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The Joker #15

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

The Clown Prince of Crime had one more trick up his sleeve-a thrilling, surprise final issue! How did Gordon escape Texas? What happened to Bane and Vengeance? Did The Joker get the last laugh? Find out!

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40 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    After several months off, we get the conclusion of James Tynion IV’s Joker run—and the greater-scope conclusion of his Batman run as a whole. For fifteen issues, Jim Gordon has been running around the world trying to track the Joker and got pulled into a larger criminal conspiracy involving the Court of Owls, Bane, and a particularly twisted cabal of billionaire cannibal rednecks. Now he’s returned to Gotham, and Batman has one question—exactly what has happened to Joker? This series not only tested Gordon’s will to survive, but how determined he was to keep his sense of morals. He was tempted to kill the Joker multiple times, and even now no one is sure what he ultimately decided. But then, that’s the problem with a story like this—we know the Joker can’t actually die, so any choice is sort of a foregone conclusion. So it all comes down to how compelling the writer can make it. Tynion, no surprise, sticks the landing and delivers some great new status quos for several players. The character of Vengeance, Bane’s daughter of sorts, is a particularly good addition to the mythos. The unique bond between Batman and Gordon has always been at the heart of this, and their conversation atop the roof is one of the best scenes of the series. It serves as a good closing act for Gordon if the creators want to give him a rest, but it also leaves him in fine position for a reset. In the end, this was more an old-school detective thriller than anything, and it delivers a strong conclusion.
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Tynion took some curious paths but ultimately The Joker was a wild ride and a terrific showcase for Jim Gordon and inspired moments of lunacy for its title character.
  • 87

    Comic Watch

    The Joker finale achieves what it intends to do, setting up the characters for the next phase of their lives as well as putting a bow on the storyline that has been rolling for the past 15 issues. As for whether it does so successfully, it's a mixed bag with some highlights and a lot of exposition.
  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    The Joker #15 wraps everything up in a neat bow, and in the process, provides a fitting end to Jim Gordon's hard-boiled detective narrative.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Joker #15 finally concludes the globetrotting game of cat and mouse between Jim Gordon and The Joker. The resolutions in the comic are quick & predictable as it wraps up as much as it can while leaving a few doors open for a few characters. Jim gets his conclusion, which may prove dissatisfying to some fans of the character, but it at least puts him in a better place than where he began when the series started.
  • 70

    The Joker comes to an end with its fifteenth issue, revealing what happened to end Gordon's chase of the Clown Prince of Crime and the other characters that played a major role in the series from Tynion and Camuncoli. The series as a whole truly approached the Joker in the best way possible, as a force of nature similar to that of Jaws, though there were a few bumps on the road of the fifteen-issue series. Commissioner Gordon ultimately doesn't feel like he's changed much since the inception of the series, despite the new status quo hinted in this final issue, which is a criticism that can be applied to more than a few comic book characters honestly, though everything seems to wrap up in far too tidy of a bow here. The artwork here remains beyond solid and while the series wasn't able to end as strongly as it began, it definitely is a worthwhile series when it comes to a number of Gotham residents.
  • 63

    Weird Science DC Comics

    While this series for the most was pretty cool I can't say that we really needed this tacked-on finale issue because it ultimately didn't do much but give us some bread crumbs that some writers might continue with down the line...... or they might not. Really though, with the main Joker story and the Punchline back up it felt like more of a book that was simply here to remind people about what's been going on instead of doing something new.
  • 60


    As a wrap up for this series, the issue has some highs and lows. What I liked most about it is the treatment of Jim Gordon. His character arc feels like it finally reaches its conclusion here as he has the final opportunity to choose not only what to do with Joker, but what to do after. The rest of the threads of the plot are tied up neatly, if a little quickly. I'm honestly not sure if I'll ever return to this series now that it's over, but it was certainly a roller coaster while it lasted.

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