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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Batman has joined forces with his archnemesis, and things are already off to a rocky start.

But time is of the essence as another piece of Commissioner Gordon is delivered to the Gotham City PD.

Will Batman be able to work fast enough to save his dear friend, or whatever is left of him?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
36 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 has again given us a rich detective narrative, wrapped up in the rounded and real look of Gotham. The mystery’s immersing Batman into some intense moral dilemmas and the matter of just how much we can trust the foaming-at-the-mouth Joker, if at all, is always in question. This is effortless and gripping storytelling by a team of true masters in the art of crafting comics.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 93

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Silvestri also delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue with visuals that are exciting and brilliantly utilize the darkness of the city to its advantage.

  • 90


    This comic is a great time. It isn’t the most profound story ever but it isn’t supposed to be. It’s just well written and brilliantly drawn. Strongly recommended.

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 takes the boilerplate setup from issue #1 and amps up the horror elements in surprisingly new directions for an issue with spectacular art and a suddenly more intriguing story.

  • 84

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 seems to do what many of the Batman issues have done this week, and that’s a focus on action over story. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, in a comic trying to get off the ground it may not be the best thing to do at the beginning of the second issue. Additionally, I just need to point out that Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is not a good place to start in this series. There is almost no catch-up or recap and thus as this issue opens, fans would be royally surprised as to what’s going on and why. Granted, we kind of are too…
    Nevertheless, just like Batman #130 this week, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 has some rather stellar plot threads for readers to pull that make this tale intriguing while garnering a strong sense of mystery and detective storytelling. Who’s behind all of this and why are they basically cloning Jokers? And what connection does this all have to do with the Waynes? There is so much meat on the bone making this reviewer excited for the future of this series. Yet, I’m reviewing THIS issue which was again overcompensating with action instead of pulling these enigmatic plot threads that could hold the story together on their own.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is an entertaining read. It doesn’t fall into “90s issues” we see from others who “return” to comics and instead plays off Marc Silvestri’s strengths that made his creator owned work stand out from the crowd. There’s a lot here to enjoy and fans of Silvestri, want to see Batman and Joker team up, or like a little horror, will want to check this one out.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    BATMAN & THE JOKER: THE DEADLY DUO #2 is shaping up to be a must-read #Batman and #Joker story. Silvestris vision and art feels right at home on the #DCBlackLabel format.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2continues to explore the dynamic between its titular characters while also delivering plenty of action and humor. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this comic, and I hope that feeling continues, especially as the last page teases a whole new world of trouble for Batman and the Joker.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    The Deadly Duo continues to give readers the purest form of the Batman/Joker relationship. Without all the trappings of a main continuity story, The Deadly Duo has free reign to relish in the delightfully dark and impish interactions between its two leads.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    Marc Silvestri’s dark ’90s-inspired thriller turns Batman and Joker into teeth-clenched teammates—as a mysterious villain has captured both Harley Quinn and Jim Gordon hostage, unleashed an army of genetically-engineered monsters, and force Batman and Joker into completing weird tasks together. The first issue had some good humor to it, but this issue is just pitch-black and ultraviolet—with scenes of torture, monsters being torn apart, and the two characters very clearly not being able to stand each other. That makes sense, but it’s also not all that entertaining to watch as a core dynamic. A subplot involving the Gotham Mayoral race and a hard-boiled anti-vigilante candidate with an eyepatch—who isn’t Nanako—doesn’t really go anywhere, although Alfred and Dick Grayson get a few good scenes. The art by Silvestri is strong and gritty, but the story doesn’t live up to it.

  • 50

    Things feel cluttered, story wise and while dark and gritty with a sharper edge is something that should work for Batman, this issue veers a little too far into the grim and the weird, ultimately creating a lack of balance that throws the whole issue off.

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