Batman: Three Jokers #1

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Jason Fabok

Colors by Brad Anderson

Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the ‘Darkseid War’ in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker! After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced!

In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a Joker Reading List in preparation of Batman: Three Jokers – and it looks like some of those recommendations turned out fairly relevant!

I absolutely love The Killing Joke. Alan Moore is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of those classic books that really defines a character for me.

So imagine my delight that Batman: Three Jokers not only alluded to that comic several times, but also gave off the same sort of rich story and stunning artwork that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland accomplished in The Killing Joke.

But Three Jokers is so much more than that. Something that really helps this particular story stand out is that Batman is not alone in tackling this, with Batgirl and Red Hood by his side. Given the history both have with the Joker (Batgirl in The Killing Joke, and Red Hood in Death in the Family), it gives a lot of depth to their motivations in tackling the mystery at hand.

And what is that mystery? Well, quite simply: how was the Joker in three places, committing three separate crimes, at the same time? There can’t really be three Jokers… can they?

The story is written exceptionally well, but the art is hands breathtaking. Jason Fabok is a god (and absolutely sweet, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him), and his insane talent is brought to life with the vivid colors by Brad Anderson.

The creative team for this book absolutely made something that lives up to the hype. Did it take five years? Sure. But finally having it in our hands makes it worth it.

Have you read the first issue of Batman: Three Jokers yet? If so, what cover did you grab?

-Angel

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