Title: But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci Author: Acyl AKA Acylion Rating: T Genre: Action / Mystery Status: WIP Fandom: DC Comics Pairings: N/A Summary: Jack Napier, a.k.a. the Joker. After years of madness, he's finally sane. But there's something wrong. Something's not right. According to his psychiatrist, there's no Bat. Nobody in Gotham City has heard of a superhero named Batman. The Justice League doesn't have a guy who dresses like a bat. And that's wrong. That can't be. Because if there's one thing that Jack knows, it's that there can't be a Joker without a Batman. Link: SB | SV | AO3 This is a fascinating Joker-centric fic, and I think easily one of the best stories I've ever read that's based on the comics, besting those two Shocker-centric fics, although perhaps not as good as Metropolitan Man. The prose is serviceable, and the technical writing allows you to muddle through. The real hook for me so far has been the mystery. From the first chapter, I'm curious what it is that's happened here. Why is the Joker sane? Why is Batman gone? Jack makes for a surprisingly compelling protagonist as we follow along trying to piece together the clues. After the first mystery is answered (the why), it never sheds it's mystery aspects completely. It keeps you guessing what it is Joker plans to do through some clever narrative arrangements which have been a treat to read. An easy 5/5 from me.