The Batman Who Laughs #5
Writer Scott Snyder
Colors David Baron
Letters Sal Cipriano
Variant Cover Jenny Frison
Bruce is still frantically trying to stop his deranged doppelganger from initiating the Last Laugh protocol. Even fighting Alfred to get to his next step. Dawning a mask of dark metal imitating the one of the TBMWL. Seeking the help of Jim Gordon’s rehabilitated psychopath son, Batman needs to know where and how someone like this would use the cities water supply to spread a virus across all of Gotham.
Jim is captured by the Grim Batman and on his world, Jim brought him in. So he’s
Meanwhile, Bruce needs to stop his counterpart from killing more Bruce Waynes to gather what he needs to initiate his plans. traveling to another dimension where Bruce Wayne now runs Arkham Asylum. In his efforts to thwart his evil twin, Bruce springs the trap. TBMWL lying in wait for his target in guard clothes.
Batman is in a very bad situation. Stuck between the bulletproof glass and Arkham guards armed by a parallel universe counterpart of himself. So we know they are carrying real heat. They’ve wasted no time in assuming our Bruce is the real Batman, and have already opened fire. Bruce has very little time before they crank up the volume and his suit rendered useless. TBMWL, being on the other side of the glass has already killed his target and has begun to taunt Bruce through the glass.
I’m falling in love with where this series and where it is going. I admit I’m sad it’s not a full-on solo run. Snyder has a special place in my heart since The Death of the Family. Honestly, this whole series is giving me the exact same feeling I had at my favorite moment of the arc. His writing combined with JOCK’s raw and grim art style makes this whole story come alive for me. I’m finding myself being persuaded by TBMWL as if I were Bruce. There’s a cerebral connection to this writing that I can’t help but feel like is Snyder’s love letter to his fans.