Over at DC, we are just a few issues since the end of the Joker War event written by James Tynion IV in the pages of Batman. During which time we saw the Clown Prince of Crime and his new sidekick, general, or whatever you want to call her, Punchline take over Gotham City. Of course, the good guys won in the end but not without leaving Gotham City with major scars. But whatever happened to The Joker after the events of Joker War?
Well, he is on the run of course! You can follow along with this chase in the pages of The Joker. A new monthly ongoing series from DC starting in March. This will be written by Batman writer Tynion with artwork by artist Guillem March.
After the insane attack on Gotham City, Joker is now the most wanted man in the world. Something that you would think would already be a thing after all the previous crimes he has committed. But the Joker is doing his best to stay ahead of law enforcement overseas. Unfortunately for him, he as a determined Jim Gordon after him. Who facing retirement, realizes that this may be the last manhunt of his life. So he vows to track down Gotham’s worst nemesis to seal off his amazing police career. But it seems like Gordon is not the only one after the clown, there are mysterious and deadly forces that are also hunting the Joker.
Tynion commented about being able to write an ongoing Joker series. “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!”
Also, there is a backup story that comes after the events of the Punchline one-shot. This one is written by Tynion, co-writer Sam Johns, with artwork by Mirka Andolfo. Here we see Alexis Kaye, a.k.a. Punchline as the newest resident of Blackgate Penitentiary. Haper Row is back as Bluebird to try and prevent her brother from falling under the influence of Punchline.
After all of the Joker titles in 2020, I must say that I am Jokered out. I was hoping that with The Three Jokers book and the Joker War storyline wrapped up that they would put him away for a while. But it seems like that is not the case. Although I am optimistic that with him on his own book, maybe they can keep him away from other titles. But I am not holding my breath. I am more interested in the backup story than the main one.
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DC’s The Joker is a forty-page monthly series for $4.99. It will debut at coming book shops on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021