This Week Marks the First Appearance of Joker’s New Girlfriend Punchline in Batman # 89
This week’s release includes Batman # 89 by James Tynion IV with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki and Guillem March and that’s supposedly a big deal because this issue would be the first appearance of Joker’s new girlfriend Punchline.
The variant cover for Punchline you see above was done by Artgerm and should fetch for a good amount should the character pick up any interest. She’s described as:
“She is Joker’s #2… A silent, terrifying serial killer, sexy as hell. All of his henchmen are terrified of her and they should be. Imagine Joker being Joker and torturing a hostage, and then he gets tired and sighs, handing the scalpel to Punchline, who slits their throat. […] When she smiles, it’s scary. It’s not a toothy smile, it’s a closed mouth grin. She is a sadist. She enjoys killing people. She is talented at killing people. The Joker calls her the funniest person he’s ever met in his life. She is a physical character, and she should be sexy. Sexy in a slinkier, darker way than Harley, who is all pep and energy.”
Check out the first look at her done by Jorge Jimenez.
This leads us to her actual appearance in Batman # 89, in this story, she appears in the epilogue calling Joker and informing of what’s happening. The next panel peels away to show readers Joker on the phone. But the more interesting thing about this is the fact that he’s got a wall filled with photos of the Bat-family with their secret identities side by side with their code names.
We can catch Punchline next in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3; art by Steve Epting & Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi
She’s also slated to appear in Nightwing before going all out in the next big Batman event called “Joker War” which begins in Batman # 90.
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