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The Joker Returns to the DC Universe With ‘Batman #13’

We knew today that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo would be unveiling the villain of the nextBatmanarc today on the DC Comics Blog, but I had no clue they were going to be the ones to bring The Joker back into the fold. I honestly assumedDetective Comicswould eventually be returning to the character for Daniel to wrap up his plot thread, but that being said I am far more excited/happy to see Snyder and Capullo handle it. Hit the jump for the full promo art and all the details.

From the DC Comics Blog:

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.

And the art:

Click to enlarge.

God that’s creepy. If that’s the actual cover for #13, I’d say give Capullo the Eisner now.

Seriously though, I’m insanely pleased. Snyder is skilled enough at his craft that he could theoretically fix all the problems I pointed out in our examination of the New 52 Batman timeline, and how the Joker is ruining it. I guess we’ll see what happens this October, I’m personally psyched for this.

P.S. “Death of the Family” is a perfect arc name, given Joker’s history with the Batman family.

Snyder had a few comments on Twitter right after the news broke:

Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could not be looking forward to this at this point. But then again, that could be my fanboy card showing. The question now is…is anyone big going to die?

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