The Joker: Year One will reveal a new secret history of Batman’s archfoe in 2024

It was solely a matter of time earlier than present Batman scribe Chip Zdarsky squared as much as take a swing at a Joker story, and that point will be this February, in a weekly-published story instructed in three elements. And Zdarsky isn’t giving himself any simple outs, titling the arc The Joker: Year One.

Batman: Year One, any Batman fan can let you know, is probably the most influential Batman comedian of the trendy age, so invoking the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli basic isn’t any small factor. Just like how Batman: Year One revealed over 4 points of the Batman ongoing collection, Joker: Year One will run for 3 points of Batman: #142, #143, and #144. It will hit cabinets on three Tuesdays in February.

“The Dark Knight will discover the terrible secret behind his greatest enemy!” boasts DC’s news release. “The tragic ‘death’ of the leader of the Red Hood Gang in a vat of chemicals has become the subject of myth… but what is the heartbreaking and gruesome tale of the monster who walked away from that violent birth?”

As every difficulty’s major story uncovers the Joker’s previous, a again up story will attain into Batman’s future, that includes a revived Pink Hood gang, a virus, and “a future where The Joker looms over everything.” The major story will characteristic artwork from Giuseppe Camuncoli (Hellblazer), whereas the backups will be drawn by Andrea Sorrentino (Gideon Falls).

With a three half story, there’s certain to be hypothesis that Zdarsky will choose up on the dangling maybe-canon-maybe-not reveal that the Joker has truly been three totally different guys this entire time, however we’ll in all probability have to attend till February to search out out the actual reality. I’d be fairly skeptical of it, but when Chip Zdarsky may even get me to love a Batman of Zur-En-Arrh story, he can in all probability do something.

Try artwork and covers from The Joker: Year One beneath:

The cowl of Batman #142.
Picture: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Tomeu Morey/DC Comics

The Joker laughs, with his hands to his head, in an homage to The Killing Joke, in a second panel his laughter dies away and his eyes look to the side.

Artwork from Batman #142
Picture: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Alejandro Sánchez/DC Comics

Investigating a crime scene, Batman reads a handwritten note that says I’LL SEE YOU SOON.

Artwork from Batman #142’s backup story.
Picture: Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart/DC Comics

The Joker reels backwards screaming as a clawed Batman reaches for him.

The cowl of Batman #143.
Picture: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Tomeu Morey/DC Comics

Jim Gordon faces off against the Joker in a house of mirrors — some of the mirrors reflect two Jokers instead of Jim and the Joker. Gordon has a pistol gripped in both hands.

The cowl of Batman #144.
Picture: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Tomeu Morey/DC Comics

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