Comic Book Review: The Batman Who Laughs (2017-) #1

Title: Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs (2017-) #1
Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Publication Date: November 15th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures?”

With this issue, comes yet another nightmarish origin story from the crypts of the Dark Multiverse; Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 is perhaps the most anticipated dark origin story. Here, readers are given a quick, but terrifying, look into the Batman Who Laugh’s twisted life. This issue is similar to its predecessors in setup and purpose, but in execution, it stands taller, and ultimately, the final product


James Tynion IV has been tasked with writing what is, perhaps, the darkest and most terrifying of all the bad-Bat origin stories, and he’s crushed it. Throughout the book, readers will be pleasantly shocked and surprised by the Batman Who Laughs’ cruel and unusual actions. Although what the Batman Who Laughs does is “wrong,” readers will have a hard time completely disagreeing with, at least one of his destiny shaping decisions. This being the case, Tynion has scripted a scenario that all of us Bat-fans have wondered about from time to time, and in doing so, produces an important piece of Batman lore.


As much as James Tynion IV was tasked with taking on the most twisted versions of Batman to emerge from the Dark Multiverse, Riley Rossmo had to bring said character(s) to life. Rossmo was successful in his attempts as some of the illustrations in this book make my skin crawl simultaneously with fright and excitement. Rossmo packs each page with [dark] energy that’ll excite readers re-read upon re-read.

The Bottom Line:

This is the one that you’ve been waiting for ladies and gentlemen. In Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 readers are offered the opportunity to peek into the most twisted of the Dark Multiverse Batmen origin stories. Yet again, James Tynion has produced a stellar work that’ll leave fans talking for some time. Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 is another one that you do not want to miss.