Review – The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox
Writer – Matthew Rosenberg
Artist – Jesus Merino
Colourist – Ulises Arreola
Letterer – Ferran Delgado
Publisher – DC Comics
Release Date – 9th June
It’s story time! The G.C.P.D. discover a mysterious corpse, a magical box, and a murderer’s row of the city’s most dangerous villains sitting in a jail cell.Now all they need to figure out is what exactly happened. Fortunately, one suspect is willing to talk. Unfortunately, it’s The Joker. Now, superstar writer Matthew Rosenberg, magnificent artist Jesus Merino, and a multitude of rising-star artists invite you to spend a night in the Gotham Central interrogation room for a dozen tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery as told by the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Can you solve this puzzle before the sun comes up?
Although there are many Joker titles out there, this is still a fresh take on the Clown Prince of Crime. Matthew Rosenberg gives us an enjoyable storyline, although not as overly action packed as you might expect. Instead we have an intriguing mystery told in the way of a back and forth between the Joker and Commissioner Gordon. The dialogue is fantastic and the way Rosenberg portrays the Joker’s recollection of events is comical. His portrayal of the Joker and his twisted sense of humour really shines in this book and he captures the lunacy of the character perfectly.
The pairing of Jesus Merrino and Ulises Arreola combine to great effect. And as a result the artwork compliments Rosenberg’s writing perfectly. I especially like Merrino’s depiction of the Joker, which draws similarities to his portrayal in the 70’s. It would be remiss of me not to touch on Letterer Ferran Delgado and his contribution to the book, which helps the story flow with ease.
The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox is a thoroughly entertaining first issue in a planned seven-part series. Rosenberg perfectly portrays the Clown Prince of Crime at his diabolical best. And the artwork is a perfect match for this intriguing mystery story. Can you gather the clues and solve the puzzle?
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