Loot Crate is a monthly service in which you receive geek-friendly merchandise at a discount, grouped around a particular theme. This month’s theme was villains, which is pretty broad – villains are in all kinds of media so the possibilities for what might be inside were endless. This poster, if you can call it that, was unfortunately the low point of the crate.
When it comes to DC’s villains, the Joker pretty much has a lock on being an iconic bad guy. Whether it’s his evil clown countenance or the fact that he’s a delightful lunatic harking back to days when most villains were stupidly insane, when you think of DC’s bad guy, the Joker wins the prize. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s everywhere in this crate, and most specifically in this lame poster.
Let’s start with the concept of a poster like this. Loot Crates are not very large, which by necessity any included poster will be small. Loot Crate tries to make up for this by having two posters that you apparently have to cut apart – one of an abstract Joker face, and the other of Harley Quinn.
What? You don’t know who Harley Quinn is? Harlequin, get it? Joker’s female companion who started out in Paul Dini’s Batman series and is a favorite of cosplayers everywhere. Her poster, at least, looks like Harley enough that fans might be interested in cutting the thin piece of paper in half.
But that Joker poster…ugh. It’s an abstraction of the Joker mad of bats, with an awful red maw and yellow Batman symbols for eyes. It’s not really a cool Joker so much as a grotesque one – and while it’s interesting to look at the first time, it doesn’t seem like something anyone would put on their wall. Even if they did, nobody would see it, because it’s a teensy poster.
I didn’t even bother giving this to my kids, so I rated it a 2 out of 5.
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