DC Comics is going all out with their upcoming Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok series Batman: Three Jokers which kicks off this August. That includes premium variant covers. In fact, if participating retailers order all nine premium variant covers will also receive one free Batman: Three Jokers #3 “compilation” premium variant cover, collecting all nine of Fabok’s variants, plus the three main covers from the series. You can check out an unlettered preview here to wet your whistle.
So when are they out?
- Issue #1 – on Sale Tuesday, August 25
- Issue #2 – on sale Tuesday, September 29
- Issue #3 – on sale Tuesday, October 27
This is one of the most anticipated comic books coming this year thanks to its announcement being all the way back in July 2018. This series delivers the payoff to the years-long mystery of why—and how—there are three Jokers, and what that revelation means to the eternal conflict between Batman, his allies, and the Clown Prince of Crime.
The nine premium variant Covers for Batman: Three Jokers are all illustrated by series artist Jason Fabok. Along with the main cover and regular variant cover, each issue of Batman: Three Jokers will have three Premium Variant Covers, showcasing Fabok’s interpretation of a different face of The Joker’s madness throughout DC history. All nine of the Premium Variant Covers mirror Fabok’s main covers for the three-issue series, giving a close-up look at even more of The Joker’s terrifying incarnations.
The Premium Variant covers for issue #1, on sale August 25, are as follows:
- Red Hood (Variant A)
- Joker Fish (Variant B)
- Joker Bomb (Variant C)
For issue #2, on sale September 30:
- Joker Behind Bars (Variant D)
- Death in the Family/Top Hat & Monocle (Variant E)
- Joker Applying Makeup (Variant F)
And for the final issue #3, on sale October 28:
- Batman: The Killing Joke Hawaiian shirt and camera (Variant G)
- Stand-Up Comedian (Variant H)
- “Endgame” Mohawk (Variant I)
As you can see only 6 of the 9 covers have been revealed. Fabok hinted at those mysterious covers though in a tweet earlier today:
#Batman: Three Jokers will be getting some Premium Variants drawn by myself with colors by @bdanderson13 . The idea here is to highlight some of the many looks from the Joker through history. I've made a nice handy checklist to help you COLLECT THEM ALL! Out Aug 25, 2020! pic.twitter.com/SWeRRnl7Pu
— Jason Fabok (@JasonFabok) June 26, 2020
Participating retailers ordering all nine premium variant covers will also receive one free Batman: Three Jokers #3 “compilation” premium variant cover, collecting all nine of Fabok’s variants, plus the three main covers from the series.
Each issue is priced at $6.99, and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers 17+.
Use DC’s Comic Shop Locator to find open and operating stores in the U.S. that will carry these premium variant covers at www.dccomics.com/comicshoptracker.