The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #8

DC Comics

Written by Matthew Rosenberg

Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr

Letters by Tom Napolitano

The Rundown: While one Joker defends a new friend, another tries to escape the city and return home.

The Joker in Gotham finds himself defending Grundy against a rampaging Killer Croc who is trying to take down the fake Joker who believes he’s the real one. At the same time, Red Hood is being taken to Blackgate before a last minute intervention arrives.

At the same time, Joker’s continuing attempts to get out of Los Angeles and back to Gotham run into more problems as his pursuer just refuses to die and the rest of his crew keeps dying around him. Hopefully, the money he’s paid to Killer Moth to keep him safe will get him out of the city and back home to kill his rival.

The Story: While I continue to enjoy the series and its madcap, maniacal fun, this issue does have me wondering if there is a point to this tale and if so, what is it? There’s some entertaining contrast between both joker’s struggles, but there also seems to be a lack of overall goal to any of it. What does the Gotham Joker actually want and why should I care? Why does LA Joker seem so inept? Both characters used to be an interesting reflection of the other. This issue just feels like two disjointed Joker stories with the same character at their center.

The Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some great visuals in the issue. The action is fun and thrilling and the characters are dynamic and visually engaging.

The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #8



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