Michael Green & Denys Cowan - Batman: Lovers and Madmen (3 stars)

SUPER VILLAIN

(DC)

The main problem with Lovers and Madmen is that in many ways it is contradictory to the events in The Killing Joke (which have become accepted as the origin story to the Joker over the years).

It depicts the Joker as far more callous and evil, but let’s be honest, comic characters are always getting rewrites (how many versions of Batman’s origin have you read over the years, with each writer adding their own spin to the mythology?). This is a hard bitten crime noir with sharp angular art, however, the changes make the Joker more of a one-note villain and rob him of the subtle nuances of his fractured psyche that have been introduced since the landmark Killing Joke.

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