Batman: Three Jokers 1

Oh, I got to get to reading this

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Finally got a chance to read this and…DAMN!!!
There has been a lot of hype about this book and it MORE than delivered!!!

I get a ridiculous amount of books every week, so I don’t really mind delays…but if delays meant putting out books that looked THIS amazing I wish everything would be delayed!

There was a lot of good stuff here and it was an excellent opening but I really enjoyed the first couple pages showing each person’s scars…like…REALLY!!!

That’s what I love about Batman: The reality or mortality of the characters. I love each member of the Bat Family but I have a DEEP respect for Barbra Gordan!!! I love me a powerful woman and I don’t think there’s a woman in comics more powerful than her! She’s human. She has no superpowers. She’s not wealthy. She’s Barbra Gordan and even though her scars are DEEP she endures because she’s that bad ass!

She breaks treadmills like a BEAST!!! SOOOOO HAWT!!!

And the pages without words!!! I absolutely LOVE that there are entire pages without words!!! I’m probably going to spend a lot of time looking at these books in between issues because the art is just THAT fantastic!!!

I haven’t been this excited about a stor in a very long time!!!

And that last page tho!
That last page!!!


And we should all show off as well!

Showing off is fun!


That’s a good adjective to use for this!

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If you can make three consecutive pages entirely absent of dialogue and still PACK them full of story you have truely created GREATNESS!!!


There are a lot of things to say about this book

The positive:

  1. The art is fantastic. I cannot stress enough how the characters are very emotive and great body language.

  2. The use of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl to mirror the personal infliction of pain the Joker has done. Great symbolism, great theme and great metaphors.

  3. The Jason Todd/Insanity Joker dialogue. It’s really spot on. A far reaching subtle plan of Joker…sort of reminiscent of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

  4. There is obviously more positives with the coloring of Brad Anderson! Great work with Use of color and light.

The Negative (What! On a DC Universe page?)

  1. It is a Black Label DC: Which means it’s non canonical. That is a good thing, because the Joker shouldn’t be defined with an origin. The Bad thing: Dc Universe Readers won’t get to read it.

  2. Jason and Barbra being the same age. Barbra should be a bit older. She’s a contemporary of Dick Grayson. Nor should he be talking down to Barbra.

  3. The “reality” of the concept. Batman stories work best on a pulp street level. Which means, some slight fantasy (Fancy gadgetry and a few over the top saves, physical feats). It’s one thing to accept that Joker is a comic book villain that defies death and has multiple interpretations. We know as readers, it’s just different artist take and different times that they are written in. It’s another reason to try to explain it and “connect it all”

So my fear is that Geoff Johns is writing fan fiction and not telling a story worthy of the a Mythology if Batman.


One part of that greatness…subtle hints that Batman has dealt with all three Jokers.

I’m would like to read the series, but am not a fan of collecting issues. When the whole story is released, are they going to release it as a volume?

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Without question, this will come out in trade. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve already seen Johns or Fabok tweet about what the cover to the collected edition will look like, so I’m guessing you won’t have to wait too long :grin:

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It was great but I dont think the 1st issue was worth at the hype but I hope the next 2 really bring something worthy of rembering or being included in Batman’s history

Is Batman: Three Jokers 1 on the DCU app? I’ve searched everywhere and it took me an hour just to find this thread.

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It’s not, and there’s a pretty good chance it may never be here. Most Black Label books haven’t been put on DCU at all, and even if it does, most new comics don’t get here until a year after their release

If you’re looking for a good gritty story that is recent and on the service I recomend The batman Who Laughs which leads in tonBatman/Superman which leads into Hell Arisen.

Hell Arisen isn’t on the service yet, but it will be eventually…probably soon.

The entire Year of the Villain was SUPER fun, but there’s A LOT and those stories are pretty much the culmination of the of the entire story.

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I think that’s up to the read to decide.

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For instance:
We just finished reading Mad Love in Harley’s Crew and I don’t at all…like… AT ALL care for that origin of Harley and have chosen the origin in Harleen (which is Black Label) for my personal Harley origin.

And remember the multiverse… There’s a Luthor who is a hero and married to Lois Lane…so…



Part of me digs the cover for the hardcover – another part of me feels like the whole “cover of a profile face” motif got a little dull after a while. I suppose it does make it stand out among the other titles on the shelf.

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As for this series coming to DCU – AppleJack over on the Office Hours thread has talked about with the original series leaving the service, stuff like Black Label/Vertigo books and the release window for books are back on the table of negotiation. So while I can’t say for certain it will show up, I think there’s a better chance of it now than there was a while ago.


Just read issue 1 and think that it’s really well made. I’ve heard someone suggest that whether or not it will be cannon will be decided by how fans react to it. If fans really love it, it probably will be made canon. If not, then not. I think that’s the most practical way of looking at it.

I also think the three Jokers was done to try to explain how the character has changed so much over the years. Golden Age, Silver Age, Modern Age Joker. It’d be the cleanest explanation as to why he’s changed so much; just come out and say he’s three different people.

Yet, I’m surprised they decided to have the three Jokers active at once. My theory was that the Joker was a mantle similar to Robin. Both came out in 1940 and there are five Robins. So, why not three Jokers? Again, it would explain the pre-comic code, comic code, and post-comic code personality changes.

But, I simply assumed the older two Jokers died at some point and that a new person simply picked up the mantle when he noticed the Joker hadn’t been around for some time each time.

But, I have no idea how they’re going to explain all three of them having been active this whole time without Batman ever knowing. So, maybe there is some sort of multi-verse thing going on? We’ll have to wait for the next two issues to see what’s fully happening here.