Batman: The Joker War Zone #1

Writer: Sam Johns, John Ridley, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson Artist: Laura Braga, Olivier Coipel, Darko Lafuente, Guillem March, James Stokoe, Ashley A. Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 30, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 40
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Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Sep 30, 2020

    Again, James Tynion IV delivers a book end set that delivers, and the meat of the comic is also rich! The first story between Joker and Bane is worth the price of admission, but pages 22-23 resonated with me. Sometimes a comic world even in chaos is a better world. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 29, 2020

    Batman/The Joker: War Zone #1 delivers a rare instance of a one-shot, event tie-in that is excellent from start to finish and important to not only the story but the future of the Bat-verse! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 30, 2020

    DC does a great job making books like these. I enjoyed this very much. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 29, 2020

    The Joker War Zone was anything but a throwaway add-on story offering some further character development for the current epic and some teases for whats in store in the Bat books in 2021. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 29, 2020

    Brilliant art, and a great teaser for the upcoming annual by Tynion and Stokoe that will finally give us Clownhunter's full origin. It's the perfect way to end this near-flawless anthology. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 29, 2020

    A great story that expands on the character, his motivation and the differences in his ideology. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 29, 2020

    Three of these five stories tease things to come in 2021, which makes this a must-read for longtime DC Readers, but each tale is also worth a look for different reasons. Read Batman: The Joker War Zone to get a head start on exciting DC Comics stories coming next year, but also for its variety of enjoyable tales set in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Sep 29, 2020

    There are some really good stories in this collection and there are some pretty "meh" ones as well. However, it all comes down to the main event and frankly, it is a homerun! Clownhunter is the most interesting part of the Batman book right now and unfortunately he isn't being used all that much but we get to see him in all his glory this time around and that alone is enough to make me believe that this book is worth buying. The other stories are pretty good too, so there's plenty to like about this. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 29, 2020

    Overall, Batman: The Joker Warzone #1 is a solid one-shot. It adds some stories within "Joker War" without making them vital. There's a bit too much left to be experienced in 2021 which emphasizes my issues with "Joker War" overall. It doesn't feel self-contained enough. If you took those segments and left out the "too be continued," these would be really solid on their own. Even if you're not reading "Joker War," there's enough here to enjoy and worth checking out. It's the rare event one-shot where you can ignore the actual event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Oct 6, 2020

    Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 29, 2020

    When all is said and done Batman: The Joker War Zone #1delivers a series of stories that both flesh out the events of the current Joker Warstoryline, while also planting seeds for things to come. I can only hope that those seeds bear fruits worthy of the excellent beginnings they have been given. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Sep 29, 2020

    A series of intriguing teases of whats coming next, as well as a fun tie-in to whats happening now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Oct 2, 2020

    This issue doesn't reinvent the wheel, but whether you're looking for epic character moments, connective tissue for "Joker War", or a little bit of both, this issue will surely give you some bang for your buck. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Oct 12, 2020

    Tynion's stories are the highlights of this run, understandable as he is the architect of the Joker War arc. The rest of it is all setup for things yet to come, and they just don't have me excited. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Sep 29, 2020

    Personally, this book didn't move me greatly in one way or the other. There's some fun stories in here but overall much of it feels like set up for the future rather than individual tales of Gotham. I don't mind some set up, but two of these stories don't feel like they have much to say beyond "see you next year" and in an anthology that only has five tales that's quite a bit of the content. I do think it has some enjoyable moments, especially the Batgirls team up, and Ridley's story. Generally though, I think it comes down to whether or not you want some teasers for next year, and another dose of Joker War craziness. If that's a yes, pick it up, if not this might not be the title for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Oct 6, 2020

    “Clown Hunt” showcased my favorite art, in a one-shot full of amazing artists. The wild, Fantagraphics style really stood out to me. It gave the tone a crazy drug trip. Focusing on the new character of Clownhunter, we finally got to understand some of his motivation, and a tiny bit of his back story. However, my biggest problem with Clownhunter is how unbelievably effective he is at killing Joker goons. He's only a teenager, yet he knows how to wire motion-detecting bombs to bodies? That really breaks the suspension of disbelief and takes me out of the story. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Sep 29, 2020

    really bad, if you don't read it you have nothing to miss, a compendium of scattered stories of nothing important, just another number for this insignificant canon of the Joker War

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  • 1.0
    TP Sep 29, 2020

    My review is only about the Ashes Of Eden story by Sam Johns and Laura Braga. A horrible story that erases all character progress of Poison Ivy and pretty much turns her into a Nazi planning to murder the entire Gotham City as a response to her garden getting burned. Laura Bragas art is buried underneath 90s edginess and what pretty much is a copy paste of Carnage USA only with Ivy in the place of Carnage. The premise of the story with Ivy getting confused between Punchline and Harley is also not only weak but unbelievable even for a superhero comic. Sad to see that this story was written by a queer woman, I expected something more and better than 90's edginess written for horny middle aged white men. 0/10

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  • 9.0
    TheHyruleElf Sep 29, 2020

    This was a surprisingly solid anthology. No bad stories, really, save for The Symbol which, while silly, had a good message. Standouts were definitely the Stokoe Clownhunter story, The Joker/Bane story and the Lucius Fox story. So five cool stories for six bucks with amazing artwork in each.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Oct 3, 2020

    I liked the first one and then was just sort of lukewarm to mildly negative on everything else.

  • 3.5
    Silver Rocket Oct 4, 2020

    Ludicrous, to put it mildly.

  • 2.0
    Batfan Sep 29, 2020

    Joker once again sounding nothing like his usual self, he hates bane not for killing Alfred and that now being something he will never get to do but for killing Alfred wrong? Still waiting on an explanation for why he hates batman so much

    The Ivy story felt rushed, I’m really supposed to believe Ivy hates everything and everyone including her best friend because of a misunderstanding? Sure.

    The Lucius story was okay, it really felt like it was only there to set the new status for Luke becoming batman.

    The clownhunter story didn’t reveal anything shocking. The art was a little too much for me and it only confirmed he’s an antihero who has a grudge against the joker. There’s potential in clownhunter, more

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Oct 7, 2020

    " And right as he was ready to come back--ready for you to deliver the final blow--still hunders of miles away from the city... You kill the last parental figure he has... In front of the #%%# kid. You don't even put him on the damn téléphone. So he can listen to it all live ! You wasted it ! Wasted that death. The butler was différent. The butler was the only other way to hit him in that deep. Primal place, and break him like he hadn't been broken since he was a kid. You could have hurt him more deeply than i ever have ! Do you get that ? You could have been his greatest villian ever ! But instead you picked Robin. You're not the man who broke the bat anymore. You're the man who broke the baby bird. You didn't even break him the fun way more

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Oct 1, 2020

    I didnt know what to expect after the mixed reviews. Definitely worth a read. The bane story and clown hunter story make it real worth it. Didnt really like the symbol and the rest were ok.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Oct 11, 2020

    This is actually slightly better than the main event.

  • 7.0
    BlueAndEvil Sep 29, 2020

    A Serious House: 9.0
    Family Ties: 7.5
    The Symbol: 8.0
    Ashes Of Eden: 4.0
    Clown Hunt: 6.0

  • 7.0
    KittyNone Oct 2, 2020

    A Serious House: 6.5
    Family Ties: 8
    The Symbol: 5.5
    Ashes of Eden: 1
    Clown Hunt: 7

  • 6.5
    Oaramirez780 Oct 1, 2020

    Out of the 5 short stories in this book only one of them is good, and thats the first one by James Tynion. its complex and challenging but after that this book is irrelevant to jokwrwar nor does it have any real relevance at all. its all set up for 2021 events but its not done well (except for the first story). not worth the price. dont read and don't buy.

  • 6.5
    Liem Duong Oct 2, 2020

    Really liked some of the stories in here, others were whatever. Overall, is this tie-in worth it? I don't think so, to be honest didn't need have half the pages in this one shot. A Serious House has some EXCELLENT dialogue and art, Family ties was nice too. The Symbol was whatever, though had some nice art. Queen Ivy was I guess some set up for Pamela and whats coming in 2021? Clownhunt, didn't like how Stokoe drew Joker, but I liked the story. Overall, had highs and lows, not needed for Joker War.

  • 6.0
    雨人点雪 Sep 29, 2020

    JT4’s story is still like a piece of shit as always. However, I found the artist James Stokoe is really awesome! JT4 f**k off, I want to read an issue written and drawn by Stokoe about the clown hunter.

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  • 6.0
    c.oliv Oct 1, 2020

    Not as good as I hoped

  • 6.0

    Not bad, not great. This was an average tie-in that was only made to pull another 5 bucks from our pockets. I miss when Marvel was the bigger money grubber. DC's been running even with them for almost 16 years now.
    The first story was the only one worth buying the book. I considered the rest just filler so they could charge us more. In short, that's all this was. A tie-in that didn't even need to be made, but an excuse to make money.

  • 5.5
    Psycamorean Sep 29, 2020

    A Serious House is a good start to the anthology. It's not spectacular, but I can't argue with the Joker here. It's just shitting on City of Bane a bit, which is fine by me.

    Family Ties is fine. It's competently written, but doesn't really do much with its page count. I think maybe the Fox family should ask Bruce Wayne what he wants done with the money, instead of assuming he wants it back or wants them to have it. Seems like a way to set that straight quickly. But Lucius does seem a bit unhinged, so maybe that's why he wants to take it. This doesn't really get me excited for John Ridley's Batman miniseries, but there wasn't time for much here.

    The Symbol is fine as well. I don't like the art and the story was servicea more

  • 2.0
    RedKSuperman Oct 5, 2020

    1 good story by James Tynion and that's it. The rest of the book sucked. Honestly how are these people gainfully employed?

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