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!