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Joker: the Man Who Stopped Laughing #8 overview

Joker: the Man Who Stopped Laughing #8 overview


I don’t hate this subject of Joker as a lot as I’ve the previous few points. There are some good issues to glean from it. However should you’re hoping for lots of plot development right here, after chapter after chapter of this sequence has gone no the place, nicely you’re out of luck.

About Comedian Guide Gross sales

Let me say this although, I comply with what gross sales estimates we get for comics, and I’ve been utilizing them as a part of my evaluations to debate how comedian readership at massive appears to be reacting. Of the three ongoings that I’m reviewing, Poison Ivy sells essentially the most. Her comedian is flawed, however most likely the perfect written solo I’m at present reviewing. She’s additionally a personality who hadn’t been utilized for years up thus far. Harley Quinn isn’t promoting nicely in any respect. Years of overexposure and unhealthy illustration appear to have caught as much as that character.

How Nicely Has Joker Been Promoting?

What about Joker although? This sequence isn’t the best promoting comedian, however it persistently locations at concerning the 50-60 mark within the gross sales rankings (first rate gross sales). That’s even though this has been a largely terrible run. It hasn’t been getting a lot dialogue across the story both. Followers purchase it although, as a result of it’s the Joker. That’s what I’m getting at right here. It doesn’t matter what this comedian really is. It’s received “JOKER” on the title, so it’s a assured vendor. I believe that’s the true level of the sequence: simply make sure that there’s a Joker e-book on the comedian stands every month so DC can at all times capitalize on his reputation.

As such, that is yet one more subject that does little to progress what easy story we have already got. Probably the most plot growth we get is a bit of bit that reveals how Pink Hood has been manipulated to become involved with this “Two Jokers” thriller. We additionally get a arrange the place it appears Batgirl will help Pink Hood in getting out of jail. The remainder of the difficulty is devoted to the 2 Jokers playing around and preventing in their very own respective corners of the world. No development on who both of those Joker actually are, 8 points in.


Joker Antics

It’s by means of the antics of those two Jokers that we get our leisure from this comedian, nonetheless. Rosenberg has been very hit and miss along with his humor for the character. His voice for the Joker typically lands on this chapter, nonetheless. After years of getting a Joker outlined by desirous to kill everybody in essentially the most ugly methods attainable, I take pleasure in studying a rendition of the character that’s simply attempting to show his personal sense of comedy and charisma by means of each scenario he’s in. He doesn’t must kill everybody. He simply desires to be theatrical.

The scenes with the opposite Joker within the sewers preventing Killer Croc had been rather less entertaining, being extra centered on the motion. Whereas the second Joker remains to be displaying the identical nuance as the primary one (not needing to be nearly homicide) his witty dialogue must be current and powerful, simply sufficient to maintain this in any other case empty comedian in the least participating.

What’s Occurred to the Art work?

The art work, for the motion particularly, appears to battle on this comedian. For instance, Manhunter slams Joker right into a automotive, a number of instances, in a single web page. The idea is nice, however Di Giandomenico doesn’t do a great job of conveying the movement (there are not any strains to provide the phantasm of Joker being pulled again, then slammed into the automotive). It ruins what might’ve been an amazing visible. On the whole, I see the art work as having change into thread naked intimately and curiosity, although. It’s a part of what makes it exhausting to get engaged with the comedian within the first place.

However does any of that matter, actually? In any case, this can be a JOKER comedian. It doesn’t appear DC has to do a lot to get folks to purchase it. I think about we’ll be getting increasingly filler points like this for the remainder of this sequence simply to pad it out to the inevitable ending. The story right here doesn’t actually matter. Protecting a Joker e-book on the stands in the interim does.


The back-up, for some motive, brings us again to the art work of Francavilla attempting to imitate the type of Silver Age comics once more. This one has a premise that’s a bit of extra attention-grabbing. The Joker decides that the combat between the nice guys and unhealthy guys simply winds up getting folks harm. He then decides to kill all the nice guys to finish the struggling. There are some genuinely humorous jokes in right here, like a information reel taking part in under some panels declaring, “Bruce Wayne discovered lifeless in a Batman costume. Batman unavailable for remark.”

Nevertheless, Rosenberg remains to be unable to steadiness the wackiness of the Silver Age with the extremely darkish comedy and violence of the Joker. Subsequently, it nonetheless doesn’t completely work.

Beneficial if…

  • You need a Joker that’s extra about jokes than homicide.


Joker: the Man Who Stopped Laughing nonetheless isn’t a great e-book, regardless of the principle character being a bit of extra entertaining on this chapter. Readers appear to purchase something with the character’s identify on it, nonetheless. Due to this, you may count on the sequence to proceed, simply because it has been.


Disclaimer: DC Comics offered Batman Information a replica of this comedian for the aim of this overview.



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