Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95? SPOILERS

Batgirl #47 or Nightwing #72? DC Comics' Joker War is well underway, with the Joker targeting Batman and the Bat-Family by deciding that he will find out who they really are, and then targeting them through their secret identities. That has seen him steal the Wayne fortune of a hundred billion dollars, but that doesn't stop him utilising the personal touch. But with all the Batbooks tying in one question is asked – how do they all tie in?

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Nightwing #72

Nightwing #72 saw Barbara Gordon flinging herself through Gotham's skyscrapers in aid of Dick Grayson – or Rick Grayson – who has been kidnapped and mindwiped with the Joker.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
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But she was too late, and Grayson was already under the Joker influence, with Punchline on his side, and so Gordon was dealt a serious injury by Punchline's knives.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
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And letting the pair take Batgirl down, in tribute to their master.

 

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
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Who turns up in Killing Joke style, to take a picture of her prone body and his brand new friends.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
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To be continued, of course. But the question is asked did this happen before or after Batgirl #47? A comic book that sees Barbara Gordon coming home to her apartment to find the Joker waiting for her. She gets the upper hand on him because, well, she's Batgirl but then he cheats.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Batgirl #47.

He turns off her legs. The implant that lets her walk, and be Batgirl, and was only a necessity because in The Killing Joker he shot her in the spine, now becomes his remote control. And he talks.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Batgirl #47.

No mention of her scene with Nightwing and Punchline on the roof, and she shows no sign of the injury she received from Punchline. Could this be set after that? Well probably not because to stop the Joker getting access to her implant, she does the unthinkable.

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Batgirl #47.

Stabs herself right in the implant, taking away hr legs but also the Joker's control. And then aims well…

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Batgirl #47.

So this all has to happen after Nightwing, right?

Which Came First? Batgirl #47, Nightwing #72 or Batman #95?
Page from Batgirl #47.

Oh and James Tynion IV is no help. He tweets "At this point in the story, the specific reading order is less important, but there are beats later on where you should read in a certain order. But yes, the beats in Batgirl and Detective come before Batman 95." when the Batgirl editor says that Batgirl #47 takes place after Batman #95. Regarding Nightwing and Batgirl, can either happen before or after each other in such a short frame of time? Because, also, in Batman #100 Barbara appears to be back as Oracle, in the chair. But which way did the Joker get her there?

Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)
Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)
Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)
Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)
Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)
Barbara Gordon as Oracle in Four Pages From Batman #100 (Preview)

BATMAN #100 JOKER WAR
DC COMICS
AUG202576
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel
"The Joker War" comes to a city-shattering conclusion as Batman battles The Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won't just change Batman's life-it will change Gotham City for years to come! Plus, catch the first glimpse of the new villain known as Ghost-Maker! And after the senses-shattering conclusion of "The Joker War" come a pair of short stories that will chart what's to come in Gotham City and Batman. Don't miss the first showdown between Batman and Clownhunter! In Shops: Oct 07, 2020 SRP: $6.99

BATGIRL #47 JOKER WAR
DC COMICS
MAR200519
(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Robbi Rodriguez (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Knock knock!
Who's there?
The Joker.
The Joker who?
The Joker who's here to have a nice chat with Barbara Gordon!
Don't miss this devastating tie-in to "Joker War"!In Shops: May 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

NIGHTWING #72
DC COMICS
MAR200560
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Travis Moore
Dick Grayson has learned the truth: that "fixing" his identity lies with none other than Barbara Gordon. He must go to Gotham to find Batgirl-and runs into The Joker's new henchperson, Punchline. Unlike Harley Quinn, Punchline's deadpan black humor matches the deadly knives she uses on her victims…and for her next joke, Ric Grayson is the punchline.In Shops: May 20, 2020
SRP: $3.99

 

 

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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