How cool is that as a title for a Batman vs Joker graphic novel? I was instantly drawn to this issue hook line and sinker. The title is awesome, the cover artwork is cool but best of all (having finally read this graphic novel after owning it for several months now) the story is pretty amazing too.
So as not to give too much away, Lovers and Madmen is basically about Batman becoming aware of the Joker for the first time – the clown prince of mayhem begins wrecking havoc, just as our Caped Crusader thought that he had well and truly cleaned up Gotham’s streets.
The Joker, or ‘Jack’ as he is known for the majority of this tale, is stuck in a rut of boring organised crime, until he is inspired by the Bat to become who he really is – a lover of chaos and disorder. Jack transforms into the Joker both mentally and physically and the showdown between the two ‘madmen’ is my absolute favourite part of this issue. The Joker gives Batman a very difficult choice to make where casualties are inevitable.
Another interesting dynamic explored in this issue is the prospect of Bruce Wayne falling for a woman and how he deals with balancing his secret vigilante life with his dating life – not too well it appears. We also get a great nod to another key character in the Batverse, but I’ll keep that one under wraps…
Have you read Lovers and Madmen, or can you recommend the next graphic novel to purchase? Next on my reading list is Faces of Death from the Batman Detective series – looking forward to it!