Joker: Killer Smile #3

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 19, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 29
8.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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Everything Dr. Ben Arnell knew is wrong. Who can he turn to? The Joker waits with open arms...and all he needs from Ben is open cell doors! The unbelievable psychological thriller from the creators of Gideon Falls hits a fever pitch and crashes to its decisive finale...or does it?

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Feb 19, 2020

    It's such a shame that this series is over now, but even with it only being three issues long, it still had the power and impact of a long running series which is something only Jeff Lemire could have pulled off. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Mar 2, 2020

    With artwork like that, I was always in hook, line, and sinker. Every aspect marries so well that this is a stunning gem in the Joker canon. With every twist and turn this story has brought us to this amazing end, making it just what it needed to be. It's not only a recommended read, but an essential one. If this is any indication as to what DC can bring into the market, then I want more. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 24, 2020

    The story by Lemire is strong. He puts so much into each book he writes and this is no exception. He never lets me down. The art is some of Sorrentino's best. This creative team does a great job and this series really is a standout. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 19, 2020

    This is probably the most effective Joker story since Endgame, and it's not quite over yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Feb 19, 2020

    Joker: Killer Smile #3 continues to explore the broken psyche of Dr. Ben Arnell while also offering a thrilling conclusion to the series, that is, until it returns in May with the Batman: The Smile Killer one-shot. Overall, Lemire has crafted a haunting Joker story that has kept me engaged from the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 19, 2020

    This is a good finish, although it does all a bit flat for me due to some rather obvious turns in the story and I was expecting bigger surprises. That said, it's hard to not see this as one of the greatest works featuring Joker ever made. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Feb 19, 2020

    I knocked Joker: Killer Smile back when it first came out because it seemed to be treading through the same tired old themes involving Joker. But credit has to go to Jeff Lemire for how this one wrapped up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 19, 2020

    This is an entertaining comic. The pacing is on point, the dialogue is crisp, and the artwork is good. It's just too bad that the creative team didn't stick with the gripping tone and unique structure that they had established earlier, rather than reverting to a more generic approach. Whether or not you decide to pick this up is up to you, but I recommend that you wait for the trade to come out. I have a feeling that this story will read much better when you can read it all in one sitting. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Feb 25, 2020

    One element of this series that has fascinated me is the use of elements from children's books, something I'm sure the Joker would love. Corrupting innocence is great fun for him, and you can't get purer than kid's literature! Read Full Review

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