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Could The Joker be getting an origin story?

July 5th, 2013 by Marc Comments

It seems that the Clown Prince of Crime is finally getting an origin story. According to Andy Kubert will be delivering a one-shot issue dealing with the Joker’s humble beginnings. The book will be illustrated by Andy Clarke and will take place just before the whole New52 reboot. Here’s the quote:

“During Villains Month, witness an untold tale of The Joker that takes place before any of the #1 issues in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. Written by Andy Kubert and illustrated by Andy Clarke, this unique one-shot will not only hint at a possible origin for The Joker, but will also feature the origin of a classic Batman villain who folks might not suspect as having ties to the Clown Prince of Crime.”

We all know Alan Moore sort of covered this ground in the Killing Joke, but this could be better as long as it’s definitive. The part about the book hinting at a possible origin holds about zero interest with me. If DC and Kubert are going to take the time to write a special issue one-shot than make that THE origin of the Joker. I’m sure fans will not want to plop down dollars for a book that may or may not deliver. If DC really wants to make this move then make it, full out, balls to the wall, 100%, no ifs ands or buts about it. If they do THAT then I could see this being a really good book, but only if DC commits.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….