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DC Comics News: ‘Three Jokers’, A Trio of 80th Anniversary Issues, Mariko Tamaki on Wonder Woman & More!

Here are some of the biggest stories coming out from DC Comics.  With the COVID-19 situation, dates are likely to change.

 

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 Exposes The Joker’s Profile!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity cover by David Mack

In DC’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity by Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badower, Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the killer currently terrorizing Gotham City. Throughout the acclaimed series, Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, M.D., to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.

“I had worked on an X-Files book, and my friend, Dr. Ed Kurz, was one of my consultants,” said Garcia. “He’s a real forensic psychiatrist profiler. Harley Quinn basically has a very similar job. Dr. Kurz works in a facility for the criminally insane. I wanted to play with the idea of Harley having that training and working as a behavior analyst and a profiler.”

This June, in the one-shot Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, see pieces of the puzzle on Harley’s investigation board and steal a glimpse into John Kelly’s high school notebook—a book he still carries today.

“We profiled Joker as if he were a real person,” continued Garcia. “I wanted to write a very accurate procedural. I wanted people to make sure their doors were locked after they read the issue. To really feel like he could be out there.”

In this special issue, Dr. Kurz’s work is spotlighted as we reveal secrets from Harley’s past, hidden details of crime scenes, and a real-life profile of The Joker that has driven the progression of his murders in the story!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, written by Kami Garcia and Ed Kurz, M.D. and featuring art by David Mack, Jason Badower and more, hits shelves on June 6. Cover art is by David Mack.

Joker/Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, retailing for $5.99, carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor and is printed in DC’s Prestige Plus format (approx. 8.5” x 10.875”).

 

 

Comics’ Brightest Celebrate Eighty Years of Galactic Peacekeeping

 

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light.”

Since the first Green Lantern was introduced in All-American Comics #16 in May 1940 by artist Martin Nodell and writer Bill Finger, the Green Lanterns have been fan-favorite characters with millions of comic book fans. From that first ring-wielding Lantern to the latest, and every strong-willed Super Hero in-between, many have spoken the Green Lantern oath and pledged to defend their home sector from evils of every nature. Now, in 2020, this corps of extraterrestrial space police built up from all alien races and places are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC universe safe!

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, DC will be publishing Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 on May 20, 2020. Join us to see tales of all of the universe’s most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, plus appearances from other cosmic favorites!

In addition to a dynamic cover by Liam Sharp, fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Lanterns throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

  • 1940’s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950’s variant cover by Matt Taylor
  • 1960’s variant cover by Doug Mahnke
  • 1970’s variant cover by Neal Adams
  • 1980’s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1990’s variant cover by Philip Tan
  • 2000’s variant cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
  • 2010’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

The legendary lineup of creators contributing their talents to Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular include Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more—all with the goal to keep the galaxy glowing bright!

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on May 20, 2020. Please consult your local comic book store for more information regarding the decade variant covers.

 

 

Batman: Three Jokers Announced for June!

 

Following an exclusive interview on EW.com, DC is finally revealing to fans details on one of the most talked about and highly anticipated miniseries in comics, Batman: Three Jokers.

30 years after The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Batman: Three Jokers re-examines the myth of who, or what, is the Joker and what is at the heart of his ongoing battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Eisner award winning artist Jason Fabok reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation, the epic story is finally here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. In this powerful, emotional story Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!

Here for the first time are the main covers to the full 3 issue series, beautifully drawn by Jason Fabok with colors by Brad Anderson. In addition, here’s a first look at some interior art by Fabok and Anderson for your viewing pleasure.

Batman: Three Jokers is a 3-issue, 48-page (per issue) prestige format limited series and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor (for readers 17+). Issue #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers on June 17, 2020.

 

 

Celebrate DC’s Feline Fatale with Catwoman 80th Anniversary
100-Page Super Spectacular
#1 Decade Variant Covers!

 

On April 15, 2020, DC will celebrate Catwoman’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Since the character first appeared alongside Batman in 1940’s Batman #1, Catwoman has become an icon to millions of comic book fans. The undeniable magnetism between Batman and Catwoman has been one of comics’ most reliable constants: wherever Catwoman goes, Batman is sure to follow, if only to take her down.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a main cover by Joëlle Jones, will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940s variant cover by ADAM HUGHES 
  • 1950s variant cover by TRAVIS CHAREST 
  • 1960s variant cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL 
  • 1970s variant cover by FRANK CHO 
  • 1980s variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU 
  • 1990s variant cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO 
  • 2000s variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 
  • 2010s variant cover by JEEHYUNG LEE 

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comics retailers and digital retailers on April 15, 2020. Please consult your local comic book store for more information regarding the decade variant covers.

 

 

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, and
Mayhem with Sinister Decade Variant Covers!

 

On April 29, DC will celebrate The Joker’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker marks eight decades of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book with stories by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a chilling main cover by Greg Capullo, will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch and Steve Firchow
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99. Please consult your local comic book store for more information regarding the decade variant covers.

 

 

DC WILL MELT YOUR FROZEN HEART WITH
VICTOR AND NORA: A GOTHAM LOVE STORY

 

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Myracle and Artist
Isaac Goodhart Reunite
For New Young Adult Romance

This Star-Crossed Lovers Graphic Novel Will Hit Stores Everywhere Books Are Sold on November 3, 2020

Available to Preorder Now

Love comes to DC this fall in the form of a new teen romance, Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. This new young adult (YA) graphic novel is written by bestselling YA author Lauren Myracle (Let It Snow, ttyl, ttfn) and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart and will tell the untold love story of Victor Fries and Nora Kumar. Set many years before Victor becomes the iconic Batman villain Mr. Freeze, Victor and Nora is a heart-wrenching exploration of living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love.

Myracle and Goodhart previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale and are excited to come together in this moving story about first love and first heartbreaks.

Victor and Nora was all Isaac’s idea,” said Myracle. “He’s the comics guru out of the pair of us, and thank goodness for his passion, because the depth of his knowledge about all things comics and all things DC is a driving force. We both knew we wanted to work together again if DC would have us, and he came up with the idea of telling the story of a young Mr. Freeze. After a little research of my own, I realized that sure, Victor Fries is a compelling character, but Nora, his girlfriend, is equally as compelling and that’s what drew me in.”

Goodhart added, “Lauren is exactly the type of writer and collaborator I always hoped to work with when I was a kid wanting to break into comics. Because this is our second graphic novel together, we know a lot about each other in terms of what we like and how we tell a story. That made Victor and Nora a true pleasure to work on. My vision for the art was to introduce more visual vocabulary than I ever have before! One of the (many) great things about Lauren’s writing is that she balances so many different tones throughout her works. There are scenes in Victor and Nora that are sweet and adorable. There are also scenes that are intensely uncomfortable and tragic. As an artist who wants to complement that, I tried to incorporate different tones visually.”

Myracle and Goodhart’s original tale will also go in-depth into Nora’s character, something that has not yet been done in DC storytelling.

“The cool thing about our story is that we get to explore these characters from a different angle and see them when they first meet,” said Isaac. “We get to show them falling in love and understand what makes their relationship so strong. The thing I was most excited about was the chance to give Nora equal billing. The story is told through alternating perspectives, so we get to know Nora and her goals and motivations as much as we do Victor’s.”

Myracle added, “I hope readers walk away with a deeper understanding that no one exists for the sake of having a walk-on role in anybody’s life, whether in fiction or reality. And are reminded, through the vehicle of a beautiful love story, that although life is fragile, it sure is frickin’ glorious.”

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story is now available to preorder and will hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on November 3, 2020

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER MARIKO TAMAKI
JOINS WONDER WOMAN AS SERIES WRITER!

 

It’s a brand new day for Wonder Woman! Beginning this June, Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me) begins writing DC’s Wonder Woman!

“Writing for comics is pretty much a dream job, full stop,” says Tamaki, the Eisner Award-winning writer of This One Summer. “It’s pretty fricking cool. Wonder Woman was the hero I grew up with, she was my little-kid-living-room-cosplay. I have always wanted a golden lasso and an invisible jet, and I feel like now, writing Wonder Woman, I’m one step closer.”

It all kicks off in Wonder Woman #759 on June 10, written by Tamaki with art by Mikel Janín. This first issue in Tamaki’s run will feature a cover by David Marquez and a card stock variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams!

In this new story arc, Diana starts to pick up the pieces of her life following her battle with the Four Horsewomen. Man’s world has become more complicated to navigate than ever before! A familiar threat is watching Diana’s every move, and now is the perfect time to strike…

With that new beginning, Tamaki and Janín are just getting started! Their next issue, Wonder Woman #760, features the return of Maxwell Lord! Wonder Woman’s quest to bring justice to man’s world has seen her take on many devastating opponents—but none so vicious as Maxwell Lord! Max represents the worst that humanity has to offer…so when he shows up at Diana’s doorstep seeking help, what’s a warrior for the truth to do? Wonder Woman #760 will hit shelves June 24 with a cover by David Marquez and a card stock variant cover by Joshua Middleton.

Join in this June for new adventures with DC’s Amazonian princess!

 

DC DEBUTS FIRST LOOK AT WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED
BY
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON
AND ACCLAIMED ARTIST LEILA DEL DUCA

 

New Thought-Provoking Young Adult Graphic Novel Will Spotlight Powerful
Themes including American Idealism and the Refugee Experience

Original Graphic Novel Set to Hit Stores June 2, 2020

DC has revealed a sneak peek at next year’s Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, a new young adult (YA) graphic novel written by one of the most influential voices in YA publishing, Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson will be joined by artist Leila del Duca in this original tale that explores Princess Diana’s teen years ­­before the character became the iconic superhero.

Anderson is an award-winning author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her past works include bestselling and critically acclaimed YA novels Speak and Chains, and memoir Shout. Now Anderson brings her signature storytelling to DC to reimagine Wonder Woman’s origins in a timely story about the refugee experience, teenage activism, and finding the love and strength to create change.  

“My work on Wonder Woman combines my love for the character with my respect for the issues facing teenagers today,” said Anderson. “It was a dream project to write. But when Leila del Duca was brought on board as the artist? BOOM: creative magic through and through!”

Del Duca, whose past credits include Sleepless, Shutter, and American Vampire, had this to say about the project:

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed was a dream to work on. Laurie wrote such a smart script, creating a new, special take on Diana that is the perfect match to what I love about Wonder Woman and the morals she represents. I hope readers enjoy following Diana’s journey as she faces heartbreaking obstacles head on, with an open heart, a quick mind, and her indomitable spirit.”

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed will hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on June 2, 2020.

 

 

The Dreaming: Waking Hours—Who is Ruin?

 

Character art by Nick Robles. Essay by G. Willow Wilson

Legacy series are tricky things. You want to honor the stories that came before, stories in which readers have a huge emotional investment, yet at the same time, you want to say something new. To get there, you have to ask the right questions. Ruin evolved from a question I wrote down as I was plotting out The Dreaming: Waking Hours: who haven’t we heard from yet?

The Dreaming is a vast landscape, and over the years we’ve traveled through it with faeries, angels, demons, muses, myths, sentient environments, personified ideals, and the occasional Shakespearean escapee. It’s hard to do the unexpected in a world built on the unexpected. We needed a walking plot twist.

Around this same time, I was going through one of my occasional bouts of really, really bad insomnia. I’m talking about nights when I’m lucky to get three or four hours of rest. I found myself awake at 3am thinking about how delighted I would be to have a horrific nightmare right about then, because at least it would mean I was asleep.

Then came the epiphany: what if we put a nightmare at the center of the story? What does it mean to have a bad dream as a protagonist? And then Ruin came tumbling out faster than I could write him down. A nightmare who falls in love with the person whose dreams he was sent to haunt. A nightmare who doesn’t want to be a nightmare and tries to change, who aches for a kind of human connection he might never have. It raises tantalizing questions from a storytelling perspective—if you have power that is inherently malevolent, can you simply choose to use it for good? Or is there more work involved? What do you have to sacrifice to become something better?

That was the genesis of our ‘lanky lavender lad,’ as Nick (Robles) put it. He’s very different from the other nightmares we’ve met in the Sandman Universe, all of whom live up to their names—they’re malicious and sadistic. Ruin, on the other hand, isn’t very good at his job. He’s soft, he’s shy, he’s awkward, he’s eager to please. He is as terrified by his own darkness as a dreamer would be. He makes this profound, heartbreaking effort not to frighten anyone. And he sets off on this quest to find the person he fell in love with, against all odds.

The insomnia passed, and I am once again a nightly citizen of the Dreaming. For now. So is Ruin, but while we—with our mounting anxieties and screen time and caffeine and stress—are increasingly desperate to live in his world, he, in his own way, is dreaming of ours.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 by G. Willow Wilson (Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, The Bird King) and breakout artist Nick Robles (Euthanauts) hits shelves May 5.

 

 

Batman: The Adventures Continue Arrives from
Paul Dini, Alan Burnett and Ty Templeton!

 

New Comic Books, Set in the World of Batman: The Animated Series, Coming this May

From the visionary team behind Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories set in this seminal animated world! Batman: The Adventures Continue, DC’s new, Digital-First six-issue mini-series, launching in print on May 6, 2020, is co-written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, both producers of the original animated series, and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who has brought the world of B:TAS to comic books since 1992’s Batman Adventures #1.

Inspired by the beloved and Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, these new comics reflect a new era of the long-running DC Collectibles action figure line by featuring newly designed characters never before seen in the beloved animated shows! DC’s Batman: The Adventures Continue characters are all based on art by Ty Templeton in the iconic Bruce Timm animated style. New figures from DC Collectibles launch this spring, and now, together with these new comics, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series continues to reach new audiences!

“Fans familiar with the Batman of The New Batman/Superman Adventures will be right up to speed,” says Paul Dini. “Alan and I approached the writing with the idea that we were doing the season you might have seen if we had not put the series aside to do Batman Beyond.”

“Tim Drake is still a very young Robin,” added Ty Templeton of the timing of the series. “Batman isn’t middle-aged or anything, and we’re not even close to the events of Batman Beyond.”

“What is different, however, is that we’re going back to cover certain gaps in the original series, events that didn’t have a bearing on the series at the time, but now do,” continued Alan Burnett. “In other words, there will be secret histories that will turn Batman’s world upside down. Things that no one knew were out there, until now.”

“Perhaps the most intriguing character in the run will be young man whose story threads through most of the issues,” teased Burnett. “He’s a smart, super-elusive loner who knows way too much about the Dark Knight. How this mystery man fits into the world of Batman Adventures and what he means to accomplish should, I hope, be a real jolt for old fans.”

In the first issue of Batman: The Adventures Continue, collecting two digital-first chapters, Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1, written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett with art by Ty Templeton and color by Monica Kubina, featuring a cover by Dave Johnson and a variant cover by Dan Mora, hits shelves on May 6, 2020. Digital-First chapters will be released beginning in April 2020.

 

 

 

 

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