Punchline: The Gotham Game #1

Writer: Tini Howard, Blake Howard Artist: Gleb Melnikov Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 26, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 13
7.4Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

When last we checked in with Harley Quinn, she ate, she banged, and she killed-but now it's time for something a little different. Fresh out of the events of Harley Quinn: The Animated Series season 3, Harley has found herself a part of a highly unlikely team-the Bat-Family! Meanwhile, Poison Ivy has found herself prepping for her new job-leader of the Legion of Doom! But while Harley and Ivy adjust to their respective new roles, a ghost from Ivy's past enters the fray and threatens the relationship between everyone's favorite clown/plant couple!

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Oct 25, 2022

    Punchline: The Gotham Game #1 is a great beginning to the series. We get to see Punchline in action, both in combat and in setting her plans in motion. She's so completely different from Harley Quinn that it makes her super interesting, and her penchant for dealing with everyone brutally makes her a formidable presence. I look forward to reading the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Oct 25, 2022

    The writers do an excellent job of setting up the storyline in a cohesive manner and I am really impressed with the level of planning and care taken in the formatting of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 27, 2022

    As distinctive a personality as Punchline is, its very, very difficult for anyone to stand out in Gotham City. The criminal underworld is a garish parade of weird people in weird costumes. This is a city that has also served as a punching bag for the Joker AND Harley Quinn in the past. Its difficult to imagine Punchline making an enduring impact, but the Howards are moving things in the right direction in the first issue of Punchlines latest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Oct 25, 2022

    Punchline: The Gotham Game is Punchline's big debut exhibition. The book is a fun new opportunity to explore high concepts touching on politics and modern social constructs. While I believe it needs a bit stronger narrative to draw in readers, Gotham Game has a punk inspired tone, unique supporting characters, and intrigue going for it. As far as pilots go, it doesn't have the cleanest execution, but there is plenty road to go on the way to the top. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 25, 2022

    Overall, some scenes of this issue have a nice pulpy vibe to them, but what's lacking is any real reason for us to want to follow these characters. There's no one here who's likable, no one here who's relatable, and for me at least, I found it pretty hard to get invested in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 25, 2022

    While I don't think that this first issue will blow anyone away with what it's doing, I do think that it will make Punchline fans pretty happy in seeing Alexis Kaye out on her own and creating a new way to show that she's a threat to Gotham that everyone including the Bat-Family should be worried about. The art is great throughout and there are some fun characters introduced here that I look forward to seeing again. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Oct 26, 2022

    A slow start but looks to have potential to become something quite epic, Gotham needs to get ready for what is on the way Punchline is looking to make a statement. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Oct 26, 2022

    This first issue is a lot like its titular protagonist definitely with potential, but overwhelmed by gimmicks that just aren't clever enough. Read Full Review

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