The Batman Who Laughs #3 (of 6) Review
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I enjoyed The Batman Who Laughs #2 and looked forward to this issue. Unfortunately, this one is a bit of a letdown on all sides.
I'm a huge Batman fan but I'm not a fan of the pretentious version that is sort of a know it all. That variant of Bruce is literally all over this issue.
This comic marks the first direct encounter between our Batman and the Grim Knight. It's a brief scene that also ends anti-climatically. The character looks awesome and the Idea of a Punisher variant of Batman is beyond inspired. This encounter just seems really weak.
There's a moment where the characters are talking to each other within earshot of James Gordon and I'm finding it really hard to believe that the supporting characters don't know Bruce's true identity.
Another key problem with the issue is Jock's linework. It simply doesn't measure up this issue. There a very few backgrounds in the comic and it makes every scene in the comic feel lifeless. I hate saying that because I know what he can do when he's hitting all cylinders. This is not his best work and the story does not play to his strengths as an artist. Jock is great at atmosphere and building tension. In a comic that has a lot of action his style doesn't mesh well. Another artist would have made this issue look amazing.
There is a sub-plot with James Gordon Jr. being brought in to help Bruce decipher The Batman Who Laughs plan and even that seems off.
The issue is just rough and I'm thoroughly disappointed. The creators behind this series are better than this.