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Batman: Three Jokers Gets Premium Variants

It’s one of the most anticipated comic book stories of the decade: Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! Debuting in August, this series delivers the payoff to the years-long mystery of why—and how—there are three Jokers, and what that revelation means to the eternal conflict between Batman, his allies, and the Clown Prince of Crime.

To commemorate this landmark series, DC will offer to participating retailers nine Premium Variant Covers for Batman: Three Jokers, each illustrated by series artist Jason Fabok. Along with the main cover and regular variant cover, each issue of Batman: Three Jokers will have three Premium Variant Covers, showcasing Fabok’s interpretation of a different face of The Joker’s madness throughout DC history. All nine of the Premium Variant Covers mirror Fabok’s main covers for the three-issue series, giving a close-up look at even more of The Joker’s terrifying incarnations.

The Premium Variant covers for issue #1, on sale August 25, are as follows:

  • Red Hood (Variant A)
  • Joker Fish (Variant B)
  • Joker Bomb (Variant C)

For issue #2, on sale September 29:

  • Joker Behind Bars (Variant D)
  • Death in the Family/Top Hat & Monocle (Variant E)
  • Joker Applying Makeup (Variant F)

And for the final issue #3, on sale October 27:

  • Batman: The Killing Joke Hawaiian shirt and camera (Variant G)
  • Stand-Up Comedian (Variant H)
  • “Endgame” Mohawk (Variant I)

Participating retailers ordering all nine premium variant covers will also receive one free Batman: Three Jokers #3 “compilation” premium variant cover, collecting all nine of Fabok’s variants, plus the three main covers from the series.

Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns, Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson debuts at open and operating comic book stores and digital retailers on Tuesday, August 26, with issue #2 on sale September 30 and the series conclusion on October 28, just in time for Halloween. Each issue is priced at $6.99, and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers 17+.

Batman: The Three Jokers Get Souvenir Playing Cards with Each Issue

In celebration of the highly anticipated Batman: The Three Jokers prestige miniseries, DC, and participating comic book stores, are dealing fans the ultimate wild card by offering a free with purchase souvenir playing card for each of the three issues of the series, while supplies last.

Featuring breathtaking new artwork by series artist Jason Fabok, each issue of the Geoff Johns-penned series will feature a different card, spotlighting the Clown Prince of Crime and his three major adversaries – Batman, Batgirl and Jason Todd.

Batman: The Three Jokers reexamined the myth of who, or what The Joker is, and what’s at the heart of not just his eternal struggle with Batman, but how his horrific treatment of Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd has affected them. Arriving at open and operating comic book stores on Tuesday, August 25, the series will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor, identifying the series is appropriate for readers 17+.

DC Takes Its Monthly Catalog Online with DC Connect

DC continues to extend its digital presence with DC Connect, the new catalog of what’s coming from DC publishing each month! This downloadable, digital-only catalog features solicitation information for DC’s comic books, original graphic novels, collected editions, and collectibles—and that’s just the start! 

In the coming months DC Connect will update and evolve in order to maximize the advantages of its digital format. Future issues will include expanded content, featuring talent interviews, preview pages from upcoming stories, behind-the-scenes looks at projects in development, multimedia content, and more! The catalog will also have a new look and layout compared to its predecessor, DC Previews, making it more engaging and easier to get the latest intel on current and future DC comic book projects.

Here’s a look at the debut cover to DC Connect, featuring stunning artwork by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson for the highly anticipated miniseries Batman: Three Jokers, launching Tuesday, August 25.

Batman: Three Jokers Launches on August 25. Get a New Look at the Anticipated Series

Batman: Three Jokers

Batman: Three Jokers is one of the hotly anticipated series in comics. To build on the excitement, DC has released new artwork by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson.

Now Scheduled to launch Tuesday, August 25, this three-issue monthly limited series spotlights Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood, joining forces to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before, while dealing with the deep, lasting scars they have all suffered at the hands of The Joker.

Writer Geoff Johns said in the release:

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. 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.

Eisner award-winning artist Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson are at their absolute best as they team up with Johns to deliver their first-ever Batman/Joker story together, a powerful and emotional story that’s destined to be an instant classic.

Batman: Three Jokers is a 3-issue, 48-page (per issue) prestige format monthly limited series and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor (for readers 17+). Issue #1 arrives in open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday August 25, 2020.

Canadian Retailers and Creators Come Together for “Be Our Heroes, Canada!”

Be Our Hereos Canada

As brick and mortar retailers around the world find creative ways to preserve their businesses during unprecedented circumstances, forward-thinking comic book retailers across Canada will come together with notable comic book artists and writers to benefit their business and preserve the audience they have worked so hard together to serve.

Be Our Heroes, Canada” is a collaboration between Canadian comic shops and creators to leverage each store’s individual audiences to both build and strengthen the national comic book community and generate income for all. 

The Dragon owner Jennifer Haines said in the announcement:

What started as a conversation between four retailers on how we could cross-promote our shops turned into this idea of a national fundraiser to help preserve Canada’s unique comics landscape. Now more than ever, we need to come together to support one another, and provide our respective communities with a way to stay connected, all while protecting retailers that might otherwise fall through the cracks of government funding.

The event has been organized by Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon family of stores, along with Ontario retailers Gotham Central, Heroes World, and Cyber City Comix, and will take place over two days through Facebook Live, with scheduled slots for creators and stores.

Funds raised through this two-day national celebration of the comic arts will be collected and distributed by the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, a Canadian-based non-profit organization protecting free speech in the industry, supporting retailers, schools, and libraries, creators and publishers alike.

“Be Our Heroes, Canada” is currently accepting offers of participation among the Canadian creative community, and will announce the full list of participating stores and creators in the coming days. Current participants include: Adam Gorham,  Andy Belanger, Brendan Fletcher, Casey Parsons, Chip Zdarsky, Dylan Burnett, Ed Brisson, J. Torres, Jason Fabok, Jason Loo, Jay Stephens, Karl Kerschl, Ken Lashley, Michael Cho, Ray Fawkes, Richard Pace, Scott Chantler, Seth, Shawn Daly, Svetlana Chmakova, and Yanick Paquette

Batman: Three Jokers Kicks Off June 17

DC has finally revealed details on one of the most talked about and highly anticipated miniseries in comics, Batman: Three Jokers.

30 years after The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Batman: Three Jokers re-examines the myth of who, or what, is the Joker and what is at the heart of his ongoing battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Eisner award winning artist Jason Fabok reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation, the epic story is finally here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. In this powerful, emotional story Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!

Here for the first time are the main covers to the full 3 issue series, beautifully drawn by Jason Fabok with colors by Brad Anderson. In addition, here’s a first look at some interior art by Fabok and Anderson for your viewing pleasure.

Batman: Three Jokers is a 3-issue, 48-page (per issue) prestige format limited series and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor (for readers 17+). Issue #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers on June 17, 2020.

Detective Comics #1000 Gets a Deluxe Hardcover Edition this June

In celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary and the release of the landmark 1,000th issue of Detective Comics, debuting on March 27, DC will present Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition this summer.

Available in comic book stores on June 12 and other major retailers on June 18, the milestone hardcover features new stories from well-known DC talent, historical decade variants and more. With more than 160 pages of some of the top names in comics paying tribute to DC’s Caped Crusader,Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

This 168-page collector’s item celebrates the Dark Knight with all content from the Detective Comics #1000 periodical, including standalone short stories from an all-star collection of the top writers and artists in Batman’s recent history such as Tom King, Tony S. Daniel & Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo, Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev, Warren Ellis & Becky Cloonan and more, including the debut of a new version of the Arkham Knight into DC canon as writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke kick off a new story arc, “Medieval.”

The deluxe hardcover edition of Detective Comics #1000 will also include:

  • A new 12-page Batman story, written by Robert Venditti with art by Stephen Segovia. “Table for Two” pits Batman against a Gotham City gauntlet of his most dangerous rogues, as Two-Face unites half of the Gotham underworld to eradicate the Dark Knight once and for all. This is the first Batman story ever written by Venditti, best known for his fan-favorite run on Hal Jordan and the Green lantern Corps and most recently Hawkman, Freedom Fighters and the soon-to-be-released Six Days.
  • Tribute art celebrating Batman from popular artists Jason Fabok, Mikel Janin, as well as Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts.
  • A gallery of 32 unique retailer-exclusive variants drawn by some of the biggest names in comics and art, plus the nine decade-themed variant covers from artists such as Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock and Greg Capullo. 
  • The dynamic wraparound cover from the Detective Comics #1000 comic book by the fan favorite team of Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.
Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition

DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

DC Reveals the Creative Lineup for Detective Comics #1000

DC Comics has unveiled full story details on the landmark 1,000th issue of Detective Comics, debuting on March 27, 2019. The 96-page Detective Comics #1000 celebrates the Dark Knight through a series of seven-to-nine-page standalone short stories from an all-star collection of the top writers and artists in Batman’s recent history including Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan and more.

The full lineup of stories, writers and artists to be featured in Detective Comics #1000 is:

“Medieval,” by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke

Appearing in DC’s comic book continuity for the very first time, a new and mysterious version of the Arkham Knight will be debuting in a story that looks at Batman’s encounters with his villains throughout his career through the Arkham Knight’s eyes—but the Knight’s scheme remains to be seen.

“Batman’s Longest Case,” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

One of the most popular talent teams in the history of the Dark Knight delivers a tale in which Batman follows clues around the world, leading him back to his home in Gotham City and to a secret organization that has been keeping tabs on him for years.

“Manufacture for Use,” by Kevin Smith and Jim Lee

The fan-favorite director of Clerks and one of Batman’s most visionary artists present a story that cuts between Batman fighting his greatest villains and his attempts to track down the gun that killed his parents.

“The Legend of Knute Brody” by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs and John Kalisz

The villains of Gotham speak, documentary-style, about that one henchman they each hired who was the absolute WORST at his job, constantly screwing up their plans.

“The Batman’s Design” by Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan

Warren Ellis pens “The Batman’s Design” with Becky Cloonan, the first woman to draw Batman in the main comic series, in a story of Batman pursuing a pack of technologically enhanced mercenaries into a warehouse, where they think they’ve trapped him.

“Return to Crime Alley” by Denny O’Neil and Steve Epting

A direct sequel to O’Neil’s classic “There Is No Hope in Crime Alley,” from Detective Comics #457, in which Leslie Thompkins takes Batman to task for his addiction to violence, which, in her mind, perpetuates the horror that birthed him.

“Heretic” by Christopher Priest and Neal Adams

Two of the biggest powerhouse writers and artists in the comic book industry work together on a story featuring Batman helping a young man escape from Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins— who then turned up in Gotham, dead. Batman travels to Tibet with a message for the League.

“I Know” by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev

The creative team behind SCARLET takes a unique future look at Batman and the Penguin. The Penguin comes to an elderly, wheelchair-bound Batman to tell him of the time that he learned Batman was Bruce Wayne—and to explain why he never did anything with that information. This story is available to read in its entirety on DCComics.com.

“The Last Crime in Gotham” by Geoff Johns and Kelley Jones

Superstar writer Geoff Johns and famed artist Kelley Jones tell a future story where the future family of Batman and Catwoman face off in a battle with the family of The Joker and Harley Quinn.

“The Precedent” by James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez

The team of James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez return to DETECTIVE COMICS after their highly successful Rebirth run, in a story of the night Bruce Wayne made the decision to bring Dick Grayson into his dark world, ending with the classic candlelight oath.

“Batman’s Greatest Case” by Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones

Groundbreaking BATMAN writer Tom King is joined by Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones, who share artistic duties on the story. Presented using parallel story threads, Bruce Wayne visits his parents’ grave while Batman assembles his entire coalition of allies around him.

In addition to the above stories, Detective Comics #1000 will feature additional art from Mikel Janín and Amanda Conner, as well as a two-page spread from Jason Fabok depicting the current state of the Batman universe and its heroes and villains.

To further celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 80-year legacy, Detective Comics #1000 will offer an extensive retailer variant cover program. Hard-core collectors will want to get their hands on this series of variant covers showcasing the Dark Knight through various decades from iconic Batman artists such as Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock and Greg Capullo—plus an homage to Jerry Robinson’s cover of November 1942’s Detective Comics #69 by Bruce Timm.

This 96-page oversize collector’s edition issue will be available at comics retailers and digitally on March 27, 2019, for $9.99.

Detective Comics #1000

DC Collectibles Reveals New Items Releasing in 2019

Dark Nights: Metal Batman and Darkseid Baby statue

Rocking into our world from the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL is DC’s most powerful Super-Villain. In the twisting, nightmare-and-rock-and-roll-infused plot of METAL, Scott Snyder has the Dark Knight capture the newborn Darkseid to shoot himself back through time.

  • Based on art by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Includes Interchangeable head and removable Darkseid baby
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 6.1’’ tall
  • MSRP: $85.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Batman statue by Kenneth Rocafort

Bruce Wayne chose the bat as his symbol because it frightened him, and he wanted criminals to share his fears. Fear can translate as intimidation, or in the case of this Batman Black & White statue by artist Kenneth Rocafort, it can become nightmarish fright. This statue incorporates demonic and otherworldly elements, including a serrated cape, skeletal feet and a vampiric bat symbol, and will stand out on any shelf or collection.

  • Sculpted by Paul Harding
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 8.77’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Mini PVC Figure 7-Pack Box Set One

DC Collectibles’ iconic BATMAN BLACK & WHITE statue series has captured the hearts of collectors and comics fans alike with its interpretations of the World’s Greatest Detective and Gotham City characters from the industry’s most celebrated artists. Starting in 2019, DC Collectibles is creating an all-new offshoot of the beloved black-and-white collectibles, this time in 3.75″ tall PVC figures. Released in box sets of seven, each set will feature resized statues from some of the most popular designs in the line’s history. The first set releasing in May 2019 features art by Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely, Dick Sprang and Jim Lee.

  • MSRP: $35.00
  • On sale May 2019

DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman statue by Jenny Frison

This DC DESIGNER SERIES statue is based on the celebrated Jenny Frison-illustrated cover from the Rebirth era of the WONDER WOMAN comics series. The design takes Frison’s vision and expands it into three dimensions for a stunning and highly detailed showpiece. Cast in polyresin, the statue captures a Wonder Woman who is prepared for battle, armed with her shield, an Amazonian spear and the Lasso of Truth on her hip.

  • Based on art by Jenny Frison
  • Sculpted by Jack Mathews
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 15.5’’ tall
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Family: Robin Multi-Part statue

Following the success of the Teen Titans multi-part statue, DC Collectibles is back with a new line of combinable statues, this time featuring the Bat-Family! This new set features five statues that can be posed individually or combined into a massive showpiece. The latest release of the Bat-Family is the Boy Wonder himself—Robin! Perched upon a gargoyle with a sword at the ready and a smile on his face, this Robin is ready for action. Carefully sculpted in polyresin, this statue will stand out on its own or as part of the Bat-Family when connected with the other statues of the collection.

  • Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 5.71’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Deluxe Action Figure Base Two-Pack

Complete with a three-point arm, a spring-loaded grip and peg holes, these deluxe action figure bases allow great freedom and flexibility for displaying your favorite DC Collectibles figures. The arm reaches up to 8’’ tall; the base is 6.5’’ by 3.5’’. Sold in packs of two.

  • MSRP: $10.00
  • On sale March 2019

DC Gallery: Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl

The DC Gallery collection presents some of the most iconic accessories, costumes and art as seen in the DC universe. In 2019, DC Collectibles is launching a collection of Batman cowls, each representing a beloved rendition of the Dark Knight’s headgear from comics, videogames and more. In July, DC Collectibles will release a Batcowl based on Batman’s costume in the acclaimedBatman: Arkham Asylum videogame produced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios. Standing 11.29’’ tall, this 1:2 scale polyresin sculpture makes a great addition to any home, office or Bat(man) cave.

  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $90.00
  • On sale July 2019

DC Artists Alley Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl by Chrissie Zullo

Created with a dreamlike, whimsical aesthetic, Chrissie Zullo’s transformations of Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl embody the artist’s unique and joyful art style

  • Sculpted by Irene Matar
  • Size: 7’’ tall
  • Limited to 3,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $60.00 each
  • On sale July 2019

Black and White Variants:

  • Limited to 1,000 pieces

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