Batman: Three Jokers #3 review The wrap up

3.5

Summary

Three Jokers is a great series but is pretty much like a rollercoaster ride — great fun at the time, but when it’s over you just get off and continue with the rest of your day.

This review of Batman: Three Jokers #3 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous issue by clicking these words.


Written by Geoff Johns, with art from Jason Fabok, Batman: Three Jokers appears to have been one of the best series of 2020 that DC managed to get out.

The seeds of the story had been planted a long way back, so fan expectation was high for this release, and with the whole thing looking like Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, there was every chance it might not stick the landing.

The good news is it did, mostly.

The first two issues were full of gritty Dark Knight detective mystery, and the final issue pulled everything together in a satisfactory and fulfilling way. Red Hood, Batgirl, and Bats himself are teamed up to try and figure out the Joker’s insidious past, and after Red Hood’s brutal assassination of one of the Jokers, Batman finally has it out with him.

Batgirl manages to bring things back to the investigation though, and before long the team is doing what they do best, looking at the clues and preparing for a climactic showdown at The Monarch Theatre.

The Jokers have found what they feel is the perfect victim to become the newest addition to their ranks, and though it may not have been the surprise it could have been, it is the ultimate call back to the Batman origin story.

Carnage ensues, of course, and by the end of the whole thing, there is nothing left to do except follow our characters as they lick their wounds after the physical and emotional wringer that they have been put through.

There are a few nice bittersweet moments, and we are left with a final twist that rounds everything off.

Batman: Three Jokers #3 is a partial success and does it’s best to bring some kind of closure to various plot threads that have been around for decades.

When The Killing Joke hit the stands, it was at first suggested that it would be an out of continuity one-shot, however, it had such success that it was incorporated into the DC Bat timeline, and Barbara Gordon’s horrific shooting, leaving her wheelchair-bound, was leaked into the Bat titles. The Joker’s origin by Moore was put down to an unreliable narrator though, which is really the main thrust of this series. Johns does his best to include Moore’s work and to cap it all off while addressing the trauma of Bruce, Jason, and Barbara.

As far as comics go, this series is dark, exciting, and gripping, but the question I was left with was, did we really need it? Without spoiling much, it does feel as if nothing has really changed by the end of the story, and though it was a great thrill ride, it does not actually alter any of the characters in any lasting way.

The Joker is still a mystery and hates Batman, Jason says he will do his best not to murder any more people, and Barbara just seems to carry on regardless.

Three Jokers is a great series but is pretty much like a rollercoaster ride — great fun at the time, but when it’s over you just get off and continue with the rest of your day.


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Louie Fecou

Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk.  He currently runs his own business in between watching films.

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