Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Published by DC Comics
I love this book. It is a nice variation of the typical Joker story. Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino really are a killer creative team and they completely knocked it out of the park with this book. I am floored with how good this series is. You really can’t ask for something better than this.
Ben Arnell is having a breakdown of sorts at the beginning of the issue. He knows that he needs help fighting against Mr. Smiles. So, he breaks into Arkham Asylum in a very violent fashion.
And then he comes face to face with the Joker. It is a very intense and chilling sequence that happens next.
We get to see that Ben Arnell is wearing Joker style makeup.
Arnell and the Joker talk.
Then, there is a horrifying moment where Arnell completely gives himself over to the Joker. It is a profound and terrifying scene and Sorrentino nails the emotion of it perfectly with his visuals.
Then, everything gets even more wild.
Batman does show up and this all leads up to the end of the book, which I don’t want to spoil. But I will tell you, that this will eventually lead into a Batman story by the same creative team.
And I, for one, cannot wait.
The story by Lemire is strong. He puts so much into each book he writes and this is no exception. He never lets me down. The art is some of Sorrentino’s best. This creative team does a great job and this series really is a standout.