If you've been down to the comic book store over the past couple of weeks, you've probably noticed that for DC, it's Villains Month, where a tie-in to the big Forever Evil event has led to the bad guys headlining the monthly comics instead of the heroes. As a result, we're getting comics with names like Batman #23.1/Joker #1, which I think we can all agree makes things easy to follow. The thing is, while this definitely isn't the first time the villains have stepped into the spotlight, it's not even the first time we've gotten a comic called Joker #1.
That happened way back in 1975, when somebody at DC figured that it was a good idea to give the Clown Prince of Crime his own ongoing series that managed to last a mere nine issues -- and it's actually even stranger than it sounds.
In case you haven't heard yet, Grant Morrison recently offered his take on the end of The Killing Joke, the seminal 1988 story from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Widely considered one of the greatest Batman stories -- and possibly the greatest Joker story -- of all time, the ending is, arguably, a bit ambiguous. In an interview on Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman," Morrison said he believes that one-shot was Moore and Bolland's take on what would be a final Batman story --similar to Moore's Superman:Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? -- with the story ending when, in his mind, Batman chokes the Joker to death as he laughs maniacally.
The timing of this comment from Morrison is interesting, because I was talking about this scene a few days ago with a friend who I've been having this same argument with since 1998. She's on Team Morrison, believing that Batman kills the Joker as well. It's an interesting theory, and one I understand, but here's the thing: Not only do I think both my friend and Morrison are wrong, but I think Batman killing the Joker would make for a completely pointless story.
Square Enix's roughly 9.5" tall Batman: Arkham City line is about to expand as the Joker and Batman in his Silver Age skin get the Play Arts Kai treatment this December, joining previously-released previously-released AC Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy toys.
Following last year's display of Batmobiles, Warner Bros. Entertainment. has returned to San Diego's Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel park for "Lawn Con," a family-friendly event space featuring music, eating areas and prominent DC Comics, LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation displays. Set to run through the duration of Comic-Con on July 18-21, Lawn Con showcases 2-3 story-tall Teen Titans Go! balloons, approximately 1:1 scale LEGO builds of Batman, Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine and even a life-size LEGO Bag End bringing the Hobbit Lego set to life. Down the street, Cartoon Network's also blown up Regular Show's Mordecai and Rigby with a big balloon display.
If you were worried DC Collectibles had already shown its hand earlier this month with the reveal of its upcoming New 52 Swamp Thing and Supervillains series Deathstroke action figures, today's full September solicitations release ought to put the toy and statue segment of your mind at ease.
Last year, DC Comics celebrated the anniversary of its New 52 launch with a month full of zero issues. On its second anniversary in September, the publisher is handing its books over to the bad guys. "Villains Month" will spin out of this summer's "Trinity War" crossover, according a DC press release. Each book in the line will replace the title hero's name with a villain's name and be a #1 issue of sorts. Also: Lenticular 3D covers, no joke.
Inspired by prominent art from Disney's famous Haunted Mansion attraction, artist Abraham Lopez has created "Haunted Arkham Asylum," featuring Batman and other characters in his universe portrayed in "stretch art." The idea is that the images at the top seem perfectly sed
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