Batman: Three Jokers #2

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 30, 2020 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 81
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As Batman and Batgirl follow an unexpected thread linking the three Jokers with someone from the Dark Knight’s past, Red Hood dives headfirst into trouble and finds himself struggling to stay afloat without the aid of his allies.
Batman: Three Jokers continues its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending conflict with Batman. Prepare yourselves for the second chapter of one of the most terrifying and personal mysteries Batman has ever faced!

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Sep 29, 2020

    Batman: Three Jokers #2 keeps the mystery alive and brings in the drama after that explosive issue #1. Granted, we are down to two Jokers, but the hits don't stop. If you thought "A Death in the Family" was rough on Jason, just wait until you read this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 29, 2020

    I can honestly tell readers to believe the hype. Buy this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Nemesis Oct 5, 2020

    This book is a treasure and I think it is a seminal event for both Batman lore and DC comics. A decade from now I hope we are talking about this series in the same we talk about the first Crisis event by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. I think it is that good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Sep 30, 2020

    I'm in! I'm really in. This is a great pairing of heroes and to see how they all face the purple demon(s) is going to be interesting! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 30, 2020

    This is the best series DC has put out this year, bar none. I can't get enough of this. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Sep 29, 2020

    Although not as earth-shattering as its opening installment,Batman: Three Jokers #2 is nonetheless a master class in sequential storytelling thanks to jaw-droppingly compelling visuals. The real weight, though, isn't the inherent mystery but rather in the emotional fallout. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Sep 29, 2020

    BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #2 is real. Its gritty. Its nasty. And, its scary. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 29, 2020

    As a mid-chapter to the trilogy this was a strong issue that sets the stage for a fascinating conclusion. So far this series definitely hasn't disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Sep 28, 2020

    Batman Three Jokers #2 is available today, so make sure you pick it up at your local comic store. This is not one that you are going to want to wait to read. You can also download it via digital download from your preferred digital comic retailer. Make sure you guys let us know what you thought about the issue by leaving your comment below! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Sep 29, 2020

    The complexity of the story and topics are balanced wonderfully throughout the issue. The concept of right and wrong is used wonderfully with Jason Todd and him killing a Joker. Johns and Fabok have built and created a great story that is only going to end with a Bang! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Sep 30, 2020

    Two issues in, I think you could say there are more questions than answers, but the mystery is good enough to keep you coming back for more.  Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Jim Malakwen Oct 5, 2020

    An excellent showcase for Jason Fabok's extraordinary artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Sep 29, 2020

    Thus far, Batman: Three Jokers has been a well-crafted, moody, Noir-ish crime thriller that continues to deliver in its second issue. We have high hopes that it can wrap everything together and solidify itself as an important Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 28, 2020

    While this issue didn't "wow" me as the first one did, there is still a lot to like here, even if we're retreading some overused ground with the Jason Todd/Joker story. The art is amazing all the way through and I hope that even though this is a Black Label book and the continuity doesn't need to be a part of the mainline Batman series that we can see some growth in the Red Hood character all-around based on what we got here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 29, 2020

    There's something to say about Jason's path in general. There's something to say about recovery from trauma and while we all have our own path, we still need support. All of that is there but it's never feels like any of it is really discussed or explored, it's all surface deep. Hopefully we get a bit more of these interesting ideas but as is, this is a series that feels like it knows what it wants to say but not how to say it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Sep 29, 2020

    This is one of the hardest reviews I've ever had to write, because it wasn't until writing this sentence at 5am on my birthday morning that I managed to crack how to score this beast of a comic. This is not a bad book on a technical level, and I must reserve some judgment for how issue 3 plans to tie this all together. I didn't dislike this book at all, in fact; but it's got problems that I believe persist from beginning to end, and it's going to need a bombshell of a conclusion for me to call this book the masterpiece it's trying its hardest to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 29, 2020

    At this stage, it's hard to muster any real excitement about the pieces that Johns is putting in place. We're no closer to understanding the mystery. Johns has yet to really say anything about the themes that he seems to be playing with regarding how these characters relate to their trauma and legacies. Is there a more meta angle here? Does Johns consider himself to be Jason Todd in this story? Torn between the weight of his own legacy and criticism that he just stood on the shoulders of those that came before him? That might be a bit of a stretch but you can make a case for it. Three Jokers remains a perplexing entry in the DC canon and one that is hard to reckon with on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Oct 15, 2020

    Ultimately, Batman: Three Jokers tries to tie together aspects of the origins of these characters in a way to make some cool connections, but feels way too forced. It's ok to have some unanswered questions. If you spell it all out, it will never live up to that mystery that's been built up for decades. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Oct 2, 2020

    Johns story continues to plod along with limited intrigue into the larger scheme of the villain and the Bat-family, but with a few developments that may elicit a surprised "huh!" from readers and one in particular that might incite an online riot (for no narrative reason). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Sep 29, 2020

    It's absolutely insane how I thought this issue was better than the last one but here we are. What another spectacular installment into the epic three-part saga known as "Batman: Three Jokers" by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok.

    Geoff Johns certainly GETS these characters, man. I've seen stuff online of people saying "Johns hates Batman." Huh?? I don't see any hate boner for Batman here. And if there is it's certainly not as obvious as, say, Dan Slott's hate boner towards Mary Jane.

    Jason Fabok continues to wow me and rob me of my cash as he continues spectacular usage of the nine-panel layout his overall clean aesthetic to his artwork. He truly shows that he studies Brian Bolland's style and technique and delivered.
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  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Sep 29, 2020

    Hmm this was just fine. I didn't like it as much as the first issue. This issue was semi-predictable. Exploring the idea of Jason becoming the next Joker was an idea that's been floated around even since before this series was a thing. The mystery surrounding the three Jokers also took a backseat, which I didn't like. I went into this series expecting some kind of explanation or what is going on, but it seems to focus more on Jason and Barbara, which is also fine, it just wasn't what I'm really interested in. It also has a weird moment, which I'm not sure how I feel about it. If you must know, you can google the big spoiler that was leaked before this issue came out. While that leak lacked a lot of context, even after reading this i more

  • 3.0
    Double Down Oct 2, 2020

    Still Boring.

    Story: 2/10
    Art: 6/10
    Overall: 3/10

    Story: I'm going to give this the exact same score as last time, because... I don't know what else to do!

    I read the issue, okay, interesting enough, sort of... but nothing really happens.
    This would be great if I knew this was going to play out for 10 or 12 issues, but isn't this only 3 issues long?
    Does anyone really care about Joe Chill anymore?

    Art: It's great, if it's your style. It's not mine, and I've been over that. I can appreciate the effort.


    Overall: a dull 3. It's not worth the money if comics aren't free. I don't know. I just... struggle getting excited.

    I will say, I was not impressed b more

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  • 10
    Batphantom Sep 29, 2020

    This issue surprised me. Many theories that I had about story were discarded. As always the art and color is 10.

  • 10
    Danny Sep 29, 2020

    The best song to listen to while reading this is 'Harmonielehre: II. The Anfortas Wound' -- this entire issue is drenched with eeriness. Best to read on a rainy night, with the lights off, a lamplight on... Chilling.

  • 9.5
    Criminology. Oct 2, 2020

    The way this book handles Jason's trauma and it's themes is really something else.
    That comics is one for the ages.

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Sep 29, 2020

    There are some things here that are a little weird, in my opinion. I feel like Jason's dialogue is sometimes a bit rough. But I think the issue was, overall, still really good. I'm excited for the finale. I hope it is a finale, because to be honest, the pacing here does not feel like act two to a three act story. I really hope this ends as a complete story and not as a prelude to something else. That would be unforgivable. But yeah, I'll stay optimistic for now.

  • 9.0
    Darrow Sep 29, 2020

    it's better than first issue.

  • 9.0
    Spacey Medicine Oct 3, 2020

    Another really good issue!

  • 8.5
    AsgersWeb Sep 29, 2020

    Still very solid, but same problems as the first issue. I will say this one was significantly more engaging, but Batman isn't in the issue nearly enough. He has very little dialogue and or stuff to do. I hope the third issue will bring it all home where Bruce is in the spotlight.

  • 10
    fenixalasnegras Sep 28, 2020

    Almost perfect! The best DC has done in years, Fabok's work is impeccable, the art is great.
    Despite having read some reviews that point to the kiss between Barbara and Jason, that was not the strange thing here.
    Seeing a supportive Batman with Jason WAS REALLY WEIRD, Barbara making judgments, it's not. Another thing is how Barbara confuses one of the poisoned with Jason when neither the cut nor the body has anything to do with Jason, finally there is the scene where Jason wakes up and now has underwear, which makes me wonder, those boxers belong to Bruce or Barbara? Or maybe they didn't want to get the sex out of Jason like they did with Bruce to prevent people from being scared with body parts, I can't imagine the horror that mu more

  • 10
    sebastianorellana95 Sep 29, 2020

    Very good develop of characters. I hope in the next number continue development Barbara and Jason relationship, and Jason back to reason.

  • 10
    Tony Sep 29, 2020

    I've to be honest I want more developed the Jason/Barbara "romance". The art makes worth this book. The story is good, I really like this issue, although it leaves a strange feeling, since when I finished reading it I felt as if nothing had happened in the story, but reading it in depth, a lot of things really happen. I hope it's the calm before the storm and the story closes in style.

  • 10
    R05h1 Sep 29, 2020

    Fabok’s drawing is amazing and Geoff John’s writing never fails I am waiting for the last issue to see how John’s concludes the book

  • 10
    Watchtower022 Oct 4, 2020

    I ******* loved this! Fantastic character work and Fabok is turning in career best work here! Could not be more excited for this finale!

  • 10
    Superheroes for Hire Oct 5, 2020

    More perfection! A little character development for our trio of heroes as well.

  • 10
    KFuqua Oct 6, 2020

    Great art and an interesting story. Nothing wrong with this one so far!

  • 10
    cincyfan Oct 19, 2020

    I love everything about this

  • 9.5
    Afre Sep 29, 2020

    As alaways, Jason Fabok's art is phenomenal. He really does wonders here. And paired with Johns, this is another amazing issue. Not the masterpiece 10/10 the first one was but close. There are some things that happen here that may anger some fans but I didn't mind it that much. A little, but not a deal-breaker, as I don't know yet how they will resolve those things.

    The only real problem I have with this is that I don't want it to end after the next issue.

  • 9.5
    Crimson Knight Sep 29, 2020

    This story is so always suprising me and I love it!

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Sep 29, 2020

    An excellent second issue. This issue moves forward and starts peeling back on many fronts on what this series is aiming to do. I will admit, I was kind of underwhelmed to the build-up of how exactly there is Three Jokers, not because the build-up is poor by any means, but because it looks like ideas or tropes that have been used in the past. Nevertheless, I was not really bothered by the idea of how multiple Jokers exist, as what I find as the main focus is how each protagonist is affected by each individual Joker, and how Johns handles Jason's development specifically in this issue is of upmost skill, rivaling that of Under the Hood written 15 years ago.

    We see more of the Old school Joker in this issue as well, I had a huge f more

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Sep 30, 2020

    Strong issue. A lot to talk about but at the same time a lot still left to happen. Next issue is going to be stuffed.

    But this one, this is good stuff. Jason getting a lot of good mileage from this series. A very controversial scene near the end between him and Barbera. But still a lot to like aside from that.

    Art is absolutely gorgeous. Fabok has gotten the consistency down to a science. And the there are some excerpt panels here.

  • 9.0
    JM1939 Oct 2, 2020

    Another excellent entry! The story is starting to show itself and boy is it an intriguing one. This is going to get a lot more crazy before it's over.

  • 9.0
    JulianPope Oct 6, 2020

    A great issue in that it has continued to keep and build tension, while also releasing some. Since the next book is the last in the series, I also expect it to be the best.

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Oct 7, 2020

    " Who is the Joker, really ?"
    - CRIMINAL JOKER

  • 8.5
    Batfan Sep 29, 2020

    Spoilers.The art and colours are on the exact same speechless level as the last issue. The writing however, I don’t know what to make of this issue and where Geoff Johns is going. So far it seems he is following the route of making Jason a Joker, which is very controversial/bold if this becomes canon.

    There were some great scenes, like seeing the jokerised bodies which was so disturbing and Jason’s interrogation scene. Batman’s characterisation seems to be a little off though, this is the second time he’s dismissed Jason killing someone, the first being Gaggy, and not shown any frustration about it. I also don’t like the idea of Joker being involved with Bruce’s parents death, especially being canon, there’s no nee more

  • 8.5
    CaptainPina Sep 30, 2020

    A little let down, but it still holds up. The conclusion is really exciting, what is this comic book really going to be about?

  • 8.5
    Oaramirez780 Oct 1, 2020

    A great issue on its own but it did not live up to the madness and shock value of issue 1. the opening scene with the comedian was phenomenal and anytime the jokers interact with eachother is a nail biter. I hope issue 3 has as big of an impact as isdue one if not better.

  • 8.0
    Nathan.Payson Sep 30, 2020

    It was great, but it lacked any sort of wow factor.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Sep 30, 2020

    Im not sure I understand the ultimate endgame of this series which is only one more issue but it looks fantastic. Maybe the best looking book out now. In regards to the story it has some really good character moments and scenes and its very thought provoking. I didnt like bat girl nagging bruce about what to do about red hood killing a joker but other than that its an enjoyable. Just hope it leads to something purposeful in the next issue.

  • 8.0
    ohhaimark Oct 4, 2020

    I liked it. I think the middle is perfect. The beginning was pretty good. The ending lost me a bit, but I'm sure it'll pick back up.

  • 7.5
    Michaelbn Oct 3, 2020

    Story: 3/10 Batman and Joker are overrated beyond words, and this is just some nonsense with no clear direction. It doesn't seem to be going anywhere despite all of the hype.

    Art: 10/10 Jason Fabok never disappoints, his art makes this really enjoyable.

    Bonus: 1+ Johns ships Jason and Barbara, didn't see that coming ;)

  • 6.0
    Mikeland Oct 13, 2020

    It's okay, not sure what all the hype is. Very much a middle part, and for 40 pages, in a series that is only 3 issues surprisingly not that much happened, not nothing, but not that much. My interest is hanging on but I hope issue 3 pulls it out of the bag. Art is beautiful.

  • 4.0
    Rakefire Sep 29, 2020

    In love with the smell of its own farts.

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