Review: Batman # 17

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For the last 5 months “Batman” creators Scott Synder and Greg Capullo have been telling the epic tale entitled “Death of the Family”. This has been a psychological thriller featuring Batman’s greatest nemesis of all time; the Joker! Synder writes the creepiest Joker of the last two decades. The Joker hasn’t had a truly impacting story since Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” which came out in the 1980’s, so the character was due, and Synder delivers. Each and every issue of this storyline has been a comic of the highest quality. Synder digs deep into the psychotic relationship between Batman and the Joker, by not only building off the story lines that came before but working with artist; Greg Capullo gives a visual shout out to every great Batman and Joker story of the past.

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This week saw the conclusion of “Death of the Family” with the release of “Batman # 17”. The issue takes many different twists and turns, where the reader never really knows where the story is going to end. The Joker tells a number of “jokes” and pulls several “pranks” on not only Batman, but the reader as well. Just when this issue has the reader thinking that there is no way the story can get any more morbid or weird, the reader will turn the page and the Joker will surprise them again.

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Greg Capullo’s rendering of the Joker is the most terrifying the Degobot has ever seen.

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The Joker had his face cut off, like John Travolta, and he has it attached to his head with a leather strap and some wire. Over the last 5 months Capullo has made an effort to show the dead skin rotting and decomposing, by changing the color from white to yellow to brownish/ greenish. In the last couple of issues Capullo has also added fly’s flying around the Joker’s disgusting flesh.

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“Death of the Family” began with a kidnapping at the end of October’s “Batman # 13”, since then Scott Synder and Greg Capullo have taken readers of the Dark Knight on a journey through the fascinating relationship between the Joker and Batman. Through out the story readers never really know if Batman will ever rescue the kinappee; Alfred Pennyworth butler to Bruce Wayne, or if the Joker has done something far more ferocious. “Batman # 17” is a satisfying conclusion to that plot, but will the mental scars the Joker has left on the readers will have been worth it?

Degobot!

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Batman # 17 is on sale now at your local comic book store and on the DC Comics App on Apple and Android devices.

In Portland? Buy your comics at Floating World Comics located at 400 NW Couch Street Portland, OR 97209 (503) 241-0227

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