Joker: Killer Smile #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 18, 2019 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 32
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Ben Arnell promised his wife and child one thing: even though he spends his days attempting to reach the bottom of The Joker's insanity, he would never bring that madness home. No matter how dark the work gets, he would never allow The Joker's craziness to tear their family apart.
And in that, he failed.
The Eisner-winning creative team of Gideon Falls kick their blackhearted chronicle of The Joker's destructive influence into high gear with an issue that turns the entire story on its head, with disastrous consequences for Dr. Arnell!

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 18, 2019

    Joker is the embodiment of rejecting societal norms and reality so as to become an incarnation of something primal and selfish. This series seems to be suggesting this is something we may all be capable of becoming, and hauntingly, we may not even be aware the change is already happening. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Dec 18, 2019

    I truly am just so amazed with everything about this series. It terrifies me and entertains me and leaves me wanting more and more. Its such an amazing new look at one of the greatest villains in DC history and it truly stands on it own simply because Batman is not needed to sell the character. It is a true look at Joker himself and I think that is even more scary and demented then having Batman involved at all. If you haven’t gotten into this series yet, I highly suggest you go back and pick up issue one and get caught up because this is not one you want to miss out on. It is simply the best Joker story of all time in my opinion. Joker killer smile #2 is available now so head to your local Comic shop and pick it up today! Please feel free to let us know how you felt about this issue in the comments section below! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Dec 18, 2019

    Joker: Killer Smile #2has near-perfect pacing with the final act of the comic pulling readers along through a series of twists and turns. Lemire is able to craft a psychological horror with a well-known character that feels fresh because of the introduction of Dr. Ben Arnell. By focusing on Arnell and making Joker a supporting character, Joker: Killer Smileis able to explore the devastating effect Joker's evil genius has, even when he is behind bars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Dec 18, 2019

    This issue hits all the right notes and leaves us ready for so much more. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 27, 2019

    Jeff Lemire writes another fine script here. It keeps you guessing and intrigued the entire time. The art again is tops. I am glad that this team is working on this book. It is truly a spectacular comic book story they have going here. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 18, 2019

    This story has been pushing just the right buttons for me. Not only is the writing very clever, making the different parts speak to each other to create a cohesive narrative, Lemire also manages to create a lot of suspense that makes me hungry for the conclusion. The pacing is impeccable, too, and Sorrentino and Bellaire's art is equally beautiful and horrifying. This book is different from any other Gotham-related comic that I've read in recent years, and if there's one book that you're going to get this week, it better be this one. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Lenora Pentecost Jan 3, 2020

    Joker: Killer Smile #2 (Lemire, Sorrentino, Bellaire, Wands) takes us on a journey, all while daring us to not blink or look away, as we plummet off the terrifying precipice. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Dec 18, 2019

    Joker: Killer Smile #2 is a philosophical examination into the very fabric of sanity and reality; a non-stop psychological thrill ride guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Dec 18, 2019

    There's a chance"a slim one"that this might be going somewhere interesting in #3. But so far it's just lacking. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ohhaimark Dec 21, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -F***ing loved it.

    -Andrea Sorrentino is just mind blowingly good. He might be my favorite artist of all time. His work really elevated the issue for me.

    -I love the design of Arkham’s. I saw the dream coming from a mile away, but I’d didn’t care, because the imagery was so damn good.

    -The head on the platter was just executed really well, plus Gideon Falls cube panels. Really goes to show how just because you have an idea that’s been done before, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it the best of its kind through amazing execution.

    -This is just an amazing psychological thriller. The way you have no idea what’s real, the degradation of sanity. Everything is b more

  • 9.5
    M1sf1r3 Dec 19, 2019

    Prelude:
    Lemire and Sorrentino started Joker: Killer Smile with great effect in it's first issue. Let's see how this creative team goes in the second issue and the books halfway point.

    The Good:
    Man, Lemire nailed the creepy tone of this series on the head.

    Sorrentino's layouts. The art is great don't get me wrong but his layouts are what makes it great.

    I loved that twist. We've been led to believe Arnell is at least a decent narrator so we believe his perspective and Lemire flips that but allows the story to question his perspective in the very first place.

    The Bad:
    Nothing really.

    Conclusion:
    Lemire and Sorrentino pick up the pace for this second act and it works more

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Jan 30, 2020

    Still pretty good, honestly, definitely the best written of this sort of story that we’re getting these days, looking at you Harley.

  • 10
    Grifter Dec 19, 2019

    Wow

  • 10
    Ryan Feb 21, 2020

    Joker: Killer smile 2 is pure, untamed madness. This issue was insane. This issue was creepy. I’ve never been more deeply disturbed while reading a comic than when I read Joker: Killer Smile 2. Fantastic work.

  • 9.5
    BitchWitcher Dec 19, 2019

    While issue #1 hinted at darker goings on in Dr. Ben Arnell's life, issue #2 builds on it by telegraphing that something is definitely not right with the good doctor. At the very begining, while in a feverish nightmare of sorts, Joker asks Dr. Ben: "When you go mad, will you even realise it?" Indeed, will he? Will WE?

    Jeff Lemire is a wonderful writer as always, and while I wish we could've seen more of Ben's regular life before the twists of the issue happened, everything was executed very deftly. As for the art, while I'm not a huge Sorrentino fan, his is a perfect fit for a grounded horror book such as this one, especially with Jordie Bellaire's gorgeous colours.

    Killer Smile is a hauntingly glorious hoot, and while more

  • 9.5
    EDiakota Dec 21, 2019

    " there are two worlds. But what happen when you no longer which one you're in ? "
    - DOCTOR ARNELL

  • 9.0
    CaptnAmerca Dec 26, 2019

    This is pretty fucked up.

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Dec 29, 2019

    I really am liking this series and this book was just creepy in a good way.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 19, 2019

    This was good, but predictable. This isn't even the only book this week about the Joker driving someone crazy. I don't think this is a story that needed to be told, but it's written well, at least.

  • 8.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Dec 31, 2019

    Some of the twists didn't yet feel earned, but overall it was yet another solid Jeff Lemire title.

  • 7.0
    Darkseid24 Dec 19, 2019

    I enjoyed this issue way more than the first one. This story is mainly about Joker‘s psychiatrist& what effect Joker has on him. The outcome at the end wasnt anything New, but it still was fun to read. Joker is well portrayed here- funny, but manipulative as always. I only wish the other Villains in Arkham were treated better in this story. They are just in the background, but then again this is a Joker story. I however still cant see, why this is Black Label. Same goes for Harleen or Last Knight on Earth. Guess Black Label just means Elseworld.

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