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Big Joker comic book news out of DC Comics today!

This just in…..!!

In exciting news DC announced today they would be doing a 3 part “The Joker Year One” storyline which will be featured in the upcoming main Batman comic series starting with issue #142 on February 6th 2024 and culminating in climatic fashion on February 20th. 

This 3 part story in the vein of DC’s already classic other “Year One” stories will be helmed by superstar Batman writer Chip Zdarsky with art from with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez, and Dave Stewart. 

“Year One” stories are generally one shots or arcs defining a character’s origin story in a definitive way or during their first year in continuity. Hence the title. Many characters have been given the treatment over the years including obviously Batman, Superman, Wonder-Woman, Robin, Flash, Batgirl, Nightwing, Two-Face and most recently The Riddler among others. Seeing The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis, finally getting this treatment is an exciting announcement by DC that will be welcomed by fans and newcomers worldwide! 

See the details below in DC’s official press release breaking down the full release schedule with some interesting plot details and other pertinent info. 

DC ANNOUNCES “THE JOKER YEAR ONE”

Secrets of the greatest villain in pop culture are revealed in “The Joker Year One,” a terrifying three-part tale in Batman #142–144, unfolding February 2024
A weekly Batman comic book event by Chip Zdarsky, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez and Dave Stewart


DC’s ongoing Dawn of DC publishing initiative is heading toward a thrilling, high-stakes adventure in 2024, and in February, within the pages of Batman, readers will discover a terrifying story featuring the greatest villain in pop culture history! After the current “Mindbomb” story concludes in January’s Batman #141, the Dark Knight will discover the terrible secret behind his greatest enemy! Told in three parts, “The Joker Year One” will ship weekly in February 2024.

“The Joker Year One” begins in Batman #142!

Batman #142 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi and Tomeu Morey

“The Joker Year One” begins in Batman #142 by Chip Zdarsky, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez and Dave Stewart. In part one, the tragic “death” of the leader of the Red Hood Gang in a vat of chemicals has become the subject of myth…but what is the heartbreaking and gruesome tale of the monster who walked away from that violent birth? From the first pages of “The Joker Year One” onward, eager readers will be questioning everything they know about The Joker!

Batman #142 art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi and Alejandro Sánchez

And how does it affect Batman’s distant future? Within each issue of “The Joker Year One,” artists Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart illustrate a story juxtaposed to show the far-reaching impact The Joker will have on DC’s Caped Crusader!

Batman #142 art by Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart

Batman #142, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez and Dave Stewart, will publish on February 6, 2024.

“The Joker Year One” continues with part two in Batman #143!

Batman #143 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi and Tomeu Morey

Next, in Batman #143, the terrifying tale of “The Joker Year One” continues as a mysterious figure from Batman’s past has come into Joker’s orbit, changing the Clown Prince of Crime forever! And what secrets does the re-formed Red Hood Gang have for Batman’s future? Batman #143, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez and Dave Stewart, will publish on February 13, 2024.


The chilling conclusion to “The Joker Year One” arrives in Batman #144!

Batman #144 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi and Tomeu Morey

Batman #144 features the climactic, chilling conclusion to “The Joker Year One,” delivering massive repercussions for the future! The Red Hood Gang is on a rampage and the only man who can stop them…is The Joker! And can Batman stop a devastating new virus in a future where The Joker looms over everything? Batman #144, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez and Dave Stewart, will publish on February 20, 2024.

And, after “The Joker Year One” concludes, the previously announced “Dark Prisons” story will run through Batman #145–#148, where Batman will face a terrifying figure from his past in order to survive Zur’s onslaught. And if Batman survives, a new enemy is waiting in the wings: Amanda Waller and the U.S. military!

For the latest information about everything DC, visit the official website at www.dc.com, and follow @DCOfficial on social media. The DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription platform (DCUI) is the perfect place to discover classic stories featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes; for more information and a free trial, check out the website at http://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com/. DC UNIVERSE INFINITE is not available in all countries and is not intended for children.

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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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