The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #3
I’m not real clear where writer Matthew Rosenberg is going with this wild Joker story, but it definitely hasn’t been boring. The Man Who Stopped Laughing has quietly been one of the more pleasant surprises as DC ends 2022.
This issue finds The Joker(maybe?) fighting Red Hood at Harley Quinn’s place. Rosenberg is a rare writer who doesn’t have Harley ham it up in every panel. This made for a much more enjoyable Harley sequence than the norm these days.
Meanwhile the alternate Joker attempts to rejoin his old running buddies in the Legion of Doom only to learn he’s been replaced by a familiar face. There’s a lot of that going around.
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Rosenberg has a real knack for the nonstop banter in Joker’s mind while doing it in a manner that he appropriately comes off twisted and demented instead of strangely likable.
Carmine di Giandomenico’s artwork is well suited for the book as he offers a sense of constant movement on every panel. That works very well for a book starring Joker.
Arif Piranto’s colors are strong without being so vivacious it distracts from the darker tone of the story. Tom Napolitano gets to use some creative lettering when Joker speaks matching the fractured kind of the character.
It was another winning month for this mini-series, which continues to provide some shocking moments and fantastic dialogue in a presentation fitting The Joker.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Photo Credit: DC Comics