Review: Batman: Joker’s Daughter #1

batman jokers daughterWho is The Joker’s Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker’s face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker’s Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC’s most popular new villains!

Her Villain’s Month spotlight was my first experience with this character, and I walked away from that shrugging my shoulders. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good. It just was.

After reading this, when it comes to the character Joker’s Daughter I can only plead…. stop trying to make her happen.

This issue bounces around trying to make the new character a menace worthy of Batman, but instead we get the Joker-light and a poor replacement for Harley Quinn. Her story isn’t super interesting, other characters seem to have her background. Her actions while progressively worse, strike me as a child acting out. She’s obsessed with the Joker, and I don’t believe from her words or actions why she would be. It’s all disconnected.

The highlight of the issue is the end, which hints at the return of someone. But everything up to that was rather boring to read. That’s not due to the writer or artist’s abilities, but are actually pretty good. There are moments for each I really liked, it’s what they have to work with. This is a character that just feels dull and unconvincing, as if her creators are still unsure what to do with her.

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Meghan Hetrick-Murante
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass