Year of the Villain: The Joker #1

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Year of the Villain: The Joker#1

Writer:  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch

Artist:  Philip Tan

Cover Art:  Tan & Ramos

I wonder why there were so many comics this week featuring the Joker?  Hm.

The first Wednesday after the release of the new movie, Joker, which made $96 million dollars its opening weekend, saw several comics featuring the Clown Prince of Crime.

It’s good business by DC to give the people what they want.  I mean, I am not a DC guy, but I purchased a couple of those Joker books this week because I was interested once again in the character.

Then, I was also intrigued by the name on the cover.  John Carpenter credited as one of the writers on this comic is a major reason why I grabbed this off the stand.  Plus, the fact that it is a one-shot and does not require any further commitment was a selling point.

However, with all of those pluses, I thought the book was okay at best.

It is a Joker story with a henchman who escaped with Joker.  Joker dresses up as Batman and makes this guy Robin and then goes around Gotham causing chaos.  I was only somewhat interested in the story.  The art is very solid from Philip Tan and the inking done by Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion and Tan.  It looks good.

There is a great cameo from the Condiment King.

That was really about it.  I mean … it was fine.  Honestly though, with John Carpenter’s name on the cover, I expected more.  That reminds me of when RL Stein wrote that Man-Thing series that was, at best, average.  This is like that.


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