The legendary horror filmmaker John Carpenter is co-writing a new Joker comic with his pal from Big Trouble in Little China Anthony Burch. The 40-page book is titled The Joker: Year of the Villain #1, a tie-in to the villain-centric DC crossover event from Scott Snyder’s Justice League.
Here’s the synopsis:
Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.
“The Joker is the greatest villain in comics. This new comic puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing”, Carpenter said.
It seems that 2019 is the year of the Joker. Not only is he getting his own movie on 4 October, but DC is also publishing multiple Joker-centric comics in the coming months. We have Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Joker: Killer Smile for DC’s Black Label imprint, as well as Kami Garcia’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity, Batman: Curse of the White Knight by Sean Murphy, and Stjepan Šejić’s Harleen, a Harley Quinn origin story. The Joker is the main supporting character in Batman: Last Knight on Earth from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and he also headlined Batman: Damned, which wrapped up earlier this summer. Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s highly anticipated Three Jokers is also due out at some point.
The Joker: Year of the Villain, which will be forty pages and cost $4.99, is set to be released on 9 October.
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