It’s been nearly a year since we’ve seen the Joker in any Batman books. In fact his only appearance since The New 52 was in Detective Comics #1, where we found out that he had his face surgically removed in Arkham. What could he be plotting?! Unfortunately we never found out! However, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have lined up the Joker as the lead villain in their next arc, Death of the Family.
Scott Snyder seems excited:
“Joker is my favorite villain of all time,” Snyder told THE SOURCE. “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.”
Greg Capullo also can’t wait to show us his work:
“When Scott told me that he’d written a Joker story for our next arc, I couldn’t contain my excitement,” added Capullo. “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!”
What could the Joker be up to, and how worried should we be for the entirety of the bat-family? Issue #13 kicks off the new arc and hit’s shelves on October 10th! We’ll be checking it out. how about you?