All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot.
Writer Scott Snyder has put together a fascinating miniseries the explores the lines that Batman will and won’t cross by pitting him against the Batman Who Laughs. The introduction of the Grim Knight delivered another Batman who we can explore yet another aspect of the character through. In The Batman Who Laughs #3, we get confrontations but also an exploration of exactly when “Batman was born.”
Through the action sequences and the comic as a whole, Snyder explores this idea of what created Batman. Was it the death of his parents? Was it his falling in the cave? Was it the bat breaking through the window? Was it a combination? Or, was it something else entirely?
There’s also a dive into what lines Batman and Bruce will and won’t cross. In his confrontation with the Grim Knight, a Punisher-esque version of Batman, we dive into his unwillingness to kill and his not wanting to use guns. It’s a scene that’s smart in many ways and shows that Batman is more than brute force.
But, the issue is basically a bridge to what’s next. It’s Batman running around trying to figure out what the bad guys’ plan is and realizing that he’s too many steps behind. It’s desperation but really a bridge to what’s next.
Jock‘s art, along with color from David Baron, and lettering from Sal Cirpriano combines the style of a Batman comic with a bit of a nightmarish tinge. The action is solid and there’s subtle focuses that really enhance the desperation of it all. Through the art, the psychological aspect of it all is enhanced.
The issue as part of the whole is a good one though on its own it falls a bit short. It’s definitely not a place to start but for those already reading the series, it’s a good addition to the overall story.
Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
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