Did the Joker’s actions in this issue surprise you?
The first one with the card did, but after that I kinda got the feeling of where this was going to go, especially with the producer – appropriately named Dick – going off as he was.
What do you think the Joker’s motivations are in this issue? Do you think they fit with how the Joker is typically depicted in the comics?
He kind of spells it out himself – people look at him as a monster, but seemingly good men will sell their souls for meaningless ratings and the masses are willing to casually consume the gore and carnage he’s known for, so how are they any different?
Or, in meme form:
It makes sense for Joker. The difference, I think, is that usually he’s displaying this sort of idea to Batman, not just randos off the street.
Give this story a rating on a scale of 1 to 10
I think I’ll give this a solid 7.5. This kind of story has been told many times before, but this was still well executed. I was a little turned off by the art at first, but as the story went on I feel it’s suitably and purposefully ugly for this ugly story.
Overall, I really like the idea of this Joker’s Asylum series. So many of Batman’s rogues work for these short, one-off stories and I think it’s one of the many reasons why they’re the best rogues gallery in comics.