The Batman Who Laughs #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 10, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 31
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Batman is on a desperate hunt through Gotham City, tracking down the dark version of himself known as the Grim Knight. But the serum Batman's been self-administering has started to transform his mind, making him into something much darker...something amoral...something like the Batman Who Laughs-and he's starting to lose his grip on reality. Toeing the line between vengeance and justice, Batman must struggle to keep his moral code as the Grim Knight gains control of the Batcave, sending all of his vehicles and weapons on a collision course with Gotham City. The Grim Knight, the Batman Who Laughs, even allies like Jim Gordon and his son force more

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Apr 10, 2019

    Jock provides some of the best artwork of his career in this issue, enhanced by the work of colorist David Baron. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Apr 10, 2019

    Overall, The Batman Who Laughs #4is another incredible issue and with only two more remaining in the mini-series, I am bittersweet to see it's conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Jacob Woolsey Apr 10, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs has not only become one of my favorite mini-series, but one of my favorite villains as well. Snyder has delivered a horrifying gem. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Apr 10, 2019

    I was struck by both Snyder and Jock's work throughout these panels -- Jock on the last moment we see Batman and The Joker together here, laughing maniacally, had me reminiscing about Brian Bolland and The Killing Joke. Snyder killed me with how raw, emotional, and strangely heartfelt the duo's dialogue was, and then mere seconds later I'm laughing my ass off at how utterly and delightfully f*cked up the moment becomes. Man, what a good comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 9, 2019

    I love it when I can't see an out. I'm usually the one who annoys all around him by guessing plot twists and figuring out all the clues. Not this time. I'm genuinely scared for Batman. Any time that our hero can find himself seeing eye to eye with the Joker scares the living bejeezus out of me. The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince Of Crime share a “Moment” in this issue reminiscent of the final pages of “The Killing Joke.” I'll leave it to you to work out your own feelings about this exchange. For me it's just another reason why I have to give this horrible, HORRIBLE issue another: Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 10, 2019

    This issue is very heavy on dialogue, but every line is packed with tension. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Apr 11, 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 two 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
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Apr 10, 2019

    Ultimately I thought Scott Snyder and the rest of The Batman Who Laughs creative team have knocked it out the park with another stellar chapter for the series as events start building up towards the endgame. We see all the pieces coming together although as we see that the deeper the Joker toxin flows into our Batman's veins and the more he looks at the world the way the one who laughs does, we wonder if those pieces will form that of a bat or if it will spell out one big joke when things all come together. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Apr 10, 2019

    A downright bonkers blockbuster of a book that adds a whole new dimension of terror to the ever expanding mythos of The Bat! Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 10, 2019

    Jocks art is so amazing in this issue and throughout the series. Its dark, scary and full of shadow. There are some great close up moments throughout with Jock showcasing the details of the characters faces to show both emotion and horror. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Apr 16, 2019

    This is possibly the best single book starring the Batman Who Laughs that Snyder has dished out. The art by Jock is top notch, the colors by David Baron are stunning, and the letters, of all things, by Sal Cipriano add this story a depth I wouldnt have thought possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 10, 2019

    The horror aspect in the book is great and the whole thing just doesn't let up. Snyder and Jock have a hit on their hands and it's has some incredibly momentum. A great job by the creative team overall yet again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Branden M. Apr 10, 2019

    As a whole, the Batman Who Laughs continues to be the best Batman book on the 'spinner racks' right now, serving up thrillingly haunting story which keeps you guessing at every page turn.  Even if the connections to Metal might have made you hesitate to pick this up at first, the title is making an argument that its entering must read territory, and it deserves such attention for the ways storytelling and art are working in conjunction to tell a truly one of a kind Batman tale. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Apr 9, 2019

    In general, the outlook is pretty bleak for Batman. The Grim Knight is shooting his shot to take vengeance for what befell him in his universe. James Gordon Jr. is giving Batman advice that's not necessarily helpful, given his condition. And, once again, the real Batman Who Laughs is at least two steps ahead of everyone else. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Apr 10, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs #4 highlights Batman's descent into darkness with its stellar lettering by Sal Cipriano. Snyder and Jock create a story that's mentally and visually unsettling, but Cipriano's eerie lettering hits you in the soul. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 10, 2019

    I'm really enjoying this crazy ride. I've got no idea where Snyder and Jock are going to take it next and how Batman can overcome these odds. It's nice to see Batman as the underdog in this kind of situation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 10, 2019

    Snyder has mixed his recent cosmic storytelling sensibilities with his horror roots, which is an unexpected combination. This work is fantastic, and the art by Jock and David Baron elevates the plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Apr 12, 2019

    You really dig Jock and Baron's art.Themes in comics coming full circle is really satisfying to you.You're looking for a book that's put together extremely well, from the script to the art and right down to the lettering.You want to see what's beneath BMWL's mask. Snyder, Jock, Baron and Cipriano are on a roll. This book is put together really well and it's a joy to read and reread. There are so many layers to this story"it's exhilarating. The art leans more to horror than superheroics, too, which is, from what I have seen so far, Jock's greatest strength as an artist and it's a great fit for a book like this. It's well written, too, with a lot of energy and confidence. If you're a Batman fan, it's very likely you'll enjoy this story, so run to your LCS now and snatch up this issue along with #1-3. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - David Howard Apr 10, 2019

    All in all this is a very solid book with very good writing and artwork. While it isn't my cup of tea, I remain open to seeing where the story goes and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series, Batman, or Dark Night's Metal. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 10, 2019

    The issue is a solid one with just a few more to go before things wrap up. This absolutely is that key issue that gets the ball rolling to the end and delivers a lot of reveals as well as emotional and exciting moments. This series has been fantastic and there's not only excitement in how it'll wrap up but where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 10, 2019

    While much has been said about The Batman Who Laughs being a spiritual sequel to Scott Snyder and Jock's work on Detective Comics, one could argue that this fourth installment owes just as much to Alan Moore's The Killing Joke in terms of exploring the dichotomy between Batman and the Joker, and their reactions to their unholiest of mashups. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Apr 10, 2019

    Another solid entry to a series walking the line between dark and light. 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Apr 11, 2019

    Scott Snyder is 4 for 4 so far with this series. This issue has plenty of horror and suspense to hold you over until the finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 18, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs is a fascinating character study, pushing the caped crusader to the breaking point. This is more stressful than No Man's Land, Knightfall, War Games, and more. He's fighting a battle on multiple fronts and coming up short on all sides. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Apr 11, 2019

    Oh, Scott, “your kingdom rots beneath you. It makes me frown, frown, frown! Frown so deep my jaw is breaking. I look at you and I want to knock on your skull and ask ‘who's in there? Who is this? Where's my old friend?' Sigh…But don't worry! We're going to correct it all tonight. Because now I'm here! I've come back to save you! Save you from the ones you call your allies. Your table. The ones who make you slow. The ones who make you weak.” Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 12, 2019

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  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Apr 10, 2019

    The art was amazing. I think this is the best Jock has done this entire miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Apr 11, 2019

    As the series creeps towards its finale, Snyder and Jock will need to pick up the pace to deliver any kind of good pay off for yet another title to spin out of Dark Knights Metal. Albeit a mini-series, any heart seems to be lost on the title while it appears more as an option to cash in on variant covers and merchandise. Read Full Review

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