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Although Batman: Knightfall and its events apparently don’t exist in the new Rebirth DCU, Detective Comics #962 offers some fan service to the storyline that saw Azrael temporarily step-in as Batman. With the former soldier of St. Dumas out of control, the Bat Family put Azrael in a new suit of armor giving him added support against the voices of Ascalon and the programming which is trying to reassert itself on him. That suit jumps happens to have a familiar design.

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Batman‘s recounting of the War of Riddles and Jokes” continues (as does the return of his narration in a conversation with Catwoman). Things haven’t improved for the good citizens of Gotham. The Joker and the Riddler have each carved half of the city for themselves, enlisting countless villains to their side in a war that rages on. From what we see there the sides appear fairly equal with Deadshot and Deathstroke getting prominent cameos.

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A prequel of sorts to DC’s new animated straight-to-DVD release Batman And Harley Quinn, the new digital series from artists and writers tied to Batman: The Animated Series begins here with the opening story by Ty Templeton and artist Rick Burchett focused on Harley Quinn‘s betrayal of the Joker.

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“The War of Riddles and Jokes” continues, although without the flashback narration from Batman. This time the central character is not Batman, nor the Joker, nor the Riddler, but an inventor and mechanic of sorts who gets trapped in the games between the other three parties. The ridiculously-named Charles Brown is used as a pawn by the Dark Knight Detective and the Riddler both to draw out the Joker. The plan blows up in everyone’s faces, and costs the low-rent thug what he prizes above all else.

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The new trailer for Justice League is here giving us a bit more of the interactions between Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the Flash (Ezra Miller). Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, and J.K. Simmons also star. The movie opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

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On one hand Detective Comics #959 is a middle issue of an Azrael arc. I’ll be honest, that’s not going to grab my attention or keep it, by itself, for that long. It appears the Order of St. Dumas, who programmed Azrael and sent him out in the world as their agent of change and vengeance, got tired of him choosing his own path and put together something even more fearsome in their new acolyte Ascalon. While the latest issue doesn’t offer much more information about the new threat, it does foreshadow a possible issue with Azrael looming in the very near future.

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Batman #25 offers very little of the Batman, and only one unspoken cameo for his new bride-to-be. Instead the issue sets up events for the comic’s next big arc. While the Joker passes time shooting comedians who fail to make him laugh, the Riddler finds a way to bring his incarceration to an end by threatening the lives of the prison guards’ children. With two of Batman’s most notorious enemies at large it doesn’t take long for the pair to cross paths. When the Riddler’s suggestion of a team-up for the pair is rebuffed by the noisy end of a gun it proves to be the first shot fired in “The War of Jokes and Riddles.”

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Detective Comics #958 begins a new arc for the comic which will dive into a bit of Azrael‘s past while also bringing back a familiar face for DC fans (more on that later). While Bruce Wayne goes out of his way, even ingratiate himself to the Penguin, to get in position to attend a very private show, most of the comic centers around Azrael whose old friend shows up injured and with a warning. Tired of waiting for their avenging angel to take his rightful place, the Order of St. Dumas now has a new champion who it has let loose in Gotham to find their wayward warrior.

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Batman #24 teases a major change for Batman. There’s little to no action here as the comic focuses on two separate conversations. The first involves Batman discussing the future with Gotham Girl, where she might go from here, and his own reasons for crime-fighting. This conversation leads into the other part of the story with Batman seeking out Catwoman and making a very unexpected proposal.

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