Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: John J. Hill
We may have seen the last of The Batman Who Laughs for now, but his torment is far from over. DC comics most recognizable heroes team-up in an effort to deal with the plan set in motion by the jokerized Batman before his eventual defeat. After finding the Batman Who Laughs’ very own twisted Batcave, they realize the magnitude of their situation. Much like BMWL planned to do to out own Bruce Wayne and the rest of Gotham, he has transformed 6 heroes into the darkest versions of themselves; leaving Batman and Superman to suspect any of their allies to be a potential threat. That’s when they’re soon confronted by the first of the six infected, and one who promises to be quite the handful, The Shazam Who Laughs!
In the opening pages of this book we get to see a second glimpse of the beginning of the Batman Who Laughs, as he lures his Superman into the Justice League satellite just after slaughtering the rest of the League members. As somebody who was a big fan of “The Metal” I’m enjoying seeing the saga of the Dark Multiverse continue with fresh faces to take the reigns as the latest villain. Those who feared of over usage of The Batman Who Laughs shouldn’t need to worry about that in this series, as it seems that Williamson is more focused on the six infected heroes and their dark counterparts. The last panel we see commissioner Gordon add to the suspicions as a reader as to watch out for, this turn was teased during the final panel of the Batman Who laughs mini-series as we see him let out a very uncharacteristic chuckle as the duo heads off.
The artistic team of David Marquez and Alejandro Sanchez do an outstanding job front to back! Something as simple as the tracing effect when Superman’s moving at a highspeed, to the way the colors of his costume pop in comparison to dark and gloomy Gotham, is what makes the art in this issue a cut above the rest. Even though great art graces this entire comic, my favorite panel comes towards the beginning, when we see the Justice League of BMWL’s world laid to waste in the Justice League Satellite. The detail put into that piece showcases not only the talent of the artists, but the thought they put into their work. Batman Superman is off to a terrific start, setting up the mystery of the infected while also adding plenty of action to keep the reader interested is just what I look for in a #1 issue. If you’re a fan of either of these comic titans, or a fan of a good mystery I highly recommend this book. You can find it in your local comic store as of August 28th so if you haven’t had the chance to read it, go pick it up now!