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The Joker Annual: 2021

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 1, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 23
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His first year of being GCPD police commissioner was an intense challenge for James Gordon. He battled corruption in the ranks, his marriage was in shambles, and the vigilante Batman was clearly welcoming new recruits with the appearance of Batgirl. And The Joker picked his moment to unleash hell!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 30, 2021

    Tynion has done an outstanding job establishing a stronger history with Gordon and Joker and this annual adds another satisfying layer to this chapter. The details Rosenberg and Tynion add really make for a captivating and engaging story. Combined with fantastic art this is definitely worth checking out this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 30, 2021

    What's interesting about this issue's portrayal of Joker is that he's actually" funny. It's very rare for Joker to have any actual punchlines anymore, but here he seems to have a genuine chaotic energy that's more unsettling than any of his past portrayals. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Dec 1, 2021

    The Joker Annual 2021 is a masterpiece of day-glo crime storytelling from Francesco Francavilla, who can create tension from a flashlight or a cigarette butt as well as James Tynion and Matthew Rosenberg, who continue to flesh out Jim Gordon and his relationship with his daughter Barbara and the clown prince of crime. Like Joker #5, this comic easily stands on its own, but also adds context (Aka emotional scarring) to Gordon's actions as he haphazardly tries to create his own system for taking out the Joker while keeping his soul intact. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Dec 1, 2021

    If you're a fan of stories like The Long Halloween, this makes for a fantastic companion piece. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 1, 2021

    The Joker 2021 Annual #1 is a thoughtful exploration into Gordon's career, specifically in his early years as commissioner and one fateful misstep he would make that would prove dangerous for Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Dec 3, 2021

    However, keep your reading glasses on and not your artistic endeavors. Again Francavilla is not a bad artist. It is just that DC set the readers up with having Andolfo and March at the helm! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Dec 5, 2021

    The script for this issue is flawless and real scary" I won't be busting open a pinata anytime soon, but keep your reading glasses on and not your artistic lenses. Again Francavilla is not a bad artist, it's just that DC set the readers up with having Andolfo and March at the helm, and I found the difference quite jarring. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 30, 2021

    In this Annual you'll get a look back to the past where Jim Gordon is doing his damnedest to be the best Commissioner he can and while that's all fine and well, you won't really get any new information out of this issue and only give us another example why Jim Gordon doesn't like the Joker and that really doesn't seem needed at this point. Read Full Review

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