Writer: Marc Silvestri
Art: Marc Silvestri, Arif Prianto, and Greg Capullo
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: January 11th, 2023
The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime’s alliance started off shaky, but now it seems to have shattered entirely. Batman has imprisoned The Joker in the Batcave, desperate to find answers about both the disappearance of Jim Gordon and the strange, genetically modified humanoid monsters gathering severed heads across Gotham. But when one of these monsters’ tissue samples comes to life, Batman comes face-to-face with a creature even the World’s Greatest Detective doesn’t fully understand, and he may have no choice but to resume his partnership with his greatest enemy. Let’s dive into Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 by Marc Silvestri as fans take witness to what’s becoming an instant classic!
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A nice riddle, some ingeniously terrifying science, and a new unsuspected villain kick off Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 this week. And what’s nice is that Marc Silvestri is beating to his own drum. He’s building his own world, his own villain, and his story from the ground up using merely the characters as the foundation. Additionally, Silvestri realizes that enough is enough and that he needs to dangle some possible carrots with the readers. Instead of propping up this far-out story that gets back into a corner with crazy reveals that make no sense, Silvestri uses Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 as the catalyst to provide actual answers.
Now, some readers may not be pleased with the answers they get. The person named as a potential villain is a nobody to us which ultimately takes away any of the detective work on the reader’s part. Nevertheless, even though readers may not have as much fun combing through clues, they’ll still be wildly entertained by the bioengineering angle, the Joker team-up perspective, and the graphic violence that exploded out of the issue.
In all honesty, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 gave me this Hush vibe. You see, Thomas Elliot was introduced as a friend to Bruce and then built into this villain. He really wasn’t referenced before Batman #609. Yet ever since, fans have incorporated him into other backstories and present narratives like he’s always been there. The possible suspect this week feels the same way. Sure, Bruce isn’t nearly as connected to this person as he was Elliot, but it’s almost like Silvestri is pulling the same stunt here by interjection some new character that will become a new villain at the end.
However, some great, unexpected questions will emerge from this. What will this new bioengineering villain be called? And, what impact will he have on Batman? Most of Batman’s villains are psychotic lunatics that want money or power. Sure, a few know the science but how many are driven solely by their twisted revenge for the death of their daughter? The angle is very Batman-esque. A man who has the financial means, the intelligence (but in a different specific area), and the same motive yet twisted due to the loss of a daughter which made me wonder. Does the loss of a child render someone more violent and filled with rage than a parent? I think it does.
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 continues in the same fashion with its almost colored pencil design. However, the line work and the background motions and movements are a bit too busy at times taking away from the scenes and focal point of the issue. That said, the more extenuating individuals like the Joker came across as more detailed and authentic than the regular individuals like Bullock, Bruce Wayne, and Dick Grayson. Why? Well, the average, unmasked individuals all shared similar features making them harder to distinguish between. Now, I know it comes across as though I wasn’t a fan of the art style. However, that’s not the case at all. It fits with the story well even though it may not be my first choice for the issue.
Like Hush, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo has the potential to be a classic. Riddles, mystery, detective work, bioengineering, and a partnership with the Joker make this an undeniably emphatic tale using Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 as an informative crux of the series. There is only so much detective work a reader wants to do. Current writers tend to lean heavily on a lack of information as their vessel for a mystery story. However, Silvestri on the other hand actually gives some information providing fans with the answers to not lose readers making for efficient storytelling unlike many of the current writing class. And for this, I commend him.
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is a detective story giving fans time to calculate their own theories but eventually logically lays out the correct path without any fake sleight of hand. It’s dark, contains consequences, and will leave readers on the edge of their seats. I highly recommend Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 as well as the series and predict this tale to be one of those classics we look back at years from now. If you have any questions on the review or are ever interested in tackling a comic review of your own, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!