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.