A city recovers and a changed Dark Knight looks to the future in this exclusive first look at Batman #101.
The work doesnâ€™t end when the warâ€™s been won. In fact, itâ€™s only just getting started. With the Joker defeated, Punchline under house arrest and the people of Gotham left to pick up the pieces, a weary city asks a desperate questionâ€”what happens now?
Itâ€™s something fans are likely wondering as well. With â€śThe Joker Warâ€ť serving as the heart of the Bat-books for much of 2020, now that itâ€™s done, weâ€™re all a bit curious about what comes next. Batman: The Joker War Zone and the climactic Batman #100 both make it clear there are plenty of loose threads that stand ready to be unraveled. The Joker and Punchline may be down, but theyâ€™re definitely not out. Clownhunter doesnâ€™t seem like heâ€™s going to heed Batmanâ€™s warning to stop killing the Jokerâ€™s men. And Ghost-Makerâ€¦? Well, we donâ€™t know what his deal is, but it doesnâ€™t seem like he wants to take Batman out for nachos. No, the Dark Knight still has a lot to watch out for, and he now has far fewer resources to work with.
But before he can face these new threats, he still has a few friends to check in onâ€¦and perhaps patch things up with. Thereâ€™s Catwoman, obviously. Just when Selina and Bruce were back on solid ground, her dark past with the Designer was brought to light and now things between her and Batman seemâ€¦off. Thereâ€™s Damian. We suspect that oneâ€™s going to be a LOT more complicated to resolve. And then thereâ€™s Lucius Fox. From what weâ€™ve seen, Batman hasnâ€™t checked in on him since Lucius was poisoned by the Joker. Howâ€™s his recovery coming along? Whatâ€™s he been doing? And why is he now working with Cole Cash?
Thatâ€™s right, Grifter once again returns to the öčÓăÖ±˛Ą Universe in next weekâ€™s Batman #101â€¦and if you caught yesterdayâ€™s öčÓăÖ±˛Ą Future State announcement, you know the Wildstorm character is going to be one to keep an eye on. In fact, it seems quite a few important characters are about to step into the Gotham City spotlight, so if you are wondering what comes nextâ€¦ Well, you might want to check out this exclusive preview of Batmanâ€™s newest chapter.
Batman #101 by James Tynion IV, Guillem March and Tomeu Morey is in stores and available digitally on Tuesday, October 20.