Warning: Spoilers for DC Comics Joker #8!
The Clown Prince of Crime Joker recently revealed the origin of Bane’s daughter Vengeance. The latest DC comics issue of Joker shows that Vengeance now knows the truth of her origin and who she truly is. She reveals this in front of Jim Gordon. And moreover, she asks the former police commissioner to do her favor which Gordon is unable to process until the issue’s end.
What Happens in Joker #8?
In The Joker #8, we see Jim Gordon in Paris with Interpol hunting down Joker, one of the most wanted criminals on earth. However, Vengeance arrives and kidnaps Gordon. She takes in on a boat and finally reveals her origin story. This happens after Gordon insists her on telling who’s “vengeance” she is. Thus Vengeance tells how she was born/made as she recently learned, all thanks to Joker who left a file for her.
According to the file, Vengeance learns that she is Bane’s clone and a second attempt at creating a being with immense hatred. Apparently, the first attempt to create such a being by the Priscan government worked too well. Since Bane internalized the hatred for Batman so much he didn’t even know it was implanted. However, Vengeance is kept in a Venom compound from birth. She was implanted with hate for Joker while easy to control as compared to her predecessor.
What Happens Next?
Joker’s main motive to let Vengeance know her birth story was for her to stop hunting him. He thought if Vengeance knew the truth of her origin and artificial hatred implanted in her, she will stop hunting him. However, it doesn’t turn out to be like that!
Instead, she identifies Gordon’s hatred for Joker as he travels across the world to find him. Hence, she decides to become Gordon’s Vengeance and hunt Joker down. This will also give her a legitimate reason to hate Joker allowing her to kill him. In the end, she will kill him not for the generals who made her. Instead, for Gordon himself.
Vengeance’s origin story is very intense considering she is the darker version of Marvel’s Winter Soldier. She knows she can’t rest until she kills Joker, however, she doesn’t want to do it for Santa Prisca. So, Gordon is the only hope for her. However, it will be interesting to see how Gordon responds to all this in the future. Will he make Bane’s daughter his instrument to kill Joker? Does he think killing Joker is the end he wants? Fans need to wait and see in the future series.