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The Batman Who Laughs #6 (of 7)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 17 critic ratings.

True happiness begins in the heart. Our memories and emotions can play tricks on us, though, and divert one’s reality into something completely different. The Batman Who Laughs has based his entire worldview on this very concept, and it is in this moment that he must finally confront the one man who stands in his way, the one man who could complete or halt his plan…the last Bruce Wayne. It is here, on the home turf of Wayne Manor, that Bruce relives the happiest moment of his life—the moment he became the Batman Who Laughs. Will Batman be able to outthink the Dark Multiverse version of himself and stop his most sinister end? Or will the original Dark Knight succumb fully and let go of his morality? While good almost always wins, this issue is the start of something more…setting up a larger plan based in the ultimate betrayal of infection, loyalty and true happiness. This is not the end…it’s only the beginning.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    At this point in the DC time line, I am pretty shook. The last time I felt this obligated to buy any and all comics was when Superman died, and Batman was broken by Bane. DC is well on its way to returning to its number one comic line ranking as they have all the right pieces put together. You would do well to buy all of The Batman Who Laughs issues along with The Grim Knight one shot. You’ll be glad you did!

  • 100


    I have to be honest, I have no idea how this is going to end. Snyder has me completely baffled. Sure, I have about ten different theories I’ve come up with, but the only one that seems plausible is that at the end we’ll find that perhaps this is it for the bloodied and battle-weary Batman. He’s already conceded that the plan isn’t working; Batman isn’t working. Maybe he can’t outthink the darkest version of himself. So what does that leave him with? An offer to embrace his greatest fear, without any of the conflict that comes with it. Being happy without any of the worry or morality that comes with it. I absolutely love to find myself in a situation where I can’t imagine the hero walking away, let alone being victorious. Maybe this time the bad guy wins.

  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Scott Snyder continues to weave a scary, sublime, masterful tale with this issue. Every twist and turn is engaging. It is impossible to not be impressed with the scope of the story being told, the stakes that are being raised with each issue and the intensity of the characters and how they’re written. Snyder does a great job of deconstructing the character of Batman and giving the reader a new facet of the character to explore. A great issue that ends with an emotional gut punch for the reader.

    The Art: Jock continues to knock it out of the park with his beautiful artwork in this issue. The tone of Snyder’s story is perfectly matched with the style Jock brings to the art in this series and this issue especially.

  • 96

    Forces Of Geek

    The ending of this book is a cliffhanger of course. It’s as rousing as can be. Jock does his best work here and that’s saying something. He and Snyder have created an incredible book. Let’s see how the last issue goes, but this could be considered a classic if it ends well. We shall see.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    There’s no question that this is the scariest superhero comic Snyder has written since the days of the Court of Owls, and the Batman Who Laughs is incredibly haunting once he’s unleashed from the confines of an event comic. His taunts are the kind that stick with both the characters and the reader. I wasn’t quite as sold on the Gordon segments as I normally am, as it seems like there’s a lot of developments that happen quickly and reverse themselves within twenty-five pages. And seeing the two of them jump into a different sort of Bat-suit was amusing, but felt sort of out of step with the tone of the rest of the issue. This series was expanded from six issues to seven (eight if you count the Grim Knight special) and it’s not hard to see why. There’s no shortage of plot in this series, and by the end it seems like we’re headed for a final, one-on-one battle between the two Batmen – but is there any difference between them anymore? It’s yet another brilliant Batman story by Snyder and Jock.

  • 95

    Black Nerd Problems

    The Batman Who Laughs #6 throws everything at the kitchen sink as it evens the playing field and answers a lot of questions except the big ones. It prepares us for a finale that promises to challenge what we think is going to happen.

  • 95


    As a huge horror and Batman fan, this comic pushes just the right buttons for me. The more I think about this issue—the underlying themes, the visuals, the pacing and the characters—the more I’m starting to appreciate just how well this is put together. Snyder, Jock, Baron and Cipriano are all fulfilling crucial roles in the making of this comic book, and the result is a cohesive, rock-solid horror show. Highly recommended!

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Batman Who Laughs #6 is a beautifully done issue with amazing art from Jock, colors from Baron, and letters from Cipriano. And what may seem as a filler is redeemed as the Batman Who Laughs unveils his plans for our Batman. It’s definitely a stunning issue you need to pick up if you haven’t already!

  • 92

    Graphic Policy

    The issue is a solid one leaving me excited to see where the finale takes us and wondering how Batman will win in the end. It’s a prime example of both Snyder and Jock being at the top of their game.

  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    With an issue left in this miniseries, I’m seriously curious to see if Snyder and Jock can fit this entire conclusion into one issue. I guess that’s why they added a seventh issue to this miniseries. This was gorgeous and creepy, and will make for an evergreen story.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The Batman Who Laughs #6 left me with yet another cliffhanger that had me shouting at the comic like a loon. I’m usually good at guessing endings and finding solutions, but this series has me completely flummoxed. I love it.

    The series ends next month, but will lead into a brand new Batman/Superman ongoing title. I’ll be reading the heck out of that book too.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Jock doubles down on the nightmarish imagery this issue between Batman’s deteriorating condition and TBWL embracing his more demonic nature. I can’t imagine anyone being able to tell this story from a visual perspective as well as Jock. He brings just the right amount of frenetic roughness and energy to every page while providing a thriller cinematic experience. David Baron’s colors with dark blacks and reds certainly help set the mood as well and Sal Cipriano is doing some very creative work with the lettering.

    The Batman Who Laughs #6 sets the stage for what should be a very memorable conclusion next month.

  • 80

    Horror DNA

    The Batman Who Laughs is a tense and frightening read, pushing Batman farther than ever. He’s had his back broken. He’s been shot through time. He’s lost his mind. This is something far worse than all of those things. This is fighting himself in more ways than one and coming up short. It’s realizing that despite all the preparation he’s put into everything, he might not have enough to save the day after all. That’s a terror that comes from deep down and rattles the bones.

  • 80

    The Batman Who Laughs #6 is a disorienting and fast-paced issue, leaving fans on a foreseeable, but still viscerally exciting cliffhanger. Jock’s art makes the whole thing all the more disconcerting by leaning into the drug-addled and surreal elements of the story.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Overall, the Batman Who Laughs beings to come to close in a way that really makes you wonder how will Batman find his way out of this one, which is always a way I like to find myself going into the final issue of a series, especially a Batman book. Scott Snyder seems to be having a lot of fun telling this story of putting Batman through the ringer, coupled with Jocks art, I’m having a heck of a time reading it, and cant wait for the conclusion to hopefully continue to impress.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    Those looking for psychological depth or true emotions need not purchase The Batman Who Laughs #6. It barely glances at them, instead taking the route high on emotion and angst, where every word uttered drips with the sort of psychological import teenage boys once ached over before they learned better. It is, nonetheless, a gripping read, with potent imagery from Jock bringing to demonic life one of the great Batman villains. In time, we may all look back at The Batman Who Laughs series and wonder what all the fuss was about – but there is no denying in the here and now the old maxim – tis better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    With one last issue left after a seventh was tacked on after 5 issues of nothing really happening, Snyder and Jock take their bow with the titular character and leave room for Joshua Williamson to make something interesting out of it on his upcoming series later this year. With no end in sight, the character who has far exceeded his welcome will continue on within the DC Universe at large even after his own mini-series comes to a close.

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