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DC Comics Announces the Return of The Joker

It's the return of Batman's greatest nemesis!!

Who is the greatest comic book villain of all time? There's no doubting the ruthlessness and uncalculating way the Joker operates. When it comes to Batman villains, he clearly holds the top spot among them. He is the only character that has hit so close to Batman's home. He's already shot and crippled Batgirl and brutally killed Robin. Both may have gotten 'better' but the fact he managed and did so remains. Since the beginning of the "New 52," there really hasn't been much of the Joker seen, aside from his face. The big question on all of our minds is where will he turn up next?

Today DC has announced that the Joker will return in October's "Death in the Family" story arc and it will be in a "horrifying, unnerving and huge way."

Who will be responsible for bringing the Joker back? How about Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion in the pages of BATMAN? It seems it will be more than just Batman dealing with Joker. Batman will also have to fight to protect his secret identity along with those who fight alongside him.

== TEASER ==

We've heard Scott Snyder talk about his affection and fascination with Batman. How does he feel about Joker? Snyder shared a few words on DC's blog.

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.

Scott's not the only one excited. Here's what Greg Capullo had to say:

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!

If those words aren't enough to get you excited, I'm not sure why you're reading this news. As exciting as this is, there clearly is a reason to be a little scared. This isn't going to be a fun romp in the park for Batman. Snyder and Capullo already put Batman through the ringer with the Court of Owls. This sounds like it's going to be an encounter unlike any the two have had before.

The Joker makes his return on October 10 in Batman #13. Mark your calendar.

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Posted by jsphsmth

@Tellumo: I have read Batman for close to 40 years and I haver never read a good Bamtan story penned by Morrison.

Edited by saoakden

Its been killing me to know who Snyder's favorite villain would be. Now that we know its the Joker, I can't wait to see him in the story arc. So the story is called Death of the Family? I wonder who's dying? I wonder what the hell he's been doing since Detective Comics Detective Comics #1? I love the teaser, its creepy, frightening, its Joker, and to me since he's returning in Batman #13, its going to be crazy. The number 13 to some people is an unlucky number. SO Batman 13 will be unlucky for the Dark Knight since its the return of his greatest enemy!!!

I wonder if the Joker knows about the whole Court of Owls almost killing Batman?

Posted by Rixec

@AtPhantom said:

...I'm sorry, did the Joker actually go anywhere? I love how people are gushing over the return of a character who hasn't been seen in less than ten issues. Some characters would kill to show up every ten issues. For the Joker, that's insufferable.

Um, he hasn't been seen since his faced was carved off in Detective Comics #1 and in this New 52 that means something. I mean, right off the bat of the New 52 and his face is carved and we don't hear any more on it till now? That's big.

Posted by Tellumo

@jsphsmth: So the Doctor Hurt saga wasn't good?

Posted by jsphsmth

@Tellumo: Snyder, Tomasi, and Hurwitz. It is a great time to be a fan of Batman.

Posted by BATMAN9797

cool

Posted by ExtraLarge

Alfred or Gordon is going to die. Probably Gordon.

Posted by djotaku

I LOVED Snyder's Joker in TEC pre-52. Joch's art was perfect at the time. I can't wait to see Capullo's take on it!

Posted by Cavemold

Let's put a smile on that face. Hahah

Posted by zackattack529

ahhh i was hoping Snyder would do a two face story arc next...but joker is undoubtedly one of the best villains as well.

cant wait :)

Posted by RedHush1

I love Batman books thanks to Snyder. Now Joker is back makes its 10x greater

Posted by AtPhantom

@Rixec said:

Um, he hasn't been seen since his faced was carved off in Detective Comics #1 and in this New 52 that means something. I mean, right off the bat of the New 52 and his face is carved and we don't hear any more on it till now? That's big.

And when was that? Ten issues ago.

Posted by Ijan092

OMFG FINALLY !!! 
Almost a year since new 52 started and joker left! 

Posted by longbowhunter

DC could have left Joker alone for another year and I would have been ok with it. But I know he's in good hands. No doubt Snyder will give us an AMAZING Joker story.

Posted by Grey56

I'm straining a bit - by what objective measure could it be said that Marvel 'perfected' the teaser ? I seem to remember DC doing a fairly good marketing job of pumping up 'Crisis on Infinite' - which was a sister to the Marvel 'Secret Wars' in terms of scope. Other than that, can you really empirically justify one page cliffhangers at the end of issues 'perfecting' a teaser ? Curious.

Posted by CitizenJP

OH SHIIIIIIIT!

Posted by stormtrance1618

YES! YES! YES!!!!

Edited by Afro_Warrior

@AtPhantom said:

...I'm sorry, did the Joker actually go anywhere? I love how people are gushing over the return of a character who hasn't been seen in less than ten issues. Some characters would kill to show up every ten issues. For the Joker, that's insufferable.

By the time we get this issue it will have been a year since his last appearance, almost two years since he last contributed anything of worth to a Batman story and between four or five years since the last time he had a story arc centred around him. That's a long time for a character who most would agree, is DC's most famous villain. That's why people are so excited about this news.

My reaction to this news.

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Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Sounds intriguing, they really sound into this which is great to read.

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Posted by BatWatch

I hope they don't change anything. Joker is one character not in need of a reboot.

Posted by insanepayne7

It kinda looks like Joker is flipping us off, bad news.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

oh my god, this picture... whoever created this is genius. Looks sick!!!!!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

oh my god, this picture... whoever created this is genius. Looks sick!!!!!

Posted by HBKTimHBK

I'm excited.

Posted by Phaedrusgr

@jsphsmth: I'm with you in this. 100% with you...

Posted by Cavemold

Who's going die?E

Posted by danhimself

@Suprman said:

THIS is how you do a teaser poster. I approve of this. Also for some reason I'm hearing Mark Hamil's Joker Laugh.

if they would have made this with an audio of Hamil doing his really dark Joker laugh then it would have been perfect and really chilling

Edited by yo_yo_fun

Omg, that teser, CREEEEEPY!

I'm so glad this is in the hands of Scott Synder and Greg Capullo!

They will do an excellent job and give us fans a great story, not just a meaningless blood feast.

And we have to wait until October!?:/

Posted by EisforExtinction

@jsphsmth said:

@Tellumo said:

@jsphsmth: Grant Morrison?

You are kidding, correct?

Say what? Morrison might be one of the best Batman writers of all time.

Posted by Hatutzeraze

This IS a great teaser poster. To be honest, I am actually anxious for Snyder to move on to something that isn't Court of Owls-related.

SIDENOTE: The Marvel teaser vs DC teaser argument and the Morrison discussions seem to be taking up more space here than seems necessary. A Snyder Joker story ought to give us plenty of food for thought without having to get into arguments happening in plenty of other places.

Posted by YMCMB

Awesome I'm so glad DC gave it to Snyder rather than one of the other lame Batman writers doing Detective Comics and Batman:TDK.

Posted by ScarlettLynn

I've been waiting for a real Joker story for a long time now. He's only been teased with one appearance at the beginning of the New 52 back in Detective Comics #1 and before that he'd only popped up here and there for years. I knew they were holding off on paying off that cliffhanger for something big and I'm really glad it was a Scott Snyder story. So looking forward to this.

Posted by Master_Thief

They should let ras al ghul be batman's new arch enemy

Posted by sj_esposito

Perfect... Just in time for Halloween.

Posted by MrMazz

I've been wondering what happened to him.

Posted by Rixec

@AtPhantom said:

@Rixec said:

Um, he hasn't been seen since his faced was carved off in Detective Comics #1 and in this New 52 that means something. I mean, right off the bat of the New 52 and his face is carved and we don't hear any more on it till now? That's big.

And when was that? Ten issues ago.

Yes, but when #13 comes out it will have been 13 issues since (counting #0). And it's not like Amazing Spider-Man which is out twice a month. Joker's leaves for just over a year in THE NEW 52. You'd think he'd be headlining it along with Batman in Bat titles but he went off the radar.

Posted by AmaterasuNoHasu

I'm terrified already. I can't wait.

Posted by Ravager4

My reaction to this:

That is all.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I haven't had a chance to read Batman, but I am defenitely going to pick up the return of the Joker

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Posted by GothamGambit

I'm glad Snyder is writing it. TBH I was hoping for a solid Mr. Freeze story since Snyder toted with him in the annual, anyone else agree? Mr. Freeze IMO needs a good story arc, since we don't have a lot of him. Anyway the teaser is sick, and I honestly can't wait for this arc! SO SICK!!

Posted by ScarlettLynn

@Rixec said:

@AtPhantom said:

@Rixec said:

Um, he hasn't been seen since his faced was carved off in Detective Comics #1 and in this New 52 that means something. I mean, right off the bat of the New 52 and his face is carved and we don't hear any more on it till now? That's big.

And when was that? Ten issues ago.

Yes, but when #13 comes out it will have been 13 issues since (counting #0). And it's not like Amazing Spider-Man which is out twice a month. Joker's leaves for just over a year in THE NEW 52. You'd think he'd be headlining it along with Batman in Bat titles but he went off the radar.

Exactly. There's a world of difference between him simply being off the radar for a year and them having left things off with a hell of a cliffhanger for over a year and it having been significantly longer than that since he's been at the center of a story as the main villain.

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@KainScion said:

@Suprman: its the same as any other marvel teaser. how i love that what marvel does is shit, but dc does it its golden. pfff.

Also if this was a Marvel teaser we'd get complaints of another event right after another one.

Posted by Webjaker

Did I read correctly that the new storyline will be 'Death in the Family" ? Or was that a mistyping referring to the death of Jason todd storyline? Since each of the bat-family has their own book, I cant imagine Joker could kill off another bat-member

Posted by ScarlettLynn

@Webjaker said:

Did I read correctly that the new storyline will be 'Death in the Family" ? Or was that a mistyping referring to the death of Jason todd storyline? Since each of the bat-family has their own book, I cant imagine Joker could kill off another bat-member

The new storyline is actually called "Death of the Family."

Posted by Imagine_Man15

@YMCMB said:

Awesome I'm so glad DC gave it to Snyder rather than one of the other lame Batman writers doing Detective Comics and Batman:TDK.

Greg Hurwitz has taken over TDK, and while we've only seen one issue of his so far, he's really turned the title around. I'd say TDK #10 was comparable to Batman #10.

Posted by Bestostero

why so serious?

Posted by redo7

Finally the Joker,... btw great teaser

Posted by user1mame

welcome finally the greatest and perhaps the most sympathetic comic villain return to gotham city

Posted by Jekylhyde14

I hadn't even noticed the Joker was gone.

@EisforExtinction said:

@jsphsmth said:

@Tellumo said:

@jsphsmth: Grant Morrison?

You are kidding, correct?

Say what? Morrison might be one of the best Batman writers of all time.

Grant Morrison IS one of the best Batman writers of all time.