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Review: The Batman Who Laughs #3

The Batman Who Laughs #3

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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Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #3

The Batman Who Laughs #3

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 13, 2019
SRP: $4.99

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. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It’s a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in “Black Mirror”: James Gordon Jr.

The Batman Who Laughs #3

ComiXology and Delcourt Reveal a Promethee 13:13 Poster by Shawn Martinbrough and Jock

ComiXology and Delcourt Group join forces to bring readers everywhere the upcoming comiXology Originals title Promethee 13:13, a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bande dessinée, Promethee. The Promethee 13:13 team along with original Promethee creator Christophe Bec will be in attendance at the 46th annual Festival International De La Bande Dessinée – happening January 24-27, 2019 in Angouleme, France – to promote and discuss new details about this upcoming title.

Coming this year as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Promethee 13:13will be exclusively available as two 48-page volumes on Kindle and comiXology and available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost. Each volume will be simultaneously released in English and French worldwide at debut.

To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 creative team of Andy Diggle, Shawn Martinbrough and Jock, along with Promethee original creator, Christophe Bec, will appear at the Delcourt Group booth in Le Monde des Bulles Marquee to sign an exclusive, limited edition poster illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough, with colors by Jock, Friday, January 25th from 5-6pm, and Saturday January 26thfrom 7-8pm. Additionally, the Promethee team along with comiXology Originals Head of Content, Chip Mosher, Directeur Editorial at Delcourt Group, Jean Wacquet, and Editor Will Dennis, will discuss this upcoming comic series during the Past, Present and Future: Promethee 13:13 panel, Thursday, January 24th at 4:30pm at the Conservatory Gabriel Fauré in Angoulême, France.

Promethee 13:13 is a psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy, written by Andy Diggle with art by Shawn Martinbrough, colors by Dave Stewart, covers by Jock, and headed by veteran editor Will Dennis.

Darla, a successful author, has visions of apocalyptic invasions and being abducted by aliens as a child. After years of medication she’s put it behind her, until one day while speaking at a mental illness conference in San Diego, her life gets turned upside down. At the same time, strange things begin to happen during the latest space shuttle Atlantis mission. Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13.

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #2

The Batman Who Laughs #2

A ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been…but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum…enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

The first issue of this series was fantastic and this second one seems to outdo it in every way. Writer Scott Snyder delivers a desperate and brutal story in The Batman Who Laughs #2. If this Joker/Batman mix from the Dark Multiverse wasn’t bad enough, we now have one of the deadliest Batmen out there in the Grim Knight, a Batman who’s a weapons expert and willing to do whatever it takes.

As we saw at the end of the previous issue, the Joker has infected Batman and possibly killed himself. This issue is the ramifications of that as our Batman must fight off the Joker toxin and at the same time deal with evil versions of himself. There’s a sense of urgency about it all that Snyder makes sure to emphasize whenever he can. Add in that this is a twist on what made the Batman Who Laughs and we see a Batman struggling to not become what he’s fighting. That focus on different aspects of Batman, and the roads not taken, is one of the most interesting things to be added to Batman’s myth in quite some time and Snyder knocks it out of the park by doing so.

There’s also the emphasis on the Dark Multiverse Batmen and really just how horrible they are. These are Batman without the control or the moral focus. They do what they need to do to win. It also makes us realize how much Batman really holds back and the monster he could become if he chose to.

The art by Jock, colors by David Baron, and lettering by Sal Cipriano helps it all and there’s some fantastic moments in the issue. Brutal fights, explosions, but it’s the subtle details of Bruce/Batman’s infection with the Joker toxin that stands out. The way he stands, the look in his eyes, the body language overall, it adds so much to the storytelling and a depth of emotion to it all.

The first issue was fantastic and this second issue is amazing as well. This is a hell of a story that seems to really be a match that tests everything about Batman. Not since the Court of Owls have we had a villain who is a match, if not the better, of Batman. And we haven’t had a story where it really felt that Batman might lose but also cross a line he doesn’t want to. This is the mini-series to go all in for as it’s one hell of a story so far.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #2

The Batman Who Laughs #2

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

After the shocking ending of issue #1, a ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been…but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum… enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

The Batman Who Laughs #2

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #1

Dark Knights: Metal introduced us to the Dark Multiverse and one of the most frightening villains ever, The Batman Who Laughs. He’s still loose hoping to “win” and the only person who can stop him is Batman. But, will Batman have to cross the line he hoped to never cross and kill the evil version of himself? Plus, a whole new Batman from the Dark Multiverse!

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Review: The Batman Who Laughs #1

Dark Knights: Metal introduced us to the Dark Multiverse and one of the most frightening villains ever, The Batman Who Laughs. He’s still loose hoping to “win” and the only person who can stop him is Batman. But, will Batman have to cross the line he hoped to never cross and kill the evil version of himself? Plus, a whole new Batman from the Dark Multiverse!

The Batman Who Laughs is by Scott Snyder, Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano.

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Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #1

The Batman Who Laughs #1

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of METAL, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won’t break…the same rule that created this insatiable villain-the Batman Who Laughs!

Review: Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special

It’s always amazing the people you end up becoming friends with. It’s interesting to see how people become friends in literature and especially in comics. Take the comic Archer and Armstrong, where one person was hired to kill the other only to become friends when they realize that they both had been lied to. As entertaining as it is to see these relationships blossom, the ones that are made in horror stories, to me, usually are the most relatable. In the Halloween Special, Wytches: Bad Egg, we find two boys who should not be friends find a common bond in the dark and murky world of Wytches.

We meet Sebastian Clay, a normal adolescent boy, on his way to school, where one of his friend’s fathers, stops t pick him up but when he refuses, he tries to abduct Sebastian. This is where we find out his mother just so happens to be part of a lineage of some of the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, “The Irons,” as she rescues her son and kills his friend’s father, who just so happens to be a Wytch. We also meet Jackson Belle, Sebastian’s best friend, whose lineage is the complete opposite of Sebastian’s, as he belongs to a family of Wytches, known as the “High Horns.” As the two friends struggle with who the other is, their bond is tried as family and tradition cast long shadows on their identities.

Overall, it’s a beautiful story in this gory horror filled world which will make the reader appreciate your friendships. The story by Scott Snyder is gripping, complicated and heartfelt. The art by Jock is enthralling and remarkable. Altogether, this story more than proves that this team is at best when they dive deep into the darkest recesses of their minds.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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