The climactic, chilling conclusion to “The Joker Year One” that will have massive repercussions for the future!
The Red Hood Gang is on a rampage and the only man who can stop them… is The Joker!
And can Batman stop a devastating new virus in a future where The Joker looms over him?
Geek DadThis all comes together into one of the best runs in Zdarsky’s already excellent run—and sets the stakes high for Joker’s role in Batman’s own mental crisis as the story resumes next month.
AIPTBatman #144 wraps up "Joker: Year One" in a satisfying way, delivering an influential addition to the mythos surrounding these characters. This story enriches Joker in an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will haunt you.
Nerd InitiativeThe history of the Clown Prince of Crime shines with the closing chapter of Joker: Year One. Zdarsky takes readers into a thrill-ride of dark madness with superb writing. The art teams construct solid action and moody imagery to exemplify Joker’s terror. For anyone who wants to peek inside Joker’s mind, this story needs to be in your collection.
Batman on FilmOverall, “The Joker: Year One” could have been a gag, but instead, it was a solid detour from the main BATMAN story. It provided some interesting antics, with excellent art, and didn’t contradict anything. There’s a saying “Don’t be sad because it’s over; Smile because it happened.” Appropriate for this story. But the norm is returning because next month, we’re back to “Failsafe.”
The Comicbook DispatchOverall, Batman #144 is well crafted and mesmerizing for fans of the Joker as well as the Dark Knight. With its clever storyline, masterful writing, and stunning artwork, Zdarsky has delivered a Batman tale that is as dark and brooding as it is exhilarating forming the foundation for one of his most iconic villains. However, I still felt like the story went nowhere and gave us little direction and answers. Whether you’re a seasoned Batman aficionado or a newcomer to the world of Gotham City, this issue is sure to leave you eagerly anticipating what comes next. Nevertheless, prepare to leave with mild confusion as to where this series is going and what’s on the horizon.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Zdasrky continues to craft an interesting story that does a great job of tying its two time periods thematically. I still don’t particularly like the Joker storyline because it takes away the essence of a man of pure chaos and essentially turns him into the anti-Batman which diminishes the character and the mystery that makes him menacing. It’s still a good story with some great action. The Art: Camuncoli and Sorrentino deliver some fantastic art in the issue as both parts of the story complement each other visually.
Dark Knight NewsBatman #144 wraps up the mini-arc well. The script and characterization are terrific and the artwork is sublime. Whilst the 3 issue run might not have re-invented the wheel, it has thrown a new light on the eternal conundrum that is the Joker. Where we go next remains to be seen, but I look forward to it immensely.
Get Your Comic OnA speedy but satisfying conclusion to this three-part experimentation in toying with the history of The Joker. Zdarsky wraps up the story pretty neatly which is no easy feat given how quickly it has come and gone. It’s going to be fascinating to see the impact of this arc moving forwards.
First Comics NewsThis issue marks the conclusion of “The Joker: Year One” but after these past few issues, it just felt flat in terms of storytelling while trying to add new layers to The Joker himself. It doesn’t help matters that the arc kept going back and forth to the present and the near future because Chip Zdarsky is a talented writer but this arc did not play to his strengths but weakened them. Instead, Zdarsky feels comfortable taking what other established Batman writers have done and just adding his twist to it which is a shame because he could have brought his voice to the table when he’s crafting his scripts but lately he’s been on cruise control. The artwork, provided by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Sorrentino felt so uneven that it did this arc no favors (It would have been best if Camuncoli handled the art chores); Overall, there’s nothing to get excited about this arc other than you read it and finished it in one sitting, but had Zdarsky added his flair to this story it would have been dynamic but let’s hope that Zdarksy can get his creative spark back before it’s too late.
The Batman UniverseBatman #144 has a great throughline in Jim Gordon’s arc that hits the right beat, but the overall Joker: Year One story is a convoluted mess that solves half of its timeline off-panel and reaffirms a tired Batman and Joker dynamic. Some of the art is beautiful though.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatman #144 concludes the Joker: Year One art by not telling you anything you didn't already know, confusing what you already knew, and focusing on nothing that matters. At least the art looks great, but this needless interruption to the Failsafe story is a complete waste of time.
Batman-NewsThe final chapter of Joker Year One contains shockingly little Joker, but perhaps that’s for the best. With him gone, the story shifts its focus to James Gordon as the Red Hood Gang launches its assault on GCPD headquarters. It’s an exciting, if unremarkable action sequence to round out this three-part story. When Joker does appear, it reverts back to waxing poetic about how amazing he is and making you question what the point of all this was.
ComicBook.comBatman #144 provides the conclusion to "The Joker Year One" arc and ultimately, it all ends up feeling like a needless detour from the general trajectory this run of Batman has been on with the Zur-En-Arrh arc or even the Mindbomb arc. Everything here feels disjointed in terms of how the story plays out as it is set both in the past and in the future, but has to also connect to the present – something that it fails to do. Instead, the issue is a strange clash of things, as though Zdarsky is trying to channel the energy of other Batman writers before him and in doing so completely loses any sense of his own voice or his own interpretation of Batman (which, in my opinion is great when he nails it and dismal when he doesn't). The result in this wrap up is an uneven, frustrating, and confusing story that feels like the narrative equivalent of pattern mixing. That feeling also carries through to the visuals as Camuncoli and Nesi's artwork just do not match up well and there's also just still this deep feeling that we're trying to riff on things that have already been done and done far better.
Comic WatchIt’s a shame that Sorrentino did not have a chance to illustrate that version of the Joker as their style, especially the one in this arc, would be a great fit. It continues to channel that darker, more impressionistic tone that elevates the art past the lackluster story. Sorrentino’s section is all about vibes and not stories, and it almost works. Almost, until it switches back to the past section and returns to Camuncoli and Nesi’s bland, regressive artwork. Batman #144 ends with a steady drumbeat of disappointments, to the point that it may end up souring the larger story. The three-issue flashback story feels like the necessary evil of modern, blockbuster-level comics, in that it provides time for the more gripping art and writing. It also takes all of the worst impulses with filler and ends up not tying back to or teeing up the previous storylines.