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Off My Mind: Is Joker's Blood Toxic?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
It appears that will be the case in the next issue of Batman and Robin.
When we last saw Joker, he was at the mercy of Damian Wayne and a crowbar. In the upcoming issue #14 of Batman and Robin, Joker shows off his insane and brilliant mind. He takes his beating from Damian with that eerie grin of his. At first you might think it's simply because he's crazy or perhaps he actually enjoys taking a beating.
The truth, the Joker always has a plan in mind. The rusty wheels and cogs in that mind of his are always in motion. Somehow the Joker has already planned for this sort of incident.
As his blood starts flying, Joker has a little surprise in store for young Damian.
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If the Joker's blood is indeed as toxic as his mind is, I have to wonder how long this has been the case. Joker has shown in the past that he has a knack for creating deadly toxins. We may not know the full details of his past (and apparently he's not so sure of them himself) but he obviously has an extensive knowledge when it comes to dealing with creating deadly mixtures.
The deadly Joker Venom is no longer just part of a weapon (usually a flower on his lapel), it is now inside his body in his blood.
It's hard to figure out what Joker's overall motives are. As brilliant as his crazy mind is, he does often get apprehended and that makes you think it's what he wants. Perhaps he gets bored after a while and doesn't mind taking some time out to just relax at Arkham Asylum (or whatever place they decide to lock him up). He knows and we know that eventually he will escape with minimal effort.
The Joker has angered loads of people. As dedicated as the law enforcement officers are, I'm sure Joker's taken a beating during his booking process. Besides being a violation of his rights (but who really cares since it's Joker, right?), everyone will soon learn that beating up the Joker isn't a good idea.
What this means for Damian remains to be seen. There have been different degrees to the Joker Venom in the past. With Damian getting exposed, we have to assume this isn't a deadly dose he'll be receiving. Maybe even Joker couldn't survive with a deadly strain running through his veins. If this is just enough to paralyze Damian, will Joker take the opportunity to do to Damian what he tried doing to Jason Todd?
Since Grant Morrison is writing the issue, there are obviously many angles to consider. We still don't have all the answers to what Joker was planning as Oberon Sexton. Joker claimed he wanted to help this Batman (as he knows it's not "his Batman") against Doctor Hurt. We'll have to see if he decides to use the crowbar to escape police custody or to take out his Robin issues on Damian.
Besides the crazy action and violence, I think it's important to acknowledge the cunningness of the Joker's mind. I would assume he somehow put the Joker Venom in his blood (I could be wrong but I can't recall it ever being shown in his blood before). I don't think this is a result of the chemical bath he took that turned him into the Joker in the first place. As crazy as he may be, he does excel at mixing and creating this deadly mix of chemicals. He may have been immune to the toxin before but how would he know it wouldn't have an effect on him when introduced into his bloodstream. There's also the fact that he knows it would be a weapon while getting beaten to pulp. You can't deny the Joker has a brilliant mind. It's just too bad he's "crazy as a coot."