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It’s Punchline vs. Harley Quinn, Round One in Batman #93

Batman #93 goes on sale June 23 but we’ve got an early look at the eagerly anticipated issue. The Designer finally crosses swords (literally) with Batman as he reveals his grand plan for Gotham’s worst criminals to finally take control of the city! And if that’s not enough, this must-have issue features the showdown that every comic book fan has been waiting for, as Punchline squares off against Harley Quinn!

Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” nears its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. Amid all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. “The Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same!

Batman #93, “Their Dark Designs,” Part 8, is by writer James Tynion IV, artists Guillem March and Javier Fernandez, and colors by Tomeu Morey and David Baron. It features a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey and a “Harley Quinn variant” by Francesco Mattina.

Check out these interior pages featuring awesome art by Guillem March and Javi Fernandez, and don’t miss this issue when it hits comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 23!

Batman #93

DC Releases the Surprise DC Digital First Series DCeased: Hope at World’s End

DCeased, 2019’s blockbuster series, makes its DC Digital First debut with new original stories set before the fall of Earth! Fan-favorite Injustice: Gods Among Us writer Tom Taylor’s epic DCeased storyline continues with DCeased: Hope at World’s End with art by Dustin Nguyen, Renato Guedes, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Marco Failla! Set in the span of DCeased #5’s time jump, DCeased: Hope at World’s End will expand the story of the Anti-Life War, featuring Superman and Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Stephanie Brown, Wally West, Jimmy Olsen, and more.

This new DC Digital First series, in addition to DCeased and DCeased: Unkillables, will pave the way to the launch of DCeased’s sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet, in June 2020.

In DCeased: Hope at World’s End, the Anti-Life Equation has infected over a billion people on Earth. Heroes and villains have fallen. In the immediate aftermath of the destruction of Metropolis, Superman and Wonder Woman spearhead an effort to stem the tide of infection, preserve and protect survivors, and plan for what’s next. In the Earth’s darkest hour heroes will bring hope! The war for Earth has only just begun!

DCeased: Hope at World’s End, written by Tom Taylor with art by Dustin Nguyen, Renato Guedes, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Marco Failla, will publish digitally twice a month through its fourteen-chapter run. Cover art will be by Ben Oliver, Francesco Mattina, and Yasmine Putri.

You can read our review of the first chapter and buy your own copy now.

DCeased: Hope at World’s End

Jorge Jiménez Delivers Two New ‘Batman’ Covers for The Joker War!

The Joker War rages on after kicking off in July’s Batman #95, with newly revealed characters joining the fray! Jorge Jiménez is delivering two new covers for the resolicited Batman #96 and Batman #97, now scheduled for August. They feature Clownhunter and Harley Quinn!

In Batman #96, reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt his past and present! As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness…is Harley Quinn?! Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?

Batman #96, written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez, a cover by Guillem March and a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, plus a new Clownhunter card stock variant cover by Jorge Jiménez, hits shelves August 4.

And then in Batman #97, The Joker’s army is growing hour by hour, with weapons beyond anything the Clown Prince of Crime has ever used before. Batman must hold his mind together so he can strike the final blow and take back his city—but how can he heal the rifts he’s created in his life to get the help he needs? And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed—and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!

Batman #97, written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez, a cover by Guillem March and a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, plus a new Harley Quinn card stock variant cover by Jorge Jiménez, hits shelves August 18.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, and Mayhem with Sinister Decade Variant Covers!

On April 29, DC will celebrate The Joker’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker marks eight decades of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book with stories by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a chilling main cover by Greg Capullo, will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch and Steve Firchow
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99. Please consult your local comic book store for more information regarding the decade variant covers.

It’s Harley Quinn vs. Punchline in this Batman #93 Preview

Momentum keeps building as Batman heads to “The Joker War,” and “Their Dark Designs” hits its penultimate chapter with April’s Batman #93, featuring major revelations on the Designer’s plan!

Batman #93, featuring the shocking end to the initial encounter between Punchline and Harley Quinn, is from the creative team of writer James Tynion IV and artists Guillem March, Javier Fernandez, Tomeu Morey, and David Baron. And that fight is truly shocking! DC has a first look at just how exacting Punchline can be with her blades.

And it’s more than Punchline punching and Harley Quinn pounding back! Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” reaches its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. In the midst of all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. “The Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same.

Batman #93, on-sale April 15, has a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and an open-order variant cover by Francesco Mattina. DC has also added a Batman #93 variant cover spotlighting Jorge Jimenez‘s art of the Designer, the central antagonist of “Their Dark Designs.”

Batman #93

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, and Mayhem with Sinister Decade Variant Covers!

On April 29, DC will celebrate The Joker’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker marks eight decades of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book with stories by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a chilling main cover by Greg Capullo, will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch and Steve Firchow
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99.

It’s Punchline vs. Harley Quinn in Francesco Mattina’s Batman Variant Covers

Ahead of “Joker War” launching in Batman #95 on May 20, tensions are rising in Gotham City! To give readers a hint at the epic showdown in the pages of Batman #93 and 94, fan-favorite cover artist Francesco Mattina’s variant covers featuring Harley Quinn (on Batman #93) and Punchline (on Batman #94) have been revealed!

The final two chapters of “Their Dark Designs” by James Tynion IV and Guillem MarchTomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles will arrive in shops Apr 15 and May 6, and will feature a cutthroat confrontation between the Clown Princess of Crime and the Joker’s new Second-in-Command, who has already propelled sellouts and social media buzz!

Meanwhile, Batman faces off with the Designer without Alfred (R.I.P.) or Bat-Family to lean on. In these thrilling issues putting a spotlight on the chaos in the Dark Knight’s life, he stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary!

“Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same!

Francesco Mattina Batman #93 variant cover
Francesco Mattina Batman #94 variant cover

Artgerm’s Punchline Variant Moved up to Batman #92

DC is taking a bit of the sting out of any fans getting pranked on April Fool’s Day by giving them access to Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s breathtaking variant cover featuring Punchline a whole two issues earlier! The cover will now be a variant for Batman #92 instead of the originally planned issue #94.

Since its reveal a few weeks ago, this cover has only served to turn up the heat and interest in this mysterious character following her initial cameo appearances in Batman #89 on February 19, as well as in issue #3 of Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen, on sale now at comic book stores and participating online retailers (Spoiler Alert: Punchline is not a fan of “Apex Lex’s” former bodyguard, Mercy Graves).

“Their Dark Designs,” the debut story arc of writer James Tynion IV and artist Guillem March continues to reveal the plans of Gotham City’s newest villain, The Designer! This mysterious crimemaster is planning the greatest heist in Gotham City and he’s enlisted the aid of Gotham’s most evil villains! Batman knows what he needs to do to stop this plot, but he must first escape the most ingenious death trap ever devised, courtesy of The Riddler!

And under “even more good news,” a new Punchline variant cover is being created for Batman #94 by none other than fan-favorite cover artist Francesco Mattina! With Mattina involved, it’s sure to be dynamite and we’ll share it with you as soon as it’s ready for prime time!

Fans should get to their local comic book retailer now and order their copy of the Batman #92 Artgerm variant ASAP, as retailers will be submitting their orders on Monday, March 9. If you miss one of the hottest stories of the Dark Knight’s career, along with an even hotter cover, the joke is definitely on you!

Batman #92 Punchline Variant

2019’s Techno-Virus Thriller DCeased Continues in DCeased: Unkillables!

DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
Cover by Howard Porter
Variant covers by Francesco Mattina and Yasmin Putri
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 27, 2020
$4.99 US (CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $5.99)
48 PAGES EACH

2019’s Techno-Virus Thriller DCeased Continues in DCeased: Unkillables!

DC’s smash hit mini-series DCeased, written by fan-favorite Tom Taylor (Suicide Squad, Injustice), returns in 2020 with three oversized issues to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended?

Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s techno-organic-fueled bestselling thriller, writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world, along with new artist Karl Mostert, with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption: DCeased: Unkillables! Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, over the course of this three-issue miniseries clocking in at 48 pages each, DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes will fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead—life!

DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

(W) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Jason Badower (CA) Francesco Mattina
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $5.99

DC Black Label Prestige Plus 8.5″ x 10.875″
Harley Quinn follows the evidence-and it leads her to a dangerous conclusion: she might know the true identity of the serial killer she’s hunting. But as Harley digs deeper into The Joker’s past, he is watching her…and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Gotham City has never needed a hero more!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)
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