Title: The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #3
Words: Scott Snyder
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: 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.
“Now, I have become a man of plans, almost only plans. Every new on an extension of the first. I make them real…one, then the next. So often I’ve forgotten what it’s like to reach for one and grasp nothing…or worse…reach and find something else there entirely.”
Batman takes on the Grim Knight while the Batman Who Laughs continues his devious doings. The Dark Knight has a plan, but, plans change…
It takes a few pages, but once the wheels are up and this issue takes off, The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #3 offers readers an intense joyride that has come to be expected from Jock/Snyder collaborations. The opening explanatory scenes fit, but don’t do much for momentum; thankfully, the Snyder’s script is strong and makes for a pleasurable reading experience that yields to a brief but fierce Batman v. Batman face-off. Jock’s line work is sharp and purposeful, and his expression work–watch those closeups–is telling.
This issue’s ending will, surely, leave readers split: on group, shocked; the other, excited. Regardless that the anticipation is killing me, The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #3 provides readers with good reason to stick around; the fun, it appears, is just beginning.
The Bottom Line:
Packed with action and excitement, The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #3 is a highly-entertaining issue that ends on a note that is sure to leave readers eager to read the next chapter of this intense story.