Title: The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #5
Words: Scott Snyder
Colors: David Baron
Publication Date: May, 8 2019
Publisher’s Summary: It’s a battle to the death as Batman goes head-to-head with the Grim Knight! The Caped Crusader is forced to not only fight off the most evil version of himself, but the growing desire to turn his back on his moral code and commit cold-blooded murder. Any other time, Batman would be able to stay on the straight and narrow, but as the Joker serum finally takes over his body, Bruce Wayne may just succumb to pure evil, and kill the Grim Knight. All of this is foreseen by the Batman Who Laughs, who has been planning for the corruption of Bruce Wayne, banking on him activating the “Last Laugh” protocol and turning Gotham City into an incubator for evil. All the Batman Who Laughs needs is one last “Happy Bruce” from another dimension to make his serum work…but only Batman knows where the last Bruce is going to show up.
Batman continues to lose his grip on reality; as his sanity quivers in the palm of the Batman Who Laughs, Gotham City’s fate hangs in the balance.
As much as I am enjoying this series, I cannot wait for it to come to an end; and, of course, I mean that as a compliment. The Batman Who Laughs is a series that, despite succeeding in its current, serialized, form, begs to be read in a single sitting. Scott Snyder’s pacing and creation/maintaining of narrative tension is to blame for urge; pages turn easily, and developments continue to excite. Jock’s always-impressive artwork complements Snyder’s script, and pulls readers toward a story, and characters, who should inspire them to shudder and shy away.
Yet again, Snyder leaves readers aching to dive into the next issue with a nail-biter of an ending. There’s only two issues left in this mini-series, and now, as it stands, things aren’t looking too good for Gotham City…
The Bottom Line:
The Batman Who Laughs continues to impress; its high stakes and edge-of-your-seat narrative tension makes for an emotionally intense reading experience. With just two issues left, I’m eager to see how Gotham fairs when this battle of bats concludes.