Tonight's review? Nightwing's Death of the Family tie-in. I've been pretty down on the tie-ins to this storyline, while I've enjoyed the main story going on in Batman... So here's hoping this issue is better than the other tie-ins I've read thus far.
Summary: Nightwing heads to Amusement Mile to check on Haly's Circus, and finds that Joker has already been there. Joker, via the PA system, leads Dick to the big top, where Dick finds... Well, literally dozens of corpses... And I'm not even overstating things, there are literally dozens of corpses there! Where does Joker find the time... So yeah, Joker tells Dick that the corpses were former members of Haly's Circus(Really?!), before Joker detonates the corpses, filling the tent with Joker toxin. Dick manages to get his rebreather in, but not before he's knocked a little loopy from the gas. Dick is then thrown from the tent as it explodes(Overkill much, Mistah J?!). As he picks himself up from the ground, Joker strolls over and pushes a button that destroys the entire circus, as well as most of Amusement Mile, knocking Dick in the process. When Dick returns to consciousness, he is confronted by that dead clown, Jimmy, as well as Raya. The two taunt him, but Dick manages to shake off the hallucinations and attacks Joker, beating the hell out of him. However, Dick is stopped in his tracks when he sees every member of Haly's Circus walk over in a Joker-ized state. Dick tries to reason with the now crazed circus folk, but ends up getting beaten back into unconsciousness. Dick wakes up in a cave(I think) where he sees Joker standing above him with the now familiar silver platter and dome.
Thoughts: This comic wasn't bad... If you read it in a vacuum .. If you haven't been reading all of the other Death of the Family books(or even if you were only reading this and Batman), then this was a pretty good comic book. However, this issue really falls apart if you try to fit it into the rest of the Death storyline... I mean really, Joker had the time to dig up DOZENS of graves, bring the bodies TO Amusement Mile, and then set them up in the big top? Even with a mess of help, that's GOT to take a few days, at the least! And then, on top of that, he managed to track down all of the people who were working at the circus(presumably before Dick sent them out of town), drug them with his toxin, have them hide around Amusement Mile, where they attack Dick(who saw none of them as he walked through the Mile), after the circus exploded?! Like I said, if Joker wasn't doing anything else? Then sure, I could see him doing all of that... Maybe... But on top of ALL the other things he's been doing in this story!? It would take somebody with Superman's powerset to do everything Joker has been responsible for! So for me, while this wasn't a bad issue, it was actually hurt by the greater Death storyline, because everything that happened here is just too unbelievable.
Score: 6 out of 10.
That's a pretty awesome Joker pic...