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The Joker's year one treat,
This review is from: Batman: Man Who Laughs (Batman): Man Who Laughs (Batman) (Hardcover)
Now and then a graphic novel comes along that you know will be considered a classic, and this is one of those. This is a Joker story with quality written all over it. Set in year one, this is the tale of Batman's first encounter with the Joker, and Joker's first attempt at killing the population of Gotham.
Taking on a 'year one' Joker story is a brave thing to do and Ed Brubaker does an excellant job. This story is only 71 pages long but the narrative is cleverly written, and the artwork by Doug Mahnke is stunning - especially the Joker illustrations. The story flows well and is easy to read - I only purchased it today and I've read it twice already!
I'm so pleased that there's finally a Joker story to compare with 'The Killing Joke', and that's the biggest compliment I can give this book. I'm not saying it's better but it's a top story. It is certainly worth the extra money to buy the hardback edition, which is just as well because the paperback is not out until next year (Why has it taken so long?).
There are two stories in this graphic novel and the second one - Made Of Wood - features Batman and Green Lantern working together, with Jim Gordon prominent in the story. This is also a good read, and makes this wonderful package even sweeter. Highly recommended.