The Joker is dying and needs medical help… but where can the most wanted man in the United States get it? And to make matters worse, Jason Todd decides now to finally hunt and kill the Clown Prince of Crime?
Dark Knight NewsIf there’s one thing I can say about Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3, it’s that the story grabs you by the throat and holds firm. The endgame remains to be seen but the true mystery’s that of who these Jokers are and which, if any, is the real deal. With amazing, jaw-dropping artwork and a gripping story, there’s nothing here not to love and sink your teeth into with this series.
Lyles Movie FilesIt was another winning month for this mini-series, which continues to provide some shocking moments and fantastic dialogue in a presentation fitting The Joker.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: A solid, entertaining story from Rosenberg that does a great job of making its central character more interesting beyond his attempts to be the Joker. I like the Red Hood angle in the story and how it shows the more dangerous aspects of being Joker as well as seeing the real Joker deal with the growing disappointment of leaving Gotham and not being taken seriously. The Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. Each page is filled with great characters, thrilling action and brutal details indicative of a Joker story.
The Comicbook DispatchThe Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3 stalls out this week focusing more on the Gotham Joker getting on the mend than the actual plot threads involving how or why this is happening. We learn very little more about the other Joker, receive one heck of a bloody display, and get some far-fetched story beats in order to get the Gotham Joker’s injuries repaired. I mean really… a homeless-looking man walks in from the street and you allow him to walk into the hospital and push around dead bodies to make room for other patients? A doctor trusts this? And where’s security? This seems like absolute nonsense to drive the story forward. And while I’m on the topic of nonsense, can we please draw our attention to the fact that Punchline is on the Legion of Doom? Really? And with all this pure insanity unleashed in Gotham, where’s Batman? Fans, if I’m being honest, The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 was wild and interesting. Instantly, Rosenberg hooked me with some powerful plot threads that I wanted to see played out. And ever since, it’s almost as if none of them have been explored. Whatever happened to a comic gradually revealing hints and clues as to how and why the events in the story are happening? However, that is not the case in this week’s The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3. The intent was to physically repair the Joker and shock the audience with his psychotic blood bath along the way. And thus overall, readers get little answers (if any), artistic shock value, and far-fetched notions that make The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3 skippable. You could probably jump from issue two to four and not miss a bit. And if that’s the case, what does that say about the current issue?
AIPTAfter the new perfect The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2, the third issue takes a dip as we wait for some answers. This issue's primary focus is to show how one of the Jokers is impossible to kill or hurt, but it gets old after a while. Plot progression is missing at this point, but the quality of the art and the bigger story is compelling enough to keep your interest for the next issue.
Geek DadViolence is basically an essential part of any Joker book, but how that violence plays out makes the difference between a darkly funny book and one that just feels gratuitous. The first part of this issue toes that line constantly, sometimes with great effect.
ComicBook.comThere's a lot to unpack here in this latest issue following the Clown Princes of Crime, with readers left to wonder just which Harlequin of Hate is the real Joker. Rosenberg's latest series is spinning quite a few plates and it can get a little lost when it comes to the sheer amount of characters that are introduced here. While it's certainly fun interjecting the likes of the Secret Society, it might be a bit too much at the end of the day. The follow-up story is a head-scratcher in its story, leaving one to wonder just what is happening with Joker's unfortunate encounter with Apokolip's Big Barda, but its a fun story all the same.
The Batman UniverseThis series (which, to be fair, is centered around probably my least favorite character in the entire DC Universe) is simultaneously intriguing and also confusingly off-putting. It does a great job with its horror-ish look and feels and is supported by a somewhat crazy narrator. At some point, I’m sure all the characters are going to rendezvous, and I’m both interested and a bit apprehensive about how that reunion will go. I do like the artist's approach, however, with the cool tones that really contrast with the stark red blood and the layout of the panels.
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Batman-NewsI don’t like giving out so many negative reviews to comics, but I can’t say that anything in this Joker series is worth $5.99 so far. I’d want a Joker series to be fun or intriguing, or both, but I’ve gone from feeling underwhelmed to being frustrated. DC’s not doing their most iconic villain justice so far.