Batman: The Man Who Laughs HC

February 25, 2008 | Trades


Batman: The Man Who Laughs HC
Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd, Steve Bird
DC Comics
$23.99/$19.99 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

It all came down to money over matter.
While Batman: The Man Who Laughs was an extremely well written, great looking stand-alone issue when it was released in February 2005, it was also pretty expensive ($10.75/$6.95 US) and that high price point seemed to scare off both retailers and fans.
The result was that not many people read it, in spite of the fact that it was penned by rising star Ed Brubaker, who has gone on to award-winning work over the past few years on Captain America, Daredevil and the X-Men for Marvel Comics, and that it told a compelling story about Batman’s first case featuring his nemesis, the Joker.
The original Man Who Laughs routinely sells for $50 or more — if you can find a copy.
Now, as DC Comics gears up for the sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, this summer’s The Dark Knight which prominently features the Caped Crusader’s initial run in with the Clown Prince of Crime (portrayed by the recently departed, Heath Ledger), comes the first-ever reprinting of The Man Who Laughs in a hardcover volume, packaged with a solid three-part story from Brubaker’s run on Detective Comics.
Here’s hoping fan won’t let money be the deciding factor again and take advantage of this second chance to grab The Man Who Laughs.

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