DC Comics reviews 11/1/22 – Dark Knights of Steel #8, Batman #129

The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2

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Matthew Rosenberg is crafting a fun little mystery. Two men are wandering around and both are psychotic and credible enough to be the genuine Joker. The California-based one thought he killed the “imposter,” while the Gotham City one is behaving fairly consistent to The Joker’s normal unhinged demeanor.

Rosenberg isn’t tipping his hand in revealing who is the legit Joker as Red Hood closes in to track down. So far this has made the title very disorienting — in a good way.

Carmine Di Giandomenico’s artwork embraces the chaos utilizing perspectives and close ups of both Jokers to showcase the unpredictability of the story. Arif Piranto’s colors play up the purples and greens of The Joker well using dark reds for the more violent scenes. Tom Napolitano plays up The Joker’s creepy tone with creative lettering.

There’s too many Batman theme books out from DC these days, but this title has been a pleasant surprise and definitely worth seeing it play out.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 

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