The Joker #12
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks by Cam Smith
Colors by Arif Prianto and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: James Gordon makes a deal to ensure the safety of a loved one while Vengeance searches for enemies. Bluebird confronts an adversary as Punchline prepares for her trial.
Vengeance arrives in Texas in an unexpected manner and quickly goes after her target. Meanwhile, Barbara and Julia find themselves in a compromising situation. Elsewhere, Gordon and Bullock are on their way to meet Cressida when they receive a stunning piece of information. Soon, he meets with Cressida. After enacting his rescue plan, Gordon reveals something unexpected. Finally, the Joker’s current situation is referenced.
The story opens with Alexis Kaye contemplating her future. Later, her arrival at a courthouse causes a commotion. Meanwhile, Bluebird confronts a dangerous enemy. After a brief tussle, something unexpected occurs. Afterwards, Bluebird receives some disturbing information. Finally, someone unexpected makes a court appearance.
The Story: Tynion crafts a well written narrative that provides both intrigue and action. I find it fascinating that the Joker is a secondary character in his title series. This chapter clearly carves out the villains of this plotline and sets up a future battle that will be both exciting and potentially game changing. I am excited to find out what will happen next.
In the B story, Punchline’s relationship with the public is explored. It is interesting to see how much influence she has over people, and I am curious how the justice system will treat her past activities.
The Art: The illustration in each story perfectly fits the tone of their respective tales. Both use detailed artwork and place emphasis on character expression and form. Though both styles are modern, the A story uses a realistic color palate and traditional design, while the B story uses bold color work to create a youthful atmosphere.