The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3 Micro-Review – What is Real?

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 3, cover, December 2022, Carmine DiGiandomenicoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

From a story perspective, I’m unsure about what I’m seeing in this new Joker series. As in, what’s real and what isn’t. Everything’s very well written and well drawn. I’m just having trouble keeping up. Maybe it’s a case of having to go back and read the last two issues again. But even the back-up, which is visually beautiful thanks to Francesco Frankavilla, ends on a downright bizarre note.

The book’s portrayal of Jason Todd is also a little one-dimensional for my taste. Granted, we don’t get a ton of time with the character. But still…

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9 Micro-Review – Fleetfeet?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 9, cover, 2022, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, JokerTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The big attraction for this issue is seeing Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain do the Joker. They don’t disappoint. Mora even nails the crazed look in the character’s eyes (note the cover).

During this issue, someone calls Kid Flash “Fleetfeet.” I know it’s a joke. But was that an early version of the character’s name? Or maybe a nickname from back in the day? It sounds like a name they’d have come up with back in the ’50s…

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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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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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A Batman #129 Micro-Review – Man Against Machine

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Batman 129, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #129
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist) Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was a little more into Chip Zdarsky’s “Failsafe” story this month. I think that’s because we’ve gotten to the point in the story where it’s just Batman against this killer robot. All the various sidekicks, apprentices, and Justice Leaguers are neutralized.  It’s strictly man against machine now.

But the “I Am a Gun” back-up feature continues to outshine the main story as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a huge fan of how the Joker is drawn on these pages. But other than that, it’s gotten very interesting very quickly.

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Astonishing Art: Three Jokers by Dan Amyotte

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Three Jokers had its critics. I was one of them. But if you go in with the idea that it’s sort of a non-canon thought experiment, it’s actually fairly enjoyable. (Even though it was thought to be in canon at the time. Nowadays it’s clearly not.)

Here we have Dan Amyotte giving us his take on one of Jason Fabok’s covers for Three Jokers, using versions of the character from Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, and Justice League. All voiced by the great Mark Hamill, of course. This piece actually makes me want to see a “Timmverse” take on Three Jokers. We’ll never see that, of course. But again, it’s a fun thought experiment.

Three Jokers, Dan Amyotte

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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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Toy Chest Theater: Batman ’66 by Fachro

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve been saving this one for a special occasion. Batman Day seems appropriate, no?

I love this shot from Fachro because it feels like something that could actually happen on the old Adam West Batman show. Plus, if there’s one person who could catch a damn shark with a fishing line, it’s Batman.

Kudos to Fachro for putting the Joker in the background. It makes things a little more interesting, and adds an element of story to the proceedings.

Batman 66, shark, Fachro

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Epic Covers: The Joker #15 by Brian Bolland

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

With Batman Day coming up this weekend, it may or may not be an appropriate time to feature the Clown Prince of Crime…

With The Killing Joke in 1988, Brian Bolland cemented his status as one of the definitive Joker artists of all time. So any time Bolland draws the character, it’s noteworthy. We were treated to Bolland’s latest rendering of the character with a variant cover for The Joker #15, which came out last month.

I talked recently about my fondness for single-color backgrounds on covers. This cover meets that criteria with a basic black background. We also have the Joker’s fake eye, which is a byproduct of recent events in Batman. So the character obviously has a different look than we’re used to getting from Bolland.

But what I dig more than anything about this cover is that it’s a modern take on Bolland’s classic cover for The Killing Joke. If The Killing Joke were released today (Which it would never be…), the cover would look something like this, given the advent of smartphones.

The Joker 15, variant cover, 2022, Brian Bolland

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Astonishing Art: The Killing Joke by Cole Watkins

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Much can be said, and has been said, about Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke. It’s one of the most famous Batman stories ever told, and also one of the most violent and controversial. As an grown adult and a parent, my feelings on it have definitely changed from when I read it for the first time 20 years ago.

Still, we can’t deny just how iconic Bolland’s art is. No shot is more iconic, and more synonymous with The Killing Joke than the cover shot of the Joker and his camera.

Here, we see Cole Watkins recreate that iconic image using four different cinematic versions of the character. It’s especially cool to cycle trough those images using the slideshow effect, as you can see how he kept the placement of the head, hands, and shoulders consistent in all four images. It all adds up to a tremendous tribute to Bolland, The Killing Joke, and the character’s rich history on film.

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