Who Has The Last Laugh Now? (The Batman Who Laughs #2 Review)

Writer Scott Snyder

Artist Jock

Colors David Baron

Letters  Sal Cipriano

Cover Jock

Variant Cover Ben Oliver

Asst Editor Dave Wielgosz

Editor Katie Kubert

Group Editor Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

We are reintroduced to The Bat Who Laughs in the first issue of his self-titled debut, but this he brought a friend the Grim Batman. A gun-toting version of the bat that feels very much like the Punisher with the cowl and I’m here for it. Slaying their way through the halls of Arkham, looking for one very special and particular inmate, the Joker. Ending his life with far less grace than the rest of their victims, the two ended mistakenly killing a decoy instead of the real Joker. The genuine clown having escaped in a narrow margin arrives at the bat cave as Bruce and Alfred are putting the pieces together. Where he promptly pulls out his revolver and shoots himself on the chest. Bruce runs to him, wondering why, when it hits him. Joker had a very potent version of his toxin intended to turn anyone who was near when he died to become the next Joker.

This Issue

Bruce has been infected with a toxin that will make him the Bat Who Laughs. To counteract this, Batman has begun injecting himself with every Joker toxin antidote that he has ever made. According to him, it will only last a little over a week. Meanwhile, Alfred works hard to save the Joker’s life. Coming up with any reason he can muster to just let him die. Being the creator of the Joker maker toxin, Bruce needs him. Not only to save himself but perhaps to stop the amalgamation of the two of them one more time. Bruce has other contingencies that need to work while Joker comes to.

Thoughts

The second issue of this arc delivers in my opinion, it furthers the story, gives us cool exposition for the plot and its characters, while doing very well to present new struggles for our protagonist. So far this book is doing very well in keeping me excited. My only issue is, I’m not sure if my excitement is for just yet. Could be me worshipping the new shiny object, I really hope this series ends up far deeper than that though.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
Pick up #2 as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed.
Good
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Beautifly Written
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Emotional
  • Nostalgia
10
Perfect
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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