Chris Sim’s over at The Invincible Super Blog lays out what may well be one of the best summations of the Joker I’ve ever seen.
But those arenâ€™t what make him the go-to bad guy; the Jokerâ€™s a part of all those stories because heâ€™s already Batmanâ€™s arch-enemy. Even in the finale of Batman Year Oneâ€“the Alpha to DKRâ€™s Omegaâ€“the Jokerâ€™s used as shorthand for the new type of criminal thatâ€™s going to be rising to challenge Batman. Heâ€™s the escalation, the one that canâ€™t be intimidated by Batmanâ€™s physicality or figured out by his deductions or scared by his demonic costume. The scene works not just because we know what the Joker card means when Gordon hands it to Batman, but because we know that the Joker is the one you have to worry about.
Definitely worth a read for the comics fans out there. Read it!