The Joker #3
Written by James Tynion IV and Sam Johns
Art by Guillem March and Mirka Andolfo
Colors by Arif Prianto and Romula Fajardo Jr.
Letters by Tom Napolitano and Ariana Maher
The Rundown: James Gordon travels to South America in search of the Joker. Punchline is the target of both Bluebird and The Queen of Spades.
James Gordon reflects on his time in the Joker’s captivity. Later, he has a parting conversation with Cressida before boarding a private plane. After more reflection, Gordon lands in South America and begins his investigation. While following up on a lead, he meets someone unexpected. Meanwhile, the Bat family make plans to investigate Cressida.
In the B story, Bluebird questions Aiden on his history with Punchline. When the two go through her personal effects, the unanticipated occurs. Elsewhere, the Queen of Hearts instigates an altercation between Punchline and a deadly enemy.
The Story: Tynion crafts an exciting next chapter in this series. I was deeply affected by Gordon’s narration into his past dealings with the Joker. And completely surprised by the ending. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next installment.
I have a similar excitement for the Punchline plot. I want to know more about Bluebird’s investigation and how the cliffhanger will be resolved.
The Art: The detailed art work and interesting color palates created by March and Prianto are engaging and compelling. While the panels designed by Prianto and Fajardo are colorful and exciting. The action scenes in the latter are particularly well done. I found both sets of of art to be transportive with tones that perfectly encapsulated their particular narratives.