There likely won’t be too many jokes in this massive oversized comic. Joker is getting the spotlight and it appears he is willing to share it a little with the new woman in his life, Punchline. We’ll finally find out her origin.
DC Comics has released some preview pages along with the synopsis of some of the stories contained.
Different covers will be available showcasing various moments from Joker’s history by Kelley Jones, Ivan Reis, Fiona Staples, John Romita Jr. and others.
“WHAT COMES AT THE END OF A JOKE?”
Spinning out of the pages of his best-selling run on Batman, series writer James Tynion IV tells the origin story of the sensational new character Punchline! With stellar art from the acclaimed art team of Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire.
The Joker turns birthday clown in this tale by Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso. When The Joker goes to the home of an accomplice that did him wrong, he finds the man’s young son sitting alone picking apart bugs on his stoop. The boy assumes that the Joker is the clown for his birthday party and tells him that no one is coming. The Joker finds this unacceptable and goes around the neighborhood, “convincing” families to attend the birthday party and make it the best day he’s ever had. As for the boy’s father, he’s in for the worst moment of his life!
“KILL THE BATMAN”
In a story set in a not-so-distant future the Joker has finally made his dream come true of killing the Batman and we see the all the DC universe in mourning. But this act doesn’t provide the catharsis the Joker thought it would…he needs an encore…something at Batman’s public memorial perhaps? Written by acclaimed screenwriter Gary Whitta, popular writer/podcaster Greg Miller and rising star comic artist Dan Mora.
The comic will also feature work from Scott Snyder and JOCK (The Batman Who Laughs, Batman: The Black Mirror), Denny O’Neil (Batman) and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Paul Dini, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Joker), Tony S. Daniel (Batman) and more. Check with your local comic shop to get any of the eight different covers.
The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular will be on sale at open and operating comic book stores along with participating digital platforms on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 for $9.99.