Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Ann Nocenti Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
3.8Critic Rating
2.1User Rating

The Gotham Underground is quickly becoming a base of power in the DC Universe! After the destruction of Arkham Asylum, The Joker's Daughter is gaining hordes of followers across the terrifying and brutal landscape! In a world where ugly is considered beautiful, what dark initiation rites befall this madwoman's new recruits?

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Sep 27, 2013

    With a good story and actually very good art from writer Ann Nocenti and artist Georges Jeanty, this may not be the best book of the month but it is worth the pickup. Especially if you are interested to see how she ties into the Joker and why she was able to accomplish what she did. There are specific reasons that are explained and ones that may have you think about the larger world of Gotham as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 26, 2013

    Far from a perfect package, Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4: The Jokers Daughter may not be an excellent example of a short story, but as a character study it succeeds in introducing to us a new type of evil. Reflecting a whole lot of the anger and oppression that young women still feel to this day abstracting it to a degree that eliminates any smell of an after-school special the Jokers Daughter is definitely of a different flavor than the Joker himself, but manages to capture that real sense of chaos. Whether I will continue on with Catwoman is a question to ponder for the following month, but for now, I am well pleased with the introduction this character got for the DCU. It seems like the potential to generate real fear and confusion is living up to her name. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 28, 2013

    Now, Ill be completely honest. The speculator market had me really hesitant to even participate in purchasing this book, but when I saw the cover, I was the first to admit that it is definitely worth the extra buck for the fancy cover. The interior art is just as great (Ive always been a fan of Jeantys work), and even though the dialogue is not very realistic (the Jokers Daughters inner monologue is fine, but the dialogue between characters seems awkward), it is still a good comic. Im more interested now to see what happens in the pages of Catwoman in coming months than I was before. Ever since Nocenti took over, I have steadily lost a little bit of interest each and every month. But I remain hopeful that this is the storyline that is going to change my opinion for the better. Hopefully it doesnt disappoint! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Sep 28, 2013

    It all seems a bit Morlockish, and The Dark Knight #23.4 does try to reach high by developing the character with some interesting and taboo plot points. But like many of the other Villains Month issues, The Dark Knight #23.4 suffers from a story that lacks in both execution and polish. Ann Nocenti tries to give the Joker's Daughter a compelling origin story, but a clumsy script filled with wordy exposition through character narration bogs down a story on rails. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeked Out Nation - ComicNerd11 Sep 27, 2013

    Honestly this issue wasn't very good. The story was stale and I honestly couldn't get into it. The overall theme comes off as feminist which is never fun to read. Don't get me wrong, I'm about equality, but this is the opposite of that. This story wants women to be above men. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Sep 26, 2013

    The Dark Knight #23.4 isn't bad, it's just an average, ok, run of the mill comic. It succeeds in introducing a new origin of the character, is new reader friendly and tells a self-contained story. Unfortunately, details in the story are unintentionally confusing, both in the art and writing, creating a reading experience much like those choose your own adventure novels. I don't feel like I understand the Joker's Daughter any more than when I sat down to read the issue. In the end, it's worth reading if you have the chance but I wouldn't be running around trying to find this issue. If you must own, save yourself the dollar and buy the 2-D cover. Of course, if you're buying a comic just for the cover you're probably not reading the story anyway. And no, we don't have any in stock. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Sep 25, 2013

    There was so much attention surrounding this issue that its hard not to be let down. The story is alright, and the art is extremely strong, but it wasnt as good as some of the other titles that were released this month. This book is worth a read, but not the hype. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    Wanted more details about The Joker's Daughter and less simplistic art and statements about men vs women. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 25, 2013

    For all the kerfuffle over "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.4, this is a comic that you shouldn't be rushing to the store in order to snag a copy. Let the speculators go wild and allow this one to pass you by. Within six months, I think most readers will be trying to forget all about the new Joker's Daughter. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Sep 25, 2013

    Then there is artwork itself. It is honestly not bad, but there is certainly nothing special about it. It's bland and average looking, without a single thing standing out about it. Average penciling, coloring, and inking all around. Average artwork is certainly nothing bad in general, but with an awful script and story, it does not remotely help make the experience any more tolerable. The cover was nicely drawn though, I'll give them that. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 25, 2013

    For some reason I cannot understand, there seems to be a lot of interest or buzz in this issue. After reading this, that makes even less sense. It's nice to see Georges Jeanty on a DC comic. The problem is this didn't really feel like a DC comic. Joker's Daughter may have wanted to stand up for the women in this mysterious secret undergroudn society but everything else about this issue is something I want to forget. Joker's Daughter is headed to CATWOMAN #24 next. I will be sure to avoid that. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 25, 2013

    So much for hype.  This story is what you'd expect from Ann Nocenti lately, she tries really hard but in the end you decide to drop that title all together.  The artwork isn't bad, but it isn't enough to save the issue.  The story began like Water World and by the end I'm surprised the Joker's Daughter didn't have the whole Gotham Underground burning their bras.  I usually don't say things like this but save yourself the money and pick up a different book, hell get a back issue of Superboy, or Green Arrow, they won't be as bad as this. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 25, 2013

    The art by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, and Michelle Madsen misses the mark, too. Maybe it's the less than inspiring setting, but there's just nothing to grab on to here. There's a major disconnect between the story and visuals; things just don't add up. Joker's Daughter is armed with a crescent tipped staff that she somehow uses to burn smiles onto people's faces. The angles don't line up and the action is confusing. The characters' anatomy looks bizarre at best. There are a few good visual moments in this issue when we glimpse life before madness, but those are few and far between. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Sep 26, 2013

    This issue isn't so much a train wreck, as it is a failure for the train to launch. Readers can easily get lost in Duela's repetitive, crazy inner thoughts that really aren't at all interesting. We know she's ugly. Or readers can just lose track of any kind of Gotham or Batman related significance that comes from Duela's arrival because there is none. Her concept looked very amusing months ago, and now that she's arrived, she really is just a joke. I wouldn't recommend buying this issue, even if you think it'd be fun to laugh at it's low quality. There's nothing funny here, just nonsense. The Joker's Daughter is a sad excuse for a villain in every way possible. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 26, 2013

    I have no idea what's going on in Joker's Daughter. I think I understand what writer Ann Nocenti is trying to accomplish. That of a young woman with issues, takes Gotham's under city and decides to make everyone ugly. Strike that, I have no idea. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 26, 2013

    Meanwhile, I really wonder why Harper Row is introduced if she's not Joker's Daughter. I doubt she will be the new Robin, so maybe new Batgirl? Read Full Review

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