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Old January 16 2013, 10:15 PM   #5686
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Batman and Batgirl today.

I need to pick up the Justice League books that are dealing with the Throne of Atlantis story-line along with Aquaman, but the LCS didn't have them.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:20 AM   #5687
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Batman #16 was excellent again. This continues to be some of the best work done on the Joker in a long time. Greg Capullo's artwork is extremely impressive (I so want DC to do a figure based on his artwork). It was interesting to see the other rouges in the story as well play their role in this, and the back up story regarding some of their mentality regarding Joker. I don't have a very good feeling regarding next month. This is supposed to be a "game changer" as I've mentioned plenty of times in the past and Harper Row is solicited for Batman #18 in March I'm guessing playing a role similar to Tim Drake when he was first introduced. I think we're in for some exciting times still in this book.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:24 AM   #5688
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Batman #16 was all kinda of amazing. This is the creepiest the Joker has ever been. The body mural was unbelievably disturbing. I loved the integration of all of the other rogues.

Batman and Robin and Batgirl were pretty decent this month. They were certainly better than DotF tie-ins have been so far. I am still undeterred from my decision to drop them, though. This was the last issue for me for both. My pull list has gotten too long, and I need to drop a few book that haven't been rocking my world lately.

So, begin speculation: What's under the lid? Alfred's severed head?
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Old January 17 2013, 01:26 AM   #5689
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^ That was my exact thought. I wouldn't be surprised if Alfred was killed off, or perhaps maimed somehow. Maybe Alfred's eyes? That would be enough to send Bruce spiralling back down the isolationist path again. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing what part Harper will play in this.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:36 AM   #5690
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As much as I don't want them to kill of Alfred, this story cannot end without serious consequences. Bruce has to pay a price for his arrogance, and unwillingness to see the truth. Killing Alfred seems the most likely possibility, since obviously everyone else has their own monthly titles. In this scenario, Harper most likely becomes the "new Alfred" so to speak.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:40 AM   #5691
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It would also put another question as to when Batman Incorporated takes place, as obviously we've seen Alfred alive. We saw Morrison gave Damian his cat Alfred too, but perhaps I'm going a bit overboard with the speculation. I agree that there needs to be consequences. I'm damned curious about next month though. I can hardly wait.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:44 AM   #5692
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Batman Incorporated takes place in Morrisonland. That is a place far removed from the rest of the universe.
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Old January 17 2013, 02:04 AM   #5693
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Yeah. Except that it's referenced New 52 arcs, but I digress. I wish the rest of the bat books were as good as "Batman", but then I suppose that'd be hoping for too much.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:06 PM   #5694
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Batman Inc was a minor plot point in Batwoman last month.

I have no interest in the current Joker Funtime Variety Afterschool Special until it comes out in trade, but Harper Row doing anything significant will probably be a dealbreaker. The character combines lazy introduction with forced relevance: Hey, kids, this character is like Alfred, Oracle, Stephanie Brown, and this interesting character we used to have called "Tim Drake." Wowsers, it's a four-fer-one!
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Old January 17 2013, 02:29 PM   #5695
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Well Joker already said he's pouring acid in Alfred's eyes so maybe those are his eyes in the plate and he'll be blind after this.

As cool as Morrison-Joker and Snyder-Joker are, after him being so dark for the past seven years or so, I'd like to see him switch personalities again and be a little silly for awhile... more Animated Series-Joker...
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Old January 17 2013, 03:15 PM   #5696
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Morrison-Joker was dark but acted as an ally against the Black Glove, which is really the seed by which Snyder developed his "I only have eyes for you" Joker. That aspect of DotF does sound interesting to me. That being said, I could use some silly Joker - I just don't see how you get there after this arc. Silly Joker would be just as terrifying to everyone around him, even if he himself had taken a turn for the whimsical - nobody in his world could "read" him that way after the last two decades.
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Old January 17 2013, 04:11 PM   #5697
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God, I'm lame. I know better than this but I'm actually concerned for Barbra Gordon, during their "ceremony" Joker threatened to cut off her limbs in order to keep her complacent in their "marriage." Then at the end of the book, after having been knocked out by her brother, we see her coming to, saying she's in a lot of pain with Joker standing there with the serving tray.

Poor Barbara!

The Death of the Family storyline has been interesting but it's also hard to really realize how these books fit into one another and the Joker's been... a bit much. And can he just get his damn face back, please?!
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Old January 17 2013, 05:20 PM   #5698
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Why would he get his face back when he went to the trouble of slicing it off in the first place? His face now is Joker's mask, like Batman's cowl is for Bruce. It's part of his game and the new persona he's been portraying. It will be interesting to see where DC takes Joker after this arc.
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Old January 17 2013, 07:10 PM   #5699
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Another vote for the return of the face. Him not having it does nothing for the character.
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Old January 17 2013, 09:20 PM   #5700
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Another vote for the return of the face. Him not having it does nothing for the character.
Yeah, it's pretty much the only thing from the New 52 Batman stuff I don't like. It also doesn't help that its from the part where the start of Detective went meh with that doll maker stuff.
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