The Batman Who Laughs #5

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 39
8.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

It's a battle to the death as Batman goes head-to-head with the Grim Knight! The Caped Crusader is forced to not only fight off the most evil version of himself, but the growing desire to turn his back on his moral code and commit cold-blooded murder. Any other time, Batman would be able to stay on the straight and narrow, but as the Joker serum finally takes over his body, Bruce Wayne may just succumb to pure evil, and kill the Grim Knight. All of this is foreseen by the Batman Who Laughs, who has been planning for the corruption of Bruce Wayne, banking on him activating the "Last Laugh" protocol and turning Gotham City into an incubator for more

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 8, 2019

    TBWL #5 delivers another dose of pulse-pounding and unpredictable Batman action. I've got no clue where Snyder is taking this story, which is a big part of the fun and the rest of the creative team is matching him on every level for another tremendous installment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 8, 2019

    What was teased as a simple follow-up miniseries to the popular Dark Knights: Metal villain has turned into something else entirely " an epic Gotham-set mini-event that ties together plots from the entirety of Scott Snyder's extensive Batman run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia May 8, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughsis my favorite Batman comic out right now and this issue might be my favorite comic on shelves this week, hands down. I highly recommend the entire series, especially for horror fans and Batman fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - JJ Travers May 8, 2019

    We've watched as Batman slowly gave inch by inch to the serum's influence, and now we see what happens where there's nothing left to give but himself. This culminates in the best piece of dialogue from the series thus far, seeing Batman's two front war come to its zenith in the face of Gotham's dark past and The Batman Who Laughs ace in the hole. I can't say I'm particularly worried though, because as The Joker said Batman when he first infected him: "The only way you'll beat him is to become him. Heh." Read Full Review

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

    Another fantastic horror show of an issue! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Russ Burlingame May 8, 2019

    The story is going to a dark, strange, violent, and twisted place, putting each of the characters through the wringer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson May 18, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs plants the Dark Knight firmly in the horror genre. There are monsters in the literal and figurative sense as Bruce Wayne faces battles both internally and externally. He's fighting against himself and will have to go farther than he's ever had in order to stay alive, but what if that's just what this twisted version of Batman wants him to do? Can he ever go back to normal after this? What if he goes too far? Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 8, 2019

    Jocks art is beautifully brutal throughout the issue and matches the style and tone of this story perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 8, 2019

    And this is Jock's best work. It's tremendous. The art is careful and considered. It's also incredibly well paced and strong as hell. The two creators are killing it on this title. I applaud their amazing efforts. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Legion - Rob Reads Comics May 8, 2019

    This is easily the darkest take on Batman and his mythos " you are in for the bloodiest and most brutal ride of your lives! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar May 8, 2019

    We may be near the end, but it can't be stressed enough that this is a series for any fan. Batman or Superman, Marvel or DC, it's a non-stop thrill ride. Hop on before it's all over. (Or wait for the trade and definitely pre-order it if that's an option.) Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 8, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughscontinues to impress; its high stakes and edge-of-your-seat narrative tension makes for an emotionally intense reading experience. With just two issues left, I'm eager to see how Gotham fairs when this battle of bats concludes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker May 8, 2019

    I'm loving this series I must admit. It's very much got me hyped all the way up. I'm sad it must end, but I think we all know this villain is too dangerous to be allowed to stick around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack May 8, 2019

    This story ends on such a cliffhanger, I do not know what to expect or what to hope for in the next issue. With two issues to go, I am not sure what craziness Synder has in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton May 8, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs #5 puts Batman against one of the toughest walls ever built. What opens as an issue with a glimmer of hope, eventually turns into one of the darkest cliffhangers in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot May 8, 2019

    Ultimately I think this is the strongest and most important chapter in The Batman Who Laughs series as the many separate story paths have begun to weave together and start revealing the final picture. With several strong moments in this issue, it's hard to pick which amongst them is my favorite and I'm totally ok with that. As we head into the final two issues i can't wait to see how the events will wrap up and what long term effects may ripple into the greater DC Universe, but as for now we'll just have to wait to see who has the last laugh. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo May 8, 2019

    Scott Snyder has me convinced that all hope is lost! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 8, 2019

    Though THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5 features a few muddled points, the issue continues a solid streak this terrifying series has upheld. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti May 8, 2019

    THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5 drags in a couple of places but still delivers strong thematic resonance along with exciting storytelling by Jock and David Baron. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray May 8, 2019

    For once I can't even guess at a solution to Batman's dilemma, I honestly can't see a way out. This series has me on edge, stressing and absolutely terrified for the fate of both Batman and the city he's sworn to protect. It's like some kind of exquisite torture. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina May 9, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs # 5 commercial who covers the first cover a by jock and second cover by variant by Victor Kalvachev. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph May 8, 2019

    Another strong chapter in this now 7 part miniseries. The artists are at the top of their game, delivering great horror visuals throughout the book. And even though I think that Snyder took a few missteps here and there with his writing, he also writes some amazing scenes with entertaining dialogue in this same issue. Despite these missteps that I mentioned, I still recommend picking up this book, especially if you've been following along since #1. The final showdown between Batman and BMWL is on the horizon, folks. Just two more issues to go! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray May 8, 2019

    Overall, Snyder and Jock craft another gripping issue of the Batman Who Laughs, however, one that I found to be possibly my least favorite of the mini-series so far, mostly due to some of the scenes repetitive nature, and tendency to linger a bit too long. Although the story is structurally sound this issue, I found it lacked that a big wow moment, like last issues real Joker and Batman conversation, which when the heroes are down and out can get your hopes back up a bit. Hopefully, DC asking Snyder to extend the series, most likely due to such high sales, won't slow the pacing down that I was previously enjoying so much. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 10, 2019

    With two issues to go, The Batman Who Laughs feels like a comprehensive look back at much of Snyder's tenure, even if this book's artwork winds up being the limiting factor as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez May 10, 2019

    The dark multiversal cash cow continues to exist for the sheer purpose of selling variant covers and merchandise. As the wheels spin on, this uninspired nightmare will continue to live within the upcoming Batman/Superman title arriving this summer as the titular character is slated as the new titles main villain. With no end in sight for this dark knight, all fans can do is vote with their dollar as DC and Scott Snyder continues to over saturate the market with an endless number of evil laughing Batmen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Darkseid24 May 8, 2019

    Great issue. This story never gets boring& the Batman Who Laughs is a cool character in this mini series. The Grim Knight is more in the background though.
    TBWL wants to activate Last Laugh to turn Gothan in a twisted version of itself& Batman, Gordon& James want to stop him. Poisoning the water supplies to harm Gotham citizens is a classic Batman villains plan, so nothing new here, but what makes it really interesting is the interaction between the characters. Batman appears to be disillusioned, even broken due to realizing what the City really is. He appears quite crazy himself, but at the same time I’m thinking he has a plan or has to have one. We will find out next issue. Finding all the dead Bruce Waynes throughout the arc is p more

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  • 8.5
    Afre May 8, 2019

    Very good mini-series. The Batman Who Laughs is a great villain for Bruce and this series shows us more evil version of Bruce, which I like.

    I wasn't a f an of the art in the beginning, but I'm grown to like it.

  • 6.5
    Batman Jones May 8, 2019

    Not a bad issue but a boring one.

    I like the character of The Batman Who Laughs. I love the creative team. I genuinely don't get why people are geeking out on the series.

    Not saying I'm right and others are wrong. Probably it's the other way around. But every month I hope and believe I'll dig this book and I haven't yet.

  • 5.5
    ohhaimark May 10, 2019


    -The art was good, if not the best we've seen from Jock.

    -Surprisingly enough, James Gordon Jr. has become the best character in this series.

    -The Court of Owls scene was pretty good. A bit long, but still, entertaining at most points.

    -The climax of this issue was surprisingly dramatic and cinematic. The last five pages were my favorite part tbh.

    THE BAD:

    -I'm tired of this series. I'm tired of Snyder. Tired of his exposition, his convoluted Justice League, his Batman saga that just never quite ends, despite the fact that it has dragged on long enough.

    -The first page is so Snyder. We get so much explanation on such a small part of the story.
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  • 8.0
    bucswin611 May 10, 2019

    This dabbled in cliche than the rest of the series, but Jock delivers the evil Robins better than any artist since their debut. I wish he had more time for backgrounds, like in Wytches.

  • 4.5
    Spacey Medicine May 20, 2019

    The Batman Who Blahs.

  • 10
    Mikethe#1batmanfan May 15, 2019

    WOW WHAT A STORY, THANK YOU SCOTT SNYDER!! THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST STORY BEING TOLD CURRENTLY IN COMICS PERIOD! IF YOU ARNT READING THESE BOOKS THEN STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND IMMEDIETLY GO GET ALL 5 ISSUES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE! CLEAR AN HOUR OR TWO FROM UR SCHEDULE BECAUSE ONCE U START READING U WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP TILL ISSUE 5 ENDS. Thank you Mr. Snyder for making an adult comic fan feel like a kid again, because not since i was a young child have i been so excited to open and read every issue released. Issue 5 continues the progress of this incredible story perfectly and continues the climb of quality that just keeps getting better with every issue. With every issue read i wonder how Snyder could possibly make the next issue bet more

  • 9.0

    This was really tense and filled with a lot of Gotham lore that everyone knows Snyder loves.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB May 13, 2019

    Probably the weakest issue but it also had some really solid moments. Its a great series. And dont even get my started with the art. Its awesome.

  • 8.0
    Azrael May 14, 2019

    The helplessness of Batman continues. The actual ending could have more background and less exposition but overall an exciting issue and lead up to the finale.

  • 8.0
    rayonymous Aug 24, 2019

    What a roller coaster ride this issue's been... Can't wait for what's coming next.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Aug 30, 2019

    I like how Bruce's changing state of mind is revealed in the red letters, that is a nice touch. The subway token motif is cool, I don't see the point of bringing the Court of Owls into this, maybe it will be worth it in the long run. I also can't stand that Batman breaks smashes through bullet proof glass with his body, how does that make it past the drafting phase? The pacing at the end of the issue works particularly well though, so it is really a mixed bag.

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse May 10, 2019

    I didn't like this issue much. I thought it was bloated. I'm really sick of Snyder's "This isn't what you thought it was" speeches. It's happened a few times in Justice League. I just find it a chore to get through whenever it happens. I think I'm just tired of Snyder's writing in general. Its tropes have become very apparent with just how much he's been writing lately and I can never get excited because I know where the pieces are probably going to line up.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua May 8, 2019

    I have hated everything to do with the "Batman Who Laughs" and this is no exception.

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