Batman #30 Gives You All Of The Feels
The War of Jokes and Riddles continues in this month’s Batman #30. The Joker and the Riddler have gone to war and winner gets to kill Batman, and ironically, Batman has chosen a side. Batman now stands with team Riddler in an effort to defeat the Joker and end this war.
Batman #30 is told from the perspective of Kite-Man. If you’ve been reading this far, then you know Kite-Man has experienced tragedy at the hands of the Riddler and the end of this issue will have tears pouring.Not only has the War of Jokes and Riddles given Kite-Man a reasonable backstory, it’s also made us empathetic to him. I kind of want Kite-Man to have a win.
We follow Kite-Man has he teams up with various supervillains from the Joker’s side only to be punched in the face by Batman. The last issue, Bruce Wayne held a dinner for the Joker and the Riddler to determine which one he would help. Batman chose to help the Riddler. I’m not clear on why, but he has convinced the Riddler’s men not to kill. Funny enough, Joker’s men are afraid that Batman will kill them once they’re caught.
While Batman helps the Riddler take down Joker’s men one by one, Kite-Man relates a conversation he once had with his son about him being a joke. The final pages are truly heartbreaking. I’m amazed at how much I love the character Kite-Man now. Tom King is at his best.
Writer: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
Cover Art: Mikel Janin
Publisher: DC Comics