Review – The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #6
Writer – Matthew Rosenberg
Colourist – Ulises Areola & Nick Filardi
Letterer – Ferran Delgado
Publisher – DC Comics
Cover Art – Reilly Brown
Release Date – 18 August 2021
The Puzzlebox returns in this penultimate issue from DC Comics. Matthew Rosenberg brings another exciting instalment to Joker’s twisted tale of ‘Who Killed the Riddler?’. And this time the action switches to focus on two winged villains whose simple alliances bring them into conflict. But can Killer Moth and Man-Bat put aside their differences and work together to reach the puzzle piece?
Issue #6 from DC Comics is another mystery filled issue narrated by the Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker, whilst incarcerated at Gotham PD. Can you gather the clues and solve the Puzzlebox?
If you have picked up previous issues then you will know how the book is told from the Joker’s point of view, whilst he is being interviewed by Commissioner Gordon in Gotham PD. As you can imagine his recollection is hilarious and you don’t know what, if any, of what he is telling actually happened. Matthew Rosenberg captures his lunacy of the Joker really well and he has managed to keep the mystery going throughout the series. Other people may have been able to pick up the subtle clues that have been dotted about the various issues. But I’m certainly failing as Batman.
The first thing to grab my attention with this book is the stunning cover art from Reilly Brown. The layer work with the various Gotham villains and then the unmistakeable Riddler question mark with the Joker pulling focus really is sublime. As with previous issues the resident artists are again joined by guest artists. Juni Ba guests and his art is in stark contrast to that of Jesus Merino’s, as his work is more cartoon-like but altogether not unpleasant. Guest colourist is Nick Filardi and his colour palette pairs beautifully with Ba’s style of work.
With this penultimate issue, I have to query how Matthew Rosenberg is going to bring this to a conclusion. As it feels like there could be more to this story without having to cram everything into the finale. That being said, it’s another action packed issue with a who’s who of Gotham villains and it’s great to see some of the lesser utilised characters taking centre stage. And with some fantastic artwork, this should be another pickup for DC fans.
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If you enjoyed Andy’s review, check out his reviews of the previous issues right here.
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