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Noteworthy Issues: The Batman Who Laughs #4 (April, 2019)

Batman struggles with his newfound Joker toxin infection as the Batman Who Laughs continues to plot his whatever it is.

OK, there’s something wrong when I am officially smarter than Batman.

Issue:  The Batman Who Laughs #4, April 2019

Writer:  Scott Snyder

Artist:  Jock

The Plot:  Batman, attempting to use his condition to his advantage, continues the hunt for his Dark Multiverse counterpart.

Commentary:  I have said more than once how sick I am of the Batman Who Laughs.  I am not even completely sure why I opted to read this mini-series outside of morbid curiosity.  It was only going to annoy me at some point.  Snyder keeps his bad guys too powerful.  I don’t like it when the heroes flounder around in cases where, quite frankly, they should be at least holding their own.  I get that Batman is supposed to be the ultimate planner and his evil opposite should be all that too, but…he should be doing better than what I saw here.

Here’s what it came down to:  I figured out where the Batman Who Laughs was hiding before Batman did.  And it was really, really, really obvious.

Like, blindingly obvious.  There’s no reason that anyone should be surprised by what the Batman Who Laughs does here.  I’d be insulted, but really…Batman should have seen through all that.

I will say though, there was one moment in this issue I liked:  Batman finds the Joker and the two talk.  Joker talks about how he would behave if he ever scored a final victory over Batman, but…then he confesses he doesn’t want to win.  He doesn’t want Batman to win either.  If either of them win, they can’t keep playing his games.

That was a nice moment.  It fits well with the Joker as a character.

Too bad it didn’t fit in well with the stupid conclusion to this issue.

Grade:  C

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