DC Comics Launch Batman: The Joker War One-Shot in September

DC Comics are launching Batman: The Joker War Zone one-shot, as Bleeding Cool teased back in May – though we may have jumped the gun just a little. And ooh, it includes a story by John Ridley

Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" on September 29 with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox…and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege!

Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

Batman: The Joker War Zone #1, a 48-page one-shot anthology comic with stories by James Tynion IV, John Ridley, Guillem March, James Stokoe, Joshua Williamson, David Lafuente, and more, will be published on September 29 with a cover by Ben Oliver and a card stock variant cover by Derrick Chew.

DC Comics Launch Batman: The Joker War One-Shot.
DC Comics Launch Batman: The Joker War One-Shot.
DC Comics Launch Batman: The Joker War One-Shot.
DC Comics Launch Batman: The Joker War One-Shot.
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Batgirls – artwork by David Lafuente

 

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Joker – artwork by Guillem March

 

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Clownhunter – artwork by James Stokoe

The Joker War follows up on the Batman: Death of the Family tease that Joker might have known Batman's secret identity for years. Instead it seems that the Joker has never cared to have that information, as he believed that would be the end of his story with the Batman. Bleeding Cool understands that this 'final tale' of Batman and the Joker was originally intended to run before the Batman 5G relaunch with an aged Bruce Wayne and a new Batman. This would enable The Joker War to be a real final battle between the two. However, things have changed regarding that.

As shown in Tynion and Guillem March's backup story in Batman #85, Joker is going to uncover Batman's secret identity and use it against him, destroying his headquarters and killing off his henchmen in preparation. Recent issues have shown that he knows the identity of all the Robins, Batgirl and Batwoman and is preparing for a final confrontation…

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.