Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Batman: Three Jokers #3
Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 at 11:26:25 am EST (Viewed 75 times)
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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....

Does not the Joker though have with himself multi personalities?

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