We all know what happened to Batman #89 and Hell Arisen #3. Not yet published, they are already going for stupid money on eBay in advance. Well at least retailers will know about this one well in advance.
Because even though Punchline debuts in next week's Batman #89, selling for up to $40 in advance online right now (which must come down after the 100,000 copies actually go on sale) followed by Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (which may be harder to get but then at least is a second appearance) the following week, DC Comics will have a Punchline-featured DC Nation print column, with quotes from James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez, timed to the release of March's Batman #92. DC house ads promoting Batman #92, focused on Punchline, a James Tynion IV press interview to discuss Punchline's role in Batman #94, the prelude to "Joker War"…
And then we get Punchline's origin story in the Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Something which DC Comics didn't choose to mention in the solicitation. And has a FOC date of the end of March, so plenty of time if retailers want to up their orders, depending how Batman #89 and Hell Arisen #3 actually do…
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1
(W) Brian Azzarello, Paul Dini, Dennis O'Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, James TynionIV, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Lee Bermejo, Simone Bianchi, Tony S. Daniel, Mikel Janin, Jock, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Eduardo Risso, Riley Rossmo, Others (CA) Greg Capullo
The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who's who of comics' finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash-you wouldn't want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
A 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams;
A 1950s variant cover by David Finch;
A 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina;
A 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams;
A 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz;
A 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto;
A 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo; and
A 2010s variant cover by Jock.