Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 Review



Written by: Marc Silvestri
Art by: Marc Silvestri
Colors by: Arif Prianto
Letters by: Troy Peteri
Cover art by: Marc Silvestri
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: January 10, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 unravels the mystery behind the deadly monsters stalking the streets of Gotham. When Batman discovers, there's a method to the monster's madness, a partnership with the Joker may be the only way to save the innocent.

Is It Good?

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 elevates Marc Silvestri's passion project into the better, if not best, Batman solo title from DC. All the elements are present for a hard-hitting detective story with a unique twist and a horror theme.

When last we left Batman, he barely made out of a Jokerized monster attack alive, and he was forced to bring the Joker into the Batcave as a prisoner/source of information. The issue ended with a cliffhanger showing the tooth Alfred extracted from Batman's shoulder was starting to grow a life of its own.


Silvestri leans heavily into science and detective work to help Batman figure out where the mutations are coming from, who's behind it all, and why. Silvestri's pseudo-science explanations are plausible, the culprit behind the monsters makes sense, Joker's involvement in the conspiracy fits, and you get all the makings of a good detective story with clues, reasoning, and discovery.

This issue is almost all talking and analysis. Still, little bits of action are peppered in to get your blood pressure up, the conversations are emotionally charged, and the writing execution in terms of pacing, dialog, and scene transitions is spot-on.

Of course, you want to know about the story, but since this is a Silvestri project, you're equally interested in the art. Silvestri's visual execution is, in a word, phenomenal. Silvestri's razor-thin-yet-scratchy line work is raw and gritty, Prianto's coloring is shockingly gorgeous, and Peteri's lettering is top-notch. Almost every panel is poster-worthy, so this issue is worth the cover price on art alone.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 shifts away from nailbiting action into full-on detective mode as Batman hunts down the monster maker. Silvestri's artwork is next-level, the detective work is smart yet engaging, and the mystery unfolds at just the right pace to be satisfying.



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