Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 Micro-Review – The Eye Has It

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Batman and the Joker the Deadly Duo, cover, 2022, Marc SilvestriTITLE: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1
AUTHOR: Marc Silvestri
ARTISTS:
Silvestri, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I can’t say Deadly Duo blew me away from a writing standpoint. But let’s be honest: The real draw (no pun intended) here is Silvestri’s pencils, alongside Prianto’s colors. They make a fine team, and put together a pretty good rendition of Batman, Joker, Gotham City, etc.

It looks like there’s a coloring mistake on the cover. Joker is depicted with his fake right eye, as he’s now portrayed in he main line of books. But inside the issue, both his eyes are green. Whoops.

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A Poison Ivy #6 Micro-Review – Billions Selling Band-Aids

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Poison Ivy 6, cover, 2022, Jessica FongTITLE: Poison Ivy #6
AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson
ARTISTS:
Marcio Takara, Brian Level, Jay Leisten (Co-Inker), Arif Prianto (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Cover by Jessica Fong.

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“This planet is too far gone to save, Pamela. It needs a revolution, but all it wants is a Band-Aid. So we might as well make billions selling Band-Aids.”

That’s a little dialogue from Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man. Somehow it’s both insightful and villainous.

Actually, there are few great quotes like that in this issue. It’s one of Wilson’s strongest. She’s mindset she’s giving Ivy is very right for the character: That if heroes can’t bring Earth back from the brink of ecological doom, then perhaps a villain can…

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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2 Micro-Review – Thinking Like a Clown

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 2, cover, 2022, Carmine Di GiandomenicoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Troy Peteri

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

If all is as it seems in this series thus far, the Joker is doing his own inner monologue. That’s a big no-no for me. The Joker’s thought process, his unique and insane mental state, should be incomprehensible to us as readers. We’re not supposed to know what he’s thinking, or how he’s thinking, etc. To try and approach him otherwise is a mistake.

But we’re still not sure entirely what’s going on in this book from a story perspective. So I reserve the right to take that back…

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Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin #1 Micro-Review – The Underachiever

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TITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin #1
AUTHOR: John Ridley
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This one wasn’t quite as gripping as the Riddler or Two-Face issues. If you’re looking for something with more of a character-driven punch, I’d recommend Joker’s Asylum: Penguin #1 or Penguin: Pain and Predjudice.

Still, John Ridley is a respectable choice to take on the Penguin, as he excels at grounded, street-level stories. Camuncoli, Smith, and Prianto also turn in a respectable artistic performance. It’s not that this is a bad issue, per se. But it does underachieve compared to its predecessors.

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A Poison Ivy #5 Micro-Review – Evil Groot?

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Poison Ivy 5, cover, 2022, Jessica FongTITLE: Poison Ivy #5
AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson
ARTISTS:
Marcio Takara, Brian Level, Stefano Gaudiano (Co-Inker), Arif Priano (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer). Cover by Jessica Fong.

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I promise, the villain in this issue isn’t evil Groot. Even though from the cover it kind of looks like an evil version of Groot. (It’s actually Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man.)

In all seriousness, this issue largely feels like an abuse victim (Ivy) going back and confronting her abuser (Woodrue) after many years. It’s empowering for Ivy in that sense, albeit also very…floral?

Takara’s and Prianto’s art still has that sensual quality too it, even in a story without any sensuality in it. It’s as good a fit for Poison Ivy as any art I’ve ever seen.

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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 Micro-Review – Laughing Across America

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 1, cover, 2022, Carmine di GiandomenicoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

James Tynion IV’s Joker series is a tough act to follow. But thus far, Matthew Rosenberg and this team have done a nice job running with the baton, so to speak.

Our titular villain travels to Los Angeles in this issue, in what I hope is the beginning of a cross-country story of sorts for him.

Francesco Frankavilla does the back-up story about Joker crushing on Power Girl. His art and colors are always great to see. Though I wish he had a better handle on the Joker’s trademark lips and smile.

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A Poison Ivy #4 Micro-Review – Ivy Goes to Amazon

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Poison Ivy 4, cover, 2022, Jessica FongTITLE: Poison Ivy #4
AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson
ARTISTS:
Marcio Takara, Arif Prianto (Colors), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Cover by Jessica Fong.
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That understated sexiness and sensuality is still present in this issue. But at one point, things turn a corner and get monstrous and scary. It was to the point where I wondered if some of Scarecrow’s fear gas had worked its way into the story. That versatility is a credit to the talent of Marcio Takara.

Ivy gets a job at Amazon in this issue. They don’t call it Amazon. But it’s Amazon, right down to the “workers pee in a bottle” references.

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The Joker #15 Micro-Review – The Last Laugh (Get It…?)

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The Joker 15, variant cover, 2022, Brian BollandTITLE: The Joker #15
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Sweeny Boo, Cam Smith & Lorenzo Ruggiero (Inkers), Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Variant cover by Brian Bolland.

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Epic variant cover by the always amazing Brian Bolland.

This being the final issue of The Joker, I can safely say that this book overachieved. Tynion kept the title character’s mystique alive, while telling a story that was as much about Jim Gordon as the Joker. Granted, he did get a little exposition and dialogue heavy in this last issue. And the ending is predictable. But still, a well crafted story and an enjoyable series.

Still no interest in Punchline, or her back-up stories.

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A Joker #14 Micro-Review – Damage and Legacy

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The Joker 14, cover, 2022, Guillem MarchTITLE: The Joker #14
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Alex Pahnadel
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Vasco Georgiev, Cam Smith (Inker). Cover by Guillem March & Prianto.
COLORISTS: Arif Prianto, Rain Beredo 
LETTERERS:
Tom Napolitano, Becca Carey

RELEASED: April 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We’re 14 issues in, and I still don’t care about these Punchline back-ups. Maybe they’re better if you read them all in one hit…?

Giuseppe Camuncoli draws a hell of a Bane. Just sayin’.

It continues to impress me how far Tynion has taken this Joker book with such a relatively low amount of emphasis on the Joker himself. It’s less about the character, and more about the damage and legacy he leaves in his wake.

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The Joker #9 Micro-Review – A Funhouse of Ideas

TITLE: The Joker #9
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Stefano Raffaele, Rosi Kampe, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Marissa Louise (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer) Ariana Maher (Letterer). Cover by Guillem March & Arif Prianto.
RELEASED: November 9, 2021

The scope of this story has widened significantly. Beyond Joker and Gordon, we’ve now got Vengeance (i.e. Lady Bane), a bizarre cloning facility, the Court of Owls, and more. It’s clear Tynion has a lot of ideas here. I just hope he gets a chance to explore them all to their fullest.

Is it weird that after last issue I wanted Gordon and Vengeance to have a fling? Yes. I’m going to say yes it is weird. But you certainly wouldn’t have seen it coming.

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