The League Who Laughs (Batman/Superman #1 Comic Review)

Writer Joshua Williamson

Artist David Marquez

Colorist Alejandro Sanchez

Letterer John J. Hill

Cover Marquez & Sanchez

Variant Cover Leinil Yu & Tomeu Morey

The time is upon us again, ladies and gentlemen. To consume one of the best team-ups in DC publication history. That’s right, Batman and Superman. A series which has graced us with great arcs for quite some time. This stretch of six issues is bestowed upon us by Joshua Williamson. The man who brought us Ghosted when at Image and The Flash at DC to name a couple of his works.

The Issue

The comic thrust us into the throes of mystery immediately, with Batman calling or Clark’s urgent assistance. Speeding his way to Bruce as fast as he can he finds himself at the Watchtower. Inside he finds the corpses of all of his fellow leaguers with Batman standing above the carnage. Something is different about this Bruce. I’ll give you one good guess as to who it is.

Cut back to our Bruce and Clark. Bruce is still asking Clark for his help here, only this time it’s normal Bruce. Post Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs seven-issue run you have to understand. Things aren’t exactly fixed and the serum TBWL had made is still very much in play here. Now, the kidnapping of a child is being connected to this chain of events and it’s up to Bruce and Clark to save him and stop this sinister scheme.

Thoughts

This was a thrilling into to the next step in TBWL overarching plot. The illustration is utterly superb, being able to go from the horrors shown at the beginning of the comic, to the quaint comfort of the Daily Planet. Williamson is leaving a lot of this untold while stating the obvious in this first issue while leaving only the unknown to wonder about. Frankly, I’m excited for his kind of storytelling being applied to these two and considering the impact the dark multiverse has had on the main DC canon. I’d bet we have a wild ride ahead of us.

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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 first issue has me bouncing in my chair. Honestly, I can't wait to see how this is going to affect everyone in the League, not just the titled two because this series is started hardball in the first inning.
Good
  • Very nasty foreseen twist at the end
  • Great omninous worldbuilding
  • Doesn't waste too much explaining what has happened.
9
Amazing
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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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