The Bat-Family legacy is once again threatened by a deeply disparaging mystery that forces the Dark Knight to examine the deeply disturbing origins of his greatest adversary in the highly anticipated 3-issue BATMAN: THREE JOKERS coming soon.
Acclaimed comic-book writer Geoff Johns, who has been busy setting the wheels of the DC Universe on track since launching the “Rebirth” story arc that also recently concluded one of its acts with the climatic Doomsday Clock limited series which brought the universes of DC and Watchmen together (while introducing the concept of a “metaverse”) has been teasing that not all is well in Gotham City, specifically centered around one particularly chaotic variable — the Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker!
During the initial weeks of the “Rebirth” storyline which resulted in The Batman and The Flash teaming up and returning to the moment that the Flash Point event shook the DC multiverse apart, the Caped Crusader uncovered a deeply dastardly truth that his most feared adversary may in fact not be just one individual, but has been three criminal masterminds all along! In Johns’s upcoming “Black Label” limited-series Batman: Three Jokers the mystery is boiling over and it’s going to take the combined talents of Batman, Batgirl and the Red Hood to figure things out.
The series is set to launch on Tuesday, August 25 with the first prestige format issue that features the Eisner award-winner Jason Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson re-teaming with Johns for this deeply personal and emotional story that is sure to become “an instant classic”. Although not theoretically an “origin” story, it will ponder the depths of The Joker’s character as seen through the lens of the three individuals that have been dealt the worst blows (literally) by the psychotic menace.
“It goes back to the beginning,” Johns said in an interview with EW.com, “when Batman first encountered The Joker, but it’s also The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family that speaks to the book.” The trauma of those events changed the fates of Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd forever, as well as scarred Bruce Wayne. “You don’t just get over with it and move on with your life,” said Johns, “it changes who you are. That’s really what the book’s about: healing right, healing wrong, and surviving.”
Here’s a first look at the art by Jason Fabok coming to Batman: Three Jokers:
Batman: Three Jokes is a 3-issue 48-page (each issue) Prestige Format limited-series published as part of DC’s “Black Label” imprint. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson, the book is scheduled to debut on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.