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Batman: Who Laughs #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 15, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 49
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!
RATED T+

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 15, 2017

    Riley Rossmo was an inspired choice to draw this installment. Rossmos art is so lively and unique that it instantly stands out from some of the other one-shots. Rossmo might not be the most detailed and anatomically correct, but his art resembles a dark version of the classic Batman The Animated Series look. The Batman Who Laughs is breaking down his origin to a bound and concealed character. Tynion doesnt offer any clues, but its sure to get paid off in Metal #4. This is a definite must-get for fans of these alternate Batmen as it definitely saves one of the best for last. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Nov 22, 2017

    There's a part of every comic fan that thinks it would be cool to see Batman take out everyone in the DC Universe, proving he's the ultimate badass. His fight against Superman in The Dark Knight Returns is an absolute classic. The Batman Who Laughs is a horrifying take on that idea. It pushes the Caped Crusader past all limits and into true super villain territory. After seeing a comic like this, the DC Universe must hope and pray that Batman never goes through such a life-shattering experience. Someone should be assigned to hug him at least once a day. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Nov 15, 2017

    This is an astonishing book that features one of the most compelling creations of recent memory, a What If that is finally visualized in a haunting fashion. Batman Who Laughs is unsettling in the best way, a collaborative fright that stays with you long after youve read it. If you only have to buy one Metal tie-in, for the love of all that's unholy buy this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 17, 2017

    Riley Rossmo was the perfect artist to detail this journey into madness and James Tynion IV does a fantastic job in telling the tale. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Nov 23, 2017

    Metal can do no wrong. Weve been waiting for months to find out how the Batman Who Laughs came to be and this issue doesnt disappoint. It may feel a little rushed at times, but the issue does the trick. The Batman Who Laughs may be one of the most terrifying villains ever and his origin is the best yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Nov 18, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs #1 lived up to every expectation I had for it. There's little to no exposition and just enough recap of what the Dark Multiverse is for new readers; while respecting the current readers. Both Tynion and Rossmo are at the top of their game on this issue. Though I do wonder, who's moral code is brought into question here? Tynion for writing this issue? Rossmo for bringing it to life? Or us, the readers, for enjoying it? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 15, 2017

    By far the most compelling, if not chilling of the evil Batmen one-shots, The Batman Who Laughs firmly establishes this terrifying new visitor from the Dark Multiverse as a character truly worthy of DC's post-Metal roster. Still, it's his significance in the main story thus far that make choosing to pass on The Batman Who Laughs nothing short of a detriment to the overall experience of DC's biggest "Rebirth" era event to date. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 19, 2017

    I have been extremely impressed with all of the books tied to this storyline, but this book tops the list so far. The Batman Who Laughs is no laughing matter, and is one of the coolest Batman stories ever printed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 15, 2017

    I had a high bar for the issue and it met it and exceeded it. Some of the one-shots lately have slumped a little but this one is the best yet. Batman: Who Laughs is a thing of nightmares that embodies everything Dark Nights: Metal is about. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Nov 15, 2017

    This was the best out of all the one shots for DC Metal. James Tynion IV knows how to write the Joker and this is further proof of that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Nov 14, 2017

    Not only is this the darkest story Tynion's ever written, it's hands down one of the darkest comic books I've ever read. As an avid Image and Vertigo reader, that's saying something. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Nov 15, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs is the perfect way to end the Dark Knights tie-ins both through story and art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 15, 2017

    This is the one that you've been waiting for ladies and gentlemen. In Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 readers are offered the opportunity to peek into the most twisted of the Dark Multiverse Batmen origin stories. Yet again, James Tynion has produced a stellar work that'll leave fans talking for some time. Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 is another one that you do not want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Frantz Jerome Nov 28, 2017

    Batman Who Laughs serves up a salient story supported by great visuals! Ivan Plascencia's colors jump off the page, and the panels are so cleverly placed that Rossmo deserves an award off the bat. The use of dialogue to move this plot forward hinged heavily on the lettering and Tom Napolitano handled that masterfully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 15, 2017

    This is the one-shot I was looking forward to the most, and it didn't disappoint. The story horrified me at multiple points and the art was impressive, especially from an artist whose work I don't connect with. Even the lettering is done exceptionally well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Nov 14, 2017

    The story is a beautifully, violent masterpiece with all the tragedy stripped away and what's left is a Batman without conscience or remorse. His acts are appalling and solidify his spot as the leader of the Dark Knights. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - RobF Nov 23, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs is easily one of the best stories of the year and one I will not soon forget. In my opinion Batman was one of the most dangerous threat in the DC Universe. With no restraints he shoots to the top of the list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Nov 15, 2017

    This is arguably the best one-shot coming out of the Dark Nights: Metal event. Tynion takes the story to a terrifyingly dark place, and even though it's a one-shot, it makes it clear to the reader how much trouble the DC Universe is actually in in the central Dark Nights: Metal mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Nov 15, 2017

    This was a great one-shot that cuts right to the character relationship between Batman and Joker. Tynion really shines through in his work, especially their voices. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Nov 18, 2017

    As with all the Metal issues so far I keep thinking the hole for the heroes isnt going to get deeper, and then in those last few pages it falls even further to the core of hopelessness they now face. A truly mind-bending insight into this disturbing new character, and definitely worth the wait for the horror show we get to witness here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 15, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs lives up to the excitement which has been surrounding it. Its a disturbed look into a wrong Batman, a warped Batman a Batman who laughs. This one is highly recommended. James Tynion IV does some of his best work here, and with him, thats saying a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 16, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs has been along for the ride in this very deeply entwined Metal event since the beginning"now you can finally see where he comes from! This is an origin story, but also an interesting investigation of the dual nature of good and evil, of Batman's long-running battle to conquer the Joker without resorting to the ultimate violence. As will all the Dark Multiverse books, Batman will fail and fall, but he does so here with spectacularly cruel and vicious aplomb, you wouldn't want to miss it! Great for ghouls and geeks alike, but definitely not for the faint-hearted. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Nov 16, 2017

    Batman Who Laughs is a worthy edition to Metal one shots and really gets to explore the insanity of Batman as a character, but moreover, it gets to explore what would happen if Bruce accepted the insanity that his character represents. This is a good way to end these one shots. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 15, 2017

    While the standalone format limits what can be accomplished in this issue, The Batman Who Laughs #1 nonetheless offers a welcome look at one of the more memorable characters introduced in this crossover. James Tynion and Riley Rossmo offer a suitably twisted, bleak look at a world where Batman becomes the thing he hates most. In the process, they manage to elevate the Batman Who Laughs into an even bigger and more imposing threat than he already was. Metal #4 can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Nov 17, 2017

    For the most part, this is a creep comic series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Nov 16, 2017

    Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 is not an essential read, but it does exactly what a great tie-in is supposed to do. It tells a self-contained story that adds to the overall narrative of the event it takes place in, and the book delivers on both of those aspects in spades. This is a one-shot worthy of your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Nov 17, 2017

    The Batman Who Laughs #1is an incredibly dark story that Tynion uses to examine Batman and Joker and just how dangerous a combination of the two might be. He uses the opportunity to really make a disturbing tale that further shows why the Batman Who Laughs poses such a grave threat inMetal. It would have been nice if this story didn't feel quite as fast, but Tynion and Rossmo still did a great job with this horrifying story. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 15, 2017

    While I don't believe that I'll ever become a fan of Riley Rossmo's art, this issue's story sure as hell did enough to make me see beyond that and show me a dark Batman that makes sense and feels like it could actually happen.  Yeah, it's not my favorite of these one-shots, but it's not far off from it either because James Tynion did a hell of job in writing a story about why Batman should never laugh. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Nov 15, 2017

    The best hero on Earth is quickly made into one of the worst things ever to inhabit the Universe, with nothing more than “a little push.” Tynion's story may be simple but it's entertaining, and realized in gory, glorious greatness by the art of Riley Rossmo and the colors of Ivan Plascencia. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 15, 2017

    This book is quite an unsettling read, as well it should be when the hero takes on the traits of his arch nemesis. Still I am not certain whether it's the idea of the story or the execution that has me rattled. It's true, that I have been less than impressed with the visual of this particular Dark Batman, being how closely he resembles Judge Death from the Judge Dredd comics. With so much is at stake in the multiverse, I had hoped that we would have got more than a rehash ofa video game story, even if in this media, things are taken a tad further. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Reed Strong Nov 15, 2017

    It's certainly something that's going to leave an impact on the event and its readers, and it's not going to be forgotten easily. Regardless of what-ifs, this what-if in its own only opens another door to an even darker place. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Nov 16, 2017

    Rossmos art is fantastic all around, but bonus points for finally getting the Batman Who Laughss sneer to feel more like the Joker and less like Judge Death. Read Full Review

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