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DC Comics First Look: BATMAN: THE SMILE KILLER

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Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino — the creative team behind Joker: Killer Smile — are reuniting for a new Batman one-shot: The Smile Killer. DC is calling this an “epilogue [that] takes a different look at the Clown Prince of Crime, through the eyes of a young Bruce Wayne and his favorite cartoon television show.” The Black Label book will debut in June.

Here’s the official description from DC, along with some preview pages:

Bruce Wayne grew up watching The Mr. Smiles Show – and the show might have been watching him back! And not only was young Bruce watching, he was listening… listening as Mr. Smiles spoke across the airwaves only to him… Lemire and Sorrentino land one last gut-punch to the mythos of the Batman, turning it on its head in the most devastating trick The Joker has ever devised!

Batman: The Smile Killer is a $5.99 Prestige Format one-shot available on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

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Kevin Sharp
From alternating Batman & Green Lantern as childhood Halloween costumes, to getting punched in my adolescent heart by Love & Rockets, to playing convention sidekick to the legendary Len Wein, I feel like the comics medium & characters are part of my DNA.