The announcement of this summer’s Knight Terrors event wasn’t the only piece of news DC Comics brought to this year’s ComicsPro retailer summit. The publisher also revealed that a trio of Kodansha manga series featuring, respectively, Superman, Batman, and The Joker will come to English language readers for the first time. The three manga titles will first be serialized digitally via the DC Universe Infinite app, before getting print collections later this year.

Here’s info on the three Kodansha manga DC is bringing to English readers:

Joker: One Operation Joker is the Joker like you’ve never seen him before…as a single father?! After a fateful encounter with Batman that results in the Dark Knight de-aging to a baby, Joker takes it upon himself to raise the child into the crusader of justice! But does the Clown Prince of Crime really understand what it means to be Batman—or, more importantly, what it means to raise a baby all by yourself? Joker: One Operation Joker is written by Satoshi Miyagawa (Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu) with art by Keisuke Gotou.

In Batman: Justice Buster, Gotham City has been under the protection of Batman for only a short amount of time, but since the vigilante’s appearance, crime has changed. It’s gotten more bold, more destructive. As Batman tries to rise to meet these new threats, he develops a computer system, ROBIN, to help him analyze and subdue the rising criminal tide and hopefully one day put an end to crime in Gotham. Batman: Justice Buster is written and illustrated by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi (Ultraman).

It’s hungry work being Superman! That’s why every day for lunch in Superman vs. Meshi, Superman makes a quick stop over in Japan to try a new chain restaurant. Whether it’s a hearty bowl of curry or conveyor-belt sushi, the Man of Steel loves to indulge in the delectable delicacies the country has to offer. He’ll even share a meal with the other members of the Justice League from time to time in the hopes of showing them an incredible culinary experience. Superman vs. Meshi is written by Satoshi Miyagawa with art by Kai Kitagou.

The collaboration between Kodansha and DC Comics began back in 2020, with Joker: One Operation Joker and Batman: Justice Buster serialized in Japanese in Kodansha’s Morning magazine. Superman vs. Meshi followed in 2021 in the publisher’s Evening magazine.

Batman: Justice Buster seems like a fairly straight-forward Batman comic, which is fine I guess. But a series where The Joker has to raise a de-aged dark knight? Or where Superman has lunch with someone at a different Japanese restaurant each day? Those sound great. Are you listening, Chip Zdarsky and Josh Williamson?

Look for all three DC & Kodansha manga titles – Joker: One Operation JokerBatman: Justice Buster, and Superman vs. Meshi – to arrive on DC Universe Infinite soon, and in print later this year.


  1. Meh on the Joker and Batman stories but I am so looking forward to the Superman one! Sounds like fun and he needs all the fun stories he can get since the last few years have been so so at best, IMHO.

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