In a storyline ominously titled “Death of the Family,” The Joker returns in Batman #13.
The Joker is Batman’s A #1 archenemy so some people might be reading this and thinking, “okay, what’s the big deal?” With the launch of The New 52 we have only seen The Joker in Detective Comics #1 in which he was subdued by Batman and sent to the revolving door known as Arkham Asylum where he had his face cut off by someone called Dollmaker. Since that issue, one of the most asked questions in comicdom has been, “When are we going to find out what happened to The Joker?” DC has done a great job of building up excitement about The Joker by waiting so long to reveal him again. And now they’re bringing him back into the spotlight via their most popular book guided by arguably their most acclaimed creative team.
On DC’s The Source blog, Scott Snyder said:
Joker is my favorite villain of all time. Not just in comics. In everything – film, books, TV. He’s the greatest, hands down. So this story is something extremely important and personal to me – something I’ve been building in my head ever since I started working in Gotham. Basically, this is my big exploration of the Joker, my Arkham Asylum or The Killing Joke, only bigger in scope. Bottom line: it’s the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he’s back. He has his traps set, his knives sharpened… And wait ’til you see him. Greg’s sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you’ve never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to be a wild ride. Thanks for taking it with us.
And Greg Capullo said:
When Scott told me that he’d written a Joker story for our next arc, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Talk about a dream come true! For me, the Joker is the ultimate rogue and the villain I most wanted to draw. I gotta tell you, after hearing what the story is about, this isn’t a dream come true. It’s a nightmare! A macabre and bloody, flesh crawling nightmare. We hope you’ll have the nerve to face what’s coming. Warning: It ain’t for the faint of heart!
Batman #13 is scheduled to hit comic book stores on October 10th.