The book will feature a storyline that sees the titular villain become the subject of a worldwide manhunt following the events of The Joker War. On his tail will be good ol’ James Gordon, just two days from retirement…oh no (he’s not really two days from retirement). DC rolling out a Joker-centric series as part of its line-wide refresh in March makes a lot of sense, given how both The Joker War and the Three Jokers miniseries sold TONS of copies.
What is perhaps most interesting about this announcement, however, is the format. The book will be 40-pages each month with a price tag of $4.99. The extra space in the comic will go to backup stories about Bluebird and Punchline, which will be written by Tynion and Sam Johns, with artwork by Mirka Andolfo.
The debut issue is due out March 9, and it will boast variant covers by Frank Quitely, Francesco Mattina, Riccardo Federici and Mark Brooks. You can find those covers below, after DC Comics official press release about the new series.
Comic book fans everywhere know that The Joker is the most dangerous villain ever to menace Gotham City. But in March, Batman writer James Tynion IV and artist Guillem March go global with The Joker’s brand of terror and mayhem in The Joker, a new monthly ongoing series from DC.
After an unthinkable attack on Gotham City, the Clown Prince of Crime has become the most wanted man in the world! The Joker is doing his best to stay several steps ahead of law enforcement overseas, but Jim Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the last manhunt of his life and vows to track down Gotham’s worst nemesis, completing his storied career. But there are some mysterious and deadly forces that are also on the hunt for The Joker, and they’re not going to let Gordon slow them down or get in the way.
“When I was approached by DC about the concept of an ongoing series spotlighting The Joker, I thought, ‘What would that book even look like?,’” said Tynion. “I’m excited to share this story in a way that honors everything that a series about The Joker can be, while coming at if from an exciting, unexpected angle. I’m also thrilled to continue working with Sam and Mirka to expand the Punchline story we began in November as a back-up feature in this new ongoing Joker series. The Joker War was only the beginning of the terror and mayhem we’re creating!”
In the backup story by Tynion IV, co-writer Sam Johns, and artist Mirka Andolfo, Alexis Kaye, a.k.a. Punchline becomes the newest resident of Blackgate Penitentiary, while on the outside Harper Row resumes her role as Bluebird to prevent her brother from falling under the influence of Punchline and her beguiling brand of anarchy and chaos.
The Joker is a 40-page $4.99 monthly series debuting at comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The debut issue features cover art by Guillem March, with variant covers by Frank Quitely, Francesco Mattina, Riccardo Federici and Mark Brooks. For more information on The Joker and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit the website at www.dccomics.com and follow on social media at @DCComics and @thedcnation.