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The Joker #14

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

FINAL ISSUE All the hunters converge on the Sampson estate as the brutal conclusion to the first “season” of The Joker is here! Bullets will fly, blood will be shed, and will James Gordon be forced to make the choice he’s been dreading since issue #1? Punchline Backup: Punchline walks free, and the Royal Flush Gang is desperate for a new queen. The underworld of Gotham City is going to change forever, and this last chapter of “Punchline” is only the beginning.

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33 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    ’m not sure if James Tynion IV’s Joker run was supposed to end with #15 all along, but with him departing the company for the most part, this final act has felt a little rushed. After last issue focusing heavily on Vengeance, much of this final act is told in flashback. The deranged Sampson family has been foiled, the sick cannibal dinner interrupted. Bane and Vengeance have it out, and the truth of Bane’s survival is revealed—as part of an elaborate conspiracy dating all the way back to the first regular title Tynion wrote at DC. There’s a lot of exposition here, but it’s never boring or unnecessary. It feels like a puzzle box unwinding, but it’s hard to miss that most of the last two issues have been told in somewhat abnormal formats that move the story along a little more briskly. (…) Surprisingly, the Punchline backup switches creative teams this month after the main story of her trial switched focus last month. Written by Alex Paknadel, this story focuses on a young soldier who was taken hostage in combat and suffered horrible abuse, only to come back mentally scarred. After losing her marriage and her profession, she wound up on the street—and became prey for Punchline’s sick experimentations. Now transformed into something disturbing, she seeks out her former tormentor in a story that seems to set up a new status quo for Punchline. It has some disturbing moments, but it’s a little too short to really set up what comes next, and this is just a done-in-one.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    While Tynion does address a considerable amount of lingering questions, he still withholds a few answers. Whether he pays them off at some random point in the future or leaves it for another author is still up in the air. Tynion leaves Gordon in a better position than when he started raising the former police commissioner’s profile and creating new motivations beyond Batman.

    The artwork from Giuseppe Camuncoli is sharp with clean layouts free of disorienting or confusing elements. Camuncoli gets the noir aspect of the story and why it’s vital to keep the focus on Gordon.

    Arif Piranto’s color work is similarly crisp with a good balance of dark blacks to tease Gordon’s darkening mentality in chasing Joker.

    The cliffhanger might not work on too many titles that may be quietly cancelled, but The Joker is too high profile a character to leave to an uncertain fate for too long. This was a fun run for the most part and this approach on Gordon and Joker made for a frequently fascinating read.

  • 80

    The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime’s maxi-series brings everything to a head, with a lot of mystery surrounding what exactly happened between Joker and Gordon that might have nuked the Commissioner’s relationship with Gotham’s Dark Knight. Tynion does a fine job of explaining Bane’s part in the story, as well as ratcheting up the tension while further exploring Gordon’s psyche here. The next issue feels like a good stopping point for this latest romp with the Joker, and hopefully, it ends on a high note to accompany the issues that came before it, including this one!

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Is the Joker dead? THE JOKER #14 might not have the answer just yet, but we will soon find out! Will the relationship between Batman and Jim Gordon change forever?

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Get the last taste of Joker for a while. He needs to be relished and not overplayed like a pop song for the 400th time. Joker War was outstanding, but he needed to have slinked away. Albeit there should be closure for Jim Gordon, but let’s see what else comes out of the woodwork. Joker needs to go and work on his tan!

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    The Joker #14 gets back on track with the personal, tragic, and downright moody Jim Gordon narrative that makes this series excel.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    For what would have been our original finale before DC announced another issue of this series out of nowhere, we get a strange continuation of where we left off with not really getting a lot of explanation….. about pretty much anything. Yeah, you learn some backstory on Cressida but there’s so much left on the table here that I’m afraid that one more issue won’t be able to handle the amount of story it needs to explain. That being said, this book looks great and there are some fun moments in its presentation but ultimately I just needed more out of this both in its Joker story and Punchline backup.

  • 50


    It’s hard to say a lot about this issue because it really feels like so little happens. The answers I wanted don’t materialize, and instead the narrative is dragged out in a way that can feel frustrating and boring. At this point, I am quite simply ready for this comic to wrap up. It goes through spurts of plot, then seems to drag into issues like this where we get almost nothing. It feels like a waste of time, energy, and money and it’s hard for me to be excited for more and it’s genuinely hard to recommend it month to month.

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