Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 finally gets to that whole “duo” aspect. While Batman and the Joker met in the first issue, the two have mostly been split up with the Joker held as a prisoner in the Batcave. It’s mostly been Batman on his own trying to figure out what’s going on with some backup to help him out. The key dynamic we’re here for, Batman dealing with the Joker, has mostly been missing, brushed to the side. Well, hopefully that’s now changing if this issue is any indication.
Yes, the two are mostly apart for the issue but three issues in, we’re finally getting a better idea as to who the villain is and Batman has realized he’ll need the Joker’s help to solve whatever is going on. Marc Silvestri does double duty as the writer and artist for the series and continues to deliver amazing visuals with writing that’s slowly improving.
The strong point of the issue is Batman being an actual detective. As he ended the previous issue, he had to decide the fate of two individuals and here we get to see his deduction as to which is the one he should save. It’s not a shock as to the answer but it’s nice to see the world’s greatest detective actually be a detective.
That extends to his attempting to figure out the mysterious creatures. There’s some logic there as to what to do next, showing Silvestri’s Batman is a bit more than just the action we’ve seen so far.
But, it’s such good looking action. Each issue just looks great showing off Silvestri’s talent with colors by Arif Prianto. We knew going into this that the visuals wouldn’t be an issue and that’s been the case with every release. Silvestri does what he does best in his distinctive style and doing so with a flair that’s so much fun to look at.
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is beginning to deliver on the promise of its title. By the end, we finally get the duo together to figure out what’s going on and track down whoever is behind the strange monsters and have taken Gordon and Harley. Here’s hoping after such a wait it all delivers the back and forth we’ve been waiting for.
Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marc Silvestri Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 8.05 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
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