The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime are still in pursuit of their unknown enemy! As a deadly virus drains both Batman and the Joker, the two must work together to survive. Tracking their enemy to the beautiful city of Paris, Batman who’s senses are slowly failing him must rely on the one person who takes nothing seriously– Joker!
Batman Europa “Paris” is written by Brian Azzarello and Matteo Casali. The penciling is done by Giuseppe Camuncoli. I really enjoyed this book! So far each issue I’ve read has been better than the last, and with all of the globetrotting Batman and Joker are doing you would think it would get a repetitive vibe to it–but it doesn’t. The dialogue between Batman and Joker is done perfectly. I’m loving seeing the two banter back and forth and as Batman’s physical and mental prowess slowly fades–its the Joker that’s keeping him in the game. Brian shows us in this issue that although their lifelong enemies, there’s a certain respect between the two. Joker even saves Batman’s life at one point and it shows you exactly the type of relationship the two have. This is one of the few books I’ve covered that actually makes you want the read the next issue immediately after you’ve done with the last–and that says alot.
I have to admit I’m not really a fan of the penciling and art in this particular issue. Although Giuseppe does a great job and the art done by Diego Latorre is good, it comes off like a painting instead of a comic book. I was more a fan of Jim Lee’s work in the first issue, and the last issue was great, but the artwork in this issue can be confusing and awkward at times. I think it was done this way as maybe a small nod to the art life of the city of Paris– and this was the thinking I had going into the book, however the incredible dialogue to me is what really makes this book work. Hopefully the penciling and the artwork will redeem itself in the next issue.
I thought Batman Europa #3 was a great read. It has plenty of action, great dialogue between Batman and the Joker and you really get to see how the mind of the Joker works. Although he’s really crazy, there’s some sanity in his methods too and it really shines when you see Batman having no choice but to rely on him. If you’re a fan of the Joker or if you just like seeing the relationship between these two timeless icons unfold then this is the book for you! I can guarantee it!