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Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!

For this entry, A conversation between enemies has unlocked a story that is shocking DC Comic fans! The first days of the clown price of crime have given new insight into the insanity. The initial chapter split between a dark past and even more deadlier future. With what happened last issue, there is no telling what the future holds now.

BATMAN #143 by Chip Zdarsky, Andrea Sorrentino, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Dave Stewart, Alejandro Sánchez, and Clayton Cowles (DC COMICS) ushers in a further decent into evil

Let’s not wait any longer and dive into this tale.



Last issue, readers witness the Joker returning to Gotham after the A.C.E. Chemicals accident. Reclaiming his place in the underworld hasn’t been easy. With each turning page, Joker continues to lose himself to his growing madness. This builds to a surprise offer from someone wo sees something in the broken man.

Meanwhile, the future is very bleak. With Joker escaped from Arkham, Gotham City is dead. What lives in its’ place is a city infested with Jokerized residents.

BATMAN #143 by Chip Zdarsky, Andrea Sorrentino, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Dave Stewart, Alejandro Sánchez, and Clayton Cowles (DC COMICS – cover: Yasmine Putri)

This chapter begins with Batman facing off with the infected residents. The narration leads thoughts of fatigue and desperation. Batman saves someone with a sedative but its’ not enough. His road lead him back to where the nightmare began years ago. Batman is heading to A.C.E. Chemicals.

Back in the past, Batman and Alfred are performing an autopsy in the BatCave. The results explain the skin of the victim. It turned White instantly with the chemicals discovered inside him. These findings jolt Batman’s thoughts back to the Red Hood incident.


As for the Joker, he is mulling the offer from one of Bruce Wayne’s trainers (previously seen in Batman: The Knight). Time is not on his side as Joker’s re-appearance brings some unwanted attention.

Readers brace as both stories head into full speed with showcasing the madness behind the man. Both tales spin into dangerous territory as the past walks readers through the metamorphism of pure evil. This runs parallel wit a future dying of the light.

The final act brings a chilling end to one phase of Joker’s life and the birth of something even more sinister. Get ready for an issue that will definitely have fans talking!

There is much to process with this latest issue. Zdarsky takes readers n a deep dive into the creation of the levels of evil which make up the Joker. In the past, seeing the motives behind “breaking Joker” is a layered sees of events.

There is a sense of a twisted reflection of Bruce Wayne’s early years. The results flood the final act. It’s a perfect ending as it redefines what fans already knew: There is much more to the Clown Prince of Crime than Jokes.


The future story sets up for the final face-off between the two enemies. Zdarsky paces this brilliantly. With noted cameos making their appearance, it ties back to the themes that make Joker so dangerous.

It plays out at a more methodical pace. The pacing allows for the shocking panels to lave a huge impression while hiding the fear behind them.

The art teams stand out with bringing the fear to the pages. The Camuncoli past story captures the slow building of the Joker into his final form. There are a few noteworthy action panels which demonstrates how much the Joker has grown his skills. This ties into the emotional reaction of his learnings. It is all capped off by a solid final full page shot that prepares fans for what’s next.


There is a fine line between brilliance and madness. With this issue, readers walk along with the legendary villain’s journey to insanity. Zdarsky crafts two equally impactful stories with his strong writing. The art teams deliver on the haunting scenes that amplify the rise of evil. This will be one to watch for at the LCS this week.

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know your thoughts on Batman #143. Thanks for reading Parlay Points on Nerd initiative!


Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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