Punchline: The Gotham Game #5

Writer: Tini Howard, Blake Howard Artist: Gleb Melnikov Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 1, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
7.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

THE BATTLE FOR PORT ROYAL! As Bluebird and Nightwing desperately search for brother, Cullen, Punchline’s expansion of the Royal Flush Gang takes a terrifying technological turn. The nanotech experiments she’s been conducting with 1-0 will allow her to create an army of A.C.E. robots, and nothing beats a hand full of A.C.E.s...Nightwing and Bluebird are in for a world of hurt.

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Mar 3, 2023

    Another great addition to an amazing arc that keeps getting better with each issue, Punchline is rapidly becoming my favourite villain in DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Feb 28, 2023

    Punchline: The Gotham Game #5 is filled with action from the first page to the last. Punchline continues being one of the most fascinating and vicious villains currently in Batmans rogues gallery. Watching her methodically seize control of The Royal Flush Gang and taking on the crime bosses of Gotham has been amazing, and after this issues cliffhanger, I cant wait to see what happens next. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 28, 2023

    All of Tini Howard's books sort of flow together into a Gotham shared universe of femme-fatale crime stories, but this one doesn't have the hook of Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Mar 1, 2023

    The penultimate issue of this Punchline series is a lot like its predecessors snappy and action-packed, but a little hollow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 1, 2023

    Everything seems to be coming full circle for Punchline as the series approaches its sixth issue. Its been an interesting journey, but there hasnt been nearly as much time with the title character as might be needed to create a truly captivating face to add to the overcrowded population of psychos that wander the rainy nights of Gotham City. The Howards are solidly good writers, though. They seem to be heading into a final issue that could really pull everything together at the end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Feb 27, 2023

    Punchline hasn't stopped failing upward since The Gotham Game began. Watching her fumble through her misguided campaign doesn't make much sense, but it isn't much fun to follow either. Yes, there are some good character selection, but they often go to waste. First, they randomly crash a party, then retreat as if they were the ones on the defensive. Although The Royal Flush Gang have hitched their wagons to Punchline's random aspirations, I think they've outgrown her as a leader. Even the heroes and villains have nothing to work with except her arrogant attitude. Ultimately, I'm still waiting for the book to grow up. Read Full Review

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