In Review: Batman/Dylan Dog (2024) #1

See how the fates of Batman and Dylan Dog intertwined in the past through their lethal nemeses: The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime of Gotham City, and Professor Xabaras, a mad genius with a taste for bringing the dead back to life!
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Synopsis: See how the fates of Batman and Dylan Dog intertwined in the past through their lethal nemeses: The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime of Gotham City, and Professor Xabaras, a mad genius with a taste for bringing the dead back to life! Joker is in London to seal a hellish pact with Dylan Dog’s nemesis, the Mephistophelian Xabaras! The doorbell of Craven Road No. 7 screams, and beyond the doorway Bruce Wayne appears. For the Nightmare Investigator, an incredible adventure begins side by side with the Dark Knight. They’ll have to forge an uneasy alliance, putting aside their differences in order to successfully confront and defeat an evil that comes from the past…

 

The Story

 

When The Joker receives a mysterious handwritten note. He and Killer Croc make a special trip to London where they look to meet up with Professor Xabaras, which is believed to be dead by his old nemesis Dylan Dog. Of course soon after getting to London. He is followed by Batman who is looking to capture Joker and take him back to Gotham. But in order to get a lead on where and what Joker is up to. He needs to speak to Dylan Dog and find out whatever he can about Professor Xabaras whom the Joker has seemingly partnered up with.

 

The Artwork

Gigi Cavenago and Werther Dell’Edera  do some fantastic work with the art for this opening issue. They manage to capture the mood of the story really well. I loved the panels in which we see Joker and Killer Croc in London as they try and find Xabaras.

One of the highlights is when we see Joking using Xabaras’s lab to make zombie jokers.

 

Overall

Roberto Recchioni has penned a fun crossover here in which Batman and Dylan Dog get to reluctantly work together. It’s an interesting pairing as Batman uses logic and deductive reasoning whereas Dylan Dog seems to have a more instinctive approach. I liked the first meeting between Dylan Dog and Bruce Wayne as the two men pretty much opened up with the line, “I don’t like you. But I need your help.” This is always a great way to break the ice. 

9.6
Batman/Dylan Dog (2024) #1
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

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