Last month I started reading the ‘Batman’ series comics. First up was ‘Batman: Year One’ which I read as a result of a recommendation I got from a website I found, DC Database. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The second recommendation they suggested was ‘Batman: The Man Who Laughs’. So I dove right in to find out if they could be right twice in a row.
First of all, the Joker is a wild character to portray for anybody. That being said, writer Ed Brubaker and his team of pencilers, inkers, colorists, and letterers bring the Joker to life masterfully. ‘Batman: The Man Who Laughs’ is a wonderful introduction to a seductively deviant villain.
This comic is action-packed, with scenes ranging from escaped prison convicts roaming the Gotham City streets to a helicopter crash on a politicians front lawn. Of course, there’s always the ever-present sense of imminent doom, as well, which shrouds virtually all Batman stories. Joker’s introduction, though, is nothing short of brilliant.
Essentially, the story is about Joker’s plan to poison the city, how exactly I won’t say. Batman spends the entire time trying to understand how the Joker’s mind works. As we all know, however, that isn’t exactly an easy or simple task.
I won’t give anything else away, but I’m sure that if you read and liked ‘Batman: Year One’ then you’ll enjoy ‘Batman: The Man Who Laughs’ as well. Snag a copy and find out for yourself. Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke define one of DC Comics’ most iconic bad guys in the most superb of ways.
Apparently, ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ is the next best comic to read in the Batman series. That’s according to DC Database, anyways. I’ll let you know if it really is any good as soon as I read it.