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Review: Batman #48

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“The Best Man” Part 1

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Mikel Janin, June Chung

(Spoilers ahead) 

Batman #48 brings the story back to the present and grounded in Gotham—a time and setting we haven’t seen in a while. While The Gift arc gave me an appreciation for Booster Gold; it stalled the Bat/Cat arc big time. If this issue is any indication, the direct lead up to the DC Comics wedding of the century will be amazing.

Batman #48 opens with a man kneeling and saying a prayer with gunshots in the background. It’s quickly revealed that it’s the Joker killing people in a church, what looks to be during a wedding ceremony—poetic, isn’t it? He does this to get Batman’s attention; which obviously works. Painting the picture like the Joker is truly crazy, this issue leads to the clown prince of crime asking Batman a simple question (and then some).


It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve seen the Joker and Batman proper. However long the wait, it’s been worth it. I loved how the Joker conducted himself in this issue—truly crazy. I also loved the interaction, or lack of, between him and Batman. It’s a very one-sided conversation, with the Dark Knight only saying one word throughout the issue. Though, we do get his side of a conversation with Catwoman through the bride to be; whom takes a back seat in this issue.

Tom King’s writing has never wavered with his run on Batman and it’s not different with Batman #48. While I don’t always agree with the story choice, I’m a champion on his actual writing and in this issue, it’s quite interesting. Normally he writing sane characters, or as sane as these characters can be, but 95% of Batman #48 is dialogue from the Joker. Dialogue is hard to write; monologue’s are even harder. A monologue from someone like the Joker? It’s either the easiest or hardest task.

Mikel Janin’s art in this book is perfection. The Joker alone shows off his talents. There are some many different expressions the Joker has throughout this issue and each one is a work of art. While the Joker is the main focus of Batman #48, Janin does get a chance to work with both Batman and Catwoman. Both feel at home with Janin, but I would like to see more of his work within Gotham itself—but even the little bit we get is great.


Batman #48 brings King’s story back to a place where I can’t find anything to complain about. Great art, great story. It’s the first time in a while that we’ve seen the Joker and Batman acting properly with one another and just as one would expect, it’s not an all out brawl. The Joker is crazy and Batman broods.

Score: 10/10

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