The Joker #6

Writer: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV Artist: Sweeney Boo, Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 11, 2021 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 26
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7.2User Rating

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After barely surviving in the jungles of Belize, The Joker flees to Europe! Jim Gordon pursues the madman, but the seeds of doubt begin to sprout...if The Joker didn’t gas Arkham Asylum, who did? And what’s the next move for Vengeance, daughter of Bane? Backup: Punchline’s takeover of Blackgate Penitentiary continues as her most insidious goal becomes clear: find a woman she used to call her friend in her college days and make her pay for her betrayal. On the outside, Harper Row tries to pull her brother, Cullen, back from the brink of Jokerized radicalization!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2021

    The Joker is proving to be a major surprise from DC and with this renewed focus on some of Batman's closest allies, it's becoming one of the stronger Bat Family books. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Aug 10, 2021

    In this issue, Tynion takes this series in a dramatic new direction. The stakes have increased dramatically as new villains enter into the pursuit of the clown prince of crime. Their backstory is heinous. And the intro to this tale felt very much like a horror film. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 10, 2021

    This is an old-school detective thriller wrapped up in Gotham vigilante trappings, and I'm loving how it slowly unwraps its mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 14, 2021

    We are back from the commercial break from last issue and we get to see the Sampsons (whew"how they made it into Joker's Wheelhouse is beyond me as well as a few new players. The last shot of the Joker on the rooftop is priceless! Punchline is as good a manipulator as her boyfriend and it is just a matter of time before she is out of her prison confines. This crew of writers has a lot going on! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Aug 15, 2021

    The Joker #6 returns as a solid issue after last month's filler. Despite the continued inner monologue of Jim Gordon, there's a lot of forward progress happening in the main story. As for the backup, Punchline needs something – maybe more pages, moving in a different direction, anything really – to be an interesting story. However, Boo's art alone continues to make the backup strip worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Aug 10, 2021

    Jim Gordon takes Paris as the mysterious conspiracy surrounding the Joker begins to take shape. But first, a wild trip to Texas to learn about the Sampson family...! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Aug 11, 2021

    The Joker #6 returns to form after last issue's flashback story. Guillem March returns to deliver a macabre, noir tone that helps set this series apart as one of DC's best right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Aug 11, 2021

    I'm happy to see the story getting back on track after last month's pause to reflect on the past. Tynion does a good job catching readers up on where the majority of the key players in this story are at, and in starting him down the path of investigating the greater mystery at play. The art is steady and strong, and had a few moments that made me grin, like with the mime. I'm excited to see where the rest of this book goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Aug 11, 2021

    The Joker #6 does tend to spin its wheels just a tad, but it's clear that Tynion has a good grasp on the world and characters that he is working with, making the comic still well worthy of your time, Joker fan or not. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 10, 2021

    Even though I found the main story a bit of a slog to get through since it doesn't do much to advance our story until the end, I thankfully found myself enjoying the Punchline backup more than I have, while also thinking that both stories art came out fantastic this issue. More than anything though, I need Jim Gordon to lay off the "I'm a piece of crap" narration each issue because it's just becoming monotonous overall, and would like to do something beyond wallow in the past sins of our former Commissioner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Aug 10, 2021

    The Joker #6 brings a mixed bag of elements with it. While some pieces of the book land well, others never manage to deliver on the stories they are trying to tell. Read Full Review

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