Batman: The Man Who Laughs

Batman: The Man Who Laughs is a one-shot prestige format comic book by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke, released in February 2005, and intended as a successor to Batman: Year One.

It tells the story of Batman's first encounter with the Joker in post-Crisis continuity. The plot is based on the Joker's original introduction in Batman #1 (1940). The story "Images" in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #50 (September 1993), is another, alternate take on the same story.

The title is a reference to the movie The Man Who Laughs, whose star, Conrad Veidt, was an inspiration for The Joker.

The story has been reprinted, in both hard and softcover, with Detective Comics #784-786–a storyline entitled "Made of Wood" (pairing Batman with the Green Lantern Alan Scott,) also written by Brubaker with art by Patrick Zircher.

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... Critical reaction to The Man Who Laughs has been mostly positive ... Hilary Goldstein of IGN Comics said that The Man Who Laughs "lack the smooth pacing and adept dialogue of Moore's The Killing Joke, this is a worthy ... Don MacPherson of The Fourth Rail felt that The Man Who Laughs "rob the Joker of some of his mystery" but said that Brubaker and Mahnke "capture the chilling nature of the ...

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