"The Funniest Thing Happened"Edit

At Arkham Asylum, bureaucrats debate whether or not the Joker should be allowed to visit his mother. Conditions are arranged so that his mother can visit him in the asylum, but when a bible she gifts him turns out to be a device that expels Joker Gas into the room, things go awry. The Joker manages to escape, and his 'mother' is simply a man under his influence. Joker to returns to his old hideout only to find that Mr. Freeze has taken over his gang. Joker mocks him, drenching him with squirt guns then uses his joy buzzer to shatter his cryo-suit helmet and fry him. His body is left steaming on the ground.

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Joker kills Mr. Freeze with his joy buzzer

Meanwhile Robin goes on his first patrol in Gotham City without the accompaniment of Batman, who is in Rio de Janeiro. Things are slow until he notices that the Bat-Signal is lit. When he arrives at Gotham City Police Headquarters, Commissioner Gordon is disappointed that Batman isn't with him, especially since it's the Joker who's escaped. Tim is unsure of his readiness to deal with the Joker on his own, but Alfred tries to be reassuring.

The next day, Tim goes to school, where he is invited to a party by a jock named Karl. He turns down the invite, but he disappoints his real friends when he has to turn down plans with them too for his duties as Robin. That night, he goes to Arkham to investigate the Joker's cell. Inside, he finds a number of computer related magazines, and wonders what reason they might be of interest to the Joker. He finds a number of references to a Dr. Osgood Pellinger, who has theories about the pervasiveness of computers.

Robin stakes out Pellinger's home and follows him when he goes out in his car at a suspiciously late hour. Unfortunately, Dr. Pellinger's car is scooped up by a plow driven by the Joker, and he is kidnapped. Robin jumps down onto the hood of the plow, and the Joker is surprised to see him alive, not realizing that there have been other Robins before. He knocks the boy off of the vehicle and escapes. Tim is worried that the Joker will realize that Batman is out of Gotham, and go on a rampage. In order to keep him in line, Tim and Alfred agree to form a plan that will convince the Joker that Batman is still in the city.


"The Funniest Thing Happened"Edit




  • Despite having been killed as a throwaway joke at the beginning of this issue, Mr. Freeze would inexplicably appear alive again in Detective Comics #670 (1994). The character returned due to increased public interest after the release of the 1992 Heart of Ice episode of the animated series.

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