Since Batman hasn’t had a ton of luck stopping The Joker once and for all, why not give someone else a shot? DC and Black Label are on the case, as today the publisher announced Suicide Squad: Get Joker!, a new three-issue ‘Prestige Plus’ miniseries from writer Brian Azzarello and artists Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth. No letterer was named in the announcement.
Here’s how DC describes the series:
When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror!
Making Red Hood Jason Todd a part of the Suicide Squad is kind of a no-brainer, and it’s surprising it hasn’t been done before, even if it sounds like it’s just temporary for this series. This’ll be the second time in recent memory that Jason has been tasked with taking down The Joker, after last year’s sales smash Batman: Three Jokers, and the first time that Waller’s Suicide Squad has been put on the case.
The premise of the series also sounds somewhat similar to the excellent current Joker ongoing series by James Tynion IV and Guillem March, in which former GCPD commissioner James Gordon has been hired to hunt down and kill The Joker.
Suicide Squad: Get Joker is the third Black Label book for Brian Azzarello. The writer also penned the inaugural Black Label book, Batman: Damned, as well as a Birds of Prey miniseries last year. It’s Maleev’s first go-around with DC’s mature readers imprint, and also his first teaming with Azzarello, though both creators have somewhat pulpy, noir-ish sensibilities that seem like they should pair well together.
Check out some interior preview pages featuring Maleev and Hollingsworth’s artwork below. Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1 (of 3) will arrive with a main cover by Maleev and a variant cover by Jorge Fornés. The issue is set to land in stores and digitally on Tuesday, August 3rd.