just_fighting_censorship's review

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4.0

This isn't really a Batman comic it's more of a Rogue's Gallery comic and I'm okay with that. Sure Batman makes an appearance or two but he isn't the star. The structure for this comic was fresh and fun, the Joker broke the fourth wall and spoke directly to the reader, the subsequent stories were narrated by the Joker in a sort of homage to TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Each story featured a different villain (The Joker, Poison Ivy, The Penguin, the Scarecrow, and Two Face)and the Joker closed each story with a moral.

Each tale was written and illustrated by a different author giving this themed anthology a lot of diversity. I think the strongest stories were the first and the last, "The Joker's Wild" and "Two Face Two", both of these stories were incredibly suspenseful and the outcomes were unexpected.

While origins are some what rehashed in a few like "Deflowered" and slightly in "He who Laughs Last" these are for the most part just one off stories not meant to add or detract anything from the canon of Gotham City.

This book was dark, violent, interactive, suspenseful, thrilling, chilling, and eerie.

The art was a mixed bag none of it really being spectacular.

op_ivey's review

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4.0

Fun, fun, fun! Five stories - introduced by the Joker Tales-From-the-Crypt style, each one focusing on one of Gotham's most heinous baddies. Looking forward to reading volume 2 next.

teki_p's review

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dark emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

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