Batman: Joker's Daughter #1
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Batman: Joker's Daughter #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Meghan Hetrick-Murante Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 5, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 8
6.9Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Who is The Joker's Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker's face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker's Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC's most popular new villains!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Feb 5, 2014

    If this is the direction Jokers Daughter is going to go, I say bring it on. Its early in the year, but this is a candidate for Most Improved Character already and its going to have to be one HELLUVA turnaround for someone else if theyre going to overtake her. Ordinarily with characters like this, we get to HEAR about how dark and twisted they are, but they are rarely made so unglamorous as what we see here and, again, very little if any of it is done purely to shock. It is most definitely shocking, but it serves the narrative and, more importantly, it serves the character. In my introduction, I mentioned that this book seems defined by its protagonists own metaphor, and I mean it. This is a character seeking dark rebirth and not only achieving it within the narrative, but in the very IDEA of the character. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Feb 8, 2014

    This book is great start to a hopefully long running series where we can see a villain similar to the Joker start from nothing and slowly build themselves up to a standard worthy of the attention of someone like Batman. The story is truly akin to novel about a child who only wants to be accepted and noticed but takes a very violent twist the sends shudders down the spine and leave us all wanting a lot more. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 5, 2014

    The girl's quest to track down the man she sees as a divine father figure brings her into the orbit of a few familiar faces, chief among them Batman. His tough love act comes from a good place, but Joker's Daughter is a special brand of mad, even for him. Likewise, her sojourn through Arkham raises more questions than answers about her true identity, if she can even be said to have one at all. It shouldn't be surprising that a girl who dons a face she found in the sewers is essentially an empty husk of a human being, but there's something heartbreaking about her hollowness. When she's offered the faintest glimmer of hope in the issue's final pages, the reader is put in the uncomfortable position of wanting her to achieve her goal, even though Bennett and Hetrick have pulled no punches in displaying the grotesque nature of her methods. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 6, 2014

    Welcome to Batman Rouges Gallery, Joker's Daughter. You deserved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 15, 2014

    Joker's Daughter is a refreshing alternative to the usual Batman stories, giving a nice introduction for people who're trying the character for the first time. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Feb 9, 2014

    If you can stomach a stark, unflinching look into some of the worst humanity has to offer, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Feb 5, 2014

    Overall, Joker's Daughter One-Shot is an engaging look at a rising villain. With an upcoming presence in Batman: Eternal, fans will be sure to keep an eye out for more of the character, and this is a great place to go. Blood and gore are all the rage but true psychological terror takes center stage. Bennett and Hetrick are two young women to watch out for and I for one will be ready. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Feb 7, 2014

    All in all though this issue proved the point I made in the Joker's Daughter review and that is you need to stop looking at the surface of a book and start looking deeper and how a story could affect a universe. You also need to look and see and ask where could they take this character in future appearances and I am proud to say I told you so on this one. An excellent issue and one I feel many people are going to love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 8, 2014

    Joker's Daughter gives some details into the character's past but is mostly a book that brings the character to the next level of evil. She's a character that wants to be villainous, that wants to be a big player in the underworld but clearly doesn't have what it takes. However, in this issue she turns the corner and starts on the path that can lead to being a viable Batman villain. If DC continues to push this character then this comic book is going to become essential reading. I urge you to give this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Feb 6, 2014

    Women have been interesting additions to the Jokers life. Take Harley Quinn, for example. Ive long been a fan of new Batman villains, including Magpie, for instance. Will the Jokers Daughter catch on? Will she eventually get her own title? I hope so! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 6, 2014

    Ultimately I need to hand it to Bennett and Hetrick. They've turned an awful character into one poised to be much better in the future. With such a long one-shot, I would have loved to see all of this happen in just the first half and get some of the revised Joker's Daughter in the second half, but ultimately they've done such a thankless job that I can't complain too much. The next time that the Joker's Daughter makes an appearance, I'd like to see Bennett and Hetrick helm the comic again. I feel like they've done all of the hard work; let them reap some of the rewards, too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 11, 2014

    The highlight of the issue is the end, which hints at the return of someone. But everything up to that was rather boring to read. That's not due to the writer or artist's abilities, but are actually pretty good. There are moments for each I really liked, it's what they have to work with. This is a character that just feels dull and unconvincing, as if her creators are still unsure what to do with her. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 5, 2014

    Batman: Joker's Daughter #1 is Marguerite Bennett's attempt at a better Joker's Daughter story and in that way, it's a success.  Unfortunately, the Joker's Daughter may not be worth the effort.  Bennett and Meghan Hetrick do their best, but in the end I can't recommend this book.  It's still much better than a book that doesn't exist, though. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 5, 2014

    If you enjoy watching the creepy be creepy for the sake of creepiness, you may dig Joker's Daughter #1. She takes the place of psychotic Joker groupie that was vacated when Harley Quinn graduated beyond flunkie-dom, taking it to a new level of ick. Some people are into that. If so, knock yourself out, you've got a new book to read. If not, you probably won't dig this book too much. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Marlene Bonnelly Feb 5, 2014

    If this book intended to get readers interested in this girl, then it partially succeeded. The character is strange and different, but I'm left wondering why I should care about her, because her existence doesn't actually change anything significant in the universe. She seems like the type that Batman could easily scoop up again and stick in Arkham. We have a lot left to see in terms of her development, but if the Joker does get involved - and I'm hoping he does - then that development will be a lot more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Alexander Cerola Feb 6, 2014

    Should fans pick this book up? No, its just as terrible as the last Jokers Daughter title. It reads like bad fan fiction with an amazing artist. Megan Hetrick's artwork should be theonly reason to pick this book up. It's her first title debuting and she is a fantastic artist with great potential. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 5, 2014

    I'm sure it's infinitely better than what Ann Nocenti was coming up with and the brief tease of the Joker's possible return might interest a few, but Joker's Daughter is still an unimaginative and often times annoying character that tries too hard to be edgy by employing excessive amounts of violence and gore. It's not as terrible as many expected, and I think Bennett and Hetrick did the best they could, but I still don't think it's worth five bucks! NOTE: You do not need to read Catwoman or The Joker's Daughter's Villains Month issue prior to picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 7, 2014

    I can't believe I can honestly say this after such a depressing and relentless issue, but Meghan Hetrick is quite clearly a talent to look out for in the future. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 6, 2014

    Overwrought narration and a weak concept bring this one down. A Joker derivative as a villain will always be appealing in theory but the execution leaves this one lacking. Read Full Review

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