Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Joker Returns to Gotham in "Batman: Endgame"

Just when you think it’s safe to go out for a night on the town to your favorite comedy club, the Joker shows up and ruins all your chances of a good time. "Batman Volume 7: Endgame" collects issues 35 through 40 of the DC superhero’s self-titled monthly series. Penned by Scott Snyder and drawn by Danny Miki and Greg Capullo, the city of Gotham is in for a rough ride which will lead to all the tragedy and turmoil we’ve come to expect from our journeys into the world of the Dark Knight.

For years, The Joker has regarded Batman with a sick, twisted love. But now, the Clown Prince of Crime is done playing. He’s going to kill Batman. And he’s going to do it using those whom Batman loves the most: the Justice League. The Joker returns to Gotham City with a deadlier agenda than ever before, using every tool at his disposal to finally kill the Dark Knight. That includes turning the Caped Crusader’s allies against him in the bloodiest brawl that he’s ever had to survive in “Batman Volume 7: Endgame.”

The graphic novel collection is rated T for Teen. "Batman Volume 7: Endgame" contains violence, gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Things get a little bloody and dark as they always do when the Joker and the Dark Knight bump heads.

As a bonus, we get 20 pages of bonus material inside "Batman Volume 7: Endgame." 14 pages are made up of variant covers from different issues in the story-arc. 6 pages are filled with cover pencils by Artist Greg Capullo which shows the groundwork each one was built on.

"Batman Volume 7: Endgame" brings the epic fight between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime to a head. While it's an enthusiastic display of sprawling action and tension, it still leaves readers with a sense of deja vu. You feel like you've heard this story before, but the stakes are higher this time around. What ultimately elevates "Endgame" above all the rest is the climactic showdown between the Caped Crusader and Joker, which shows the two characters in their most primal modes fighting as the world crumbles around them. Leave it to Scott Snyder to take what easily could've been just another typical day in the life of "hero versus villain" and injecting it with even more excitement.

"Batman Volume 7: Endgame" is available now in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.