DC Black Label has added yet another miniseries to its lineup of adult-oriented and darker superhero books. Not only is Jeff Lemire working on a new The Question series with the legendary Denys Cowan, but he’s also set to tackle a new Joker story with frequent collaborator Andrea Sorrentino in Joker: Killer Smile, a three-parter debuting on Oct. 30.
“For years, the Joker has terrorized Gotham, facing off with Batman time and time again,” read the synopsis. “But now he’s found a new adversary, one that can deliver him from the purgatory of Arkham Asylum and set his madness free once more—the very doctor tasked with treating him. As he gets his hooks deeper and deeper into the mind of his prey, Joker sets off a chain reaction of mayhem that will threaten to tear down not only Gotham City but the soul of this idealistic man, and his young family, too.”
Lemire and Sorrentino are a perfect match for this book, which sounds like it’ll take more of a psychological approach to the Joker. This duo is currently dishing out one of the best horror comics on shelves, Gideon Falls, and has also collaborated on Old Man Logan and Green Arrow.
“Getting to work with my long-time collaborator Andrea Sorrentino on a Joker story is very exciting,” Lemire said in a press release. “The Joker is an iconic character and we wanted to create something that challenges readers to look at him in a new and horrifying way.”
“This story has pushed me as a creator to aspire to new heights in storytelling,” Sorrentino added. “That little spark of madness in the Joker gives me an opportunity to play with the pacing, the layouts, and the storytelling in a way that few other characters would allow.”
Interestingly enough, the Joker will be the subject of several upcoming Black Label titles. Writer Kami Garcia and artists Mike Mayhew and Mico Suayan are releasing Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity, which sees forensic psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel arrive in Gotham to study the Joker, in October. Batman: Curse of the White Knight by Sean Murphy features the Joker as a major, Batman-obsessed player, while Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s highly anticipated miniseries, Three Jokers, is also coming to Black Label at some point. The Joker is one of the major players in Batman: Last Knight on Earth from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and he also headlined Batman: Damned, which wrapped up earlier this summer.
So what are all those Black Label Joker stories about? It probably has something to do with a little movie coming out on Oct. 4.
More Joker news as we learn it.
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