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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 (of 7)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

The Joker will go to any lengths to get Harley Quinn back after she is abducted by a strange culprit. But who? Mysterious, Joker-like monsters are stalking the streets of Gotham, collecting severed heads. But why? Jim Gordon is missing, and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece of Gotham’s commissioner, Batman knows he must be willing to do anything to save him. But how? When The Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to those questions begin to become clear-and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their core. This meticulously crafted tale of the Dark Knight’s deadliest team-up has been years in the making. Witness a grim and gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri could bring you, and experience a tale that will leave you breathless.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
34 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1 presents us with a great many possible outcomes. It disturbs with the very real look at what circumstances could draw two of the greatest rivals in fiction into teaming up. It treats us to a bright potential narrative all set to stunning and stern artwork that has made this feellike the most Batman-y story I've read in way, way too long.
  • 100

    First Comics News

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Dark, disturbing and highly engaging, Silvestri brings the reader into the darkness of the city and unleashes a story that has some truly scary moments within it. There is a dark energy that permeates the story and kept me invested in every moment. The plot has a great build up of action and terror as well as a mystery that has me invested. The Art: Silvestri dazzles with art that brilliantly engulfs the reader into the dark world of Gotham. The characters look amazing and the art is beautifully detailed throughout.
  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo is graphic, action-packed, bold, and incorporates an overarching concept that all fans should flock toward a partnership between Batman and the Joker. However, readers will quickly discover that everything isnt quite as it appears which should change that hand-holding into some investigative reporting before Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 wraps. Sure, in a market where we arent starved for Batman comics, one might question whether or not to buy THIS ONE. Well, the simplest, easiest answer is yes! Fantastic art, powerful designs, a unique story, and solid character voices promote a stellar beginning all fans can hop on board with and enjoy.
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 unites the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime for a new mystery, courtesy of Marc Silvestri. Silvestri’s always been one of my favorite creators, and I’m not surprised that he’s delivered a great opening act for his Batman story. Hopefully, the rest of the series keeps up this forward momentum.
  • 86

    Comic Watch

    The book starts as a classic Batman detective story, which I really enjoyed. I always love seeing Batman doing some good old fashion detective work, like removing a bullet from the wall with tweezers. At the same time, there is some amazing over-the-top action. I especially love the way Silvestri illustrates Batman’s capes. They are monstrous with minds of their own in true 90s comic book fashion. Troy Peteri’s lettering should also be praised. The onomatopoeias throughout the book are well-placed and chosen. At one point, the strange Jokerfied beast that Batman is pursuing is being shot at in some type of boiler room. The combination of the gunshot sounds plus the sounds of the bullets ricocheting off of the boiler pipes adds so much to the sequence. His lettering shines in Batman’s narration box and speech bubbles and Joker’s speech bubbles. The highlight of the issue is easily Joker and Batman’s interaction toward the end of the issue, which gives us the formation of the Deadly Duo.
  • 85


    I didn’t want to get too deep into the story for this first issue because it seems more focused on the basic setup and building atmosphere. It is well done but the art is definitely the star so far. I think it’s worth picking up just for that. I’ll have to reserve judgment until the next issue to gauge the true quality of the writing. At this point? Big recommend!
  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 brings a new phase in the Batman/Joker relationship to life as a monstrous, unstoppable killer with ties to the Joker forces the perennial enemies to become partners. The story is an above-average Batman tale with solid pacing, plotting, and dialog, but the Batman/Joker relationship forms a little too quickly. Silvestri's artwork, however, is the best its ever been.
  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 is exactly what one would expect going into it. Silvestri’s art pops and the story itself is interesting enough. It’s the tease before the main event and this team-up really gets going.
  • 80


    An art showpiece, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 brings an authoritarian vibe to Batman, giving it a unique take on the character worth checking out. If you’re interested in a macabre depiction of Gotham with a monster suited for the city, you’ll likely enjoy this miniseries.
  • 80

    By taking what feels like an unconventional and unsettling pairing and attaching it to a harder, more authoritarian take on Batman and Gotham that Black Label allows, this dense issue both captures a great deal of Batman's noir aspects and pushes the boundaries of what readers expect from both hero and villain
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 80

    The Newest Rant

  • 75

    Geek Dad

    I wasn’t expecting much of this series based on how long it’s been since Silvestri wrote—or really drew—anything, but I have to say this worked a little better for me than I was expecting.
  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    A somewhat interesting story and phenomenal artwork help breathe new life into an old dynamic.
  • 69

    Zona Negativa

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