We mentioned this before. How you create a new Batman villain in the James Tynion IV style. Take a noun. Take a traditional occupation. Put the former before the latter. Clownhunter. Ghost-Maker. Underbroker. And in today's Joker War Zone, Josh Williamson has a go, with art from David Lafuente and Hi-Fi. Welcome, Gothamites to the new villain Henchmaster.
As we said, Henchmaster is a bit of a kabuki sumo wrestler type, a big fellow with clown makeup, tattoos, face mask, big gloves and a wrestler's costume. And in charge of the city's henchmen, whether for the Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, whoever is in need, he's the fellow who rounds them up, trains them up, equips them, and sends them to their Bat-doom.
Will Henchmaster catch on? This comic also has big Clownhunter and Punchline appearances. Will Henchmaster be on hand to join them in the future? Then there's the Bane, Joker, Batwing, Orphan, Spoiler and Poison Ivy stories too… this one should fly out of the door.
BATMAN THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1
Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!In Shops: Sep 29, 2020 SRP: $5.99
I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.