At the moment Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are telling a hell of a Joker story in Batman. Titled Endgame, it has been described to be the Joker story to end all Joker stories. If you have been reading it you know how big it is. It has gotten to the point where it has spilled out into other Bat-family titles with a series of Endgame one-shots.
Gotham City has been overrun with mobs who have been infected by a toxin that turns them into Joker. A threat this size cannot be tackled by Batman alone so some of Gotham’s other heroes will have to do their part to keep the city safe.
Arkham Manor, Detective Comics, Batgirl and Gotham Academy have been brought into the fold with these special Endgame one-shots. Each telling a different perspective of the events going on in the city.
This is not the first time that other Bat-family titles have tied into the events of Batman, but these particular one-shots are different in that they don’t interrupt the ongoing stories of the titles. These are additional issues of each series which is dedicated to this storyline, which means you don’t need to have read any previous issues of the series to understand. Additionally you can pick and choose which one-shots you read as each is an independent story.
You can find out more about each one-shot below.
Arkham Manor: Endgame – 4th March
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Felix Ruiz.
What do Batman’s villains do on the craziest night in Gotham City? And who will survive when the madness of Arkham Manor spills into the streets?
Detective Comics: Endgame – 11th March
Written by Brian Buccellato. Art by Roge Antonio.
The city is overrun by Jokerized victims, but a small band of teenagers unites to take a stand. Their secret knowledge of Gotham City’s streets helps them survive, but will Batman take help from this young group of upstarts? And what could it mean for the future of the young heroes in Gotham City?
Batgirl: Endgame – 18th March
Written by Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart. Art by Bengal.
There’s a mob of Jokerized madmen in Gotham City, and they’re determined to spread the virus into the world beyond… but they’re gonna have to get past Batgirl first! There are no words that can describe “The Battle For The Burnside Bridge”– you’ve got to see it to believe it!
Gotham Academy: Endgame – 25th March
Written by Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan. Art by Karl Kerschl.
Gotham City has been overrun by craziness, and the power is out at Gotham Academy! But don’t worry. The kids are safely locked up, huddled around candles and flashlights and telling the Gotham City version of ghost stories: Joker stories! Meanwhile, a mysterious figure connected to the Academy’s past is patrolling the grounds with a crossbow, but who is it?