The Man Who Laughs

by alphamonkey on August 14, 2008 · 0 comments

in Comics!

The Man Who LaughsChris Sim’s over at The Invincible Super Blog lays out what may well be one of the best summations of the Joker I’ve ever seen.

But those aren’t what make him the go-to bad guy; the Joker’s a part of all those stories because he’s already Batman’s arch-enemy. Even in the finale of Batman Year One–the Alpha to DKR’s Omega–the Joker’s used as shorthand for the new type of criminal that’s going to be rising to challenge Batman. He’s the escalation, the one that can’t be intimidated by Batman’s physicality or figured out by his deductions or scared by his demonic costume. The scene works not just because we know what the Joker card means when Gordon hands it to Batman, but because we know that the Joker is the one you have to worry about.

Definitely worth a read for the comics fans out there. Read it!

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