WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Batman #49 by Tom King, Mikel Janin and June Chung, in stores now.
Batman is getting married, and the Joker isn’t happy about it. However, the exact reason why hadn’t exactly been made clear, until Batman #49 by Tom King and Mikel Janin. After defeating the Dark Knight, the Joker faces off against Catwoman in order to ‘save’ Batman from a life of monogamous bliss. The two end up taking each other down, so what can these two former Batman rogues do but reminisce about the old days?
While Catwoman and the Joker bleed to death on the floor, they touch on many different topics about Batman, villainy, and the roles they play in Gotham City. It starts off innocent enough, regarding Penguin’s use of an umbrella, how Two-Face was the linchpin of the Batman rogues, and what the Riddler thinks of the Joker. Things take on a deeper meaning when the two attempt to understand what they were trying to accomplish for all those years, and what kind of relationship they truly have with Batman.
When both put their cards on the table, we get the sense that this is the final Joker story ever told. This is the moment where the truths are revealed, and the Joker’s endgame comes into the picture. There’s no going back from here.
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