Why did The Joker cross town?
To get to the bottom of the mystery that has been haunting him: Who is the man pretending to be The Joker and what does he want?
But every lead he follows is a dead end, and every move he makes brings the Red Hood one step closer to him.
What happens when the former Clown Prince of Crime comes face-to-face with the current crime boss of Gotham?
Everyone is dying to find out.
Dark Knight NewsThis series is heating up as both questions and answers arise in Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #4. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year and look forward to what awaits us all next issue!
ComicBook.comI think this is my favorite issue of the Joker series that has delved into the madman's mind recently to date. (...) From when this series was first introduced in the precursor to The Man Who Stopped Laughing it was hard to think of how a Joker series might work but this latest issue shows how the Harlequin of Hate can hold his own with a solo title.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Fast-paced, fun and thrilling throughout. Rosenberg tells an interesting story in this issue and keeps the mystery fresh and engaging for the reader. I want to know who this Joker is and at the same time, I continue to be intrigued with who this character thinks he is instead. I think pitting him against Jason is more compelling than have him facing off against Batman. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The Art: Di Giandomenico has a fantastic visual eye and the style of the art is brilliantly detailed and filled with great character moments and action.
The Comicbook DispatchRosenberg does a spectacular job infusing fear into The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #4 without showcasing silly murders and grotesque, bloody scenes. The fear emanates off the page through Joker’s mannerisms, words, and the sinister situations Rosenberg puts the Joker in. Sure, fans will find some borderline moments buckling through the pages in The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #4. Nevertheless, I can’t shake that feeling that fans interested in this comic know what they’re getting into in the first place. Moreover, for a writer to channel the inner psyche of the Joker in order to come up with some of this demented stuff has always made me wonder what mindset you’d have to be in in order to write this. Why? Well, some of these jokes were pretty dark and powerful. If that’s your thing, you’ll love the heck out of this issue that truly pushes the envelope with some of its satire.
Get Your Comic OnA chilling story that looks set to turn Gotham on it’s head, take a look behind the iconic smile but be prepared for the twists and turns that lay before you.
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Geek DadThis is an odd series that doesn’t really seem to fit anywhere else in the DCU at the moment. While most of Batman’s villains are involved in key stories in the main books, Joker is off on his own darkly comic adventure where he’s dealing with an evil LA-based doppelganger. That character isn’t present this issue, so it’s mostly just Joker rampaging through a hospital and being chased by Red Hood. This includes an odd segment involving Joker entertaining a group of dying kids, and even granting an addled old woman a moment of peace (with some odd implications, given the names and ages). It’s not particularly funny, and it doesn’t advance the plot much, which makes it all feel sort of random. The same goes for the deeply bizarre backup with brilliant art by Francesco Francavilla. After Joker sexually harasses Zatanna, she puts a curse on him with body-horror implications that will likely get quite a bit of play on the internet. Much like other issues, there is no internal logic or continuity here, just a Silver Age pastiche with a much darker twist.
The Batman UniverseI did appreciate that Red Hood risked his life and chose to save the life of the police officer, despite the threat it posed to his own life. Although this issue didn’t really do it for me, I’m really hoping the next installment in this series might provide some more relevant plot developments to really get the series rolling and serve to be a bit more entertaining.
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