As a whole bunch of victims and 1000’s of followers would let you know, it’s not a good suggestion to disregard Punchline. Alexis Kaye is greater than the Joker’s companion, she’s a rising star in the Gotham underworld. After memorable appearances in Bat-events like “The Joker War” and “Fear State,” in addition to an everyday backup characteristic in The Joker, she’s graduated to her personal restricted sequence. Punchline: The Gotham Game makes its wild debut subsequent week, and in case you’re considering of skipping it, ask your self this—how lengthy did it take the Joker and Harley Quinn to get their very own titles? Punchline could also be a brand new character, however she’s outpacing her clown-loving contemporaries in methods that may’t be ignored.
But don’t fear in case you haven’t been following alongside. To put together for her upcoming restricted sequence, we acquired our palms on her GCPD file. What we discovered was shocking, amusing and sickening. Here are 5 of the strangest, most putting issues we discovered.
She Had Her Own Podcast
I suppose this shouldn’t come as an excessive amount of of a shock, since 90% of the world’s inhabitants appears to have a podcast. Still, it’s attention-grabbing to see a member of Batman’s rogues gallery strive their hand at the medium. I all the time thought if anybody from Arkham would begin a podcast, it might be the Riddler—that dude loves to listen to himself converse. Punchline’s podcast was mild on riddles, however was way more unsettling. In Punchline #1, we discovered that years earlier than she turned the Joker’s companion, Alexis Kaye had her personal podcast devoted to the Clown Prince of Crime. Each episode had her exploring items of the Joker’s life, inspecting his outdated crimes, and making an attempt to determine the way it all made sense. In different phrases, one other true crime podcast, besides this one finally drove the podcaster to turn out to be her topic’s companion. I’m wondering what number of subscribers it had?
She Had Her Own TikTookay Challenge
Punchline is type of a giant deal on social media. Alexis has an enormous following and for some purpose they’re keen to miss the incontrovertible fact that she’s a murderous psychopath. In truth, 2021’s The Joker #2 revealed that there’s a complete TikTookay problem dedicated to her. The TikTookay development (known as TikTak in the story) includes customers importing movies the place they describe their very own private encounters with Punchline. Some of the movies had been created by individuals who had been horrified by Punchline’s actions, however others proved that loads of Gothamites admired and even drew inspiration from her actions. The ethical of the story is that even in Gotham, social media brings out the worst in folks.
She Left a Nasty Surprise in Her Roommate’s Bed
Living with roommates will be troublesome, however think about what it might have been prefer to share a dorm room with Punchline. During her days attending Snyder College, Alexis roomed with one other pupil named Sarah. When the Joker murdered three manufacturing facility employees, Sarah discovered that the males had as soon as met her brother and used the connection to realize sympathy, exaggerating her brother’s reference to the victims. This aggravated Alexis, who then had what some would name a disproportionate response.
In The Joker eightieth Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, Alexis drugged the faculty dean with Joker venom and left his corpse in Sarah’s mattress. Alexis mentioned that if Sarah was going to fake to be afraid of the Joker, then this could make concern actual, making certain that the dean’s smiling corpse would hang-out her nightmares for years. This wouldn’t be the first time a university pupil left one thing problematic in their roommate’s mattress, however as traditional, Punchline took issues to a disturbing new stage.
She Has an Inappropriate Way of Attacking the Bat-Family
Traditional Gotham villains like Penguin and Killer Croc will assault the Bat-Family with their fists or weapons. Punchline has a technique that is a little more unconventional. During the “Trial of Alexis Kaye” storyline (operating in 2021’s The Joker #1-15) Punchline seen that Harper Row (aka Bluebird) was snooping round her previous, so she handled the downside.
Using her connections to the Royal Flush Gang, Alexis despatched one in every of their members to seduce and corrupt Harper’s youthful brother Cullen. The gang member started chatting with Cullen on-line, getting him hooked on Punchline’s podcast. From there, he drew Cullen additional into the Punchline fandom, convincing him to point out up at the courthouse with indicators supporting her.
Can we simply take a step again and take a look at this? Punchline struck again at Bluebird by having one in every of her henchmen sleep with the vigilante’s brother. That is diabolical.
She Gaslit the Court System into Letting Her Go
You know the way it works with Batman’s villains. The Dark Knight captures them, they’re despatched to Arkham, they escape, and the cycle begins once more. Still, whereas that system appears to work high-quality for the remainder of Gotham’s underworld, Punchline had a distinct thought—why escape of jail when you may simply gaslight a jury into letting you go? That’s basically the authorized technique she used in the “Trial of Alexis Kaye” storyline.
Punchline’s protection was easy—the Joker was the man who killed everybody, she merely stood subsequent to him when he did it. If she was going to be punished for standing close by whereas the Joker dedicated crimes, then what’s to cease the judicial system from going after different residents? Alexis argued that she was simply as a lot of a sufferer as the different residents of Gotham. Sure, she was fascinated by the Joker, however she identified how that’s true of most Gothamites and being a fan isn’t against the law. This authorized protection ignored the many crimes she did commit, like the beforehand talked about faculty dean, however the jury purchased it. Punchline was acquitted and is now a free girl.
That’s fairly a file and what’s much more chilling is that Alexis is simply getting began. And as everyone knows, the Punchline all the time comes at the finish…
Punchline: The Gotham Game #1 by Tini Howard, Blake Howard and Gleb Melnikov is accessible in print and as a digital comedian ebook on October 25, 2022.
Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, films and comics for DCComics.com, is an everyday contributor to the Couch Club and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Follow him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.
NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this column are solely these of Joshua Lapin-Bertone and don’t essentially replicate these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.