- Series: Batman
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (December 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401273610
- ISBN-13: 978-1401273613
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) Paperback – December 19, 2017
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About the Author
Tom King is a comic book writer and novelist, best known for his work at DC Comics including BATMAN, GRAYSON and OMEGA MEN. He often relies on his experience as an ex-CIA agent and experiences during the recent conflicts in the Middle East in his writing, especially apparent in GRAYSON (alongside co-writer Tim Seeley), OMEGA MEN and in SHERIFF OF BABYLON, published under the Vertigo imprint.
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The War of Jokes and Riddles is in the top three Batman stories I've read. Its dialogue is sharp and powerful, filled with pathos and allusions to previous Batman stories and movies. Batman is presented as emotionally vulnerable and personally aware; this is one of the most accessible versions of Batman I've seen. Somewhat strangely, then, it is perhaps the story of Kite Man ("Hell yeah!) that is one of the story's most emotionally moving parts. The individual who becomes Kite Man struggles against incredible disappointment and loss, his the story of one small individual caught in a war between titans.
In terms of critiques, I personally was not always a huge fan of the art work--it felt overly clean and computerized--and the ultimate reason for Batman's confession felt, in the end, a bit flat, but these were for me minor concerns in what is overall a fantastic comic. Especially for those who are interested in character- and emotion-based graphic novels, this is an excellent choice
Art: 2-3 out of 5 - Most of the book is done in what appears to be cel-shaded CG not unlike that of the Batman video games by Telltale Studios. It wasn't really enjoyable to look at for me. The parts that weren't done in that style were a nice change of pace. In terms of character design, the majority of notable characters were solid. I did feel like the Riddler felt a touch too "beefy", and I missed his domino mask at times. All in all, the art didn't do much for me.
Story: 3 out of 5 - The overall story wasn't bad, however to me it didn't feel like it had much substance. Things were explained in a sort of off-handed way most of the time, which lead to it not leaving much impact. There were great moments, however, and the one that comes to mind the quickest is the origin of Kite Man. The story did a decent job at showing the darker side of the Riddler, and to a lesser extent his intellect, but since the Joker's not quite himself in the story, we lose out on a lot of his zany, evil chaos. They tried to build up this revelation coming from Batman near the end, but it fell flat and all I could do was shrug.
Overall: 3 out of 5 - While I was hoping to really delve into the Riddler and enjoy the chaos of the Joker, I left a bit disappointed. Scott Snyder had done the Riddler better in the new 52 (Dark City and his one shot Solitare) so I guess I was spoiled by his brilliant work. The story didn't wow me, or make me care, or make me want to read it again or feel epic. I'm not unhappy I read it, but the idea had so much more potential that I wish it could have lived up to.
Unlike the aforementioned comics, King has struggled to find his voice with Batman. This was better than the first three volumes, by far. The artwork was also nicely done. The story is told as a flashback, with Bruce talking to Selina about the War of Jokes and Riddles.
For several months, the Joker and the Riddler led gangs of thugs and supervillains in a battle to determine who got to kill the Batman (a lame premise, to be clear). We've seen this before, but between the Joker and Two-Face. It is a bit off-putting to have Dent and the Penguin serving others (we've seen this a lot with Clayface, the Hatter, Killer Croc and Ivy before). Scott Snyder and now Tom King have attempted to elevate the Riddler in recent years. It's a gallant attempt, but hard to do with the weight of his history. For the record, King's Riddler is far better than Snyder's.
Despite my criticisms of the set-up, it is entertaining. Not deep, but entertaining. It's worth a read.