The Joker’s Asylum: A Very Short Review

This short weekly mini series is tightly focused on Batman’s rogues’ gallery, which offers a deep and wide menu to choose from.  The gimmick is that the Joker is reminiscing about his pals.  Batman himself actually doesn’t appear all that much.    Could we be evolving to the point where Batman will be always popular but less and less seen?  As with Mickey in the works of the Disney empire. 

Although the Joker is terribly over-used (it’s Heath Ledger’s fault) these stories are actually pretty good.  In addition to all his other issues, the Joker is a thoroughly unreliable narrator, which lends some complexity to these narratives.  Since the stories are blessedly free-standing, you can pick and choose among the various Bat villains.  This week’s feature, fan favorite Harley Quinn, is thoroughly amusing and dotty in just the right way.  Last week’s issue was about the Riddler, and was suitably complex and convolute.  Worth the money!

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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