The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors by Arif Prianto
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: The man who believes he is Joker finds being the clown prince of crime a lot more difficult when he’s being hunted by Red Hood.
The mystery man who has taken on the mantle of the Joker finds himself being forcibly dragged from Harley Quin’s barge by Red Hood who wants to kill him. Fortunately for him, he manages to get away by flinging himself into the harbor, but he doesn’t get away unscathed. With more people looking for him and his injuries causing more issues, he finally decides to visit a hospital to get help.
At the same time, the real Joker finds that his newest scheme isn’t getting him the attention that he wanted when he goes to pay a visit to the Legion of Doom and finds that he has been replaced by a familiar face. As the newest Joker in the city finds a doctor willing to treat him as well as remove the bullet from his head, he emerges from the hospital a changed and probably more dangerous man.
The Story: A solid, entertaining story from Rosenberg that does a great job of making its central character more interesting beyond his attempts to be the Joker. I like the Red Hood angle in the story and how it shows the more dangerous aspects of being Joker as well as seeing the real Joker deal with the growing disappointment of leaving Gotham and not being taken seriously.
The Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. Each page is filled with great characters, thrilling action and brutal details indicative of a Joker story.