“The Joker War” story arc has finally come to a close and with it comes the opportunity for bold new storylines that will take the Bat-family into new territory. First, in Batman #101, the Dark Knight takes on Wildstorm gunslinger Grifter. DC also released a first look at Batman #103 on Thursday morning. The issue features two marquee match-ups whose outcome fans should be eager to see — Batman against the newest caped vigilante in town, Ghost-Maker and Clowhunter vs. Harley Quinn.
Ghost-Maker is a character who writer James Tynion IV has described as “a character who I’ve been excited about for a really long time. He’s definitely going to show up as an adversary to Bruce, but he is not necessarily a villain per se. He is someone that Bruce has known since he was a young man traveling around the world training to become Batman. And now, basically Bruce’s rival from when he was 15 years old has come back to Gotham City because he doesn’t think Bruce is doing a very good job. That’s the sort of core conceit, is creating this rival from youth that we’re going to see come in in a big way in the present.”
When asked about the climax of Joker War and what opportunities the storyline brought about, Tynion added, “I do think that people want something new, and that’s part of why, in a meta sense, that’s what I’m doing with this story. I’m trying to create new characters, bring them into the Gotham mythos, expand the Gotham mythos, change some of the core pillars of the Gotham mythos.
“This is a lot of what Joker War does. It raises Gotham so that new stories can be built off of it, and that’s been one of the most exciting things in that mix is just being able to create a whole bunch of new story and threads that are going to pay off, not only later this year, but into next year.”
Batman #103 will be available for digital and physical release on Tuesday, November 17th.