Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Nick Filardi, and Tom Napolitano
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 4th, 2023
Two Jokers walk into a bar…and one won’t be walking out. Both men who claim to be the Clown Prince of Crime are ready to end their little game, but they can’t do it alone. A who’s who of Gotham’s worst will pick sides and decide who lives, who dies, and who gets the last laugh! Let’s dive into The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11 by Matthew Rosenberg to see how this shakes out.
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The penultimate issue of The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11 comes to a close as Rosenberg finally pops the big answer to the big question. We figure out who the other Joker is! However, we won’t discover which one is which until the concluding issue next month. Heck, Rosenberg even takes the time to finally give a bit (a small bit) of background on the how and why. Nevertheless, we still won’t get all the pieces until the last issue. Hopefully, Rosenberg gives fans a good flashback that shows all the details and why. That would definitely help this story come to a proper close.
As for The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11, Rosenberg uses some crafty sleight of hand to get readers to think one Joker is the true imposter… and then gets you to second guess your theory by the end. It was actually quite clever and got this reviewer a bit more intrigued for the final issue. Moreover, Rosenberg does a spectacular job filling The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11 with tons of action, thrills, and the normal shades of violence one would expect from the Clown Prince of Crime. This is actually what made this narrative far better than the prior two installments. Fans get what appears to be the actual Joker acting like the real Joker with the puzzle pieces all seemingly fitting snug together.
Romulo Fajardo Jr. is where my focus will be this week. And that my friends is on the colors. This week, especially with all the explosions, the colors literally pop off the page. The flames are vibrant and the destruction is raw. Plus, even the most minor details with the coloring help to add that extra layer of attention to the story. From the haze around the chainsaw to the violent array of mayhem colored so vividly, Fajardo Jr. really drove this issue home!
The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11 revitalizes the story and gets readers pumped for the finale. Readers get a better taste of who is who while simultaneously packing this issue full of violence and chaos paralleled by none other than the Clown Prince of Crime. Now, we may not know which one is which BUT we do get even more clues, a clever cliffhanger, and a rather explosive issue to drive this series home. Sure, the past couple of issues have been rather stagnant. But, I do not doubt that the fans who have hung around through this entire series will certainly find the excitement in The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #11 that’s been missing for quite some time. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!