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.