The Batman Who Laughs #7

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 31, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 29
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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It's the final showdown between Batman and the Batman Who Laughs... but how do you defeat a foe who knows your every instinct and every move? Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good versus evil. You can't miss this finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City!

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 31, 2019

    Jock brings all his talent to bear on this final issue. There are most of beauty and visceral horror throughout and so many of the visual moments in the story stand out with some awesome panels that take your breath away. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 1, 2019

    I hope to see Snyder and Jock work together again soon. They are only getting stronger with each and every collaboration. This is their strongest work to date and I love every second of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 31, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs#7 delivered on every front. The story was engaging, the characters heroic and/or terrifying and the dialogue was on point. The line-art and color were resplendent and the series both read and looked amazing. Joshua Williamson and David Marquez have a tough act to follow, but they've been left with some incredible toys and a great sandpit to play in. If their Batman/Superman series is even half as good as this one was, then fans are in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Jul 31, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs is a twisted, bittersweet goodbye letter to Batman, revisiting some of Snyder's most iconic moments with the Dark Knight -- Black Mirror and Court of Owls -- and is a truly a fitting end to Scott Snyder's time with Batman and Gotham City. I expect The Batman Who Laughs to go down in comics history as one of the best Batman stories ever told. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Rob Reads Comics Jul 31, 2019

    Must read for any Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 2, 2019

    Run to your nearest comic store and buy every issue and explore the Dark Metal origins of The Batman Who Laughs. This run by Snyder has been epic and has gotten everyone back on board the Batman train (as if we ever left".). And what a cliff hanger... A case of Visine cannot get this red out of the eyes! Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Aug 1, 2019

    So, it is revealed Gordon is one of the Secret Six which the Batman Who Laughs has turned. I guess we can find out his fate in Batman/Superman! Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Aug 5, 2019

    This was a wonderful series in my opinion. A great look into the real problems with Bruce not only as a hero but as an icon in the real world. The Batman we know is the worst one. Snyder just wants better for us. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jul 31, 2019

    In The Batman Who Laughsfinale, Bruce has to accept that he's trash and bad at his job in order to stop his evil counterpart from turning the entire city into hateful human beings. He's the worst Batman, but that just makes him the best one for the job. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 31, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs #7 provides a fitting conclusion to what has been one of the most intense Batman stories ever told. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 31, 2019

    Batman Who Laughs #7 is a comic that should work nearly as well as it does. It tries to combine big event-level storytelling with subtle character-driven writing. It's as explosive as the "Court of Owls" and as haunting as Snyder's Severed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 31, 2019

    If theres one weak area its the amount of bullets Batman seemingly shrugs off. Maybe some of that is from the serum, but it still seems odd that a character whos not typical bulletproof wouldnt instinctively avoid a few bullets. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jul 31, 2019

    This was a solid and clean conclusion to the miniseries, which I expect isn't truly over and will continue in some form into other books throughout the rest of the year and beyond. You'd think that might turn me off but the team tells the story well and the ending fits, so it doesn't bother me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Jul 31, 2019

    Overall, The Batman Who Laughs #7 has the elements that make any great Batman story; high stakes, a compelling villain, and a Bruce Wayne on the brink of insanity. Bruce's descent into madness is haunting and as the book concludes, readers are left questioning their own psyche, their own worth, and their own demons. As one of the final Batman stories from Snyder, it is bittersweet to see this epic mini-series end. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Aug 1, 2019

    This is what a Batman book should read like! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jul 31, 2019

    Batman. Always. Wins... with enough prep time, obviously. Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 1, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs is another interesting entry in Snyder’s legacy with Batman. It takes ideas that he’s been toying with for a decade and turns them over and inside out to provide new insight into an old character. But it also works in the larger meta narrative of the DCU. This book pushes forward to the next big story element - Snyder isn’t one to leave his fellow DC writers completely hanging just because he wants to do a character study, and we’ll see what’s next in Josh Williamson’s Batman/Superman. Overall, this is a must-read for fans looking for more Snyder Batman and fallout from Metal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Jul 31, 2019

    The story, art, coloring and lettering all combine to make THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #7 a horrifying thrill ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Jul 31, 2019

    Beautifully illustrated and well-structured, with parallel stories that mirror each other in key moments and provide insight into almost every major character in the tale, The Batman Who Laughs #7 only suffers from how completely it is focused on setting up the next big story with the title character, which takes the wind out of your sails as a reader when the big "ending" is no end at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jul 30, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs is the perfect modern-day comic book addition. Although he's not exactly a “brand new” character, he's a new take on a beloved character and he pushes Batman to greater lengths to win than readers have ever seen. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jul 31, 2019

    Overall, the Batman Who Laughs wraps up this month in pretty satisfying fashion, with Scott Synder syncing up this title to his other current works occurring at DC at the moment.  The issue isn't without it's flaws, mainly a few transitional art hiccups, and where this title falls within the timeline of the more current DC 'events'. Yet the good far outweighed the bad throughout the mini, as it became one of the more solid and recommendable Batman titles, to come out on a consistent basis for a few years. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jul 31, 2019

    This is an okay conclusion to an otherwise fantastic series. I dislike that the book, in the end, falls back to the same old pattern of having the entirety of Gotham City be threatened by the super-villain of the week, especially because the awesome body horror and claustrophobic elements, which gave this book its character and voice, get lost somewhat. Other than that, each character's individual arc is resolved in a satisfying way, except for BMWL's, who is merely taken off the playing field for a while until he can come back in the upcoming Batman/Superman series. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Aug 2, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs #7 tries to tie up the multiple and myriad plot points this miniseries has had going, and does so, but in a way that feels messy, unconvincing, and overlabored in its delivery. The art is gorgeous but at the same time could be better, and the story is trying really hard to convince readers it has something to say - whether it does or not is up to the reader, but the fact that it's as nebulous as it is speaks to the general sense that this series' eyes have been bigger than its stomach from the start. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 31, 2019

    There are some cool moments in a whirlwind of blood and word balloons but the overall effect is one of despair and reader exhaustion. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 31, 2019

    While the issue wraps up the uneven miniseries, beyond the final page, it's an issue that you can skip. There's a lack of emotional punch to it and overall feels like a few extra pages stretched out to a full issue. It's a clunker of an ending for a miniseries that went on a bit too long. But, as a piece of the whole, it's fine. This is a series which will be much better read in one sitting as a trade. This issue is a prime example of why. The issue feels not like a chapter but a continuation after a commercial break wrapping up the last ten minutes of a show. It's vital but doesn't stand on its own. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Aug 6, 2019

    Seven issues complete, and yet nothing has been accomplished. Batman destroys his gateway into the Dark Multiverse like he should have well over a year ago. The Batman Who Laughs winds up locked up again such as he was before the series began. The series never once managed to prove why it needed to exist outside of sheer marketing strategy. The toys get moved into strange and new areas. But by the end, nothing matters and everything gets put back into its spot while making room for more appearances from the polarizing monstrosity. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    KFuqua Jul 31, 2019

    More of this horrible "Batman Who Laughs" garbage! Enough already!

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  • 8.0
    Darkseid24 Jul 31, 2019

    Great finale. I think Bruce gave Joker a little too much credit in the end& sounded quite crazy with his evil Batmen are the better Batmen talk, but this could be the gas still talking. Overall this series is a great character study of Batman‘s dark side& it reminds me a lot of Arkham Knight‘s idea: what would have happened if Joker& Bruce became one& the same person. It’s sad, that the Grim Knight doesn’t appear as a real threat in the final issue, since the story concentrates more on the Batman Who Laughs. But I like the interaction between Gordon& his son. I’m also happy, that Snyder gives James Jr. a chance to rehabilitate& the scene hugging his father was nice to watch. I hope other writers don’t mess this up. However give more

  • 6.0
    ohhaimark Jul 31, 2019


    -I will admit there was potential with the final battles, and I was entertained at times. Just more proof this should have stayed a six issue miniseries.

    -Damn, I love Jock's art. I wish I hadn't bothered hurting my eyes with Snyder's super-exposition. I also loved the color art.

    -I'm actually pretty excited about where that final page is leading. Just about the only interesting thing in the issue if you ask me.

    THE BAD:

    -Um, I knew the last couple of issues in this miniseries would feel off, but I didn't know they would feel SO extended. I feel like if they had kept the series to it's original length, this would feel a lot less filler-y and full of fluff.

    -I do more

  • 10
    Marvel Overload Jul 31, 2019

    What a fantastic end to the books, Snyder is good writer

  • 9.5
    Anotherfan Jul 31, 2019

    Fantastic. This mini has been a thrill since the beginning and it ends with a blast.

  • 9.0
    Azrael Aug 3, 2019

    What a finale! The art was good but the story was better. The whole discussion on if Batman beat the change in his blood through him being Batman or whether it was planned by the Joker was great. It also sets off the Batman/Superman series very well. I would have liked to see more of the Punisher Batman (a.k.a. Grim Knight) but maybe he survived and will make an appearance again. That is my only serious knock on it.

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Jul 31, 2019

    Downgraded review from 9 to 8.5. In hindsight, the ending is a little disappointing. I wish it ended with some finality to the Batman who Laughs, instead of setting up the new series. He was a great character, but the weight of the series and Snyder leaving Batman has been lost because its just setting up another series. A small shame, but overall, the series was entertaining.

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    Br'er Lapin Aug 3, 2019


  • 8.0
    thecomiccookebook Jul 31, 2019

    A little bit of a clunky ending but this was an overall great, horrifying series. Snyder falls victim to many of his tropes on the finale of this story by wrapping up fairly conveniently and a philosophical discussion on what Batman means to his city. It's not an outright bad thing but is becoming more apparent the more he writes Batman. On a more positive note, Jock has some of his most beautifully grotesque art in this book and is worth picking up for that alone. The final page was also very interesting going forward although I'm a little disappointed that this story wasn't self contained. Despite my few issues, I'd still recommend this to any Snyder Batman fan.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Aug 1, 2019

    "Hey Bats... You're Welcome."

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Aug 4, 2019

    Its a well drawn staisfying conclusion to the series. I really enjoyed this story.

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Aug 3, 2019

    Pretty good final issue. I just wish it had blown my mind. Instead we get about what you'd expect from this story. And that's perfectly okay. But maybe not if you want to tell a story that will be remembered on its own.

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