Joker is apparently accomplished with Gotham City for now and has set his sights on the whole thing of the United States instead.
The murderous clown makes his statement on live tv in The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1, calling himself a “folk hero” from Gotham City who never thought to bring his unique breed of mayhem to the rest of the US until now. “I, the Joker, being of soundish mind and tight little body, do hereby decree that I am going to clean up this country once and for all,” Joker says. “I want everyone to learn how to laugh again. And we can’t do this if we are all scared and angry and afraid of each other. I want every city to be a safe place, where kids can play. Except Gotham. I don’t give a $#%@ about them. A new era is upon us. A safer, more secure, funnier era.”
Joker announces that he is expanding across the US
Joker’s speech is juxtaposed towards reactions through Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn and Jason Todd, all of whom seem both at a loss for words or grim at his words. More importantly, however, is the response from a wounded determine in a Gotham bar with a sack over his head. Seemingly a hostage who became shot through the Joker in advance in the book, this determine cuts the sack off and reveals himself as every other Joker at the very last page — hinting that the clown on screen claiming to be accomplished with Gotham is an imposter.
Joker’s Recent Travels
Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing is the second one Joker solo series to be released over the last years. The first, 2021’s The Joker, was advised from former Gotham Commissioner James Gordon’s perspective, and exact Gordon’s worldwide pursuit as he tried to convey a fleeing Joker to justice. The series found out that once he is not in Gotham, the Joker frequently retreats to a sequence of international nests for criminals — and is simply as keen to kill and wreak havoc distant places as he’s at home. Over the direction of the series, Joker drastically angered the dictator generals of Santa Prisca and a set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque cannibals from Texas who chased him throughout the world.
Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 is written through Matthew Rosenberg, illustrated through Carmine Di Giandomenico, colored through Arif Prianto, lettered through Tom Napolitano and functions covers through Di Giandomenico, Lee Bermejo & David Nakayama, Francesco Mattina, Ben Oliver, and Haining. The issue is on sale now from DC Comics.