Batman # 95 officially launches the Joker War crossover. Joker managed to steal Wayne’s fortune, take over Wayne Enterprises, and make Bruce himself a fugitive from the law. Now all of Batman’s wonderful toys are in the hands of Joker’s morons. Now would be a great time for the Dark Knight to don a new high-tech suit and start fighting, right?
Unfortunately, things are not that simple. Batman attempts to retreat to one of the secret Batcaves hidden inside Wayne Tower, only to discover that Joker’s new partner, Punchline, has beaten him to the fist (no pun intended). Punchline forced Lucius Fox, infected with the Joker toxin, to reveal all of his secrets. She discovers a shiny, black, blue and silver version of the Batsuit hidden in this Batcave. The catch is, neither Bruce nor Lucius have any idea where it came from or who designed it.
Does Batman have a secret benefactor? Was it a gift from one of his more technologically inclined sidekicks like Tim Drake or Lucius’ son Luke? Unfortunately, Batman doesn’t have time to ponder this latest mystery. Punchline infects him with a nasty new Joker toxin mixed with Scarecrow’s fear gas and Bane’s drug Venom, and a delusional Batman rushes straight into a rocket explosion from a hijacked Batwing. Things are not going too well for our hero at the moment, to say the least.
Either way, it looks like this mysterious shiny combination will play a role in Joker War. The new costume takes center stage on the cover of the Batman variant # 100, suggesting that Batman could adopt a new look just in time to celebrate Big Issue # 100.
At first glance, the new costume seems like an odd departure for a hero who has traditionally relied on stealth and secrecy. However, given that writer James Tynion IV teased major changes in Batman’s mission and his relationship with Gotham City in the wake of Joker War, the garish color scheme may be the point. Once Batman # 100 is released, we might get a better idea of who designed the costume and what new abilities it brings to the table.
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