In the recent Joker/Daffy Duck comic (Side Note: The latest batch of DC/WB crossovers are neither especially good or especially bad), there's a scene in which the Joker kills the patrons of a comedy club and has his gang take their stuff (Another Side Note: Who in the Blue Hell would go to a comedy club in Gotham City? That's just asking for trouble!), and this scene inspired in me a sudden realization.

Now, I'll say up front that I'm sure I'm not the first person to have this realization (or the tenth, or the hundredth, or the thousandth...), it's just something that I never really thought about all that much before.

Anyway, the great realization was this:  

There's no (expletive gerund omitted) way that someone wouldn't have killed the Joker by now.  Victim's grieving relative, vigilante, fed-up cop, "accident in the cells", a villain who's sick of the Joker's crap - someone would have wasted him by now.   I can no longer sustain my suspension of disbelief as regards this character.

 

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It's definitely implausible, and a good argument against superhero universes in general. A character like Batman shouldn't have casual access to the kinds of resources that dwarf his own abilities, if we want to take him and his struggles seriously. To enjoy a Batman comic, it's best to forget that he's a member of the JLA, unless the story at hand brings it up. 

If you pay too much attention to the "grand tapestry" of the DCU or the Marvel Universe, it interferes with enjoyment of individual stories, especially those of a smaller scale.

Captain Comics said:

I've long believed that Barbara's best destiny was as Oracle. But it is equally true that it was implausible that a member of the Bat-family suffered in a world with all those potential fixes.

I can hold both opinions. Do I contradict myself? So I do. I am vast, I contain multitudes.

I always thought that Oracle was a wonderful way to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and that Barbara would and should have remained Oracle even if she regained her mobility.

I completely agree. Or at least it would be great to see her using her Oracle skills in the field as Batgirl, at the very least.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I always thought that Oracle was a wonderful way to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and that Barbara would and should have remained Oracle even if she regained her mobility.

Couldn't we say the same thing about our world? We have scientific and medical advancements beyond what seems possible.

And yet, we have people living in filth in certain countries of the world.

Sorry, not trying to get political. I'm just playing devil's advocate for the sake of discussion.

Captain Comics said:

I've long believed that Barbara's best destiny was as Oracle. But it is equally true that it was implausible that a member of the Bat-family suffered in a world with all those potential fixes.

By the way, no matter how you slice it, the Joker still doesn't deserve the special protection and treatment that Batman gives him.

I saw what you did there ...

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

By the way, no matter how you slice it, the Joker still doesn't deserve the special protection and treatment that Batman gives him.

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