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Batman #143

Comicscore Index
Mixed or average ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.


The terrifying tale of “The Joker Year One” continues as a mysterious figure from Batman’s past has come into Joker’s orbit, changing the Clown Prince of Crime forever!

And what secrets does the re-formed Red Hood Gang have for Batman’s future?

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34 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The character has never had a definitive origin, and while this seems to be leaning on the story from The Killing Joke, it does a better job than we’ve ever seen of truly making Joker feel like a threat that could go toe to toe with the entire DCU.
  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    There is a fine line between brilliance and madness. With this issue, readers walk along with the legendary villain’s journey to insanity. Zdarsky crafts two equally impactful stories with his strong writing. The art teams deliver on the haunting scenes that amplify the rise of evil.
  • 90


    Batman #143 works well, thanks to probing captions and a good balance of subplots that take us into the character’s unique perspectives. This story balances a surrealist nightmare future with the enlightening origins of Joker while cleverly cementing his role as Batman’s greatest villain.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman #143 gives readers an effective middle section of the 3 part arc. Whilst the overall plot doesn’t move forward to its inevitably bloody conclusion, it certainly does position the pieces on the board to create a platform for something very special in next week’s climax. As an allegory for the Frankenstein’s Monster fable, it works so well. Whilst any story set in the past is inevitably framed by our knowledge of the present, we still get a genuine sense of danger from this book.
  • 85
  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I continue to be impressed with the new and interesting directions Zdarsky is taking the character. The story is impressive and contains a great mystery that keeps me engaged. Unfortunately, fleshing out the back story of Joker with this particular arc doesn’t connect with me. I feel no connection to it or the character and prefer to keep Joker the mystery that made him a menace. The Art: Camuncoli and Sorrentino deliver some fantastic art throughout the issue. I continue to love the visual contrast between the two styles.
  • 82

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman #143 is still a bit confusing but does a very creative job of showcasing a possible reasoning for the Three Jokers that connects well with Captio, Batman, and Zur. Moreover, the future plot thread illustrations and the possibility involving that story have crafted a narrative that appears to be ripe with potential. And with this storyline coming out weekly, we won’t have to wait long to see what’s next. Nevertheless, we really don’t get a ton this week and the illustrations from the most interesting aspect of this storyline are a bit too dull and cartoony. Overall, Batman #143 shows readers that the story is getting a bit better but it still needs something more to truly hook fans and comb through some of the choppy, confusing parts. Luckily, it is weekly and we will certainly be getting more soon.
  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman #143 is a surprisingly taut and engaging continuation of Joker's Year One story. Continuity purists may take issue with Zdarsky's retcons, but at this point, if DC doesn't care, there's nothing to be done about it. Regardless, Batman #143 is a dramatic read.
  • 80

    Batman on Film

    This middle chapter of “Joker: Year One” still has me in the middle of the road, putting even more pressure on next week’s finale. While the art continues to excel, the story itself has me cautiously anticipating where it’s going to land. While I’m eager to see the finale, I’m in no rush to return to Failsafe. Oof.
  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    The second chapter of “Joker: Year One” opens up the story and really gets to grips with both its central characters. Once again led by two incredible artists, Chip Zdarsky’s attempt to explore the history of The Joker is blockbuster stuff.
  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 45

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batma #143 is unable to fix the filler vibe The Joker: Year One story has. The story here is just a reminder that this is all a distraction to buy time before the next chapter in the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh narrative. Even when there are connections made to Batman of Zur-En-Arrh they just leave you wondering if it was necessary for Joker to be involved. Luckily this story will be don before this month is over.
  • 40

    Batman #143 is, as the previous issue was, confusing and over indulgent as it continues "The Joker: Year One" story. The story arc itself already had the weakness of feeling like filler, but coupled with efforts to take everything iconic about the Joker and create one unified modern origin just continues to plainly not work. The shifting timelines are hard to follow, the art work, while each section is well done doesn't come together well at all. There just feels like this weird dissonance through the entire issue across all aspect and even in the places where parts of the story feel like there is potential, Zdarsky misses the opportunity to develop things further and instead, things are flimsy and fall apart. The result is something that feels cheap and a little messy and whose purpose remains a question.
  • 34

    Comic Watch

    In the use of vastly different coloring, inconsistent art, and tepid writing, Batman #143 slightly improves on the previous issue without escaping from the story arc’s larger pitfalls. Zdarsky’s scripting connects interesting dots and for every strong idea, an equally bland story beat is employed. That uneven scripting is echoed in the illustrations for the issue, oscillating from the bland artwork by Camuncoli and the expressive linework by Sorrentino. With two issues down and one to go, little has inspired hope for a stuck landing for the story arc. One can hope Zdarsky can pull off the conclusion and tee up the modern-day plot, but based on these two issues, that hope is fleeting.
  • 30


    The second chapter of Joker Year One is an emphatic declaration of how incredible it believes the Joker to be. It’s exhausting listening to everyone’s narration, both past and future, about his unrivaled and unfathomable mind. Nothing is a step too far as what was once a chaotic clown who commits crimes is elevated to narrative godhood that the world revolves around. Maybe his sales numbers justify this culmination to decades of power creep, but his seeming omnipotence only makes him less interesting and more annoying.
  • 20

    The Batman Universe

    Batman #143 is terrible. It’s two confusing timelines with no plot motivation, razor-thin character motivations, and mental gymnastics that try to explain-away Joker’s craziness, thus taking away any mystique the Clown Prince of Crime had. WHO CARES if Joker underwent the same training as Batman?

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