Skip to content

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 (of 7)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

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.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
37 pages
Amazon ASIN

9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 93

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 takes creepy to an all-new level providing fans with some next-level Batman villainy. This story by Silvestri has escalated from a regular, run-of-the-mill, Batman/ Joker Team-Up comic to a sinister, almost demonic display overnight. Furthermore, I can’t help but love the monologuing from Batman and the sly, subtle humor from the Joker that uniquely balances out the tone of the issue well. Readers, this has become a Batman Horror Comic that ends with some graphic displays probably not suited for young audiences. However, for the adults out there, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 is some next-level, diabolically creepy storytelling and this issue barely utilized the Joker! Look, I said this after the last issue and I’ll say it again. This story is movie worthy. This story is stream-series worthy. This series on screen would make a killing and could possibly be the best Batman onscreen story ever! Pick this series up, add Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5, and thank me later.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman & The Joker Deadly Duo #5 is the culmination of a consistent run of very strong comic book storytelling. We’re seeing familiar characters forced into impossible situations that allow for new and compelling takes. There’s everything to look forward to when it comes to the final issues, but there are still a great many things to resolve between now and then. This story could truly go anywhere, and I’d be okay with Silvestri handling even more Batman with this level of care and attention.

    The Script, art, colors, and lettering in this issue are all near-perfect. This is what a Batman special event story should be.

  • 90


    What else can I do to sell people on this comic? In a lot of ways this feels like the kind of comic that got me into the character in the first place. From the art to the writing it really does everything right. There’s no need to be verbose.I enjoy it and I think you will too.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: First, I absolutely love the twist towards the end of this issue. It was something I didn’t expect and when it was finally revealed, it all made sense. Silvestri does a terrific job of taking the reader on a journey with the characters and I love the compelling elements of the story told through the interpersonal conflicts. The story has had an awesome build up of tension and this issue brings everything to a brilliant head whose resolution I’m excited to see.

    The Art: Silvestri delivers art that perfectly illustrates the gritty, dark and dangerous world of the story being told.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 amps up the detective work and the exposition to uncover the “true” threat behind the monsters, kidnappings, and murders. The art is gloriously good, Batman’s detecting work is solid, and the mystery reveal is surprising. That said, this is a very dialog-heavy issue with little action, and many questions still need to be answered.

  • 82

    Comic Watch

    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 hes 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.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Silvestris work makes good use of one of the more iconic cities in the DC Universe. It would be very, very cool to get a comprehensive tour of Gotham City between Batman and Bruce Wayne. The history of the subway system that Silvestri is managing in this issue is actually a lot of fun. The Gotham City of the DC Comics Universe has never had quite the grand tour that its really deserved, and a story spanning every major neighborhood would be captivating.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    At the center of this story has been one horrific day for Gotham City—the day the Simms wedding turned into a massacre, and Big Bad Donald Sims lost his eye and his daughter, and eventually his sanity. It’s been hinted that his loss led him to the mad experiments that have been terrorizing Gotham, and this issue shows the whole gruesome event in full detail for the first time. Overall, the plot here isn’t bad—Joker being aligned with Batman is honestly the least interesting parts, as all he seems to do is hang around and snark. But its take on Batman isn’t bad, and the art is nicely creepy when the villains show up. This issue reveals the truth behind the experiments, as well as giving us a nice twist ending in a particularly creepy segment. But while it works decently as a horror comic, it lacks the noir edge that makes the best Batman horror comics work. Instead, it feels like an ’80s splatterpunk horror, and there’s only so far that can go.

  • 60

    This issue tries to take the story into darker rather than just gritty territory and while fans of Silvestri generally are going to love this turn, looking at it more objectively this may be the point where things slip. It has started to become difficult to tell if this is a noir comic or a horror comic because while it is trying to be both at the same time, it lacks edge for one or the other at any given point, thus making it fall short. The twists this issue lack punch even as the art pushes things over the top in the gritty department – which, in turn sort of has an unintentional “pick me” vibe mixed with the 80s. Add to that, this is a very, very dialogue heavy issue so it is, at time a slog.

More From Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo (2022)