I wish DC would publish one of these Death in the Family comics with the other side of this mask. Don't make me have to put in the work myself!
Nightwing also promised the trapeze artist's little girl that her Haly's Circus family would be safe taking up residence in Gotham. I think Batman and Nightwing like to make a lot of promises that they have no possibility of being able to keep. At least Damian doesn't have that character flaw.
The first to fall: Jimmy the clown.
Maybe not as funny as the dead robin puppet show in Batman and Robin but it's a good start to this appearance.
"This is a weird business deal. Maybe she likes me? Perhaps this is how she ends contract negotiations. Should I touch her boob? If this is business, I probably shouldn't touch her boob. But I could probably touch her butt."
Just as things with Sonia were getting good and a bit weird, Dick's phone lets him know his chemical analysis of his dead clown friend is ready. Since things with Sonia were getting sexy yet complicated, Dick is glad for the interruption and runs away to put on a costume and play detective so he can save his amusement park. What the fuck am I reading?
Dick Grayson's analysis leads him to an out-of-business corporation that stole the formula for its jet fuel from Wayne Industries. It was also a knockoff. At this point, I think Nightwing should feel insulted. I think The Joker is trying to tell him something. And then The Joker just comes right out and calls Nightwing a "bat-fake." The Joker isn't really into subtlety when smashing a pie into someone's face after he poisoned them three days previously will do.
But The Joker is only in this for the insults tonight. He has someone else to fight his battle for him. His own little Nightwing knock-off.
I wonder if Barbara would still be jealous?
Or The Joker knows everything! I'm starting to come around to the theory that The Joker does know all of their identities. The main reason I had a problem with it was that The Joker couldn't be allowed to live if he knew them all. And Batman wouldn't kill The Joker, so what would they do with him? But with all of the Bat-family suddenly threatening The Joker's life and jumping on Jason Todd's The Joker should die bandwagon, I began to think that maybe The Joker is driving all of this chaos so that Batman is finally forced to kill him. If that's the case, then The Joker knowing their identities means The Joker will die at Batman's hands. If Batman does kill The Joker, it'll be to prevent one of the other members of the Bat Family from doing it. Another shoot your own dog moment. Talk about a nice Reboot move.
I can't wrap my mind around DC actually pulling the trigger on that though. How would that affect Batman's relationship with Damian if Damian sees that even Batman will kill when absolutely necessary. How will it affect Grant Morrison's Batman, Incorporated comic book where it seems that Damian killing The Joker leads to a twisted version of Gotham City that the United States Government ends up nuking? Okay, I can see why Batman would kill The Joker to prevent Damian from killing him and causing that scenario to happen. So that absolutely works with that title.
Back to Nightwing, he cures Raya but only so that she doesn't die with a horribly twisted clown face. And then he finds an invitation to a party from The Joker in one of three places The Joker knew he would find it:
The Joker is really spreading himself thin. He's got a party at Arkham, a party at Amusement Mile, and a wedding with Babs to get to. And he still hasn't fucked with Tim Drake or Jason Todd!