DC Comics sent along an exclusive first look at Batman #26, the second part of Tom King and Mikel Janin’s “The War of Jokes and Riddles.” Here’s what they have to say about the issue:
BATMAN #26 Written by TOM KING Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN Variant cover by TIM SALE “THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part two! The Riddler and The Joker escalate their bloody feud, and the villains of Gotham City are forced to choose sides or be caught in the crossfire! It’s up to Batman to push himself to the limit and keep innocent citizens out of harm’s way.
We at Den of Inveterate Tom King Fanbois are extra pumped about this arc. Certainly because of the craft: the first issue of this story, the extra-sized Batman#25, was creepy as hell. King’s peculiar cadence and pace are almost a perfect fit for a rigid, structured Bat-foe like The Riddler, and while the Joker has been an elementally chaotic force for years in the DCU, his appearance in the first part felt as structured but also diametrically opposed to the Riddler.
Also, not for nothing, but as a fairly regular Marvel reader, it’s real nice to see an event book that isn’t heroes fighting heroes. Let the villains have a go for a change.
Check out the pretty Mikel Janin pictures below. Batman#26 is out on July 5th.