Batman: The Man Who Laughs

February 21, 2005 | Comics


Batman: The Man Who Laughs
Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke
DC Comics
$10.75/$6.95 US
**** (out of five)

Bru, we hardly knew ye.
The release of this stand-alone tale of the first meeting between Batman and his arch-nemesis, the Joker, hurts, because it shows why writer Ed Brubaker is so damned talented and why his departure from DC is going to hurt so bad. Brubaker, who also writes the outstanding Sleeper and The Authority books for DC’s Wildstorm line, announced earlier this month he has accepted an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics.
Working with talented regular Bat-artist Doug Mahnke, Brubaker examines the motivations of the Clown Prince Of Crime in an eloquently told story written from the perspectives of the Batman and Gotham City cop, James Gordon.
A novice Batman (and get ready for a lot of those type of stories headed into Batman Begins this spring), trying to understand the nature of the criminally insane and to save an entire city from destruction makes Who Laughs Last so good it may bring a tear to your eye.

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