March 27, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Batman Who Laughs Vols. 1-3 by Scott Snyder
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*Published December 12, 2018; January 16, 2019; February 13, 2019*
Okayokayokay….this time I have to blame/praise another friend from work who has recommended comics to me in the past. And what I truly loved about this one best of all is that I didn’t really need to know much of what was going on in the current Bat-verse, I just needed to know the very basics. And holy moses, so good!!!
“A Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins.”
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!
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!
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 reason I’m doing all of these in a single review is because I read all of these in about one hour at work, so they’re all just about mushing together in the best way possible.
To me, I think what I enjoyed most about this series was that we could see different versions of Batman from the multiverse. I don’t know much about what has happened in the Multiverse, but I knew I needed to know how we got a Batman who laughs. And not only a Batman who laughs, but the Grim Knight, a Batman who uses guns! Seeing and understanding what has caused a Batman who laughs, but many other versions of Bruce Wayne/Batman is not only rattling for us as the readers, but it’s rattling to this version of Batman who is trying to stop the Batman Who Laughs.
I’m excited for the next three volumes, as it’s only a six-volume series if I’m remembering what my friend told me correctly, and I’m curious as to how the Batman Who Laughs is defeated, if he’s defeated.
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