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This October, one of the most notorious villains in comic book history is making his return to DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. In the new storyline, “Death of the Family,” The Joker will come out of the dark in a horrifying, unnerving, and huge way. And the grave consequences of his reemergence will be felt by not only the Bat-family, but by all of Gotham City.

He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do next? And what must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him? The adventure begins in BATMAN #13 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.

“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.”

“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!”

BATMAN #13 hits stores on October 10th. But in the meantime, take an exclusive first look at Capullo’s promotional art for “Death of the Family” below.

via DC Comics


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  1. Oldcomicfan on

    Hmmm. I will reserve judgement. There’s only two families that matter in the Batman universe – Bruce Wayne’s family (which is already dead) and Commisoner Gordon’s family. Presumably, the Joker could kill Robin and Alfred – or even Batman – but he’s already killed Robin once already, and killing Alfred would be just plain wrong. He could kill Gordon and Barbara, but he already nearly did Barbara in once already, and killing Gordon would be just as bad as killing Alfred. So it’s likely if will be another “kill off the main cast but not really” stories or they’ll make up a new family just for the purpose of killing off. Perhaps Bruce will get married and have a kid and the Joker will off them. The problem with that idea is that it has been done to death already. Also, the “instant family created just to bump off” has the inherent problem that nobody cares about the newcomers because they already know how badly it’s going to end. I just don’t see how this could be as epic as they make out it’s going to be.

  2. “And the grave consequences of his reemergence will be felt by not only the Bat-family, but by all of Gotham City”

    Don’t think it will be Alfred or an immediate member of Batman Family, but someone that has public connection to Gotham City. Will the new DCU sacrifice Commissioner Gordon? He is at the top of my “Dead Pool DCU52”!!

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