Batman Three Jokers #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Batman and two allies touched by the terror of the Joker will face a new terror from the Clown Prince of Crime.
Another rough night brings Batman back to the cave and into the arms of Alfred who is tasked with patching up the latest round of injuries Bruce has taken both physical and emotional. When a news report linking a murder to Joker gets Batman’s attention, he springs into action. Unfortunately, the news report was just the tip of the iceberg.
Two more crimes linked to Joker bring together Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood to investigate what looks like crimes from three different Jokers. To make matters worse, not only do these Jokers seem to be working together on something huge, but there is no way for the detectives to determine which one is the real one.
The Story: A really intense first issue from Geoff Johns. Everything in it indicates that Joker is going to push both Batman and his allies to the brink and the mystery of the endgame makes the story both engaging to the reader and an interesting study in the affects of trauma. I like that all of the characters in this story have a personal reckoining with the Joker and that their trauma becomes a tool to use against them. It makes the story more compelling.
The Art: Jason Fabok brings some brilliantly dark and disturbing art to this first issue. Not only do all three iterations of the Joker look menacing and scary, but the crimes they commit are given a visceral, visual flair. A great looking book filled with detailed panels.