Batman famously has the best rogues gallery in popular culture, so when there’s a high-profile new addition, it’s an enormous deal. And followers had been suitably excited to get their first glimpse of Punchline—the Joker’s new companion in chaos—in February’s Batman #89, which has already gone again for a 3rd printing.
Punchline has impressed waves of social media buzz and reader hypothesis, and is ready to make a significant affect on “The Joker Battle,” which begins in Batman #95. However earlier than that, Punchline has her most vital look but in a “you knew it needed to occur” face-off towards Harley Quinn in Batman #92 and #93, as present story arc “Their Darkish Designs” heads to its twisty climax.
As Punchline steps out of the shadows and continues to captivate Bat-fans, DC Nation talked to the character’s creators—Batman collection author James Tynion IV and artist Jorge Jimenez—for his or her perception on how the “anti-Harley Quinn” got here to life.
James Tynion IV
“I feel my favourite trope in all of super-villainy needs to be the thought of the henchman. There’s at all times one thing so eerie in regards to the followers of a really harmful particular person. They increase all types of questions of what sort of particular person would go to work for a lunatic just like the Joker. And my favourite character of all has at all times been the quantity two…the underboss, serving to set up the henchmen and direct them for the ultimate assault. A foil for the super-villain. The character they bounce their horrifying plans off of.
“Years in the past, Harley was in that function in Joker’s gang, however she’s by no means going again. I needed to have a personality to bounce off of the Joker, and work as a foil for him in a radically completely different means than Harley Quinn. Why is she on this recreation? What’s her relationship with the Joker? What does she take into consideration Harley Quinn? We’ll be answering all of that and extra because the story progresses. Keep tuned!”
“As quickly as I learn the outline, I used to be very clear on what I needed to do: the anti-Harley Quinn. Might there be something extra enjoyable? I added freckles that give persona to her face, and I’ve observed that it’s trendy in make-up to put some extent slightly below the attention, and I believed it will be tremendous cool so as to add this to her chilly and tenebrous look. As quickly as I completed the drawing, I felt that this was simply what James was in search of, and I used to be very completely happy once I discovered that I used to be proper.
“I’m trying ahead to seeing the way it works in relation to life in comics, cartoons…and I feel I might like to see cosplay and motion figures of this!”