>You can't talk about Joker War without talking about the newest Batman sensation, Punchline, who faces down Harley Quinn in issue #93. There's quite a bit more to come from her, and we had to ask about the early comparisons to Harley and how DC felt about the general reaction to the newest addition to the Batman mythos.
>"I love the character, Punchline. I know what you mean. A lot of people are like, 'Oh, she's like a fake Harley Quinn, or she's the new Harley Quinn,' which we knew obviously there was going to be that connection because she is the flip side to what Harley is," Abernathy said. One of the things that I stress to people is that Punchline is the third or fourth new character that we've introduced in James' Batman run, though she's definitely the one that has stuck out."
>"But regarding her development, James and I were very much on a wavelength of what we want to do and develop, and what we want to see within the title," Abernathy said. "When he first mentioned this character, Punchline, and then we talked about the origin and things along those lines, she was definitely a character that maybe on the surface when people see her design or when people run pages from Batman #92 or whatever, or Hell Arisen #3, the assumption is she's just some Harley Quinn knockoff or some '90s bad girl. You know what I mean? A replica or something along these lines, but we put a lot of thought into who Punchline is."