mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

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stop! stop! stop! if you've heard this one...

the joker's last laugh by chuck dixon, scott beatty, & many artists.

it really is a good pitch. the joker is dying from a brain tumor. & so what does he do? well, he is the dcu's (detective comics universe's) greatest chemist, right? so he whips up a cocktail, triggered & created by & from the prison's restraints, to jokerize the entire supervillian population. not bad for a gag! the problem here is that it kind of sucks. first: no batman. seriously, none, nada, zip. he gets like, an appearance on four pages. mostlty it involves nightwing & oracle...& shilo norman? what the fuck? also, lots of killing multi-man, both by the joker &...shilo norman? what the fucking hell? & all of the villians who are joker gased are...d-list baddies who i couldn't recognize if you gave me wikipedia & said "go!" way to drop the ball on things, guys! also, for punking all the heroes; black canary gets her ass kicked by sidewinder? or copperhead or some guy with "snake powers." which reminds me of the new blue beetle's line in the recent teen titans when they say to him "oh, you look fine, not a scratch on you, you didn't have a guy to fight?" & jamie says "oh, i shorted out the teleported with a localized tacyon burst & the other guy...had snake powers." which was pretty effing hilarious. by contrast, ted kord blue beetle's memoriable line here is "the the bug's not built for speed...or power!" so what is it built for, ted? laughs? oh, the biggest failing of the comic: never once is anyone funny. not once. not even a little bit. boo!
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