"The Joker War, Finale": Gotham City. Burnside. The Clock Tower


Quote1.png Nobody has faith in anything anymore. And why should they? It didn't stop a few clowns from flying a Batplane through their window. Quote2.png
The Joker

Batman (Volume 3) #100 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 3) with a cover date of December, 2020. It was published on October 6, 2020.

Appearing in "The Joker War, Finale"

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Synopsis for "The Joker War, Finale"

Gotham City. Burnside. The Clock Tower

Barbara Gordon is back inside the clock tower in Burnside, ready to be Oracle another time: someone had to coordinate the resistance against the Joker, and she's the most suited for the job. She starts with a public announcement to the whole city of Gotham, explaining how the Bats are back into town and will be out there to help everyone. They will take the city back. Nightwing is happy to hear, and remember, Barbara's voice, and it feels good to be back.

Meanwhile, in the Ace Chemical Processing Plant

The Joker, dressed up in Batman's new costume, designed for a new version of Gotham City, mocks the desires of Bruce: Gotham will never get brighter, or safer. Gotham is a dark place, angry at him for his stupid childish dream, a dream destined to never come true. He's there to tell him that, and the war he waged upon the city is a demonstration that the Joker is right. As Bruce and the clown fight, Nightwing and the rest of the family take out Punchline, giving her to the authorities. It's ending, the Joker lost, and Batman tells him so, but the clown laughs. He just cannot understand.

This war was already over: their fight was never meant to be during the war, but already in its aftermath. He scarred Gotham City once again: he corrupted all the politicians, made the GCPD shut down and especially took the good name of the Waynes and destroyed it for good. No one in Gotham City will ever trust Wayne Enterprises to help people anymore. All the work he did to clean up Gotham, honoring the memory of his parents while trying to make the Wayne name a symbol of light is trash now. The people will not trust Batman to be their savior anymore.

And then, Joker gains the upper hand: he plans to disfigure Bruce's face, so that no one will ever acknowledge him as Bruce Wayne anymore, only Batman. He will have to start from the bottom once again. Right then, a rifle shot cuts Joker in the face: it's Harley, coming to end the whole story once and for all. She already told Batman that she was sick of the eternal fight between them, and this time she would change things: with the explosives Joker prepared, she creates two belts, applying one to herself and one to Joker. Batman will be able to save only one, and the Joker laughs already. He knows the Bat will come for him, and Harley will die.

Batman tells him that if he is quick, he can deactivate the bombs with the gadgets in the suit. Then, with the Joker astonished by his choice, Batman leaves him be and saves Harley's life, with Alfred zombified corpse laughing during the whole scene.

One Week Later, in the Hospital

Batman is in Harley's hospital room: she woke up after some time, after being saved by Batman from a very bold and risky decision. She asks about Joker: Batman knows he's not dead, as he deactivated the bombs Harley planted on him. But now the clown knows that, for the first time, Batman did not care, and was ready to let him die if it meant saving the life of someone different. As he once again held the funeral of his father, this time together with the whole family, Batman knows he must not let his dream die. He will become a better Batman and a better man, and Harley agrees with him.

Somewhere, a mysterious man is a little deluded by Bruce: what would their masters think about it? It's time for Gotham City to choose who should be its protector. It's time for Batman to meet the Ghost-Maker.

Appearing in "Intervention"

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  • Joker's gang (Flashback only)

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A kid is getting back home, stepping inside his apartment. Inside it, the Batman stands waiting. The Dark Knight knows who he is: Bao Pham, also known as the Clownhunter of the Narrows. Batman knows that Bao's parents were killed by the Joker five years ago, and he also knows that the boy decided to take on a new identity during the Joker War: he became a punisher, a judge and executioner for every man identifying as a clown he could find. How much of those men he killed?

Bao tells Batman he does not know: he started keeping the count initially, but quickly lost the number. Who cares? They had it coming. Once, Bao admired the Bat and believed in him. But during the War, he kept hearing his neighbors scream, violence and crime living in freedom, perpetrated by the hands of men who adored a monster like the Joker. He understood: Batman will not come now, and in truth never came to do what was necessary even then. If Batman was the real solution, Bao's parents would be alive right now. So he took matters into his own hands, and started killing some clowns.

Clownhunter also discovered an interesting thing, who made him even angrier: Joker took the corpses of his parents, made zombies out of them and then put them inside Monarch Theater. Batman beat them up and than burned the whole thing. Why should he care about what Batman says? The detective tells him he won't take him to the authorities, but that he must stop. He gives him the number to contact Leslie Thompkins: she helped him, she can help Bao, too. Batman believes he can help the city a lot, but not with his methods. This is a warning: he won't take actions now, but if he comes back to kill again, he will stop him. No one dies in his city.

As Batman goes away, Bao looks at the ticket he received. Help. It could turn out to be a good idea. But first, he needs to finish what he started.

Appearing in "Dead Ringer"

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Inside a café, a hooded man reads the journal. He was away from Gotham, and he needs some news. A guy makes him see a video: Punchline revealed to the public her identity, and then explained she was just trying to make everyone see the world was broken, systems not working and corrupted. He wanted to change things, and as a stupid little girl she believed a monster like the Joker was just a symbol of anarchy against structures who do not work, and maybe never did. She knows she must pay for what she did, but she never wanted to murder anyone: once inside the Joker's plans, she needed to act a part to not end up dead.

The hooded man starts laughing: she's good, and he knows it. After all, he brought her to relevance. As the guy slowly understands he was talking with the clown prince of crime himself, the Joker smokes a cigarette which releases some Joker Gas, turning the man into a perfect copy of the clown and killing him on the spot. A safe way to distract authorities and the Bat from him, so that he can leave, take a vacation and think about what he understood about the limits of the city and its guardian. Then he'll come back, as always, to have some fun!

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