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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #8

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Based on 9 critic ratings.

After getting hit by a train, the Joker awakens in the Gotham sewers, being cared for by…Solomon Grundy?! While his mind and body are recovering, the Clown Prince of Crime and his new sidekick learn they’re not the only monsters currently calling the sewers home! And the second Joker has set a course to find and destroy his alter ego…

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
35 pages
Language
English
Price
$5.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BZJYZ39B

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    The madcap adventure of The Man Who Stopped Laughing refuses to slow down, with its main story zigzagging back and forth between the fight scenes with the various Jokers. The novelty of seeing the Clown Prince of Crime go toe-to-toe with (and annoy) the opponents of these fights is definitely the draw, as Matthew Rosenberg’s script keeps everything breezy, providing Carmine di Giandomenico’s art space to add some dynamic fluidity. The backup story from Rosenberg and Francesco Francavilla is a bit more nihilistic than some of its predecessors, but there’s still a definite joy to experiencing its zany artistry.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    The Joker The Man Who Stopped Laughing has always walked the tightrope of being overly frivolous and stalling for time. This issue felt like the plot started to slip off.

    Writer Matthew Rosenberg evenly splits the story between the Joker in Gotham with Solomon Grundy and the LA-based one battling Manhunter and looking to return to Gotham and kill his imposter.

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    Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art remains lively with his rough energetic style infusing more tension into the action and scenes further detailing the Joker mystery.

    Colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. provides some electric combinations and choices to mirror the story’s anything can happen tone. Letterer Tom Napolitano does a solid job of conveying the various character voices with subtle shifts in the dialogue layout.

    This title has a breezy read feel, but with a large mystery at play, it’d be nice to see Rosenberg start delivering some answers even if new ones arrive to take their place.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    I’m really looking forward to seeing where this whirlwind story is leading. We already had a false meeting of two Jokers, but there’s something else bubbling under the surface and it’s high time the pieces came together. Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #8 gives us some of the closure we needed, though I doubt this is the last we see of Kate Spencer.

  • 80

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    Another wild issue on two coasts of the U.S. Great to see Kate Spencer back and even Solomon Grundy. The two other villains with “Killer” in their name were interesting creative choices for the story, but underwhelming. The fights on both coasts showed the Jokers being quite formidable. The art was great and the cliffhanger seems to mean that we’re heading to Gotham City, but will Manhunter follow?

  • 77

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: While I continue to enjoy the series and its madcap, maniacal fun, this issue does have me wondering if there is a point to this tale and if so, what is it? There’s some entertaining contrast between both joker’s struggles, but there also seems to be a lack of overall goal to any of it. What does the Gotham Joker actually want and why should I care? Why does LA Joker seem so inept? Both characters used to be an interesting reflection of the other. This issue just feels like two disjointed Joker stories with the same character at their center.

    The Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some great visuals in the issue. The action is fun and thrilling and the characters are dynamic and visually engaging.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    For the whole run of this series, Joker and Joker have been separated by two coasts, and this issue brings them closer to getting back to each other for a final showdown and some answers. The issue is… that’s all it does. This issue is basically a twenty-page fight segment with the two clowns getting their butts kicked. The LA Joker is caught in a pitched battle with Manhunter, who has none of Batman’s hesitations about finishing him off. An assist from Killer Moth doesn’t turn into the help he’s hoping. Meanwhile, the scarred Gotham Joker is under assault from Killer Croc, and while Croc has the strength, Joker has the viciousness. Aside from a brief Red Hood segment, there’s little plot advancement, but I’m becoming increasingly convinced neither of these are the genuine article.

    The backup brings back the original Rosenberg/Francavilla creative team, which tells a bizarre sci-fi story where Joker—sick of being humiliated—builds a device that can tell the difference between good and bad people and kill the former. After winding up killing all the good people, he discovers that a world of criminals has some key problems. It looks great, but the plot is sort of nonsensical.

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    STORY 1: Overall, it doesn’t feel like there’s a ton to comment on in this issue; the Joker once again is able to walk away from what should have been several life-ending injuries–a rabid car chase, near death by drowning, breaking a windshield with his face, getting impaled in the shoulder, just to name a few. The Red Hood is once again being hunted by the man he’s hunting (some people just really can’t let go of a grudge), and beyond this, the story’s plot hasn’t progressed much. We’re giving Manhunter’s endeavors at stopping the Joker and possibly killing him, although (seemingly) ineffective, an ‘A’ for effort.

    STORY 2: This might be the first issue that doesn’t leave me grimacing in distaste at the weirdness of the story, however, so that’s a nice departure from the norm. Let’s hope for extra side stories like this one going forward!

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    The series continues to make its mark in squalor, madness, and darkness. It’s a milieu that has been explored pretty extensively over the decades on the comics page…particularly in those comics set in Gotham City. So it’s not exactly new ground, but it IS still a bit novel to hang out with the face of madness for a few more pages.

  • 50

    Batman-News

    Joker: the Man Who Stopped Laughing still isn’t a good book, despite the main character being a little more entertaining in this chapter. Readers seem to buy anything with the character’s name on it, however. Because of this, you can expect the series to continue, just as it has been.

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