DC's Newest Take on the Joker Is a Bit Off

Art from Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Art from Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Illustration: Steve Pugh/DC Comics

The Clown Prince of… what?

The upcoming graphic novel Harley-Quinn: Breaking Glass is a new take on Harley, so it makes sense that it would feature, in some form or fashion, the Joker. It also makes sense that it might be a different take on the character. But, scrolling through Twitter, the take I expected to see was not this one:


Well. Hm. That is not the Joker I was expecting. With his strange eyes (why is his mask like that????), his all-white vibe, and his well-tailored suit, this is a very different sort of Joker. And the Tweet caption, which renders his dialogue in the form of a derisive and surreal Spongebob meme, just compounds how weird this is.

We know that Harley-Quinn: Breaking Glass is the story of a young Harley making a choice about what sort of person she wants to be, and I hope she becomes the sort of person who pops this bizarre new Joker over the head with a mallet. He just seems like a bad character, is all.


Harley-Quinn: Breaking Glass comes out September 3rd, with writing by Mariko Tamaki, art by Steve Pugh, and letters by Carlos M. Mangual.

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Okay, but don’t just post one image: the Nerdist actually has an eight-page exclusive where she meets this version of the Joker.

The synopsis is making me interested, but a bit wary, though:

The story centers on the young girl who found shelter in a ramshackle house run by drag queens in Gotham since her family unit disintegrated. When a wave of gentrification threatens her home, Harley decides to take matters into her own hands and the conflict comes when she has to pick whether she wants to try and use her anger to change things or destroy them.