Stellar fan comic writes a poetic, brutal end for Batman and the Joker

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What would happen if the Joker managed to break Batman? This fan-made comic brings the tale of legendary foes to a violent, but emotional, finale.

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Written by Gerardo Preciado and drawn by Daniel Bayliss, The Deal is a fan comic that plays with the psychological interdependence that some (though by no means all) fans see in the Batman-Joker relationship, playing it to a crazed end. It plays like a particularly bloody and mad segment of Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

The Deal - Hat tip to Laura Beck!

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DISCUSSION

I gotta be honest, I'm not crazy for it. I don't particularly like the notion that Batman has some sort of dependence or "destiny" with Joker. Sure he's one of his primary villains, likely *the* primary villain, but I don't think that Batman is all that wrapped up in Joker, other than when he needs to be. I've always felt that it was a one sided relationship, where Joker needs Batman to create his own self worth and to legitimize his exploits, but Batman has no such need. He's just another villain, crazier and more despicable than most, but just another one to be stopped.