GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — Batman as a Horror Story

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Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week. This week Dakster takes a look at Batman: Impostors while Corrina takes a gander at The Jokers Daughter #1.

Dakster Sullivan — Batman: Impostors written by David Hine and art by Scott McDaniel

For personal reasons, I have a hard time reading Batman stories. The dark violence that follows him around does nothing for my anxiety. Despite that I have a hard time digesting his stories, I picked up Batman: Impostors because the art looked less gruesome than some others I’ve picked up (Batman: The Black Mirror  comes to mind). I should have known better than to think bright colored art would mean a less violent story.

Written as a prequel to the video game of the same name, Batman: Impostors follows a series of events caused by impostor Jokers and wannabe Batmans. I’ll admit that the villain in charge of the chaos was pretty brilliant in a maddening sense. I mean, getting the entire city to tear itself apart and only some of those citizens being willingly drugged and convincing regular citizens to turn into vigilantes all while destroying the Batman’s name… Brilliant!

Some of the deaths I felt were a little harsh and I’m still disturbed after seeing a poor kid meet his maker way to soon in life. The ending left an opening for the imposter Joker to come back, but I think that was left that way to make way for the video game.

Curious to know what I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.

Corrina–

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First, today, celebrate the debut of Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel #1 over at Marvel Comics.

Story by G. Willow Wilson, art by Adrian Alphona, cover art by Sara Pichelli. Kamala is a teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey, who abruptly finds herself with super-powers and decides to imitate her hero, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers).

Joker’s Daughter #1 written by Marguerite Bennett, art by Meghan Hetrick

This is a deeply creepy book.

I’m old enough to have read the very first version of the Joker’s Daughter, a woman who claimed to either be the Clown Prince of Crime’s Daughter or Two-Face’s daughter, but she was something of a hero and not crazy at all. Those were the 1970s. We’re in the midst of Batman as a horror comic in the 2010s and this Joker’s Daughter fits right in.

The creative team is a rarity among Bat-books, an all-female one. I’d liked Bennett’s Lobo story a few months ago and I cannot offer her anything but praise on this story. Instead of being merely a Joker clone, this teenage girl feels real, with reasoning that is juvenile and not adult, and with cunning, if not true villain intelligence. Hetrick’s art is a perfect complement and somehow manages to make more effective use of the Joker’s skin face than in the recent “Death of the Family” Batman story. Or maybe it’s that the art here manages to make it creepy and strange, rather than gory and blood-soaked.

Overall, this feels like a story that could launch a long-lasting villain. I just feel a continuing sadness that all of the Batman universe is such a dark place.

Looking for something else, readers? Check out this week’s listed books:

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Action Comics #28
Batman Black And White #6 (Of 6)
Batman Joker’s Daughter #1 (One Shot)
Batwing #28
DC Comics Presents Harley Quinn #1
Detective Comics #28
Dial H Vol. 2 Exchange TP
DMZ Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 HC
Earth 2 #20
Fairest #23
Forever Evil #5 (Of 7)
Forever Evil Arkham War #5 (Of 6)
Green Arrow #28
Green Lantern / Red Lanterns #28 (Dual Issue)
Hinterkind #5
JLA Vol. 4 TP
Looney Tunes #217
Movement #9
Ravagers Vol. 2 Heavenly Destruction TP
Stormwatch #28
Strange Adventures TP
Superman Family Adventures Vol. 2 TP Kid Friendly
Swamp Thing #28
Trillium #6 (Of 8)
Trinity Of Sin The Phantom Stranger #16 GM
Vampire Diaries #2
All-New Invaders #2
Avengers #25
Avengers A.I. #9
Avengers World #1
Black Widow #3
Captain America #16.NOW
Captain America Living Legend TP
Castle Richard Castle’s Storm Season TP
Deadpool By Posehn And Duggan Vol. 1 HC
Infinity HC
Infinity Heist The Hunt TB
Iron Man #21
Loki Agent Of Asgard #1
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #5 (Of 5)
Mighty Avengers #6
Ms. Marvel #1 New Series
New Avengers #14
Painkiller Jane The Price Of Freedom #4 (Of 4)
Punisher #1
Savage Wolverine Vol. 2 Hands On A Dead Body HC
Star-Lord Annihilation Conquest TP
Superior Carnage Annual #1
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #8
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #13
Wolverine #1 Relaunch
X-Men #10.NOW
X-Men Phalanx Covenant HC
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Deadworld Restoration #3 (Of 4)
G.I. JOE #13
Gate-Way #2 (Of 5)
Haunted Horror #9
Illegitimates #3 (Of 6)
Indestructible #3 (Of 4)
Judge Dredd Classics #8
Judge Dredd Mega-City Two #2 (Of 5)
KISS Greatest Hits Vol. 5 TP
Locke And Key Vol. 6 Alpha And Omega HC
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #16 Kid Friendly
My Little Pony Pony Tales Vol. 2 TP Kid Friendly
Popeye Classics #19 Kid Friendly
Red Light Properties GN
Sinister Dexter #3 (Of 7)
Spirit Rocketeer Pulp Friction #1 (Of 4)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol. 2 #4
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #26 (Dark Cybertron Part 8 Of 12)
Avatar The Last Airbender The Search Library Edition HC
Axe Cop Vol. 5 Axe Cop Gets Married And Other Stories TP
Bad Blood #2 (Of 5)
Baltimore Chapel Of Bones #2 (Of 2)
Bloodhound Crowbar Medicine #5 (Of 5)
Captain Midnight Vol. 1 On The Run TP
Catalyst Comix #8 (Of 9)
Conan The Phantoms Of The Black Coast TP
Creepy Archives Vol. 18 HC
EC Archives The Vault Of Horror Vol. 3 HC
Forbidden Worlds Archives Vol. 3 HC
Grimm’s Journal
Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight #5 (Of 8)
Juice Squeezers #2 (Of 4)
Lobster Johnson Get The Lobster #1 (Of 5)
Marvel Classic Character X-Men #4 Beast
Mass Effect Foundation Vol. 1 TP
Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #9
Occultist #5 (Of 5)
Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #7
Sherlock Holmes And The Vampires Of London HC
Star Wars #5 (Of 8)(Lucas Draft) GM
Star Wars Legacy Vol. 3 HC
Strain The Fall Vol. 1 TP
Terminator Salvation The Final Battle #3 (Of 12)

Acronym Key: VC = Variant Cover / HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback / GM = GeekMom Recommended Reading

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Dakster Sullivan is a network administrator by day and a cosplayer by night. She loves discovering new books to read, tech to play with, and ways to express her herself. She has anxiety and depression and strives to educate others about these invisible illnesses.