It seems in this DCnU that small crossovers are going to be rather common place. H’el on Earth, Rise of the Third Army, Throne of Atlantis, etc. Heck, it wasn’t too long back that Court/Night of the Owls finished up. For the Batfamily we currently are getting Death of the Family, with Batman #14 being the latest issue. Be careful of spoilers…
So far, it’s been interesting for the most part, and seems to be setting the DCnU about a year in now, in terms of DC time. That being said for Joker vanished after losing his face shortly into Detective Comics, and Batman has been stating its been a year since that event. What seems more interesting is this crossover event with the Joker seems to just be piling out more pre-relaunch events as still being cannon.
Basically, Joker has come back and is redoing a lot of his old crimes. With a Joker twist, of course, for otherwise it would be too boring to reenact them all exactly the same. His main goal in mind is to take out the Bat-Family as he views them as weakening Batman. That he relies on them too much so he’s not as good as he use to be, and Joker wants his old pal back to play with. No one and nothing is off limits this time, and that means Batman’s real identity.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this. In the pre-relaunch continuity (which for Batman is more or less still cannon) it was stated at various times that there were times Joker could have found out who Batman really was. He just chose not to for it would spoil the fun, the excitement. Some may even be able to state the Joker knew, just for the excitement and fun of it always ignored the fact to keep things more entertaining. Now though he is claiming intimate knowledge of not just Batman and his identity, but of his entire “Family” from identities to addresses. It could possibly change for all future stories the dynamic of the Joker. Or as it is the Joker, it could still be brought back later of the Joker just ignoring the fact. Only time can tell.
Reservations set aside on how this could change things later on, this story has been a very good so far. I just hope Snyder learnt from his Night/Court of the Owls crossover and won’t fall into the same shortcomings.