Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #29

I may have had a few issues with how this story arc was being told, was so far out of left field, I couldn't help but love it.

The Spoilers:

So what does Batman do after realizing he took it too far with Deathstroke and Deadshot? Has dinner... with all the villains.

Bruce Wayne organizes a formal sit down with both Joker and Riddler (along with those who've sided with them) in order to try and broker peace over dinner at Wayne Manor. Bruce asks each side to put aside their differences for the night to see if there's a peaceful resolution to be had.

Much of the night's subject is The Batman, both want him dead, both think the other is unsuited to do so. Bruce, claiming to have no interest or care towards Batman, makes a proposition that both men give their reasons why they should be the one to kill Batman, when all is said and done, he'll weigh the options, and contribute one billion dollars to the party he sees most worthy, to pay off whoever they want, to get the job done as quickly as possible.

Once the two sides make their case, they do as they promised and leave the manor peacefully, after Bruce tells them to wait, as if he made his decision now, the other side could react poorly. When both sides are left, Alfred tells him that Batman will make a decision, which side he'll support.

The Opinion:

So I think my biggest problem with this issue is a larger problem with the arc as a whole, as there are so many personalities on page, but barely any of them get to shine. That said, like I said in the intro, I loved the idea of Bruce Wayne hosting both the Joker and Riddler at his home in order to try and broker peace. It is something I never would have thought of, but it makes so much sense. This whole issue just made me grin from page one to twenty. Great stuff all around.

And Joker's reasoning as to why he should kill Batman, "I'm the Joker, he's the Riddler, who cares about the Riddler?" Savage.


  1. Bobby Heenan voice "But whose side is he on"

  2. I loved Riddler trying to deconstruct Joker and then Joker just answers, "Who cares about Riddler? I'm the Joker!"

  3. I hear you on most of the villains being window dressing. This story really is about Batman, Joker & Riddler. Everyone else is just background.

    Kind of mean for them to invite Croc and not feed him though. Dude had to be like "I want some sorbet!"