By Koppy McFad
April 2, 2011 - 01:00
Frankly, the issue is a disappointment largely because it IS too easy-going. The Joker seems to be killing people at will yet the heroes of England take too much time going after him and when they do finally confront him, they basically just take him into custody-- no massive struggle, no life-and-death battle. He just walks into their arms.
The art, like the story, is also too humdrum. It doesn't effectively communicate the growing fear and concern in the British superhero community over the new, more ruthless threat in their midst.
Perhaps all this is just the usual British stiff-upper lip at work, not to panic and take everything in stride but this is a comic book after all and people read these things expecting to see action and suspense.
The funniest part of the story is the Joker's vicious observations about England. Instead of an insane, laughing clown, we get to see the petty and childish side of the villain who sneers at English life, saying that it is like the 60s never ended here. It might be borderline racist but it works since it comes from the mouth of a vicious killer.
The whole Knight and Squire miniseries has stressed how English superheroes are more chummy and do things differently from their high-stress American counterparts. But while this may be charming and amusing, it could also leave the English heroes looking somewhat silly. At the very least, the final issue should have been more exciting, especially considering the threat the heroes were facing.
Rating: 6 /10