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review 2014-08-04 05:51
Batman: The Man Who Laughs - Ed Brubaker,Doug Mahnke,Patrick Zircher

Year One finishes with Gordon mentioning an attack that was going to happen at the hands of a man who calls himself The Joker. The Man Who Laughs picks up from there and I have to say that didn’t enjoy this story as much as Year One.

There is still a double narrative, changing perspectives between Gordon and Batman, but I found that everything I liked about Gordon’s character in the previous story was not present in this one. Batman was more on the front of the action and he truly took charge of the situations.

As regards The Joker, I wasn’t really impressed with his introduction. As he often gets the title of Batman main rival, I was expecting a more grandiloquent story and this wasn’t the case.

However, I quite enjoyed the second story Made of Wood. In this one, Batman teams up with Green Lantern to find copy-cat murderer who is killing the same way as serial killer did ten years before. Green Lantern was an interesting character to read and I liked that we got flashbacks to the previous investigation as well as Batman and Lantern current investigation. In this story, Gordon has an active role again, which I appreciate very much.

Overall, I liked the stories but I was expecting more.

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review 2014-07-23 00:00
The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo,Joseph L Blamire,Shoshana Joy Milgram Watch the movie before you read the book. Illogical! Not really. The movie is fantastic (and completely different plot-wise from the book). The movie takes out all the pedantry and brings in all the soap opera. So, when I read the book, I had all these emotions (ridicule for Dirry-Moir, spite for Josiana, wistful love for Dea & Gwynplaine). Basically, I had relationships with these characters. And after I started reading, after all the soliloquies that are so Hugo, I just fell more in love with this book. This is one for the introverts! This is one for the outcasts!

There are some pet phrases of Hugo's that I had to laugh at. The comparison of everything to a tiger? OK. Hugo is like the Sir Mix-a-lot of foreign phrases. He likes big ones (and he doesn't lie, you 19th century brothers can't deny...).

This quickly became my favorite book. It's humorous and dark and rich.
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review 2014-04-05 17:48
The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo writes a lot about the plight of the underclass, and the importance of social equality ... and this book is no exception.

Gwynplaine, the titular character, has been permanently disfigured as a child. He is abandoned by those who disfigured him and, as he is trying to find help, he finds an infant whose mother has died. This child, Dea, is blind. It is almost inevitable that the two of them, taken in by a mountebank who calls himself Ursus, will fall in love as they grow up together.

Of course, we find out in the course of the story that Gwynplaine is more than he appears to be. In fact, (view spoiler). He brings up issues of importance to society and is shouted down because his face is so amusing to those who could actually help.

By the end of the story, everyone is fairly miserable. But Hugo gets his point across well. Highly recommend for fans of his work.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/859055107
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review 2013-10-26 15:18
The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo

bookshelves: film-only, 3m-bookshelf-challenge, autumn-2012, revenge, historical-fiction, published-1869, victorian, classic, teh-brillianz, adventure, dog-steals-the-show, britain-england, london

Recommended for: 3 Ms
Read on September 02, 2012

 

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review 2013-09-25 11:22
Comics: Batman The Man Who Laughs
Batman: The Man Who Laughs SC - Ed Brubaker,Doug Mahnke,Patrick Zircher,Aaron Sowd

I like this comic, it deals with the Joker origin as the comedian who got into a bad situation and ended up in a vat of chemicals. so far its my favorite origin of the joker and seeing a story as the aftermath was great.
Its a good story, and a quick read and the art style is dark and gritty
But I'm always generous when it comes to Batman

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