Review: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

I said in my review of the first issue, the draw of Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo is Marc Silvestri‘s art. Fans of the creator will flock to it and let’s face it, his style is one that stands out from the crowd. While I wasn’t as much as a fan of Silvestri’s writing on the issue, I still found the concept and moments entertaining. Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is far better in that department delivering a well rounded issue that has far more than just its art going for it.

With a story and art from Silvestri, with color by Arif Prianto, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2‘s hook is how Batman and the Joker will get along as they team up. And, it’s entertaining. Silvestri does a solid job of balancing the Joker’s insanity and rambling jokes with Batman’s seriousness. It’s a dynamic we’ve seen so many times before (ahem, Deadpool) that can swing too much on way and just not click. But, Silvestri nails it with just enough comedic moments and they’re often presented in a twisted way that reminds us who the Joker is. It’s not laughs just because.

The issue lays out a bit more of what we can expect for the series. It’s an interesting direction, and as a DC Black Label comic, can go a bit mature. It feels like we’re getting Batman’s version of Saw with a little Silence of the Lambs mixed in and if the series continues this way, it should be a twisted read to come.

The art by the team is as fantastic as you’d expect. Much like the first issue, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 shows off Silvestri’s strength and style which fits so well for this story. There’s a certain darkness to it that is perfect for the horror undertones of the issue. All of the characters have that strength and coolness that Silvestri’s style is known for. It’s dynamic and as solid as you’d expect.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is an entertaining read. It doesn’t fall into “90s issues” we see from others who “return” to comics and instead plays off Marc Silvestri’s strengths that made his creator owned work stand out from the crowd. There’s a lot here to enjoy and fans of Silvestri, want to see Batman and Joker team up, or like a little horror, will want to check this one out.

Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marc Silvestri Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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