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.
This September, The Joker will once again get the last laugh.
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.
Above, check out Clarke’s design for The Joker.
Happy 4th of July!
When Batman intercepts an out-of-town hit squad targeting a visiting foreign dignitary, it seems like an open and shut case. But it turns out the Dark Knight’s troubles are just beginning when a mysterious woman named Penumbra emerges from the shadows to confront him on his home turf. Who is pulling Penumbra’s strings and what is her connection to Bruce Wayne’s past?
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read DETECTIVE COMICS #20 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!)
Who could forget when, a few months back, Ignatius Ogilvy pulled a fast one on Oswald Cobblepot by declaring himself Emperor Penguin?
Ever since its debut in 1937, DETECTIVE COMICS has been a staple of the DC Universe. Responsible for introducing the world to iconic characters such as Batman, Robin and Batgirl, it’s no wonder that DC Comics is pulling out all the stops by making this month’s issue of the series a special 80-page spectacular to celebrate a very important milestone for the series.
"Little did I suspect when I accepted the BATMAN writing assignment back in 2006 that I’d wind up spending the next six years writing the longest continued comic story I’ve ever attempted. I thought I’d said most of what I had to say about the character with Arkham Asylum, Gothic, and Batman’s appearances in JLA. Clearly, I was wrong.
While many have gone by the moniker of Robin, these protégés of the Dark Knight are just as mesmerized by the hope and justice the symbol of the bat represents as are the rest of the citizens of Gotham City.
In the back-up story in BATMAN #0, writer James Tynion IV (TALON) and artist Andy Clarke (BATMAN AND ROBIN) travel five years back in time and show how various characters react to seeing the iconic Bat Symbol illuminate the night sky for the very first time.
This fall, industry veteran and acclaimed writer Ann Nocenti (GREEN ARROW) will be taking over writing duties on CATWOMAN. Beginning her run with September’s issue #0, Nocenti will bring an exciting and unique twist to Gotham City’s most notorious femme fatale.