Punchline: The Gotham Game #4

Writer: Tini Howard, Blake Howard Artist: Gleb Melnikov, Max Raynor Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

BOYS' CLUB! Punchline and the Royal Flush Gang's crusade to reshape the Gotham City underworld continues with a vengeance. But Punchline is done dealing with henchmen and hired assassins...she's going right to the top, forcing a meeting with Black Mask and his criminal hive. Will Punchline have their ear, or will they rip out her heart?! And how will Bluebird recover from the vicious defeat Punchline dealt her as she tries to help her brother?

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jan 27, 2023

    With only two chapters left, I am excited for a high-octane wrap up that will have meaningful repercussions in the broader universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jan 24, 2023

    Final ThoughtsPunchline: The Gotham Game #4 continues the story with various subplots, all of them interesting, and gives us another issue filled with great characters, intrigue, a couple great twists and Punchline continuing to be a fascinating and menacing counterpoint to Harley Quinn. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 24, 2023

    This isn't a bad comic, but it's one that mostly seems to exist to pick up on loose ends from Catwoman right now. Punchline almost feels ancillary to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Jan 25, 2023

    While the aesthetic and narrative choices on display here work well enough, it feels like they barely scratch the surface for the kind of wacky, resonant story that could be told here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Jan 24, 2023

    Overall, I'm not mad at this issue. In two issues, the Howards have introduced far more interesting antagonists and angles to work with. While I can bet money that almost nobody is finding interest in Alexis Kaye's story right now, there are now some promising threads to follow. I think a big thematic conflict of the active and passive supervillain models makes for good conversation. However, I'm still not comfortable calling up those people on the fence about this book back into the yard just yet. I mean, there have been four issues and each one feels like another pilot episode. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 25, 2023

    The series feels like it should be coming to an end soon. Everything is caving in for Punchline, and its only a matter of time before things fall in one direction or another. Its too bad that its been such a mess from the beginning. If the Howards had focused on one or two of the main elements of the story, it might have been a much more satisfying run. As it is, the series never really manages to build up enough momentum in any of the supporting ends of the story.  Read Full Review

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