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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #6

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

The Joker’s enjoying the sunny, warm weather of Los Angeles so much that he’s decided to stay… and get involved in local politics!

Kate Spencer’s fists might have something to say about that, though!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    So far I am really enjoying this The Man Who Stopped Laughing series it’s gritty rawness hitting new levels for a story that we thought we already knew, Matthew Rosenberg adds a new level of darkness to a story that was always one of the darkest on the DC roster. As the issues go by the story begins to gather pace and building up to an explosive ending. The book gives you everything you would want from a comic, suspense, intrigue and plenty of DC style action.

    Lee Bermejo and Carmine Di Giandomenico combine to create a comic that is full of graphic detail and vibrant tones that brings the darkness of the story to life, you do come to expect a certain type of darkness when it comes to a Joker story but this one feels different with a more gritty edge. (…) A book that is starting to expand into a chilling tale as Joker’s plans come to fruition. The excitement of what is to come is at an all time high, this series is definitely one not to be missed.

  • 90

    The latest entry following the two Clown Princes of Crime asks, and answers the question, ‘what happens to a city where the Joker can run free without a Batman to stop him?’. The answer of course is quite a bit and Rosenberg remains able to tell a terrifying tale involving the Joker that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the murder and mayhem he can pull off. The ongoing is able to deliver a Joker who can be downright terrifying and I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the side story here that is able to play on his lunacy while injecting several gags and goofs from his past at the same time. The Joker is a character who many might think, and rightfully so, that he wouldn’t be able to sustain his own solo title, but I’m happy to say that those readers would be proven wrong with this latest outing.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Rosenberg crafts an entertaining comedy of errors for the Joker in this issue. It is equal parts funny and exciting to see Joker trying to do the impossible as he deals with the consequences of his own impulsive actions. Focusing the majority of this plot on Joker is a great idea and I love the way the story flowed from one strange event to another.

    The Art: Di Giandomenico delivers some beautifully detailed art that perfectly captures the frenetic, intense and insane circumstances of the story.

  • 85


    The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing continues to be a laugh riot of action, intrigue, and excellent Joker writing. The main story does feel like a long-winded way of showing how dangerous west coast Joker is before he heads back to Gotham, but you can’t deny how entertaining it all can be.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    While slower in pace than previous issue, The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #6 gives a break in the narrative that’s devilishly dark and merciless in its twists. That, and it’s also genuinely enjoyable to chew on too, as the situations are hilarious. I’m ready for the answers to start revealing themselves, and for the much awaited face-off.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Matthew Rosenberg writes a bizarre, but entertaining story of Joker’s final hours in Los Angeles before returning to Gotham. Assuming this really is The Joker. (…) Rosenberg is juggling a lot of balls, but so far in the series none have hit the ground. This has been an unusual experience, which is fitting for The Joker, and it’s made for an enjoying read.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    The bedraggled Gotham Joker is out of commission, so this issue is devoted almost entirely to the LA Joker—and that helps kick this issue up a few notches. This version of the Joker is more charismatic and chaotic, but still just as violent—such as hitting a comedian with acid because he didn’t like his jokes. But there’s just one problem—he doesn’t quite understand LA. As he gets prepared to get back to Gotham, he has one violent surprise in store for the city. The only problem is, he’s planning his getaway at the wrong airport, meaning he has to get across town and deal with LA traffic, street hustlers dressed as Batman, and even a surprise vigilante appearance. It’s a bizarre and pretty funny segment that actually makes Joker briefly work as a protagonist.

    Then there’s the backup, which has a guest co-writer and artist. It’s just as Silver Age silly as the past few, but with a different tone. It focuses on Ralph, the Joker’s twin brother who lives in suburbia with his family—until Joker dies, and Ralph is asked to fulfill his last will and testament. Naturally, that means causing chaos in Gotham—and he starts to like it. It’s all ridiculous, and pretty fun.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    A wild, dark thrill ride with the mystery of TWO Jokers deepening. There’s the ill Joker in Gotham City tended to by “sidekick” Solomon Grundy and the other Joker we see in the main adventure chaos in Hollywood on the other coast of the U.S. The art was solid as was the multi-layered story with action, intrigue and dark humor. Nice to see the Kate Spencer Manhunter back as readers would remember her. Intrigued to learn what happens next issue.

  • 65

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #6 is a filler issue. Readers will get no advancement to the story and no big cliffhangers to really hold on to with excitement for the next installment. This week’s issue focuses on the LA Joker but provides no clues or answers to questions in the story. The confusion to resides with no guidance as to why there are two Jokers or which one is the real one. Furthermore, its depiction of LA is a bit over the top by Rosenberg. LA residents are just aimlessly walking around with the Joker unfazed. How? Why? Are you telling me LA has no idea about Gotham criminals at all, especially the likes of the Joker? Why would people just pick him up in a cab?

    Moreover, the point of a story is obviously entertainment. However, the goal should be to provide readers with some type of hook or engage them in some manner or fashion by giving them something new and pertinent to chew on. Fans get nothing. Readers, you could skip right over the Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #6 and easily not miss a beat from issues five to seven. So, why buy a completely unnecessary comic? Exactly my point. Fans who have read my reviews of this series would remember that I’ve written some glowing reviews for this series. Nevertheless, I have to call it like it is: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #6 was by far the worst issue of the run so far. I wouldn’t recommend fans to hop in here nor would I even recommend fans of the series get this issue. Only the completionist would need to snag this issue. Otherwise, I’d save your money.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    The Joker has had a lot of close-ups over the years. Compare him against any of the other Batman villains who have their own titles right now, and…he DOES come across as being the least intriguing by far. This shouldnt be the case. The idea of homicidal madness is truly horrifying on a very deep level, which could be a very fascinating thing to explore in a comic book format, but hes just not being seen from an angle that takes advantage of the unique madness that is the Joker.

  • 40

    The Batman Universe

    The ending brings the appearance of Manhunter (who I personally haven’t kept up with within the world of comics too closely) but does pique my interest for the next issue. The overall mystery of the whole storywhy are there two Jokers and what are their true intentionsfeels like it’s been talked about for quite some time but hasn’t unfolded rapidly. The story plays out in bits and pieces, and how it will all come together and resolve (for better or for worse) awaits to be seen.

  • 20


    I have no idea where Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing is going and, at this point, I don’t know what it’s even supposed to be about. I feel that DC should just cancel this book and go back to using the Joker as a villain in various Batman books. That’s where he works best. Not every popular DC character needs to have a solo book.

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