Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5
When the Deadly Duo’s investigation brings them into the catacombs under Gotham, Batman and The Joker’s adventure becomes a trip into hell. If you thought this series had already shown you its horrors, get ready for a descent into the heart of darkness as Batman and The Joker’s true enemy is revealed.
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 is the best-looking issue of the series thus far. Marc Silvestri’s take on Gotham and Batman has never looked better, and this issue has many great visuals. Even the more minimal backgrounds have just enough detail to put the scale of things in perspective. I wish the series leaned into the horror aspect more. Arif Prianto knocks it out of the park with his coloring. Silvestri’s pencils and inks alone are stellar, but Prianto knows how to add just enough color to bring the horror up a level.
I’m a sucker for horror, but the fight between Batgirl and Joker was the issue’s highlight for me. It just felt so intense and a perfect example of Silvestri’s use of expressive faces and dynamic movements. Batgirl’s moves are graceful even when the Joker tries to kill her. I was blown away by the look on her face when Batman broke up the fight. Silvestri’s art and Arif Prianto’s colors pack a punch. A few pages later, Bruce and Barbara are having a heated conversation at Wayne Manor, and we get another stellar closeup, but this time in Bruce’s eyes, you can see the reflection of the lit fireplace.
Troy Peteri’s lettering stuck out to me on this issue. Silvestri packs the dialogue in on this issue. So far, the pacing has been incredible,, so far, but this issue felt like a big info dump. There are a few instances where there is too much dialogue, but Peteri makes it work. On top of ensuring the issue reads as smoothly as possiI’m, I’m noticing more and more how Peteri’seri’s speech balloons and dialogue boxes compleSilvestri’stri’s art style.
There is a lot to like about this issue. There are a few dated jokes and some pacing issues with dialogue, but this is easily the best-looking issue. Silvestri even makes The Joker look cool when he’s wearing the weird stealth suit that Batman gave him. With two more issues to go, I would say it is absolutely worth sticking around until the end. I can already see that this will read excellently as a trade or hardcover.
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5: The Horror, The Horror
- Writing - 7/107/10
- Storyline - 8/108/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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