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DC Comics launching 'The Joker' #1 a new ongoing series March 2021
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DC Comics launching ‘The Joker’ #1 a new ongoing series March 2021

Batman writer James Tynion IV and Guillem March go global with ‘The Joker’ ongoing with Punchline backup by Sam Johns and Mirka Andolfo.

If you thought 2020 was light on Joker appearances–what with Three Jokers and “The Joker War” storyline–you’re in for a treat in 2021 as The Joker launches in March. DC Comics has announced the new series will be written by James Tynion IV with art by Guillem March.

The new series will also feature a backup story by Sam Johns and Mirka Andolfo continuing the Punchline story as seen in the Punchline one-shot.

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So what’s The Joker about?

After an unthinkable attack on Gotham City, the Clown Prince of Crime has become the most wanted man in the world! The Joker is doing his best to stay several steps ahead of law enforcement overseas, but Jim Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the last manhunt of his life and vows to track down Gotham’s worst nemesis, completing his storied career. But there are some mysterious and deadly forces that are also on the hunt for The Joker, and they’re not going to let Gordon slow them down or get in the way.

The Joker is a 40-page $4.99 monthly series debuting at comic book stores on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

The Joker

Check out the main cover by March as well as variant covers by Frank Quitely, Francesco Mattina, and Riccardo Federici, below.

For more on The Joker, read the offical DC Comics press release below.

Comic book fans everywhere know that The Joker is the most dangerous villain ever to menace Gotham City. But in March, Batman writer James Tynion IV and artist Guillem March go global with The Joker’s brand of terror and mayhem in The Joker, a new monthly ongoing series from DC.

After an unthinkable attack on Gotham City, the Clown Prince of Crime has become the most wanted man in the world! The Joker is doing his best to stay several steps ahead of law enforcement overseas, but Jim Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the last manhunt of his life and vows to track down Gotham’s worst nemesis, completing his storied career. But there are some mysterious and deadly forces that are also on the hunt for The Joker, and they’re not going to let Gordon slow them down or get in the way.

“When I was approached by DC about the concept of an ongoing series spotlighting The Joker, I thought, ‘What would that book even look like?,’” said Tynion. “I’m excited to share this story in a way that honors everything that a series about The Joker can be, while coming at if from an exciting, unexpected angle. I’m also thrilled to continue working with Sam and Mirka to expand the Punchline story we began in November as a back-up feature in this new ongoing Joker series. The Joker War was only the beginning of the terror and mayhem we’re creating!”

In the backup story by Tynion IV, co-writer Sam Johns, and artist Mirka Andolfo, Alexis Kaye, a.k.a. Punchline becomes the newest resident of Blackgate Penitentiary, while on the outside Harper Row resumes her role as Bluebird to prevent her brother from falling under the influence of Punchline and her beguiling brand of anarchy and chaos.

The Joker is a 40-page $4.99 monthly series debuting at comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The debut issue features cover art by Guillem March, with variant covers by Frank Quitely, Francesco Mattina, Riccardo Federici and Mark Brooks. For more information on The Joker and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit the website at www.dccomics.com and follow on social media at @DCComics and @thedcnation.

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