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The Joker sits in a movie theater and smiles at the reader through a shattered half of Batman’s mask, on the cover of Batman #93, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tony S. Daniel/DC Comics

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It’s only been a few weeks since we found out that the Joker’s ultimate plan to do away with Batman forever is to steal all of his money, and the Clown Prince of Crime has already done the deed. By the end of week’s Batman #93, with some help from his new Number Two, Punchline, the Joker is the world’s newest billionaire.

How does the Joker even know that Batman has money? Well, aside from the obvious, this summer’s Joker War crossover rests on the idea that the Joker knows that Batman is secretly the billionaire Bruce Wayne, that Nightwing is former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, that Batgirl is really Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, etc. etc. It’s already a tough time for the Bat-Family, and now the Joker has all the resources and technology of Wayne Enterprises at his fingertips.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. If you missed the last one, read this.

Batman #93

The Joker laughs and laughs as a man tells him that he is now worth over one hundred billion dollars, in Batman #93, DC Comics (2020). Image: James Tynion IV, Javier Fernandez/DC Comics

The tag here, “Joker’s Billions” is a reference to The Joker’s Millions, a silver age comic story so good they made an entire episode of Batman the Animated Series about it. I don’t have anything to add, I just appreciate a good comics history pun.

Avengers Empyre #0

The celestial messiah Sequoia speaks to the Avengers on the Blue Area of the moon, and Iron Man finds it oddly soothing, in Avengers Empyre #0, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Al Ewing, Pepe Larraz/Marvel Comics

Marvel’s delayed summer event is finally making its way to stands, with Avengers: Empyre #0. Al Ewing condenses a lot of weird Marvel lore in this one and Pepe Larraz makes it all look gorgeous, but the upshot is: The Kree and the Skrulls are teaming up, something weird is happening in the Blue Area of the moon, and Iron Man is feeling weirdly protective about all of it. Perhaps ... unnaturally so.

Die #11

Struggling with the strain of leadership and his decisions, Ash (in the red dress) seeks comfort from the undead Sol, in Die #11, Image Comics (2020). Image: Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans/Image Comics

Speaking of comics back from the virus hiatus, Die is back, and everyone’s emotional state is just getting worse. So we’re right on track for a Kieron Gillen comic, really.

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Green Lantern Jessica Cruz leaps to action in her kitchen, tossing a knife into the sink. Meanwhile, her anxiety tells her that the mission failed because that kitchen knife was the last thing she touched before she left, in Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, DC Comics (2020). Image: Mariko Tamaki, Mirka Andolfo/DC Comics

There were a lot of nice stories in the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary special, including the late Denny O’Neil’s final story for DC, but I think my favorite was Mariko Tamaki and Mirka Andolfo’s piece on Jessica Cruz. Cruz is among the newer Green Lanterns of Earth, and the whole hook of her character is how she can still be a Green Lantern — beings renowned for their iron wills and lack of fear — when she struggles with severe anxiety.

Suicide Squad #6

Deadshots former Suicide Squad coworkers have stolen the Batmobile. “You... uh...” he says to Batman, “You want me to call you an Uber?” in Sucide Squad #6, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

I struggled to pick one part of this week’s Suicide Squad to feature. The part where they adopt a puppy? The part where Deadshot halts a Batman punch by putting the puppy in front of his face? The part where Deadshot quits the squad? I settled for this one, even though right after this Batman retorts “You want me to call you an ambulance?”

John Constantine: Hellblazer #7

“D’you think it hurts?” John Constantine asks a London fishmonger about his filleted wares. “I read they... they don’t feel nothin’,” the man responds. “It’s the ice. They sort of — go all slow. All numb.” in John Constantine: Hellblazer #7, DC Comics (2020). Image: Simon Spurrier, Aaron Campbell/DC Comics

Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell tell a grisly little horror story in the first part of this story, but it was the promise of revenge at the end that kept me on the hook, pun very much intended.

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