Nearly four years ago, during their run on Justice League, Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok teased the reveal of Joker’s true identity. However, Batman’s attempt to discover this information led to a more surprising revelation: there are three Jokers. Now, after a long delay, Johns and Fabok are finally ready to tell the story of how and why this happened.
Via Entertainment Weekly, DC has released a first look preview for Batman: Three Jokers #1, a new three-issue miniseries by Johns and Fabok. Within these pages, Batman is joined by Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and Red Hood/Jason Todd. Barbara has previously been maimed by the Joker, who also killed Jason. According to Johns, that history will come into play during this story.
“It goes back to the beginning when Batman first encountered the Joker, but it’s also The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family that speak to the book and that we’re building off emotionally,” said Johns. “Barbara and Jason have gone through so much, as has Bruce, and it’s really focused on healing, on scars and wounds and what that does to somebody. If you suffer some trauma, you don’t just get over with it and move on with your life, it changes who you are. Sometimes it changes you for the better, sometimes it changes you for the worse. You can heal right, and you can heal wrong. That’s really what the book’s about: Healing right, healing wrong, and surviving.”
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Additionally, the preview features a callback to “The Laughing Fish,” a famous Joker story from Detective Comics #475. It looks like the Joker, or one of the Jokers, is revisiting his greatest hits again.
Batman: Three Jokers #1 will hit comic book stores on August 25.
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