The Joker #10

Writer: Sam Johns, Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV Artist: Francesco Francavilla, Beln Ortega Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 15, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 27
8.4Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Following the harrowing events of Batman: The Killing Joke, the course of James Gordon’s life-and that of his family’s-was forever changed! But what happened when Gordon’s path again crossed with The Joker’s… PUNCHLINE BACKUP: Harper Row has successfully gotten Punchline’s former friend, Kelly Ness, out of Blackgate. What Kelly reveals about Punchline’s past and true nature will change her criminal case forever, but will Harper and Leslie Thompkins be able to protect her from Punchline’s loyalists?

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 14, 2021

    The Tynion/Rosenberg/Francavilla interlude issues of this series have been just as good if not better than the main series, and that continues with this follow-up to the events of The Killing Joke. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Dec 14, 2021

    A compelling issue that consists primarily of flashbacks in both he lead and backup stories. "Broken Home, Broken Heart" is a character drama with just the right touch of action as well as an examination of the Jokers terrible impact and how it lingers long after he has left the scene. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Dec 15, 2021

    Two very distinct artistic styles are portrayed in this issue. The A Story uses a traditional style suitable for noir and detective works. While the B Story is youthful and depends on vibrant colors. Both pieces compliment their attached stories and elicit emotional ties to the characters represented. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 14, 2021

    While these flashbacks are simply adding layers to an already well described grudge with Gordon and The Joker, this is another quality installment of this series. Hopefully the return to the present day will further expand these on these newly revealed moments. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 14, 2021

    The Joker #10 is a beautiful flashback story that provides a formidable reality check to Jim Gordon's narrative throughout this series. This isn't just about Jim stopping the Joker, it's about his inability to walk away and take care of his own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Dec 19, 2021

    The cover says it all. The impact that The Joker has had on James Gordon's family has been so significant. I never thought that the Bat-Family would be without Alfred. Is it time for one of the biggest foes of Batman to bite the dust at the hands of James Gordon. This latest installment certainly is putting us on a road to where Gordon may take that pivotal shot that will resonate around the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Dec 19, 2021

    The cover of The Joker #10 says it all. The impact that this character has had on James Gordon's family has been so significant. I never thought that the Bat-Family would ever be without Alfred, so is it now also time for one of Batman's biggest foes to bite the dust at the hands of James Gordon? This latest installment certainly puts us on a road to where Gordon may take the pivotal shot that will resonate around the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 14, 2021

    THE DISPATCHIronically enough, if you havent been following along with THE JOKER to date, you can hop right into this issue and not skip a beat. The only items that would be truly beneficial to understand before reading would be knowledge of THE KILLING JOKE. Other than that, you can jump right into this issue. Its almost as if its a standalone issue with the focus on James juggling his life after JOKER, his children, and his childrens sanity. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 14, 2021

    I dig Francesco Francavilla's art for these flashback issues that take a closer look at why Jim Gordon has an obsession with taking the Joker down but while I like the look, I thought that the previous Annual issue felt unneeded in what it told but thankfully this continuation does something new and explores James Gordon Jr. and how this young twisted mind became intrigued with the criminal that hurt his family so much. This was a much-needed look at why Jim Gordon brings his son up with his hatred to the Clown Prince of Crime and I only wish that I liked the Punchline backup as much as the main story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Evan Valentine Dec 15, 2021

    It's a solid issue but its one that isn't able to compete with the prior entries we saw from Tynion, Rosenberg, and Francavilla. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Dec 14, 2021

    I'm still not a big fan of the placement of this story. I think it would have worked better as the Annual or set somewhere else in Joker's narrative. However, as a standalone tale, it's a solid story that could be enjoyed by anyone who picks it up and wants something focused more on the Gordan's history than their present. So if you're looking for a glimpse into history, this is a good one to pick up, but if you're waiting on the main narrative to start moving again this isn't the book for you. Read Full Review

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