The Joker #8

Writer: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns Artist: Guillem March, Sweeney Boo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 13, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 19
7.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Jim Gordon was warned, to "head back to the light while you still can," but his quest to apprehend The Joker is taking him deeper into darkness. Could The Joker actually be innocent of the attack on Arkham Asylum? Punchline Back-Up: It's a jailbreak as Bluebird must escape from Blackgate before Punchline and her gang can murder her!

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Oct 12, 2021

    When it comes to Punchline, Im excited to see the characters on the edge of a new phase in the story. ...I do really want to know what is going on in Blackgate though. If you read this chapter, youre probably going to end up wondering, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Oct 13, 2021

    Two issues in a row and the main man (No"not Lobo"The Joker) has not made an appearance. There is a lot of stuffing to digest, but we need the main dish. Let's hope The Joker is around the corner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 12, 2021

    It's a tense, action-packed ten pages that continue to sell Punchline in her new role as the Queen of Blackgate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Oct 12, 2021

    The Joker #8 finally tells us what the deal is with Vengeance, Bane's replacement, and why she's chasing Joker. The street-level cop narrative disappears this issue in lieu of an action thrill-ride, but Tynion and March show readers that they're more than capable of delivering an adventure as fun as the noir-style story they've been delivering thus far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Oct 13, 2021

    The issue itself is still solid and a quick read, but its one of the weaker entries of the series so far that really has been quite the thrill ride to date. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 12, 2021

    While the art continues to look great in both the Joker main story and the Punchline backup, the momentum of both stories seems to have been lost and we're stuck learning information about the characters involved in boring, clunky ways and it seems that the hunt for the Joker is now the least interesting thing about this book. I think back to the last issue where Julia Pennyworth and the Batgirls fighting the Court of Owls was the highlight of that issue, but sadly, we don't have any of that here and the background of Vengeance isn't as impactful as I originally hoped it would be.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 12, 2021

    Tynion sets up a decent agenda for Bane II and her need for Gordon's insight, but there were cleaner and more intriguing ways to reach that end goal. This was a rare misfire for a comic that's been consistently strong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Oct 13, 2021

    This issue mostly focuses on Lady Bane, her backstory, motivations, and highlighting just how she'd kill Joker if given the chance. It is both something the story needed"as she's a major player" and something that could have been done with a little less bombastic action. Read Full Review

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