Batman fans rejoice. This October, Scott Snyder‘s bestselling Batman run begins a new story-arc, featuring the return of Batman’s greatest enemy.
That’s right: as announced today on DC‘s Source blog, the Joker is back.
Last we saw him, the so-called “Clown Prince of Crime” had undergone a (willing) face-ectomy at the hands of a newbie villain, the Dollmaker, in the pages of Tony Daniel‘s Detective Comics #1, way back at the start of the New 52.
Here’s what Snyder had to say:
Joker is my favorite villain of all time. Not just in comics. In everything – film, books, TV. He’s the greatest, hands down. So this story is something extremely important and personal to me – something I’ve been building in my head ever since I started working in Gotham. Basically, this is my big exploration of the Joker, my ARKHAM ASYLUM or THE KILLING JOKE, only bigger in scope. Bottom line: it’s the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he’s back. He has his traps set, his knives sharpened… And wait ’til you see him. Greg’s sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you’ve never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to be a wild ride. Thanks for taking it with us.
Meanwhile, kick-ass artist Greg Capullo has this to say:
When Scott told me that he’d written a Joker story for our next arc, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Talk about a dream come true! For me, the Joker is the ultimate rogue and the villain I most wanted to draw. I gotta tell you, after hearing what the story is about, this isn’t a dream come true. It’s a nightmare! A macabre and bloody, flesh crawling nightmare. We hope you’ll have the nerve to face what’s coming. Warning: It ain’t for the faint of heart!”
The new story-arc, ominously titled “Death of the Family,” in reference to the landmark storyline that saw the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, begins with Batman #13, due out October 10th.