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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 (of 7)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime’s alliance started off shaky, but now it seems to have shattered entirely.

Batman has imprisoned The Joker in the Batcave, desperate to find answers about both the disappearance of Jim Gordon and the strange, genetically modified humanoid monsters gathering severed heads across Gotham.

But when one of these monsters’ tissue samples comes to life, Batman comes face-to-face with a creature even the World’s Greatest Detective doesn’t fully understand, and he may have no choice but to resume his partnership with his greatest enemy.

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27 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 shifts away from nailbiting action into full-on detective mode as Batman hunts down the monster maker. Silvestri's artwork is next-level, the detective work is smart yet engaging, and the mystery unfolds at just the right pace to be satisfying.
  • 92

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Like Hush, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo has the potential to be a classic. Riddles, mystery, detective work, bioengineering, and a partnership with the Joker make this an undeniably emphatic tale using Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 as an informative crux of the series. There is only so much detective work a reader wants to do. Current writers tend to lean heavily on a lack of information as their vessel for a mystery story. However, Silvestri on the other hand actually gives some information providing fans with the answers to not lose readers making for efficient storytelling unlike many of the current writing class. And for this, I commend him. Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is a detective story giving fans time to calculate their own theories but eventually logically lays out the correct path without any fake sleight of hand. It’s dark, contains consequences, and will leave readers on the edge of their seats. I highly recommend Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 as well as the series and predict this tale to be one of those classics we look back at years from now.
  • 91

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An exciting and wonderfully dark story for Batman in this issue. The tension continues to mount throughout this issue and the story continues to be enhanced by it. Silvestri delivers some fantastic moments for the character including a moment that highlights a flaw in Batman that is rarely discussed, hubris. I also love how the sidelining of Joker makes things harder and the moment between the two of them is compelling. The Art: Silvestri delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. The details in the characters as well as the gritty look of the world of these characters catches the eye with every page and panel.
  • 90


    This is a great comic. I don't believe Silvestri has any intention of writing something that will make some sort of huge splash. He just wants to tell a good story. I'm totally happy with that and I respect it as well. I think we're all tired of stories that talk themselves up and then fail to deliver. That's not what this is. We were only promised a well-written, well-drawn, entertaining story. Silvestri already delivered on that and is now busy exceeding my expectations. This is the kind of story that makes new readers.I strongly recommend it.
  • 90

    Comic Watch

    After finishing Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3, I am totally on board with the story Silvestri is telling and look forward to seeing how things unfold. If you have been reading since issue #1, Im sure that you are sticking around. If you havent started yet, there's plenty of time to get caught up before the next issue.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 has spoiled me and exceeded my expectations. I was expecting this to be the hyper gritty take on Batman and The Joker teaming up. It was a slower burn than I was prepared for, but I can still forgive it, if nothing else, because these issues are still some of the finest going in DC today.
  • 82

    Graphic Policy

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is beginning to deliver on the promise of its title. By the end, we finally get the duo together to figure out what’s going on and track down whoever is behind the strange monsters and have taken Gordon and Harley. Here’s hoping after such a wait it all delivers the back and forth we’ve been waiting for.
  • 80

    Batman and The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 separates the two titular characters for the majority of the issue, functionally shifting gears for the bulk of things to make this more of a straightforward Batman detective tale, albeit one set within the framework of the larger story that Silvestri has framed out with the previous two issues. And while those two issues—particularly the second—were a little on the shaky side, this issue is very well done and really gives readers a reason to not only invest themselves in things beyond Silvestri's fantastic art, but also make it a lot more reasonable as to why Batman would even work with Joker in the first place. (...) Overall, this issue is a big improvement over the second issue and definitely feels much more interesting.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 60

    Geek Dad

    Any story that teams up Batman and the Joker is likely to have a dark edge to it, and Marc Silvestri has always been a creator whose tastes trended towards the macabre. But after three issues, this series is pretty overwhelming in its bleakness. With Joker locked up in the Batcave, Batman tries to solve a twisted puzzle set by the villain—a Sophie’s Choice forcing him to pick which of two parents should survive, with a cruel twist. Meanwhile, Alfred and Nightwing try to unlock the origins of the strange mutated Joker creatures terrorizing Gotham. It all comes down to, as it usually does in Gotham, a personal tragedy. An old associate of Bruce’s has lost too much, and may have revived an old experiment for revenge. Batman is always an angry character, but here he barely seems in control at any given moment. It has some good visuals, but overall the strange plot and bleak tone don’t serve the book particularly well.

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