Scott Snyder’s run on Batman has constantly been the best book to come out of the New 52 (which isn’t so new anymore) and it has relied a lot on the artwork of Greg Capullo. Now, the Joker is returning to the Bat-universe this October, with a new look.
This new story is going to be so intense, so violent, that Capullo has recommend any readers with health issues, either steer clear, or check with their doctor before reading Death of the Family.
The Joker hasn’t appeared in comics since Detective Comics #1, where he had his face cut off, and this has given Capullo a chance to really experiment with the character.
Capullo told Newsarama in a two part interview: “Scott and I are working on the details now of how we want to handle that. We’re putting together some visuals for the story now. It’s going to be very different than what people have seen with The Joker prior.
“Let’s put it this way. I would have put my own slant on the way the Joker looks traditionally anyway.
“It amplifies it. We’re turning the Joker up a notch, you know? If you can turn the Joker up any higher.
“I would say that if you have any kind of heart conditions, or any kind of medical issues that could cause seizures or what-not, that you should check with a doctor prior to buying this story arc, because we don’t want to be responsible. DC does not want to be responsible for any fatalities or hospitalization or young or old people who may encounter this story and it just simply be too much for their system.”
Death of the Family, a play on Death in the Family where Jason Todd dies, will run for five issues starting with Batman #13. It all comes to a head in an oversized book with Batman #18 and could possibly be the biggest book of next year.
As well as this, the new look Joker will seep out into Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Suicide Squad, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Catwoman and Teen Titans. It seems only Batwoman will go untouched once again.
Batman #13 goes on sale this October – probably best not to miss it.