Nightwing 16 and Red Hood and the Outlaws 16
Okay, we get it. Joker is one nasty lunatic. Not that I needed convincing. And I'm sure the parts of the story in Batman and other Bat books I'm not reading are fascinating, but the parts in these two are wearing thin, as in there's not much here.
Nightwing has the most going on with Joker pretty much destroying the life Dick's set up for himself, namely destroying the circus and the circus folks. Meanwhile, over in RHATO (which apparently is how this book is often referred to, silly though it may be), Roy tries to play leader for the Teen Titans while Tim is missing because there's a need to stop and help the people turned into Joker's army before he, Kori, and the Teen Titans can go looking for Jason and Tim. And let's face it, the real interest, Joker-wise, here is what's happening to Jason and Tim, especially Jason whom Joker already killed once. Which makes this issue pretty much filler.
Except for one awesome Roy flashback. In an earlier ish (and I'm too lazy to go look it up), we learned via Roy's greatest memory that Killer Croc chose not to let Roy commit suicide by Killer Croc. In this flashback, we learn that Croc wasn't always a monster and in fact, the freaky killer has a soft spot somewhere where his heart once was and might still be, and he's the one who forced Roy into AA, or at least made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Completely bizarre, for sure, but awesome just the same. So for that, I'm glad I got the issue, but for the rest of it, meh.
Let's face it. Right now, Death of the Family doesn't seem to have lived up to its potential in at least these two books and maybe others I'm not reading, and it's the aftermath that holds the true promise now. So bring on the next issues, already, and lets get Jason back to his friends so we can see how that's going to play out. I'm not sure who Dick will have to lean on, but Jason's got Roy and Kori and that's fine by me.
I'm getting really tired of these major crossovers. How many places can Joker be at the same time, anyway? The overly involved, stretched-too-thin event stories are the one holdover from the old DC that I could do without.