When You See The Devil, Aim For The Head (Joker #1 Review)
Writer James Tynion IV & Sam Johns
Artist Guillem March & Mirka Andolfo
Colors Arif Prianto & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters Tom Nepalitano & Ariana Maher
Cover Guillem March & Tomeu Morrey
Variant Cover Frank Quitely & Francesco Mattina
What would you do in the face of evil. A lot of us wouldn’t know what that means more or even close to Jim Gordon. Having had his daughter shot and paralyzed then the torture after. To also have his son’s death being caused by the Joker taking advantage of his mental illness.
Joker #1 starts us off following Jim Gordon at the end of his career with the GCPD. Reminiscing over his years on the force, particularly his time in Chicago before he transferred to Gotham. Talking with a fellow detective over the things they see on the force. Telling Jim that he must remember that there is a line between circumventing the law and evil. When you see evil, you aim for the head.
The comic is split into two parts, giving Punchline time to shine for half of this issue. At the end of the Joker War, Alexis Kaye came out with a video that went viral. Explaining the Joker had her serving at his side under duress, she wanted to stay alive. Therefore could not be held responsible for her actions when she was working for him. This makes it incredibly difficult to properly get her prosecuted. Having the court of public opinion means the evidence needs to be concrete or this isn’t going to work.
Meanwhile, in Arkam, Punchline is making a name for herself. While some believe she’s there to ride Joker’s reputation the whole way. Alexis is making sure to show others there she has her namesake.
I am very much enjoying this already. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Having a comic of just joker go on for too long would inevitably end up making him a boring villain. The whole idea about him is you never know what he’s gonna do. Other than the fact that it’s going to be one of the most heinous things around. Surrounding Punchline in an environment that very much resonates with us is one the best ways this can do in my opinion.
On top of artwork that has this cartoonish vibe that turns hyper-real with things start to pop off. I think this is a very good start to Punchline. Provided they avoid being too close to Stormfront from The Boys on Amazon Prime.
Summary This is a good start to what could be a very good turn for these characters. Being more grimdark noire type of direction for a retired Jim Gordon is a wonderful idea if ou ask me . Same opinion for the way they are building up the world around Punchline. As much as I love Batman Gotham would do well to further establish other characters with the same attention and quality Bruce gets. With how many there are, only seeing them with Bruce really makes the experience black and white. This late in the game nothing in Gotham is that easy.