There are many ways to describe the Joker: psychopath, super-villain, terrorist, chaos agent…family man?!?
Oddly, that does seem to be the case as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Batman: Three Jokers enters its second chapter. While death and destruction reign in Gotham City, one of the Jokers behind it all heads out to the suburbs where a happy home seems to await him. (Okay, “happy” is a very relative term here, as it always is when we’re talking about the Clown Prince of Crime.) Living with the Joker as the head of your household is hardly Ozzie and Harriet, but this is still a surprising development. Especially since the last time we left Three Jokers, Red Hood had just put a bullet through the head of one of the titular clowns.
Look, we’re not saying anyone should mourn the Joker, but cold-blooded murder does not typically a hero make. Then again, Jason’s never truly claimed to be a hero and you don’t need us to tell you that there’s a whole lot of baggage when it comes to Red Hood and the guy that put him in the ground. But it’s a pretty safe bet that Batman’s going to be far from thrilled by Jason’s actions, quite possibly setting up a showdown between the Dark Knight and his former Robin—and with two Jokers still on the loose, that’s the last thing Gotham needs right now. And what about Batgirl? She was there alongside him when Red Hood shot the Joker, and while she claims to be against Jason’s actions…do we really believe her?
Clearly, the Joker doesn’t need to be the one pulling the trigger to create major problems within the Bat-Family. But now, after reading this first look at Batman: Three Jokers #2, the Bats aren’t the only family we’re concerned about. Who is this woman and young boy? Can they truly be the Joker’s family? Check out the preview, let us know your thoughts and be sure to grab the new issue when it lands in stores next week.
Batman: Three Jokers #2 by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson is in stores and available digitally on Tuesday, September 29.