Welcome to What's New in The New 52 – where you, the fans, get a sneak peek at the stuff that crosses our desks. This little feature is a way to keep you all in the loop about what's new, different and exciting in The New 52 – whether it's a character design, cover, splash page or panel.
Back in April, I introduced you to Joker’s Daughter here in this very column. Since then, she’s starred in her own Villains Month one-shot, has been making Selina Kyle’s life hell in the pages of CATWOMAN, and was recently revealed as a character in the upcoming 2014 weekly series, BATMAN ETERNAL. And in February, she’ll take center stage in an all-new one-shot from writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Meghan Hetrick!
In BATMAN: JOKER’S DAUGHTER #1, this elusive new villain will embark on a quest of self-discovery by seeking out her notorious father. Her journey will take her to various well-known Joker spots – including Arkham Asylum! Readers will also get to revisit the massive cliff that Joker fell off of at the end of “Death of the Family” and see how that environment has changed in the time that’s passed since that story’s dramatic conclusion.
The issue will also guest star Batman, and let’s just say that he’s not too pleased to see someone new wearing Joker’s face. And fans of BATMAN ANNUAL #2 will be happy to hear that BATMAN: JOKER’S DAUGHTER #1 also features The Anchoress (who I also introduced to you here!). As it turns out, one of The Anchoress’ powers is that she’s able to trigger memories for people. While she herself can’t see these memories, her retrieval of them will certainly help Joker’s Daughter learn more about her past, where she comes from, and ultimately, who she is.
“I would say that Joker’s Daughter is…fragile. She’s a survivor, and the knowledge that she can survive through cruelty and through desperation frightens her,” Bennett explained to COMIC VINE in their recent exclusive announcement of this one-shot. “It means that the trials of the world that might kill another person (but allow that person a good, clean death) will not offer the same to her. She’ll endure, and become the more corrupt for enduring. She’s a broken creature, and broken things have horribly sharp edges.”
In the gallery above, take a first look at Hetrick’s take on Joker’s Daughter, and to read more from Bennett about BATMAN: JOKER’S DAUGHTER #1, take a look at some other recent interviews she conducted with COMIC BOOK RESOURCES, NEWSARAMA, and COMICOSITY.
Have a great weekend!