Well, the rumors are true. The Joker is getting his very own very youthful sidekick to help him relate to millennials: Punchline!

Spinning out of the James Tynion’s Batman run and the Year of the Villain, the coming of Punchline has been teased for a while but she remains shrouded in secrecy….because spoiling a punchline is the ultimate comedy no-no! But she’ll be playing a major part in the “Joker War” storyline that kicks off in Batman #95.

DC PR has been tracking her appearances with detective-like detail:

The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:


One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3; art by Steve Epting & Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:


For a closer look, check out character designs by Jorge Jiménez! You’ll find his artwork in Batman #90 on March 4 ahead of the launch of “Joker War” in May!


But, you’re no one in comics until you get your own variant by  Stanley “Artgerm” Lau – and Punchline gets that honor on this Batman #94 variant, on shelves May 6.


Whaddaya think? Is Punchline just the sidekick that the Joker has needed all these years? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Needed?


    It is hard to create a good antagonist when the stories told by established villains are readily available.

    The good news is that Harley Quinn has been separated long enough to make this idea original. The same way that the Victim Syndicate did not feel like a RIP off of the Jury from 90s Spiderman.

  2. Looking at that art make you appreciate just how much of Harley’s initial appeal came from the simple but classic cartoon design of the TV show. It seems they’re now trying to imitate what Harley morphed into and…yeah…no.

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