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Monday, November 30, 2020 

Valdosta Daily Times' superficial take on Three Jokers

Here's a weak item in the Valdosta Daily Times looking at pretentious Geoff Johns' Black Label miniseries, where they suggest there's at least 3 different people posing as the Clown Prince of Crime:
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok create a storyline that will have readers seeing the clown prince of crime/agent of chaos differently and will have them debating the conclusion for years.
If it's meant to be out of continuity proper, why should anybody end up viewing Joker differently? (Not that there's been any continuity even in the flagship universe; it's been rendered meaningless by only so many ignorant, inconsistent approaches to past management.)
Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood each have reasons for despising the Joker.

Batman has been stabbed, shot and tormented by the Joker. Every time he's captured, the Joker escapes, killing and hurting more people, even people close to Batman.

The Joker shot Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, leaving her paralyzed.

The Joker beat Jason Todd – who was then Robin, later the Red Hood – so savagely that Batman and the world thought the youngster was dead.

Possibly, each one faced a different Joker. Perhaps, each Joker has been seeking a more perfect foil for Batman.
Even if this miniseries doesn't go by the original 1988 premise that Joker left Jason at the mercy of a bomb, which the latter failed to deactivate before it struck him hard (and from a real life perspective, that would surely have caused Jason's flesh to disintegrate if he was close enough), all this overuse of the Joker has gotten aggravating already, right down to how the darkness represented by Batman's disturbingly eclipsed the brightness of Superman in almost every way on the market. Besides, I want nothing to do with Johns today.

And three times the Joker is just three times too many. This puff piece's failure to be objective is one of the biggest problems here too.

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