Batman/Superman #3 is published by DC Comics, written by Joshua Williamson, art by David Marquez, colors by Alejandro Sánchez, and letters by John J. Hill. In an attempt to bait The Batman Who Laughs into divulging the details of his plan Superman has allowed himself to be poisoned by the Joker Toxin to gain his trust. But predicting how The Batman Who Laughs will respond is always a risky affair.
Batman/Superman #3 picks up where last issue left off and continues to plunge itself down into a story that has begun to border on convoluted. This is always a danger when a story involves Batman. And the peril seems to double with two of him. The need to challenge the Dark Knight’s ability to predict his foes intentions can quickly escalate to the absurd. With Batman trying to out think another Batman, knowing that Batman is trying to out think him….. Needless to say, the moves upon counter moves can become hard to believe.
While I may have struggled with some of the plotting for Batman/Superman #3 there was still several elements of the writing I did thoroughly enjoy. Not the least of which is an opening internal monologue on the part of Batman. While Clark deals with The Batman Who Laughs Bruce is left with a moment to ponder some of his choices and strategies. Questioning his methods. This uncertainty is often times Batman’s most redeeming quality to me. His struggle with what he is and does is often the only truly human aspect he is still permitted.
And convolutions aside I did like where the story ultimately reveals it is going. The Batman Who Laughs definitely has big plans in store for the future. That, along with the continued intrigue of what other heroes have been poisoned by the Joker Toxin, certainly warrant following along with this story.
While I may have some reservations about Batman/Superman #3’s story it’s art continues to shine. Marquez’s work keeps up with the plot through every twist and turn. One moment stepping back to highlight gorgeous action shots, only to zip right back in to give the individual the entire frame. The ability to balance character and action here is sublime.
This understanding of thematic balancing is rivaled by the excellent grasp Marquez has for the characters. Batman and Superman never feel out of position in this book. Every pose and punch looks as exactly as it feels like it should. Superman is always the powerful figure, while Batman is speed and thought personified.
When all is said and done Batman/Superman #3 continues to deliver a solid story. Though the plot feels like it might be starting to lose itself it still holds a lot of potential. Given what this creative team has already shown it can do I have little doubt they can continue to deliver a strong story. They just have to avoid letting Batman’s detective work run away from them.
Batman/Superman #3 is available now from DC Comics.
When all is said and done Batman/Superman #3 continues to deliver a solid story. Though the plot feels like it might be starting to lose itself it still holds a lot of potential.