Joker and Harley Quinn are probably the most iconic villains pairing in comics. However that doesn’t imply the 2 solely ever had eyes for one another. Not too long ago, a brand new vital different has taken Harley’s place within the Clown Prince of Crime’s life, the disturbing and villainous Punchline. A just lately launched comedian, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Web page Tremendous Spectacular includes a story that particulars the character’s origin. (Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)
The brief story is titled What comes on the finish of the joke?, and is written and illustrated by James Tynion IV and Mike Janin. It opens with the Dean of College students on the Snyder School exterior of Gotham. The dean is arguing with emo-grunge fanatic Alexis, who wore Joker merchandise to a ‘Gown like your hero day’ occasion, which fits towards the ethos of the campus, and decency basically.
Alexis fires again that the dean solely cares about his status earlier than blowing a puff of smoke in his face. The smoke is definitely laughing fuel, and shortly the dean experiences its results, falling to the bottom laughing helplessly as his physique convulses in shock. In his final moments, Alexis lectures the dean about how her technology had been handed a damaged world after which sarcastically informed they might obtain something. She then reveals she is keen to do no matter it takes to attain her objectives, even when it means hurting others.
The dean dies, with Alexis recording his demise on her telephone, after which she alters into her ‘Punchline’ garments, and telling the Joker, who had been hiding in her closet, that she hopes he now has proof that she “wasn’t simply one other creepy fangirl”.
So there you’ve got it. Joker’s new sidekick is a university troll who’s clearly a riff on the pop-culture notion of entitled Millennials who imagine they deserve every little thing and do not care how they get it. Hardly probably the most compelling backstory for the character who is meant to interchange Harley Quinn. Nevertheless it does give her extra company than merely being a girl who falls head over heels in love with Joker and is keen to develop into his slave.
Punchline has not had a lot to do within the DC comics to this point, however her temporary appearances and her significance in Joker’s life have tremendously piqued the curiosity of followers. She is anticipated to have a a lot bigger position within the ‘Joker Struggle’ storyline that’s coming to comics quickly.
With the success of Todd Phillips’ Joker film, there have been talks of a whole Jokerverse being created for the world of live-action cinema that facilities across the Clown Prince of Crime, which is the place we’d get to see Punchline make her live-action debut. In the meantime, Harley Quinn has tasted appreciable success even after breaking apart together with her Mistah J, each by Margot Robbie’s well-received tackle the character, and the breakout success of the animated Harley Quinn sequence. This story comes from ComicBook.com together with perception from DC Comics.