8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I had heard over and over about how the Jokers first crime was to poison Gotham reservoir, but never actually read the story. Finally I find 'The Man Who Laughs', an excellent telling of Gothams first encounter with the Clown Prince of Crime.
This is a dark, psychotic Joker in the vein of Frank Millers own, ready to kill at the drop of a hat. The story is well told, with good character incites, showing the Jokers genius, as well as more of the early days of Gordon and Batman. The artwork fits perfectly with the tone of the story.
I have just 2 minor complaints, firstly (THIS MAY BE A SLIGHT SPOILER TO THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE STORY) is when Batman gets to see what it's… Read more
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the best Batman i have ever read, there is not so much of a story line to speak of, but the character development is fantastic, making the Dark Knight darker than ever. This is Batman how i always pictured he should be, not only that, Miller actually makes Robin look like a decent character. Genius!
Possibly the only downside i can see to this book, is that it doesn't cast Batman as the tortured hero, only referring back to his parents at the very end of the book. However he is so dark it's just brilliant, and the tortured aspect could come up in future issues.
Overall, amazing artwork and excellent character portrayal.