By Theodis Wright, TBU
Overview: After challenging the team to break Batman’s cardinal sin to never take a life in order to save others last issue, in Batman Incorporated #10, what else can Ghost-Maker do to get the rest of Batman Inc. to thwart the efforts of the Joker and Joker Incorporated?
Title: Joker Incorporated, Part 3
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artists: John Timms, David Lafuente, and Michele Bandini
Colorist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99/$4.99
Release Date: July 11th, 2023
Please Note: This comic book review may contain spoilers.
Simply put, I have been loving Batman Incorporated and I am not afraid to admit having been wrong since the first issue. To be fair, I thought the series began quite slowly. And I felt a little turned off at the fact that some of the members stayed behind in their home cities. Since then, however, Ed Brisson and John Timms have been knocking it out of the park. “Joker Incorporated” has been the best thus far. Batman Incorporated #10 kicks off part 3 of this arc. It quickly picks up where the last issue left off – with action.
This month’s issue kicks off in China, where we find Bat-Man searching for Alpaca. And it doesn’t take long for him to find his sister. She’s continuing her treachery as the Chinese member of Joker Incorporated. One thing that I question as this arc moves forward is whether or not the members of Joker’s team actually know what’s about to happen to them? While not clearly stated – save for one we’ll get into momentarily – but it actually adds to how good the story has been. Granted, as seen in the first issue of the arc, Tap Dance Man didn’t have a clue before Brisson wrote him out with an untimely death. As the story begins, Alpaca is warning of something terrible about to happen, but it’s clear she doesn’t know her actual role in the matter is closer than she expects. Fortunately for her, her brother, Bat-Man, knows.