I feel like I just read another Joker origin story. In Haha #1, we meet Bart, an extremely positive man living a not-so-positive life as a clown. (Yes, this does sound just like the plot to he DC movie, Joker.) Bart has a wife (who doesn’t share his glass-half-full perspective), two kids, and a small dog. The comic does have a few different twists and turns (No spoilers!), plus gorgeous and evocative art by Vanesa Del Rey (Redlands).
It will be interesting to see where this comic goes, since, so far, it is paralleling a story that is familiar to DC Comics fans. But it is written by W. Maxwell Prince who wrote Ice Cream Man (a delightfully devious good time if you haven’t read it), so I am assuming he will be taking Bart’s story in a much more unique direction as he tends to do in his storytelling.
If you are a Joker fan or a fan of antihero stories, try this series out. The first issue is just some good, old-fashioned setup, but I have high hopes for the second and third issues of this demented clown story. Go and pick it up at your local comic shop!
Creative Team: W. Maxwell Prince (writer), Vanesa Del Rey (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics
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