Review: The Joker #4

by Carl Bryan
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Review: The Joker #3

  [Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns

Artist:  Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo

Letters: Tom Napolitano, Ariana Maher

Colors: Arif Prianto, Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan



“I’m helping him Jim.  You have to throw a bone to this younger generation.  Let em know they can’t just use their good looks! – The Joker to Jim Gordon

Following the events of Infinite Frontier #1, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world!

The Court of Owls, The Sampson Family from Texas, She-Bane and Jim Gordon all have the drop on The Joker.  Or do they?
He’s prepared for this massacre in a way that only the Clown Prince of Crime can…but what secret does he whisper to Jim Gordon as the bullets fly?! What is the TRUE mystery?!
And in the Punchline backup story, Punchline has a playing card up her sleeve, and its not an Ace!  Nor a Joker….it’s an Orca!
A collision course is on the way!



James Tynion IV writes the philosophical conversation that is Oscar Worthy!  I cannot even begin to do justice with “retyping” any of the musings between James Gordon and The Joker, but it is worth a read over and over and over again.

Okay…one quote from Gordon to Joker…”I don’t know that I know how to be good.  But I do know how to fight evil!”  Tynion IV has the crescendo conversation that needs to happen between these two…unfortunately Jim is bound by ropes and Joker is not at the end of a gun barrel.

He also foreshadows more mayhem to come.  The Joker War was only the set up?  WOW!  

Positives 2.0

She-Bane…. I have to give compliments when they are due and DC is really doing an AWESOME job in their female protagonists.  So many titles with so many great female characters. 

However, She-Bane is rivaled only by Image’s She-Spawn.  If you have not read any Spawn from Image Comics, this is the month you need to check that out!

However, She-Bane….is she Bane reincarnated?  Is she his sister? Is she an entirely new entity that will eventually challenge Bane?

Chapter Four continues…

Oh…lest we not forget, another chapter of Punchline which has developed quite the cult like following both for readers and within the book.  In such a short time with the Clown Prince, she surely has delved deep into his type of manipulative ways! 

The collision course of her eventually clearing herself (speculation on my part) and a reunion of sorts with The Joker (no Mr. J here) seems inevitable.  Punchline makes Joker even more evil.  Harley softened him a bit…. I think!


None…seeds are being planted for a “long ball” game with The Joker, She-Bane, Gordon, and Punchline.  Now add in the Court of Owls and well….eventually Bane (?).  Thrown in the Sampson family bent on revenge.  Joker appears to have an upper hand, but someone else is pulling his strings as the Arkham


BUY THIS BOOK!  For those lucky enough to get on the ground floor of anything that James Tynion IV does, he’s one of the hottest authors the past few years.  I am not sure how his imaginative faucet gets turned on, or where he is creating Joker stories.  But I am drinking from his fire hydrant!   This should be on your shelf!  


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