The Joker #9

Writer: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV Artist: Sweeney Boo, Rosi Kmpe, Stefano Raffaele Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 28
7.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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The terrifying Sampson family is ready to exact their revenge on the Clown Prince of Crime for the murder of one of their own during A-Day! Will Gordon risk his life to save…The Joker? The shocking series continues with the most horrifying issue yet! Backup: Punchline and Harper Row go head-to-head for the life and safety of Kelly Ness! If Harper loses, the radicalization of young people in Gotham City will know no limits!

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Nov 9, 2021

    This issue features artwork in two very different styles. In terms of similarities, they both featuring bold coloring and detailed drawings that place emphasis on character expression and form. However, the A story features a traditional technique and dark, brooding tones. The B story, in comparison, uses a modern design that feels youthful and exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Nov 9, 2021

    Meanwhile, Punchline delves into what were all here for or, well, what Im here for anyway: Punchline herself. It is an examination of who she is and where she came from. While it does not unlock a full understanding of her psyche, that is perhaps to be expected... because someone like her can only ever be a puzzle to people who arent violent sociopaths. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 9, 2021

    As we get closer to the final arc of James Tynion IV's Joker thriller, Guillem March takes a break and Stefano Raffaele does a game job of keeping the art style similar. That's a good thing because this fast-paced issue needs a skilled artist to keep up with all the twists and turns. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Nov 9, 2021

    The Joker #9 pulls us deeper into a conspiracy that has been going on throughout Batman's career, and we're absolutely here for it! It's haunting, ghoulish, and full of tension. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Dec 7, 2021

    This series is very good, but I still don't know if it should actually be called The Joker. Two whole issues have now gone by without the main man (no"not Lobo) making an appearance. Yes, everything that occurs is largely down to his actions, but it's hard to accept this being a Joker title without the Master of Mayhem. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 9, 2021

    Tynion has wonderfully set up this Joker manhunt with Gordon always seeming a step or two behind. Now if he could just tie up the dubious continuity issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 9, 2021

    Some big things are happening in our Joker story and not as equal but still, some big things happening in the Punchline backup, I just wish that the presentation of the main Joker story came off more exciting and didn't focus solely on narration boxes to give us our information because it starts getting pretty dull, even with the information being intriguing.   Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Evan Valentine Nov 10, 2021

    Tynion's characterization is still on point and Stefano Raffaele's art here is a grand slam, but the issue loses the forest for the trees when it has one too many balancing acts taking place. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 10, 2021

    The Joker #9 isn't a bad issue but it just feels like it shifts the story far too much from the initial launch. Having various groups all trying to capture the same person could drive the series for quite a while and feels like it was just being touched as far as potential. This one issue shifts all of that in a major way. This is an issue to read because of its possible impact on the DC Universe, not necessarily because it does its story any justice. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Nov 9, 2021

    There's a little too much surprise packed into the last couple pages for me to focus on one thing too long, and I suspect one of the events was added just to delay a character so the story can take a different focus next issue. Read Full Review

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