Punchline (DC)

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Alexis came to learn the formula for laughing gas from the internet and tested it on numerous homeless people beneath the overpass. At some point, she came to meet her idol the Joker where she wanted to join his gang but he said that she would have to prove her worth and to show that she was not some simple crazed creepy fangirl. During this time, her roommate '''Sarahs''' brother died alongside three of his co-workers during a laughing gas attack in Gotham. Afterwards, the college held a 'dress as your hero' day in an effort to lift spirits on campus. Alexis decided to go to college whilst wearing a shirt that was a portrait of the Joker with this getting a negative response from people. The college board was displeased at the incident with the Dean having a talk with her about her behaviour. Alexis used the laughing gas in her cigarette to kill Dean Bob and intended to leave his corpse in her roommates bed in an effort to scar her mentally on a permanent basis. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)
 
Alexis came to learn the formula for laughing gas from the internet and tested it on numerous homeless people beneath the overpass. At some point, she came to meet her idol the Joker where she wanted to join his gang but he said that she would have to prove her worth and to show that she was not some simple crazed creepy fangirl. During this time, her roommate '''Sarahs''' brother died alongside three of his co-workers during a laughing gas attack in Gotham. Afterwards, the college held a 'dress as your hero' day in an effort to lift spirits on campus. Alexis decided to go to college whilst wearing a shirt that was a portrait of the Joker with this getting a negative response from people. The college board was displeased at the incident with the Dean having a talk with her about her behaviour. Alexis used the laughing gas in her cigarette to kill Dean Bob and intended to leave his corpse in her roommates bed in an effort to scar her mentally on a permanent basis. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)
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She then accompanied the Joker who went to meet [[Deathstroke]] to hire him for a job. Slade, however, refused unless he knew the details with the Joker deciding to reveal his plan which was to target the Wayne fortune. (Batman Secret Files v1 #3)
  
 
The two were engaged in a long fight with Quinn gaining a gun but Punchline closed the distance with Harley where she slit her throat. With her blooding pouring out, Alexis had her henchmen throw the former Joker sidekick into the water to drown in the sewage. She then decided to redirect her attention to Catwoman where she snuck into the site of the '''Underbroker''' who was secretly working with the Joker. They waited until Catwoman inputted her codes to the Wayne fortune whereupon Punchline knocked her out. They then transferred the money to the Joker who had now become a billionaire and intended to bring war to Gotham City with this fortune. (Batman v3 #93)
 
The two were engaged in a long fight with Quinn gaining a gun but Punchline closed the distance with Harley where she slit her throat. With her blooding pouring out, Alexis had her henchmen throw the former Joker sidekick into the water to drown in the sewage. She then decided to redirect her attention to Catwoman where she snuck into the site of the '''Underbroker''' who was secretly working with the Joker. They waited until Catwoman inputted her codes to the Wayne fortune whereupon Punchline knocked her out. They then transferred the money to the Joker who had now become a billionaire and intended to bring war to Gotham City with this fortune. (Batman v3 #93)
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
*Punchline was created by James Tynion IV and Guillem March where she made her first appearance in Batman v3 #89 (April, 2020).
 
*Punchline was created by James Tynion IV and Guillem March where she made her first appearance in Batman v3 #89 (April, 2020).
*On [https://www.newsarama.com/49352-inside-batman-s-breakout-new-character-punchline-and-how-she-came-to-be.html  Newsarama], Tynion said, “ So, back in December, when discussions were starting about 'Joker War,' I knew I needed Joker to have a lieutenant in that war. A Number Two. We started cooking up the idea of a polar opposite to Harley Quinn, and Jorge designed Punchline. The design was fucking awesome and I didn’t want to wait to use her in a comic.”
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*In an [https://www.comicsbeat.com/interview-james-tynion-iv-talks-batman-drops-exclusive-details-on-punchline-joker-war/ interview] on Comics Beat, Tynion commented on the characters creation, ''"Since the start of the New 52, the Joker has operated solo. He hasn’t had a gang and he hasn’t had henchmen. I started writing scenes where Joker had these clown-masked henchmen that were helping him do really horrible things. We don’t fully know what those clown people are doing at the end of #85, they’re filling teddy bears with razor wire. Who knows what the hell Joker’s up to with that one? I realised, “Oh, I really, really love this dynamic, but there’s a figure missing.” And the figure that’s missing is the chief henchman, the number two character... I’d landed on the kind of description where if Harley was the twisted angel on Joker’s shoulder, Punchline is the devil on the other shoulder."''
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*On [https://www.newsarama.com/49352-inside-batman-s-breakout-new-character-punchline-and-how-she-came-to-be.html  Newsarama], Tynion said, ''“So, back in December, when discussions were starting about 'Joker War,' I knew I needed Joker to have a lieutenant in that war. A Number Two. We started cooking up the idea of a polar opposite to Harley Quinn, and Jorge designed Punchline. The design was fucking awesome and I didn’t want to wait to use her in a comic.”''
  
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1'': (2020)  
 
*''Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1'': (2020)  
 
*''The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1'': (2020)
 
*''The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1'': (2020)
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*''Batman Secret Files v1'': (2020)
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
*[https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Punchline_(Prime_Earth) DC Database Entry]
 
*[https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Punchline_(Prime_Earth) DC Database Entry]
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*[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/punchline/4005-160797/ Comicvine Entry]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punchline_(character) Wikipedia Entry]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punchline_(character) Wikipedia Entry]
  

Latest revision as of 06:45, 1 July 2020

Punchline in Batman v3 #92.

Punchline is a female comic supervillain who features in DC Comics.

Contents

Biography

Alexis

She later came to study at Snyder College that was located forty miles north of Gotham. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)

Alexis came to learn the formula for laughing gas from the internet and tested it on numerous homeless people beneath the overpass. At some point, she came to meet her idol the Joker where she wanted to join his gang but he said that she would have to prove her worth and to show that she was not some simple crazed creepy fangirl. During this time, her roommate Sarahs brother died alongside three of his co-workers during a laughing gas attack in Gotham. Afterwards, the college held a 'dress as your hero' day in an effort to lift spirits on campus. Alexis decided to go to college whilst wearing a shirt that was a portrait of the Joker with this getting a negative response from people. The college board was displeased at the incident with the Dean having a talk with her about her behaviour. Alexis used the laughing gas in her cigarette to kill Dean Bob and intended to leave his corpse in her roommates bed in an effort to scar her mentally on a permanent basis. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)

She then accompanied the Joker who went to meet Deathstroke to hire him for a job. Slade, however, refused unless he knew the details with the Joker deciding to reveal his plan which was to target the Wayne fortune. (Batman Secret Files v1 #3)

The two were engaged in a long fight with Quinn gaining a gun but Punchline closed the distance with Harley where she slit her throat. With her blooding pouring out, Alexis had her henchmen throw the former Joker sidekick into the water to drown in the sewage. She then decided to redirect her attention to Catwoman where she snuck into the site of the Underbroker who was secretly working with the Joker. They waited until Catwoman inputted her codes to the Wayne fortune whereupon Punchline knocked her out. They then transferred the money to the Joker who had now become a billionaire and intended to bring war to Gotham City with this fortune. (Batman v3 #93)

Overview

Personality and attributes

In appearance, Alexis was a young attractive woman with long black hair where she changed her appearance into a more comedic clown-like form with make-up. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)

She was noted for being abusive and was aggressive to the authorities. Alexis blamed any person of authority including her parents, academic teachers and even the television for her problems. To her, society was falling apart because of the previous generation and that only a few of them had the guts to throw some chaos into the mix. Punchline said she did not want to live in the slow decay of the world created by society. Instead, she wanted her own world and did not really care if that meant hurting other people. Alexis felt that the whole world was a joke and that she was the punchline. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1) She was enamoured with the Joker who she believed showed the faults in the world and that the only path forward was to tear it down. (Batman v3 #93)

Alexis felt people were hypocrites for not allowing them true choice as she never wanted to be the good guy. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1) Punchline stated that she had issues that were the result of the current state of the world. (Batman v3 #93)

Punchline had a grudge against Harley Quinn and her former relationship with the Joker. According to her, the only person closer to him was the Batman and despite that contact Quinn had attempted to fix him and make him better. To Alexis, this was an attempt to water him down to nothing and she felt that this was a betrayal of the Jokers ideals. As a result, she felt that Harley Quinn held him back with Punchline liking him the way he was and did not want him to change. She believed that Harley never understood the truth about the Joker namely that he was out in the world changing it where he showed that society was run by clowns and that people should laugh at death whilst tearing civilisation down. It was this reason that Punchline wanted to kill Harley Quinn and to be her replacement as the Jokers right hand. (Batman v3 #93)

Powers and abilities

She came to learn the recipe for laughing gas from the internet and was able to mix it into other objects such as cigarettes. Alexis had multiple attempts using numerous chemicals until she got the mixture correct. With a smoke, she could blow out the gas that included its paralytic component to kill people. (The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1 #1)

Notes

  • Punchline was created by James Tynion IV and Guillem March where she made her first appearance in Batman v3 #89 (April, 2020).
  • In an interview on Comics Beat, Tynion commented on the characters creation, "Since the start of the New 52, the Joker has operated solo. He hasn’t had a gang and he hasn’t had henchmen. I started writing scenes where Joker had these clown-masked henchmen that were helping him do really horrible things. We don’t fully know what those clown people are doing at the end of #85, they’re filling teddy bears with razor wire. Who knows what the hell Joker’s up to with that one? I realised, “Oh, I really, really love this dynamic, but there’s a figure missing.” And the figure that’s missing is the chief henchman, the number two character... I’d landed on the kind of description where if Harley was the twisted angel on Joker’s shoulder, Punchline is the devil on the other shoulder."
  • On Newsarama, Tynion said, “So, back in December, when discussions were starting about 'Joker War,' I knew I needed Joker to have a lieutenant in that war. A Number Two. We started cooking up the idea of a polar opposite to Harley Quinn, and Jorge designed Punchline. The design was fucking awesome and I didn’t want to wait to use her in a comic.”

Appearances

  • Batman v3: (2020)
  • Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1: (2020)
  • The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular v1: (2020)
  • Batman Secret Files v1: (2020)

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