Everyone’s Talkin’ About DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, Friday Afternoon (ET) Edition

MAXIM chatted with AQUAMAN writer Geoff Johns who spoke in the defense of Aquaman and his cool cast of characters. . “Her background is really interesting,” Johns said of Mera. “She felt very strong to me, her hydroconnect powers are very interesting - controlling the water is visually beautiful and I felt the character was very appealing. That’s why we introduced her in BLACKEST NIGHT and had her stand on her own before we brought Aquaman in.

The Joker vs Clark Kent

SUPERMAN/BATMAN comes to a close as the Joker attempts to kill his second reporter: Clark Kent. Cautious not to reveal his true identity, Clark must defend himself without making his superhuman strength obvious. His only hope in doing this successfully? The Dark Knight.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #87, by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tomas Giorello, hits stores tomorrow.

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“Joker is Bruce's greatest foe, but he's also Jim Gordon's.” – Scott Snyder

SPOILER WARNING: If you have not read DETECTIVE COMICS #879 and do not wish to know what happened, do not read any further.

In the gripping conclusion to DETECTIVE COMICS #879, Jim Gordon was forced to come to terms with the fact that his son really is the cold-blooded monster that Barbara feared he would be all along. And while he and Barbara unmasked James Jr.’s devious plan to destroy Gotham City, The Joker made his way out of Arkham Asylum.

James Jr.’s Plans Revealed

For years, Jim Gordon tried to deny to himself the possibility that his son, James Jr., could be a cold-blooded serial killer. But when Barbara Gordon figures out her brother’s dark plan, Jim will have no choice but to accept his son’s identity and stop him before he corrupts Gotham City from the inside out. And with The Joker managing to break free from the chains locking him up, Gotham City is in need of a hero more than ever before.

FLASHPOINT FRIDAY: The Joker Revealed

The hunt for The Joker continues as Jim Gordon seeks out Oracle, who may have some leads as to where the villain is hiding. As Jim approaches the Joker’s alleged hideout, he falls for a treacherous trap that will forever shatter the lives of those he’s trying to save. It’ll be up to Batman to try to save Jim. But when the identity of the Joker is revealed – will the Dark Knight be able to live up to his task?

Two great villains in a meeting of minds...

We've shown a tiny bit of Action Comics #897's Lex Luthor / Joker match-up, but the issue's just too good not to share more of it in advance. That Paul Cornell and Pete Woods are able to capture everything we love about these two deranged villains so well in a single scene really speaks wonders about just how great they've been on this book.

ACTION COMICS #897 is on sale Wednesday. (You can place your guesses at the answers to The Joker's riddles in the comments below.)

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