The Best Batmen, Aren’t (The Batman Who Laughs #7 Comic Review)

Writer Scott Snyder

Artist JOCK

Colors Dave Baron

Letters Sal Cipriano

Cover JOCK

Variant Cover David Finch & Tomeu Morey

Last Issue

With Bruce’s toxicity levels spiking, time is running out to find the Batman Who Laughs. Needing the help of Gordon and his son, Bruce gives them gear to intercept the Grim Knight at the reservoir. By setting of the last laugh protocol themselves, they have bought themselves enough time to prepare for the main showdown to come. When Bruce finally sees his adversary face to face, he learns the true plot. The Batman who laughs has been on an interdimensional killing spree of many Bruce Waynes, the link between all the victims? Each Bruce killed was at their absolute happiest. Our Bruce playing right into The Batman Who Laughs trap and unwittingly being his next target. The moment he succumbs to the toxin being the happiest our Batman will be in his life.

This Issue

The final issue of this seven-issue miniseries is upon us. This has been quite the wild ride indeed. Between Bruce’s seemingly futile efforts and each gut-wrenching twist and turn in the plot, I have some of the most pleasant whiplash I can remember. The Batman Who Laughs has won, having the last piece of the puzzle to make his serum. With the Grim Knight having convinced Jim’s son to turn on him. The bell has begun to toll and things are looking dire for our heroes.

Thoughts

This was a grand finale indeed. Snyder has not disappointed me in the slightest. Without giving anything away, it’s very clear that Snyder is a true Batman fan. One that so clearly wants to ee this character elevated to a symbol of true good. This series delivered 100% and then some of great cerebral Batman related thought experiments, to a new understanding and many examples of where writers can take this character. JOCK on the art adding to the feeling of this series. A blood-stained love letter to the Batman fans, wax sealed in dark metal and hope.

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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
This was a wonderful series in my opinion. A great look into the real problems with Bruce not only as a hero but as an icon in the real world. The Batman we know is the worst one. Snyder just wants better for us.
Good
  • Amazing critical lense on the landscape of Batman
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Riveting story
  • Compelling art
  • Iconic in its own right
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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