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JOKER WAR ZONE Preview: Battleground Gotham City

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Between “Joker War” raging across the Bat-titles and the recent announcement from writer John Ridley, it’s been a busy time for Dark Knight news. Now September brings Batman: The Joker War Zone from an all-star creative roster.

Check out the description and preview art below direct from DC Comics:

The Clown Prince of Crime has taken control of the Wayne fortune and wages war against Batman and his allies, with Gotham City as the battleground!

Here’s a first look at three stories that show how the war’s  being fought in the streets, stories with far-reaching implications for Batman and Gotham City in 2021!

Writer Sam Johns (DC’s Crimes of Passion, November’s Punchline #1) and artist Laura Braga (DC Bombshells, Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica), team up for “Ashes of Eden,” spotlighting the return of Poison Ivy to Gotham City (following the events of Batman #98).

Batman writer James Tynion IV and artist James Stokoe spotlight Gotham’s newest vigilante, Clownhunter in “Clown Hunt,” whose appearance in Gotham City will have major ramifications for Batman, beyond The Joker War.

And for those of you still curious about John Ridley’s announcement about his 2021 Batman miniseries, here’s more to stoke those curiosity fires with a look at “Family Ties,” featuring art by superstar Olivier Coipel (Batman, Action Comics #1000, Wonder Woman #750). When the Joker’s war against Batman hits them where it hurts most, the Fox family decides it’s time for them to start fighting back. All of them.

Ridley and Batman Group Editor Ben Abernathy will talk more about his story and its implications on September 12, during the Batman: Joker War panel, part of DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse.

Batman: The Joker War Zone #1 also includes a Joker/Bane story by Tynion and Guillem March, as well as a Cassandra Cain/Spoiler tale from The Flash writer Joshua Williamson with artist David LaFuente. This 48-page one-shot arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, September 29. Solicits details below and assets attached, enjoy!

BATMAN: THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1

Written by JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN RIDLEY, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, and others

Art by GUILLEM MARCH, DAVID LAFUENTE, JAMES STOKOE, and others

Cover by BEN OLIVER

Card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW

ONE-SHOT | ON SALE 09/29/20

$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | NO ADS | FC | DC

CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $6.99 US

Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the “war zone” with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they’re fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter!

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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.

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