The Joker #11

Writer: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Beln Ortega Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 12, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 23
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The Joker is about to learn the harsh reality of the motto “Don’t Mess with Texas” as the Sampsons bring him back home to their ranch…for dinner! PUNCHLINE BACKUP: While Harper Row has been making sure that Punchline stays behind bars, her brother, Cullen, has been getting closer to Punchline’s fans. His new boyfriend, Bluff, is hiding a wicked secret that promises to change the shape of organized crime in Gotham, and Punchline’s role, for years to come.

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 11, 2022

    With this issue, Tynion returns The Joker back to its mystery noir roots. The action takes a necessary backseat for the book to settle back into its ideal sweet spot. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 11, 2022

    There is a lot to digest in this week's THE JOKER #11 that Tynion has been setting up well for quite some time. And quietly, this series has remained consistent, interesting, and clever while creating an element of fear that's simply unsettling. THE JOKER may not take center stage but this series by Tynion is so much more and needs to be on everyone's pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Jan 11, 2022

    A strong, if transitional, chapter of the lead Joker story moves the plot along while taking the time to explore some of the most intriguing additions to the cast that is, intriguing if youre interested in schlock horror fun, which I absolutely am. And in Punchline, subplots I hadnt previously been very invested in are beginning to pop and grab attention, making this my favorite chapter to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jan 15, 2022

    The Sampsons"literally and figuratively, they eat their own! This is arguably the best issue to buy as of late as the story really delves into Gordon's motivations and finally we get to see The Joker in a position where he is not in charge! I love it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 11, 2022

    With the Court of Owls and Vengeance lurking in the background, the final three issues should be tense and bloody. But none of this would work half as well if it didn't have Jim Gordon as its lead, bringing decades of weary awareness of just how deadly Joker is. He's one of the Bat-family's best supporting characters and it's great to see him finally get his spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jan 11, 2022

    The illustrations in each story compliment their respective tones. There is a dark and gritty quality to the A story that enhances the detective quality of the piece. While the B story uses modern drawings and colorful artwork to present the youthful world encompassing the characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 11, 2022

    After a two-month break from the main storyline, The Joker #11 dismisses the cliffhanger featured in The Joker #9 with a bit of off-panel deus ex machina. While disappointing, Jim Gordon's wonderful characterization makes up for this misstep. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 11, 2022

    Jim Gordon's back on the hunt for the Joker and while that's what I want to see, this start and stop situation that we keep getting with this book makes things feel completely padded out so that the story can be extended as much as possible and that's really disappointing and just leaves what feels like every other issue coming up short in its progression. The art is still enjoyable though and there are some new elements but even these feel kind of weird.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Evan Valentine Jan 12, 2022

    The series itself is still one of the strongest titles in DC's roster but this definitely feels like one of the weaker issues of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Jan 11, 2022

    While I'm glad to see the series returning to the plot, I'm disappointed by how much the momentum has suffered and the fact that this issue really only moves things forward marginally. It feels less like a confident step forward and more like the pieces are being set back up after falling. Elements that could have been played up for tension are misused or totally shoved to the side as well. Still, there's something about this series that keeps my interest despite the shortcomings, and I am curious to see how everything plays out going forward. Read Full Review

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