In Review: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing (2022-) #1

With the Clown Prince of Crime setting out on his most bizarre caper yet, will a fan-favorite vigilante be able to prevent certain tragedy?

Synopsis: The world once again holds its breath as The Joker strikes again! But how far is he willing to go this time? From the twisted minds of Matthew Rosenberg (Task Force Z, What’s the Furthest Place from Here?) and Carmine Di Giandomenico (Batman: The Knight) comes a violent, mind-bending new series that picks up from the cataclysmic end of The Joker and follows the mayhem across the United States. With the Clown Prince of Crime setting out on his most bizarre caper yet, will a fan-favorite vigilante be able to prevent certain tragedy? Or is he in on the joke? In the back-up—Joker’s got a hot date but he’s going to need a mirror to make sure he looks nice. Maybe Mirror Master can help.


The Story

Having escaped being convinced by James Gordon during James Tynion’s on the series. The clown prince of crime has returned to Gotham and is expecting to pick up where he left off. However, Two-Face, Riddler, and various other prominent figures have other ideas and tell the Joker to Jog on. So begins a new era for the Joker as he begins to execute his biggest plan yet. Starting with Los Angeles to launch his campaign. Joker is looking to clean up crime on the streets of America and launches a massive campaign that sees his hired guns take down all criminal syndicates throughout the major cities of America.

Where is Batman. Who is going to stop this new scheme and what is the end game?



The artwork in this book is really nicely done. The character drawings are quite twisted and very befitting of a world that the Clown Prince of Crime would inhabit. I loved the panels when we see Joker take over the TV studio and make his broadcast to America. I also liked the griminess of the art.


I think fans of the Joker might want a bit more than this story has to offer. Personally, I am not a Joker fan so I don’t have the baggage or the knowledge of prior stories that come with that. Meaning I rather liked the story, even though it seemed very much like it was mostly set up for bigger things to come.

The comic has a backup strip with art from  Francesco Francavilla who seems to channel a rather 1970s visual style that matches up to a rather zany 1970s-style caper in which The Clown Prince of Crime becomes somewhat smitten by Powergirl.

So this comic gives you two different styles of storytelling that shows off Rosenberg’s versatility as a writer. As he pens both stories.

Overall. I have fun while reading this and quite enjoyed the two contrasting styles.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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