the two characters, not adding to them.

If Batman had deduced the Joker's identity from the very start for example how is it he could possibly have not noticed there was more than one man taking the name over the years? If the Joker is in fact not an anonymous enigma to Batman, and Bruce Wayne is well aware of his former identity and background as a failed comedian and husband and father, does it not take away any of the trepidation and doubt that Batman has whenever this most dangerous of his foes turns up again? Furthermore, if the Joker IS in fact the shattered reflection of this very feeble and not particularly bright failed comedian and unremarkable family man as presented, how is it this weak specimen transformed into a immensely clever and resourceful Psychopath, for that matter how is it those other two also became tactical geniuses able to match wits with the Batman, indeed why are all three so remarkably similar in looks and aptitude? It doesn't really make any sense when you look at it with any degree of thought...

All there is is an idea here, What if there were more than on Joker over the years, but you could apply that rhetoric to most longstanding villains - Lex Luthor might had several alternates for instance, Brainac as we know DID have numerous alternates! But while it worked for the ever changing Brainiac the idea is rather redundant when applied to a character like the Joker....

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