Punchline: The Gotham Game #2

Writer: Tini Howard, Blake Howard Artist: Gleb Melnikov Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 23, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

SHOWDOWN AT ACE CHEMICALS! Punchline's construction of her Royal Flush Gang court draws the attention of Gotham City's thriving Yakuza faction and Batman. All things come to a head at Ace Chemicals. Will Batman successfully stop Punchline and her court, or will the factory bring him another devastating failure?

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Nov 22, 2022

    A story that is rapidly gathering pace, allowing each character to organically grow adding depth to the overall arc. Definitely one to look out for in the year to come, a must read 5 star comic for me one not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Nov 22, 2022

    After a discussion with Nightwing regarding Punchline, Batman decides to take action. Elsewhere, Bluff contacts Cullen while running a job, then encounters someone unusual.Meanwhile, Punchline and the Royal Flush Gang have a run in with the Hasigawa Clan at Ace Chemicals. Soon Batman appears on the scene and enters the fray. When a showdown occurs between Punchline and Eiko Hasigawa, Batmans interference causes a calamity and Punchline is left with a warning.The Story: The second installment of this limited series shows the leader of the Bat Family and his original protg deciding to take action against Punchlines latest endeavors. I am interested to see how this story line plays out. While Punchlines aggressive and fearless approach towards domination makes for a thrilling adventure, it is her calculated and manipulative planning that makes her the most dangerous. Now that she has triggered the attention of more experienced and arguably deadlier enemies, Im curious to find out if she r Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Nov 22, 2022

    Punchline: The Gotham Game #2 continues Punchlines story and its action-packed from beginning to end. Punchlines ruthless obsession with taking over the XO drug market in Gotham City and her conflict with Yakuza boss Eiko Hasigawa has made her a major force in Gotham Citys criminal underworld. Its a great mini-series so far, with a cliffhanger thatll make you count the days to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Nov 26, 2022

    As much work as the Howards and the art team have done to advance this mini-series in an interesting direction, its distinct impact is still forming. The second issue continues to keep things a bit formless as the precise path ahead of the title character seems a little mysterious. This would be a lot more engaging in an open-ended series. The series is already 1/3 of the way finished, and it doesnt seem to have a clear direction. Thankfully, its still fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 22, 2022

    Punchline is by far the most popular character to come out of DC in recent years, but is she a lead character? This series so far is sending mixed signals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Nov 23, 2022

    Time will ultimately tell if Punchline: The Gotham Game actually changes its titular character or the DC universe, but it's at least a largely-entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Nov 22, 2022

    The Gotham Game spends more time telling me how seriously I should take Punchline rather than showing me. Regrettably, running a crime syndicate doesn't suit Alexis Kaye's nihilism. In fact, when Hasigawa presents reasonable options to her, Punchline outright rejects them. This tells me that she values anarchy over profit. Punchline's master plan is seemingly to fake it until she makes it. It isn't very fun watching Batman blow a gasket over someone obviously making it up as they go along. I believe the tone, artwork, and story all contribute to this underdog story starting off with lowered expectations. The good thing about low expectations is that there is always room to grow. Read Full Review

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