The Joker #2 – First 40-Page DC Comic To Go To $6 – But Not Batman

The Joker #2 was solicited at a 40-page comic with a standard price of $4.99 and a cardstock cover for $5.99, for April. We've talked about what's inside it over here (warning, spoilers) but now we look at what's on the cover. DC Comics has retroactively increased the price of the standard Joker #2 from $4.99 to $5.99. That is how it is now listed at Lunar Distributors (solicits below).

The Joker - The First 40 Page DC Comic To Go To $6 Standard - But Not Batman
The Joker #2 – First 40-Page DC Comic To Go To $6 – But Not Batman

As we previously pointed out, The Joker #3 and #4 had been solicited by DC for $5.99. But it wasn't definite that this was not a typo, and the covers seemed to show a $4.99 price. But they have now been updated to show $5.99 and the Lunar listing agrees.

However, while Batman #109 was solicited as a $5.99 40-page comic by DC Comics, when the Lunar listing was released this week, the price of the standard cover was now back down to $4.99.

Did DC Comics blink at reaction to the price? Was this always the plan and it was just a typo, getting mixed up with The Joker? If so, what is the significance of The Joker comic changing its price point? Let's keep an eye on those solicitations. Here is how they currently read.

BATMAN #109 CVR A JORGE JIMENEZ
Retail: $4.99 40 pages
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Main Story: Mayor Nakano green-lights the Magistrate pilot program for Gotham City as Batman goes toe-to-toe with the augmented and bloodthirsty Peacekeeper-01! It's a brutal battle for the ages, but what secrets does Harley Quinn hold about the man beneath the armor, Sean Mahoney? And how does this all play in to the Scarecrow's hands?! Backup: Ghost-Maker is fighting through incredible odds to reach the nefarious Madame Midas…but will his next opponent—BRAINSTORM—be impossible to overcome?! In-Store: 6/1/2021

JOKER #1 CVR A GUILLEM MARCH
Retail: $4.99 40 pages
(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo (CA) Guillem March
Following the events of Infinite Frontier #0, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world! But the Clown Prince of Crime is several steps ahead of law enforcement—and he's on the run overseas. James Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the manhunt of his life and the last piece of a storied career…but what mysterious and deadly forces are also in pursuit of The Joker? And in the backup story, following the events of the smash hit Punchline #1, DC's most controversial new villain navigates the infrastructure of Blackgate Penitentiary—while on the outside, Harper Row takes up the mantle of Bluebird to stop her brother from falling under Punchline's influence. In-Store: 3/9/2021

JOKER #2 CVR A GUILLEM MARCH
Retail: $5.99 40 pages
(W) James Tynion IV – Sam Johns (A) Guillem March – Mirka Andolfo (CA) Guillem March
As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world—and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him…but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he's been given the go-ahead to pursue him… but will he be willing to pay the price? And what shocking revelation will Gordon stun Batman with before he departs? And in the backup story, within the walls of Blackgate Penitentiary, Punchline has become the target of the Queen of Spades from the Royal Flush Gang. It'll take everything Punchline has just to survive, while on the outside, Bluebird digs deeper into Punchline's horrific past! In-Store: 4/13/2021

JOKER #3 CVR A GUILLEM MARCH
Retail: $5.99 40 pages
(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo (CA) Guillem March
The hunt for The Joker is under way, as Jim Gordon heads to a remote part of South America to run down a lead…and comes face-to-face with the Clown Prince of Crime himself! The mystery around A-Day deepens, but not before an attack by the blood-thirsty Sampson family! And in the Punchline backup story, Punchline has to face off against the Queen of Spades' new muscle…Orca! At the same time, Bluebird's investigation at Punchline's alma mater takes a dark and horrifying turn! In-Store: 5/11/2021

JOKER #4 CVR A GUILLEM MARCH
Retail: $5.99 40 pages
0421DC124 | APR217124 | DCC21040124 | DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo (CA) Guillem March
Main story: It's murder and mayhem in the jungles of South America with pits The Joker pitted against everyone hunting him! He's prepared for this massacre in a way that only the Clown Prince of Crime can…but what secret does he whisper to Jim Gordon as the bullets fly?! What is the TRUE mystery?! In-Store: 6/8/2021

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