John Layman takes on
Joker's latest venture from a different angle, and instead of
following the steps of the already busy and almost omnipresent clown
of crime, he explores the effect his return has on the rest of
Gotham. Layman gives Joker a kind of super-power, one that makes
half the city hide in fear, and the other half turn into the sickest
versions of themselves; this and other concepts that just sprout
from every page make the issue quite entertaining.
"Nothing but Smiles"
starts with a global view of Gotham, and as it progresses, its scope
narrows until it focuses on a new menace rising from amidst the
chaos: Merrymaker, who along with his League of Smiles promises to
give Batman a run for his money. Jason Fabok produces extremely
elegant, high-quality artwork, while Jeremy Cox's coloring provides
a somber atmosphere that matches the mood of the script. An
unexpected, fun read.