ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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(WARNING: The following contains mild plot teases for an upcoming plot-arc in the main Batman comic book. Proceed with whatever level of caution your suspiciously sagacious butler suggests to you is wise.)

Now, while you might imagine that the intense critical blowback that Marvel saw in the wake of its recent Civil War II event would have put comic book creators off forcing comic book characters into hastily arranged "civil wars," it seems that writer Tom King didn't get the memo.

That, at least, is what the latest word from — and King himself — would seem to suggest, seeing as:

Batman's Greatest Foes Are About To Have Their Very Own Comic Book Civil War

Yup, that's right. It seems that this summer will see some of Batman's greatest foes face off in the Tom King-penned The War of Jokes and Riddles, an event that — while set in the past — looks set to shape the future of the newly "rebirth-ed" DC comic book universe.

What's more, it seems that the main focus of the story will be on The Joker and The Riddler competing over who is Batman's true nemesis, with the rest of his rogue's gallery being forced to choose sides.

All of which sounds like precisely the sort of fan-pleasing Bat-event that any summer would be happy to feature, not least because the first glimpses of the project that King has released look both distinctly intriguing...

...and moody as hell:

Which is pretty much all you can ask of a plot line, this far in advance.

Well, that, and that it doesn't completely ruin the comic book universe for everyone involved, and fundamentally damage fans' relationship with some of the company's key characters. But, y'know, tomato, tomahto. Either way though, The War of Jokes and Riddles will kick off in Batman #25. Here's hoping it lives up to expectations.

What do you think, though? Are you excited to see The Joker and The Riddler go head to head? Let us know below!


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