Batman #663

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: John Van Fleet Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 14, 2007 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 14
5.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Introducing the most twisted version of The Joker to date! After he was shot point-blank in the face, the new Crown Prince of Crime makes his triumphant return to Gotham City to take his revenge on Batman in this all-prose story with spot illustrations by John Van Fleet!

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Feb 19, 2007

    I fully expect those readers who value writing above art in their comics to rave about this issue, as it's very much a spotlight for Morrison as a writer (and anyone who can fit a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band reference into a Batman story gains a certain amount of respect from me). I would completely agree with those who feel that the issue provides an excellent Batman/Joker story; my problem with the book is that I don't think it's an excellent Batman/Joker comic. As an illustrated short story, it works well enough on its own terms, even if the art isn't completely satisfying. However, I would question its inclusion in the monthly Batman title. In a lot of ways, it's reminiscent of another recent Morrison comic: the rebooted Authority #1. With both issues, I feel that Morrison is demonstrating a desire to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in a monthly comic book, and whilst this is obviously going to challenge many readers to some extent, it also seems likely to produce some di Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Feb 27, 2007

    Unfortunately, it appears that Morrison became too caught up in the evocative descriptions he was coming up with. He ended up losing sight of whose POV the descriptions were supposed to be coming from. Overall, this issue was sorely in need an editor to help Morrison work out the narrative kinks in his story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Feb 16, 2007

    If it was, I for one give you permission to go back to writing something that resembles a comic book, Mr. Morrison. I love your work, but the more of you I read, the harsher of a critic I become. Being on the top of my reading list comes with a price. Just give me my regular Batman back. I'll even wait another three months for a book; just make it a better one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Feb 15, 2007

    Im all for changing the status-quo and really messing around with the characters we have come to love and/or hate. Some creative decisions work well while others arent as successful and eventually need to be re-worked. However, I am left extremely dissatisfied with the way Grant Morrison executed this issue. Im a bit more baffled that DC would not take advantage of Andy Kuberts talent and actually utilize his talents to draw a truly psychological tale. Read Full Review

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