The Joker #1

Writer: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns Artist: Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 10, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 46
8.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Following the events of Infinite Frontier #1, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world! But the Clown Prince of Crime is several steps ahead of law enforcement-and he’s on the run overseas. James Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the manhunt of his life and the last piece of a storied career…but what mysterious and deadly forces are also in pursuit of The Joker?
And in the backup story, following the events of the smash hit Punchline #1, DC’s most controversial new villain navigates the infrastructure of Blackgate Penitentiary-while on the outside, Harper Row takes up the mantle of Bluebird to stop her brother fro more

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Mar 18, 2021

    This book is a solid buy, through and through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 9, 2021

    Harper and the cult are more interesting than Punchline herself right now, but Andolfo's art is always something special and this is a great look at the psychology of supervillains. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Mar 12, 2021

    This is a good start to what could be a very good turn for these characters. Being more grimdark noire type of direction for a retired Jim Gordon is a wonderful idea if ou ask me . Same opinion for the way they are building up the world around Punchline. As much as I love Batman Gotham would do well to further establish other characters with the same attention and quality Bruce gets. With how many there are, only seeing them with Bruce really makes the experience black and white. This late in the game nothing in Gotham is that easy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 10, 2021

    The Joker #1 has, arguably, one of the most poetic and thoughtful introductory issues of any of the relaunched series in Infinite Frontier. It bears with it depth, meaning, and a sense of importance, which makes it way better than it ever needed to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Mar 10, 2021

    In a short at the end of the issue, Punchline faces trial for crimes committed under Joker's tutelage. While in prison on the days between facing the judge, she makes a name for herself by picking fights with the top dog in her cell block.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 9, 2021

    The Joker offers plenty of promise with the right approach. Provided Tynion came avoid the book becoming too formulaic this could be one of the breakout Batman titles in 2021. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Mar 9, 2021

    Bringing it all together The Joker #1 delivers a pair of stories that look at the effects of the recent past of Gotham in strikingly different ways. These differences build on their shared concepts in a way that makes both stand apart from each other narratively, even as they support each other thematically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Mar 9, 2021

    I was engrossed with Gordon's narration throughout the entire issue, and I am extremely intrigued with where this story will go. Some of the elements presented throughout The Joker #1 will undoubtedly add layers to Gordon's character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Mar 9, 2021

    The excellent The Joker #1 draws on the crime and suspense genres in its examination of Gordon as a character, and the impact the Joker has had on both Gordon himself and the people around him not to mention Gotham as a whole. Highly recommended for fans of the crime genre especially. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 9, 2021

    The Joker #1 surprised me. It's a comic I thought could be good but wasn't sure what we were getting. With a focus on those hunting the villain, we get a story of one last attempt at justice as opposed to something that might deify or wash a reprehensible individual. It's a debut that shows a hell of a lot of potential for what's to come. Hopefully it keeps its focus on the nightmares that haunt us throughout life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Mar 10, 2021

    The creative team got this absolutely right. Make a book about The Joker but don't have much of the actual Joker in it. Write about his influence, how he induces fear, how he haunts people, and how he makes people question their own moral code. Loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Evan Valentine Mar 10, 2021

    A home run and a definite must-buy for Joker fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Mar 16, 2021

    Really investigate the cover art".can Joker's body really take all the punishment that happens to him? Subsequently, I did not go into the Punchline details as reviews should not provide all the surprises. I cannot wait for Issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Mar 12, 2021

    In ways that it never could if it was 20 pages of the Joker being evil, "The Joker" #1 gives context to Gotham's most deadly and, yes, twisted criminal. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Mar 9, 2021

    'Joker' #1 is a haunting portrait of a man on the edge. Fans of Jim Gordon will be thrilled to see him finally confronting his demons in this first issue. It's not at all what I expected and I can't wait to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 11, 2021

    This is an odd book for sure. Originally I wanted to read this for the Punchline books, given how I think that Joker is over used. yet, by focussing on Jim Gordon we actually have a character that we have loved for years, regardless of how he was mistreated by the Batman Who Looks Like Judge Death story. Tynion has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 9, 2021

    The Joker #1 is more focused on Jim Gordon and Punchline than the title character. That may be a good thing if you believe, as I do, that The Joker should always be a force of nature or a supporting player, but never the focus of a story. The best thing I can say about this book is that it was full of surprises and unpredictable, just as The Joker should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Mar 9, 2021

    Tynion, March, Prianto, and Napolitano all work together to get this gruesome detective story going. And though the issue's plot is mostly setup, it's anchored in character building that makes it an engaging read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Mar 12, 2021

    I believe that telling a Joker story by way of Jim Gordon is the best way to make it work, without making it feel like a Batman story too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 13, 2021

    The Joker #1 is a strong start to this new series that takes advantage of the current state of Gotham City post-City of Bane and -Joker War. Positioning former GCPD Commissioner Jim Gordon as the protagonist of this series worked extremely well. This allowed Joker to maintain his status as an endgame boss while not overexposing the villain. Instead, we are set to follow Jim Gordon as he sets out on his final case that is set to be stopping Joker once and for all. Fans of the current Batman Family direction need to add The Joker to their pull list Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Daniel Boyd Mar 23, 2021

    Overall, I enjoyed getting to read Joker #1 for review for the most part. The actual Joker story in the issue was intriguing and well-written and I am looking forward to seeing where certain aspects of the plot will go in future issues. The artwork in this portion of the issue was also stellar. However, the Punchline segment somewhat lets the issue down and is uninteresting and somewhat of a slog to read through. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 10, 2021

    Don't get me wrong, this book is a solid bit of comic book storytelling, but I cannot stand Punchline and I find the lead story's premise off-putting. If you're a Bat-fan, it'll probably be your jam. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 9, 2021

    While I love the way this book looks and the direction it's going, I was a little put off by the amount of recap that it throws at you because while I know you need that for new readers, for me it just came off a little too info-dumpy since I knew what they wanted me to know right away. That's me though and I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate the catch-up and even with my complaints on that matter, this is still an intriguing book that I look forward to seeing more of. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Corbin Nelson Mar 11, 2021

    I can tell Joker #1 is reaching for something, and I applaud it for that. Problem is " as Gordon's bog-standard noir monologue/plot and yet another lazy Joker portrayal make glaringly apparent " it looks incredibly unlikely the story will be able to grasp at anything enjoyable or meaningful. Read Full Review

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