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The Joker #10

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

Following the harrowing events of Batman: The Killing Joke, the course of James Gordon’s life-and that of his family’s-was forever changed! But what happened when Gordon’s path again crossed with The Joker’s… PUNCHLINE BACKUP: Harper Row has successfully gotten Punchline’s former friend, Kelly Ness, out of Blackgate. What Kelly reveals about Punchline’s past and true nature will change her criminal case forever, but will Harper and Leslie Thompkins be able to protect her from Punchline’s loyalists?

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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The Tynion/Rosenberg/Francavilla interlude issues of this series have been just as good if not better than the main series, and that continues with this follow-up to the events of The Killing Joke.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    A compelling issue that consists primarily of flashbacks in both he lead and backup stories. “Broken Home, Broken Heart” is a character drama with just the right touch of action as well as an examination of the Jokers terrible impact and how it lingers long after he has left the scene.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Rosenberg and Tynion craft a melancholy and soul wrenching chapter surrounding James Gordon’s troubled past. The sins of the Joker have harmed not only his victims, but their loved ones. And this powerful episode expounds upon that point. It also does a lot to establish the mindset of Gordon as he attempts to finally rid the world of his greatest enemy. It also begs the question: Why are the worst of criminals granted mercy, and is this mercy helpful or harmful?

    In the B Story, the reader gets a chance to hear the perspective of two very different supporting characters. It is interesting to see how the Royal Flush Gang operates within their neighborhood. And I find this contrast to Punchline’s relentless pursuit of Kelly to be an excellent way of layering the group’s dynamics.

    The Art: Two very distinct artistic styles are portrayed in this issue. The A Story uses a traditional style suitable for noir and detective works. While the B Story is youthful and depends on vibrant colors. Both pieces compliment their attached stories and elicit emotional ties to the characters represented.

  • 90

    DC Comics News

    The cover says it all. The impact that The Joker has had on James Gordon’s family has been so significant. I never thought that the Bat-Family would be without Alfred. Is it time for one of the biggest foes of Batman to bite the dust at the hands of James Gordon. This latest installment certainly is putting us on a road to where Gordon may take that pivotal shot that will resonate around the DC Universe.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Writers Matthew Rosenberg and James Tynion IV again take another detour from the present day storyline to offer more insight on Gordon’s ties to The Joker.

    This issue explores more of the fallout of The Killing Joke with Gordon and Barbara dealing with their shared trauma at Joker’s hands. To further complicate matters, Gordon’s ex-wife decides now is the ideal time to bring their increasingly disturbed son, James, to live with them. And James Jr. is already showing a concerning interest in The Joker’s activities.

    Francesco Francavilla returns to handle the art and colors. His style works very well with these flashbacks and the subtle orange and reds convey the passage of time.

    While these flashbacks are simply adding layers to an already well described grudge with Gordon and The Joker, this is another quality installment of this series. Hopefully the return to the present day will further expand these on these newly revealed moments.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The cover of The Joker #10 says it all. The impact that this character has had on James Gordon’s family has been so significant. I never thought that the Bat-Family would ever be without Alfred, so is it now also time for one of Batman’s biggest foes to bite the dust at the hands of James Gordon? This latest installment certainly puts us on a road to where Gordon may take the pivotal shot that will resonate around the DC Universe.

  • 90

    The Batman Universe

    The Joker #10 is a beautiful flashback story that provides a formidable reality check to Jim Gordon’s narrative throughout this series. This isn’t just about Jim stopping the Joker, it’s about his inability to walk away and take care of his own.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    JOKER fans get little to no JOKER and a whole lot of James Gordon Junior. Moreover, fans also get a stickier backstory to a tragic character that’s been woven into the framework of the DCU since the NEW 52 whose always been wildly intriguing. I’ve always loved James Gordon Junior since Snyder’s take let him loose on the scene. This issue of THE JOKER just embeds the character deeper into the foundation of the Gotham/ Gordon/ BATMAN dynamic giving it more substances. Moreover, it shows fans that the signs pointing to James Gordon Junior’s issues have always been there adding more depth to the character. So, for those expecting THE JOKER, you’ll be sorely mistaken. However, if you’re a Jim Gordon fan and have always wanted more of a backstory with James Gordon Junior, you’ve come to the right place.

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    I dig Francesco Francavilla’s art for these flashback issues that take a closer look at why Jim Gordon has an obsession with taking the Joker down but while I like the look, I thought that the previous Annual issue felt unneeded in what it told but thankfully this continuation does something new and explores James Gordon Jr. and how this young twisted mind became intrigued with the criminal that hurt his family so much. This was a much-needed look at why Jim Gordon brings his son up with his hatred to the Clown Prince of Crime and I only wish that I liked the Punchline backup as much as the main story.

  • 70

    This issue once again diverges from the main story that sees Commissioner Gordon jet setting to find the Clown Prince of Crime, and returns to Jim Gordon’s earlier days where the Joker has more influence as a spectre than an actual flesh and blood criminal. Like the annual that followed a similar story structure, this latest issue is able to tell a compelling story, though its one that isn’t able to elevate to the same heights as the aforementioned Joker annual. The sidestory following Punchline and other denizens of Gotham continues here as well, but doesn’t hold much of a candle to the main source. It’s a solid issue but its one that isn’t able to compete with the prior entries we saw from Tynion, Rosenberg, and Francavilla.

  • 60


    I’m still not a big fan of the placement of this story. I think it would have worked better as the Annual or set somewhere else in Joker’s narrative. However, as a standalone tale, it’s a solid story that could be enjoyed by anyone who picks it up and wants something focused more on the Gordan’s history than their present. So if you’re looking for a glimpse into history, this is a good one to pick up, but if you’re waiting on the main narrative to start moving again this isn’t the book for you.

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