Monday, November 04, 2013
The Joker's grand design is, he repeatedly proclaims, to rid Batman of all his sidekicks, spin-offs and hangers-on, who he feels are dragging Batman down, making him soft and, perhaps not incidentally, taking up too much of Batman's time and attention, time and attention that he would rather Batman spend on him.
I also just read The Joker: Death of the Family, a massive tome which collects The Joker's battles with and captures of all of the above, plus his encounters and conflicts with Catwoman, Harley Quinn, The Teen Titans (in their capacity as Red Robin's teammates) and Arsenal and Starfire (in their capacity as Red Hood's teammates).
So here's my question: Where was Batwoman?
I understand that the title Batwoman, like Batman, Inc, has been largely spared inclusion in Batman events and even having to acknowledge most of the rectons that accompanied The New 52 reboot, but in-story, Batwoman in conspicuously absent from The Joker's attentions and plans.
I understand why The Joker didn't track down every member of Batman, Inc, as the Batmen of France and Japan and Africa are a little remote for even someone with The Joker's planning abilities and resources to round-up and sit around a dinner table with the Gothamites, but Batwoman's right across town, isn't she?
I also understand that Batwoman Kate Kane isn't in the Batman Family the same way the others are—I don't think she even knows Batman's secret identity yet, does she?—and doesn't work with any of them very often, but The Joker wouldn't know that, would he? (Spoiler for "Death of the Family": No). How does Batwoman differ from Batgirl in his eyes, exactly?
I'm not saying she should have been included in Snyder's story arc, as it was already pretty crowded (Personally, I wish Jason Todd was never resurrected and he wasn't there; sorta weird that The Joker's greatest past blows to the Batman Family—killing Todd, paralyzing Batgirl—have been reversed).
Nor do I wish DC editorial forced J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman to take a month or five off their ongoing storyline in order to whip up a Joker story, or surrender their book to another creative team for someone else to do a Batwoman vs. Joker story.
It's just that her lack of involvement seems a little glaring, and no one seems to have provided an in-story reason or excuse for this. At least, not in any of the 500 or so pages worth of "Death of the Family" comics I read.