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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #5

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Knock, knock! Who’s there?

That’s what The Joker is trying to find out.

But as he closes in on the man he thinks is pretending to be him, Jason Todd is right on his heels.

And Jason has got a great joke about a little kid and a crowbar.

Maybe you’ve heard it before.

It kills.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    This issue gives a literal buffet of the perfect choices when it comes to the choice of covers available. From art by Lee Bermejo, Simone Di Meo, Clay Mann with Tomeu Morey, and Jeff Spokes, to an amazing twist in a compelling story. We even get dessert with an added short, “Big Bad Problems”, written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Francesco Francavilla and lettering by Tom Napolitano. I admit to a fondness for these extra bites that have a zany flair. This one features Joker on another escapade of the heart, this time with his sights set on Giganta with a guest appearance by everyone’s denizen of hell!

    This series has been wonderful and enthralling, firing on all cylinders. With all we saw unfold in Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #5, the next issue promises to be a nuke.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Rosenberg keeps shifting expectations with this title with more surprises and a big cliffhanger reveal at the end of the main story. It’s been a fun ride so far and this issue wraps with plenty of intrigue to set up the next installment.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A fast-paced, exciting ride from Rosenberg. Things are getting a lot more intense and I love not only the surprises in the story, but the mystery that is playing out. I still want to know who this Joker is and what his angle is in impersonating the villain. I also love seeing how intense Jason is getting in his hunt and what awaits him when Batman finally makes an appearance.

    The Art: Di Giandomenico delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. Every page is filled with great details and intense action.

  • 85


    The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #5 is entertaining from beginning to end, even if it’s not progressing the plot as you might expect. Rosenberg proves he’s got a lot of great ideas while entertaining through dialogue, twists, and the overall mystery. The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing reminds us that comics can do anything, be it silly, violent, or mysterious, while also being adult and deeply real.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #5 doesn’t reveal much nor does it really move the story along. However, it does provide a fun, entertaining read that abruptly places Joker vs. Joker early on in the series. Readers will still leave stumped as to the overall why and how behind Rosenberg’s story but will simply get a good old fashion comic that unhinges a more wilder Red Hood than we’ve seen in recent years.

    For this reviewer, my biggest takeaway was that Rosenberg still hasn’t provided much in the avenue of explanation. We still find ourselves floundering for reasons as The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #5 wraps. Yet, by the end of the issue, he does seem to take one chip off the board eliminating who and what it can’t be. Moreover, the ending with Red Hood was also pretty shocking that should also bring up some wild implications for this series as well as the character overall in the future. Now, even with the lack of big plot reveals, I’m still all in on The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing. It continues to be exciting each month as it presses so many of the facets that make a comic fun to read. Nevertheless, if we don’t get any clues soon as to what exactly is going on and why I think readers may start to fold on this series.

  • 80

    This Joker series might be off in its own corner of the larger DCU, but it should be required reading in terms of well-executed, self-contained comic book crafting. The main story continues the narrative of the two Jokers in countless zigzags of ways, but does not lose its clever emotional beats along the way. And the backup story, which sees Joker go to great lengths to attempt to woo Giganta, delivers on even weirder visuals and antics than the now-infamous pregnant Joker issue. It’s clear that Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine di Giandomenico, Francisco Francavilla, and company are putting a surprising amount of care and genuine fun into this series, and it will be interesting to see where things go from here.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    This violent, multi-Joker series has always been an acquired taste, and the last issue’s backup certainly proved that. The main story continues to be fairly conventional, even as it twists things around with just who we’re supposed to believe is the real Joker. The scarred, deranged man we’ve been following over the series is stalked by a new, murderous Joker who seems to believe he’s the impostor—and the two wind up engaged in a brutal fight in a trap-filled mansion that ultimately leaves one of them dead and reveals yet another layer. But the Red Hood subplot is a bit more interesting, with Stephanie Brown hunting Jason down and trying to convince him to leave the city before Batman tracks him down. The LA Joker continues to be a wild card, but seems to be entering the story soon.

    Then there’s the backup, which isn’t quite as strange as last issue’s pregnant Joker fiasco, but it keeps with the pattern. When Joker falls for Giganta, he seeks a spell from Etrigan to be the man she wants him to be—with disturbing body-horror consequences, of course. Either you vibe with the humor of these twisted Silver Age pastiches, and I can’t say I really do. Francavilla’s art is amazing as always, though.

  • 40

    The Batman Universe

    Despite the forward momentum of the plot, I’m still not taken by this series but am happy to feel a little like things feel like they’re finally moving! The issue ends with Jason’ in the custody of the police (who very much do not like him), Batman is aware of his actions and is potentially going to get involved, and the Joker is on his way back to Gotham City while the other has vanished, and is possibly (but highly unlikely) dead. How things will turn out, in the end, is still yet to be seen.

  • 30


    Believe it or not, I wanted to give this comic a better score. I don’t want to be negative about DC all the time. When I feel like a comic book story lacks progression and is just wasting my time month to month, however, how can I give the comic a good rating? These pages aren’t worth your pennies, if you know what I mean.

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