- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Printing edition (May 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401217842
- ISBN-13: 978-1401217846
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman: Joker's Last Laugh Paperback – May 20, 2008
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See Nightwing lose control while fighting the Joker. See Joker manipulate and control other supervillains and superheroes. Supervillain Multiman had some of the best humorous moments followed by the little worm dude that goes into your ear.
STORY/PLOTTING: B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B; ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus; JUGGLING ALL THE CHARACTERS: B; WHEN READ: mid August 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.
SPOILER: it wasn't explained how Joker "Jokerized" everything but you have to just roll with it. I suspect they thought it would be awesome to do it to lots of supervillains and the like and they decided to not show how it happened.
The basic plot of Batman : The Joker's Last Laugh is this. The Joker is told he has a brain tumor that will kill him, so he masterminds a breakout of Slabside Penitentiary with a horde of jokerized villains. With this force, he goes on to devastate the world to go out in style, if you will.
Firstly, this comic feels nothing like anything taking place in the Batman universe, and unluckily, not in a good way. Having the Joker, for some unexplained reason, outside of Arkham Asylum and instead in a prison for super-powered villains, does not make much sense besides the obviously necessary plot point of being able to taint his fellow inmates. It feels a bit like Batman is barely in it at all, as well as the Joker himself at some parts, and instead it is filled with quick appearances of other superheroes (Superman and Flash) and others that some readers may be unaware of (The Spoiler?). The dozens upon dozens of various, un-Batman-related villains shown are almost difficult to keep track of and barely carry the story further either.
For the Joker himself, the author appears to be trying to keep Joker in his comedic side, which is fine. The Joker is a funny guy, but he is not a fool. Here is where that fails in this comic because this Joker is not even somewhat humorous, no outright laughs or dark ones. He is both lacking his intelligence and unique sense of comedy.
As for the story, it sounds like it should work. With disappointment, I have to admit it doesn't, at least not for me. It's one of those great ideas that just fail in execution. The plot is thick, hard to get through, and I personally had to set down the comic for long periods of time in order to actually finish it. Some characters, such as Harley Quinn in a brief appearance, just pop into the story a little one-dimensional and with their parts a bit boring and a little ridiculous. The ending itself is somewhat predictable, and also, in a way cheap. Without giving it away, I'll just say that it is one of the cases of guilt and victory that are often seen in Batman's philosophy, only transferred to Nightwing. It doesn't suit him, and feels forced, hurried, and under-developed.
This tale does not leave the reader satisfied.
However, there are small things that keep the story from slipping down to a one star. There is a little of Barbara dealing with what the Joker has done to her, and how it is in affecting her life. The Joker himself has a few good lines concerning the plans for his demise towards the end, even if they are overrun with poorer responses only a few pages later. Besides that though, there aren't many lights in the darkness.
The art itself feels amateur at best. It's barely detailed and a little sloppy. I have to say, it feels very poorly done and cartoonish. Unfortunately, its quality pulls the reader out of the story instead of carrying it along.
Chuck Dixon is a true author with great works, but I have to warn you that this is not one of them. It would be best to pick up something else, and leave this one on the shelf.
Sadly lacking in both story and art, the plot revolves around The Joker wanting to go out with a bang after being told he has an inoperable brain tumor. What follows next is a largely forgettable tale including The Joker trying to kidnap Harley so he can impregnate her, The Slab (the prison where The Joker was being held at before he escaped) being sucked into a black hole, a bunch of C-List Jokerized villains, and Nightwing almost beating The Joker to death after they mistakenly believe Robin is dead.
The odd part is that for being a Joker tale, neither The Joker or Batman are really featured that much in the story. Instead, the characters of Nightwing, Oracle, and Shiloh Norman more or less take center stage. Puzzling.
In conclusion, I advise you pass on this book. There are better stories about The Joker out there, and believe it from me, this is not one of them.