The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder

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32 thoughts on “The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder

  1. For a moment there I thought that cover showed Judge Death from Judge Dredd…but then I realised, that’s not possible. Wow…though, this sounds like one heck of a dark and brutal tale. As I am one who usually tends to have a preference for all things dark, I am adding this one to my list. It will be interesting to see a really gruesome Batman comic, especially with all the scenes that you are describing here! 😊 Terrifice review as always Lashaan!

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    1. That’s a fantastic comparison! You got me wanting to dive into some Judge Dredd stories now hahah But man… The Batman Who Laughs is one creature you don’t want to mess with. Even the Joker has nothing on him. I’m glad that they got around to creating him, giving the DC Universe something almost purely “horror” to add to their repertoire. Thank you for your kind words, sir!

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      1. Haha, honestly I haven’t read Dredd in quite a while myself. Maybe it’s time to get back to him now😊
        But this one is definitely on my list now. In fact the next time I’m visiting my comic book shop in Utrecht I’m going to see if he has this one. You have me way too interested now😊😊

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  2. Well, you know I wasn’t the biggest fan of Metal but the Batman Who Laughs did intrigue me and Snyder and Jock made a great team on Black Mirror. I’ve just bought the individual issues in a digital sale so will be diving into this shortly, especially as it sets things up going into the new Batman/Superman series which I think starts next week. Excellent review as always Lashaan, keep ’em coming!

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    1. I think you’ll probably take more notice on some flaws (at least the ones I discretely mentioned in this review) but my enjoyment of Snyder’s material made me, after a day of rest from completing the story, to enjoy it more than hate it. And indeed, the next chapter for this story is in Batman/Superman and I wonder how Joshua Williamson will do there. Hope you enjoy this one, sir. Do let me know when you get around to checking this out. And The Boys! 😀

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  3. Huh, I wasn’t overly enamored by Metal, but I like your allusions to the personal element of this story – I did enjoy Snyder’s take on the Jungian shadow in Batman’s universe, even though the whole Dark Multiverse thingy was too far-fetched for me. And I do enjoy the graphic side of this! Though, to be fair, I still prefer Joker to Batman Who Laughs – I don’t appreciate Snyder’s idea that Batman is the biggest badass of the whole Multiverse, and the only one equal to him can be another Batman..

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    1. This was actually supposed to be the one I was going to “highly recommend” to you but after issue 2 of 7, I told myself that it went in some directions that you would have destroyed quickly hahah I thought it was really cool that it brought in that horror genre (he did write some horror stuff in the past after all) to the Batman universe and that he gave his creation (Batman Who Laughs) the chance to express himself.

      I sort of see the dark versions of Batmen he introduced as mirror-versions of each Justice League member but Bruce Wayne as the root of it all. And The Batman Who Laughs as the polar opposite of Batman, sort of like what Joker has always been so far, but more “genetically” accurate. Assuming that the Joker isn’t some relative of Bruce Wayne of course hahah

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      1. Yeah, I know what you mean. There was always Batman at the center of Snyder’s Dark Multiverse, with different flavors, granted, but with underlying story and character of Bruce Wayne. When I first read Metal I thought it neat that these different Batmen represent different aspects of Wayne’s personality and how they dominated his alternate versions due to various quirks of his history. A bit of pop-psychology, so to speak 😉 Right now, with these characters given full agency, I’m no longer so taken with the idea 😉 But I can see why you enjoy it, and I’d probably enjoy it too!

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  4. This seems like a real treat. The existential add-ons must have added a great chunk to the story. Hearing about the red letters with a bit of white just goes to show the level of detail with which this was planned. Commendations.

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  5. I’d read some articles about the Batman who Laughs not too long ago and I was amazed by how brutal the concept seemed to be. I love the idea behind the Batman Who Laughs, and I especially like how it sets him up as one of Batman’s most formidable foes. The attention to detail, especially in relation to the lettering and visual style.

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    1. Yep. It’s definitely one of the darkest creations so far in Batman’s lore. Even his character design is unique but so, so fascinating! And yes, I love how much thought went into the visuals and lettering. It really made the whole volume feel like a whole with an intention around the whole story. Thanks for reading, Lois! 😀

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  6. oooh I didn’t see a pic with the red lettering?! Anyway Batman fighting Batman versions of himself is such an epic idea (of course)! He has beaten all the villains in Gotham so who else is there to battle?! But it sounds like you really enjoyed them facing off. I admit that if I don’t like the art I can’t keep reading. I have to see something stellar in it. I understand from my writing partner that there are many who didn’t like this! I wonder why?!

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    1. I don’t share them because they’re quite spoilerific so I try and share random parts to give you guys an idea of the kind of artwork to expect! 😁 Well, technically, he does beat them all at some point but they all different plans throughout their legacy. 😉 This one just offers a super dark confrontation compared to any other story. 😂 As for why there are some readers who aren’t as enthusiastic as me, the answer is in the flaws I’ve skimmed over in my review. Snyder can sometimes overwrite some parts and kill the flow, making the overall result unstable but if you like his ideas and like what he’s trying to do, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! 😁

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    1. Thank you, Caroline! Oh yes, there’s over 50 different universes, and that’s what they call the “multiverse”. On each Earth (Earth 1, Earth 2, Earth 3, blablabla), there’s an “alternate” version of everyone. And some superheroes have the power to go from one universe to the other. So Bruce Wayne (from Earth-0), the one we all know, isn’t the same Bruce Wayne as on all other Earths. He might not even be Batman on some other earths, he might even be dead on some. 😉 And then, after the story in Dark Nights: Metal, Batman opened up a whole other universe called the “Dark Multiverse” which you could sort of see like the “Upside Down” from Stranger Things. And that’s where this Batman Who Laughs is from. 😮 😮

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