By Philip Schweier
January 2, 2019 - 08:19
His other target is Batman – any Batman. Bruce Wayne, Terry McGinnis, doesn’t really matter. Whomsoever shall wear the emblem of the Bat shall draw the ire of the Joker. And that goes for Robin, too. As Dick Grayson puts it, it never ends well for a Robin. Crowbar to the skull, bullet to the head, a Robin eventually falls.
But I’m okay with that, cuz the new Robin (Terry’s younger brother Matt) is schway annoying. One might think his youthful enthusiasm endearing, but the kid’s downright drunk on being Robin. He needs some massive head trauma to sober up. Especially when he outs Terry in front of his new girlfriend. Okay, maybe the girl knew Terry was Batman, but Matt didn’t know she knows.
So as this issue draws to a close, we are presented with “Joker Beyond,” which is perhaps too on the nose for my taste. It’s not as if Terry flies around Gotham calling himself Batman Beyond. He’s just Batman. So hopefully Mr. Jurgens & Co. will wrap this up sooner rather than later, defeat the original Joker for good, and maybe a new one will be inspired to take his place.