After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and attacks them all where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he’s built up for the past year at Haly’s Circus!
Collects NIGHTWING #13-18 and BATMAN #17
** spoiler alert **
This is probably the best volume of Nightwing yet. We see all kinds of terrible things happen to him, the loss of two friends, of his circus and of his brother, Damien (well…I’ll explain that in a bit) and he still remains to be kind hearted and trusting. This is particularly important to the story because Joker thinks this is his biggest weakness while everyone else, including Damien, think it’s his biggest strength and what makes him Dick Grayson. ( I sort of think it’s his acrobatic, smack-talk, fighting that makes him, well, him, but what do I know)
This one is intense because it’s the Nightwing version of Death in the Family arc. Joker is a complete and terrifying ass-hat like normal but with a scarier face mask. (made out of 100% American face!)
The problem with this (and most of the New 52) is when an event is so big, like the death of Damien, that it spans across multiple titles, in most titles you miss out on actually seeing the big event. I’ve now read about his death in Teen Titans and Nightwing but still have not seen it happen or under what circumstance. I get to see a little asterisk that tells me to refer to an issue in Batman Incorporated (I don’t even like Batman Incorporated…. ) and then cut to a tombstone or a ghostly phantom of Damien.