I should have known better. Though I dislike the take on The Joker offered up here, who seems closer to Hannibal Lecter than The Harlequin of Hate I grew up with, I must admit that Snyder does an effective job of conveying just how much of a threat The Joker should be even if most of the humor falls flat. To my mind, The Joker should be scary but he should also be looking for laughs. This Joker seems to be in it for the screams. Artist Greg Capullo, backed by the inks of Jonathan Galpion, does a masterful job of establishing and depicting the terror The Joker inspires throughout the main part of the book.
It is a credit to Mr. Snyder and his collaborator James Tyrion IV that their skillful writing can make even the New 52 Harley Quinn from Suicide Girls... I mean, Suicide Squad tolerable. The back-up story detailing her and Joker's reunion is appropriately scary and somber. The artwork by Jock does a perfect job of capturing the twisted world both characters inhabit. I appreciate the craft of it, though I still prefer a Harley Quinn who isn't half-dressed and half-competent.