Batman: The Smile Killer #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 24, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 29
8.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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It wouldn't be a Joker story without a surprise...and right on cue, here's an unexpected one-shot epilogue to Joker: Killer Smile! Young Bruce Wayne grew up watching The Mr. Smiles Show - and the show might have been watching him back! And not only was young Bruce watching, he was listening... listening as Mr. Smiles spoke across the airwaves only to him... The Eisner Award-winning creative team of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino land one last gut-punch - turning the mythos of the Batman on its head in the most devastating trick The Joker has ever devised! PRESTIGE FORMAT.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jun 23, 2020

    The way this story ends also is another interesting part because it seems like it may be the final part of this story but it appears it may also be the beginning of another and I really hope at some point in the near future we see this creative team come together once more to deliver even more stories. There is not one thing I could find to complain about with this issue and it is a huge payoff that was well worth the wait. Batman The Smile Killer #1 is available now so head to your local shop and make sure you pick it up! This issue is also available via digital download. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on this issue and what stood out to you the most down below in the comments section! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Jun 26, 2020

    The story of Batman: The Smile Killer has only drawn me in more. One of my favorite scenes was where Martha Wayne was trying to make Bruce remember what really happened to his Dad Thomas, the night he died. There are moments in this comic where you're even unsure of the Dark Knight himself, and you begin to sway, just like he does, on just what's real and what isn't. This is a testament to just how well the lead-up and the execution has been for this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 4, 2020

    I was already a fan of Joker: Killer Smile, but this one-shot epilogue amplified that by a thousand percent. This is not just a great take on Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime that presents a fascinating look at these two decades-old characters. It is also a chilling read that will absolutely haunt you. This is top-tier horror and it should not be missed. You don't need to have read Killer Smile to dig into this. Do yourself a favor and seek it out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Jun 24, 2020

    Batman: The Smile Killer follows suit, picking up the reins where that series ended in a fashion, but this issue is able to capitalize on the ideas of its predecessor in a more interesting fashion to greater effect. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jun 23, 2020

    Batman: The Smile Killer is an intriguing epilogue to the Joker: Killer Smile miniseries. It embraces themes such as psychosis, existential horror, hallucinations and mystery, all of which can be found in Killer Smile as well, though in a slightly different context. It also embraces ambiguity, as it doesn't hold readers by the hand, nor does it provide any clear answers to what's going on. This is a book that makes you think, and I definitely recommend adding this to your collection, provided you've picked up the Joker: Killer Smile issues as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 23, 2020

    It's a perfect coda to one of the best miniseries in recent years, and more evidence that Jeff Lemire is one of the few writers in comics who can write almost any genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Rogues Portal - Muriel Truax Jun 24, 2020

    Batman: The Smile Killeris an excellent read that is a refreshing change from the slew of purely action-based comics. It's a story that grabs the readers attention in the first issue and is perfect for both well-versed Batman fans and beginning comics readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 24, 2020

    Batman side stories are fun because the canon universe is rooted in so much history and structure that it can be a treat to see things flipped upside down. The Smile Killer looks like it'll give us plenty of that throughout its run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 24, 2020

    Limits of suspension of disbelief aside, Sorrentino's swinging for the fences in Batman: The Smile Killer, and the results are breathtaking. Even if Lemire is bringing us through some well-trod territory with the actual storyline, he delivers some strongly unsettling work here, and Sorrentino's take on the Dark Knight is just so striking that it's impossible to dismiss. If you pick up one Big Two book this week, make sure it's this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jun 26, 2020

    Batman: The Smile Killer #1 manages to breathe life into a Batman story that could easily come off as bland under a team with less experience and talent. Sorrentino and Bellaire are an art force to be reckoned with, and they bring so much subtlety to Lemire's concise script. In future issues it's many mysteries will need to pay off in a way that's satisfying, and as of yet I'm only assuming they will due to my confidence in the team. As an issue on its own, though, it's very well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jun 27, 2020

    In this book, we see just how different Bruce Wayne might have been if just a few things had happened differently in his formative years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jun 26, 2020

    I'm in despite the parallel story lines of the movie and Snyder's recent work. The darkness of any Joker tale is too good to not read. But my guard is up as I am not a fan of reruns on already explored ideas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Sam Rutzick Jun 23, 2020

    Andrea Sorrentino and Jeff Lemire collaborate on a book that is fantastic to look at, but just okay to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 24, 2020

    Andrea Sorrentino delivers some beautiful, noir-style art throughout the issue. The use of shadow is brilliant and the composition of the panels is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Jun 29, 2020

    A tired concept is saved by gorgeous art in "Batman: The Smile Killer #1" Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Jun 23, 2020

    The conclusion is lackluster and there is no rhyme or reason as to why the story twists and turns the way it does. It feels like a shock for the sake of shock but a half-assed attempt at that considering this concept has been explored better in previously Batman stories. Overall, Batman: The Smile Killer #1 is a disappointing follow-up to what was a fantastic horror series. Read Full Review

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