Clownhunter Named After Iowan Painter in Batman? (Spoilers)

Clownhunter is the name of the latest Batman character with a big upcoming arc in 2021, and set up in The Joker War. A young fellow who speaks in sentence case like he's from the Ultimate Universe or something, with a mission to kill a lot of the Joker's henchmen, dressed as clowns. Hence, Clownhunter. He also does not share Batman's attitudes to guns or murdering people, and so shoots and murders plenty of them while defending his neighbourhood. Though Batman's accoutrements come in handy.

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Clownhunter art from Batman #96 by Guillem March, written by James Tynion IV.

But who is Clownhunter? Well, Bleeding Cool has been given his character's name, Bao Pham. A young man, of Vietnamese heritage. But when we googled, we got another result. Exhibiting artist and illustrator Bao Pham. Did one inspire the other? I'm sure Warner Bros will have done a legal check.

Born in Vietnam, moved to Iowa City, you can see Bao Pham's work on his website and Instagram page here. But he definitely seems up to date with DC Comics and the Batman comic books.

Batman's Clownhunter Named After Iowan Painter? (Spoilers)
Clownhunter: Poison Ivy image by Bao Pham.

Find more about Bao Pham – the Clownhunter  one  – in the upcoming Batman #100.

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel
"The Joker War" comes to a city-shattering conclusion as Batman battles The Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won't just change Batman's life-it will change Gotham City for years to come! Plus, catch the first glimpse of the new villain known as Ghost-Maker! And after the senses-shattering conclusion of "The Joker War" come a pair of short stories that will chart what's to come in Gotham City and Batman. Don't miss the first showdown between Batman and Clownhunter!In Shops: Oct 07, 2020 SRP: $6.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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