Of course DC wouldn't get rid of their most prolific jokester. Despite seemingly getting his face ripped off, the Joker will be returning in the "Death in a Family" story arc. The name could suggest a shock is on the way since the other similarly named story arc, "Death in the Family," ended with the death of Jason Todd (he's all better now, by the way).
The men responsible for bringing the Joker back are writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire), penciler Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn) and inker Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Sam and Twitch).
Scott Snyder talks about his love of the Joker and his maniacal appeal on The Source:
"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."
Greg Capullo mimics Snyder's thrill when he says:
"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 return of the Joker, quoted to be an "unnerving" ordeal, will happen on October 10th within the pages of Batman #13. Hopefully it will be something to make us jump in anticipation for the Halloween season.
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