Writer: Scott Snyder
Color: David Baron
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Release date: April 10, 2019
All hell has broken loose in the Batcave! The Batman of our world has gone to the absolute extreme this time in an effort to thwart his deadliest foe yet. Resorting to the old saying, “If you can’t beat em, join em”, Bruce willfully starts to give in to the toxin from the Joker’s heart, transforming into his own Dark-Clown hybrid in order to gain the upper hand on The Batman Who Laughs. Will this unorthodox method be just what it takes to achieve an almost impossible victory? Or has or has the most twisted version of the Dark Knight planned for this as well?
Since making his debut on the pages of The Metal, The Batman Who Laughs has greatly received by fans far and wide. Having previously brought the entire multiverse to the brink of collapse, he now sets his sights on the Batman. While he may not have an army of Evil Justice League Batmen, he does have the one-man army known as the Grim Knight at his side, and he’s proven to be quite the asset. Scott Snyder has delivered an absolutely thrilling story, that just when you think the good guy might win, the rug gets swept right out from under his feet.
The Batman and Joker’s love-hate relationship has been very well documented over the years, seeing them forced to work together to take down a common threat in The Batman Who Laughs is a fresh new
take on the rivalry, that I for one, thoroughly enjoy. The conversation between the two towards the middle could have easily been my favorite moment, especially with Bruce now suffering from some side effects from the toxin. This most unexpected tag-team might just be enough to stave off the impending doom that faces Gotham city, but I wouldn’t place your bets until after you’ve read the last page.
The creative team perfectly captures the madness. From Jock’s art, the color work, and even the lettering, they are able to present the tone of the story beautifully. Their ability to let the reader know just exactly when Bruce is losing grip on his sanity is outstanding. The Batman Who Laughs is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite mini-series, with gorgeous variants to go along with each issue. I will definitely be looking forward to the final two installments.