"Lovers & Madmen (Part I) - It's Funny": After operating as the Batman for nearly a year, Bruce Wayne has nearly perfected his crime fighting technique. He has cultivated a reputation for himself and the crime rate in Gotham City has
- Crime has learned my name, and it has recoiled.
- — Batman
Appearing in "Lovers & Madmen (Part I) - It's Funny"
- Mister Berlanti (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Lovers & Madmen (Part I) - It's Funny"
After operating as the Batman for nearly a year, Bruce Wayne has nearly perfected his crime fighting technique. He has cultivated a reputation for himself and the crime rate in Gotham City has dropped significantly. As Bruce Wayne, he attends a special exhibition of Picasso's "Harlequins" at the Gotham Museum of Modern Art. There he meets curator Lorna Shore. That evening, he consults a bizarre break-in at Kirsch's Diamonds and consults with Captain Gordon. Later, a man named Jack drowns his sorrows out at a local pub where he strikes up a conversation with a barmaid named Leena. He is depressed that his current line of work doesn't yield him the amount of excitement that he feels it should. He tells Leena that he's a Securities broker, but in reality, Jack is a bank robber. That night, Jack and his crew break into a bank, killing several guards. The Batman bursts into the room and begins assaulting the criminals. Jack smiles at the sight, and suddenly feels excited about himself once again.
- Includes DC Nation editorial #69 by Jann Jones.
- This issue begins a six-issue story-arc, which gives greater insight into the origin of the Joker.
- The events from this issue take place forty-two weeks after Bruce Wayne first becomes Batman.
- The Joker tells Harley that his name is Jack, but he may have been lying.
- Earliest chronological appearance of the Joker and Harley Quinn.
- Collected in Batman: Lovers and Madmen.
- It is revealed that Batman briefly wore the yellow bat-shield on his chest as popularized during the Bronze and Copper Age era of DC's publishing, but he discontinued using it, citing that it was "silly".
- Harley refers to the Joker as "Mister J." for the first time.
- One of the paintings in the museum's Picasso exhibit resembles the Joker.
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