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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #9

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

What’s big and scary and lives in the sewers? In Gotham City, a lot of things. But the Joker is going to war with the biggest scariest of them all-Killer Croc! Plus, Red Hood is being set up to take a fall at Blackgate Prison…and his only hope of survival may just be someone from his past.

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34 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    If you haven’t been keeping up with, or at least dabbling in this series then you are doing yourself a disservice, as this comic offers such priceless moments of clarity to ease the clinical insanity of the story. I look forward to the war coming our way, fellow readers. See you next time!

  • 90

    Comic Crusaders

    The stage is set, sides have been chosen, and the battlefield ready. It’s time to determine the one Joker to rule them all. The battle in the next issue is shaping up to be a real gas.

  • 80


    It appears Joker meeting Joker is finally around the bend, but The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #9 takes its time to set that up. I’d be lying if I said my patience was quite thin with this series, but given how Rosenberg has established some unique features of each Joker, I’m curious to see how this plays out.

  • 77

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Rosenberg delivers some great action and humor in this issue. The story takes some big leaps narratively and they work for the most part. The story drags at times, but there are enough interesting moments in the issue to make me interested in seeing where this story goes and what Rosenberg is trying to convey.

    The Art: Di Giandomenico delivers some great art in the issue. The art has a wonderful fluidity to it that is enhanced by the great action and thrills of the story.

  • 73

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #9 sets up a war between the Jokers with Gotham and its Rogues as its backdrop. However, do we get any of the pertinent information that we’ve been missing or wanting since this series began? No. Will this street war be pretty cool to see? Sure… but my first thoughts aren’t about a street war. I want to know who the real Joker is and why we have two. Also, why do they both think they’re the real Joker? That’s the information readers are craving. This war would be a great side story if we could just get more information about the “how” and “why”. Right now, I’m hanging on by a thin line to this series and I can tell you, I’m not the only one with fewer and fewer people talking about this series less and less as it loses its luster.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    We’re getting close to the end of the first act of this series, as the two Jokers—the bedraggled, half-dead Gotham Joker, and the slick and sadistic Hollywood Joker—form their armies and get ready to battle for the name in Gotham. After dispatching an enraged Killer Croc, the Gotham Joker has to confront the hard reality that no one really respects him, only providing him with a makeshift army of henchmen. Meanwhile the Hollywood Joker—likely the impostor, but we can never be sure with these two—gets an escort into town courtesy of Killer Moth and puts together a far more powerful army. I don’t really care who wins out of these two, but it was fun watching Jason Todd and Ravager make their escape in a subplot.

    Then there’s the backup, once again drawn brilliantly by Francesco Francavila. This issue finds Joker seemingly dying after Batgirl is unable to keep him from falling into the river. Everyone believes Joker is dead, especially after a body is found—except Jim Gordon, who becomes increasingly unstable as he tries to figure out how Joker escaped death this time. The twist ending is intriguing, but sort of rushed given the short length.

  • 70

    The latest issue following the two Clown Princes of Crime is mostly here for build-up when it comes to the coming conflict to see who is the true Joker. It’s a comic that feels necessary, but one that also slows down the rampage of the Harlequinn of Hate that has been on throughout the series. Ultimately, the strongest parts of the main story revolve around either Joker interacting with other villains sans-Batman or other DC heroes. Following this, the issue has an absolutely amazing side-story, as has been the case for much of The Man Who Stopped Laughing, wherein Commissioner Gordon might be unable to accept the status of the Joker. While this issue feels like one of the weaker of the series, that’s only thanks to the high bar that the creators have set for themselves.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Writer Matthew Rosenberg gets things back largely on track while setting the Two Jokers up for a conflict.

    It seems like Rosenberg has nearly exhausted his supply of cameos for the series as he begins lining the players up to choose a side and which Joker they’re following.

    While he’s not doing enough to actually advance the main plot, Rosenberg can still deliver some quality funny Joker gags. Maybe with the next issue we’ll discover the identity of the imposter Joker?

    Carmine Di Giameneico’s art remains lively, engaging and exciting. He’s done a great job of making the Jokers look consistent with some very subtle changes between the two.

    The color work, from Romulo Jr., is stunning especially with so many explosions and carnage. Ideally, Rosenberg would have glossed over some of the more standing in place subplots that went nowhere. Now it seems like he’s quickly getting the conflict clearly stated for the home stretch providing some reason for optimism.

  • 60


    Despite some improvements in this issue, the only thing that’s keeping me into this series is I’m curious about the Knight Terrors tie-in next month. Exploring the Joker’s worst fear as being him working a 9-5 job actually sounds brilliant. As for the rest of this run, it’s overall just mundane and forgettable.

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