The Batman Who Laughs #3

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 13, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 38
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7.9User Rating

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All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It's a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in "Black Mirror": James Gordon Jr.
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Feb 14, 2019

    I cannot say enough about Jock's artwork bringing Scott Snyder's work to life. This is a new injection of life into the myth of Batman. What a ride! This issue means there are only three more to go and that is sad! As a collector or a Batman fan, you have to grab this mini-series. And from seeing other items in celebration of Batman, TBWL and the Grim Knight have already shown that they are going to be around a while in the Batman realm. Grab your copy as soon as possible! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Feb 13, 2019

    Overall, I love this book and look forward to the continuation of the series as we are now at the halfway point of the mini-series. This is a must-read for both Batman and horror fans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Feb 13, 2019

    The action ratchets up throughout the issue, creating a suspenseful and foreboding tone that culminates in yet another great cliffhanger for this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Feb 13, 2019

    Pure Pulsating Perfection From Start To Finish! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Feb 13, 2019

    But what happens when being Batman stops working? What happens when every ace up Batman's sleeve is completely useless, because his adversary knows how many Batman's holding and when he's going to use them? Batman has come back from having his back broken, faced down Darkseid, and even defeated the Justice League. But he's never faced the worst possible version of himself. Snyder is going to show us what happens when the pillar of Batman crumbles, the rug is pulled out from under him, and the plan of being Batman no longer works. You won't be disappointed with the results. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Feb 13, 2019

    I'm already adding this series to my ‘Best of the Year' list, and even thought its only February any other comics are seriously going to be hard pressed to knock it off that particular perch. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 13, 2019

    Jocks art is perfect in this issue. Everything from the stark and shocking reveals to the quiet and subdued dialogue heavy moments is filled with detail and drawn in a tone that perfectly matches the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 13, 2019

    Snyder paces his story perfectly and this is a shining moment for him writing this series. He knows his story well and writes the hell out of it. And Jock gives this book some of the best art of his career. We are now halfway through and I have no idea where the hell it might go. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 13, 2019

    It's a story about crime, insanity, and corruption, and it's easily the best thing Snyder has written for DC since the end of his 52-issue Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 13, 2019

    Packed with action and excitement,The Batman Who Laughs (2018-) #3is a highly-entertaining issue that ends on a note that is sure to leave readers eager to read the next chapter of this intense story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Feb 13, 2019

    With his breaking down of Batman, Snyder continues to prove why he is one of the best Batman writers ever.Theres no way out and Im loving it. This issue will leave you stunned over the revelations at the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 13, 2019

    This book is just precious. While I can't speak to the implications of this issue given its ending, this is going to be an amazing story to just hand to somebody who wants to read an iconic Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 13, 2019

    Last thing, the Joker looksterrible, even by his standards. Jock's art and David Baron's colors only make things look a million times, worse"in a good way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 13, 2019

    This story is twisting my guts and stealing my breath. I know that this is a comic, but I haven't felt as fearful for Batman's life since the heady days of Knightfall. I haven't felt Batman slipping so far from his code or his morality since the death of Jason Todd. Let me state right now, what Bruce decides to build in the Batcave workshop at the end of the issue leaves readers with a cliffhanger par-excellence. I cannot unsee what I have seen. My eyes, MY EEEYYYEEES! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Feb 13, 2019

    A fantastic issue with a shocking ending! 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Feb 13, 2019

    Well, Bruce just became the Batman Who Laughs. I am curious how he will avoid the fate of the Dark Multiverse version. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 13, 2019

    The artwork is also great: Jock and Baron establish a foreboding and moody atmosphere and especially the way they render Batman's body language adds depth to Snyder's script, as it shows how Batman continues to descend into madness. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Feb 13, 2019

    THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3 painstakingly moves the plot forward with new character developments and one shocking cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Feb 16, 2019

    This was a fantastic issue. If you're wondering what Black Mirror would look like with Bruce Wayne instead of Dick Grayson, I recommend you check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 13, 2019

    Halfway through their six-issue miniseries, Snyder and Jock continue to raise the stakes in the engaging and action-packed The Batman Who Laughs #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Feb 13, 2019

    Writer Scott Snyder has once again delivered to us fans another truly great and memorable Batman story, and after seeing this book's twist ending, I can only imagine what madness we'll witness in the next chapter. I'm so looking forward to seeing that hahahahaha. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 13, 2019

    The issue as part of the whole is a good one though on its own it falls a bit short. It's definitely not a place to start but for those already reading the series, it's a good addition to the overall story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 13, 2019

    This issue suffers a bit in the pacing department as Scott Snyder pauses a bit to make things fit a little bit better.  I am still on board and the cliffhanger has me pumped for the next issue.  Jock's art was great, but overall this issue was just good. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 20, 2019

    With another one shot slated to surround the Grim Knight in the near future, Dark Knights Metal continues to spin out new comics even a year after its finale. Snyder and Jock leave much to be desired as the larger meaning of the series still fails to present itself and accomplishing nothing of higher importance in the process. As it stands the series lacks a an actual purpose outside of cashing in on the hyperbole surrounding the the titular villain and his new sidekick from the Dark Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleemak Feb 13, 2019

    Gordon Jr. is amazing in this. And so is almost everything else. The art is a bit rushed in some places but otherwise acceptable.

    But why I like this mini-series so much is because of the ultimate villain that BWL is for Bruce. No matter what he thinks or plans, Batman Who Laughs has already think that. And Snyder doesn't undercut Bruce in anyway to make BWL look more awesome.

    My only real issue in this mini-series is that the Grim Knight could have more backstory, but oh well.

    And the ending only makes it better to me. The idea of Batman isn't working right now for Bruce. Bruce cannot do anything to defeat BWL, except to become like him.

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  • 8.5
    Darkseid24 Feb 13, 2019

    Batman (the real one) is acting quite crazy and also pretty mean ( towards James Jr.) in this issue, but it’s still a great one. Can’t complain about much here. I especially liked Gordon’s interactions with his son. I already felt sorry for him in Batgirl, so I hope DC gives him a chance to redeem himself ( even so he probably will be a psycho mass murderer again). Have to say the Batman who Laughs is great so far, even so I didn’t like Metal. However Im wondering how James reacted, when Bruce went all crazy at the end. It’s nice to see Batman‘s limits& the alternative versions of him works quite well here. Penguin felt kind of pointless, but guess he’s part of the plan. This mini series keeps being great.

  • 8.5
    bucswin611 Feb 13, 2019

    A more straightforward entry to the mini-series, Snyder continues his detailed and grounded prose, and new character interactions (Gordon, Jr. is added; Penguin) keep this arc fresh. Though he created BMWL, Snyder has given him such a distinctive voice that's honestly a joy to read, because the writer is at the top of his game in his monologues. But colorist David Baron (see Detective Comics #998) again is the star of the show, bringing a wide variety of settings to life.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Mar 30, 2019

    Keeps on improving. Very well-written, however, I find the titular character, The Batman Who Laughs, to be least interesting part of this book.

  • 7.0
    YourGreenMuse Feb 14, 2019

    This issue lost me through a few little things. First, there are so many typos in this comic. I don't know what happened. But it took me out of the issue every single time. Second, why is Batman so flippant with his identity in this? It seems like Jim Gordon, at least, should know about his identity. Third, we get the Last Laugh and Gotham Waterways explained again in this issue for no reason. Recap pages would fix the need for this. I didn't hate this issue or its story or the art, but it tried its best to make that happen.

  • 9.0
    ScorpioDarkArachnoid8 Feb 19, 2019

    This Batman issue, the series as a whole, looks great, feels haunting and you just get chills by simply thinking of the issues that are to come. The ambience is done excellent. The Grim Knight and The Batman Who Laughs are spine-chilling.

  • 7.5
    NoShape Feb 14, 2019

    I'm not sure if read Dark Nights: Metal and not liking it just made me more suspicious and critical of Snyder's writing here, or this issue is genuinely worse than the previous two. I'll probably have to come back to it later to be sure. But I feel like the tightness of the original, more metaphorical conflict is being stretched out by a more and more complicated plot.

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  • 7.0

    I enjoyed The Batman Who Laughs #2 and looked forward to this issue. Unfortunately, this one is a bit of a letdown on all sides. 

    I'm a huge Batman fan but I'm not a fan of the pretentious version that is sort of a know it all. That variant of Bruce is literally all over this issue. 

    This comic marks the first direct encounter between our Batman and the Grim Knight. It's a brief scene that also ends anti-climatically. The character looks awesome and the Idea of a Punisher variant of Batman is beyond inspired. This encounter just seems really weak. There's a moment where the characters are talking to each other within earshot of James Gordon and I'm finding it really hard to believe that the supporting characters don' more

  • 6.5
    waltgator93 Feb 13, 2019

    This issue lost me all throughout it! The story doesn’t need to be as big as Snyder is making it. Too many things taking place in this issue and all confusing from what program is Gordon jr talking about all the wya to the end with what the hell is Bruce doing?! The art is alright. Dialogue would have been great if I wasn’t so confused so it’s just eh.

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Feb 22, 2019

    This issue felt a little bit jumbled for me and I was kind of having trouble following just what was happening and why.

  • 6.0
    Brego Feb 13, 2019

    Not up to par with snyder's other arcs. Teaming up with Gordon, Really?!

  • 4.0
    Double Down Feb 15, 2019

    So, now we skim the top.

    Story: 4/10
    Art: 3/10
    Overall: 4/10


    Story: It's tough to give a review to this issue without spoiling the ending, but basically... you can skip issue 2 and 3, because it seems like issue 4 will start off at exactly the point issue 2 should have?

    That's what I get from things. It all seems pretty well useless to me.
    Listen, I met Snyder for the 3rd time last September, and in a private VIP setting, he was pitching this story. He brought up James Gordon JR, and it all seemed really really exciting.
    I'm half way through the series and I can't help but ask myself, will I finish it?

    Art: Jock really struggling here. I'm not sure if it was the script o more

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Feb 14, 2019

    More of the "Batman who Laughs" garbage. DC really needs to get over this character in a hurry.

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