Adam Graham's Reviews > Batman: Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 5: The Joker War

Batman by Peter J. Tomasi
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really liked it

This book collects a one-shot Pennyworth RIP which has some good stories in it, but has an unpleasant feel as at this wake for Alfred, everyone shows up pays tribute to Alfred, rips Bruce Wayne, and walks off. Batgirl comes off as increasingly catty in a way that really has harmed some of her more recent appearances.

The Detective Comics Annual #3 focusing on Pennyworth was actually good and did a good job balancing a decent story with sentiment as an agent from Alfred's past tries to deal with a traitor.

The main storyline involving Two Face is good as it explores that relationship and also leads right into the Joke War.

The Joker War issue featuring Batwoman is pretty good as well. The others from Detective Comics #1027 are a bit more forgettable.

Overall, this is decent. I think the Joker War material has generally been all over the place in terms of quality, but this is some of the best of it with Tomasi turning in another winning volume.
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March 23, 2021 – Started Reading
March 25, 2021 – Shelved
March 25, 2021 –
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March 26, 2021 –
page 128
March 27, 2021 –
page 169
March 28, 2021 –
page 211
March 29, 2021 – Finished Reading

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