The Joker #13

Writer: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, Sam Johns Artist: Francesco Francavilla, Belen Ortega Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 9, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 21
7.3Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

"Vengeance has spent her short existence waiting for the moment she could kill The Joker, but she knows that if she fulfills her programming, she'll be dragged back into the servitude of the terrifying Knightfallen of Santa Prisca. Jim Gordon may be her only way out, but a revelation close to his heart has the potential to send him down a darker path. One he may never turn back from.
Backup: The trial of the century in Gotham City begins to draw to a close, and no one will be left happy with the results...except for one Alexis Kaye, a.k a. Punchline!  "

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Mar 8, 2022

    With both the lead story and the backup poised to barrel into their final chapters, The Joker #13 is both a solid individual issue and an intriguing setup for the final page in both tales. The lead pairs exciting action with visuals straight out of a horror film. Punchline pays off months of build with an answer to the lingering question of what will happen to Alexis Kaye. And now it's all over except the cleanup. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Mar 9, 2022

    Bane and his daughter Vengeance. Joker's back is against the wall. And Gordon still finds time to smoke a pipe. How can he not take out the Joker with all that the clown prince has done? As Batman says in the new film The Batman"."You're a good man." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Mar 9, 2022

    Tynion IV creates a tense and action filled narrative in the penultimate chapter of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 8, 2022

    Jim Gordon not having any lines in this issue is surprising, but by the end of the issue, every major player is in one place for what's sure to be a bloody and explosive conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 8, 2022

    We only have one more issue left of this series so what do we do here....... Well, we see Vengeance go all slasher movie on the Sampson Family. Yeah, maybe some more exposition would have been nice but we get all our key players where they need to be by the end of the issue and have a blood-soaked blast getting there. Yeah, action is the name of the game this issue and I had a fun time reading this and staring at the amazing art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 8, 2022

    THE JOKER #13 rapidly hits its climax only to putter out when everything was getting good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 8, 2022

    Tynion sets up a nice cliffhanger bringing Gordon back into the fold, but his absence was definitely felt this issue making for one of the few misfires in this series so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 8, 2022

    In the beginning, The Joker series promised much with a Jim Gordon-centric narrative of a broken-down ex-cop on the hunt to kill Joker once and for all. In this penultimate issue, the moody, noir-inspired detective story has been stripped away for your standard, run-of-the-mill action comic. It's not bad, but The Joker has lost what made it exceptional. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Evan Valentine Mar 9, 2022

    While this latest issue doesn't lean into the series' strengths, there's still plenty to like here. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Mar 8, 2022

    This issue takes a lot of what I was enjoying about this series and makes it so over the top it's no longer fun. It tries too hard to paint the Sampson family in a threatening light, and highlight their cannibalistic lifestyles. Equally it goes too far with the violence and instead of giving us an engaging standoff between the Sampsons and Vengeance turns it into more of a bloodbath than anything. If you want an issue that's jam packed with violence this is the issue for you, if you were hoping for something else you'll be disappointed. Read Full Review

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