Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5

Writer: Marc Silvestri Artist: Marc Silvestri Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 8, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 28
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

When the Deadly Duo’s investigation brings them into the catacombs under Gotham, Batman and The Joker’s adventure becomes a trip into hell. If you thought this series had already shown you its horrors, get ready for a descent into the heart of darkness as Batman and The Joker’s true enemy is revealed.

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 7, 2023

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 takes creepy to an all-new level providing fans with some next-level Batman villainy. This story by Silvestri has escalated from a regular, run-of-the-mill, Batman/ Joker Team-Up comic to a sinister, almost demonic display overnight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Mar 7, 2023

    The Script, art, colors, and lettering in this issue are all near-perfect. This is what a Batman special event story should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - William Martin Mar 7, 2023

    What else can I do to sell people on this comic? In a lot of ways this feels like the kind of comic that got me into the character in the first place. From the art to the writing it really does everything right. There's no need to be verbose.I enjoy it and I think you will too. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 7, 2023

    Silvestri delivers art that perfectly illustrates the gritty, dark and dangerous world of the story being told. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 7, 2023

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 amps up the detective work and the exposition to uncover the "true" threat behind the monsters, kidnappings, and murders. The art is gloriously good, Batman's detecting work is solid, and the mystery reveal is surprising. That said, this is a very dialog-heavy issue with little action, and many questions still need to be answered. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Mar 8, 2023

    There is a lot to like about this issue. There are a few dated jokes and some pacing issues with dialogue, but this is easily the best-looking issue. Silvestri even makes The Joker look cool when hes wearing the weird stealth suit that Batman gave him. With two more issues to go, I would say it is absolutely worth sticking around until the end. I can already see that this will read excellently as a trade or hardcover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 8, 2023

    Silvestris work makes good use of one of the more iconic cities in the DC Universe. It would be very, very cool to get a comprehensive tour of Gotham City between Batman and Bruce Wayne. The history of the subway system that Silvestri is managing in this issue is actually a lot of fun. The Gotham City of the DC Comics Universe has never had quite the grand tour that its really deserved, and a story spanning every major neighborhood would be captivating. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 7, 2023

    But while it works decently as a horror comic, it lacks the noir edge that makes the best Batman horror comics work. Instead, it feels like an '80s splatterpunk horror, and there's only so far that can go. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 8, 2023

    The twists this issue lack punch even as the art pushes things over the top in the gritty department which, in turn sort of has an unintentional "pick me" vibe mixed with the 80s. Add to that, this is a very, very dialogue heavy issue so it is, at time a slog. Read Full Review

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