The Joker: Endgame Review

The Joker: Endgame

By Scott Snyder (Writer),  James Tynion IV (Writer),  Becky Cloonan (Writer),  Brenden Fletcher (Writer),  Frank Tieri (Writer),  Brian Buccellato (Writer),  Cameron Stewart (Writer),  Greg Capullo (Illustrator),  Danny Miki (Illustrator),  Roge Antonio (Illustrator),  Felix Ruiz (Illustrator),  Roberto Viacava (Illustrator),  Walden Wong (Illustrator), Christian Duce (Illustrator),  Ronan Cliquet (Illustrator),  Jeff Stokely (Illustrator),  Clio Chiang (Writer/Illustrator),  Joy Ang (Writer/Illustrator),  Bengal (Illustrator),  Kelley Jones (Illustrator),  Graham Nolan (Illustrator),  John McCrea (Illustrator),  Sam Kieth (Illustrator),  Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator),  Derek Fridolfs (Illustrator)

The joke is over. Batman’s greatest enemy-his deadliest threat-is done toying with Gotham City. Now he means to end the game and destroy them for good.

The Joker’s bloody-minded madness is exceeded only by his twisted genius. He is the Clown Prince, the Pale Man, and his crimes turn the world into one big sick joke. For him, evil is eternal. And when he unleashes his masterstroke, no one-not Batman, not the Justice League, not all of Gotham’s guardians-will be able to make the laughter stop.

As the Joker plays his endgame with the Batman, citizens, villains and heroes alike must survive his deadly antics and come to terms with who the Joker is and what he means to them.

Collects:Batman #35-40, Arkham Manor: Endgame #1, Batgirl: Endgame #1, Batman Annual #3, Detective Comics: Endgame #1 and Gotham Academy: Endgame #1.

Summary from Goodreads.

The Joker Endgame is a collection of comic issues that are supposed to tell a cohesive story. Apparently I missed out on that. I thought that we were going to be following the Joker and one of his mad plans, but we actually ended up following mainly Batman. Maybe I was wrong in assuming that since the title of this graphic novel was ‘The Joker’, that he would be the main character. Now do not get me wrong, he is an integral aspect of the story, but he is hardly ever at the forefront of whatever is occurring.

The art style varies from issue to issue, since this is a compilation of so many different comics with very different tones. I personally found this to be very jarring. One minute a very child-like cartoon, then next a more gritty and dark one. I personally found this to just take me out of it. Now I do understand that each of these comics have a very different target audience, namely Gotham Academy compared to the rest, but it just does not fit in with the rest at all.

I am glad that I got this out of the library and did not get my own copy.


Have you read The Joker: Endgame? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comment section!

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Purchase it on Amazon here.


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