Three Jokers: DC’s Batman comedian occasion ending rewrites The Killing Joke

After a lot anticipation and hoopla, Three Jokers, Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s comedian occasion, has reached its conclusion. The collection began with delicate homages to The Killing Joke, and it completed out with a whopper of a reference to probably the most well-known try to provide the Joker a concrete origin story.

In Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke — extra well-known for maiming Batgirl than for its Joker backstory — solid a pre-transformation Joker as an unnamed standup comic struggling to help his pregnant spouse. He takes on a gig with some petty thieves to make ends meet, she dies instantly from some defective wiring, and the mixed trauma mixes collectively into the grinning man all of us see earlier than us at present.

Three Jokers throws a twist on that, in a method that’s simply as blunt because the final time Johns dabbled in Moore’s oeuvre.

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Batman: Three Jokers #3

Police officers in the past help fake the Joker’s wife’s death, while in the present, Bruce Wayne looks in on her and her son in the present, in Three Jokers #3, DC Comics (2020).

Picture: Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok/DC Comics

See, in Three Jokers, it seems that Joker’s spouse went to to police to inform them that she was afraid to be round him and afraid he’d harm her if she tried to depart, and as an alternative of, I dunno, arresting him, the cops “pooled collectively” a few of their very own cash to assist her faux her personal dying and arrange a secret new life in Alaska after which when she was secure nonetheless didn’t arrest him and Batman has recognized about this the entire time.

In case you’re questioning, no, Three Jokers is just not set inside essential DC canon.

Immortal Hulk #39

The Leader consumes the soul of Bruce Banner’s dead father, his face splitting open to reveal and extend a terrible proboscis with a lampre-like mouth on the end, before retracting into his skull so he can swallow, throat distending grostesquely in Immortal Hulk #39, Marvel Comics (2020).

Picture: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett/Marvel Comics

Simply once you suppose Al Ewing and Joe Bennett most likely received’t provide you with a brand new, even worse, body-horror splash web page in Immortal Hulk, one thing like this occurs.

Giga #1

“Okay, this is me,” says a character. Their apartment is a massive mech robot in seated position, in Giga #1, Vault Comics.

Picture: Alex Paknadel, John Lê/Vault Comics

Giga, a brand new collection from Alex Paknadel and John Lê at John Vault Comics. As soon as upon a time, large robots used earth as their battleground, after which sooner or later all of them shut down. Now humanity’s survivors dwell inside their massive deserted our bodies and have bizarre religions and salvage them for components and stuff. If that feels like your type of factor, then this can be a comedian you must undoubtedly decide up. Additionally! It’s acquired a wheelchair-using protagonist, which is fairly uncommon for post-apocalypse fiction.

Suicide Squad #10

The Suicide Squad battles armed soldiers in a riot of color and punches in Suicide Squad #10, DC Comics (2020).

Picture: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

That is simply to say that Bruno Redondo and Adriano Lucas make Suicide Squad a pleasure to take a look at each month and I’ll be unhappy when it’s over.

Wynd #5

Wynd uses his new wings for the first time to save his friends in Wynd #5, Boom Studios (2020).

Picture: James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas/Increase Studios

Talking of being unhappy that it’s over, Wynd — a fantasy comedian the place magic is a metaphor for queer identification however additionally is filled with queer teenagers who’ve cute crushes on one another — had a extremely strong first arc and I’m solely mad that it received’t be coming again till subsequent Might.

X of Swords: Stasis #1

Pogg Ur-Pogg brandishes his sword, Pogg Ur-Pogg, as he declares that he will join the swordbearers of Arakko, in X of Swords: Stasis, Marvel Comics (2020).

Picture: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz, Mahmud Asrar/Marvel Comics

That is Pogg Ur-Pogg. He’s one of many swordbearers the X-Males must combat. His sword can also be named Pogg Ur-Pogg.

I really like Pogg Ur-Pogg.

Intercourse Criminals #69

Suzie and Jon stand on the beach at dawn, pinkies linked, in Sex Criminals #69, Image Comics (2020).

Picture: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky/Picture Comics

Intercourse Criminals got here to its completely satisfied ending this week. Hug your native brimper, when you test for enthusiastic consent.

Runaways #32

Demoralized and injured, the Runaways share a pizza in their superhero getups in Runaways #32, Marvel Comics (2020).

Picture: Rainbow Rowell, Natacha Bustos/Marvel Comics

RUNAWAYS IS BACK. That is the primary subject of Runaways because the Diamond shutdown — lemme test my watch — over six months in the past. What’s happening with all people’s favourite teenagers with difficulties? They’re defeated, demoralized, and reassessing the whole lot. So, typical stuff.

The Division of Reality #2

Cole explains that what he now knows, as an agent of the Department of Truth, has a personal component for him: The Satanic Panic, in The Department of Truth #2, Image Comics (2020).

Picture: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds/Picture Comics

A second twist for The Division of Reality, a collection set in a world the place, if sufficient individuals consider in a conspiracy principle, it turns into true — concerning the secret authorities brokers to observe conspiracy theorists to ensure they don’t alter actuality. Cole, the most recent agent of the Division, has a private relationship with a particular conspiracy principle. He now is aware of that the evening terror and boogeyman implanted in his reminiscences as a baby might really turn into actual.

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