DC is rolling out more Black Label comic titles. The Joker and the Question will both be getting their own series, and both will be written by Jeff Lemire.
Joker: Killer Smile
Joker: Killer Smile features art by Andrea Sorrentino (Green Arrow, Gideon Falls). Lemire and Sorrentino will give their take on Batman’s greatest enemy. Joker will face a new adversary at Arkham Asylum–a doctor determined to free Joker from his madness.
Lemire made the following statement:
“Getting to work with my long-time collaborator Andrea Sorrentino on a Joker story is very exciting. The Joker is an iconic character and we wanted to create something that challenges readers to look at him in a new and horrifying way.”
“This story has pushed me as a creator to aspire to new heights in storytelling. That little spark of madness in the Joker gives me an opportunity to play with the pacing, the layouts and the storytelling in a way that few other characters would allow.”
Joker: Killer Smile is a three-part story that goes on sale October 30 and comes out every other month.
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage features art by Denys Cowan (The Question , Detective Comics, Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey) and Bill Sienkiewicz (The New Mutants, Moon Knight). The series will build on the previous run by Dennis O’Neil and Denys Cowan. The story will start in an early Hub City where an unsolved mystery led to the demise of the Question. This isn’t the first time this has happened as the story shifts to the Old West and into the 1930s where answers need to be solved.
Lemire had this to say:
“Denys Cowan’s run on The Question has been a touchstone for me as a creator and a fan of comics for a long time. Getting the chance to team with Denys and Bill Sienkiewicz to return to Hub City and Vic Sage is a dream come true.”
“Jeff is an excellent writer and this might be one of his best stories so far. “The series will go through multiple time periods and explore aspects of Vic Sage’s past and present that have never been explored before. Combined with Bill Sienkiewicz’s inks and Chris Sotomayor’s deft color touch, this may be the best version of the Question yet.”
“Working with Denys is always a rewarding experience, so revisiting the Question with him after all this time—and in a special format—is the textbook definition of a no-brainer. It doesn’t hurt that I’m also a huge fan of Jeff’s writing and Soto’s fantastic colors. What a team to be a part of.”
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage is a four-part story that goes on sale November 20, and releases every other month.